Another busy week for TV in January. Along with the below high profile programs, this week delivers series returns for Shameless, Episodes, House of Lies, Girls, Looking, House of Lies, Kroll Show, It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia, Broad City, Workaholics, Suspects, Helix, and Call The Midwife.
The biggest problem with TV nowadays is that even the weakest shows still look kind of alright. This weeks programming offers several examples of this.
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Airs: 11 January 2015 (HBO – US)
The Duplass brothers Mark and Jay have both had strong TV ties in the past with the two recurring together on The Mindy Project, while Mark stars in The League and Jay in Transparent. The two have built their name, however, through low budget ‘mumblecore’ films The Puffy Chair, Baghead, and Jeff Who Lives At Home. With Togetherness, this marks their first foray into TV behind the camera with the brothers writing and directing the series. It looks promising, even if it does appear to be examining a well-worn subject matter of suburban malaise.
Airs: 12 January 2015 (MTV – US)
Based on a novel by Goosebumps writer RL Stine, Eye Candy marks a further shift by MTV away from teen relationship light-dramedy series like Awkward and Faking It toward weightier genre shows. Teen Wolf was a big success for MTV and it appears they’re trying to build on that success with this new series.
Airs: 13 January 2015 (ITV2 – UK)
Imagine meeting the girl of your dreams just 15 minutes before the end of the world? That’s the premise of this comedy that places twentysomething brits into a Walking Dead-like apocalypse (sans zombies) where they face comedic terrors like cannibals and cooking with ones own body waste.
Parks & Recreation – Final Season
Airs: 13 January 2015 (NBC – US)
Few TV shows have been as consistently nice as Parks & Recreation, while maintaining such an intense following by hip young viewers. The show has also been a ratings disappointment since it’s first season, meaning it is a miracle that we’ve been able to enjoy seven seasons of the series. While the show has passed its peak, the show will be thoroughly missed.
Note that double episodes of Parks & Rec will air as NBC burns off the series.
Airs: 13 January 2015 (CBC – Canada)
Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara star in a series co-created by Levy and his son Daniel. Schitt’s Creek revolves around a wealthy couple who lose everything and are forced to live in a small town that they once purchased on a lark.
Man Seeking Woman
Airs: 14 January 2015 (FXX – US)
Jay Baruchel stars as a naive romantic on a quest for love in this series based on a book by SNL’s Simon Rich. A tired premise and the trailer below looks a little rubbish, but it’s impossible not to want to watch a show starring Jay Baruchel.
Airs: 16 January 2015 (Syfy – US)
The film 12 Monkeys is an oft-forgotten brilliant time travel movie that really deserves to be better celebrated. This show will hopefully encourage people to re-watch the original film. The film deserves better than this remake TV series appears to offer.