Next Week in TV 1/27: Parallel Dimensions and Serial Killers

By DRWHO42, Alyssa & Mario Wario

The last week in TV was nothing short of exceptional with the debut of Black Lightning. And looking ahead to next week it is not short on great offerings. First up is the battle of the pigskin in the AFC and NFC championship games with the winners heading to the final battle for the Iron Throne, I mean Super Bowl.

Sunday evening the Screen Actors Guild Awards takes center stage followed by a two night offering of the new series titled The Alienist. The series, featuring Dakota Fanning and Luke Evans, takes place in the 19th century and centers on a crime reporter, a headstrong secretary determined to become the city’s first female police detective, and a brilliant and obsessive “Alienist” in the controversial new field of treating mental pathologies, as they hunting down a never-before-seen ritualistic killer murdering young boys in 19th century New York. Also premiering Sunday and Monday is The Resident on Fox.  

Lastly, on Sunday night is the premiere of Counterpart on STARZ starring J.K. Simmons. This sci-fi based espionage series centers on a UN employee who stumbles onto a secret dimensional gateway and a mirror version of himself. The early reviews for this series are positive and we recommend adding this to your list this week

Tuesday night will feature the return of Anna Paquin to the small screen with her new series Bellvue on WGN. She plays a detective working to solve mystery in a small town.

Later in the week the streaming platforms will be have some great offerings. The highlight is Britannia on Amazon. Lastly, the popular Vikings heads into its winter break.  

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Editor’s note: Nerd/geek interest are highlighted in RED.

Mario Wario’s picks:
New: Football, Counterpart, Mosaic, and Drunk History.
On-going: Agents of Shield, Star Trek: Discovery, Black Lightning and the rest of the CW/DC shows, The Blacklist, Vikings, Shameless, The X-Files, and Dragon Ball Super (subtitled and English dub).
Binge / Stack: [Nothing at the moment.]

Alyssa’s picks:
New & Watching Live: A Futile And Stupid Gesture (National Lampoon), Counterpart, Star Trek Discovery
Catching up: Handmaid’s Tale, Runaways, Star Trek:Discovery, Happy!, Black Lightning

DRWHO42’s picks:
New: Black Lightning (keeping it here because it is so good), The Alienist, Counterpart, Bellevue
On-going: Agents of Shield, Star Trek: Discovery, The X-Files, 9-1-1, Falling Water, The Blacklist, Blindspot, Supergirl, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, Arrow, The Gifted, Fresh of the Boat, Black-ish, Ghost Wars, Gotham, Big Bang Theory, and The Punisher.

Binge / Stack: Hawaii 5-0, Elementary, Voltron, The Magicians, Supernatural, iZombie

Sunday – January 21, 2018
3:05 pm
CBS NFL Special: AFC Championship Game – Jaguars @ Patriots
6:40 pm
FOX NFL Special: NFC Championship Game – Vikings @ Eagles
8:00 pm
CBS 60 Minutes: [New Episode – Special Time]
STARZ Counterpart: The Crossing [Series Premiere]

What if there was another you? Academy Award Winner J.K. Simmons plays Howard Silk, a cog of a Berlin-based United Nations spy agency. Howard is thrust into a shadow world of intrigue and danger, where the only man he can trust is “Prime”. Click here for more info

TNT & TBS: Special: 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards [2-Hour Special Presentation]
10:00 pm
TNT & TBS: The Alienist: Sneak Peek [1-hour Special Presentation]
FOX Resident: Pilot [Series Premiere – Special Night & Time]

THE RESIDENT is a powerful new medical drama focusing on the final years of a young doctor’s training that rips back the curtain to reveal the truth of what really happens, both good and bad, in hospitals across the country. Starring Matt Czuchry (“The Good Wife”), Emily VanCamp (“Revenge”), Manish Dayal (“Halt and Catch Fire”), Moran Atias (“24: Legacy”), Merrin Dungey (“Big Little Lies”) and Shaunette Renée Wilson (“Billions”) with Melina Kanakaredes (“CSI: NY,” “Providence”) and Bruce Greenwood (“The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story,” “Mad Men”), the series’ executive producers include Todd Harthan (“Rosewood”), Amy Holden Jones (“Mystic Pizza,” “Indecent Proposal”), Rob Corn (“Grey’s Anatomy”), Antoine Fuqua (“Southpaw,” “Training Day”), David Boorstein (“Level 26: Dark Revelations”), Oly Obst (The Mick, Ghosted) and Phillip Noyce (“Patriot Games,” “The Bone Collector”), who also directed the pilot. Click here for more info

Monday – January 22, 2018
8:00 pm
HBO Mosaic: Episode 1 [Series Premiere]

A twisting tale of passion, intrigue and deception, conceived and directed by Steven Soderbergh. Mosaic focuses on the disappearance of a high-profile resident of picturesque Summit, Utah and the four-year effort by law-enforcement and civilians to discover the truth behind the crime. Click here for more info

9:00 pm
TNT The Alienist: The Boy On The Bridge [Series Premiere]

Experts who studied mental pathologies were known as alienists. Set in 1896 amidst the vast wealth, extreme poverty and technological innovation of New York during the Gilded Age. The Alienist follows the hunt for a serial killer responsible for the gruesome murders of boy prostitutes. Click here for more info

FOX Resident: Independence Day [Time Slot Premiere]
10:00 pm
ID Murder Is Forever [Series Premiere]

A new crime series from bestselling author and master of suspense James Patterson that features real stories packed with shocking twists and turns. Click for more info here

Tuesday – January 23, 2018
10:00 pm
FX Baskets: Wild Horses [3rd Season Premiere]
WGN Bellevue: Pilot [Series Premiere]

Welcome to “Bellevue” – a small town with big secrets. Twenty years ago the murder of a young woman traumatized the community. Now the killer is back. Or is he? When a high school hockey star wrestling with his gender identity goes missing and all signs point to foul play, Detective Annie Ryder must unravel all the pieces to this gripping mystery before her own life falls apart. Starring Anna Paquin, Shawn Doyle and Allen Leech. Click here for more information

COMEDY Drunk History: Heroines [5th Season Premiere]
10:30 pm
COMEDY Another Period: Congress [2nd Season Premiere]
TBS Detour: The Run [3rd Season Premiere]

Wednesday – January 24, 2018
3:01 am
NETFLIX Feature Film Special: Blockbuster [Special Presentation]

Dumped over a video he made to amuse his ailing dad, a heartsick Jérémy hatches an elaborate scheme to win back his superhero-loving girlfriend, Lola. Sub-titled, rom-com Click here for more info

NETFLIX Prison Playbook: Complete First Season [Series Premiere]

With his major league baseball debut right around the corner, a star pitcher lands in prison and must learn to navigate his new world. This is Korean drama spin on “Orange is the New Black” features Krystal Jung from the Korean pop idol group f(x). Sub-titled Click here for more info

8:00 pm
CBS Amazing Race: Gotta Put Your Sole Into It [Back-to-back new episodes]
ABC Goldbergs: 1990-something [Special Presentation]
8:30 pm
ABC American Housewife: Midlife Crisis [New Episode – Special Time]
9:00 pm
HISTORY Vikings: Moments Of Vision [5th Season Winter Finale]
10:00 pm
PARAMOUNT Waco: Visions And Omens [Series Premiere]

Prepare for revelations. Waco, a 6-part TV event, stars Michael Shannon and Taylor Kitsch. The scripted event series is based on the 1993 Waco, Texas siege. Click here for more info.

Friday – January 26, 2018
3:01 am
AMAZON Britannia: Complete First Season [Series Premiere]

The mysterious and tumultuous land of 43AD Britannia is occupied by many warring tribes, until the invasion of a foreign army sparks chaos and allegiances. Celtic rivals Kerra (Kelly Reilly) and Antedia (Zoë Wanamaker) must face the oncoming Roman invasion led by Aulus Plautius (David Morrissey) as it seeks to dismantle the Celtic Resistance. Starring: David Morrissey, Kelly Reilly, Nikolaj Lie Kaas Click here for more info

NETFLIX Dirty Money: Complete First Season [Series Premiere]

From crippling payday loans to cars that cheat emissions tests, this investigative series exposes brazen acts of corporate greed and corruption. Click here for more info

NETFLIX Feature Film Special: A Futile And Stupid Gesture [Special Presentation]

In a brief life full of triumph and failure, “National Lampoon” co-founder Doug Kenney built a comedy empire, molding pop culture in the 1970s. _Will Forte, Domhnall Gleeson, Martin Mull Genres_ Comedies Director_ David Wain Click here for more info

NETFLIX Special: Kavin Jay: Everybody Calm Down! [Special Presentation]
NETFLIX One Day At A Time: Complete Second Season [2nd Season Premiere]
NETFLIX Adventures Of Puss In Boots: Complete Sixth Season [6th Season Premiere]
8:50 pm
HBO Mosaic: Episode 6 [1st Season Finale]
9:00 pm
THE CW Jane The Virgin: Chapter Seventy-Two [4th Season Winter Premiere]
10:00 pm
BBCA Graham Norton Show: Tom Hanks, Anthony Joshua, Maisie Williams, And First Aid Kit [New Time Slot]

Saturday – January 27, 2018
6:00 pm
HBO Special: The Number On Great-Grandpa’s Arm [Special Presentation]
8:00 pm
FOX Special: Fox UFC Fight Night [Special Presentation]


Alyssa bought her first comic at age 7 & was hooked. She has collected comics most of her life. Recently she has branched out to comic art and books and the occasional Lego. She goes to as many con's as she can & enjoys the 'long form' story telling of TV. She also enjoys new kinds of food- yes, she is a foodie.