Next Week in TV 1/28: Altered Carbon and the return of Strike Back!

By DRWHO42, Mario Wario, & Alyssa

We enter the final week before the big game between the Eagles and Patriots and that means it is time for the Pro Bowl. There will be plenty of action and NFL stars playing this year’s “fun” game in Orlando.

Looking back at the last week in TV there was plenty of buzz around Counterpart, The Alienist, Black Lighting, The X-Files, and 9-1-1. The freshman series 9-1-1 has had an impressive showing so far and captures the essence the classic series E.R. conveyed. We recommend you give these series a shot.  

Sunday evening will feature a celebration of music with the 60th annual Grammy awards taking place in New York City.  

Friday is the spotlight for the week with the premiere of Altered Carbon on Netflix and the return of the Cinemax action series Strike Back! Altered Carbon takes in a future where the concept of death avoided technology. The trailers look interesting with a mix of action and visuals reminiscent of Blade Runner. Strike Back returns for its 6th season with a whole new team (no Sullivan Stapleton or Philip Winchester this time). From what we have seen from the behind-the-scenes featurettes and trailers this new series should not disappoint with same level of adrenaline-laced action as the prior seasons, which Cinemax has now relabeled Strike Back: Legacy.    

Lastly, we saw so long to Shameless, Happy!, Valor, Brave, and The Good Place as they wrap up their seasons this week.

What are you watching? Join the conversation over on the FoCC forum by clicking here and share your thoughts. We will see you next week. Onward to February!

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

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

Alyssa’s picks:
New & Watching Live: Happy!, Star Trek Discovery, A.P. Bio, Hell’s Kitchen
Catching up: Handmaid’s Tale, Runaways, Star Trek:Discovery, Black Lightning

DRWHO42’s picks:
New: Strike Back!!!, Black Lightning (keeping it here because it is so good),
On-going: Agents of Shield, Star Trek: Discovery, The X-Files, The Alienist, Counterpart, 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, Trollhunters, Elementary, Voltron, The Magicians, Supernatural, iZombie

Sunday – January 28, 2018
3:00 pm
ABC & ESPN Pro Bowl 2018 [Special Presentation]
7:30 pm
CBS Special: The 60th Annual Grammy Awards [Special Presentation]
8:00 pm
SCIENCE Silicon Valley: The Untold Story
9:00 pm
A&E Special: Waco: Madman Or Messiah. Part 1 [2-hour Special Presentation]
SHOWTIME Shameless: Sleepwalking [8th Season Finale]

Monday – January 29, 2018
9:00 pm
THE CW Valor: Costs Of War [1st Season Finale]
10:00 pm
NBC Brave: Close To Home: Part 2 [1st Season Finale]

Tuesday – January 30, 2018
3:01 am
NETFLIX Special: Babylon Berlin: Season 1 & 2 [Special Presentation]

A Soviet freight train’s hijacking leads a haunted cop and a poor typist to uncover a political conspiracy amid the vice and glamour of 1929 Berlin. This new epic crime drama, set during the Weimar Republic, the chaotic 15-year era that preceded the Third Reich, is widely predicted to become an international television sensation. Shot mostly on locations in Berlin it boasts of high production values and is taken from the best-selling novels by Volker Kutscher Click here for more info

8:00 pm
CBS Special: Super Bowl Greatest Commercials 2018 [1-hour Special Presentation]
E! Citizen Rose: Episode 1 [2-hour Special Presentation]
ABC Fresh Off The Boat: A Man To Share The Night With [New Episode – Special Time]

Wednesday – January 31, 2018
8:00 pm
HISTORY Buried: Knights Templar And The Holy Grail. Holy City, Holy Grail [2-hour Special Presentation]
10:00 pm
SYFY Happy!: I am The Future [1st Season Finale]

Thursday – February 01, 2018
8:00 pm
HISTORY Swamp People: Ten Most Legendary Monsters [1-hour Special Presentation]
8:30 pm
NBC Good Place: Somewhere Else [2nd Season Finale]
9:00 pm
ID Perfect Suspect: No Leg To Stand On [1st Season Finale]
9:01 pm
CBS Mom: Push-down Coffee And A Working Turn Signal [100th Episode]
9:31 pm
NBC A.P. Bio: Pilot [Special Presentation]

When disgraced Harvard philosophy scholar Jack Griffin (Glenn Howerton) loses out on his dream job, he is forced to return to Toledo, Ohio, and work as a high school Advanced Placement Biology teacher. As he comes crashing into Whitlock High School, Jack makes it absolutely clear he will not be teaching any biology. Realizing he has a room full of honor roll students at his disposal, Jack decides instead to use the kids for his own benefit. Eager to prove that he is still king of the castle, Principal Durbin (Patton Oswalt) struggles to control the force of nature that is Jack Griffin. Click here for more info

Friday – February 02, 2018
3:01 am
AMAZON Absentia: Complete First Season [Series Premiere]

Centers on an FBI agent who disappears without a trace while hunting a serial killer. Click here for more info

NETFLIX Altered Carbon: Complete First Season [Series Premiere]

After 250 years on ice, a prisoner returns to life in a new body with one chance to win his freedom: by solving a mind-bending murder. Based on an award-winning cyberpunk novel by Richard K. Morgan. Starring: Joel Kinnaman, James Purefoy, Martha Higareda. Editor note: This series is generating excellent early reviews. Click here for more info

NETFLIX Feature Film Special: On Body And Soul [Special Presentation]
8:30 pm
PBS #metoo, Now What? [Series Premiere]

In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein story, the hashtag #MeToo has inspired millions of women to share stories of harassment in the workplace and culture. Judy Woodruff explores what’s driving the movement with Fatima Goss Graves of the National Women’s Law Center, Melissa Silverstein of Women and Hollywood, Lisa Senecal of Vermont Commission on Women and Leigh Gilmore of Wellesley College. Click here for more info

9:00 pm
SHOWTIME Trade: Episode 101 [Series Premiere]

From Columbus, Ohio to Guerrero, Mexico and countless cities in between, the opioid epidemic has ravaged communities on both sides of the border. But what about the lives behind the headlines and statistics? This timely, provocative five-episode docu-series spotlights the crisis through the eyes of those most affected: the growers, addicts, cartel bosses and law enforcement hopelessly caught in its web. Click here for more info

10:00 pm
CINEMAX Strike Back: Episode 41 [5th Season Premiere]
11:30 pm
HBO 2 Dope Queens: New York (Jon Stewart) [Series Premiere]

The hit comedy podcast 2 Dope Queens, featuring Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson, comes to HBO as a series of four themed hour-long specials. Directed by Tig Notaro (Boyish Girl Interrupted, One Mississippi), guests include Uzo Aduba (Orange Is the New Black), Tituss Burgess (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), Sarah Jessica Parker (Divorce, Sex and the City) and Jon Stewart (The Daily Show). The four themed episodes include: “New York,” with Jon Stewart; “Hair,” with Sarah Jessica Parker; “Hot Peen,” with Tituss Burgess; and “Black Nerds” (aka “Blerds”) with Uzo Aduba. Click here for more info


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.