Next Week in TV 6/17: Get your binge on, Luke Cage Returns!

By Alyssa, Mario Wario, and DRWHO42

The highlight of this week for us has to be the return of Netflix’s Luke Cage. While we are looking forward to the new shows debuting this week and finales, binging season two of Cage will be the highlight. Given the overwhelming reception of season one and Black Panther, we are hoping for a well written and rounded series. By all early reviews we have read, season two will deliver and is not to be missed. Plan the weekend according!

Sundance Now’s Next of Kin and Epix’s Deep State, are also on our radar. The well written and acted series Next of Kin follows a family Doctor in London whose brother is brutally murdered while working overseas. Epix’s Deep State follows an ex-spy, Max Easton as he is pulled back into his old profession to discover the reason for and avenge his estranged son’s death.

Other returning show’s include Drunk History and the Great British Baking Show for their 5th seasons. There are two season finales of note this week. The popular Into the Badlands and Supergirl will wrap their seasons. The jury is still out for a renewal for Into the Badlands but Supergirl will be back in the fall as part of the new CW Sunday lineup.

So there you have it TV fans! As always, to keep the TV chat going, please visit the FoCC forum by clicking here. Until next time, have a great week and happy viewing everyone!

DRWHO42’s picks:
New: Luke Cage and firing up Hulu & Netflix
On-going: C.B. Strike, Trollhunters, Colony, Into the Badlands, The 100, and Supergirl,

Binge / Stack: Hawaii 5-0, Elementary, Voltron, The Magicians, Supernatural, iZombie, Lost in Space (finished and re-watching)

Mario Wario’s picks:
New: Voltron.
On-going: Westworld, Into the Badlands, Fear the Walking Dead, The Expanse, Legion, Cloak & Dagger, Big Hero 6: The Series, Supergirl, and Dragon Ball Super.
Binge / Stack: Altered Carbon.

Alyssa’s DVR is bursting with new shows:
New, Binging & Watching Live: Luke Cage, 12 Monkeys, Colony,  Fear the Walking Dead, Ghosted and The Expanse.
Catching up: Legion, Badlands, Hard Sun, Santa Clarita Diet, Sneaky Pete, Runaways, Atlanta, The Tick, Handmaid’s Tale, Lost in Space, Krypton, Timeless, Magicians, Deception, Good Girls and Star Trek Discovery.

Editor’s note: all times listed below are Eastern and Nerd/Geek interest are highlighted in PINK.
Sunday, June 17, 2018
8:00 pm
SHOWTIME The Fourth Estate: Matters of Fact [1st Season Finale]
9:00 pm
SHOWTIME The Affair: Episode 1 [4th Season Premiere]
EPIX Deep State [Series Premiere]

Deep State centers around Max Easton (Mark Strong, “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”, “Zero Dark Thirty”, “Kingsman-The Golden Circle”), an ex-spy whose past comes back to haunt him when he’s summoned away from his new life in the Pyrenees by George White (Alistair Petrie, “The Night Manager”, “Rogue One”), head of covert MI6/CIA team “The Section.” White convinces Max to return to the field to avenge the death of his estranged son Harry (Joe Dempsie, “Game of Thrones”, “Skins”). But the stakes are soon raised when Max finds himself at the heart of a covert intelligence war, immersed in a widespread conspiracy to profit from the spread of chaos in the Middle East. Max enters into a dangerous game as powerful corporations demonstrate that they are willing to go to great lengths to protect their reputation and bury their secrets. With such a strong undercurrent of corruption, who can Max trust? Who is telling the truth? And what must be done to uncover it? To find out, Max is going to have to throw himself back into the dangerous and brutal life he so desperately tried to leave behind. Click HERE for more information

PBS Man In An Orange Shirt [Original Telefilm]
10:00 pm
AMC Into the Badlands: Leopard Catches Cloud [3rd Season Finale]
NBC Shades Of Blue: Good Police [3rd Season Premiere]

Monday, June 18, 2018
12:00 am
Adult Swim Joe Pera Talks With You: Joe Pera Answers Your Questions About Cold Weather Sports, Parts 1 & 2 [1st Season Finale]
6:30 pm
DISNEY XD Marvel’s Spider-man: How I Thwipped My Summer Vacation [2nd Season Premiere]
8:00 pm
NBC Running Wild With Bear Grylls: Don Cheadle [New Time Slot]
THE CW Supergirl: Battles Lost And Won [3rd Season Finale]
9:00 pm
NBC American Ninja Warrior: Indianapolis City Qualifiers [New Time Slot]
MTV Special: 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards [Special Presentation]
11:05 pm
USA American Ninja Warrior: Ninja Vs. Ninja: The Finals [1st Season Finale]

Tuesday, June 19, 2018
10:00 pm
COMEDY Drunk History: [5th Season Summer Premiere]

Wednesday, June 20, 2018
9:00 pm
PARAMOUNT Yellowstone [Series Premiere]

Yellowstone is a drama series that follows the Dutton family, led by patriarch John Dutton. The Duttons control the largest contiguous ranch in the U.S. and must contend with constant attacks by land developers, clashes with an Indian reservation and conflict with America’s first national park. Click HERE for more information

10:00 pm
IFC Brockmire: In The Cellar [2nd Season Finale]

Thursday, June 21, 2018
3:01 am
SUNDANCE NOW Next of Kin: Complete First Season [Series Premiere]

Sundance Now, AMC Networks’ premium video streaming service [is hosting] a gripping and timely international thriller. All episodes of the six-part drama, shown for the first time in the US, star Primetime Emmy(R) Award winner and Golden Globe nominee Archie Panjabi (The Good Wife) and Jack Davenport (Pirates of the Caribbean, White Famous) and will be available to binge at once.

“Next Of Kin” follows whip-smart General Practitioner Mona Shirani (Panjabi) who lives a charmed life at the heart of a loving family in London. Unfortunately, she is left grief-stricken when her beloved brother is brutally murdered while working for a medical charity overseas. As the death brings buried family secrets to light, Mona is drawn into a tangle of betrayal, conspiracy and murder. One way or another, she must find a way to protect herself, her family and her career as they are all put at risk.

Jan Diedrichsen, General Manager of SundanceTV and Sundance Now, said, “‘Next Of Kin’ focuses on timely subjects of injustice, love, betrayal, conspiracy and family. Viewers will be captivated by the twists and turns that unfold throughout this extremely well-written and well-acted series.” Click HERE for more information

ABC The Gong Show: Fred Armisen, Will Arnett, Rita Wilson [2nd Season Premiere]
9:00 pm
ABC Match Game: Kenan Thompson, Niecy Nash, Thomas Lennon, Caroline Rhea, Mark Duplass, Constance Zimmer [3rd Season Summer Premiere]
USA Queen of the South: [3rd Season Premiere]
10:00 pm
COMEDY Detroiters: [2nd Season Premiere – Special Time]
USA Shooter: [3rd Season Premiere]
ABC Take Two: Take Two  [Series Premiere]

In an upbeat detective series that follows Sam Swift (Rachel Bilson), the former star of a hit cop series whose epic breakdown is broadcast to the public and sends her to rehab. Desperate to restart her career, she talks her way into shadowing lone-wolf private investigator Eddie Valetik (Eddie Cibrian) as research for a potential comeback role. Though Eddie resents the babysitting gig, high-spirited Sam uses the skills she learned as an actor playing a cop and proves herself to be surprisingly valuable. Click HERE for more information

TNT Special: The 46th Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to George Clooney [90-minute Special Presentation]
10:30 pm
Comedy Detroiters: [Time Slot Premiere]

Friday, June 22, 2018
3:01 am
NETFLIX Cooking On High: Complete First Season [Series Premiere]

In the first-ever competitive cannabis cooking show, two chefs prepare mouthwatering marijuana-infused dishes for a panel of very chill celeb judges. Click HERE for more information

NETFLIX Heavy Rescue: 401: Complete Second Season [2nd Season Premiere]
NETFLIX Marvel’s Luke Cage: Complete Second Season [2nd Season Premiere]
NETFLIX Feature Film Special: Brain On Fire [Special Presentation]
NETFLIX Feature Film Special: Us And Them [Special Presentation]
9:00 pm
PBS The Great British Baking Show: Cakes [5th Season Premiere]

Saturday, June 23, 2018
8:00 pm
DISNEY Special: The 2018 Radio DISNEY Music Awards [Two-hour Special Presentation]
9:00 pm
SHOWTIME Special: Love Means Zero [90-minute Special Presentation]


Alyssa bought her first comic at age 7 and was hooked. She has collected comics most of her life. Recently, she has branched out to comic art and books and the occasional Lego set. She goes to as many cons as she can and enjoys the 'long form' storytelling of the television medium. She is also a foodie and is always up for trying new and different food.