Next Week in TV 1/20: Football, Superheroes, and Magic

By Mario Wario, DRWHO42, & Alyssa

If you thought last week in TV was fantastic, this week is going to be just the same.

For instance, it is championship Sunday for the NFL. Game one will see the New Orleans Saints host the Los Angeles Rams for the NFC Championship on Fox. Meanwhile, the New England Patriots visit the Kansas City Chiefs for the AFC Championship on CBS. These are the NFL’s four best teams, who were also the highest-scoring teams all season. Do note that the winners of each game will play in Super Bowl LIII.

Meanwhile, the superheroes are coming back: Supergirl, Arrow, and Black Lightning all return to planet CW this week. Yet DC’s Young Justice says adiós for the rest of winter.

As for the ‘magical’ side, Charmed returns to The CW tonight at its usual time. Syfy’s The Magicians also returns this Wednesday, and to get you ready for the season 4 premiere, we recommend reading Alyssa’s season 4 preview piece, which will be online very soon.

Thursday will see Legacies (The CW) and Siren (Freeform) return from their long breaks, yet the 3rd season finale of The Good Place (NBC) will air that evening.

As for everything else, Showtime’s Shameless is back from its winter hiatus while Black Monday debuts right after it. The season 6 premiere of Strike Back airs this week on Cinemax. Also returning is History’s Pawn Star$, which will be celebrating its 16th season.

Netflix continues to be the content king, and this Friday will see Mads Mikkelsen (Hannibal, Rogue One) play as Duncan Vizla (the assassin known as the ‘Black Kaisergo’) in the movie Polar. Basically, someone tries to take out Vizla so let the killings begin. Lastly, hockey fans can catch the NHL All-Star Game this Saturday night on NBC.

Of course, the TV discussion does not stop here so do not forget to visit the FoCC forums. The complete TV schedule is listed below for you to see. Until next time TV fans, keep on being super or magical!

DRWHO42’s picks:
New: Strike Back! and Polar
On-going: Project Blue Book, Manifest, Blindspot, Travelers, Sabrina, Black Lightning, The Flash, The Gifted, FBI, Big Bang Theory, Supergirl, Charmed, Arrow, Black-ish, Daredevil, Deadly Class, The Passage, Star Trek: Discovery, Punisher
Binge / Stack: Hawaii 5-0, Elementary, Voltron, Luke Cage, The Magicians, Supernatural, iZombie, Lost in Space (finished and re-watching)

Mario Wario’s picks:
New: Strike Back, Supergirl, Arrow, Black Lightning, The Magicians, and Polar.
On-going: The Orville, Star Trek Discovery,  The Flash, Gotham, and Dragon Ball Super (Dub).
Binge / Stack: The Punisher.

Alyssa’s picks for Over-The-Air (OTA) and Streaming:
OTA New: The Magicians, Victoria, The Passage, Roswell: New Mexico, The Rookie, God Friended Me, 911, Manifest, NCIS shows, Madam Secretary, & Hell’s Kitchen.
Stream: Re-watch the end of season 3, The Magicians

Editor’s note: all times listed below are Eastern and Nerd/Geek interest are highlighted in PINK.

Sunday, January 20, 2019
3:05 pm
FOX NFL Playoffs: NFC Championship Game – Los Angeles Rams @ New Orleans Saints [Special Presentation]
6:40 pm
CBS NFL Playoffs: AFC Championship Game – New England Patriots @ Kansas Chiefs  [Special Presentation]
8:00 pm
THE CW Supergirl: Suspicious Minds [4th Season Winter Premiere]
9:00 pm
THE CW Charmed: Keep Calm and Harry on [1st Season Winter Premiere]
SHOWTIME Shameless: The Apple Doesn’t Fall Far from the Alibi [9th Season Winter Premiere]
10:00 pm
SHOWTIME Black Monday: 365 [Series Premiere]

Travel back to October 19, 1987—aka Black Monday, the worst stock market crash in the history of Wall Street. To this day, no one knows who caused it … until now. This is the story of how a group of outsiders took on the blue-blood, old-boys club of Wall Street and ended up crashing the world’s largest financial system, a Lamborghini limousine and the glass ceiling. The outrageous comedy series stars Don Cheadle, Andrew Rannells and Regina Hall. Click here for more information.

HBO Crashing: Jaboukie [3rd Season Premiere]
CBS Magnum P.I.: Winner Takes All [New Episode – Special Night & Time]
10:30 pm
HBO High Maintenance: M.A.S.H. [3rd Season Premiere]
SHOWTIME Smilf: S**t Man, I’ve Literally Failed [2nd Season Premiere]

Monday – January 21, 2019
3:01 am
NETFLIX Justice [Special Presentation]

Defying pressure to join her father’s firm, a determined young lawyer strikes out on her own and fights to maintain faith in Abu Dhabi’s justice system. Click here for more information.

6:00 am
COMEDY Parks & Recreation: Off-Network Premiere on Comedy Central [Cable Series Premiere]
8:00 pm
THE CW Arrow: My Name Is Emiko Queen [7th Season Winter Premiere]
CBS Celebrity Big Brother: Hour 1 [2nd Season Premiere]
9:00 pm
THE CW Black Lightning: The Book of Rebellion: Chapter Three: Angelitos Negros [2nd Season Winter Premiere – New Time Slot]
Tuesday – January 22, 2019
8:00 pm
ABC The Conners: We Continue to Truck [1st Season Finale]
9:00 pm
ID An American Murder Mystery: Robert Durst, Part 2 [11th Season Finale]

Wednesday – January 23, 2019
9:00 pm
SYFY The Magicians: A Flock of Lost Birds [4th Season Premiere]
10:00 pm
HISTORY Knight Fight: Vikings vs. Byzantines [Series Premiere]

Welcome to the toughest, most violent armored combat competition in the world today. “Knight Fight” steps inside the world of the full-contact Armored Combat League — often referred to as “Medieval MMA” or “Knight Fight Club.” This blood sport is a full-contact armored combat league where modern-day warriors battle in over eighty pounds of plated armor with real steel weapons. Click here for more information.

USA Suits [8th Season Winter Premiere]

Thursday, January 24, 2019
3:01 am
NETFLIX Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes [Complete First Season / Series Premiere]

Present-day interviews, archival footage and audio recordings made on death row form a searing portrait of notorious serial killer Ted Bundy. Click here for more information.

8:00 pm
FREEFORM Siren: The Arrival [2nd Season Premiere]
9:00 pm
THE CW Legacies: Maybe I Should Start From the End [1st Season Winter Premiere]
9:30 pm
NBC The Good Place: Pandemonium [3rd Season Finale]

Friday – January 25, 2019
3:01 am
NETFLIX Black Earth Rising [Complete First Season / Series Premiere]

Adopted by a human rights attorney after the Rwandan genocide, legal investigator Kate Ashby confronts her past when she takes on war crimes cases. Click here for more information.

NETFLIX Club De Cuervos [Complete Fourth Season Premiere]
AMAZON Four More Shots Please! [Series Premiere]

Four female friends deal with romance, work-life conflicts, ambitions and anxieties. Click here for more information.

NETFLIX Kingdom [Complete First Season / Series Premiere]

While strange rumors about their ill king grip a kingdom, the crown prince becomes their only hope against a mysterious plague overtaking the land. Click here for more information.

NETFLIX Medici: Masters of Florence [Complete Second Season Premiere]
NETFLIX Animas [Feature Film Special Presentation]

A teen’s eerie visions become increasingly frequent and terrifying after her longtime friend gets a girlfriend and his abusive dad is strangely killed. Click here for more information.

NETFLIX Polar [Feature Film Special Presentation]

An assassin on the verge of retirement must put the good life on hold when his greedy boss sends a squad of young, ruthless killers to take him out. Click here for more information.

NETFLIX Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Episodes 7-12 [4th Season Finale]
DC Young Justice: Outsiders [3rd Season Winter Finale]
8:00 pm
NBC Sports Special: US Figure Skating Championship: Ladies Free (Detroit) [Special Presentation]
8:30 pm
DISNEY Sydney to The Max: Can’t Dye This [Series Premiere]

Set in the present day with flashbacks to the 1990s, the comedy revolves around outgoing middle school Sydney Reynolds who lives with her single dad Max and with her progressive grandmother Judy-three generations under one roof. Click here for more information.

10:00 pm
CINEMAX Strike Back: Episode 51 [6th Season Premiere]

Saturday – January 26, 2019
8:00 pm
NBC NHL All-Star Game: San Jose [Special Presentation]
FOX Premier Boxing Champions Special: Keith Thurman vs. Josesito Lopez [Special Presentation]

Mario Wario

Mario Wario is a Spidey/Funko/video game fanatic, yet going to a pop culture convention is always his goal. Yes, he is also a fan of Mario and Wario. His Twitter handle is: @ScottyTheWise