By DRWHO42 & Scott C.
All good things must eventually come to an end. 2020 has witnessed a few notable television departures such as Arrow, The Good Place, Vikings, Strike Back, Blindspot, The Rain, and in 2021, we will see Lost In Space complete its journey to set off into the sunset. This week sees Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD ending its remarkable seven-season run. This run helped establish the Marvel TV empire and created a business case for production and television executives to greenlit the ever-growing slate of heroic and sci-fi series on networks and many streaming platforms.
Agents of SHIELD also charted out its course and identity with the occasional references to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Let’s not forget about the cameos, which included Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury or Jaime Alexander’s Lady Sif. The blog will miss this special series dearly, but we have a two-hour series finale to look forward to this week (Wednesday, August 12th, at 9 p.m. ET on ABC), before we say our final goodbyes to team SHIELD.
Discovery, meanwhile, kicks off its annual shark-filled week of programming this Sunday, to inform viewers on various topics surrounding this marine species, mixed in with a little entertainment. The line up looks exciting (click here for more details), and to make it more interesting, Mike Tyson, Will Smith, and Shaquille O’Neal will be joining in on the fun. While we are on the topic, NatGeo has already kicked off their shark-themed programming recently, and it set to continue for the next few weeks. By the end of the month, the number of hours dedicated to sharks will be an impressive 100 hours!
Looking back to last week, Britannia made its debut on EPIX and brought an impressively intimidating David Morrisey to our screens once again as a Roman General. While this first episode served to establish the premise of the series from what we have seen so far, it has a great blend of Celtic mysticism with visuals reminiscent of the film 300. The series’ beautiful scenery stands out; some of us here on the blog are already thinking about visiting the many locations shown in the show as possible vacation destinations, once the pandemic is over, of course.
This week sees both Stargirl, and The Alienist concluding their current seasons. The second season run for The Alienist may feel short but is in part to the compressed airing schedule. If you have missed anything, you can catch up on the TNT app or going to HBO Max.
In other TV news, Sirens, the Freeform mermaid series, was canceled along with Hulu’s High Fidelity. The trailer for Ridley Scott’s Raised by Wolves will be set in a future where a group of children survivors is raised and taught by a caretaker who is guarding a secret. Also of interest is the trailer for Ratched, which stars Sarah Paulson as a nurse in a psychiatric hospital. Both series look interesting. Lastly, Michelle Gomez (Doctor Who, Chilling Tales of Sabrina) is joining the cast of Kaley Cuoco’s (Big Bang Theory) The Flight Attendant.
BBC America recently announced this week that a new original series is in the works, which means we are adding it to our radar now, and that series is called The Watch. This series, which is as a fantasy show with comedic undertones, centers on an unlikely group of misfits who band together to thwart a scheme to resurrect a great dragon and to save the world in the process. The series will not debut until 2021, but we are excited by the premise, so the blog cannot wait to see it as soon as possible.
That is all for this week. Happy Shark Week, everyone!
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New: Agents of SHIELD!!!!, Shark Week
On-going: Dark, Umbrella Academy, Star Trek: Lower Decks, Coroner, The Rain, The Alienist, Brave New World, Cursed Warrior Nun, NOS4A2, Perry Mason, The UnXplained, Doom Patrol, Stargirl, Snowpiercer
Binge / Re-watch: Lost in Space, Jack Ryan, Strike Back!, The Witcher (finished and re-watching the greatness)
Mario Wario’s picks:
New: Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD (Series Finale).
On-going: Stargirl, NOS4A2, Star Trek: Lower Decks, and Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD.
Binge / Stack: [Nothing at the Moment]
Editor’s note: All times listed below are Eastern and nerd/geek interest are highlighted in PINK.
Sunday, August 09, 2020
HISTORY Apocalypse Earth: Volcanoes: Fire & Fury [Series Premiere]
Earth, air, water and fire are essential elements in life. But what happens when these natural elements turn on humanity? Apocalypse Earth will examine the catastrophic threat natural phenomena can pose to the US and around the world. Click here for more information.
PBS Endeavour: Oracle [7th Season Premiere]
HBO Perry Mason: Chapter 8 [1st Season Finale]
TNT The Alienist: Angel of Darkness – Better Angels [2nd Season Finale]
Showtime We Hunt Together: Episode 101 [Series Premiere]
A gripping twist on a classic cat-and-mouse story, this British drama series explores the intoxication of sexual attraction and the dangerous power of emotional manipulation. As two conflicted detectives track down a pair of deadly killers, the series reveals how finding a volatile form of solace in another can have dire consequences. Click here for more information.
Monday, August 10, 2020
ADULT SWIM YOLO: Crystal Fantasy: Maddison’s Birthday Party [Series Premiere]
Two Australian party girls, Sarah and Rachel, looking for fun times, new experiences, positive vibes, and hopeful horoscopes in the bizarre town of Wollongong. Sarah’s quest is to find love, whereas Rachel hungers for chaos, often bringing them into conflict as they encounter surreal Australiana, strange bush creatures, and eccentric nomads. Click here for more information.
NETFLIX Game On: A Comedy Crossover Event [Complete 1st Season / Series Premiere]
Worlds collide in this special event featuring familiar faces, surprise cameos and stories of spirited competition from four different comedy series. Click here for more information.
QUIBI Mapleworth Murders [Series Premiere]
From the creative minds behind SNL and Late Night with Seth Meyers comes MAPLEWORTH MURDERS, a hilarious whodunnit written by and starring Paula Pell and John Lutz, and featuring a “who’s who” of guest suspects and victims. It all leads to a bigger question: why the hell are there so many murderers in one town? Click here for more information.
CW Stargirl: Stars & S.T.R.I.P.E. Part Two [1st Season Finale]
DISCOVERY Shaq Attack [One-Hour Special]
DISCOVERY Jaws Awakens [One-Hour Special]
Tuesday, August 11, 2020
QUIBI Don’t Look Deeper [1st Season Finale]
DISCOVERY Extinct or Alive: Land of the Lost Sharks [One-Hour Special]
DISCOVERY Will Smith: Off the Deep End [One-Hour Special]
DISCOVERY Great White Serial Killer Extinction [One-Hour Special]
HBO Hard Knocks: Los Angeles [15th Season Premiere]
Wednesday, August 12, 2020
NETFLIX Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl [Movie]
Flight Lieutenant Gunjan Saxena makes history in her journey from aspiring aviator to India’s first female combat pilot in the Kargil War. Click here for more information.
DISCOVERY Monster Under the Bridge [One-Hour Special About Sharks]
DISCOVERY Adam Devine’s Secret Shark Lair [One-Hour Special]
ABC Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD: The End is at Hand / What We’re Fighting For [Two-Hour Series Finale]
CBS Tough As Nails: Trash Day [new Time Slot]
DISCOVERY Great White Double Trouble [One-Hour Special]
Thursday, August 13, 2020
HBO Max Infinity Train [Complete 3rd Season Premiere / Animated]
DISCOVERY Air Jaws 2020 [One-Hour Special]
DISCOVERY Jaws in America [One-Hour Special]
ABC Don’t: Don’t Quit Your Day Job [1st Season Finale]
DISCOVERY Mako Nation [One-Hour Special]
Friday, August 14, 2020
NETFLIX 3% [Complete 4th Season / Series Finale]
DISNEY+ The One and Only Ivan [Movie]
A gorilla named Ivan tries to piece together his past with the help of an elephant named Stella as they hatch a plan to escape from captivity. Click here for more information.
DISNEY Magic Camp [Movie]
Follows Andy, who, at the urging of his former mentor and Magic Camp owner Roy Preston, returns as a counselor to the camp of his youth hoping to reignite his career. Click here for more information.
NETFLIX The Great Heist [Complete 1st Season / Series Premiere]
In 1994, a team of thieves plans an ambitious heist to steal millions from Colombia’s Bank of the Republic. Inspired by true events. Click here for more information.
NETFLIX Fearless [Animated Movie]
A teen gamer is forced to level up to full-time babysitter when his favorite video game drops three superpowered infants from space into his backyard. Click here for more information.
NETFLIX Project Power [Movie]
An ex-soldier, a teen, and a cop collide in New Orleans as they hunt for the source behind a dangerous new pill that grants users temporary superpowers. Click here for more information.
APPLE TV+ Ted Lasso [Series Premiere]
Follows US American Football coach Ted Lasso heading to the UK to manage a struggling London soccer team in the top flight of English football. Click here for more information.
NETFLIX Teenage Bounty Hunters [Complete 1st Season / Series Premiere]
Twin sisters Sterling and Blair balance teen life at an elite Southern high school with an unlikely new career as butt-kicking bounty hunters. Click here for more information.
DISNEY+ Weird But True: Dinosaurs [3rd Season Premiere]
DISCOVERY Alien Sharks: First Contact [One-Hour Special]
DISCOVERY Lair of the Great White [One-Hour Special]
DISCOVERY I Was Prey Shark Week 2 [One-Hour Special]
Saturday, August 15, 2020
NETFLIX Rita [Complete 5th Season Premiere]
DISCOVERY Wicked Sharks [One-Hour Special]
DISCOVERY Sharks Gone Wild 3 [One-Hour Special]