Next Week in TV 2/28: Awards, Out-of-this-World Debris, The Walking Dead, and The Return of a King!

By DRWHO42 & Scott C.

The upcoming week in television is stacked to the brim with delightful options, including zombies, extraterrestrial phenomenon, heroes, and awards.

The week begins with the 78th Golden Globe Awards airing at 8 p.m. ET (Sunday) on NBC. The awards show will be hosted by the dynamic duo of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. We will be rooting for shows like The Mandalorian, Lovecraft Country, Ratched, The Crown, The Queen’s Gambit, Hamilton, Soul, and The Flight Attendant. For actors, we are cheering for Gillian Anderson (The Crown), Anya Taylor-Joy (The Queen’s Gambit & Emma), Jodie Comer (Killing Eve), Olivia Coleman (The Crown), Kaley Cuoco (The Flight Attendant); Mark Ruffalo (I Know This Much is True), Hugh Grant (The Undoing), and Nicole Kidman (The Undoing). Lastly, top honors will go to Jane Fonda with the Cecil B. DeMille Award and Norman Lear awarded with the Carol Burnett Award.

Now, it has been a while since we have last seen the gang from The Walking Dead, but the long wait is over this Sunday evening (9 p.m. ET) over on AMC. The series, which got an extended episode order earlier last year for season ten, is back for six new episodes before concluding its 10th season. Fans of the series will be excited to see Lauren Cohan’s Maggie Rhee return; there will be some emotions coming to the surface as the character reconnects with everyone. There will, of course, be friction between her and Negan. We are also very curious about her new masked companion. Overall, there will be plenty to look forward to these next six weeks and beyond, with Fear The Walking Dead returning on April 11th, too.

Monday night will be a night many are looking forward to with the series premiere of Debris. This new series focuses on a mysterious event after an interstellar object crashes on Earth. It will spark a race to uncover the mystery and take control of the situation before any materials fall into the wrong hands. Do know that NBC has been friendly with the science fiction genre lately, and the timing of this premiere may be advantageous with viewers looking for new content while waiting for Manifest to return on April 1st. We are hopeful Debris has some staying power and the ratings to support a renewal (preferably an early one).

The scarlet speedster, The Flash, returns for its 7th season and is a nice pairing with Superman & Lois. Speaking of Superman, the series premiered with very high ratings and we are excited about that because it will show the executives at The CW they investment in the series is worthwhile and open the door to other series down the road.

Paramount+, formerly CBS All Access, debuts this week. During the recent launch presentation, there were several big announcements like the news that the platform will have movies such as Mission: Impossible 7 and Top Gun: Maverick available to viewers 45 days after their theatrical releases. Trek fans were also excited with the news of the on-going plans for the Star Trek TV franchise, like the new series Star Trek: Strange New Worlds currently in production. The brand-new series is before Star Trek: The Original Series, with Captain Christopher Pike (Anson Adams Mount), and the crew of the USS Enterprise, returning to the small screen after guest-starring in Star Trek: Discovery‘s second season. 

We do have some sad news for fans of the new Twilight Zone, as the series is not returning for a third season. Now, this news may not be the end for the franchise given the number of reboots and re-investment of previously canceled shows.

Friday is the day to clear your plans, grab your popcorn, and get ready to laugh because Coming 2 America arrives on Amazon Prime. The cast for this long-awaited sequel to the 1988 film includes many of the original cast, such as Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall, Shari Headley, James Earl Jones, John Amos, Louis Anderson, Garcelle Beauvais, Paul Bates, and Kiki Layne. There are a few notables for this sequel, though, like Wesley Snipes and Leslie Jones. From what we have seen in the trailers, the ‘makeup magic’ will be back to help Eddie Murphy, and Arsenio Hall transform into other hilarious characters. We are hopeful that the ‘magic’ will be back along with the laughs.

Netflix, meanwhile, is picking up the mantle in the fight against Kaijus with the animated Pacific Rim: The Black premiering on Friday. The series will take place after the events of the two theatrical films (which we are still hopeful that a third film will happen) and it centers on two siblings who are looking for their parents while coming across an abandoned Jaeger.

In television and media news, Netflix released an impressive trailer for the upcoming fantasy series Shadow and Bone ahead of the panel for IGNFest. The series, which is scheduled to be released on April 23rd, is based on Leigh Bardugo’s Grishaverse novels. It tells the tale of a young girl developing extraordinary powers, that could help her war-town. We have added this series to our list for April and will recommend that you consider adding it to your watch list.

Fans of The Handmaids Tale received a gift this week with the announcement of the season four release date – April 28th – along with a trailer for the upcoming season. The series, which films around Toronto, had to make many adjustments while shooting the fourth season because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The show’s producers did hint, though, at a slightly different look and feel for this highly anticipated upcoming fourth season, as June (Elizabeth Moss) is on a mission to retrieve her daughter, Hannah, and disrupt Gilead. We expect this season will be a game-changer and we are especially happy that the series has already been renewed for a 5th season.

Lastly, WandaVision wraps up its first season this Friday on Disney+. The series has been an immediate favorite with Marvel fans everywhere, so we are hopeful that there will be a second season later, or an expansion of the story being told.

That is it for this week! Until next time, please let us know what you will be watching when visiting the FoCC forum. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

DRWHO42’s picks:

New: The Walking Dead, Debris, The Flash, Pacific Rim: The Black, Coming to America 2

On-going: Superman and Lois, Black Lightning, Alex Rider, Tribes of Europa, The Equalizer, Clarice, Resident Alien, Snowpiercer, Batwoman, 9-1-1, 9-1-1: Lone Star, The Blacklist, FBI, FBI: Most Wanted, The Crown, Young Sheldon, American Gods, Prodigal Son, Wandavision.

Binge / Re-watch: Lost in Space, Doctor Who, Jack Ryan, Strike Back!, The Witcher (finished and re-watching the greatness)

Mario Wario’s picks:

New: The Flash, Debris, Pacific Rim: The Black, Raya and the Last Dragon.

On-going: The Watch, Shameless, Clarice, WandaVision, The Flash, Batwoman, Snowpiercer, Resident Alien, Black Lightning, Superman & Lois, Power Rangers: Dino Fury, Are You Afraid of the Dark.

Binge / Stack: [Nothing at the Moment]

Editor’s note: All times listed below are Eastern and nerd/geek interest are highlighted in AMBER.

Sunday, February 28, 2021
3:01 am
NETFLIX Arashi’s Diary -Voyage- [1st Season Finale]
AMC+ Ride With Norman Reedus: Early Access Begins [5th Season Premiere]
7:00 pm
NBC Golden Globes Pre-Show
8:00 pm
SHOWTIME The Circus [6th Season Finale]
NBC The 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards
9:00 pm
EPIX Bridge and Tunnel: The Swan Song [1st Season Finale]
AMC The Walking Dead: Home Sweet Home [10th Season Winter Premiere]
10:02 pm
AMC Talking Dead: On The Walking Dead 1017 [9th Season Winter Premiere]

Monday, March 01, 2021
3:01 am
NETFLIX Biggie: I Got A Story To Tell [Documentary on The Notorious B.I.G.]
10:01 pm
NBC Debris: Pilot [Series Premiere]

When mysterious wreckage starts falling from the sky, a secretive international agency is tasked with figuring out what it is, where it came from, and most importantly… what it can do. British agent Finola Jones and American agent Bryan Beneventi are partners who have very different styles – she’s warm, intuitive and detail-oriented, and he’s charming, confident and guarded. But they have no choice but to trust each other as they track down the debris scattered across the Western Hemisphere. Each fragment has unpredictable, powerful and sometimes dangerous effects on the everyday people who find it. Every discovery is also a race against time, because shadowy outside forces seek these objects for nefarious purposes. Click Here for More Information.

Tuesday, March 02, 2021
3:01 am
NETFLIX Word Party: Season 5 [5th Season Premiere / Animated]
8:00 pm
THE CW The Flash : All’s Wells That Ends Wells [7th Season Premiere]
9:00 pm
THE CW Superman & Lois: Heritage [Time Slot Premiere]
10:00 pm
ABC Soul of a Nation [Series Premiere / News]
10:01 pm
NBC New Amsterdam: The New Normal [3rd Season Premiere]

Wednesday, March 03, 2021
3:01 am
NETFLIX Moxie [Movie]

Inspired by her mom’s rebellious past and a confident new friend, a shy 16-year-old publishes an anonymous zine calling out sexism at her school. Click Here for More Information.

10:00 pm
ABC The Con: The Fyre Festival Con [1st Season Spring Premiere]

Thursday, March 04, 2021
3:01 am
PARAMOUNT+ Kamp Koral: Spongebob’s Under Years: Part 1 [Series Premiere / Animated]

Spin-off of Spongebob Squarepants with the characters as children. SpongeBob is a kid camper who spends his summer catching jellyfish, building camp-fires, and swimming in Lake Yuckymuck. Click Here for More Information.

NETFLIX Pacific Rim: The Black [Series Premiere / Anime]

After Kaiju ravage Australia, two siblings pilot a Jaeger to search for their parents, encountering new creatures, seedy characters and chance allies. Click Here for More Information. 

SHUDDER Lucky [Movie / Horror]

Life takes a sudden turn for May (Brea Grant, After Midnight), a popular self-help book author, when she finds herself the target of a mysterious man with murderous intentions. Every night, without fail he comes after her, and every day the people around her barely seem to notice. With no one to turn to, May is pushed to her limits and must take matters into her own hands to survive and to regain control of her life. Written by Brea Grant, directed by Natasha Kermani (Imitation Girl). Click Here for More Information.

PARAMOUNT+ Spongebob Squarepants: The Spongebob Movie: Sponge on the Run [Animated Movie]

SpongeBob SquarePants, his best friend Patrick, and the Bikini Bottom gang star in their most epic adventure movie yet! When SpongeBob’s beloved pet snail Gary goes missing, a path of clues leads SpongeBob and Patrick to the powerful King Poseidon, who has Gary held captive in the Lost City of Atlantic City. On their mission to save Gary, SpongeBob and his pals team up for a heroic and hilarious journey where they discover nothing is stronger than the power of friendship. Stay after the credits for an all-new mini-movie! Click Here for More Information.

PARAMOUNT+ Tooning Out The News [2nd Season Premiere]
8:00 pm
NBC Superstore: Deep Cleaning [New Time Slot]
10:00 pm
ABC The Chase: I’m Used to Men Chasing Me [1st Season Finale / Game Show]

Friday, March 05, 2021
12:01 am
AMAZON Coming 2 America [Movie]

Akeem and Semmi are back! Set in the lush and royal country of Zamunda, newly-crowned King Akeem (Eddie Murphy) and his trusted confidante Semmi (Arsenio Hall) embark on an all-new hilarious adventure that has them traversing the globe from their great African nation to the borough of Queens, New York – where it all began. Click Here for More Information.

HULU Boss Level [Movie]

Stuck in a time loop, doomed to repeat the same day over and over again while being hunted by dozens of deadly assassins, a man struggles to find a way out of his strange predicament. Click Here for More Information.

3:01 am
NETFLIX City of Ghosts [Series Premiere / Animated]

Meet the Ghost Club! Their adventures take them all around Los Angeles as they interview ghosts, solve problems and learn about their city’s history. Click Here for More Information.

DISNEY+ Raya and the Last Dragon [Movie / Animated]

Long ago, in the fantasy world of Kumandra, humans and dragons lived together in harmony. But when sinister monsters known as the Druun threatened the land, the dragons sacrificed themselves to save humanity. Now, 500 years later, those same monsters have returned and it’s up to a lone warrior, Raya, to track down the last dragon in order to finally stop the Druun for good. However, along her journey, she’ll learn that it’ll take more than dragon magic to save the world—it’s going to take trust as well. From directors Don Hall and Carlos López Estrada, co-directors Paul Briggs and John Ripa, producers Osnat Shurer and Peter Del Vecho, and featuring the voices of Kelly Marie Tran as Raya and Awkwafina as Sisu. Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Raya and the Last Dragon” will debut simultaneously on Disney+ Premier Access and in theatres on March 5, 2021. Click Here for More Information.

NETFLIX Sentinelle [Movie]

Transferred home after a traumatizing combat mission, a highly trained French soldier uses her lethal skills to hunt down the man who hurt her sister. Click Here for More Information.

DISNEY+ WandaVision [1st Season Finale]
5:00 pm
NICK Tooned In: Slimeaggedon! Johnny V Leehie V NICK [1st Season Finale]
10:00 pm
SYFY Wynonna Earp [4th Season Spring Premiere]

Saturday, March 06, 2021
8:00 pm
BBCA Snow Animals [Special]
REELZ The Real Hunt for Red October [Documentary]

The docu-drama, The Real Hunt for Red October, reveals, for the first time, the astonishing secret events behind the Russian submarine, Red October, that went missing on March 8, 1968, taking the Soviet Union and U.S. to the brink of war. Click Here for More Information.

Mario Wario

Scott 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. You can follow him on Twitter @ScottyTheWise.

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