By DRWHO42 & Scott C.
The week ahead is filled with great viewing options for viewers who like comedy, drama, or sports that provides us a way to escape the unpleasant summer heat.
First up is the return of Evil for its second season on Paramount+. Evil was a hidden gem within the 2019-2020 CBS lineup with stars Katja Herbers (Westworld), Mike Colter (Luke Cage), and Assif Mandvi (Blue Bloods) as a team of investigators who look into miracles, possessions, and the occult. Michael Emerson (Person of Interest, Lost) also stars in this series as a mysterious manipulator who we think may be working for ‘The Devil’, or some unseen dark force. Now, if you have not had the opportunity to watch the series, we strongly recommend adding it to your watch list (as the first season is currently on Netflix). There is much more than meets the eye in each episode, and the series writers do a great job teasing viewers with just enough supernatural elements to keep you guessing on what may happen next, just like what The X-Files did long ago.
While on the subject of Paramount+, the second season trailer for Picard saw a release last week, we got a first glimpse at what is in store for Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) and Seven of Nine (Jeri Ryan), plus the addition to seeing the highly anticipated return of Q. The poster for the series hints that there may be a trip in time to present-day Los Angeles, but we will have to wait until 2022 to find out if that will be the case. We doubt a pair of whales need saving again, though.
AMC kicks off its summer programming with the dark comedy Kevin Can F**k Himself, which stars Annie Murphy (Schitt’s Creek). This series takes a different approach which switches between multiple camera sitcom viewpoints for some scenes (with a laugh track) and a traditional single-camera setting. Reviews from television critics have been positive, so we recommend adding the show to your watch list.
Are you a Kaiju fan? If so, mark this Thursday (June 24th) into your calendars for the premiere of Godzilla Singular Point on Netflix. Viewers and Godzilla fans alike should appreciate the eye-popping anime style adopted for this series. Overall, you can never go wrong with watching Godzilla content. Who does not like watching a giant lizard destroying cities or fighting other monsters? The blog likes it!
As for Clarice, the series wraps up its first season this Thursday; however, we are still waiting for word on a renewal. As of this writing, the series was not picked up by the CBS network, and negotiations with Paramount+ have stalled. So far, this series has been a standout with Rebecca Breeds’ brilliant portrayal of Clarice Starling, the show’s multi-dimensional characters, and perfectly woven mystery that we cannot get enough in watching. We are hopeful we will see a renewal announcement soon.
Conan O’Brien will take a final bow late Thursday evening on TBS. San Diego Comic-Con fans will be a little heartbroken since his show, a must-go-to off-site due to having a great guest lists, Conan and his crew providing fans with good shows, and giving out free special edition Conan-themed Funko Pops!, will probably not be returning next year. We do remain hopeful that the variety show Conan is developing with HBO Max will allow for an excursion to Comic-Con in some way that makes it one of the best off-sites to try in July.
The competition for spots on the U.S. Olympic team continues this week, with trials for Track, Gymnastics, and Swimming occurring throughout the week. While the focus of the U.S. broadcasts is on the team representing the country, we recommend checking the streaming platforms, such as Amazon Prime, for trials that may be available from other countries for their respective teams.
In television news, fans of The Blacklist were shocked to find out that Megan Boone is stepping away from the series as a regular after eight seasons. While Boone has not spoken publicly about her departure, multiple news reports state that she is working on other projects and wants to do just that for now. Regardless, we hope there is a chance we see Boone again in the upcoming ninth season. For now, we have the season finale this Wednesday night to look forward to this week, and it may be one of the last times we see our beloved Elizabeth Keen.
Manifest has been getting a lot of buzz lately thanks to the recent cliffhanger season finale and the unfortunate news of the NBC network cancellation of the series. Thus, fans kicked off a #SaveManifest Twitter campaign afterward and Tweet-a-longs with series creator Jeff Rake, plus stars Josh Dallas, Mellissa Roxburgh, J.R. Martinez, Daryl Edwards, Luna Blaise, and Parveen Kaur joining in. Fans are hopeful Netflix will pick up the series, and there is a good case to justify the pick-up with the series itself being in the #1 spot on Netflix since its premiere on the streaming platform last week.
That is all for this week. Do not forget to look at the new listing below to know the times, dates, and where to watch shows (or movies) that were mentioned earlier or not. Also, we wish all the good fathers and fatherly figures a Happy Father’s Day.
New: Evil!!!!!!, Olympic Trials
On-going: Black Summer, Jupiter’s Legacy, Legends of Tomorrow, Shadow and Bone, Legends of Tomorrow, Manifest, Kung Fu, Supergirl, Superman and Lois, The Flash, Pacific Rim: The Black, Pennyworth, Black Lightning, The Equalizer, Clarice, Batwoman, The Blacklist.
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: Rick & Morty (5th season Premiere).
On-going: The Flash, Batwoman, Superman & Lois, Star Wars: The Bad Batch, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Loki.
Binge / Stack: [Nothing at the Moment]
Editor’s note: All times listed below are Eastern and nerd/geek interest are highlighted in AMBER.
Sunday, June 20, 2021
PARAMOUNT+ Evil [2nd Season Premiere]
CARTOON NETWORK Teen Titans Go!: Teen Titans Go See Space Jam [Special]
FOX Bless The Harts: Betty’s Birthday [Series Finale]
CARTOON NETWORK Amazing World of Gumball: The Gumball Chronicles: Elmore’s Most Wanted [Special]
NBC U.S. Olympic Trials: Swimming
STARZ Girlfriend Experience: Integration [3rd Season Finale]
AMC Kevin Can F**k Himself: Living The Dream / New Tricks [Two-Hour Series Premiere]
Emmy winner Annie Murphy (Schitt’s Creek) stars in the new series that shows what happens when the sitcom wife escapes her confines and takes the lead in her own life. Click here for more information.
NBC U.S. Olympic Trials: Track
PBS Us: Episode One [Series Premiere]
In a drama tinged with humor and heartbreak, Tom Hollander (Baptiste, The Night Manager) and Saskia Reeves (Luther) play a couple who embark on a long-planned grand tour of Europe, despite the wife’s wrenching proclamation that she wants to leave the marriage. The miniseries is based on a novel by best-selling author David Nicholls. Click here for more information.
FOX Moodys: Episode 208 [2nd Season Finale]
ADULT SWIM Rick & Morty: Mort Dinner Rick Andre [5th Season Premiere]
Monday, June 21, 2021
NETFLIX Mad For Each Other: Goodbye & Hello [1st Season Finale]
NBC U.S. Olympic Trials: Track
Tuesday, June 22, 2021
FREEFORM Motherland: Fort Salem: Of The Blood [2nd Season Premiere]
Wednesday, June 23, 2021
CBS Kids Say The Darndest Things: Hatchet Man / FBI Junior Agent [2nd Season Finale]
THE CW In The Dark: Hanging By a Thread [3rd Season Premiere]
NBC The Blacklist: Konets [8th Season Finale]
Thursday, June 24, 2021
DISOVERY+ Yellowstone Super Volcano: The Next Pompeii
NETFLIX Godzilla Singular Point [Anime Series Premiere]
Brought together by a mysterious song, a grad student and an engineer lead the fight against an unimaginable force that may spell doom for the world. Click here for more information.
PARAMOUNT+ Good Fight [5th Season Premiere]
SUNDANCE NOW Now Innocent [2nd Season Premiere]
NETFLIX The Naked Doctor [Series Finale]
SHUDDER An Unquiet Grave [Movie]
A year after losing his wife in a car crash, Jamie (Jacob A. Ware) convinces her sister, Ava (Christine Nyland), to return with him to the site of the accident and help him perform a strange ritual. But as the night wears on, it becomes clear that he has darker intentions. An Unquiet Grave is an exploration of grief, and the harm we cause when we don’t take responsibility for our own healing. Click here for more information.
ABC When Nature Calls With Helen Mirren: Let’s Begin At The Beginning [Series Premiere]
Helen Mirren has been tapped to narrate “When Nature Calls with Helen Mirren” (formerly “When Nature Calls” WT), a laugh-out-loud, one-hour unscripted comedy series that looks at the lighter side of the natural world. Much like the overall tone of the show, this role is designed for Helen to lean into her comedic talents while taking the audience on a visually enchanting and ridiculously hilarious tour of the animal kingdom. Based on a BBC Studios comedy format, the series features comedians putting words into the mouths of beautiful beasts, teeny-tiny frogs, beatboxing badgers and more in captivating footage from all over the world. Click here for more information.
CBS United States of Al: Help / Komak [1st Season Finale]
NBC Good Girls: Strong Hearts Strong Sales [4th Season Summer Premiere]
THE CW Legacies: Fate’s a Bitch, Isn’t It? [3rd Season Finale]
CBS Clarice: Family is Freedom [1st Season Finale]
NBC Good Girls: Put it All on Two [ New Episode]
TBS Conan: Jack Black [One-Hour Series Finale]
Friday, June 25, 2021
APPLE TV+ Who Are You, Charlie Brown? [Documentary]
Before there was Charlie Brown, there was Schulz. Take a delightful look into the magic of Peanuts, its creator, and the lasting legacy he left on the world. Click here for more information.
AMAZON Bosch [Series Finale]
APPLE TV+ Central Park [2nd Season Premiere]
APPLE TV+ Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet [2nd Season Finale] ‘
NETFLIX A List [2nd Season Premiere]
DISNEY+ Mysterious Benedict Society: A Bunch of Smart Orphans [Series Premiere]
A group of gifted orphans are recruited by an eccentric, benefactor to go on a secret mission. Click here for more information.
NETFLIX The Ice Road [Movie]
To save a team of miners trapped underground, a down-on-his-luck ice road trucker joins a mission across treacherous terrain to deliver rescue equipment. Click here for more information.
NETFLIX Ray [Series Premiere]
From a satire to a psychological thriller, four short stories from celebrated auteur and writer Satyajit Ray are adapted for the screen in this series. Click here for more information.
NICK Barbarian and the Troll: Come Together [1st Season Finale]
CBS The 48th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards
NBC U.S. Olympic Trials: Women’s Gymnastics
FX Choe Show: Hurt People, Heard People [1st Season Finale]
Saturday, June 26, 2021
NBC U.S. Olympic Trials: Men’s Gymnastics
NBC U.S. Olympic Trials: Track