By DRWHO42 & Scott C.
The week many of us have been waiting for is finally here.
The Tokyo Olympic Games kick off this week after a year-long delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic. There will be a lot of excitement for the traditional events such as gymnastics, swimming, water polo, diving, beach volleyball, fencing, soccer, and track and field. There are also a few new and exciting events to keep your eye on, including surfing, skateboarding, BMX, sport climbing. To watch, NBC will be airing the games on their channels and their Peacock streaming platform. You can check out their website for the United States (U.S.)-based coverage and schedule, and to see other countries duke it out, simply by clicking here. The listing below will also have a few Olympic U.S. games listed for your convenience. Of course, we wish all of the athletes a great Olympic experience.
Keeping with the sports theme, the Concacaf Gold Cup match between the U.S. and Canada takes place late Sunday afternoon (5 p.m. ET) on Fox. The U.S. men’s national team looks to wrap up group play by beating Canada. Staying with the sports theme, the popular Jason Sudeikis soccer … ahem … football series, Ted Lasso, returns for its second season on Apple TV+ this Friday, July 23rd.
The next chapter in the Trollhunters saga continues this week. A new animated movie on Netflix titled Trollhunters: Rise of the Titans releases this week (Wednesday, July 21st). The gang is back, and this movie sets to complete the Trollhunters storyline established for the series long ago.
Besides the Olympics, the other highlight of the week for the blog is the series debut of The Masters of the Universe: Revelation. Debuting on Netflix this Friday, July 23rd, the Kevin Smith reboot of the beloved 80s cartoon series includes voice actors Mark Hamill (Skeletor), Lena Headey (Evil-Lyn), Chris Wood (Prince Adam / He-Man), Sarah Michelle Gellar (Teela), Liam Cunningham (Man-At-Arms), Henry Rollins (Tri-Klops), Alan Oppenheimer [original Skeletor] (Moss Man), Alicia Silverstone (Queen Marlena); Justin Long (Roboto), Jason Mewes (Stinkor), Tony Todd (Scare Glow), and Kevin Conroy (Mer-Man). You can view the trailer for the series by clicking here.
Several finales are airing this week, including the seventh season finale of The Flash, the first season finale of Kung Fu, Charmed, and All American. Kung Fu was a stand-out series this year that sets up an overarching treasure hunt story while keeping the acting grounded with family and character-driven subplots. If you have not had the opportunity to check out the series, add it to your on-demand watch list. Sadly, NBC’s Good Girls will end its run this week (Thursday, July 22nd).
San Diego [email protected] kicks off later this week (July 23rd), and AMC+ will feature tons of panels for their upcoming series on their platform starting this Friday.
In television news, Marvel made it official last week by announcing that Loki is getting a second season. To preserve the Sacred Timeline we like to call spoilers, we will not say much here, yet we will save it for the upcoming first season recap and review by the blog’s very own Mario Wario.
Manifest fans have not given up quite yet. They have been very vocal since the news broke about the series cancellation. Thus, fans have been recruiting new blood to experience the series over on Netflix. The series has been raking in the first and second most-watched positions for weeks now, so we hope the network executives at NBC or Netflix decide to give the series one more (or two) tries to complete the story of the passengers of Flight 828. Keep crossing those fingers, everyone.
NBC has announced the fall season premiere dates for several series, with the Chicago-based series kicking off Wednesday, September 22nd, followed by Law & Order: SVU and Organized Crime kicking off their seasons on Thursday, September 23rd. The Blacklist moves to Thursdays when the series premieres on October 21st. We will have our eyes set on September 28th for the premiere of La Brea, which is the network’s latest venture in the sci-fi realm that is about a group of people falling through a sinkhole to find themselves in a primeval world under the Earth’s surface.
CBS was also busy building up their fall schedule by locking up each Tuesday night. FBI, FBI: Most Wanted, and the new FBI: International will premiere on September 21st with a three-series crossover event. S.W.A.T., Magnum P.I., and BlueBloods will kick off their seasons on October 1st, with CSI: Las Vegas making a return on October 6th. Young Sheldon returns on October 7th and will also begin airing repeats of past seasons in syndication. Lastly, The Equalizer will return for its second season on October 10th along with NCIS: Los Angeles and SEAL Team.
Lastly, the nominations for the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards got announced last week. The fandom community for the nominated shows had a lot to celebrate with nominations for The Boys, Lovecraft Country, The Mandalorian, Cobra Kai, Wandavision, Bridgerton, The Queen’s Gambit, The Falcon, and the Winter Soldier, and The Handmaid’s Tale. We will have to wait until September 19th to know who will get those wins. But based on these nominations, there could be a solid case to network and streaming executives that this type of programming can yield positive results for their platforms or networks. As such, it does open the door to additional content for this genre in the coming years. This type of programming could also lead a marketing drive and programming at future WonderCons and San Diego Comic-Cons.
That is all for now and it is time for us to great ready for two weeks of Olympic action. Of course, please let us know what you will be watching when visiting the FoCC forum. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
New: Masters of the Universe, Trollhunters, The Olympics
On-going: Biohackers, Evil, Black Summer, Legends of Tomorrow, 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: Masters of the Universe: Revelation, Marvel Studios Assembled: The Making of Loki, The Flash (Season 7 Finale), Summer Olympics.
On-going: The Flash, Monsters at Work, Star Wars: The Bad Batch, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Superman and Lois, Rick & Morty.
Binge / Stack: [Nothing at the Moment]
Editor’s note: All times listed below are Eastern and nerd/geek interest are highlighted in AMBER.
Sunday, July 18, 2021
FOX Sports 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup: USA vs. Canada
SHOWTIME The End: Do Not Resuscitate [Series Premiere]
THE END is where life begins in a dark new comedy series about three generations of a family trying to figure out how to live with meaning, die with dignity and find the beauty that lies in between. Click here for more information.
STARZ Power Book III: Raising Kanan: Back in the Day [Series Premiere]
Power Book III: Raising Kanan is a prequel set in the 1990s that will chronicle the early years of Kanan Stark, the character first played by executive producer Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson. Click here for more information.
THE CW Dead Pixels: Crates [2nd Season Premiere]
STARZ The Deceived: Episode 101 [Series Premiere]
Ophelia falls for her married lecturer Michael. When he mysteriously disappears, she tracks him down and discovers that his wife has died in a fire. Click here for more information.
Monday, July 19, 2021
ACORN TV Ms. Fisher’s Modern Murder Mysteries: New Year’s Evil [2nd Season Finale]
ACORN TV Outlier [Series Premiere]
Outlier is a classic crime story about the hunt for what turns out to be a serial killer. A hunt that will force Maja to go back to her hometown that she once left, where she vowed never to return to. Not until she dares to delve into her own most dangerous, repressed memories of childhood – will she be able to stop him. Maja chases her own assailant. It’s time for revenge. Click here for more information.
THE CW All American: Surviving the Times [3rd Season Finale]
Tuesday, July 20, 2021
NETFLIX Racket Boys [1st Season Finale]
THE CW The Flash: Heart of the Matter, Part 2 [7th Season Finale]
FOX Mental Samurai [2nd Season Finale]
ABC 2021 NBA Finals Presented By Youtube TV: Game 6 – Phoenix Suns @ Milwaukee Bucks [Bucks Lead 3-2]
NBCSN Olympic Softball – U.S. vs. Italy
Wednesday, July 21, 2021
DISNEY+ Behind The Attraction [Series Premiere]
Peek beyond the magic of Disney Parks to discover what’s Behind the Attraction! From Executive Producers Dwayne Johnson, Dany Garcia and Brian Volk-Weiss, explore how Imagineers filled the Haunted Mansion with 999 happy haunts, how the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™ transformed into Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! (while defying gravity in the process) and why Space Mountain took so long to launch. From the 1950s to today, from Jungle Cruise to “it’s a small world” to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, Disney Parks attractions have amazed millions. And this is the story of how they did it. Click here for more information.
PEACOCK Golden: The Journey of USA’s Elite Gymnasts [1st Season Finale]
DISNEY+ Marvel Studios Assembled: The Making of Loki [Special]
NETFLIX Trollhunters: Rise of the Titans [Animated Movie]
Heroes from “Trollhunters,” “3Below” and “Wizards” join forces to fight a shadowy enemy threatening to take over their worlds — and reset Earth itself. Click here for more information.
DISNEY+ Turner & Hooch: Forever and a Dog [Series Premiere]
When an ambitious, buttoned-up US Marshal inherits a big unruly dog, he soon realizes the dog he didn’t want may be the partner he needs. Turner & Hooch stars Josh Peck as SCOTT TURNER, son of Detective Scott Turner portrayed by Tom Hanks in the 1989 film of the same name. The series also stars Carra Patterson as JESSICA BAXTER, Scott’s brave, street-smart partner; Brandon Jay McLaren as XAVIER WILSON, a cool, enigmatic marine-turned-US Marshal; Anthony Ruivivar as CHIEF JAMES MENDEZ, Scott’s boss with a secret soft spot for Scott’s new dog, Hooch; Lyndsy Fonseca as LAURA TURNER, Scott’s sweet, animal-loving sister; Jeremy Maguire as MATTHEW GARLAND, Laura’s dog-loving son; and Vanessa Lengies as ERICA MOUNIERE, the quirky head of the US Marshals dog training program. Five French Mastiffs also star as HOOCH, Scott’s slobbery, loveable French Mastiff. Click here for more information.
USA Olympic Women’s Soccer – U.S. vs. Sweden
NBCSN Olympic Softball – U.S. vs. Canada
THE CW Kung Fu: Transformation [1st Season Finale]
Thursday, July 22, 2021
PARAMOUNT+ Kamp Koral: Spongebob’s Under Years: Part 2 [1st Season Summer Premiere]
NETFLIX Words Bubble Up Like Soda Pop [Anime Movie]
After meeting one bright, sunny day, a shy boy who expresses himself through haiku and a bubbly but self-conscious girl share a brief, magical summer. Click here for more information.
SHUDDER Kandisha [Horror Movie]
It is summer break and best friends Amélie, Bintou and Morjana hang together with other neighborhood teens. Nightly, they have fun sharing scary stories and urban legends. But when Amélie is assaulted by her ex, she remembers the story of Kandisha, a powerful and vengeful demon. Afraid and upset, Amélie summons her. The next day, her ex is found dead. The legend is true and now Kandisha is on a killing spree—and it’s up to the three girls to break the curse. Click here for more information.
AMC+ Ultra City Smiths [Series Premiere]
Follows the investigation into the mysterious disappearance of fictional metropolis Mega City’s most famous magnate by two intrepid detectives. Click here for more information.
NBC Good Girls [Two-Hour 4th Season Series Finale]
ABC 2021 NBA Finals Presented By Youtube TV: Game 7 Milwaukee Bucks @ Phoenix Suns (If Necessary)
Friday, July 23, 2021
NBCSN Olympic Women’s Water Polo – U.S. vs. Japan
AMAZON Jolt [Movie]
A bouncer with a slightly murderous anger-management problem that she controls with the help of an electrode-lined vest she uses to shock herself back to normalcy whenever she gets homicidal. After the first guy she’s ever fallen for is murdered, she goes on a revenge-fueled rampage to find the killer while the cops pursue her as their chief suspect. Click here for more information.
APPLE TV+ Ted Lasso [2nd Season Premiere]
AMC+ San Diego Comic-Con Panels
NETFLIX Kingdom: Ashin of the North [Horror Movie]
Tragedy, betrayal and a mysterious discovery fuel a woman’s vengeance for the loss of her tribe and family in this special episode of “Kingdom.” Click here for more information.
NETFLIX Masters of the Universe: Revelation: Part 1 [Series Premiere]
After a calamitous battle fractures Eternia, Teela and an unlikely alliance must prevent the end of the Universe in this sequel to the ’80s classic. Click here for more information.
NETFLIX The Movies That Made Us[2nd Season Premiere]
NETFLIX Blood Red Sky [Horror Movie]
When a group of terrorists hijacks an overnight transatlantic flight, a mysteriously ill woman must unleash a monstrous secret to protect her young son. Click here for more information.
NETFLIX The Last Letter From Your Lover [Movie]
After finding a trove of love letters from 1965, a reporter sets out to solve the mystery of a secret affair — while embarking on a romance of her own. Click here for more information.
NETFLIX A Second Chance: Rivals! [Movie]
Crushed when she doesn’t qualify for the Olympics, a now-grown Maddy Cornell finds new purpose coaching young gymnasts going up against a rival team. Click here for more information.
NETFLIX Bankrolled [Movie]
Two directionless millennial bros get high and pitch a bold new social justice app that raises millions. Then they have to come up with the app. Click here for more information.
DISCOVERY+ Roswell: The Final Verdict: Extraterrestrial Truth [1st Season Finale]
NETFLIX Sky Rojo [2nd Season Premiere]
NBC Summer Olympics – Opening Ceremony
THE CW Charmed: I Dreamed A Dream… [3rd Season Finale]
Saturday, July 24, 2021
NBCSN Olympic Women’s Water Polo – U.S. vs. Japan
NBCSN Olympic Softball – U.S. vs. Mexico
PEACOCK Olympic Men’s Volleyball – U.S. vs. France
CNBC Olympic Softball – U.S. vs. Australia
CNBC Olympic Men’s Water Polo – U.S. vs. Japan