Next Week in TV 1/2: Celebrate the Start of 2022 With a Bang!

By Scott C. & DRWHO42 

Happy new year, all! We made it to 2022, yet we still have no flying cars or actual hoverboards.

But the new year begins right, with multiple season premieres hitting the airwaves. For instance, Sunday, January 2nd, sees CBS’ The EqualizerNCIS: Los Angeles, and S.W.A.T. all returning, with ABC’s The Rookie also coming back.

On Monday, January 3rd, Fox’s 9-1-1: Lone Star returns, while multiple NCIS shows on CBS do the same from their seasonal breaks, as well. 

CBS’ FBI and NBC’s Chicago shows keep the returning theme going throughout the week.     

On Thursday, January 6th, this day sees the Paramount+ animated series Star Trek: Prodigy back from its brief stay at a space dock called winter break. NBC’s The Blacklist is also back to solving some more crazy mysteries. Likewise, with Ghosts on CBS.

Syfy has a special behind the scenes look at season 2 of Resident Alien on Sunday, January 2nd.

The listing below will help you feed that watch hunger of yours, so check it out to see what else is airing soon. It will also be your guide to know more about the shows mentioned above, such as the dates and times.

As for the last few weeks in television, we had the series debut (episode one) of the Disney+ series The Book of Boba Fett get decent reviews from the press and audiences. Personally, I thought it was alright, but the first episode lacked a few things that made episode one of The Mandalorian special

The fourth season of Cobra Kai kept the outstanding streak going for the series, thanks to more good writing, character development, and intense fighting scenes. Of course, I hope the wait for season 5 is not a long one. Luckily, Cobra Kai co-creator Jon Hurwitz did state on Twitter recently that filming finished for season 5 in December, so maybe we are looking at a 2022 summer or fall release?

New Year’s Day saw the (magical) debut of the HBO Max special Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts, which I highly recommend watching if you like Harry Potter. Then the Doctor Who holiday special “Eve of the Daleks” begins the goodbye tour of Jodie Whittaker’s portrayal of the titular character with an entertaining watch. Sadly, there are only two more specials left in seeing Whittaker as the Doctor.

In some recent television news, Netflix has stated (yet again) on Twitter that season 3 of The Umbrella Academy will be premiering sometime this year. Sadly, last week saw two legends passing away: Betty White and John Madden. White was 99, and Madden was 85. Of course, we will miss both greatly.

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DRWHO42’s picks:

New: 9-1-1: Lone Star, FBI

On-going: Hawkeye, Cowboy Bebop, The Wheel of Time, La Brea, Dexter:  New Blood, Doctor Who, Army of Thieves, 4400, Locke and Key, The Equalizer, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, The Flash, Star Trek: Discovery, Batwoman, Fear TWD, TWD: World Beyond, Ghosts, Young Sheldon

Binge / Re-watch: Jack Ryan, The Witcher (Finished and Re-Watching the Greatness).

Mario Wario’s picks:

New: Resident Alien (Special).

On-going: Dexter: New Blood, The Expanse, Star Trek: Discovery, The Flash.

Binge / Stack: [Nothing at the Moment]

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

Sunday, January 02, 2022
3:58 pm
SYFY Resident Alien: Resident Alien Season 2 Behind The Scenes
7:00 pm
SCIENCE Shipwreck Secrets – Birth of The Bermuda Triangle [Two-Hour Special]
8:00 pm
CBS The Equalizer: Separated [2nd Season Winter Premiere]
PARAMOUNT Yellowstone: Grass On The Streets and Weeds on the Rooftops [4th Season Finale]
9:00 pm
CBS NCIS: Los Angeles: Lost Soldier Down [13th Season Winter Premiere]
FOX The Simpsons: The Longest Marge [New Episode on Special Time]
9:30 pm
FOX The Great North: Dances With Wolfs Adventure [New Episode on Special Time]
10:00 pm
ABC The Rookie: Heart Beat [4th Season Winter Premiere]
CBS S.W.A.T.: Survive [5th Season Winter Premiere]

Monday, January 03, 2022
8:00 pm
FOX 9-1-1: Lone Star: The Big Chill [3rd Season Premiere]
NBC Kenan: Dating App [2nd Season Premiere]
CBS The Neighborhood: Welcome to Jury Duty [4th Season Winter Premiere]
8:30 pm
CBS Bob (Hearts) Abishola: Tunde123 [3rd Season Winter Premiere]
9:00 pm
CBS NCIS: Pledge of Allegiance [19th Season Winter Premiere]
NBC That’s My Jam: Joseph Gordon-Levitt & Chance The Rapper vs. Alessia Cara & Josh Groban [Series Premiere]

Hosted by Jimmy Fallon, “That’s My Jam” is an hourlong music and comedy variety game show that draws inspiration from the most popular “Tonight Show” games. Each episode features two teams of two celebrities competing for a charity of their choice in a series of music, dance, and trivia-based games and musical performances. Signature games to be played include Launch the Mic, Air Guitar, Don’t Drop the Beat, Perfect Mash-Up, Wheel of Impossible Karaoke, Slay It, Don’t Spray It and many more. Click Here for More Information.

9:01 pm
FOX The Cleaning Lady: TNT [Series Premiere]

THE CLEANING LADY is a thrilling and emotionally-driven character drama about a whip-smart Cambodian doctor who comes to the U.S. for a medical treatment to save her ailing son. However, when the system fails and pushes her into hiding, she refuses to be beaten down and marginalized. Instead, she becomes a cleaning lady for organized crime, using her cunning and intelligence to forge her own path in the criminal underworld. Click Here for More Information.

10:00 pm
CBS NCIS: Hawai’i: Lost [1st Season Winter Premiere]
NBC Ordinary Joe: Snow Globe [1st Season Winter Premiere]

Tuesday, January 04, 2022
3:01 am
NETFLIX Action Pack [Series Premiere / Animated]

With hearts, smarts and superpowers, the heroic kids of the Action Academy work together to battle the baddies — and even bring out the good in them! Click Here for More Information.

8:00 pm
NBC American Auto: Earnings Call [Series Premiere]

From the creator of Superstore comes a new workplace comedy that takes the wheels off the automobile industry. Set in Detroit, the corporate executives of Payne Motors are at a crossroads: adapt to the changing times or be sent to the junkyard. Shaking things up is the new CEO, whose leadership, experience and savvy is only slightly offset by her complete lack of knowledge about cars. Luckily, her team has some of the best minds in the business – when they aren’t fighting or trying to outwit each other. From the corporate office to the factory floor, the crew of Payne Motors is driving home the laughs. Click Here for More Information.

CBS FBI: Fostered [4th Season Winter Premiere]
PBS Finding Your Roots: Hidden In The Genes [8th Season Premiere]
8:30 pm
NBC Grand Crew: Wine & Fire [Series Premiere]

From Phil Augusta Jackson (writer/producer/director, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”) and Dan Goor (creator, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”) comes a new comedy that proves life is better with your crew. This group of young professionals are all trying to navigate the ups and downs of life and love in Los Angeles, and they always find time to gather at their favorite bar to “wine down” and unpack it all. There’s Noah, a hopeless romantic too eager to settle down; Nicky, a go-getter in real estate who’s adventurous in romance; Sherm, a low-key genius who plays the dating odds; Anthony, whose true love is his career; Wyatt, who’s relieved to be married and out of the dating scene; and Fay, who’s recently divorced and looking to start fresh in LA. And just like wine, their friendship gets better with time. Click Here for More Information.

9:00 pm
ABC Abbott Elementary: Light Bulb [Series Premiere]

In this workplace comedy, a group of dedicated, passionate teachers—and a slightly tone-deaf principal—are brought together in a Philadelphia public school where, despite the odds stacked against them, they are determined to help their students succeed in life. Though these incredible public servants may be outnumbered and underfunded, they love what they do — even if they don’t love the school district’s less-than-stellar attitude toward educating children. Click Here for More Information.

CBS FBI: International: One Kind of Madman [1st Season Winter Premiere]
NBC This Is Us: The Challenger [6th Season Premiere]
9:30 pm
ABC Black-Ish: That’s What Friends Are For [8th Season Premiere]
10:00 pm
CBS FBI: Most Wanted: Incendiary [3rd Season Winter Premiere]
ABC Queens: Bars [1st Season Winter Premiere]
10:03 pm
NBC New Amsterdam: Talkin’ Bout A Revolution [4th Season Winter Premiere]

Wednesday, January 05, 2022
3:01 am
NETFLIX Rebelde [Series Premiere]

As Elite Way School starts a new term, a familiar enemy — a secret society called the Lodge — threatens to crash the musical hopes of the first-years. Click Here for More Information.

8:00 pm
NBC Chicago Med: No Good Deed Goes Unpunished…In Chicago [7th Season Winter Premiere]
ABC The Goldbergs: You Only Die Once, Or Twice, But Never Three Times [9th Season Winter Premiere]
8:30 pm
ABC The Wonder Years: Lads And Ladies And Us [1st Season Winter Premiere]
9:00 pm
NBC Chicago Fire: Back With A Bang [10th Season Winter Premiere]
ABC The Conners: Three Exes, Role Playing and a Waterbed [4th Season Winter Premiere]
9:31 pm
ABC Home Economics: Men’s Water-Resistant Watch, $289 [2nd Season Winter Premiere]
10:00 pm
NBC Chicago PD: Home Safe [9th Season Winter Premiere]
CBS Good Sam: Pilot [Series Premiere]

GOOD SAM stars Sophia Bush and Jason Isaacs in a drama about Dr. Sam Griffith, a gifted heart surgeon who excels in her new leadership role as chief of surgery after her renowned boss falls into a coma. When her former boss wakes up months later demanding to resume his duties, Sam is tasked with supervising this egotistical expert with a scalpel who never acknowledged her stellar talent. Complicating matters, the caustic and arrogant Dr. Rob “Griff” Griffith also happens to be her father. As Griff defies Sam’s authority and challenges her medical expertise, the big question becomes whether this father and daughter will ever be able to mend their own relationship as expertly as they heal the hearts of their patients. Click Here for More Information.

Thursday, January 06, 2022
3:01 am
NETFLIX The Club: Part 2 [Series Premiere]

In cosmopolitan 1950s Istanbul, a mother with a troubled past works at a nightclub to reconnect with and help the rebellious daughter she couldn’t raise. Click Here for More Information.

PARAMOUNT+ The Game [1st Season Finale]
PEACOCK Joe Montana: Cool Under Pressure [Series Premiere]
NETFLIX The Wasteland [Movie]

A 19th-century family living in seclusion is visited by an evil being that feeds on fear. Can little Diego save his mother from the beast — and herself? Click Here for More Information.

SUNDANCE NOW The Pact: Episode 6 [1st Season Finale]
SHUDDER For The Sake of Vicious [Movie]

Romina, an overworked nurse and single mother, returns home from her late shift on Halloween night to find a maniac hiding out with a bruised and beaten hostage. When an unexpected wave of violent intruders descends upon her home, the trio realize the only way out of the situation is to work together and fight for their survival. Click Here for More Information.

PARAMOUNT+ Star Trek: Prodigy [1st Season Winter Premiere / Animated]
8:00 pm
NBC The Blacklist: Between Sleep and Awake [9th Season Winter Premiere]
ABC Women of the Movement: Mother and Son / Only Skin [Series Premiere]

This six-episode series to be aired in three parts is based on the true story of Mamie Till-Mobley, who in 1955 risked her life to find justice after her son Emmett was brutally murdered in the Jim Crow South. Unwilling to let Emmett’s murder disappear from the headlines, Mamie chose to bear her pain on the world’s stage, emerging as an activist for justice and igniting the civil rights movement as we know it today. The limited series stars Adrienne Warren as Mamie Till-Mobley, Tonya Pinkins as Alma, Cedric Joe as Emmett Till, Ray Fisher as Gene Mobley, Glynn Turman as Mose Wright, Chris Coy as J.W. Milam, Carter Jenkins as Roy Bryant and Julia McDermott as Carolyn Bryant. “Women of the Movement” is produced by Kapital Entertainment and created by Marissa Jo Cerar, who also serves as executive producer and showrunner. Click Here for More Information.

CBS Young Sheldon: An Expensive Glitch and a Goof-off Room [5th Season Winter Premiere]
8:31 pm
CBS United States of Al: Professor / Ustad [2nd Season Winter Premiere]
9:00 pm
NBC Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Silent Night, Hateful Night [23rd Season Winter Premiere]
9:01 pm
CBS Ghosts: Sam’s Mom [1st Season Winter Premiere]
9:30 pm
CBS B Positive: Heartburn, Woodstock And Ribs [2nd Season Winter Premiere]
10:00 pm
CBS Bull: False Positive [6th Season Winter Premiere]
NBC Law & Order: Organized Crime: Nemesis [2nd Season Winter Premiere]

Friday, January 07, 2022
12:01 am
AMAZON The Tender Bar [Movie]

From director George Clooney and based on the best-selling memoir, The Tender Bar follows an aspiring writer (Tye Sheridan) pursuing his romantic and professional dreams. From a stool in his uncle’s (Ben Affleck) bar, he learns what it means to grow up from a colorful group of local characters. Click Here for More Information.

APPLE TV+ El Deafo [Series Premiere / Animated]

“El Deafo” follows insightful young Cece (voiced by Lexi Finigan, who is also deaf) as she loses her hearing and finds her inner superhero. Going to school and making new friends can be tough. Having to do both while wearing a bulky hearing aid on your chest? That takes superpowers! With a little help from her superhero alter ego, El Deafo, Cece learns to embrace what makes her extraordinary. Click Here for More Information.

3:01 am
NETFLIX Johnny Test [2nd Season Premiere / Animated]
HBO MAX Search Party [Series Finale]
8:00 pm
NBC 2022 Toyota U.S. Figure Skating Championships: Women’s Free
THE CW Penn & Teller: Fool Us: Chocolate Magic [8th Season Winter Premiere]
9:00 pm
CBS Magnum P.I.: Dream Lover [4th Season Winter Premiere]
THE CW Nancy Drew: The Confession of The Long Night [3rd Season Winter Premiere]
10:00 pm
CBS Blue Bloods: Old Friends [12th Season Winter Premiere]
11:00 pm
BBCA Graham Norton Show, The: Jessica Chastain, Claire Foy, Peter Dinklage, Cush Jumbo, Joe Lycett, The Divine Comedy [90-Minute Special]

Saturday, January 08, 2022
9:00 pm
A&E BTK: Confession of A Serial Killer: Outliers [Documentary Series Premiere]

“BTK: Confession of a Serial Killer” examines the horrific crimes and psyche of notorious serial killer Dennis Rader. From Wolf Entertainment and Good Caper Content, this gripping documentary provides unprecedented access into the mind of Rader who is currently serving 10 consecutive life sentences in El Dorado Correctional Facility. 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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