Next Week in TV 3/20: The Master Chief Makes his Debut and Bridgerton Returns

By DRWHO42 & Scott C.

The week ahead will feature period dramas and epic interstellar battles. Kicking off the week (Sunday) are the season premieres of fan-favorite British dramas Call the Midwife and Sandition, starring Theo James (Divergent). The fun begins at 8 p.m. Eastern Time (ET), and both are on PBS. 

The Fox lineup Monday night is bound to cure those Monday blues with the return of 9-1-1 followed by 9-1-1: Lone Star. The action begins at 8 p.m. ET. 

On Tuesday night, CBS’ FBI will be all-new at 8 p.m. ET. However, if you are a bit of a history buff, you should add History’s special on Shackleton’s Endurance which will cover the recent discovery of the long-lost ship at 10 p.m. ET.

The highlight for the week is the debut of the highly anticipated Halo series based on the video game franchise will be on Paramount+ this Thursday morning. This series was executive produced by Steven Spielberg and stars Pablo Schreiber (American GodsOrange is the New Black) with Natasha McElhone (Designated SurvivorRonin). It has been in various stages of development for over 15 years, so the wait has been a long one for fans. Luckily, Paramount+ has invested heavily in the Star Trek franchise, and this seems to be the case again but with Halo. From what we have seen, the production value is top-notch. The studio has also already shown support for the series by greenlighting a second season, so we can sit back and relax, knowing that there will be more to come after the conclusion of this maiden season.

Friday morning will feature the second season return of the fan-favorite Bridgerton on Netflix. While Rege-Jean Page will not be back for this second season of the period drama, luckily, there will be plenty for fans to enjoy this year.

The Mandalorian series has a new cast member for season three, and it is Christopher Lloyd (Back to the Future). But no other details besides that casting announcement has been shared online. Lastly, Star Trek: Strange New Worlds has found its James T. Kirk! It is Paul Wesley (The Vampire Diaries) cast as the ironic character for season two of the show that is currently filming.

That all for this week. As always, 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: Halo.

On-going: Picard!!!!!, Black Crab, Killing Eve, The Walking Dead, Law and Order (OG Series), From, Raised by Wolves, The Equalizer, The Flash, Star Trek: Discovery, Batwoman, Ghosts, Young Sheldon, 9-1-1: Lone Star, FBI, FBI: Most Wanted, FBI: International

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

Mario Wario’s picks:

New: Halo.

On-going: Snowpiercer, The Flash, The Walking Dead, Star Trek: Picard.

Binge / Stack: [Nothing at the Moment]

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

Sunday, March 20, 2022
3:01 am
HBO MAX Amsterdam [Special Presentation]
8:00 pm
PBS Call the Midwife: Episode One [11th Season Premiere]
THE CW Riverdale: Chapter One Hundred And One: Unbelievable [6th Season Spring Premiere]
9:00 pm
PBS Sanditon: Episode One [2nd Season Premiere]
10:00 pm
PARAMOUNT Bar Rescue: Penalty On The Bar [8th Season Spring Premiere]
PBS Before We Die: Episode 1 [Series Premiere]

This powerful Swedish thriller features nail-biting action and a unique, compelling twist about a tough police officer, Hanna Svensson, whose highly developed sense of right and wrong is more powerful than any family tie. Click here for more information.

Monday, March 21, 2022
3:01 am
ACORN TV Good Karma Hospital [4th Season Premiere]
8:00 pm
FOX 9-1-1: Outside Looking In [5th Season Spring Premiere]
9:00 pm
FOX 9-1-1: Lone Star: Prince Albert In A Can [New Time Slot]
HBO Gilded Age: Let The Tournament Begin [1st Season Finale]

Tuesday, March 22, 2022
3:01 am
DISCOVERY+ Discovering David Dobrik: Colombia [Special]
10:00 pm
HISTORY Shackleton’s Endurance: The Lost Ice Ship Found [90-Minute Special]

Wednesday, March 23, 2022
12:01 am
HULU Bloods: Season 2 [2nd Season Premiere]
3:01 am
DISNEY+ Parallels [Series Premiere]

To find themselves, they’ll have to get lost. Click here for more information.

Thursday, March 24, 2022
3:01 am
PARAMOUNT+ Halo: Contact [Series Premiere]

Dramatizing an epic 26th-century conflict between humanity and an alien threat known as the Covenant, Halo the series will weave deeply drawn personal stories with action, adventure and a richly imagined vision of the future. Click here for more information.

HBO MAX One Perfect Shot [Series Premiere]

One Perfect Shot features the careers of 6 visionary filmmakers recounting how they’ve created some of the industry’s most iconic shots. Hosted by Ava Duvernay and featuring Jon Chu, Kasi Lemmons, Patty Jenkins, Malcolm Lee, Michael Mann, and Aaron Sorkin. Click here for more information.

HBO MAX Our Flag Means Death [1st Season Finale]

Our Flag Means Death loosely follows the true tale of Stede Bonnet (Rhys Darby) — an aristocrat who abandoned his life of privilege to become a pirate — as he faces off against history’s most feared and revered pirate, Blackbeard (Academy Award winner Taika Waititi). Click here for more information.

SHUDDER The Spine of Night [Animated Special]

This epic fantasy tale, about the history of a land that never was, begins when an ambitious young man steals forbidden knowledge from a sacred plant. He falls to its darker temptations and in so doing, unleashes ages of suffering onto mankind. As his power grows over the years, it falls to people of different ilk and culture to attempt to stop him. Among those who stand against him are a daring tomb-robber, star-crossed lovers, a maniacal necromancer, winged assassins, and an undying guardian. Featuring the voices of Richard E. Grant, Lucy Lawless, Patton Oswalt, Betty Gabriel and Joe Manganiello. Click here for more information.

HBO MAX Starstruck [2nd Season Premiere]
NETFLIX Thirty-Nine: Samseong-Dong, Hyochang-Dong and Gocheok-Dong [1st Season Finale]
10:00 pm
FX Atlanta: Three Slaps / Sinterklaas Is Coming To Town [One-Hour 3rd Season Premiere]
FREEFORM Grown-Ish: Empire State of Mind [4th Season Finale]

Friday, March 25, 2022
12:01 am
Apple TV+ Pachinko [Series Premiere]

Based on the New York Times bestseller, Pachinko is a sweeping saga that chronicles the hopes and dreams of a Korean immigrant family across four generations. Click here for more information.

Apple TV+ Servant [3rd Season Finale]
3:01 am
NETFLIX Bridgerton [2nd Season Premiere]
DISNEY+ Olivia Rodrigo: Driving Home 2 U [Documentary]
NETFLIX Transformers: Botbots [Series Premiere / Animated]

When the lights go out at the mall, the BotBots come out to play! Meet a fun-loving crew of everyday objects that morph into robots at closing time. Click here for more information.

DISNEY+ Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse: The Wonderful Spring of Mickey Mouse [Special]
11:00 pm
HBO Painting With John: Old Man Dancing [2nd Season Finale]

Saturday, March 26, 2022
ROKU Pact [Series Premiere]

A terrible revelation sets humankind on a path to self-destruction. A terrifying journey into the unknown for a group of people bound together by hope alone. Click here for more information.

9:00 pm
REELZ Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Unknown Story [Special]

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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