If you’ve grown weary of political coverage, you may be in the market for some new programming. If so, you’re in luck. There are new shows to feast your eyes on.
Emerald City- NBC Friday 9pm
This is not your run of the mill Wizard of Oz remake. Clearly NBC is looking to attract Game of Thrones fans. The wizard is a smarmy character, filled with neuroses and secrets. He’s banned all magic in the kingdom but the last remaining witches aren’t feeling so cooperative. Dorothy is packing heat, since the police officer who pulled her over just prior to the tornado didn’t make it to Oz alive. She’s also appropriated ownership of his k-9 partner, a German Shepard, newly named Toto. Emerald city is high tech and slick. It definitely veers into the dark side and it suffers from a bit of overt PC pandering. If you can get past that one challenge, you should check it out. It’s both interesting and unique. We love this one.
Victoria- PBS Sunday 9 pm
If you are suffering from withdrawal after the wrap up of Downton Abbey and this season’s Netflix hit, The Crown, tremble no more. This 7 episode Masterpiece Theater miniseries is for you.
Riverdale- CW Thursday 9 pm. Premieres Jan 26
Luke Perry has a job again. This time he’s Archie’s dad. Oh yes, Archie of comic book fame. The gang will all be there. Betty, Veronica, Jughead and everybody. Even Josie and the Pussycats live in town. We haven’t seen a preview but it’s been well reviewed. We don’t know about the TV version but who didn’t love the comic books? It’s worth a look.
The Young Pope- HBO Sunday 9pm
If you’re easily offended, don’t do it. Jude Law won’t satisfy anyone’s quest for the perfect pope. He’s mean spirited and outrageously demanding. He also struggles with his faith in the almighty. The show boasts an all-star cast and HBO has slipped it into its prime spot. Sunday at 9 is the time reserved for Game of Thrones, Westworld and The Night of. They’ve obviously invested an enormous amount of money in this series and the time slot means that HBO is anticipating a big hit. We’ve seen the first episode and we were ambivalent. The Young Pope is interesting but it’s quite dark. Also, the whole thing about a pope who questions his faith gave us a little anxiety. If you’re afraid that you might need to dodge an incoming lightning bolt, you can’t really fully enjoy a show.
Taken-NBC Monday 10 pm
Premieres February 27
This one sounds good. It’s a takeoff on the movie series minus the missing children. Brian Mills is back, albeit significantly younger. His sister has been offed by the bad guys and naturally he’s looking for payback. Enter Jennifer Beals who’s the deputy director of the NIA (national intelligence agency), she recruits him for a clandestine anti-terrorism unit. Enough said, we’re in. That’s a recipe for sheer delight.
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