The new series keep coming: three more this week, including one on Amazon. I was just remarking to a friend that this is the busiest part of the TV season, and with all the shows I already watch plus the new ones I’m choosing to add, I’m feeling a little overwhelmed (and getting behind in my viewing).
Monday, February 9
The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst (9-9:45 pm, HBO)
Technically it premiered last night, but it was an extremely busy Sunday and it’s airing again in HBO’s designated Monday time slot for documentaries, which gives me a second chance to mention it. Directed by Andrew Jarecki (Capturing the Friedmans), this six-part documentary is the result of seven years spent investigating Durst, the reclusive heir to a real-estate fortune and suspect in three unsolved deaths going back decades, including that of his wife in 1982.
Also tonight: Better Call Saul assumes its regular time slot (10-11:04 pm, AMC).
Tuesday, February 10
Frontline (10-11 pm, PBS)
The challenges of end-of-life care, and the way death is treated by our society, are examined in “Being Mortal.”
Also tonight: Fresh Off the Boat moves to its regular night and time (8 pm, ABC). Two episodes are airing again tonight, but subsequently it will be just one per week.
Wednesday, February 11
Schitt’s Creek (10-11 pm, Pop)
First, in case you’re wondering (unlikely, but I have a responsibility here): the TV Guide Channel has been rebranded as Pop as they begin to offer original programming. (You are excused for not knowing there was a TV Guide Channel.) Now as to the show, it’s a comedy created by Eugene Levy and his son Dan about a rich family that loses its fortune and must move to a small town purchased as a joke. That’s a pretty flimsy premise, but even if the show is awful there is always pleasure to be found in watching comedy vets Levy and Catherine O’Hara, who plays his wife. (Two-episode premiere)
Thursday, February 12
The Slap (8-9 pm, NBC)
NBC is selling this eight-episode miniseries (based on an Australian counterpart) as provocative and risky, when in reality it’s an iffy sudser structured around an incident involving an adult slapping someone else’s child and the subsequent uproar and exposure of secrets. Plenty of big names in the cast, though: Peter Sarsgaard, Thandie Newton, Melissa George, Zachary Quinto, Uma Thurman, and Brian Cox.
Friday, February 13
Bosch (Amazon Prime)
Amazon’s latest original series is a ten-episode mystery drama centered on longtime LAPD detective Harry Bosch, based on Michael Connelly’s series of novels. The season’s story arcs borrow different elements from several of the books, and with such a long-running series there’s plenty of material for potential future seasons. Titus Welliver stars as Bosch; other cast members include Annie Wersching, Jamie Hector, Amy Aquino, Lance Reddick, and Jason Gedrick.
Saturday, February 14
Burn After Reading (8-10:15 pm, IFC)
Very amusing if slight Coen Brothers movie from a few years back, starring Brad Pitt and Frances McDormand as a pair of rather dimwitted gym employees in Washington who find a disk containing confidential CIA information and decide to blackmail its owner.
Sunday, February 15
Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special (8-11 pm, NBC)
Am I the only one who thinks it’s weird that this is being celebrated now, when the actual anniversary date is almost eight months away? Just sayin’. NBC hasn’t said much about the special; we know lots of former cast members are going to appear, but it isn’t clear if that means live or in archive material on video.
Peaky Blinders (2013-)
I keep hearing about this show but I haven’t had the chance to check it out yet. It’s about a British crime gang in Birmingham in 1919, and stars Cillian Murphy, Sam Neill, Helen McCrory, and Paul Anderson. (Two seasons, 12 episodes so far with more coming later this year.)
(Note: this information is accurate as of publication time, but programming is subject to change at the discretion of channels and networks. All times listed are Eastern time.)