Many shows will be heading into their mid-season finales so expect a lot of cliffhangers in the next week. Otherwise, lots of things are live and musical this week on TV!
NBC is hoping viewers will ease on down the road for their latest, elaborate live musical broadcast. Allison Williams and Christopher Walken where not big enough draws for last year’s Peter Pan Live! so this time NBC is featuring a large ensemble cast. The Wiz Live! features Common, Mary J. Blige, Queen Latifah, Amber Riley, Uzo Aduba, Stephanie Mills (the original Dorothy!), Ne-Yo, Shanice Williams, Elijah Kelley and David Alan Grier.
U2: iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Live in Paris gets a new broadcast date for this Monday after the horrible, horrible attacks that rocked the world last month.
To celebrate the Chairman of the Board’s 100th birthday, tune into a tribute featuring a diverse group of performers including Tony Bennett, Garth Brooks, Alicia Keys, John Legend, Carrie Underwood, Lady Gaga, Celine Dion, Usher and Seth MacFarlane.
ABC Family (soon to be renamed Freeform) has a preview of the upcoming Shadowhunters series. Expect clips, interviews and behind-the-scenes clips of the show based on the books by Cassandra Clare. There’s also going to be a new Star Wars: The Force Awakens clip for added incentive to watch (and it make it even harder for me to avoid any spoilers….)
Today: Top Chef season premiere (Bravo)
Thursday: The Wiz Live! (NBC)
Friday: A Very Murray Christmas variety special (Netflix)
Saturday: Doctor Who season finale (BBC America)
Sunday: Beyond the Shadows: Making the Shadowhunters (ABC Family), Sinatra 100: An All-Star Grammy Tribute (CBS)
Monday: U2: iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Live in Paris (HBO), Telenovela debut (NBC)
Tuesday: Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show (CBS)
Wednesday: The Illusionists (NBC), The League season finale (FXX), You’re the Worst season finale (FXX), South Park season finale (Comedy Central)
Supergirl will live to fight the full season which puts the show in great position for a renewal. While the pilot’s story was a bit rocky, the show has managed to find more focus. Supergirl also has better developed (female) characters than any other DC show so let’s hope the stable ratings continue!
Star Wars Rebels is, not shockingly, renewed for another season. In th immortal words of Bill Murray: “Star Wars, Nothing but Star Wars, Giving you Star Wars, Don’t let them end!”
Renewed: Star Wars Rebels (Disney XD), Fosters (ABC Family)
Full season: Supergirl (CBS)
Chicago Med held solid ratings so chances are good the show will be around for a while. The question is whether it will get enough episodes ordered to make a full season since the show was only supposed to run for half a season. NBC had a different medical drama (newly renamed as Heartbeat) slated to start this fall, but it’s star, Melissa George (Alias) was pregnant. NBC swapped starts dates with Chicago Med so she could have the baby and the writers wouldn’t have to figure out creative ways to hide her bump. (Docs don’t carry a lot of laundry baskets around the hospital.) Will NBC have two medical dramas in the winter? Probably since several other shows are dying on the vine and there is a four-show crossover planned for February with Chicago Med, Chicago Fire, Law & Order: SVU and Chicago PD.
Steven Moffit always insisted that each episode of his acclaimed Sherlock was really a movie which is why there are only 3 episodes a season. Well, this season, you can experience Sherlock like it really is a movie. The Victorian era Christmas episode, The Abominable Bride, will show in select theaters on January 5th and 6th. While the episode will be broadcast on PBS (on the same day as the UK, for once!), the theatrical version will also include 20 minutes of behind-the-scenes extras including a set tour. Tickets are on sale now so snatch them up before they go missing! (It should be worth it for Martin Freeman’s mustache on the big screen alone…)
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