In 2021, don't waste time watching new TV shows. The first full week of the new year is the result of networks and streamers yearning to bring new programs out as if that winter break of holiday marathons and reruns is almost too much. This week's best new shows and movies include a long overdue adaptation of a popular fantasy book series, a major new season of ABC's never-ending reality franchise, and the return of two NBC comedy legends.
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Series premiere Sunday at 8 / 7c on BBC America
Fantasy author Terry Pratchett's popular Discworld novels are partially customized, which is good because if you tried to customize each one and their content, you would be watching around 100 different shows. The Watch continues to focus on the town of Ankh-Morpork and its police force, known as The Watch, making the show a supernatural police process in Pratchett's bizarre world occupied by cretins, lowlives, monsters and more. Expect plenty of satirical footage of the fantasy genre as The Watch is mixed with crime, adventure, and humor. Richard Dormer, Beric Dondarrion from Game of Thrones, stars.
Series premiere Monday at 9 / 8c on HBO
This Spanish horror series starts with a bank robber who survives a bullet wave to snatch a mysterious coin and continues with a small Spanish town where a baby is born from a cow. Then it gets weird. The town's mayor (Miguel Angel Silvestre from Sense8) and the local vet (Megan Montenar) work together to find out what the hell is going on and if there is a local priest (Eduard Fernández) who spends his free time making haymakers with a punching bag Supplying and hiding weapons all has to do with unusual activity. It's a crazy, bloody horror that focuses on biblical roots and includes cribs from classics like The Omen and The Exorcist with just a hint of camp to make things a little funny.
Season 25 premieres on Monday at 8 / 7c on ABC
The ABC reality show that will never go away – unless it's sponsored by Romance and Instagram – makes history in its 25th season by introducing the franchise's first black bachelor, Matt James. James was supposed to be a candidate last season of The Bachelorette, but coronavirus turned everything upside down and a new social climate forced ABC to make the call and give him a starring role on The Bachelor. Since the entire season was filmed while the pandemic was still raging, this season will again take place in a single location, a resort in Pennsylvania. Let's not kid ourselves: the Bachelor's degree gets worse and worse as the episodes progress. So, prepare for the theatricality of the introductions and consider moving on later.
Zoey's extraordinary playlist
Season 2 premieres Tuesday at 8 / 7c on NBC.
After the heartbreaking season one finale, the world needs a warm reunion with the Clarke family on Zoey's extraordinary playlist. Zoey (Jane Levy) will still process her grief when the show returns in its new time slot before This Is Us, but now that the young computer programmer has embraced her gift of seeing people play the songs in theirs at some point Hearts play At the moment we as fans are more than ready to see new dance numbers and of course to pick up our coats in the war for Zoey's heart between Max (Skylar Astin) and Simon (John Clarence Stewart). If you're still not convinced of seeing this dazzling and gripping show, Season 2 has also added MVP Harvey Guillen to What We Do in the Shadows, officially warranting an adorable overload warning before each episode. -Megan Vick
History of swear words
Series premiere Tuesday on Netflix
Nicolas Cage, who is organizing a documentary about the roots of the most famous swear words? Well, my goodness, my God, forgive my French, but that sounds wonderful! Seriously, it's great to hear Cage unleash the F-word by reciting famous lines of the movie or just doing the F-bomb scale with various inflections to demonstrate its myriad meanings. In each 20-minute episode that focuses on a swear word, comedians discuss what they love about each curse, as well as lexicon experts breaking down the etymology of the words we don't say about our mothers.
Series premiere Thursday at 8 / 7c on NBC
For the past few years, NBC's must-see sitcoms have come out in small chunks rather than a full block on Thursday nights, but two people who made up a large part of NBC's glorious days from yesteryear – Cheers & # 39; and The Good Place & # 39; s Ted Danson and 30 Rocks Tina Fey – hope to lay a foundation for a new one. Danson plays a rich guy who runs for mayor for a very good reason – to impress his teenage daughter – and wins before he really knows what he stands for. Fey and her 30-rock co-founder Robert Carlock have a knack for writing good comedies at work with fun ensemble line-ups, and the local government theme could make this the next park and recreation if Leslie Knope wasn't so kind .
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