The Most Important Shows on TV: Week of January 4, 2016

Which TV series will your friends (and the entire internet) be talking about this week? Stay informed—or at least be able to fake it — with SideReel's weekly guide to The Most Important Shows on TV.


The Shannara Chronicles: S1E1

The Shannara Chronices (Series Premiere)

Tuesday at 10:00pm on MTV

Why: For those who aren't old enough to enjoy the brutality and devastation of Game of Thrones, MTV now has Magic Sexy Teens: The Series, Based on the Novel. What a wondrous time to be alive.

Prepare to talk about: Whether MTV has dipped its toe into the fantasy lake a little too late; how this seems more like a CW show; whether you want to read the book series now; how you want to sing "Sha-na-na-ra / Sha-na-na-ra / Hey, hey hey / Goodbye.



Shades of Blue: S1E1

Shades of Blue (Series Premiere)

Thursday at 10:00pm on NBC

Why: Because you didn't get enough of Jennifer Lopez in The Boy Next Door (in which she bafflingly plays a sexy high school Classics teacher), now you have Shades of Blue (in which she bafflingly plays a sexy corrupt detective-turned-informant). Apparently her character is only corrupt in order to make a better life for her and her daughter — but isn't that why anyone is corrupt? No one is like "Oh hey, I should be a corrupt nutbag for the hell of it!" SMDH, Ms. Lopez.

Prepare to talk about: How badly you want this show to fail, but it won't, because life isn't fair; what would make you go corrupt; how soon into the first episode we see J. Lo's bare midriff.


The 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards

The 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards

Sunday at 8:00pm on NBC

Why: He's not for everyone, but Ricky Gervais is back, baby, and ready to rain his acid wit down on the unwitting celebrities being fêted by the Hollywood Foreign Press. It's basically Christmas for mean people (like me!). I love Tina and Amy, don't get me wrong, but this is more my speed. <3 u, Ricky.

Prepare to talk about: Who wins and loses, probably; who should have won and lost, definitely; oh Ricky you're so fine, you're so fine you blow my mind.



Leah E. Friedman is the editor of You can follow her musings on Twitter.


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