The Most Important Shows on TV: Week of October 10, 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.

 

Supergirl: S2E1

Supergirl
(Season Premiere)

Monday at 8 p.m. on The CW

Why: The stakes are high for Supergirl in the Season 2 premiere, and they're high for Supergirl the series, too. Now on The CW, arguably where it should have been all along, the show should find a friendlier audience and space to develop. But this is a second chance for CBS' high-profile reject. That's why the show is going all out in the premiere. This episode features everything fans loved about the first season (including Calista Flockhart's Cat Grant, although she's only recurring), plus some extra muscle: Superman, played by Teen Wolf's Tyler Hoechlin). He's a fun and splashy addition who creates some drama for Kara, both when Alex struggles with a change in the group's dynamic and when the hero worship from those around her gets to be a little too much. But most importantly, he's a temporary addition, because this is still Supergirl's show after all.

Prepare to talk about: Tag-along cousins; how much of an impact Flockhart's occasional absences will have; how damn likable Melissa Benoist is; the future appearance of Lynda Carter!

 

American Housewife: S1E1

American Housewife
(Series Premiere)

Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. on ABC

Why: Before network executives regained their sanity, this was titled The Second Fattest Housewife in Westport. And that is reflected in the pilot's many fat jokes. But look beyond those and there is real promise here. And charm, especially from Katy Mixon, whose aforementioned housewife fits right in among the funny, witty, and modern mothers on ABC's other family sitcoms. Mixon, so good on Mike & Molly and Eastbound & Down, is particularly delightful when confronting the unpleasantries of parenthood. The show's name change is a sign that it might move away from the weight obsession and tackle fresher topics. There are certainly enough quality performers in the mix, including Diedrich Bader (The Drew Carey Show) as the husband, Ali Wong, and Leslie Bibb.

Prepare to talk about: How terrifying Stepford teens are; why anyone would need to wear two Fitbits; that bathroom scene.

 

Haters Back Off

Haters Back Off
(Series Premiere)

Friday at 3 a.m. on Netflix

Why: What happens when you give a popular YouTuber a Netflix-sized budget? You get the very strange yet somehow charming Haters Back Off, a showcase for Colleen Ballinger's inexplicably confident Miranda Sings. The truth is, I can't quite tell whether this show is good or bad, but it's interesting. Backing up, though, this is a chance to find out how one of YouTube's OG content creators can do in the big leagues. The Miranda Sings character (think of her as an early-Glee Rachel with none of the talent but all of the confidence) has nearly 7 million subscribers and her videos have racked up more than 1 billion — with a b — YouTube views. And Ballinger has enough promise to attract TV vets Angela Kinsey (The Office) and Steve Little (Eastbound & Down). Miranda's fervent fans will love the series, of course — and there are a few surprises that will lead to crazy YouTube reaction videos. Whether the Netflix show can attract new viewers is the big question.

Prepare to talk about: How twentysomething YouTubers are pulling in six figures for their sassy monologues while you slave away in a cubicle; what's up with Uncle Jim; how Harvey is the man.

 

T.J. DeGroat is the editor of SideReel. He is a hater and he will not back off. Follow him on Twitter.

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TelevisionFanboyContributor
Oct 11, 2016 8:58PM EDT

Big love for Katy Mixon, I hope American Housewife is fun to watch. Her impressive performances in Mike and Molly despite the lackluster writing is proof of her talent.

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