The Most Important Shows on TV: Week of January 30, 2017

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.


Powerless: S1E1

(Series Premiere)

Thursday at 8:30 p.m. on NBC

Why: While the caped crusaders who fly above Charm City save countless lives, they also wreak havoc. After Superman guides a derailed train to safety, he rarely sticks around to clean up the debris. It's enough to leave a citizen feeling — wait for it — powerless. On this clever sitcom, inspired as much by the UCB as by the DCU, Vanessa Hudgens plays Emily, whose new role at Wayne Security (yes, that Wayne) is to develop products that will empower the metropolis' fed up residents. The company is run by Van Wayne, who wants to escape the "taint of a city" and join his more famous cousin in Gotham. The rest of Emily's team is made up of smart but cynical scientists doubtful that she'll last in the position. Besides the well-cast former High School Musical star, actors include nerd heroes Alan Tudyk, Danny Pudi, and Ron Funches, a strong team that could create another winning workplace comedy for NBC.

Prepare to talk about: Pilot episode MVP Jennie Pierson; whether this show will affect or be affected by the rest of the DCU; how you really don't need to be a comic book person to enjoy this show.


Santa Clarita Diet: S1E1

Santa Clarita Diet
(Series Premiere)

Friday at 3 a.m. on Netflix

Why: Drew Barrymore is just so freaking adorable. And charming! So who better to star in Netflix's new zombie show, right? Really, that's not sarcasm. The actress (and executive producer) kills in this quirky comedy about a Southern California working mother and wife adjusting to her newfound thirst for blood. She and Timothy Olyphant are well matched as married real estate agents juggling business appointments, family obligations, and the need to keep a fresh supply of human flesh coming in. Speaking of which, while Barrymore's character Sheila may be a monster, she refuses to act like one, so, stealing from the Dexter playbook, only bad people become ingredients for her special energy-boosting smoothies. Cannibalism has never been so fun.

Prepare to talk about: How long it will be until pop culture reaches its zombie limit; Netflix's continuing march toward pop culture domination.


24: Legacy: S1E1

24: Legacy
(Series Premiere)

Sunday at 10 p.m. on FOX

Why: With a special post-Super Bowl premiere, FOX clearly has high hopes for the return of the 24 franchise. With good reason. Whereas some of today's dramas feel like work to get through, this is pure action-fueled escapism. Kiefer Sutherland is out, but much of the rest of the game-changing series remains the same. So if you liked the over-the-top and sometimes illogical but breathless and entertaining twists of the original, you'll be very into this reboot, led by the talented Corey Hawkins (Straight Outta Compton). He plays an ex-Army Ranger who was part of a mission that brought down an infamous terrorist and who now finds himself in danger. Again, this is essentially the same premise as the original series' first season, so if you thought that was too improbable to sit through, steer clear of Legacy. If you were all in back then, tune in.

Prepare to talk about: How much you miss Kim Bauer, JK; what Tom Kirkman would think of this mess; Miranda Otto's new niche.


T.J. DeGroat is the editor of SideReel. He's been on Team Tudyk since 28 Days. Follow him on Twitter.



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Jan 27, 2017 7:56PM EST

I love Drew. Can't get past the cannibalism bit. Looking forward to Powerless.

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Jan 28, 2017 5:31AM EST

I am looking forward to Powerless as well. The cannibalism concept has always skeeved me out too but to see Barrymore and Olyphant team up, I can tolerate pretty much anything.

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Jan 30, 2017 5:44AM EST

Powerless looks great, and I'm glad I don't have to know anything about comic books as I stopped reading them a long time ago (although I really enjoy picking up TWD from time to time) and have forgotten all of the stories.

Santa Clarita Diet looks freakin' awesome. I had no idea this was in the works, wheee!!!! I will watch Drew Barrymore in anything and with Tim Olyphant, it all just sounds so good (probably doesn't taste that good, tho...). Thanks for this, T.J. I'd have probably missed these shows, otherwise.

Is it wrong that I have no problem with the whole cannibalism thing? Oops! *shuffles feet and exits stage left*

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