The Most Important Shows on TV: Week of February 5, 2018

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.

 

Winter Olympics

2018 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony
(Special)

Friday at 8:00 pm on NBC

Why: Generally even people that aren't that into sports (or patriotism) can still find a way to get into the Olympics. They are just so much fun! Now, people also tend to have strong opinions on whether they are more into the winter or summer Olympics. If you're more into the summer, then I'm sorry, but you're out of luck, as 2018 is a winter Olympics year, taking place in Pyeongchang, South Korea. But, even if you aren't enthusiastic about winter sports, you may still want to check out the Opening Ceremony, which is what we are highlighting this week. Always a guaranteed spectacle, the Opening Ceremony kicks off the Olympics with a grand performance of some sort (never forget Beijing 2008) and a parade introducing each country. Also a fun activity: analyzing the strange patriotic outfits that each country chooses to wear, beginning with our very (fringy) own.

Prepare to talk about: Which sport is your favorite; norovirus; Russia. Always Russia.

 

Here And Now: S1E1

Here And Now
(Series Premiere)

Sunday at 9 pm on HBO

Why: Alan Ball has a pretty good track record on HBO (see Six Feet Under, True Blood), so whatever he's selling, we're buying. This time around, we're following a family of 6: professor Greg Bishop (Tim Robbins), his wife Audrey (Holly Hunter), and their 4 children, 3 of which are adopted from different countries - Colombia, Liberia, and Vietnam. Like most family dramas, there are all sorts of problems: adultery, depression, resentment, you name it. However, this show also, somewhat unexpectedly, has a supernatural element. One of the children, Ramon, begins seeing the number 11:11 everywhere, and the family isn't sure if he's nuts (they send him to a psychiatrist), or if it all has some larger meaning. Though the show certainly seems to have a lot (perhaps too much) going on, we're definitely curious how it all fits together.

Prepare to talk about: Yep, that's Jerrika Hinton from Grey's Anatomy (so *that's* why she didn't want to be a doctor anymore); yikes, a lot of people don't like it.

 

Homeland

Homeland
(Season Premiere)

Sunday at 9 pm on Showtime

Why: Look. Homeland has certainly had its ups and downs. But, if you've made it this far, you can make it for 2 more seasons (next season, season 8, will be the show's last), right? Furthermore, season 7 is viewed as a direct continuation of last season (whereas season 8 will be self-contained), so you definitely can't stop watching now! Yet again, this show is chalk full of real-world parallels, with showrunner Alex Gansa stating that he was inspired by Donald Trump and "all of the headlines coming out of Washington, D.C." for this season's plot. Yeah, we can't get away from fake news, sadly. Additionally, Gansa was particularly influenced by the current administration's conflict with the intelligence community, as he felt this was something that the show was in a unique position to comment on. So, if you want to watch an even scarier fictional version of what is already happening in real-time in America, then this is the season of Homeland for you! :grimace:

Prepare to talk about: So Carrie is falling apart, the country is falling apart...this is all very depressing!; who is this season's villain?; when will Saul get out of jail?

 

Rachel is the product manager of SideReel, and she must confess that she stopped watching Homeland after Season 2.

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Feb 7, 2018 8:55PM EST

Homeland was finished for me last season. It was full of political nonsense that didn't take into consideration previous story lines. It felt fake and contrived to meet the current climate in Hollywood. I gave up on last season not even halfway through ep. 3. Knowing that this season takes up where last season left off, I'll pass!

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Feb 7, 2018 8:56PM EST

Oh great, it's the Winter Olympics!!! Zzzzzzzzzz

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Feb 8, 2018 1:13AM EST

The Olympics are exciting!!! Who doesn’t love watching skii jumping and ice hockey?
Hopefully Homeland rebounds a little from last season’s dreariness. Political intrigue is exciting but at this point they’re torturing the main cast for plot points.

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Feb 9, 2018 8:46AM EST

NBC's prime time coverage often annoys me. I tune in to the Olympics to see sports, but NBC can push it into some weird non-sports areas. US athlete background is good, but NBC loves the "tragedy strikes their family" angle just too much, pushing towards "this athlete *deserves* to win," and bordering on "winning is the one thing that gives them hope", which is a completely non-sporting attitude.

My suggestion: try to catch some non-prime-time coverage, by announcers who are fans of the sport, and not so many "TV celebrities" pushing "winning". Yesterday watched the mixed doubles curling round robin already, and though it's not great for the USA, I've enjoyed it. Looking forward to more.

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Feb 10, 2018 7:49PM EST

Homeland was canceled after season 3. This is just another show called Homeland, with most of the same actors.

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Feb 11, 2018 12:59AM EST

^^^FACTO^^^

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Feb 11, 2018 5:58PM EST

Did you know that the Winter Olympics are on? I'm missing it.

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