The Most Important Shows on TV: Week of March 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.

 

Life Sentence

Life Sentence
(Series Premiere)

Wednesday at 9:00 pm on The CW

Why: There sure are a lot of Pretty Little Liars fans out there, and I bet they are all pretty curious about what each star ends up doing next. Lucy Hale has chosen The CW's Life Sentence, a cancer show with a twist: the cancer patient lives! Hale plays Stella Abbott, a 23 year old woman under the impression she was dying from terminal cancer, only to find out that she has been cured (assuming you believe your trusty CW doctor)! Now, she has to accept the consequences of the life she had been living, expecting no consequences. It turns out much wasn't as she thought: her family has been having all sorts of problems that they were hiding from her. Also, she's now unprepared for this life she wasn't expecting to live. It's an interesting premise, although from watching the trailer you kind of feel like you've already seen the entire show, so it will be interesting to see where they take things.

Prepare to talk about: Never forget the better "cancer show", Chasing Life; how great Stella looks for having had cancer her whole life; what are those other Pretty Little Liars up to?

 

champions: S1E1

Champions
(Series Premiere)

Thursday at 9:30 pm on NBC

Why: Somehow, although Mindy Kaling's The Mindy Project just concluded its Hulu run in November, Mindy already has a new series launching on NBC just a few months later (oh, and she had a baby since then too, NBD). Kaling doesn't star in, but is a recurring guest star on Champions, which stars another familiar Mindy face, Anders Holm (who played love-interest Casey, although his most notable role is likely from Workaholics), who plays Brooklyn gym owner Vince. Kaling plays his ex-girlfriend named Priya, who shows up one day with Michael, their son who needs to live in NY so that he can attend a special performing arts high school. And it's Michael, the proudly out, half-Indian teenager played by J.J. Totah, who is clearly going to be the star of this show. Fortune Feimster, who was another scene-stealer in The Mindy Project also appears.

Prepare to talk about: J.J. Totah; how often is Mindy going to appear?; all the theater jokes.

 

Deception

Deception
(Series Premiere)

Sunday at 10 pm on ABC

Why: You might think that the premise of Deception sounds a bit familiar to Castle, the long-running also-on-ABC procedural where a crime mystery novelist teams up with a homicide detective. In fact, it's oh-so-different, because in *this* show, disgraced magician Cameron Black teams up with the FBI! Just kidding, it sounds pretty similar! That being said, this is a formula that worked very well for ABC for a whopping eight seasons, so it makes a whole lot of sense to bring something back that's just different enough that we can pretend it's something entirely new. Plus, lead Jack Cutmore-Scott (who you may remember as Cooper Barrett from the short-lived Cooper Barrett's Guide to Surviving Life, although realistically you probably don't) seems handsome and charming enough, along with the rest of the supporting cast. Plus the show comes from Chuck co-creator Chris Fedak and the ever-present Berlanti TV, so it definitely has some talented people behind it. The network clearly believes in the series, as it is launching after ABC's big 2 hour debut of American Idol.

Prepare to talk about: How we're still mad about the way Castle ended (#justiceforstana); how many seasons do we think this will run?

 

Rachel is the product manager of SideReel, and she stopped watching Pretty Little Liars around Season 3, but still wants the best for Lucy Hale!

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TelevisionFanboyContributor
Mar 7, 2018 3:00PM EST

All of these lackluster reviews of Hale’s show are a total bummer. So much more excited for You on Lifetime. Shay Mitchell and Penn Badgley ftw!

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RachelLEditor
Mar 7, 2018 3:57PM EST

@TelevisionFanboy Indeed...you looks awesome (loved the book, too).

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Mar 7, 2018 11:47PM EST

It was an exceedingly well written and acted first episode. They covered an enormous amount of backstory and set up a season of family drama delaing with the fact that she isn't going to die. Which turns out to be far more problematic than you would think. The show really clips along with never a dull moment.

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TelevisionFanboyContributor
Mar 9, 2018 7:19AM EST

Great to hear Lolli you have convinced me to check it out. I watched PLL so something lighter and less ridiculous sounds nice. Literally any show is less ridiculous than PLL.

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Mar 9, 2018 7:43AM EST

Deception: Er, no. (Have you seen my "still a better wedding scene than Castle" meme images I do for The CW's superhero shows?) :-) ABC should have done a show about two stars of a police procedural TV series who can't stand being in the same room as each other. THAT could have been fun. Bang on-the-nose as well.

I'll wait for some reviews of "You". I avoid Lifetime because every thing I ever tried watching turns into depictions of female character getting brutally assaulted and/or battered. Yuck.

When is the next Donal Logue series? Please? Preferably buddied-up with Sean Pertwee.

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Mar 10, 2018 1:11PM EST

Deception sounds more like The Mentalist than Castle.

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Mar 11, 2018 7:52AM EDT

Champions pilot was awful borderline unwatchable.

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