The Most Important Shows on TV: Week of April 9, 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.

 

New Girl: S7E1

New Girl
(Season Premiere)

Tuesday at 9:30 pm on FOX

Why: It's Jess! You probably wouldn't be the only one if you had said you forgot that New Girl hadn't already concluded (forever). When Season 6 aired last spring (over a year ago), creator Liz Meriwether didn't yet know if the finale would be a season or series finale, so it was written in a way that would satisfy either outcome. If you recall, Nick and Jess kissed in an elevator, Schmidt and Cece revealed they would be having a baby, and Winston and Aly were doing well. It truly would have been a satisfying series finale. However, the show is returning for what is now a confirmed final season, giving us 8 final episodes (including a 1 hour finale on May 15th) back with the gang again. For these last episodes, Meriwether has decided to give us a 3-4ish year time jump to mix things up. We won't spoil all of the big developments that have occurred in the offscreen interim, but there have definitely been changes for everyone. We can also expect plenty returning guest stars for this swansong, including Nasim Pedrad (Aly), Dermot Mulroney (Russell), Damon Wayans Jr. (Coach), David Walton (Sam), and Jamie Lee Curtis and Rob Reiner (as Jess’ parents).

Prepare to talk about: Schmidt and Cece's cute kid; J.B. Smoove as Winston's father (so good!); how Nick and Jess stack up against Jim and Pam.

 

Lost in Space: S1E1

Lost in Space
(Series Premiere)

Friday at 3 am on Netflix

Why: Lost in Space is yet another reboot. There was the campy, but beloved '60s television series, as well as the 1998 movie, which had everyone from Gary Oldman to Lacey Chabert to William Hurt to Matt LeBlanc in it, though it still managed to be kind of bad. This new Netflix take seems a bit more promising. The inspiration remains the same: a family of 5, the Robinsons, get stuck in space. However, this time they are lost along with a bunch of other families who had been heading to colonize a new planet but end up on an unknown planet when their spaceship veers off course. So, it's a sci-fi family drama. In another nice modern update, the leader of the family is no longer the male, but the female, an aerospace engineer played by Molly Parker. And if the leader is a woman, why not the villain as well? Dr. Smith (the classic villain of Lost in Space) is this time played by the always delightful Parker Posey. The series as a whole is no longer campy like the original, but serious, dark, and we hope, more compelling.

Prepare to talk about: Don't worry, there's still a robot; where this stacks up in the battle of the sci-fi reboots; the stupid decisions that these Robinsons seem to make.

 

Fear the Walking Dead: S4E1

Fear the Walking Dead
(Season Premiere)

Sunday at 10 pm on AMC

Season 4 of Fear the Walking Dead is basically a reboot. There's new showrunners as co-creator Dave Erickson has departed and has been replaced by Andrew Chambliss and Ian Goldberg. There's also a bunch of new characters including Morgan Jones, played by Lennie James over on parent series The Walking Dead. James is jumping ship for the spinoff, where he will continue to play Jones, although we don't yet know the backstory for why he leaves the Alexandria Safe-Zone and ends up over on FTWD. The new new characters include Garrett Dillahunt (most recently seen on The Gifted) as John, Maggie Grace (Lost) as Althea, and Jenna Elfman(?!) (most recently Imaginary Mary although she'll always be Dharma to us) as Naomi. The showrunners have also teased that this season will play with time and narrative structure, which might explain how a character can come over from another series that currently does not take place during the same timeline. How will these 2 worlds collide? All of these changes sound like just the sort of excitement that FTWD could use!

Prepare to talk about: Texas; the show's new western feel; what's happening with all of the OG castmembers.

 

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Apr 10, 2018 5:01AM EDT

Lennie James is the name of the actor and Morgan is the name of the character.

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TelevisionFanboyContributor
Apr 10, 2018 7:00AM EDT

Yay New Girl!!!!! It is embarassing how much I like this show.
And Jenna Elfman for real?!?!? That gives me a reason to watch FTWD again.

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RachelLEditor
Apr 10, 2018 11:13AM EDT

@traydub Right you are! Corrected :)

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Apr 10, 2018 6:19PM EDT

I'm bracing myself for Lost in Space, it will likely be terrible. Just thinking that the original show was kind of terrible as well, it just happened at a time when all the other Sci-Fi was horrically bad and had no women in them at all unless they were weird aliens or bimbos. Its a novelty show. People will remember it as being great though and praise the remake as brilliant. I forecast a single season only.

Danger, Zooey Deschanel, Danger... Fear of the zombie soap opera does not compute!!!

Shouldn't all the zombies be dead yet? Zombie Babies!? Are they breeding!?

Huh! New show idea. The Breeding Dead. Raising the dead was never so much fun!

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Apr 14, 2018 10:45AM EDT

FTWD: "Dude, look out, it's a WALKER!" More of the same.

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Apr 14, 2018 10:46AM EDT

Will the bot say it? "Danger Will Robinson, Danger".

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Apr 14, 2018 4:14PM EDT

So which safe haven will Clark Family mess up on FTWD this season? That wretched family is responsible for more human death than the zombies....er...i mean "walkers".

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Apr 16, 2018 2:19PM EDT

@EloiseWilson @SophieReid Wow, truck stop glory holes are really profitable!

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