What’s on TV? – Wednesday (1/9/19)

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Wednesday night is packed with tons of premieres. New shows are starting and critically acclaimed shows are beginning the end. There’s a lot to choose from, but tons of great options.

PICK OF THE DAY

“You’re The Worst” Season 5 Premiere (FXX) at 10 p.m. ET.

It’s the beginning of the end for one of the best dark comedies on television. “You’re the Worst” began four years ago as an acerbic promising comedy. However, it wasn’t until season 2, where the show dove headfirst into the topic of depression, that the show harnessed its true potential. Jimmy (Chris Geere) and Gretchen (Aya Cash) are two despicable humans who couldn’t be more perfectly matched for each other. The first episode of the show’s fifth and final season finds the couple recalling their odd love story to a wedding planner. It will be sad to see the show go. However, it leaves behind three already great seasons that dealt just as many gut punches as laughs.

WHAT’S PREMIERING?

“Schooled” (ABC) at 8:30 p.m. ET

Much like “Grown-ish” last week, the spin-off tactic is alive and well this season. “Schooled,” a spin-off of its lead-in, “The Goldbergs,” fast-forwards from the 80s to the 90s. Lainey Lewis (AJ Michalka) gets a job at William Penn Academy as a music teacher. However, Lainey is in for more than she bargained for as she adjusts from being a musician to a teacher. The show, also created by Adam Goldberg, fills the school with a cast of zany characters. Tim Meadows leads the school as Principal Glascott (a nod to his turn in “Mean Girls” perhaps?). Will “Schooled” live up to the success of its parent show? Only time will tell.

WHAT’S RETURNING?

Network TV is having a full night of premieres. ABC launches a full block of new episodes, beginning with “The Goldbergs,” returning from winter at 8 p.m. The show finds Beverly (scene-stealer Wendi McLendon Covey) planning her son’s wedding and having the time of her life doing so.

Five-time Emmy winner for Best Comedy Series, “Modern Family” comes back for new episodes. The show finds itself in the middle of its tenth season. How can you tell the show has been on for so long? Haley (Sarah Hyland) is pregnant and the latest episode finds her and longtime boyfriend Dylan (Reid Ewing) finding an apartment to move in together. The comedy half hours finishes with “Single Parents” at 9:30 p.m., which we will cover a little later.

Rounding out the night is the season four premiere of “Match Game” at 10 p.m. Hosted by Alec Baldwin, this week welcomes celebrity panelists Kenan Thompson, Ellie Kemper, Tyler Hoechlin, Sherri Shepherd, Horatio Sanz, and Jillian Bell.

ABC isn’t the only network with a whole block of new shows returning. NBC serves up three helpings of Chicago tonight. “Chicago Med” kicks off the night at 8 p.m. with its season 4 midseason return. The night shifts from doctors to firefighters at 9 p.m. with the midseason premiere of “Chicago Fire,” now in season 7. Finishing out the night at 10 p.m. is the final of the Chicago trio, “Chicago P.D.,” currently in season 6.

The Unsung Comedy Pick Of The Day

“Single Parents” (ABC) at 9:30 p.m. ET

So you’re looking for something to throw on at the end of your long day while you finish your glass of wine from dinner? Well, “Single Parents” fits the bill perfectly. ABC’s new comedy from Elizabeth Meriwether (“New Girl”) flies by with delightful, effervescent charm. The show follows a troupe of single parents who band together to help each other with their daily parenting tasks. The show hardly reinvents the wheel. However, it manages to be consistently funny and charming in equal measures. Ditch “Modern Family” and check out the new family comedy that airs right after it.

Movies On TV

Sylvester Stallone as Rocky Balboa in CREED. ©Warner Bros. Entertainment/MGM Pictures. CR: Barry Wetcher.

For those trying to catch up on the original films before moving on to this year’s sequels, Wednesday night has you covered. Freeform has “Wreck-It Ralph” (Freeform) on at 8:30 p.m. Want to see what Ralph was like before he broke the internet? Make sure to catch the original. The Paramount Network also wants people to play catch up. The 2015 installment of “Creed” starts at 9 p.m. Finally, 2018 may have brought us “Ocean’s 8,” but it’s still hard to deny how fun 2001’s “Ocean Eleven” is. Cuddle up with George Clooney, Brad Pitt, and Julia Roberts on TNT at 8 p.m.

For those in the mood for a modern romantic comedy, one can’t do much better than “Something’s Gotta Give.” The 2003 Nancy Meyers film boasts an Oscar-nominated Diane Keaton performance, Jack Nicholson at his most charming and an insanely beautiful house in the Hamptons. Tune in to Pop at 7 p.m. to catch the movie.

FX may have the season premiere of “You’re The Worst” on tonight, but that’s not stopping them from also programming a full night of movies. Action movie fans can watch “Jason Bourne” on FXM at 7:45 p.m. However, if you like your fights more superhero themed, they also have “Guardians of the Galaxy” on FXX at 7:30 p.m. Finally, for those, love their debauchery with a touch of Oscar prestige, they can find “The Wolf of Wall Street” on FX at 8 p.m.

NEW EPISODES

If those premieres and movies weren’t enough for you, there are tons of other shows airing new episodes tonight. Don’t get lost in your TV Guide, check out what else is new from the list below.

  • “SEAL Team” (CBS) at 9 p.m. ET
  • “Criminal Minds” (CBS) at 10 p.m. ET
  • “Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours to Hell and Back” (FOX) at 8 p.m. ET
  • “The Masked Singer” (FOX) at 9 p.m. ET
  • “Nature” (PBS) at 8 p.m. ET
  • “NOVA” (PBS) at 9 p.m. ET
  • “The Dictator’s Playbook” (PBS) at 10 p.m. ET
  • “Grown-ish” (Freeform) at 8 p.m. ET
  • “Storage Wars” (A&E) at 9 p.m., 9:30 p.m., 10 p.m., 10:30 p.m. ET
  • “North Woods Law: Uncuffed” (Animal Planet) at 8 p.m. ET
  • “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” (Bravo) at 9 p.m. ET
  • “Deal or No Deal” (CNBC) at 9 p.m. ET
  • “Man’s Greatest Food” (Cooking) at 9 p.m. ET
  • “Moonshiners: Outlaw Cuts” (Discovery) at 8 p.m. ET
  • “Botched” (E!) at 9 p.m. ET
  • “America Says” (GSN) at 9 p.m. ET
  • “Property Brothers” (HGTV) at 9 p.m. ET
  • “Vikings” (History) at 9 p.m. ET
  • “Homicide Hunter: Lt. Joe Kenda” (ID) at 9 p.m. ET
  • “A Mystery in Alaska” (ID) at 10 p.m. ET
  • “Project Runway All Stars” (Lifetime) at 9 p.m. ET
  • “American Beauty Star” (Lifetime) at 10 p.m. ET
  • “Catfish: The TV Show” (MTV) at 9 p.m. ET
  • “True Life Now” (MTV) at 10 p.m. ET
  • “Locked Up Abroad: Breakout” (National Geographic) at 8 p.m. ET
  • “Locked Up Abroad” (National Geographic) at 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. ET
  • “MythBusters Jr.” (Science) at 9 p.m. ET
  • “Outrageous Acts of Science” (Science) Season 10 at 10 p.m. ET
  • “My 600-Lb. Life” (TLC) at 8 p.m. ET
  • “Family By The Ton” (TLC) at 10 p.m. ET
  • “Mysteries at the Museum” (Travel Channel) at 8 p.m. ET
  • “Alien Encounters in Area 51: A Mysteries at the Museum Special” (Travel Channel) at 9 p.m. ET
  • “Beyond the Unknown” (Travel Channel) at 10 p.m. ET
  • “Impractical Jokers” (TruTV) at 9:30 p.m. ET
  • “Love & Hip Hop Miami” (VH1) at 8 p.m. ET
  • “Black Ink Crew: Chicago” (VH1) at 9 p.m. ET
  • “Hamilton’s Pharmacopeia” (Viceland) at 9 p.m. ET
  • “Kentucky Ayahuasca” (Viceland) at 10 p.m. ET

Will any of these shows contend for awards? Check out our predictions at the Circuit Hub.

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