What’s on TV? – Wednesday (1/16/19) – A Fifth Time Up ‘Schitt’s Creek’

This Wednesday gives us quite a few interpretations of small town Americana. Pop gives us season 5 of the fish out of water comedy “Schlitt’s Creek,” which places rich city folk in a run-down small town. As part of CW’s block of returning shows, “Riverdale” turns up the heat on the small town from Archie Comics. TCM puts on the classic “East of Eden” tonight. Finally, if you really want to get involved, “In Pursuit with John Walsh” on ID allows you to actually help solve the crimes during the episode. Take a look at what’s coming on TV this Wednesday.

PICK OF THE DAY

“Schitt’s Creek” Season 5 Premiere (Pop) at 10 p.m. ET.

Back for season 5, “Schitt’s Creek” premieres with more fanfare than ever before. After a season 4 that netted critics choice nominations and a 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, anticipations are high. The sleeper hit focuses on the Rose family, wealthy moguls who are forced to move into the town of Schitt’s Creek once their money runs out. Christopher Guest regulars Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara reliably land joke after joke as the Johnny and Moira Rose. Meanwhile, Dan Levy (Eugene Levy’s son) and Annie Murphy continually steals scenes as their privileged city children. The show airs two back to back new episodes at 10 p.m. ET to kick off the new season.

WHAT’S PREMIERING?

“In Pursuit with John Walsh” (ID) at 10 p.m. ET

Have you ever wanted to catch a criminal without leaving your house? “In Pursuit with John Walsh” wants to help you out with that. The new Investigation Discovery show follows criminal investigator John Walsh as he goes through real life investigations. What adds to the drama? A live call center that viewers to call in leads to help law enforcement.

“Deadly Class” (Syfy) at 8:30 p.m. ET

Another graphic novel hits the small screen. This time, Syfy takes on Rick Remender’s hit comic series and brings it to life. The show takes place in a grand academy for assassins. We are introduced to this new world through the eyes of its newest recruit, a homeless, jaded teen named Marcus. As Marcus fights to survive (literally), he associates himself with fellow misfits who aim to use their powers for good. Like the hit Netflix show, “Stranger Things,” “Deadly Class” takes place in the 80s, hoping to scratch audiences’ itch for nostalgia television.

WHAT’S RETURNING?

CW fans rejoice. Your favorite Wednesday night shows return. First up is “Riverdale,” the channel’s adaptation of the popular Archie Comics with amplified hormones. How can season 3 outdo a previous season that featured “Carrie the Musical” and lots of shirtless twentysomethings masquerading as high school students? Part 2 of season 3 promises a now brunette Archie on the run, Jughead and Veronica teaming up for a noir themed episode and a guest role for Kelly Ripa. The latest new episode starts at 8 p.m. ET.

Following “Riverdale” is the second half of CW’s freshman series “All American” at 9 p.m. ET. The fish out of water drama relocates all-star football player Spencer James from his South Crenshaw High School to the ritzy Beverly Hills High. The show comes from the real life experiences of Spencer Paysinger, who has played for the New York Giants, Miami Dolphins and Carolina Panthers.

MOVIES ON TV

Haven’t caught up with one of the best comedies of last year? HBO gives you another chance to see the sleeper hit “Blockers” at 8 p.m. ET. The film was sold as a raunchy romp where three overprotective parents (Leslie Mann, John Cena, Ike Barinholtz) try and prevent their daughters from losing their virginity on prom night. What didn’t get advertised was how sensitive, funny and sweet this coming of age film was. The cast lands even the most gross out of gags. Leslie Mann gets a character finally worthy of her talents. Lastly, the central high school female trio creates a wonderful, supportive bond that’s sorely missing from most mainstream films.

Rather settle in with a blockbuster you know and love? Syfy has you covered. The epic Harry Potter finale, “Deathly Hallows Part 2” starts at 7:30 p.m. ET before leading into the premiere of “Deadly Class.” There’s never a bad time to return to Hogwarts. Plus, the final film in the epic series features plenty of the series best moments, particularly from its packed cast of supporting players.

Lastly, TCM has classic film buffs covered at 8 p.m. ET with “East of Eden”, starring James Dean. The adaptation of John Steinbeck’s classic novel features the only Oscar nominated performance from the young actor. Dean plays a young man who searches for his mother when he rebels against his religious Father and the small town mentality of his Northern California town. In addition, Jo Van Fleet won the Supporting Actress Oscar for her role as Dean’s brothel owning absentee mother.

NEW EPISODES

Not in the mood for a new premiere? There are plenty of fresh episodes of your favorite shows coming on tonight. Check out which shows are airing new episodes tonight.

  • “The Goldbergs” (ABC) at 8 p.m. ET
  • “Schooled” (ABC) at 8:30 p.m. ET
  • “Modern Family” (ABC) at 9 p.m. ET
  • “Single Parents” (ABC) at 9:30 p.m. ET
  • “The Match Game” (ABC) at 10 p.m. ET
  • “Chicago Med” (NBC) at 8 p.m. ET
  • “Chicago Fire” (NBC) at 9 p.m. ET
  • “Chicago P.D.” (NBC) 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
  • “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” (Discovery) at 8 p.m. & 9 p.m. ET
  • “Homestead Rescue” (Discovery) at 10 p.m. ET
  • “Botched” (E!) at 9 p.m. ET
  • “Guy’s Grocery Games” (Food Network) 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 8 p.m. & 9 p.m. ET
  • “Project Runway All Stars” (Lifetime) at 8 p.m. & 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
  • “Who Killed Billy the Kid: 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
  • “Jon Glaser Loves Gear” (TruTV) at 10:30 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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