What’s on TV? – (1/15/19) – ‘Drunk History’ Does Frankenstein and the Search for Nicky Continues on ‘This Is Us’


If there was ever an episode of “Drunk History” to catch live, this might be the one. “Drunk History” will tackle Mary Shelley in a star-studded episode. On top of that, “This Is Us” returns with a lot to cover

Pick of the Day

Drunk History” on Comedy Central at 10 PM (EST)

As someone who is a casual fan of the show, this episode is a must watch. The episode features a retelling of Mary Shelley and the writing of “Frankenstein,” featuring both Will Ferrell and Seth Rogen. The season premiere for the Emmy-winning show looks star studded. Evan Rachel WoodElijah Wood, and Jack McBrayer also appear in the episode, with Rich Fulcher narrating. They pulled out the stops, and with ‘Saturday Night Live” struggling this year, could a well made episode of “Drunk History” upset at the Emmys? If anything could,  this might be the episode to make waves.

What’s Premiering?

“Temptation Island” 

If you’re in the mood for some good old fashion reality TV, USA has got you covered. “Temptation Island” returns to television for the first time since 2003. The show puts couples “at a crossroads” in their relationship on an island with 24 singles. The partners approach the exercise hoping to strengthen their relationships by acting as if they are single while on the island. It’s got all the hallmarks of a big time reality show, and the original was a boon for ratings at Fox in its first season. The return of the show may do the same for USA. In fact, USA is so confident in the show, they’ve put the whole first episode on Youtube to watch right now.


What’s Returning? 

“This Is Us” 

One of the very best dramas on television returns after taking a few weeks off. It wouldn’t be “This Is Us” if they hadn’t left us a cliffhanger with the midseason finale. A new character from the past of the Pearson family. Jack’s brother Nicky looks to be joining the show at some point in the future. In fact, Griffin Dunne has been tapped to play the character. Expect him to show up in a big way for the recurring role. Meanwhile, other balls are up in the air, including the future of Randall & Beth’s marriage as well as Kate & Toby’s baby. Considering the frustration that Dan Fogelman felts over “Life Itself,” expect him to come back with big tricks up his sleeve.

“The Flash” 

One of the most consistent superhero shows on television has been “The Flash” on the CW. While other shows have peaks and valleys, for the most part, this show has held the highest floor. With a cast that stars Grant Gustin and Candice Patton, the show has a strong core that has helped the show keep an emotional core despite 100+ episodes. They’ve also been gifted to have Tom Cavanagh continue to ham it up as a villain, and his presence helped the show come into its own. If you’re in the mood for a campy and fun show, “The Flash” might be the one to check out.


Movies on TV

There are some really fun movies to check out tonight from across TV. One of the best sports films of the past twenty years will air on Showtime at 7 PM EST. “Friday Night Lights” gave Peter Berg a blank check for the next ten years in Hollywood, and it remains a great sports film today. Based on the acclaimed book by H.G. Bissinger, “Friday Night Lights” follows a coach and the Permian High Panthers over the course of a season. What begins as a hunt for the State Championship becomes an intimate portrait of high school football in small-town America. The cast also features future stars like Garrett HedlundAmber HeardDerek Luke, and Jay Hernandez.

One of the great comedies of the 1990s will air on AMC tonight as well. Led by Marissa Tomei’s Oscar-winning performance (in Supporting Actress), “My Cousin Vinny” airs at 8 PM. Still one of the funniest fish-out-of-water movies of the age, Joe Pesci and Tomei carry the film to greatness. It really lets its actors soar, and any comedy that gives its performers that much runway has the potential to capture lightning in a bottle.

Finally, you can watch the Best Picture-nominated “Traffic” on HBO at 8 PM. The massive ensemble film brought together some excellent performers, and Benicio Del Toro road the film to an Oscar win. His win might be one of the best of the century so far, and he dominates every second of screen time he’s given. Steven Soderbergh won his Oscar for the film after getting double nominated in Director. It remains one of the most striking films on the Drug War in America, and it resonates almost twenty years later.

New Episodes

There are plenty of other shows airing new episodes tonight. Use this as a helpful guide when channel surfing tonight. Make sure you don’t miss the latest episodes of your favorite shows. Once again, times may vary by local area. Please check your local guide for the most accurate times.

  • “NCIS” (CBS) at 8 PM
  • “FBI” (CBS) at 9 PM
  • “NCIS: New Orleans” (CBS) at 10 PM
  • “The Connors” (ABC) at 8 PM
  • “The Kids Are Alright” (ABC) at 8:30 PM
  • “black-ish” (ABC) at 9 PM
  • “Splitting Up Together” (ABC) at 9:30 PM
  • “The Rookie’ (ABC) at 10 PM
  • “Ellen’s Game of Games” (NBC) at 8 PM and 9 PM
  • “This Is Us” (NBC) at 9 PM
  • “New Amsterdam” (NBC) at 10 PM
  • “Lethal Weapon” (Fox) at 8 PM
  • “The Gifted” (Fox) at 9 PM
  • “Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates Jr.” (PBS) at 8 PM
  • The Swamp: American Experience” (PBS) at 9 PM
  • “The Flash” (CW) at 8 PM
  • “Roswell, New Mexico” (PBS) at 9 PM
  • “Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath” (A&E) at 9 PM
  • “Lone Star Law” (Animal Planet) at 8 PM and 9 PM
  • “Alaska Law” (Animal Planet) at 10 PM
  • “The Family Business” (BET) at 9 PM
  • “Below Deck” (Bravo) at 9 PM
  • “The Profit” (CNBC) at 10 PM
  • “Drunk History” (Comedy Central) at 10 PM
  • “Corporate” (Comedy Central) at 10:30 PM
  • “Garage Rehab” (Discover) at 8 & 9 PM
  • “Bad Chad Customs” (Discover) at 9 PM
  • “Chopped” (Food) at 9 PM
  • “Good Trouble” (Freeform) at 8 PM
  • “Backroad Bounty” (FYI) at 10 PM
  • “Windy City Rehab” (HGTV) at 9 PM
  • “House Hunters” (HGTV) at 10 PM
  • “House Hunters: International” (HGTV) at 10:30 PM
  • “The Curse of Oak Island” (History) at 8 PM and 9 PM
  • “Project Blue Book” (History) at 10 PM
  • “Married at First Sight” (Lifetime) at 8 PM, 8:30 PM
  • “Lindsay Lohan’s Beach Club” (MTV) at 8 PM
  • “Life Below Zero” (Nat. Geo) at 9 PM
  • “Port Protection Alaska” (Nat. Geo) at 10 PM
  • “The Haves and Have Nots” (OWN) at 9 PM
  • “What on Earth?” (Science) at 9 PM
  • “How the Universe Works” (Science) at 10 PM
  • “Inside the NFL” (Showtime) at 9 PM
  • “My Big Fat Fabulous Life” (TLC) at 8 PM
  • “I Am Jazz” (TLC) at 9 PM
  • “Expedition Unknown” (Travel) at 9 PM
  • “Legend Hunter” (Travel) at 10 PM
  • “Adam Ruins Everything” (TruTV) at 10 PM
  • “Teachers” (TVLandat 10 PM
  • Temptation Island” (USA) at 10 PM

What do you think you’ll tune into? Did we miss any new shows you’ll be watching? Let us hear your picks in the comments below! 

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