A new Netflix supernatural series leads the pack. “The Order” premieres today and looks like a fun fantasy/witchcraft college drama. Meanwhile, two network programs return for their second seasons. “AP Bio” will air on NBC, continuing to give Glenn Howerton and Paton Oswalt leading roles in a high school comedy. Shondaland series “For the People” returns for ABC. “Goodfellas,” “The Birdcage,” and “All the Presidents Men” are some of the excellent movies to check out tonight.
Pick of the Day
Netflix launches a new drama today, and it should scratch the broody fantasy itch you have. “The Order” follows Jack (Jake Manley) as he begins college at Belgrave University. Once he’s there, he joins a secret society known as the Hermetic Order of the Blue Rose and begins to learn magic. Marketed as a teen drama, “The Order” may seem too serious for its own good. Worst case, audiences invest time in a “Vampire Diaries” style series. However, most young adult content like this cannot survive on self-seriousness. The only posted review so far notes the tone lightens considerably after the first episode. The serious tone may have been an issue for the pilot, but its also possible the showrunners changed course. Regardless it is worth supporting fantasy/horror whenever possible.
“AP Bio” on NBC at 8:30 PM
The Glenn Howerton and Patton Oswalt comedy continue with a second season tonight. Howerton has bonded with the students of his class, and typical high school shenanigans still play out. The cast has promise, even if the trailers for the new season do not exactly help that cause. Both Howerton and Oswalt are the reasons to tune in, but hopefully, we can see more opportunities for the kids of the show to stand out.
“For the People” on ABC at 10 PM
“For the People” had a surprising first season, earning critical acclaim as the season unfolded. While it did not have the big blockbuster feel of other Shondaland series like “Grey’s Anatomy” or “How to Get Away With Murder,” it did enough to earn another season. The first ten-episode run drew about 4 million viewers per episode. ABC hopes those viewers continue to watch, because otherwise “For the People” may not be long for this world.
Movies on TV
“Goodfellas” on HBO Screen Gems at 9 PM
Arguably Martin Scorsese’s best film, “Goodfellas” continues to inspire pop culture today. Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, and Ray Liotta are all astounding. Liota does not often get the credit that De Niro and Pesci get, but all three anchor “Goodfellas” spectacularly. De Niro also delivers one of his more subdued performances and rarely gets the credit he deserves for it. Paul Sorvino and Lorraine Bracco can easily be highlighted as well. Perhaps no montage will ever use Clapton’s “Layla” better than “Goodfellas” either. Keep in mind, ACCA 1990 is coming up. My money is on “Goodfellas” turning in quite the sweep.
“The Birdcage” on POP at 7 PM
A dynamite comedy that was almost entirely ignored by Oscar, “The Birdcage” has become one of Mike Nichols most underrated works. It has been embraced by a new generation of cinephiles as one of the funniest films of the 1990s. “The Birdcage” earns that reputation thanks to Nathan Lane, Robin Williams, and Hank Azaria. Meanwhile, Gene Hackman and Dianne Wiest make for an extraordinary foil to the rest of the cast. SAG stuck to their guns and gave the Outstanding Performace by a Cast prize to the hilarious ensemble.
“All the Presidents Men” on TCM at 8 PM
“All the Presidents Men” may never have felt more essential than the moment we are in right now. Journalism is at war with the executive branch, and issues of fake news dominate new cycles. Yet “All the Presidents Men” preaches restraint and patience in a time when instant gratification is all that matters. William Goldman passed away this year, and this is arguably one of his best screenplays (emphasis on his). It also features Robert Redford, Dustin Hoffman, and the iconic Jason Robards at the peak of their powers. While it lost Best Picture (in what might be the strongest Best Picture lineup in history), “All the President’s Men” remains a seminal work of the 1970s.
There are plenty of other shows airing new episodes. Make sure you don’t miss the latest episodes of your favorite shows. Times may vary by local area. Please check your guide for the most accurate times.
- “The Big Bang Theory” (CBS) at 8 PM
- “Young Sheldon” (CBS) at 8:30 PM
- “Mom” (CBS) at 9 PM
- “FAM” (CBS) at 9:30 PM
- “S.W.A.T.” (CBS) at 10 PM
- “Grey’s Anatomy“ (ABC) at 8 PM
- “Station 19” (ABC) at 9 PM
- “For the People” (ABC) at 10 PM
- “Superstore” (NBC) at 8 PM
- “AP Bio” (NBC) at 8:30 PM
- “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (NBC) at 9 PM
- “Will & Grace” (NBC) at 9:30 PM
- “Gotham” (Fox) at 8 PM
- “The Orville” (Fox) at 9 PM
- “The This Old House Hour” (PBS) at 8 PM
- “Supernatural” (CW) at 8 PM
- “Legacies” (CW) at 9 PM
- “The First 48″ (A&E) at 8 PM & 9 PM
- “60 Days In” (A&E) at 10 PM
- “Top Chef” (BRAVO) at 8 PM
- “Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles” (BRAVO) at 9 PM
- “Backyard Envy” (BRAVO) at 10 PM
- “Broad City” (COMEDY) at 10 PM
- “The Other Two” (COMEDY) at 10:30 PM
- “Building Off the Grid” (Discover) at 9 PM
- “Hollywood Medium with Tyler Henry” (E!) at 8 PM
- “Beat Bobby Flay” (FOOD) at 10 PM
- “Siren” (Freeform) at 8 PM
- “Better Things” (FX) at 10 PM
- “Flip or Flop: Nashville” (HGTV) at 9 PM
- “House Hunters” (HGTV) at 10 PM
- “House Hunters: International” (HGTV) at 10:30 PM
- “Swamp People” (HISTORY) at 9 PM
- “Truck Night in America” (HISTORY) at 10 PM
- “Bring It!” (Lifetime) at 8 & 9 PM
- “The Rap Game” (Lifetime) at 10 PM
- “Ex on the Beach” (MTV) at 8 PM
- “Game of Clones” (MTV) at 9 PM
- “Flack” (Pop) at 10 PM
- “The Dead Files” (Travel) at 10 PM
- “Kindred Spirits” (Travel) at 11 PM
- “RuPaul’s Drag Race” (VH1) at 9 PM