Televisualist: Are You Ready for Some Slightly Different Football
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Televisualist: Are You Ready for Some Slightly Different Football

Each week, Torontoist examines the upcoming TV listings and makes note of programs that are entertaining, informative, and of quality. Or, alternately, none of those. The result: Televisualist.

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“Wait, we have 22 Minutes as a lead-in? We thought you wanted people to laugh.”

Monday

It’s the first-ever college football championship game (well, sort of—we’re not going to get into how this differs from how American college football used to determine its champions, because trust us: if you don’t already know, you don’t want to know). Anyway, it’s Ohio State and Oregon! Woo! We guess. (TSN, 8 p.m.)


Tuesday

Parks and Recreation is back for its final season. We are still in denial about this. (City, 8 p.m.)

Schitt’s Creek is CBC’s other big winter premiere—the one that isn’t an adaptation of a classy book. This is a single-camera comedy that aims for sardonic and dark/dry: Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara star as the parents of a rich family who lose everything and have to move to a small town that they still own for some reason. Previews look appropriately acidic, but it’s hard to tell if the show is actually funny in context. Still, we are optimistic given the talent involved. (9 p.m.)

Back again: Kate Plus 8. Kate Gosselin makes Keith Richards look like the extinct dodo bird. (TLC, 9 p.m.)

Kroll Show (new season debuting tonight) is one of those shows that manages to both suck and rule at the same time. Take, for example, the Wheels Ontario sketch—on the one hand, it’s tiresome Canadian-accent trope comedy, but on the other, it’s also a remarkably on-target take-down of many, many Canadian “family” shows of the past few decades. In conclusion, Nick Kroll is a land of contrasts. (Much, 10:30 p.m.)


Wednesday

Prepper Hillbillies is a show about paranoid white people who are scared that brown people will come and take all their stuff, but they’re not crazy enough to mention brown people out loud, so they just talk about “the breakdown of society” and “marauders across the nation,” which means brown people. Anyway, the preppers (who are, you will be shocked to hear, gun nuts) are hired by like-minded people to build traps and things, because that is sane. (OLN, 9 p.m.)

Much has the second-season debut of Broad City, and if you were wise enough to watch the first season or when it was on the internet or when Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer were doing it as a finger-puppet show in their living room, good for you, and if not, might as well start watching it now. (Much, 10:30 p.m.)


Thursday

You might think that The Critics’ Choice Movie Awards will somehow be classier than the average movie awards, but it’s really not. These awards often serve to predict Oscar winners—since 2000, for example, the Critics’ Choice Award for Best Picture has failed to win the Oscar for Best Picture only three times (2004, when Million Dollar Baby took the Oscar over Sideways; 2005, when Crash won rather than Brokeback Mountain; and 2010, when The King’s Speech beat The Social Network). In any case, it’s another awards show you can watch—just one with fewer celebrities. (A&E, 9 p.m.)


Friday

There is a brand new show called World’s Funniest Fails. The Internet has much to answer for. (City, 8 p.m.)

We’re not sure how they’re going to make 12 Monkeys into an ongoing series, but damned if TV-land isn’t going to try to monetize an existing brand! (Showcase, 10 p.m.)


The Weekend

Still on the fence about Togetherness, the new comedy from the Duplass brothers. On the one hand, it’s well-written, well-acted, and doesn’t recycle the usual tropes you would expect to find in a sitcom about white people in their 40s trying to figure their lives out. On the other hand, we’re not sure we can take another show about white people in their 40s trying to figure their lives out. (HBO Canada, (9:30 p.m. Sunday)

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