Collider Weekly TV Guide: VIKINGS, BAGBOY, THE BOOK OF NEGROES, and More

     February 16, 2015

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The Collider Weekly TV Guide is a rundown of notable episodes, premieres, returns, finales, and opportunities to catch-up on great shows (or to cast an eye to the occasional TV train wreck). Here are the picks for the week beginning Monday, February 16th:

Monday 2/16:

  • The Book of Negroes (BET, 9 p.m.) — The ambitious, historical 3-night, 6-part miniseries adaptation of Lawrence Hill‘s acclaimed novel focuses on slave traders. The difficult and affecting series stars Cuba Gooding Jr, Louis Gossett Jr, and Aujanue Ellis, and will air on consecutive nights.

Tuesday 2/17:

  • italian-americans-pbsThe Italian Americans (PBS, 9 p.m.) — From PBS, “The Italian Americans reveals how Italian immigrants challenged the notion of the American ‘melting pot’ — chronicling four generations of Italian-American lives, from the massive late 19th Century wave of immigration to today. From the importance of the family over an individual’s personal aspirations, to their distinctive, circular migration patterns, to the specter of the Mafia that still plagues Italian Americans today, this series peels away myths and stereotypes to reveal a world uniquely Italian and uniquely American.”
  • The Flash, “Fallout” (CW, 8 p.m.) — The results of what happened to the Nuclear Man; plus, Barry gets some important information on time travel (!!) from Dr. Stein.

Wednesday 2/18: 

  • Man Seeking Woman “Gavel” (FXX, 10:31 p.m.) — A reminder that you should be watching this hilarious, surreal comedy starring Jay Baruchel as a hapless Chicago guy trying to figure out the dating world (but it is much more absurd than that blurb can do it justice). Full review.

Thursday 2/19:

  • the-odd-couple-cbs-matthew-perry-thomas-lennonThe Odd Couple (CBS, 8:30 p.m.) — Matthew Perry and Thomas Lennon star in this new CBS multi-camera sitcom that revives the 1965 play yet again, for better or worse. Perry developed the series, and stars as the slovenly Oscar Madison. Review forthcoming.
  • Vikings Season 3 premiere (History,10 p.m.) — Vikings returns to History with a 10 episode season, where With the promise of new land from the English, Ragnar (Travis Fimmel) leads his people to an uncertain fate on the shores of Wessex. King Ecbert (Linus Roache) has made many promises and it remains to be seen if he will keep them. But ever the restless wanderer, Ragnar is searching for something more … and he finds it in the mythical city of Paris. Rumored to be impenetrable to outside forces, Ragnar and his band of Norsemen must come together to break down its walls and cement the Vikings legend in history.

Friday 2/20:

  • Bagboy (Adult Swim, 12:30 a.m.) — John C. Reilly reprises his character Dr. Steve Brule in a half-hour special that is structured as a fake low-budget TV pilot, with Brule as a supermarket employee. Here’s a taste of the crazy.

Sunday 2/22:

  • grantchester-james-norton-image Grantchester (PBS, 10:15 p.m.) — The Season One finale of the bucolic English crime series; forewarning to give you time to catch up on the previous 5 episodes. Full review.
  • The 87th Academy Awards (ABC, 8:30 p.m.) — Check out Collider’s continuing coverage of the Oscars, including Adam Chitwood’s Oscar Picks posting later this week.

Streaming: 

  • Bosch (Amazon Prime) — This old-school crime series, whose episodes all became available on Amazon last Friday, stars Titus Welliver, and is written by Michael Connelly (based on his novels) and The Wire‘s Eric Overmyer. Full review.

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