Week in TV: 12/29 Sherlock, Emerald City, & Winter Premieres

By Alyssa & DRWHO42

The new year brings with it a deluge of winter & season premieres.  This week brings us the highly anticipated return of Sherlock for it’s 4th season on New Years Day. In addition, there are also some old favorites returning this week including The Big Bang Theory, Blacklist, Grimm, & Sleepy Hollow. For Bones fans the series begins its final season Tuesday.

As for new shows we finally get to see NBC’s Emerald City Friday. The series is a reimagined Wizard of OZ and according to the series director, Tarsem Singh (The Cell and The Fall), it is a cross between Game of Thrones and the Wizard of OZ.  “It’s a grimmer take on the original. For instance, in NBC’s version the Scarecrow isn’t an absentminded farm tool but a mentally traumatized soldier who was crucified on the side of the yellow brick road.”

In a departure from the conventional TV shooting schedule, Tarsem was able to convince NBC to bypass the traditional pilot phase and instead produce and shoot the series in it’s entirety. The executive producer, Shaun Cassidy said “We really had to go do a big song-and-dance saying, ‘Trust us,’ ” Cassidy confirmed. “It’s going to be scary. We’re going to shoot everything out of sequence. The entire 10 hours are going to be [story]-boarded as one movie.”
For a more in depth look at the series, take a read of the LA time write up.  Here’s the Trailer

We’re announcing the winter & spring season premieres every Sunday so stay tune to our weekly posts for more details. What shows are you looking forward in 2017? If there are any series that excites you please join the conversation on the FoCC forum and let us know by clicking here.

We have published a couple of TV related articles recently.

DRWHO42’s picks:
New: Sherlock, Emerald City, Sleepy Hollow, The Blacklist, Blindspot, The Big Bang Theory
On-going: The OA
Binge / Stack: Quantico, Hawaii 5-0, Westworld, Glitch, Incorporated

Alyssa’s picks:
New/Returning: Sherlock, Emerald City, Bones, Blacklist.
Watching live:  Good Behavior, Designated Survivor, Vikings, Emerald City.
Stack up: Arrow, Westworld, The Exorcist, Timeless, Humans, Van Helsing, Z-nation, DC’s Legends, The Flash, Gotham, Blindspot, Supergirl, The Good Place, Shooter.

Notable geek shows are highlighted in red.

Sunday – January 01, 2017
8:00 PM
FOX     The Mick: Pilot (mic-101) [Series Premiere – Special Night & Time]

THE MICK is a no-holds-barred single-camera comedy that gives new meaning to the phrase “dysfunctional family.” MACKENZIE aka “MICKEY” (Kaitlin Olson, “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”) is a brash, two-bit hustler from Rhode Island who has spent her entire life shirking any semblance of responsibility. Lacking any drive, but in constant search of the next easy payday, Mickey is not without her charms. She’s smart, she’s fun, and despite all appearances, her head’s always in the game. She just needs a big win.

That win kinda, sorta comes true when, looking for a handout, Mickey visits her estranged sister and billionaire brother-in-law in Greenwich, CT, but gets more than she bargained for, as this absurdly rich couple flees the country to escape federal fraud charges. In a surprising turn of events, Mickey must assume guardianship of their three high-maintenance and ill-parented children: SABRINA (Sofia Black D’Elia, “The Messengers,” “Gossip Girl”), an ambitious, 18-going-on-30-year-old who is a worthy adversary to Mickey; CHIP (Thomas Barbusca, “The New Normal,” “Grey’s Anatomy”), 13, an arrogant, entitled neo-con-in-the-making with an extremely punchable face; and BEN (newcomer Jack Stanton), seven, an adorably fragile nerd. Click here for the Trailer To read more chick here.

8:30 PM
FOX     Brooklyn Nine-Nine: The Fugitive Pt. 1/the Fugitive Pt. 2 [1-hour 4th Season Winter Finale – Special Night & Time]
CBS     Ransom: The Return [Series Premiere – Special Night & Time]

Ransom stars Luke Roberts as Eric Beaumont in a drama inspired by the real-life professional experiences of the world-renowned crisis negotiator Laurent Combalbert and his partner Marwan Mery. Eric’s team is brought in to save lives when no one else can. He understands criminals better than they do and uses his insight into human behavior to resolve the most difficult kidnap and ransom cases. Despite the stakes, he refuses to resort to violence. To see the trailer click here.

9:00 PM
PBS     Sherlock: The Six Thatchers [4th Season Premiere]
ABC     To Tell The Truth: Jalen Rose, Ashley Graham, Angela Kinsey, Donald Faison (#206) [2nd Season Premiere]
9:30 PM
CBS     Pure Genius: Grace [New Episode – Special Night & Time]
10:00 PM
ABC     Conviction: Not Okay [1st Season Winter Premiere – New Time Slot]

Monday – January 02, 2017
8:00 PM
NBC     The Celebrity Apprentice: In Here You Call Me Governor [15th Season Premiere]
CBS     Kevin Can Wait: Ring Worm [1st Season Winter Premiere]
FOX    Masterchef Celebrity Showdown [2-Hour Special Presentation]
8:30 PM
CBS     Man With A Plan: What About Bob? [1st Season Winter Premiere]
9:00 PM
CBS     2 Broke Girls: And The Riverboat Runs Through It [6th Season Winter Premiere]
9:30 PM
CBS    The Odd Couple: My Best Friend’s Girl [3rd Season Winter Premiere]
10:00 PM
CBS     Scorpion: Ice Ca-cabes [3rd Season Winter Premiere]
NBC    The Wall: Chris And Katie [1-Hour Special Presentation]

Hosted and executive produced by actor, comedian, author and TV personality Chris Hardwick, “The Wall” offers a pair of teammates life-altering cash prizes. The rules are simple: Get a question correct and a green ball falls down the wall and adds the value of the slot to the players’ winning total. Miss a question and an ominous red ball falls and deducts the value from the team’s total. Teammates have to work together to build a huge cash prize. Click here for more information

Tuesday – January 03, 2017
8:00 PM
ABC    The Middle: Escape Orson [8th Season Winter Premiere]
CBS     NCIS: Willoughby [14th Season Winter Premiere]
FOX    New Girl: Raisin’s Back [New Time Slot]
NBC    The Wall: Mike And Shana [Series Premiere]
8:30 PM
ABC     American Housewife: The Playdate [1st Season Winter Premiere]
8:31 PM
FOX    The Mick: The Grandparents [Time Slot Premiere]
9:00 PM
CBS     Bull: E.J. [1st Season Winter Premiere]
NBC     Chicago Fire: Some Make It, Some Don’t [5th Season Winter Premiere – Special Time]
ABC     Fresh Off The Boat: How To Be An American [3rd Season Winter Premiere]
9:01 PM
FOX     Bones: The Final Chapter: The Hope In The Horror [12th Season Premiere]
9:30 PM
ABC     The Real O’neals: The Real Sin [2nd Season Winter Premiere]
10:00 PM
NBC     Chicago PD: Don’t Bury This Case [4th Season Winter Premiere – Special Night]
CBS     NCIS: New Orleans: Follow The Money [3rd Season Winter Premiere]

Wednesday – January 04, 2017
8:00 PM
NBC     Blindspot: Nor I, Nigel, Aka Leg In Iron [2nd Season Winter Premiere]
ABC     The Goldbergs: O Captain! My Captain! [4th Season Winter Premiere]
FOX     Lethal Weapon: Homebodies [1st Season Winter Premiere]
8:30 PM
ABC     Speechless: R-o–road T-r–trip [1st Season Winter Premiere]
9:00 PM
CBS     Criminal Minds: Profiling 202 [12th Season Winter Premiere]
NBC     Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Next Chapter [18th Season Winter Premiere]
ABC     Modern Family: Ringmaster Keifth [8th Season Winter Premiere]
PBS     Nova: Vampire Sky Tombs [44th Season Premiere]
SCIENCE     Outrageous Acts Of SCIENCE: Game Changers [8th Season Premiere]
9:01 PM
FOX     Star: The Devil You Know [Time Slot Premiere]
9:31 PM
ABC     Black-ish: Their Eyes Were Watching Screens [3rd Season Winter Premiere]
10:00 PM
FXX     It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia: The Gang Turns Black [12th Season Premiere]
ABC     Match Game: Episode 210 [2nd Season Premiere]
10:30 PM
FXX     Man Seeking Woman: Futon [3rd Season Premiere]

Thursday – January 05, 2017
8:00 PM
CBS     The Big Bang Theory: The Holiday Summation [10th Season Winter Premiere]
ABC     The Great American Baking Show: Patisserie Week [New Time Slot]
FOX     Hell’s Kitchen: Aerial Maneuvers/Fusion Confusion [New Time Slot]
NBC     Superstore: Lost And Found [2nd Season Winter Premiere]
8:30 PM
NBC     The Good Place: Chidi’s Choice [1st Season Winter Premiere]
8:31 PM
CBS     The Great Indoors: The Mediocre Outdoors [1st Season Winter Premiere]
NBC    Chicago Med: Uncharted Territory [2nd Season Winter Premiere]
9:01 PM
CBS     Mom: Bad Hand And British Royalty [4th Season Winter Premiere]
9:30 PM
CBS     Life In Pieces: Y2k Sophia Honeymoon Critter [2nd Season Winter Premiere]
10:00 PM
NBC    The Blacklist: Lipet’s Seafood Company [4th Season Winter Premiere]
IFC     Portlandia: [7th Season Premiere]

Friday – January 06, 2017
3:01 AM
NETFLIX     Degrassi: Next Class: Complete Third Season [3rd Season Premiere]
NETFLIX     Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Tarzan & Jane: Complete First Season [Series Premiere]

Edgar Rice Burroughs’s classic jungle tale gets a modern makeover in this stylish animated series.  Starring: Marci T. House Michael Dobson Omari Newton.  TV for ages 5 to 10

NETFLIX     One Day At A Time: Complete First Season [Series Premiere]

In a reimagining of the TV classic, a newly single Latina mother raises her teen daughter and tween son with the “help” of her old-school mom.  Click here to see the trailer.

8:00 PM
CW     Crazy Ex-girlfriend: Who Is Josh’s Soup Fairy? [New Episode – Special Time]
NBC     Grimm: Fugitive [6th Season Premiere]
ABC     Last Man Standing: Three Sisters [6th Season Winter Premiere]
CBS     MacGyver: Screwdriver [1st Season Winter Premiere]
FOX     Rosewood: Bacterium & The Brothers Panitch [2nd Season Winter Premiere – New Time Slot]
8:31 PM
ABC     Dr. Ken: Ken’s New Intern [2nd Season Winter Premiere]
9:00 PM
NBC     Emerald City: The Beast Forever / Prison Of The Abject (#101/102) [2-hour Series Premiere]

Swept up into the eye of a tornado, 20-year-old Dorothy Gale (Adria Arjona) is transported to another world – a mystical land where an all-powerful ruler (Vincent D’Onofrio) governs over one kingdom, has outlawed magic, and faces not only the wrath of a growing cauldron of witches but a looming disaster brought on by a mythical force. Epic, romantic and fantastical, “Emerald City” is an empowering tale of a young woman finding her true strength and identity even as she battles to bring a divided world together.

Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Ana Ularu, Mido Hamada, Jordan Loughran, Gerran Howell and Joely Richardson also star. David Schulner, Shaun Cassidy, Josh Friedman and Matthew Arnold serve as executive producers. The series is directed by Tarsem Singh Dhandwar, who also serves as an executive producer. “Emerald City” is a Universal Television production. Trailer  Click for more info

CBS     Hawaii Five-0: Ka ‘aelike (the Deal) [7th Season Winter Premiere]
FOX     Sleepy Hollow: Columbia [4th Season Premiere]
10:00 PM
CBS     Blue Bloods: Genetics [7th Season Winter Premiere]

Saturday – January 07, 2017
8:00 PM
PBS     The Great British Baking Show: Masterclass 2 [1-Hour Special Presentation]
DISNEY XD     Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-man Vs. The Sinister 6: Graduation Day – Part 2 (#426) [Series Finale]
CBS     Ransom: Grand Slam [Time Slot Premiere]


Alyssa bought her first comic at age 7 & was hooked. She has collected comics most of her life. Recently she has branched out to comic art and books. She goes to as many con's as she can & enjoys the long form story telling of TV and dark chocolate and wine, can't forget wine, oh, but then there's dark beer. Let's just go all in & say she's a foodie, and can always be enticed with new & fun foods.