Week in TV: 2/26 The Oscars, When We Rise, Taken, & Justice

By Alyssa & DRWHO42

This is a little light in the realm of new series and returning. The highlight for many will be The Oscars. The juggernaut of La La Land is predicted to take home a lot of hardware, however, with host Jimmy Kimmel we are anticipating a few surprises and hope for at least one gag with Matt Damon. If you are not familiar this is a 10+ year running joke between these two that is always fun to watch. Since Deadpool is not represented in the major categories as we would have hoped there is plenty on the plate for us to root for including Arrival, Hidden Figures, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Star Trek: Beyond, Doctor Strange, and Rouge One. As always our attention will be drawn to the visual effects, production design, makeup and hairstyling, and animation categories. We wish all the nominees the best of luck.  

This week there are a few news series to take a look at including NBC’s Chicago Justice and Taken. Chicago Justice is another installment of the Chicago-based dramas on NBC. The cast includes Carl Weathers (Rocky, Colony) and Philip Winchester (Strike Back). Based on the trailer and the recent ‘Chicago’ crossover event this new series is worth checking out. Taken, based on the movie franchise, looks action-packed and is another series worth giving a try.  

ABC’s When We Rise and PBS’s Africa’s Great Civilizations are both short-run series premiering this week and are unique options to check out.

Looking back at last week, NBC’s Timeless wrapped up season 1 well however it left us with a number of questions for our adventurous team. We are hoping it is picked up for a second season. Our reaction to The Blacklist: Redemption, starring Ryan Eggold (from The Blacklist), Edi Gathegi, and Famke Janssen, was lukewarm.  It felt a little bland and derivative, however, the quality of production is good and it’s watchable. While this is just the first episode of the series we will give it a chance to build momentum establish itself. Weather or not it’s good enough in this highly competitive TV market remains to be seen.

Lastly, we will say goodbye to Taboo and Emerald City as they wrap up their first seasons this week. 

If there are any series that excites you please join the conversation on the FoCC forum and let us know by clicking here.

DRWHO42’s picks:
On-going: 24:Legacy!, Legion, Victoria, Emerald City, Sleepy Hollow, The Blacklist, Blindspot, The Big Bang Theory, Colony, Taboo, Gotham, Supergirl, Quantico, Flash, Arrow, Black Sails, The 100, Legends of Tomorrow, Blacklist: Redemption
Binge / Stack: Hawaii 5-0, Westworld, Glitch, Incorporated, Elementary, Voltron, The Magicians

Alyssa’s picks:
New/Returning:  Taken
Watching live +3: The Expanse, Training Day,  Magicians, Face off, Bones, Colony, Victoria,  Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow, Six, 24 Legacy, Blacklist, Legion & APB
Still Stacked up: Riverdale, Vikings, Emerald City, The 100, The Exorcist, Van Helsing, Z-nation, The Flash, Gotham, Blindspot, Supergirl, Shooter, Marvel AoS, Falling Water, Incorporated, Taboo, The Frontier, Timeless,.

Notable shows are highlighted in red.

Sunday, February 26, 2017
7:00 pm
ABC    Special: Oscars Opening Ceremony: Live From The Red Carpet: Parts 1 through 3
8:30 pm
ABC    Special: 89th Annual Academy Awards

Monday, February 27, 2017
8:00 pm
E!    Fashion Police: The 2017 Academy Awards [1-hour Special Presentation]
9:00 pm
PBS    Africa’s Great Civilizations [Six part series – check local PBS listings]
FREEFORM    Beyond: Into The Light [1st Season Finale]
ABC    When We Rise [2-hour Series Premiere]

This mini-series event chronicles the real-life personal and political struggles, set-backs, and triumphs of a diverse family of LGBT men and women who helped pioneer one of the last legs of the U.S. Civil Rights movement from its turbulent infancy in the 20th century to the once unfathomable successes of today.  Click for more info  Click for trailer 

10:00 pm
NBC    Taken [Series Premiere]

From Executive Producer Luc Besson (“Taken,” “The Fifth Element”) comes a modern-day, edge-of-your-seat thriller that follows the origin story of younger, hungrier former Green Beret Bryan Mills (Clive Standen, “Vikings”) as he deals with a personal tragedy that shakes his world. As he fights to overcome the trauma of the incident and exact revenge, Mills is pulled into a career as a deadly CIA operative, a job that awakens his very particular, and very dangerous, set of skills. In 30 years, this character is destined to become the Bryan Mills that we’ve come to love from the “Taken” films. Click for more info & trailer

Tuesday, February 28, 2017
8:00 pm
ABC    Fresh Off The Boat: Living While Eddie [New Episode – Special Time]
8:30 pm
ABC    Real O’neals: The Real Heartbreak [New Episode – Special Time]
10:00 pm
FX    Taboo: Episode 8 [1st Season Finale]

Wednesday, March 01, 2017
3:01 am
HULU    National Treasure: Complete First Season [Series Premiere]

National Treasure follows Paul Finchley, an ageing, beloved comedian, a hero to TV audiences and peers alike, after he is arrested following an allegation of rape dating back to the 90s. The four-part drama follows the story from arrest through to verdict and focuses both on the investigation, and the effect of the case on Paul and his family; his wife of 40 years, Marie, and his troubled daughter, Dee. National Treasure is a story that goes behind the headlines to look at the human and emotional impact when a whole life is called into question. It explores memory, truth, age, doubt, and how well we really know ourselves and those close to us. Click for more info & trailer

8:00 pm
NBC    Chicago Fire: Deathtrap [New Episode – Special Night & Time]
PBS    Africa’s Great Civilizations [Six part series – check local PBS listings]
8:30 pm
ABC    Modern Family: Finding Fizbo [New Episode – Special Time]
9:00 pm
NBC    Chicago PD: Emotional Proximity [New Episode – Special Time]
10:00 pm
NBC    Chicago Justice: Fake [Series Premiere – Special Night]
USA    Suits [6th Season Finale]

Friday, March 03, 2017
3:01 am
AMAZON    Annedroids: Complete Fourth Season [4th Season Premiere]
9:00 pm
NBC    Emerald City: No Place Like Home [1st Season Finale]
ABC    When We Rise [2-hour 1st Season Finale]


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.