Next Week in TV: 4/23 – Geniuses and a Handmaiden’s Tale

By Alyssa & DRWHO42

Last week was a great week in TV with the glorious return of Doctor Who. Reviews and feedback has been very positive and we welcome Bill (Pearl Mackie) to the TARDIS as the latest companion (or as they say in the UK assistant).

We look ahead to another fun week in TV. Hulu has been garnering a lot of positive buzz with the adaptation of Margret Atwood’s novel A Handmaiden’s Tale, which will debut this week. Please check out Transmute Jun’s review of the series by clicking here. Another entry to consider on Hulu is the highly anticipated documentary Batman & Bill, The Bill Finger Story debuting on May 6th. We feel that Hulu may pick up a number of new subscribers based on the quality and buzz surrounding the recent additions to their platform.

All of our favorite hero series on The CW and Fox return from their breaks this week for their spring runs including Gotham, Supergirl, The Flash, and Arrow. Silicon Valley returns this week.

This week we will see a few season finales. Starting Sunday with Feud: Bette and Joan followed up  with APB, Dimension 404,  and Comic Book Men. Bates Motel is closing for good this week after a great 5 season run.  

While renewal news is trickling in  please be sure to check out our TV Renewal thread  on the FoCC forum (click here) for the latest updates. We are posting updates there as soon as we receive the news.  

DRWHO42’s picks:
New: Doctor Who (yes I am repeating this – too much of a fan not to)
On-going: Prison Break, iZombie, Class, Agents of HYDRA (I mean) SHIELD, The Blacklist, Blindspot, The Big Bang Theory, Supergirl, Quantico, Flash, Arrow, The 100, Fresh of the Boat, Black-ish
Binge / Stack: Hawaii 5-0, Westworld, Glitch, Elementary, Voltron, The Magicians, Supernatural, The Expanse

Alyssa’s picks:
New & Returning: Genius, Silicon Valley & Handmaiden’s Tale
Binging: Expanse, Magicians & In To The Badlands
Stacked up (Finally home & the Tivo is full): Designated Survivor, 24 Legacy, APB, Arrow, Better Call Saul, Face Off, Marvel’s Agent of Shield, Colony, DC’s Legends, Legion, Humans.

Sunday – April 23, 2017
8:00 PM
FOX Bob’s Burgers: The Laser-inth [New Episode – Special Time]
9:00 PM
HISTORY Special: The La Riots: 25 Years Later [2-hour Special Presentation]
10:00 PM
FX Feud: Bette And Joan: You Mean All This Time We Could Have Been Friends? [1st Season Finale]
HBO Silicon Valley: Success Failure [4th Season Premiere]

Monday – April 24, 2017
12:00 AM
AMC Comic Book Men [6th Season Finale]
8:00 PM
FOX Gotham: Heroes Rise: How The Riddler Got His Name [3rd Season Spring Premiere]
9:01 PM
FOX APB: Ricochet [1st Season Finale]
10:00 PM
A&E Bates Motel: The Cord [Series Finale]
11:06 PM
A&E Bates Motel: The Checkout [Special Presentation]

Tuesday – April 25, 2017
3:01 AM
HULU Dimension 404 [1st Season Finale]
9:00 PM
NGC Genius [Series Premiere]

From Executive Producers Brian Grazer and Ron Howard, the premiere season of National Geographic’s first scripted anthology series, GENIUS, will focus on Nobel Prize-winning physicist Albert Einstein. Based on Walter Isaacson’s critically acclaimed and best-selling book, Einstein: His Life and Universe, and adapted by writer Noah Pink, GENIUS follows the brilliant scientist through the ups and downs of his life, from failing to get his doctorate to developing the general theory of relativity.

The all-star cast includes Academy Award-winning actor Geoffrey Rush (“The Secret Life of Peter Sellers”) as the elder Einstein, British newcomer Johnny Flynn (“Lovesick”) as Einstein in his youth, and Emily Watson (“Theory of Everything”) as the enigmatic genius’s second wife—and first cousin—Elsa Einstein. The first episode is directed by Ron Howard, the legendary director’s first time directing scripted television. Through ten episodes, GENIUS charts how an imaginative, rebellious patent clerk, who couldn’t get a teaching job or a doctorate, unlocked the mysteries of the atom and the universe.  Click for more info  Click for trailer  

NBC Great News: Pilot [Series Premiere]

Getting along with office colleagues can be rough, but working with your mom? That’s a whole different story, and it’s the headline for Katie Wendelson (Briga Heelan, “Ground Floor,” “Undateable Live”), a smart, ambitious news producer at “The Breakdown,” a national cable news show that shoots in Secaucus, NJ. Click for more info  Click for trailer

10:00 PM
CBS 48 Hours: NCIS [1-hour Special Presentation]
HISTORY JFK Declassified: Tracking Oswald [Series Premiere]
SCIENCE Through The Wormhole With Morgan Freeman: Is The Force With Us? [7th Season Spring Premiere]
10:30 PM
TBS The Detour [2nd Season Finale]

Wednesday – April 26, 2017
3:01 AM
HULU The Handmaid’s Tale [Series Premiere]

Adapted from the classic novel by Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale is the story of life in the dystopia of Gilead, a totalitarian society in what was formerly the United States. Facing environmental disasters and a plunging birthrate, Gilead is ruled by a twisted fundamentalism in its militarized ‘return to traditional values’. As one of the few remaining fertile women, Offred (Elisabeth Moss) is a Handmaid in the Commander’s household, one of the caste of women forced into sexual servitude as a last desperate attempt to repopulate the world. In this terrifying society, Offred must navigate between Commanders, their cruel Wives, domestic Marthas, and her fellow Handmaids – where anyone could be a spy for Gilead – all with one goal: to survive and find the daughter that was taken from her. 
 Click for more info  Click for trailer

9:00 PM
ABC Black-ish: Sister, Sister [New Episode – Special Time]
10:00 PM
SUNDANCE Gomorrah [2nd Season Premiere]
SCIENCE Outlaw Tech [Series Premiere]

“Outlaw Tech is a fascinating look at how rogue Science has completely transformed the underworld and the unbelievable work that law enforcement officials are doing to try to stay one step ahead of their criminal counterparts,” said Marc Etkind, General Manager, Science Channel. Click for more info

Thursday – April 27, 2017

9:01 PM
FOX Kicking & Screaming: Survival Of The Fittest [1st Season Finale]
10:00 PM
USA Inside The FBI: New York [Series Premiere]

Friday – April 28, 2017
3:01 AM
AMAZON Catastrophe: Complete Third Season [3rd Season Premiere]
NETFLIX Dear White People: Complete First Season [Series Premiere]

Students of color navigate the daily slights and slippery politics of life at an Ivy League college that’s not nearly as “post-racial” as it thinks. Series creator Justin Simien wrote and directed the Independent Spirit Award-winning film of the same name. Click for more info and trailer

8:00 PM
FOX Rosewood: Blistering Heat & Brotherly Love [2nd Season Finale]

Saturday – April 29, 2017
8:00 PM
HBO HBO Special: 2017 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony [3-hour Special Presentation]
CBS Training Day: Sunset [New Episode – Special Time]
10:00 PM
TBS Full Frontal With Samantha Bee: Not The White House Correspondents’ Dinner [Special Presentation]


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.