The big new American drama hitting UK screens this week is NBC’s Timeless, in which Dr Luka Kovač from ER plays a former NSA operative who steals a time machine, then uses it to bounce around history with the intention of changing it. Fortunately there’s another time machine available for a group of pursuers. It also stars Matt Lanter (90210), British actor Paterson Joseph, and Abigail Spencer (Rectify). The reviews were reasonable, and ratings have been OK, but at the moment renewal is looking unlikely. CJ thinks it looks like an expensive Librarians. I might take a look (Wednesday 14 December, E4, 9pm).
Meantime, the Netflix/BBC America co-production of the Douglas Adams-inspired Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency has already been renewed for a second season. Our friend e has already steered us, gently but firmly, towards this show, and (notwithstanding that it might not be a direct adaptation) I’m a huge fan of Adams’s work. So I might take a look at this as well (Netflix, tomorrow).
One show I’ll definitely be watching is Elementary, returning for its fifth – and, in all likelihood, final – season. It went off the boil just a little in season 4, but it remains a reliable pleasure; and, of course, the best Sherlock Holmes adaptation currently on TV (Tuesday 13 December, Sky Living, 9pm).
And also starting: season 4 of the magnificent Allison Janney in Mom (Thursday 15 December, ITV 2, 12.25 am).