Before getting onto the shows starting this week, we should probably pause for a moment (of Zen) to note that, on election day last week, Comedy Central UK quietly pulled The Daily Show with Jon Stewart off its schedules, with some bobbins excuse about “moving away from talk shows”. (It’s still available on iTunes, but frankly I already spend enough on TV.) On one hand, this is very bad news, because TDS is essentially peerless. On the other hand, as someone who watched every single episode, I do get a significant chunk of TV-watching time back.
Which I’m immediately going to invest in Nashville, returning to UK screens tonight for its third season. (By coincidence, the same day on which the final episode of season 3 is shown in America. I’m sensing a lack of commitment from its British broadcaster.) I’m guessing it’ll continue to be good soapy fun with occasionally great music and some very strong acting performances, particularly from Hayden Panettiere. And it’s been renewed for another season, although it’s anyone’s guess when we might get that. Weekly reviews if I can manage them, which should become easier in a month or so. (tonight, E4, 10pm).
I’m probably not going to get around to Showtime’s The Affair, though, which is a bit of a shame. It was very well received in America, where a second season has been commissioned, and it’s only ten episodes long, which I’m really starting to cherish. And not that Golden Globes really count for anything, but it did win the Best Drama Globe, with Ruth Wilson picking one up for her performance as well. Dominic West, Maura Tierney, and Joshua Jackson also feature in a high-class cast. Let me know if I’m missing out (tonight, Sky Atlantic, 9pm).
And I’m probably out of Wayward Pines as well, which is starting on the same day in America and the UK – this, folks, is the way forward – although the first episode has been available on demand for a while. M. Night Shyamalan exec produces another outstanding cast (Matt Dillon, Toby Jones, Juliette Lewis, Reed Diamond, Melissa Leo, Terrence Howard, etc.) in this Twin-Peaksy-sounding story of a Secret Service agent who goes to an Idaho town to search for two missing federal agents. The advance word is mixed, although not wholly negative by any means (Thursday, FOX UK, 9pm).
Nurse Jackie seems to have dropped off the schedules again, but Castle and Glee are coming soon, as well as Danish drama 1864 and the BBC’s Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell. More on all of these soon.