Lots happening this week. Let’s start with the UK debut of Ryan Murphy’s latest show, comedy/drama/horror Scream Queens, starring Rachel Berry from Glee and Jeff Fordham from Nashville among others. The first season focusses on a series of murders at a college sorority. The intention seems to be that it will be an anthology in future seasons, although that presumes renewal, which for now is a long way from being certain. It doesn’t look like my kind of thing, and CJ says she would sooner jump out of a window than watch. So that’s a “no” from Unpopcult, then (tonight, E4, 10pm).
The second season of latest Shonda-hit How To Get Away With Murder looks like a safer bet. Like the first season, this one is planned to clock in at a tauter-than-normal 15 episodes, unusual for a network show, but if your lead actor is Viola Davis – now with an Emmy under her belt – you do the deal she wants. I was entertained if not wholly convinced by season 1, although I thought its second half generally stronger, and it’ll be interesting to see whether they can make the concept work again (Wednesday 26, Universal, 10pm).
And one of the most pleasant surprises of early 2015 is back this week as well: Catastrophe, which I was going to call a “British comedy”, although since its writers/creators/lead actors are Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney, that probably wouldn’t be entirely accurate. The important thing, though, is that it manages to be simultaneously funny, romantic, and foul-mouthed, with Horgan and Delaney two of the most likeable and attractive screen presences around at the moment (Tuesday 27, Channel 4, 10pm).
Also starting: season 2 of The Affair (Wednesday, Sky Atlantic, 9pm); season 7 of The Vampire Diaries (Wednesday, ITV 2, 11pm); season 7 of The Middle (Tuesday, Comedy Central, 9pm).
As ever, we start to get busy at this time of year: we’ll have at least one more PSA this week, with The Blacklist, Supergirl, and Code Black all coming up very shortly. And before the end of the year UK viewers will be getting Elementary, The Bridge (Scand-iteration), London Spy, Blindspot, and Scandal, among others.