Sure, Sunday tends to be overcrowded with high-end TV like “Downton Abbey,” “Girls,” “The Good Wife,” “House of Lies,” “Shameless” and “True Detective,” but what to watch the rest of the time? Every Monday, we bring you five noteworthy highlights from the other six days of the week.
“Archer”: Season Premiere
Monday, January 13th at 10pm on FX
Adam Reed’s profanely hilarious spy comedy “Archer” kicks off the season with a character death and something even more shocking — a genuine shake-up of the series’ premise. What hasn’t changed is the series’ sense of humor, which remains as wonderfully filthy and oddly esoteric as ever. The show will be followed by the premiere of new series “Chozen” at 10:30pm, another boundary-pushing animated comedy produced by Reed’s Floyd County Productions.
You’re going to want to clear your evening if you’re planning on turning in to the latest work from the great documentarian Frederick Wiseman, a sprawling look at the University of California at Berkeley — “Independent Lens” will be showing the full four-hour documentary. Check out our review of the film here.
Jehane Noujaim’s film about the 2011 Egyptian Revolution and everything that followed is short listed for an Oscar and hits Netflix as the second of the streaming service’s original doc acquisitions at midnight Pacific Time. The film has been reworked and updated since its premiere at Sundance a year ago — check out our interview with the director here.
Lifetime may actually be the perfect platform for an adaptation of V. C. Andrews’ cult favorite novel about the Dollanganger children, who, after the death of their father, are taken by their mother to live with her wealthy, formidable parents and are kept a secret for years in the attic. Deborah Chow (“The High Cost of Living”) directs this new adaptation from a script that screenwriter Kayla Alpert has promised doesn’t skimp on the dark themes, with Heather Graham, Ellen Burstyn, Kiernan Shipka and Mason Dye in the main roles.
“HitRECord on TV”: Series Premiere
Saturday, January 18th at 10pm on Pivot
Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s reimagined variety show is a collaborative effort, consisting of performances, music, short films, animation and more, all made with the help of Gordon-Levitt’s online community and production company HitRECord. The series debuts on Participant Media’s cable network Pivot (who’ve already renewed it for a second season) after premiering at Sundance the day before — you can watch the first episode online here.
Also worth a look: ABC Family’s Peabody-winning show “Switched at Birth” starts its third season on Monday, January 13th at 8pm; Nick Kroll’s pop culture-obsessed sketch series “Kroll Show” kicks off its second season on Comedy Central on Tuesday, January 14th at 10:30pm; surreal suburban comedy “Suburgatory” returns for a third season on ABC on Wednesday, January 15th at 8:30pm; Nanette Burstein (“The Kid Stays In The Picture”) takes on the Tonya Harding/Nancy Kerrigan saga in ESPN “30 for 30” doc “The Price of Gold” on Thursday, January 16th at 9pm; the excellent Patton Oswalt’s latest comedy special “Tragedy Plus Comedy Equals Time” premieres on Epix on Friday, January 17th at 10pm;