This week’s debuts include an Israeli psychodrama, a painter meditating on life, and a thriller full of fear about how far a man will go to keep a secret.
Broadcasts: Weekly TV news
The multi-million dollar Super Bowl advertising war between Coca-Cola and Pepsi will not take place during this year’s big game broadcast. Coke announced that it would not advertise during Super Bowl LV. That decision follows a similar decision by Pepsi, which has stated that it will focus on its annual halftime show instead. (PepsiCo will be running a commercial for Mountain Dew Soda, however).
Disney + announced its leadership for the upcoming Doogie Howser restart. Former “Andi Mack” star Peyton Elizabeth Lee will appear as Lahela “Doogie” Kamealoha in the remake. Set in Hawaii, Doogie Kamealoha, MD follows Lahela, a 16-year-old mixed race girl who balances a medical career and a teenage life. The series is scheduled to be released this year.
Hasbro / eOne wants to create a television series based on the fantasy role-playing game “Dungeons & Dragons” and has hired Derek Kolstad, creator and writer of the “John Wick” franchise, to write and develop a pitch for a live Action show.
Contender: shows to stay on your radar
The Israeli series “Losing Alice” (January 22, Apple TV +) focuses on Alice (Ayelet Zurer), a 48-year-old filmmaker who feels irrelevant until she meets Sophie (Lihi Kornowski), a young screenwriter with one provocative writing. Obsession and a dangerous desire for power and success soon lead Alice down a dark path.
Past and present secrets threaten to destroy a married man in the US debut of the British thriller “The Sister” (January 22nd, Hulu). When an old acquaintance shows up on Nathan’s (Russell Tovey) front door, he’s forced to face the worst night of his life – a party long ago that led to the death of a young woman and decide how far he’ll go to to keep a secret.
In Painting With John (Jan. 22, HBO, 11pm ET), John Lurie, co-founder of the music group The Lounge Lizards, practices his watercolor skills as he shares his thoughts on life. Think of it as an unwritten meditative painting class.
The NFL conference championship games will be split between two networks on January 24, with Fox broadcasting the NFC game at 2:00 p.m. CET and CBS broadcasting the AFC game at 5:40 p.m. CET.
Edward Burns’ new half-hour dramedy series, Bridge and Tunnel (Jan. 24, Epix, 8:00 PM ET) is set in Long Island in the early 1980s and follows a group of longtime friends on the verge of adulthood.
The train that never stops is back for a second season. Snowpiercer (Jan. 25, TNT, 9:00 PM ET) takes off with a post-revolution Layton (Daveed Diggs) who is the new leader of the train seeking a shaky peace. Meanwhile, Melanie (Jennifer Connelly) has to do with Mr. Wilford (Sean Bean), who is not only not dead, but is heading straight for her on a rival train. The shocking news that their daughter (also suddenly not dead) has become loyal to Wilfred’s protegee and a surprising discovery that could change the fate of humanity.
Testimony: winners and losers of ratings
Winner: Disney Channel ordered a third season of the animated series “Big City Greens”.
Loser: “Star Trek: Discovery” attracted its second smallest television audience.
Melissa Crawley is the author of “Mr. Sorkin goes to Washington: Shaping the president in the “west wing” of television. She has a PhD. in media studies and is a member of the Television Critics Association. To comment on Stay Tuned, email her at email@example.com or follow her on Twitter @mcstaytuned.