From a B.C. chef cooking fast meals to an Emmy winner plotting revenge, we round up our top 10 shows to watch this week
1. Star Trek: Discovery – Sunday, February 11, 5 p.m., 8 p.m. & 11 p.m., Space | Season Finale
The jury’s still out on season 1B’s weird parallel-universe storyline (who would have thought we’d miss the Klingons this much?), which makes us uneasy heading into tonight’s finale. But either way, the writers will have a chance to right the ship (so to speak) in the already-ordered season two.
2. Keeping Up With the Kardashians – Sunday, February 11, 6 p.m. & 9 p.m.
Scott realizes the girls don’t know much about matriarch Kris’s history, and he sets out to make her a commemorative legacy video to rectify that. Meanwhile, Khloe decides to rekindle a fallen friendship, and Kendall’s anxiety hits a high right before an important event.
3. Homeland – Sunday, February 11, 6 p.m. & 10 p.m., Super Channel 1 | Season Premiere
Things get personal for Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) in season seven of the hit terrorism thriller. Tonight’s premiere builds on that cliffhanger ending from last year, in which President Keane (Elizabeth Marvel) recovered from an assassination attempt, only to renege on her promise to Carrie and arrest 200 members of the intelligence community without actually bringing any charges against them. Among the detained: Carrie’s best pal/mentor Saul Berenson (Mandy Patinkin), which means Carrie is now on a mission to free him and the others.
In order to reach that goal, she’s extricated herself from the employ of the White House and is now back to living with her sister as she plots to take on the entire Keane administration.
4. Here and Now – Sunday, February 11, 8 p.m., 11:20 p.m. & 3 a.m., HBO Canada | Series Premiere
While riding a new wave of acclaim for one of her latest movie roles—indie darling rom com The Big Sick—Holly Hunter is about to prove that television is still on her radar. The Emmy and Oscar winner, who previously dabbled on the small screen in Saving Grace and season one of Top of the Lake, returns to series work in the latest HBO drama from Six Feet Under and True Blood mentor Alan Ball.
Here and Now finds Hunter playing Audrey, a lively attorney who’s also the matriarch of a very blended family, as she and her professor husband (Tim Robbins) deal with their biological daughter
(Sosie Bacon, whose parents are Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick) as well as adoptees from Somalia, Vietnam and Colombia (Jerrika Hinton, Raymond Lee, Daniel Zovatto), one of whom suddenly develops a supernatural second sight.
5. DC's Legends of Tomorrow – Monday, February 12, 8 p.m., CTV2 & The CW
There are plenty of changes afoot for the superheroes (and villains... and antiheroes) of this time-hopping series, after that downright game-changing fall finale. Now, the hiatus is finally over, and as we return to the Waverider, some familiar faces will be MIA. Specifically, both halves of Firestorm (Victor Garber, Franz Drameh) have joined Hawkman, Hawkgirl, etc. in the afterlife. But producer Marc Guggenheim has confirmed that a familiar face from the Arrow-verse is joining the Legends to fill the void.
Rumour has it that the replacement could be chain-smoking otherworldly detective John Constantine (Matt Ryan), who previously guest-starred on the series not long after his own NBC show was cancelled. But in reality, it could be any number of crimefighters, which means you’ll just have to tune in and see.
6. The Bachelor Winter Games – Tuesday, February 13 & Thursday, February 15, 8 p.m., ABC | Series Premiere
ABC is seizing a Valentine’s Day opportunity to launch a unique instalment of the most romantic reality franchise of all time. It’s not entirely dissimilar to the dating competition you know and love (or hate-watch, as the case may be). But there’s a twist, and it has everything to do with the Olympic Games. Over the course of four special episodes, host Chris Harrison brings 14 contestants from different versions of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette from around the globe together at a luxury winter resort in Manchester, Vermont. There, they will compete in skiing, skating and
other Olympics-like sports to win “date cards” that could earn them a one-on-one encounter with
one of their fellow amore- seekers. Of course, these dates have the potential
to get a bit more awkward than your usual Bachelor-verse encounters, given
the language and cultural barriers, but producers are confident they’ll be able to spread a little tenderness across an increasingly tense global climate. Look for participants from Sweden, England, Australia and more, as well as ex-Bachelorette Canada suitor Benoit Beausejour-Savard.
7. Spencer's Big 30 – Wednesday, February 14, 6:30 p.m. & 9:30 p.m., Gusto
B.C. native Spencer Watts, best known for shows such as Fish the Dish and Watts on the Grill, has a knack for making dinnertime look effortless. And with his latest series, Spencer’s Big 30, airing Wednesdays on Gusto, he makes dinner doable, affordable and quick. It’s almost as if he realized most of us were frozen with fear during most other cooking programs.
“There are a lot of 30-minute shows out there,” says Watts, “but some of them are kind of out of reach. The ingredients are hard to find; when you actually buckle down to do the recipe, it takes an hour or more. So we wanted to do a true 30-minute concept. It’s almost one continuous shot.”
The show is designed for anyone to come home from work at 5 p.m. and bang out a meal for four, without breaking the bank. In order to accomplish this ambitious feat, he’s kept the themes quite simple: a fish-and-chips night, pizza, a curry chicken, etc.
The cook's calm and personable demeanour makes even the clumsiest among us feel confident that we can follow along and end up with actual food in half an hour.
8. Joanna Lumley's Japan – Wednesday, February 14, 8 p.m. & Midnight, Knowledge
Joanna Lumley may always
be best known for her work on wildly popular Britcom Absolutely Fabulous, yet she’s also slowly but surely been developing a solid reputation as a travelogue host, which she continues here, venturing forth into the so-called “Land of the Rising Sun.”
9. Mozart in the Jungle – Friday, February 16, Amazon Prime Video | Season Premiere
Back when Amazon was still trying to get its footing as a maker of original TV shows (before Transparent arrived and blew us all away), few people had faith in the broad appeal of a series revolving around the politicking, backstabbing and all-around chaos taking place behind the scenes at the New York Symphony. Flash forward to this week, with Emmy and Golden Globe wins under its belt, and the streaming service is ready to debut a fourth season of its uniquely enthralling musical dramedy.
Just what sort of stories can we look forward to over the course of these next 10 episodes? Well, expect a deepening of the connection between erstwhile oboist Hailey (Lola Kirke) and eccentric maestro Rodrigo (Gael García Bernal) when they decide to take their clandestine relationship public, but then find that balancing
a career and love life is a lot more challenging than they originally thought. With Rodrigo learning what it means to be a boyfriend and Hailey doing everything it takes to prove herself as a conductor in this dog-eat-dog business, what brought these two together in the first place may also be what drives them apart.
10. Crazy Ex-girlfriend – Friday, February 16, 8 p.m., W Network & The CW | Season Finale
The comedy grew darker in the second half of this season, which has followed Rebecca’s (Rachel Bloom) treatment in a mental health facility after a failed suicide attempt, and fans should be prepared to buckle up for what promises to be an emotional season finale—featuring a big song-and-dance number, of course.