From new Canuck comedies to classic Spielberg thrillers, we round up our top 10 shows to watch this week
1. The Voice – Monday, February 26 & Tuesday, February 27, 8 p.m., CTV2 & NBC | Season Premiere
CTVIt’s time to gear up for another round of awe-inspiring performances, social media-fuelled saves and even more banter and bromance between coaches Adam Levine and Blake Shelton. (Try as you might, Gwen Stefani, Blake’s heart clearly belongs to Adam.)
As usual, the season opens
with three hours of blind auditions, beginning with the two-hour premiere on Monday and a follow-up hour on Tuesday. But it’s not the Shelton-Levine bromance or the impressive roster of incoming crooners that has everyone talking. The real buzz this year is around new coach Kelly Clarkson, who joins the guys and returning coach Alicia Keys to select and mentor the hopefuls. And a lot of observers see this as downright scandalous. That’s because when The Voice first started, American Idol still reigned supreme in the ratings, but since then, The Voice has slowly and surely overtaken it as TV’s preeminent sing-off. So it’s curious, to say the least, that in the same year American Idol
is being resuscitated by ABC, The Voice has hired Idol’s original winner as one of its new judges; what’s more, apparently, Idol producers tried and failed to bring Clarkson into their revamped fold at the last minute.
2. Good Girls – Monday, February 26, 10:00 p.m., NBC | Series Premiere
NBCRuby (Retta), Annie (Mae Whitman) and Beth (Christina Hendricks) are the least likely people to turn to a life of crime, yet when circumstances push them to the brink, the three friends find themselves masked, armed and robbing a grocery store. No one can fault their motives: Ruby’s daughter Sara suffers from renal failure and needs medicine that will
set the family back $10,000 a month; Annie’s ex intends to fight her for custody of their daughter, a court battle she can’t afford; and Beth’s cheating husband has maxed out their credit cards on gifts for his mistress. But while the heist itself seems to go off without a hitch, a hitch there is—and it’s a doozy. Suddenly, this one-off stick-up job lands them in a world of trouble, with some hilarious consequences.
3. Marlon Wayans: Woke-ish – Tuesday, February 27, Netflix
NetflixFlying solo without his famous siblings, Marlon Wayans has been stepping out all by his lonesome, and he's found himself not only with an eponymous sitcom (NBC’s Marlon, which returns for its second season in the semi-near future) but also his first standup special. And the title of the Netflix offering is appropriate: Wayans delves into what he’s learned about politics, the Black Lives Matter movement and other topics, but as he admitted to the hosts of Big Boy TV, he can only take in so much. For instance, he didn’t watch the State of the Union. “I didn’t want to throw a tomato at the TV,” said Wayans. “At a point, I’ve gotta just sit back and let the timer hit. We’ve got three more years of this insanity.”
4. Frontline – Tuesday, February 27, 7 p.m. & 12:30 a.m., WTVS; 10 p.m., KCTS
PBSIn the back half of this two-part series, viewers will get a more current portrait of the situation between ever-feuding countries Saudi Arabia and Iran, including their respective expansions over the years, how those shifts will ultimately affect the region and what tomorrow might hold.
5. Gotham – Thursday, March 1, 8 p.m., Fox
FoxWe do love us a good Jerome storyline, which is why we were giggling harder than the Joker over guest star Cameron Monaghan's return last year. In this week's midseason premiere, we're sure to get even more of the character and his horrific grin, now that he's sharing a prison with the Penguin.
6. Showtime at the Apollo – Thursday, March 1, 9 p.m., Fox | Series Premiere
FoxThe legendary Apollo Theater has launched its share of illustrious careers over the years, including those of Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder and James Brown.
Once upon a time, it was also a pretty popular television series with up-and-coming talent showcasing their music and comedy acts in front of one of the toughest, “Boo!”- happy audiences in the world.
Tonight marks the return
of that weekly series, with
Steve Harvey serving as host
(after he presided over several
one-off Apollo specials). Each
episode, he’ll welcome a slew
of new acts who bravely take
to the stage, hoping that this
performance will be their
breakout. Helping them along
the way are special guest stars,
Legend and Chaka Khan.
7. Atlanta Robbin' Season – Thursday, March 1, 7 p.m., 8:20 p.m. & 10 p.m., FX Canada | Season Premiere
FX CanadaA revamped second season of the critically lauded series has been retitled Atlanta Robbin’ Season, set against the backdrop of Christmas, when the city experiences an annual bump in the crime rate. Since premiering in September 2016, it has received numerous accolades, including two Golden Globes for Best Comedy Series and Emmys for Best Lead Actor and Best Directing. As in real life, a year has passed since we last saw rapper Alfred “Paper Boi” Miles (Brian Tyree Henry) and his manager Earn (Donald Glover), and a lot has changed. Success, they quickly discovered, had its downsides in the area they returned to.
8. Little Dog – Thursday, March 1, 9 p.m. & 9:30 p.m., CBC | Series Premiere
CBCThis dark comedy from Newfoundland follows the rocky road to redemption of super welterweight boxer Tommy "Little Dog" Ross (Joel Thomas Hynes), who cratered his ring career by quitting a championship match mid-fight. Five years later, Tommy has an opportunity for a rematch—if he can survive his dysfunctional family. Vancouver's Katharine Isabelle (Hannibal) portrays Tommy's acerbic sister, whose razor-sharp tongue is rather at odds with her professional life coach duties.
9. Flint Town – Friday, March 2, Netflix | Series Premiere
In the aftermath of the Flint water crisis, this documentary series takes an unflinching look at the Flint Police Department as officers struggle to keep the peace in a city where the government coverup of citywide water contamination has led to a massive distrust in law-enforcement officials.
10. Jaws – Friday, March 2, 4 p.m., AMC
AMCSteven Spielberg practically invented "blockbuster filmmaking" with his tale of a great white that glides into Martha's Vineyard and starts chowing down on swimmers. It's up to the police chief (Roy Scheider), a scientist (Richard Dreyfuss) and a grizzled sea captain (Robert Shaw) to run the beast to ground.