Entertainment To-Do List: Week of 4/8/22

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Chad hangin’ out (CREDIT: TBS)

Every week, I list all the upcoming (or recently released) movies, TV shows, albums, podcasts, etc. that I believe are worth checking out.

Movies
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (Theaters)

TV
Woke Season 2 (April 8 on Hulu) – I still have to finish Season 1
Chad Season 2 Premiere (April 11 on TBS) – Season 2 actually already premiered after the March Madness championship game, even though it was branded as a “sneak peek.” Also, even though April 11 has been announced as the premiere date, I’m not seeing it listed on TBS’s schedule. Let’s hope it shows up, because it’s a funny show!
Killing It Season 1 (April 14 on Peacock) – A star vehicle for Craig Robinson.

Music
-Jack White, Fear of the Dawn

The 77 Best TV Shows of 2021

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CREDIT (Clockwise from Top Left): Screenshot, Netflix, Screenshot, Screenshot

For the Year of Our Screens 2021, my list includes all the shows that I would recommend to my fellow viewers as “worth watching.” So that’s 77 shows! There’s a lot of TV nowadays, and a lot of it’s also pretty good.

I utilized a self-imposed rule in which I had to watch at least 50% of a show’s 2021 output for it to be eligible. However, there were some noteworthy shows that I watched less than 50% of, so I’ve spotlighted those in an honorable mention section:

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Jmunney’s 2021 Emmy Wish List, Part 1: Comedy

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It’s that time again! The 2021 Emmy nominations will be announced on July 13, which means I’ve got a Wish List for the nommy noms I’d most like to see! In case you’re wondering, I haven’t held myself to any minimum or maximum number of entrants per category, nor do I strictly adhere to official Emmy rules. (I’ve included explanations for my deviations.) And of course, I must mention that I haven’t seen everything, so there are probably some worthy considerations I may have missed. First up: Comedy and Animation.

Almost every single one of my Comedy Series preferences from last year is not eligible this year, whether because of series finales or longer-than-average breaks in between successive seasons. Luckily we have a plethora of streaming services to fill the gaps, and plenty of them are represented here. We’ve got Hulu! We’ve got Peacock! We’ve got Apple TV+! We’ve even got that dang HBO Max. There’s also some room for basic cable in the form of Syfy’s Resident Alien. And it looks like for the first time since I’ve been making Emmy Wish Lists, there is no broadcast network series making my cut (although one of my choices began as an NBC show and another is a reboot of an NBC show).

In the acting categories, it’s an absolute embarrassment of riches in the Lead Actress category, with every one of the ladies I’ve selected giving the performances they were born to play. That’s also true of Alan Tudyk, who’s my easy winner in the Lead Actor field. (He’s an alien … pretending to be a human! Can you imagine?!) Over in Supporting, it’s a mix of newbies and usual suspects, with plenty of sitcoms really making full use of their deep ensembles these days.

KEY:
Bold=My winner
*=I have placed this nominee in a different category than the Emmy ballot.

Comedy Series
A.P. Bio
Dickinson
Pen15
Resident Alien
Saved by the Bell
Search Party

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Entertainment To-Do List: Week of 4/2/21

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Chad (CREDIT: TBS/YouTube Screenshot)

Every week, I list all the upcoming (or recently released) movies, TV shows, albums, podcasts, etc. that I believe are worth checking out.

Movies
Godzilla vs. Kong (Theaters and Streaming on HBO Max)

TV
-27th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (April 4 on TBS and TNT)
Chad (April 6 on TBS) – A “sneak peek” (i.e., a full episode) actually already aired about a week ago, though.
Home Economics Series Premiere (April 7 on ABC) – A new sitcom about three adult siblings.

Music
-tUnE-yArDs, sketchy – This came out last week and I had no idea how much it would be up my alley!
-Demi Lovato, Dancing with the Devil … the Art of Starting Over

Podcasts
Fantastic! With Dana Carvey – A very funny guy doing very funny voices. (Launched back in January)