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Eager for warm weather already? Here’s an early look at spring/summer TV that might argue for you to stay indoors.
Thursday, Mar. 2
60 Days In: Atlanta (2017) 9 p.m., A&E
Friday, Mar. 3
Annedroids: Season 4 (2016) Amazon
Sunday, Mar. 5
Once Upon a Time: Season 6 (2016) 89% 8 p.m., ABC (returning)
Making History: Season 1 (2010) 92% 8:30 p.m., FOX
Chicago Justice: Season 1 (2017) 73% 9 p.m., NBC
The Last Man on Earth: Season 3 (2016) 78% 9:30 p.m., FOX (returning)
The Arrangement: Season 1 (2010) 62% 10 p.m., E!
Blood Feuds: Bette and Joan (2016) 91% 10 p.m., FX
Shades of Blue: Season 2 (2017) 10 p.m., NBC
Time After Time: Season 1 (2017) 67% 10 pm., ABC
Breaking Free (2015) 11 p.m., WGN
Tuesday, Mar. 7
The Americans: Season 5 (2017) 94% 10 p.m., FX
Saturday, Mar. 11
Samurai Jack: Season 5 (2017) 100% 11:30 p.m., Cartoon Network
Tuesday, Mar. 14
Trial & Error: Season 1 (2017) 86% 9:30 p.m., NBC
Sunday, Mar. 19
The Circus: Inside the Biggest Story on Earth: Season 2 (2017) 8 p.m., Showtime
Into the Badlands: Season 2 (2017) 100% 10 p.m., AMC
Tuesday, Mar. 28
Rebel: Season 1 (2017) 38% 10 p.m., BET
Wednesday, Mar. 29
Harlots: Season 1 (2017) 92% Hulu
Imaginary Mary: Season 1 (2017) 27% 8:30 p.m., ABC (sneak preview)
Nobodies: Season 1 () 73% 10 p.m., TV Land
Lopez: Season 2 (2017) 10:30 p.m., TV Land
Thursday, Apr, 6
Dark Net: Season 2 (2017) 10 p.m., Showtime
Saturday, Apr. 8
The Son: Season 1 (2017) 52% 9 p.m., AMC
Tuesday, Apr. 11
Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Season 4 (2016) 100% 8 p.m., FOX (returning)
Friday, Apr. 14
Chelsea: Season 2 (2017) Netflix
Fortitude: Season 2 (2017) 91% Amazon
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return: Season 1 (2017) 100% Netflix
Sunday, Apr. 16
The White Princess: Season 1 (2017) 76% 8 p.m., Starz
Guerrilla: Miniseries (2017) 75% 9 p.m., Showtime
The Leftovers: Season 3 (2017) 99% 9 p.m., HBO
Veep: Season 6 (2017) 94% 10:30 p.m., HBO
Wednesday, Apr. 19
Fargo: Season 3 (2017) 93% 10 p.m., FX
Monday, Apr. 24
Gotham: Season 3 (2016) 74% 8 p.m., Fox (returning)
Thursday, Apr. 27
The President Show: Season 1 (2017) 67% 11:30 p.m., Comedy Central
Sunday, Apr. 30
American Gods: Season 1 (2017) 92% 9 p.m., Starz
Monday, May 1
Lucifer: Season 2 (2016) 100% 9 p.m., Fox (returning)
Friday, May 5
Sense8: Season 2 (2016) 93% Netflix
Monday, May 8
Southern Charm Savannah: Season 1 (2017) 10 p.m., Bravo
Sunday, May 14
Mike Tyson Mysteries: Season 3 (2017) 11:30 p.m., Cartoon Network
Tuesday, May 16
Born This Way: Season 3 (2017) 9 p.m., A&E
Sunday, May 21
Dark Angel (2017) 9 p.m., PBS
The Return: The Return (2017) 94% 9 p.m., Showtime
Tuesday, May 23
Casual: Season 3 (2017) 100% Hulu
Wednesday, May 24
Dirty Dancing (2017) 19% 8 p.m., ABC
Friday, May 26
Gap Year: Season 1 (2017) Hulu
Bloodline: Season 3 (2017) 53% Netflix
Monday, May 29
Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath: Season 2 (2017) 9 p.m., A&E
Whose Line is it Anyway?: Season 5 (2017) 9 p.m., CW
Still Star-Crossed: Season 1 (2017) 52% 10 p.m., ABC
Tuesday, May 30
F Is for Family: Season 2 (2017) 89% Netflix
House of Cards: Season 5 (2017) 72% Netflix
Animal Kingdom: Season 2 (2017) 80% 9 p.m., TNT
Fear Factor: Season 1 (2017) 10 p.m., MTV
World of Dance: Season 1 (2017) 10 p.m., NBC
Thursday, June 1
Nashville: Season 5 (2017) 86% 9 p.m., CMT (returning)
Wednesday, June 7
Nightcap: Season 2 (2017) 8 p.m., POP
Thursday, June 8
Queen of the South: Season 2 (2017) 10 p.m., USA
Tuesday, June 13
Face Off: Season 12 (2017) 9 p.m., SyFy
Wednesday, June 14
Blood Drive: Season 1 (2017) 76% 10 p.m., SyFy
Thursday, June 15
The Tunnel: Season 2 (2017) 9 p.m., PBS
Sunday, June 18
Grantchester: Season 3 (2017) 9 p.m., PBS
Sunday, June 25
Power: Season 4 (2017) Starz
Preacher: Season 2 (2017) 91% 9 p.m., AMC
Prime Suspect: Tennison: Season 1 (2017) 10 p.m., PBS
Thursday, June 29
Big Brother Season 19 (2017) 9 p.m., CBS
Zoo: Season 3 (2017) 100% 10 p.m., CBS
Wednesday, Jul. 5
Snowfall: Season 1 (2017) 62% FX 10 p.m., FX
Friday, Jul. 7
Degrassi: Next Class: Season 4 (2017) Netflix
Monday, Jul. 10
Penn & Teller: Fool Us: Season 4 (2017) 8 p.m., CW
() % 9 p.m., TNT
Friday, Jul. 14
Friends From College: Season 1 (2017) 26% Netflix
Monday, Jul. 17
Loaded: Season 1 (2017) 60% 10 p.m., AMC
Tuesday, Aug. 1
Manhunt: Unabomber (2017) 9 p.m., Discovery
Wednesday, Aug. 2
The Lowe Files (2017) 10 p.m., A&E
The Sinner: Season 1 (2017) 90% 10 p.m., USA
Thursday, Aug. 3
The Guest Book: Season 1 (2017) 64% 10 p.m., TBS
What Would Diplo Do? (2017) 10 p.m., Viceland
Friday, Aug. 4
Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later: Season 1 (2017) Netflix
Tuesday, Aug. 8
Difficult People: Season 3 (2017) 100% Hulu
Wednesday, Aug. 9
Mr. Mercedes (2017) 8 p.m., Audience Network
Thursday, Aug. 10
Saturday Night Live: Weekend Update: Season 1 (2017) 9 p.m., NBC
Friday, Aug. 11
Atypical: Season 1 (2017) 74% Netflix
Sunday, Aug. 13
Get Shorty: Season 1 (2017) 78% 10 p.m., Epix
Monday, Aug. 14
Bachelor in Paradise: Season 4 (2017) 33% 8 p.m., ABC
Tuesday, Aug. 15
Greenleaf: Season 2 (2017) 10 p.m., OWN
Wednesday, Aug. 16
Marlon: Season 1 (2017) 50% 9 p.m., NBC
Friday, Aug. 18
Marvel - The Defenders: Season 1 (2017) 78% Netflix
Saturday, Aug. 19
Halt and Catch Fire: Season 4 (2017) 100% 9 p.m., AMC
Sunday, Aug. 20
Endeavour: Season 4 (2017) 9 p.m., PBS
The Last Ship: Season 4 (2017) 9 p.m., TNT
Episodes: Season 5 (2017) 100% 10 p.m., Showtime
Survivor's Remorse: Season 4 (2017) 10 p.m., Starz
Dice: Season 2 (2017) 10:30 p.m., Showtime
Thursday, Aug. 24
Party Boat (2017) Crackle
This week at the movies, we have Scarlett Johansson in the future (Ghost in the Shell, co-starring Michael Pitt) and Alec Baldwin in a diaper (The Boss Baby, with voice work from Steve Buscemi). What are the critics saying?
Harlots uses its titillating subject matter to draw the viewer into a deeper drama about the intersection of survival, business, and family.
Imaginary Mary‘s appealing cast is canceled out by uninspired material and a ridiculous premise whose deficiencies are compounded by an unfunny, ill-advised CGI creature.
Also Opening This Week In Limited Release
It’s hard to top the magical chemistry of the duo at the center of hit sitcom Dharma & Greg, which aired on ABC from 1997 to 2002 and boasted Jenna Elfman‘s breakthrough role. But now an animated character is making a run at the quirky bond between Thomas Gibson’s Greg and Elfman’s Dharma.
The only thing worse than Mary’s timing is her constant need for Alice’s attention. Alice is in a relationship with Ben (Stephen Schneider). A single father, Ben is ready to introduce Alice to his kids (Nicholas Coombe, Matreya Scarrwener, and Erica Tremblay). That’s usually when Alice bolts, but she’s sticking it out. Maybe Mary can help her get back to her childhood state and connect with Ben’s kids.
Artists worked hard to make the computer-animated Mary a funny character, even revamping the first concept of the character. Meanwhile, Elfman has brought her own brand of funny the old-fashioned way in a series that gives her a showcase to sing karaoke, ride a mechanical bull, dance in the backyard, and react to the messes kids make in the buttoned-up side of her adult life.
Elfman recently spoke with Rotten Tomatoes about the series and dished on the prima-donna antics of her animated co-star.
Fred Topel for Rotten Tomatoes: It seems Mary is more demanding of Alice than Alice ever was of her. Why would Alice create an imaginary friend that was so needy?
Jenna Elfman: Well, my character’s parents fought viciously and divorced and were never there for her. Mary’s personality is kind of representative of everything that goes on in a little girl’s mind from the absurd to the true needs, needing that emotional support. So the inner struggle of decision-making, I think many people have a noisy thought process, so the thought process of this girl trying to navigate the struggle of this brand-new territory of love, which she had never had an example set for her. She had a horrible example set for her and never had anyone who was there emotionally for her. Mary represents all those factors that are going on for her emotionally.
RT: Does Mary ever have good advice for Alice?
Elfman: Yeah. Sometimes one’s own reckoning has good ideas so Mary manifests that too. In the second episode, I’m doing yoga and I don’t know what to do and she’s like, “Go to him. Go talk to him.” I’m like, “Right, go to him, yes, communicate. Wow, what a novel idea.”
RT: Could Imaginary Mary still work as a comedy about a blended family without Mary’s added interference?
Elfman: Maybe, but I think Mary adds his dimension of inner turmoil that brings a comedy element to it that wouldn’t be seen if it was just a normal blended-family comedy.
RT: Have you always seen yourself as a physical comedian?
Elfman: Yeah. I’m a classically trained dancer, so I think I’m just naturally physical. I trained as a dancer, as a ballet and jazz dancer since I was five. I danced on the Academy Awards and danced in film. I have that whole lifetime of training, so I think I’m naturally physically inclined in terms of expression.
RT: When you dance or do karaoke, do you dive in full on?
Elfman: You have to. What else are you going to do, go halfway? You have to just commit and have fun. She was drunk and having this heightened moment of thinking she completely blew it with the first person she’s ever truly been in love with. The stakes were really high. I don’t know if you’ve ever done anything wild when the stakes were high in your life.
RT: Did you do the bull riding yourself?
Elfman: I did. I think they had a stunt double for one of the extreme moments, but I did ride it myself.
RT: Did you have to train for that?
Elfman: No, we just did a little practice session before filming one day. I came in early and we practiced.
RT: Did you pre-choreograph your backyard dance?
Elfman: No, [director] Shawn Levy let me play.
RT: Did you see the previous version of Mary and how different was she than she is now?
Elfman: Absolutely. Not like crazy different. They just made some adjustments to her face, brightened her eyes up, just made some nuanced changes that emotionally impact you more favorably when you’re watching.
RT: What other fun adventures do Alice and Mary get into this season?
Elfman: So much because Alice is someone who is like, “no marriage, no kids ever.” Now I have to, in order to have a meaningful relationship with Ben, I do have to engage with his children which is, like, terrifying for my character. So I have to engage and I have to help them solve their problems, and I don’t know how to do that. So everything from being accepted socially in school to helping a girl through her teenage stuff and then how was I as a teenager. It’s all that inner dialogue of what the hell do I do and do I tell them to do what I did and misguide them? Mary’s all part of that.
Elfman: Anything that has an increase of female stories, I’m excited about.
Imaginary Mary premieres Wednesday, March 29 at 8:30 p.m. on ABC
No longer just fodder for Saturday mornings or weekday afternoons, animation dominates television now at every hour of the day. Whether it’s Fox’s Sunday-night lineup, the Disney Channel’s daytime programming, or Netflix shows you can stream 24/7, it can be overwhelming for animation connoisseurs to take it all in.
Rotten Tomatoes is here to help with this guide to 10 animated series on the air this spring and summer, including continuations of kids’ movies, reboots of childhood classics, and even some great options for grown-ups.
What It’s About: After Kong and his human friend Lukas fall into a volcano, they discover even more prehistoric creatures living beneath it.
Voiced By: Alessandro Juliani, Lee Tockar, Viv Leacock, Shannon Chan-Kent, Vincent Tong, Tabitha St. Germain
Where to Watch: Netflix
Why You Should Watch: This family-friendly version of King Kong provides a less scary alternative to Kong: Skull Island in theaters.
Kong: King of the Apes at Netflix (release date to be announced)
What It’s About: Based on Richard Adams’ novel about a group of rabbits who try to build a new home, but end up in battle.
Where to Watch: Netflix
Why You Should Watch: Visionary director Noam Murro has four parts to tell this complete epic tale (tail?)!
Fun Fact: Sawyer was reading a paperback copy of the book on Lost.
Watership Down at Netflix (release date to be announced)
What It’s About: 50 years after his last adventure, Jack is still looking for a way home and trying to find a way to defeat Aku.
Where to Watch: Adult Swim
Why You Should Watch: After 13 years, the Samurai Jack saga finally gets the conclusion it deserves. Read Rotten Tomatoes’ interview with creator Genndy Tartakovsky and Phil LaMarr here.
Fun Fact: Tartakovsky came up with this idea eight years ago but was busy making feature films until Adult Swim was ready to revisit Samurai Jack.
Samurai Jack new episodes Saturdays at 11 p.m. as part of Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim programming block
What It’s About: Two of the Guardians of the Galaxy have their own adventures in a series of shorts as they try to earn enough credits to buy a new ship.
Where to Watch: Disney XD
Why You Should Watch: They’re less than 2 minutes each, and they’ll tide you over until Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 comes out.
Fun Fact: Animation studio Passion Pictures also animated the 2011 Oscar-winning short The Lost Thing.
What It’s About: Marvel’s intergalactic space heroes return for a second season of family-friendly adventures.
Where to Watch: Disney XD
Why You Should Watch: The Guardians meet The Avengers this season!
Fun Fact: I am Groot!
Guardians of the Galaxy air Saturdays at 9 p.m. on Disney XD
What It’s About: Grown up Alice (Jenna Elfman) gets a visit from her childhood imaginary friend Mary, a computer-animated character only Alice can see and hear.
Voiced By: Rachel Dratch as the voice of Mary.
Where to Watch: ABC
Why You Should Watch: Elfman’s return to TV comedy is a must see with or without an animated costar!
Fun Fact: This is the second version of Mary the creators developed. After the first pilot, they redesigned her to be warmer and cuter.
Imaginary Mary premieres March 29 at 8:30 p.m. on ABC
What It’s About: Sterling Archer takes a trip back in time to solve a film-noir style murder in 1947 Los Angeles.
Where to Watch: FXX
Why You Should Watch: Archer is still funny after seven seasons, and seasons like Archer Vice show that new genres only make it funnier.
Fun Fact: Creator Adam Reed told the Murmur podcast he’d planned to end Archer after season 8, but will now make two more short seasons to end after 10.
Archer premieres April 5 at 10 p.m. on FXX
What’s It About: Donald Duck’s nephews Huey, Dewey, and Louie have Indiana Jones–like epic adventures with Scrooge McDuck.
Where to Watch: Disney XD
Why You Should Watch: If you grew up with the original version of this show in the ’90s, that’s why. If this is new to you, how about a former Doctor Who as the voice of Scrooge.
Fun Fact: Disney XD has already ordered a second season of DuckTales before it’s even aired.
Ducktales will air on Disney XD (release date to be announced)
What It’s About: After returning to her parents and kingdom, Rapunzel sets off for new adventures with Flynn Rider before she takes the throne.
Where to Watch: Disney Channel
Why You Should Watch: It’s the sequel to Tangled! Plus, Disney has a good track record with series based on their movies: Aladdin, Emperor’s New School, and The Lion Guard to name a few.
Tangled: The Series new episodes air Fridays at 7:30 p.m. on Disney Channel
What It’s About: Bojack is a has-been celebrity in a world of animal ad human movie stars. Season 4 plans to explore Bojack’s past more deeply than ever before.
Where to Watch: Netflix
Why You Should Watch: The first three seasons have only gotten funnier and more profound.
Fun Fact: You can actually visit the Tumblr of season 3 restaurant critic Samantha.
Bojack Horseman at Netflix (release date to be announced)
What It’s About: Titanium Rex leads a group of superheroes who are totally not The Justice League or The Avengers at all.
Voiced By: Bryan Cranston, Yvette Nicole Brown, Jillian Bell, Keegan-Michael Key, Tucker Gilmore, Zeb Wells, Tom Root, Heidi Gardner
Where to Watch: Crackle
Why You Should Watch: A Community reunion of voices Yvette Nicole Brown and Jim Rash.
Fun Fact: Cranston produces Supermansion with the creators and animators of Robot Chicken, who are able to make the characters look more realistic than the “action figures” of Robot Chicken.
SuperMansion‘s new episodes are unleashed Thursdays on Crackle