Your weekend time is valuable, and at the end of a long week, your discretionary time must be spent to its maximum value. To help narrow down your choices on the film, television, and gaming fronts, every Friday, our Weekend Preview gives you the rundown of your options and an educated guess as to which ones make the most sense.
At the Movies
There are no wide releases this weekend. That makes sense as many people will be kissing 2016 goodbye and ringing in the new year. But just because no new movies are hitting cineplexes doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of choices. You can bet Rogue One, Sing, Moana and more will continue bringing in the dough. Use this weekend as an opportunity to catch up on something you’ve missed.
On the Tube
Late Night With Seth Meyers New Year’s Eve Special (NBC, New Year’s Eve, 10pm)
During a crazy and depressing election year, Seth Meyers has handily proven himself as the heir to Jon Stewart. The man can do biting political commentary that remains informative, quick, and of course, funny. He’s had a terrific year. NBC is so impressed that they’re giving him his own New Year’s Eve special. Myers will likely rip on Trump, poke fun at the year that was, and look ahead to 2017. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jennifer Lawrence, and Kelly Clarkson will also join in on the celebrations. Not too shabby, Mr. Meyers.
The Verdict: You’ll have plenty of options of things to watch as the new year rolls in. Do yourself a favor and stop in on Seth’s party.
The Mick (Fox, Sunday, 8pm)
We all love It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. We adore its naughty humor and outrageous characters. Therefore we are very much on board with The Mick, a new single-camera comedy starring It’s Always Sunny’s Kaitlin Olson as a “brash, blue collar, two-bit hustler” who is forced to play babysitter for her rich sister’s kids. Sure this is airing on network TV, but Fox promises it’ll push the envelope and bring the decidedly not family-friendly laughs. Creators John Chernin and Dave Chernin are It’s Always Sunny vets, so the show will definitely retain some of the bite from the FXX hit.
The Verdict: Sure, It’s Always Sunny premieres next week, but why not support Kaitlin Olson and her new show? You owe her after all the laughs she’s given you.
Sherlock (PBS, Sunday, 9pm)
Audiences are obsessed with Sherlock. That means there are a lot of excited people who are more than ready for the fourth season of the hit mystery show. Cumberbatch is back. Freeman is back. The whole gang is back. What sort of mysteries will they solve? What twists will they reveal? How stupid will you feel watching Sherlock outsmart everyone on Earth? The answers await this Sunday!
The Verdict: Sherlock seasons are always short, but it’ll provide you with enough Benedict goodness to feed your Cumberbatch hunger.