NBC wants you to Believe’; ABC stages a Resurrection’
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- If you didn't get enough of Alfonso Cuarón at the Oscars on Sunday, when he individually won Best Director and his film, "Gravity," snagged six more awards, don't worry. NBC's got your back.
On Monday, the network premieres "Believe," the supernatural drama he created (and directed the pilot episode of), at 10 p.m. before moving the show to its regular 9 p.m. Sunday timeslot on March 16.
"Resurrection," about a small town shaken up by the return of a boy who seemingly died decades ago.
Newcomer Landon Gimenez plays the boy, Jacob. The cast also includes Omar Epps ("House") as the immigration agent who returns him home, Kurtwood Smith ("That '70s Show") and Frances Fisher ("Titanic"), as his now-elderly parents, and Devin Kelley ("The Chicago Code") as a local doctor with a family connection to him and a deep interest in the mystery of his return.
I'll be interested to see what the ratings look like when the two begin facing off in the same timeslot. (My guess is, despite who comes out on top, they'll both lose to CBS' "The Good Wife.")
Although they didn't air opposite each other, I made the prediction three seasons ago that there wasn't enough of an audience for two fairy tale dramas when "Grimm" and "Once Upon a Time" debuted within days of each other, yet both are still going strong. (The same can't be said for the "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland" spin-off.)
Is that the case here or, like those, will these newbies be different enough in tone to set themselves apart from each other? Tune in to find out.
Scripted series premieres: "Saint George," 9 p.m. Thursday, FX (culture-clash sitcom starring George Lopez as a fictional version of himself); "Sirens," 10 p.m. Thursday, USA (sitcom about three EMTs who have great professional lives but messy personal ones); "Review," 10 p.m. Thursday, Comedy Central (satire of traditional review shows about a man reviewing difficult life experiences).
Other series premieres: "Celebrity Home Raiders," 10 p.m. Thursday, Lifetime (stars search their homes for belongings to auction for charity); "Chicagoland," 10 p.m. Thursday, CNN (examining Chicago's public school and community safety problems); "Dateline Saturday Night Mystery," 8 p.m. Saturday, NBC (crime news show); "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey," 9 p.m. Sunday, all Fox networks (13-part series exploring humanity's quest for knowledge and the laws of science; hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson); "My Five Wives," 10 p.m. Sunday, Lifetime (a polygamist family in Utah); "No Man's Land," 10 p.m. Sunday, History (survivalists who live in the desert); "Catch a Contractor," 10 p.m. Sunday, Spike (making shady contractors fix their shoddy work); "Online Dating Rituals of the American Male," 10 p.m. Sunday, Bravo (follows two guys' online dating stories each week); "Lindsay," 10 p.m. Sunday, OWN (Lindsay Lohan works on her sobriety and career); "Chrisley Knows Best," 10 p.m. Tuesday, USA (the escapades of a self-made millionaire and his family).
Season premieres: "Suits," 9 p.m. Thursday, USA; "Ice Cold Gold," 10 p.m. Thursday, Animal Planet; "Marriage Boot Camp: Bridezillas," 9 p.m. Friday, WE; "Long Island Medium," 9 p.m. Sunday, Lifetime; "The Real Housewives of New York City," 9 p.m. Tuesday, Bravo.
Returning: "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland," 8 p.m. Thursday, ABC; "Once Upon a Time," 8 p.m. (midseason recap/preview special at 7 p.m.) and "Revenge," 10 p.m. Sunday, ABC; "Bob's Burgers," 7 p.m., "The Simpsons," 7:30 p.m. (one hour) and "Family Guy," 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Fox; "The Good Wife," 9 p.m., and "The Mentalist," 10 p.m. Sunday, CBS; "Bar Rescue," 9 p.m. Sunday, Spike.
Timeslot change: "Bones" moves back to Mondays on Fox starting this week, taking over the 8 p.m. hour.
Season finales: "Couples Therapy," 10 p.m. Thursday, VH1; "Swamp Pawn," 9 p.m. Saturday, CMT; "Ultimate Survival Alaska," 10 p.m. Sunday, National Geographic; "The Bachelor," 8 p.m. Monday, ABC; "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills," 9 p.m. Monday, Bravo.
Specials: "The Trip to Bountiful," 8 p.m. Saturday, Lifetime (TV movie adapted from the Tony Award-winning play; starring Cicely Tyson, Vanessa Williams and Blair Underwood); "Masterpiece Sneak Preview: Mr. Selfridge Season 2," 8 p.m. Sunday, PBS (season two starts March 30); "Nick News with Linda Ellerbee -- Fleeing Syria: Children of War," 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nickelodeon (talking to Syrian child refugees in Jordan); "Tattoo Nation," 8 p.m. Tuesday, Spike TV (documentary on the people who changed the tattoo world); "24 Hours on Earth," 9 p.m. Tuesday and March 18, BBC America (two-part nature documentary on how plants and animals adapt to exploit the 24-hour cycle).
Of note: If you missed the first two episodes of this season's "The Amazing Race" because of the Winter Olympics' closing ceremony and the Oscars, get caught up from 8 to 10 p.m. Saturday on CBS.
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