This week, it’s the inside story of the internet, an elaborate royal wedding and a government experiment gone wrong.
Dispatches: Weekly TV news
Tim Miller (“Deadpool”) and David Fincher are teaming up to create an animated anthology series for adults. “Love, Death & Robots” will be 18 animated short stories on Netflix that cover genres from science fiction and fantasy to horror and comedy.
Contenders: Shows to keep on your radar
NBC has picked-up the sixth season of “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (Jan. 10 at 9 p.m. ET) after Fox cancelled the series. The funny take on the police procedural is followed by “The Good Place,” which moves to 9:30 p.m. ET for its final three episodes of the season.
National Geographic Channel explores the inside story of the internet on “Valley of the Boom” (Jan. 13, 9 p.m. ET). A blend of scripted and non-scripted storytelling, the show combines interviews of real-life players involved in the rise and fall of the dot com bubble with dramatic recreations.
After a compelling first season and an uneven second one, “True Detective” returns for its third outing with back-to-back episodes (Jan. 13, HBO, 9 p.m. ET/PT). In 1980, two children go missing a week after Halloween. In 2015, Detective Wayne Hays (Mahershala Ali), the original investigator on the case, is asked to look back on the unsolved case with a true-crime documentary producer.
On the heels of its popular series “Victoria,” PBS explores the elaborate planning for one of the most famous weddings in history - the 1840 union of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. Royal historian Lucy Worsley leads the detailed recreation of the wedding celebration, investigating history books, archives, newspapers and Victoria’s diaries. “Victoria & Albert: The Wedding” is on Jan. 13 and Jan. 20 at 10 p.m. ET.
Written by Liz Heldens, based on an adaptation of Justin Cronin’s trilogy, “The Passage” is about a clandestine government medical facility experimenting with a dangerous virus that has two outcomes: It could either cure all disease or cause the downfall of the human race. The action focuses on 10‐year‐old Amy Bellafonte (Saniyya Sidney), the test subject for the virus, and Brad Wolgast (Mark-Paul Gosselaar), the federal agent who tries to protect her. Premieres Jan. 14, 9 p.m. ET, NBC.
In mid-January 2009, US Airways Flight 1549 experienced a catastrophic bird strike and miraculously landed on the Hudson River. “Bird vs. Plane: Miracle on the Hudson” (Smithsonian Channel, Jan. 15, 9 p.m. ET) revisits the event to explore the impact of bird strikes on aviation around the world.
One of my TV goals for 2019 is to watch an episode of “This is Us” without tearing up. The sentimental family drama returns on Jan. 15 at 9 p.m. ET on NBC.
Report Card: A look at ratings winners and losers
Winners: This year’s “Golden Globe Awards” improved from last year’s numbers.
Losers: ABC’s Friday night schedule isn’t getting much of a boost from “Speechless” or its lead-in, “Fresh Off the Boat.”
Melissa Crawley is the author of “Mr. Sorkin Goes to Washington: Shaping the President on Television’s ‘The West Wing.’” She has a Ph.D. in media studies and is a member of the Television Critics Association. To comment on Stay Tuned, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow her on Twitter at @MelissaCrawley.