The phrase “Golden Age of TV” has been tossed around a lot lately, and rightly so. There is quality TV on channels ranging from broadcast networks to premium cable and everywhere in between. One network who is leading the way is FX, who debuts another promising series this week, and it earned a spot as my “LK Pick of the Week.” There’s plenty of other great TV this week if you’re not in the mood to try something new. You can hear my “LK Pick of the Week” and more each Monday on Q98.5 FM’s “Pat and JT in the Morning.” You can read more in-depth TV highlights every day in “What to Watch” on the back page of the Omaha World-Herald’s Living section and on Omaha.com.
LK PICK OF THE WEEK: “Fargo” 9 p.m. Tuesday April 15, FX (Series premiere). Don’t come to this series thinking you’re going to see a small-screen version of the 1996 Coen brothers’ movie. You won’t. Yes, you”ll see the same accents (“Yah, you betcha.”) and the same landscape (barren, snow-covered). But you’ll also see a whole new story and cast of characters, expanding the universe created in the movie and intersecting in a way that remains under wraps. The 10-episode “limited series” is about a beaten down insurance salesman (Martin Freeman) who partners with a manipulative drifter (Biilly Bob Thornton) to take care of the man who has bullied him his whole life. As the murder plot unfolds, we meet the bully’s wife (Kate Walsh) and local law enforcement (Colin Hanks) in addition to several other quirky characters. It looks dark, as the promo abpve eludes to, and it looks different. It looks like another quality series for FX, who has never steered me wrong before (see “Justified” and “American Horror Story,” among others). For 10 episodes, that’s enough for me to give it a chance.
MONDAY, APRIL 14
“Dancing with the Stars” 7 p.m. to 9:01 p.m., ABC (New, live). It’s Disney night in the ballroom, where the couples will interpret music from the classic films. Warning: There will be princess gowns.
“Bones” 7 p.m., Fox (New). When a woman’s remains are found in a swamp it leads to the investigation of a cryogenic freezing facility.
TUESDAY, APRIL 15
“Pioneers of Television” 7 p.m., PBS (New, season premiere). The fourth season starts with a look at stand-up comedians who morphed into sitcom stars. Featuring interviews with Jerry Seinfeld, Roseanne Barr, Tim Allen, Ray Romano and Bob Newhart as well as clips from their shows. Continue reading