We’re going to head up into the premium, pay channels for this week’s “LK Pick of the Week,” but there are plenty of other great offerings on the lower channels too. There are several notable premieres, including “Black Box” on ABC and “Deadliest Catch.” 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: “Last Week Tonight” 10 p.m. Sunday, HBO (New, series premiere). I’ve always been a fan of John Oliver (and not just because I’m an Anglophile). He has a way with his comedy that is smart yet a bit silly, which is what I’m looking for when I’m getting my “news” at 10 p.m. on Comedy Central. Let’s not pretend there isn’t a sizable group of Americans getting their update on current events from “The Daily Show” and “The Colbert Report,” both comedy shows using topical events for humorous commentary. There are times when that commentary says what the mainstream media cannot (or will not), and hits it out of the park. Last summer, while “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart was directing a feature film, Oliver took over “Daily Show” hosting duties and performed beautifully. Granted, he did have the “Carlos Danger” scandal and the birth of Prince George (which played to his strengths as a Brit himself) to thank for plenty of great jokes, not to mention a particularly funny dance. That hosting gig was enough for HBO to offer him his own show, which premieres this week on HBO. It’s format is similar to “Daily Show” in that it uses news, politics and headlines for satire, but Oliver’s show will be a weekly affair rather than daily. I’m confident he’ll manage just fine, and push the envelope a bit since he’s on premium cable, something his competitors can’t do on basic.
MONDAY APRIL 21
“The Voice” 7 p.m. to 9:01 p.m., NBC (New, live). It’s down to the Top 12 singers and it’s time for the viewers to vote for them starting tonight.
“Dancing with the Stars” 7 p.m. to 9:01 p.m., ABC (New, live). Tonight’s theme is “Party Anthems,” but isn’t every night in the ballroom a party?
“The Blacklist” 9:01 p.m., NBC (New). The team goes after a pair of brothers who specialize in abducting high-profile marks, but Liz is patiently investigating her shady husband on the side. Continue reading