What to watch and listen to this week: 'Riverdale' on CW, Pod Save America
This is going to be a great week for television. We are morbidly excited for Beware the Slenderman tonight on HBO. True crime inspired by an internet meme? Count us in. Then on Wednesday, both The Path and The Magicians return for second seasons with plenty of cult intrigue and uncensored magic. Finally, the CW's newest drama Riverdale premieres Thursday, full of pretty teenagers, scandal and decades worth of Archie comics crammed in. Cancel your weeknight plans, there's too much good TV you won't want to miss.
Watch this week
Beware the Slenderman, 10 p.m., HBO: Almost three years ago, two 12-year-olds lured a classmate into the Wisconsin woods to stab her 19 times. They attacked to appease the faceless Slenderman, a mythical online creature that originated as a Creepypasta meme. The documentary explores what led up to this shocking crime and how an internet urban myth takes root in young, impressionable minds.
SERIES PREMIERE: The New Edition Story, 8 p.m., BET: This six-hour, three-night miniseries follows the rise and fall of the '80s boy band. Features Bobby Brown, Ricky Bell and Johnny Gill, among others.
Outsiders, 9 p.m., WGN: The action picks right back up in the second season premiere with both the Farrells and the town of Blackburg struggling to regroup after the mountaintop clash.
The Magicians, 9 p.m., Syfy: In the second season premiere, Quentin and his fellow Brakebills friends reel from their clash with the Beast. While they're forming a battle plan and becoming Fillory royalty, Julie attempts to make a dangerous deal with the Beast. If you're a Harry Potter or Chronicles of Narnia fan, you need to get in on this series, like, yesterday.
The Path, midnight, Hulu: Now in its second season, The Path sees the members of the Meyerist Movement try to make sense of Doctor Meyer's mysterious departure. Eddie struggles with a new life in the secular world while being tormented by strange visions, and Sarah remains skeptical of Cal as she stands beside him as the co-guardian of The Light.
SERIES PREMIERE: Riverdale, 9 p.m., CW: More than 70 years of Archie comics went into the making of this new CW teen drama. But instead of wholesome shenanigans, Archie and the gang face school scandal, terrible parenting and murder. Stars K.J. Apa, Lilli Reinhart and Cole Sprouse.
Pod Save America
During the 2016 election season, the podcast landscape saw a surge in politically minded series. The Keepin' It 1600 podcast, run by former White House staffers Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett and Tommy Vietor, saw as many as 400,000 listeners per episode. The election is over, and Donald Trump was sworn in as the nation's 45th president on Friday. But Favreau, Lovett and Vietor aren't finished offering insight and analysis on news and political trends.
Enter Pod Save America, the twice-weekly podcast under the trio's newly founded Crooked Media. The series promises "freewheeling conversation about politics, the press and the challenges posed by the Trump presidency" with guest journalists, politicians, comedians and activists.
It's a place for sharing the news of the week and analysis, but also a place where three people who have been involved in a presidential administration can offer insight on how to be politically active.
The first couple of episodes deal with Trump's cabinet hearings, the future of the Affordable Care Act and the ethics of retaining ownership of a business while holding the highest office in the country. The day before the inauguration, the three sat down with former President Obama for his last interview to get chummy but also to get serious about Obama's lasting legacy.
The podcast has been nestled at the top of the iTunes charts since its debut, and is a promising indicator of what the political podcast genre will look like for the next four years.
Listen on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play and getcrookedmedia.com.
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