Kyla Kenedy and Ted Danson, Mr. Mayor | Photo Credits: Tina Thorpe/NBC

2021 isn’t wasting time delivering new television shows to watch. The first full week of the new year is the result of networks and streamers itching to get new programs out, as if that winter break of holiday marathons and repeats was almost too much. The best new shows and movies to watch this week include a long overdue adaptation of a beloved fantasy book series, an important new season of ABC’s never-ending reality franchise, and the return of a pair of NBC comedy legends.

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The Watch

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Series premiere Sunday at 8/7c on BBC America
Fantasy author Terry Pratchett’s beloved Discworld novels get partially adapted, which is a good thing, because if you tried to adapt all of them and their contents, you’d be looking at about 100 different shows. The Watch keeps its focus on the city of Ankh-Morpork and its police force, known as The Watch, making the show a supernatural police procedural set inside Pratchett’s bizarre world that’s occupied by cretins, lowlives, monsters, and more. Expect lots of satirical takes on the fantasy genre as The Watch mixed with crime, adventure, and humor. Richard Dormer, Game of Thrones‘ Beric Dondarrion, stars.


30 Coins

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Series premiere Monday at 9/8c on HBO
This Spanish horror series starts off with a bank robber somehow surviving a wave of bullets to snatch a mysterious coin and continues with a small Spanish town witnessing a baby being born out of a cow. Then things get weird. The town’s mayor (Sense8‘s Miguel Angel Silvestre) and local vet (Megan Montenar) team up to figure out what the heck is going on, and whether a local priest (Eduard Fernández), who spends his free time delivering haymakers on a punching bag and hiding guns, has anything to do with the unusual activity. It’s freaky, gory horror centered on biblical roots that cribs from the classics like The Omen and The Exorcist with just a touch of camp to keep things a wee bit fun. 


The Bachelor

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