This week’s Channel Surfing TV picks involve some fan favorite franchises. DuckTales resumes its third season with the gang encountering a classic Disney villain. The current pandemic disrupted production on new shows so networks are turning to previously streamed series to air this fall. CBS hopes to expose Star Trek: Discovery to a bigger audience when it broadcasts its first season on linear TV. Then Fargo returns for another season with an all new tale about good old, wholesome, midwestern crime.
Not Pony Tails or Cotton Tails, No…
DuckTales is gradually bringing back all those nostalgic feelings by expanding its universe and incorporating familiar characters, especially from the Disney Afternoon syndicated programming. So far during this third season, the series has provided a new slant on Gene the Genie, Daisy Duck, Steelbeak, and the Rescue Rangers.
DuckTales is returning after a midseason hiatus today on Disney XD. In the all new episode, the Phantom Blot is stealing all the magic in Duckberg forcing Lena to confront her past and partner with her estranged aunt. We’ve previously caught glimpses of the classic Disney villain but the Phantom Blot is having his formal introduction into the Duckverse and he’s voiced by regular bad guy, Giancarlo Esposito.
Before the Original Saga
Star Trek: Discovery jump started a new age for the popular franchise on television and served as the flagship for the CBS All Access streaming platform. After its premiere, shows including Picard and Lower Decks followed a few years later and the spinoff, Strange New Worlds is in development. The series will begin its third season next month but before then, fans will receive another chance to catch it from the beginning.
CBS will air the first season of Star Trek: Discovery starting on Thursday, September 24. It follows the adventures of the USS Discovery and takes place roughly ten years before Star Trek: The Original Series. Witness how the various Klingon houses become united and battle the United Federation of Planets. This is an excellent opportunity to watch the show if you never subscribed to CBS All Access.
A Midwestern Gang War
The 1996 Coen brothers’ film, Fargo, inspired a critically acclaimed crime drama anthology television series. Despite its name, the show draws inspiration from all of the Coen brothers’ movies and takes place in various locations in the Midwest.
The fourth season will air Sunday, September 27, on FX and will feature the contentious relationship between two criminal organizations in Kansas City. The first is a syndicate composed of black migrants escaping the Jim Crow South while the other is the mafia. The show boasts a lot of star power with Chris Rock, Jason Schwartzman, and Timothy Olyphant part of the cast.