Whether it’s drama, comedy, or action, our Channel Surfing TV picks include what you’re after. Station Eleven, the popular novel about a traveling theater troupe in a post-apocalyptic world is adapted for the small screen. MacGruber receives a sequel in the form of a television series. Then, continue the adventures of Geralt, Ciri, and Yennefer in a new season of The Witcher.
The Show Must Go On
Station Eleven is a critically acclaimed novel that received a number of award nominations and even earned the Arthur C. Clarke award for best science fiction novel published in the United Kingdom. With so much acclaim, it was only a matter of time before it was adapted into other mediums.
The TV version takes place 20 years after a flu pandemic decimated the human race and modern civilization pays the price. The story follows a group of survivors who work as traveling performers. On one of their journeys, they come across a violent cult whose leader has unexpected ties to one of the theater’s members.
The first three episodes of Station Eleven will be available Thursday, December 16, on HBO Max.
The Ultimate Tool
MacGruber first began as a recurring sketch on Saturday Night Live but its popularity resulted in a full-length feature film. It’s been over ten years since we last saw the MacGyver parody, but America’s finest hero is back with a new TV show.
Not much has happened in that time with the titular character rotting in a jail for a decade. However, when a worldly threat from his past emerges, MacGruber is called back into action to save the world. Obviously, he can’t do it alone and gets the gang together again including Dixon Piper and Vicki St. Elmo.
Stream the entire first season of MacGruber beginning Thursday, December 16, on Peacock.
Toss a Coin
Game of Thrones proved that a fantasy series could be successfully adapted and become must see television. After the show ended, The Witcher was released the following December hoping to fill that genre void for viewers. The franchise wasn’t a complete unknown outside of the books since it spawned various video games.
In the upcoming season, we learn more about the enhanced monster hunters as Ciri begins her training. We will even meet some of Geralt’s peers including Eskel, Lambert, and Coën along with Geralt’s mentor and father figure, Vesemir. That doesn’t even mention the battle taking place between the Northern Kingdoms and Nilfgaard. Hopefully the new episodes will follow a more chronological order and is easier to follow.
The second season of The Witcher premieres Friday, December 17 on Netflix.
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