In this week’s picks for our must-watch programming, the TV gods giveth (“The Chicago Code”) and the TV gods taketh away (“Friday Night Lights”). Well, who are we fooling?
Some of our favorites are serving up a little extra this week, as well. So, even when the TV gods are taking, they’re giving in our opinion.
Here’s Zap2it’s must-watch TV this week:
Monday, Feb. 7
‘The Chicago Code’ (FOX), 9 p.m. ET
You might think networks wouldn’t choose February to launch their strongest new series, but every winter there are a few mid-season additions that make the fall debuts seem pretty thin in comparison. Such is the case with “The Chicago Code,” FOX’s tightly-woven cop drama that’s less of a procedural than it is a premium cable-esque tale of tackling corruption. It has the potential for being one of the best things on TV in 2011.
‘Skins’ (MTV), 10 p.m. ET
I gave “Skins” three episodes to make me a convert, but after that I had to give in and announce that I wasn’t impressed nor did I need to watch any further (if it wasn’t my job, that is). Readers have asked me to give Monday’s episode on Cadie (played by Britne Oldford) a chance. Supposedly, it’s the first episode to be totally original for the series and written by its New York team of writers. But how original can it be when Cadie is basically Cassie from the original series? I’m going to be watching anyway, but I figured I’d spread the news.
Tuesday, Feb. 8
“The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” Lost Footage special (Bravo), 10 p.m. ET
No, Bravo hasn’t squeezed all it can from this franchise yet. It’s the lost footage special, people! The network is promising the “last moments” on-camera of Camille Grammer’s marriage. Maybe, they’ll make up for Lisa Vanderpump’s scary cute dog Giggy’s absence from the reunion. We know how much you love that dog. Plus, other stuff we haven’t seen during the season. If you’re jonesing for a little more of the 90210 housewives, well, here you go.
Wednesday, Feb. 9
“Friday Night Lights” series finale (DirecTV 101 Network), 9 p.m. ET
Confession: I’ve already seen this Wednesday’s series finale of the best show that ever has or ever will be on television. Watching it again is still going to be my TV highlight of the week. The series finale is perfect, bringing each character’s journey to a satisfying, if bittersweet, end. I have zero complaints. By the time it airs on Wednesday I’ll almost be done writing my epic love letter to Kyle Chandler. I am forever changed.
“Justified” season premiere (FX), 10 p.m. ET
Boyd Crowder (Walton Goggins) continues to walk the righteous path as Season 2 of “Justified” dawns, but there’s still plenty of trouble confronting U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant). The taciturn lawman will face off with a new nemesis in the form of the Bennett family, headed by the deceptively grandmotherly-looking Mags (Margo Martindale). Jeremy Davies of “Lost” also joins the cast as Mags’ hotheaded son Dickie.
Sure, deep down it’s just an exercise in Kabletown … er, Comcast/NBC Universal … synergy, but last week “Fashion Show’s” Isaac Mizrahi was a delightful guest judge for the Quickfire Challenge. We expect late night host Jimmy Fallon to bring an extra ingredient to the proceedings as well if you will. Plus, it’s always fun to see how the contestants try — or completely refuse to try — and impress non-foodie guests.
Thursday, Feb. 10
“Parks and Recreation” (NBC), 9:30 p.m. ET
Ron’s (Nick Offerman) ex-wife Tammy (guest star Megan Mullally, Offerman’s real-life wife) is back in the picture — and that spells a night of debauchery so strange (and hilarious) that we scarcely want to say anything about it for fear of spoiling. OK, we’ll say one thing: Ron somehow ends up with his hair in cornrows, and that’s just the beginning of the madness.
What are you most looking forward to this week?