It’s a new year, and if your resolution is to get out and have more fun, then you might want to consult The Bee’s “Don’t Miss It” guide, which plans out the best of the month in pop culture and local events — from “Dreamgirls” and Steve Earle to Disney on Ice and “Downton Abbey.” Click the link below to look at the full-size calendar.
PDF: The Bee’s “Don’t Miss It” guide for January.
You know how it is when you find something you love and instantly want everyone you know to love it, too? Here is a list of things the Beehive is into at this very moment. We invite you to share your obsession in the comments.
Mike: I’m obsessed with Wednesday night sitcoms on ABC. Thursday used to be my favorite TV night, but Wednesday has stepped up and kicked its booty. And ABC makes it so I don’t even have to change the channel. We all know “Modern Family” is the best thing going comedy-wise on TV, but don’t sleep on the rest of the lineup: “Happy Endings” is the most underrated comedy on TV. “Suburgatory” has totally grown on me and “The Middle” is like the mozzarella sticks to start everything out — it’s good enough.
Hi friends. Quick question: Are you on the “Downton Abbey” train? Because you should be.
“Downtown Abbey” is a show about the lives of an aristocratic British family and their equally fascinating servants. It is a period drama that takes place near the beginning of the 20th century, just after the sinking of the Titanic. And it is wonderful: Both engrossing and beautiful to look at, the show has racked up accolades and awards all over the place.
The first episode of the second series (or “season” to us Yanks) will air Sunday at 9 p.m. on PBS. You can catch up before then by watching the first series, which is currently streaming on Netflix. Be forewarned: the second series has already aired in Britain (the third series will begin filming soon), so take care to avoid spoilers if you can.
And! As if the return of “Downton Abbey” isn’t enough, Patsy and Edina, your favorite fashion-victim drunks, are back with a new episode of “Absolutely Fabulous” airing 10 p.m. on BBC America. It’s been eight long years since the gals graced our TV sets; I can’t wait to see what they’ve been up to since then (though I am going to have to since I don’t have BBC America — sigh).
There’s little on TV that gets me super excited these days, but these two shows will do it. Who else is excited?