What to Watch: Karen David Plays a Princess in ‘Galavant’ and ‘The Raid’ Actors Cast in ‘Star Wars’

Karen David as Princess Isabella in "Galavant." (Photo credit: Bob D'Amico/ABC)

ABC’s fantasy comedy musical “Galavant” premiered last Sunday, and the first two episodes, played in a row, were so successful that they earned a Wednesday encore. The TV series, created by Dan Fogelman (“Tangled,” “Crazy Stupid Love“) features original songs by Disney songwriter Alan Menkin (“The Little Mermaid,” “Aladdin,” “Beauty and the Beast”) for every episode, and it stars Joshua Sasse as the handsome knight Galavant and Karen David as Princess Isabella, who is trying to help him win back his love from the evil king.

Watch it and you’ll be humming the catchy tunes that will stay in your head days later.

Here’s what else to watch this week!

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Catch Up:

Scorpion — The hit computer hacker series, produced by Justin Lin and co-starring Jadyn Wong, is getting much fanfare, and it was recently announced that it will air in the prime post-AFC championship game slot on Sunday, Jan. 18. CBS is hoping this will result in even more viewers for their freshman series, as the AFC game is known for being the second-most-watched primetime program of the season, behind only the Super Bowl. In last week’s episode, Team Scorpion assists Ralph when he’s questioned by the FBI after inadvertently discovering top-secret CIA information.

Pretty Little Liars — The winter premiere of the hit ABC Family series stars off with Ali coming to Mona’s funeral in a flowery summer dress and then being slapped across the face by Mona’s mother. Check out the new episode, titled “Through a Glass, Darkly.”

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The Mindy Project – On the last Christmas episode, Mindy had been accepted for a fellowship at Stanford, so this week’s episode sends our feisty protagonist off to California.

 

Everyone’s Talking About:

Scarlett Johansson will star in remake of “Ghost in the Shell” — The popular Japanese manga will get a Hollywood adaptation with Johansson as star. She will play cyborg cop Major Motoko Kusanagi, a casting choice that excites some but disappoints others who may have hoped an Asian actress would have been considered for the role. The film will be produced by Steven Spielberg at Dreamworks and directed by Rupert Sanders.

The Interview — The Seth Rogen/James Franco North Korea comedy that provoked a Sony hack, a violent threat against movie theaters that planned to show the film, an initial cancellation of its December 25 release, a subsequent patriotic rally for freedom of speech, which resulted in the film being released not only in theaters as planned, but also simultaneously on several online platforms — is now available for viewing on XFINITY. Check out what the hoopla is all about!

Daniel Dae Kim will direct “Hawaii Five-O – The TV star will make his directorial debut for a winter episode of his CBS hit detective series, which will star shooting next week!

Sandra Oh wins at People’s Choice Awards — Her “Grey’s Anatomy” character Dr. Cristina Yang won for favorite TV character missed most. She beat out Dr. Lance Sweets on “Bones,” Hershel Green on “The Walking Dead,” Leslie Shay on “Chicago Fire,” and Neil Cassidy on “Once Upon a Time.”

 

Looking Ahead:

Elementary — Tonight’s new episode of “Elementary” is a much-anticipated look into Watson’s past, as Lucy Liu’s character teams with Sherlock and Kitty to locate a missing nurse she used to work with when she was still a surgeon.

Parks and Recreation — The NBC hit comedy returns for its final season starting Tuesday, January 13, and episodes will air back to back every week until the series finale on February 24. A month ago, Aziz Ansari was presented the Power of Comedy Award by TBS, and he was roasted by his fellow “Parks and Recreation” cast members, including Adam Scott, who joked: “‘Ugh, another award for a foodie, hip hop obsessed Indian man from South Carolina.

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Weekend Date Night Pick:

The Raid 2” — It was announced recently that J.J. Abram’s upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens will feature appearances by the martial arts trio Iko Uwais, Yayan Ruhian and Cecep Arif Rahman who appeared in the popular Indonesian action hits “The Raid” and “The Raid 2.” The much-anticipated new “Star Wars” film is set for a December 2015 release, but in the meantime, catch the actors trying to undermine a major criminal empire in the 2014 “The Raid 2” sequel.

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