What to Watch: Margaret Cho Goes North Korean and ‘Parks and Recreation’ Returns for Its Last Season

Tina Fey, Margaret Cho, and Amy Poehler at the Golden Globes. (Getty)

Last Sunday’s Golden Globe awards featured many surprises, from unexpected winners (“Jane the Virgin,” “The Affair“) to a special appearance by Margaret Cho as a North Korean general (See more below.) More good surprises came as the networks began announcing shows that would be renewed for another season next year, including freshman drama “Scorpion,” as well as new shows like CW’s “iZombie, co-starring Rahul Kohli as Dr. Ravi Chakrabarti, that’s scheduled to premiere in March.

And of course, we’re counting down to the premiere of ABC’s Taiwanese American family comedy “Fresh Off the Boat,” scheduled for early February!

But before we get ahead of ourselves, here’s what to watch this week:

Catch Up:

Galavant — The next two episodes of the ABC hit comedy musical aired over the weekend, as Galavant, Princess Isabella (Karen David) and Sid continue on their journey to defeat the evil king. The trio makes a stop at Sid’s hometown in Episode 3, and Episode 4 brings us a special guest star “Downton Abbey‘s” Hugh Bonneville as Peter the Pirate King.

The Big Bang Theory — The recent People’s Choice Award winner for Favorite TV Show and Favorite Network Comedy  took a moment to explore religion in last week’s episode when Raj (Kunal Nayyar) tells Howard that he wants to go visit a Hindu temple. They talk about reconciling the facts of science with faith, and it’s a nice little moment where Raj can take a breather from the stresses of his personal and professional lives.

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The Librarians — The new TNT show, which recently premiered in December 2014, aired back-to-back episodes last weekend as part of a 2-hour special. The weekly series, based on the film franchise starring Noah Wyle as The Librarian, who protects a secret collection of artifacts. The TV series stars the likes of Rebecca Romijn and John Larroquette in addition to Korean Australian actor John Kim as “master of technologies” Ezekiel Jones.

Everyone’s Talking About:

Margaret Cho at the Golden Globes — The Korean American comedian portrayed a North Korean general at this Sunday’s Golden Globe awards, hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. The uptight, accented character was part of a spoof on the recent threats on free speech linked to North Korea that were triggered by the controversial comedy “The Interview.” Response on Twitter was rapid, with some calling Cho out for caricaturizing Asians and others going as far to call it “racist,” and others rushing to her defense. Check out Cho’s own response in XFINITY’s blog “Margaret Cho on Golden Globes Race Controversy: “I’m playing the rice card.

Cho’s new talk show on TLC “All About Sex” premiered last Saturday. Check out our recent interview: “Margaret Cho Gets Personal in New TLC Show ‘All About Sex’

Aziz Ansari goes on a Twitter rant against Rupert Murdoch… after Murdoch tweets that all Muslims must be held responsible for their “growing jihadist cancer.” The Indian American comedian who was born to Muslim parents clarified that he is not religious but took issue with Murdoch’s statement of universal blame, creating the satirical hashtag #RupertsFault to blame the News Corp CEO for everything anyone Christian has ever done.

Fans continue to speculate about Kalinda’s exit: It’s Archie Panjabi’s final season on “The Good Wife,” and last week’s episode brought excitement as Kalinda aided in keeping Cary from prison after a hard-fought victory in court. Perhaps some of the deals she made in exchange for Cary’s freedom will have future consequences? Stay tuned.

Coming Up:

Parks and Recreation — The hit comedy starring Amy Poehler and Aziz Ansari returns for its seventh and final season tonight, Tuesday, at 8pm. NBC will air back-to-back episodes through the end of February. The last season finale hinted that this season may jump ahead a few years and take place in 2017, but we’ll see what happens!

StalkerMaggie Q‘s latest vehicle, the CBS show co-starring Dylan McDermott about police that investigate stalking crimes, returns on Wednesday, January 14. This week’s episode finds the mayor as the victim of a stalker, and the team must figure out if he’s being harassed by an angry constituent or someone from his past.

Weekend Date Night:

Maybe This Time — This hit 2014 Filipino romantic comedy stars Sarah Geronimo and Coco Martin as ex-lovers who might just get a second chance.

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