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Amazon enters the sci-fi anthology fold with Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams

Juno Temple (background) and Janelle Monåe in Electric Dreams. (Photo: Amazon)

Here’s what’s happening in the world of television for Friday, January 12, and Saturday, January 13. All times are Eastern. 

Top pick

Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams (Friday, Amazon): Netflix’s Black Mirror is still going strong in its fourth season, so it’s not surprising that Amazon would want to create its own anthology series, using the writings of one of our most famous sci-fi authors. Anna Paquin, Bryan Cranston, Terrence Howard, Steve Buscemi, Janelle Monåe, and many others show up to help bring Philip K. Dick’s futuristic stories to life. Alex McLevy says the series is “at its best when it’s more human than human,” finding that Dick “ultimately cares more about the reasons we choose to engage with technology than the results of said tech upon our psyches.” Sounds like compelling viewing for the sci-fi fan, even though we’re not really sure what’s going on with that screwdriver above; you can find out for yourself by watching all of the season one episodes when they drop on Amazon today.


Regular coverage

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (Friday, The CW, 8 p.m.)
Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Friday, ABC, 9:01 p.m.)


Wild card

Saturday Night Live (Saturday, NBC, 11 p.m.): Sam Rockwell is having a big week: He won a Golden Globe on Sunday for his role in Oscar contender Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, and he’s hosting Saturday Night Live for the first time ever on Saturday (with musical guest Halsey). While the above promo isn’t quite as funny as we would have expected, hopefully we’ll still see Rockwell pull out some of his sweet dance moves on live TV. Plus, do you even realize how late Dennis Perkins stays up every week to deliver his SNL reviews to you? The least you can do is watch the show, right?

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