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What to watch this weekend: ‘Electric Dreams,’ new ‘Victoria,’ Tampa couple on ‘Love After Lockup’

The future might be okay: Electric Dreams

It's inevitable that this new science fiction series on Amazon will be compared to Netflix's Black Mirror. But it's not packed with as much existential dread, and delves into more science fantasy than science future. The stories in the anthology series Electric Dreams come from the mind of science fiction pioneer Philip K. Dick, who wrote the novel that later inspired Blade Runner. Each episode is like a peek into a different world or future, where artificial intelligence gains enough sentience to forget they're basically robots, or in which a dystopia is devoid of technology save for persecuted mutant telepaths. While Charlie Brooker's stories in Black Mirror stress us out about the possibilities of future technology, Dick's tales offer entertaining glimpses of alternative future ideals. But yes, if you love Black Mirror and Blade Runner, you will love this show. And just check out this cast: Anna Paquin, Janelle Monáe, Bryan Cranston, Steve Buscemi and Richard Madden. Now available on Amazon.

Review: The future isn't so bleak in Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams

Her majesty wants it all: Victoria

Period dramas about British queens are so hot right now. Last season on  Victoria, we saw the teenage Victoria (Jenna Coleman) ascend the throne after the death of her uncle King William IV. Young, naive and neglected, Victoria has to quickly figure out how to navigate the scandal and politics that come with being the most powerful woman in the world. She ends up going against her overpowering mother and adviser to rule in Buckingham Palace as Queen Victoria. Now in its second season, the series follows Victoria in her search for power and personal freedom. Tom Hughes returns as Prince Albert with Rufus Sewell as Lord Melbourne. And new to the cast is Diana Rigg, playing the Duchess of Buccleuch. 8 p.m. Sunday, PBS.

CW stays woke: Black Lightning

Not only is Black Lightning the CW's first black superhero, the new series also exclusively follows the stories of people of color. The series is based on DC Comics characters and follows Jefferson Piece (Cress Williams), a.k.a. Black Lightning, who has the power to control and wield electricity. Nine years after he hung up his crime-fighting costume, he's forced to reconsider bringing Black Lightning back to save his family and his community, which are both being plagued by violent gangs. Nothing about this new series looks like other CW superhero shows. It's not about a young person discovering their powers or about teen drama. Black Lightning sets a new bar by focusing on an older man going through a rebirth. And it puts its characters first and the superhero shenanigans second. 9 p.m. Tuesday, CW.

Tampa on TV: Love After Lockup

Some people find love through blind dates, matchmakers or simply coincidence. Others, like a Tampa couple on the WeTV series Love After Lockup, find love through letters with people in prison. The new series premieres Friday and follows six couples who "share the emotional journey of being united for the first time after years of supervised visits, recorded phone calls and letters, as they transition from love behind bars to the marriage altar," according to the release. The Tampa couple featured this season is Johnna and Garrett. A "wine-fueled evening of looking for love online" led Johnna to Garrett, who was serving a seven-year sentence for burglary and grand theft. Johnna believes Garrett is committed to her, but she's having trouble convincing her father to meet him. But Johnna knows what she wants as soon as Garrett is released: a ring and a wedding. Find out if these lovebirds make it. 10 p.m. Friday, WeTV.

Previous coverage: Tampa couple stars in new WeTV series Love After Lockup

Upcoming streaming releases

Friday: Homeland Season 5 (Hulu), Colony Season 2 (Netflix)

Jan. 26: Dirty Money (Netflix)

Jan. 30: Fear the Walking Dead Season 3 (Hulu)

Jan. 31: Cars 3 (Netflix)

Contact Chelsea Tatham at ctatham@tampabay.com. Follow @chelseatatham.

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This week’s pop culture winners and losers

This week’s pop culture winners and losers

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Here are this week’s pop culture winners and losers

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What to watch this weekend: ‘Electric Dreams,’ new ‘Victoria,’ Tampa couple on ‘Love After Lockup’

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Published: 01/12/18