It’s understandable to not be enthused about the ALCS if you’re a Yankees fan. On one side is the rival Red Sox, who also just knocked out the Yankees in an extremely frustrating way. On the other side is the Astros, against whom the Yankees lost last year’s ALCS in painful fashion. Even though that was a year ago, the wound still feels fresh.
Personally, I’m probably going to watch a decent chunk of the ALCS and the rest of the playoffs because I love baseball. However, if you’ve checked out, I get it. If you are looking to avoid the Red Sox-Astros series, here are some counter-programming options for you to watch.
Game 1: Saturday 8 PM EST
Today is, of course, College Football Saturday (TM: Jon Bois), so there’s plenty of other games for you to check out.
Also at 8 PM EST is the debut of a new original movie on Lifetime. Here’s is the synopsis of “The Sinister Surrogate” from Lifetime’s website:
Josh and Danielle have found the perfect surrogate, Kailee, to bear their child. But when Kailee gives birth to a beautiful baby girl, the happy couple learns how deep and dark a mother’s love can go. But is it really Kailee whom they need to fear, or is she just a pawn in someone else’s game? Someone who will stop at nothing to take what she views as hers. Kelly Thiebaud, Brian Ames, Jaclyn Hales, Maeve Quinlan star.
Game 2: Sunday 7 PM EST
In addition to more football, there’s a “Law & Order: SVU” marathon on USA. Meanwhile over on ESPN2, there are multiple airings of the “Drone Racing League” and a couple of them should overlap with the game.
Game 3: Tuesday 5 PM EST
When the game first starts, you can find your normal weekday, five in the afternoon programming of “Chopped” and “Fixer Upper” and the like on the Food Network and HGTV. At 7 PM EST over on YES, however, there is a mini-marathon of “CenterStage” featuring four of the most random guests Michael Kay’s show has ever had on. Starting at 7, you get in order: Rachael Ray, Howie Mandel, Alan Alda, and John Cusack. I look forward to finding out who Rachel Ray would want in a foxhole with her.
Game 4: Wednesday 8:30 PM EST
The ALCS is on TBS, so its fellow Turner network TNT is counter-programming the game with the 2016 movie “The Legend of Tarzan”. The movie received 36% on Rotten Tomatoes, which is probably still a higher approval rating among Yankees fans than the ALCS.
Game 5: Thursday 8 PM EST
Should this series not end in a sweep, then Game Five will run up against NBA games on TNT. If that’s not your thing, you could pretend you’re a grandparent (if you’re not already), and fall asleep to a “NCIS” marathon on USA. If you get the DIY Network, there appears to be hours of tiny house-related shows on. Those make for a good non-baseball way to get annoyed with people.
Game 6: Saturday 10/20 5 PM EST
Whatever you do, don’t turn on ESPN Classic. They’re showing Game Seven of the 2004 ALCS, which is somehow worse than what we’re trying to avoid. TLC is airing “Untold Stories of the ER”, which is always good for some bizarre reenactments.
Game 7: Sunday 10/21 7:30 PM EST
There again is football on during the potential Game Seven, which is probably where most annoyed Yankees fans would turn. Or you could turn to Lifetime and catch the last thirty minutes of “The Sinister Surrogate”.