Hi all!

It’s a light week on the old TV screens, but the stuff that’s on is solid. It’s a good week that should still allow you time to do other stuff. Unless you’re me. Also, if you’re headed out to San Diego Comic-Con, well, first I want one of those rad Gotham bags. If you want to grab one for your old pal EJ, you’ll become my new favorite.

Second, and more important, if you swing by Booth #2001 you can visit with Spunkybean recappers Larry and Mark. They’re actually here for the AiT/PlanetLar booth, but I feel like I can truthfully say that Spunkybean has a presence at SDCC. Go say hi!

Here’s what to watch on TV this week!




8-10 American Ninja Warrior – It’s the Denver Qualifiers and I am a little horrified that there’s a new obstacle called the “Ninjago Roll”. They have sponsored obstacles now? This is turning into actual sports, and I’m uncomfortable with that.


9-10 Preacher – Jesse learns about Tulip’s secret marriage and his darker side is revealed. But… like, he’s all darker side.

10-11 Loaded – SERIES PREMIERE! This BBC co-production centers on four friends who become tech millionaires after selling their videogame startup. Previous AMC/BBC joints have included The Night Manager and Humans, so I’m on board already.



10:30-11 Wrecked – Todd and Jess try to buy passage on the pirates’ ship, which Owen starts to have feeling for Florence. I’m rooting for those two crazy kids! Unless it’s funnier if it doesn’t work out, in which case I’m rooting for that.




8-9 Big Brother – Veto night! I like the way this season is set up like LOST where there are a whole bunch of people but the show only acknowledges a few of them. Like, Raven is pretty much the Steve and Scott of this season.


8-9 MasterChef – The contestants take over breakfast service at a Beverly Hills Hotel. Because that’s the time of day when you really want to deal with food-based surprises.

9-10 The F Word – No information available! Still listed as a show about video games, though!


10-11 Broadchurch – Trish returns to the scene of the crime and Ellie and Hardy get some interesting information. And as is Broadchurch tradition, every supporting cast member looks insanely guilty all the time.


10-10:30 I’m Sorry – Andrea worries that Kyle (Jason Mantzoukas) is getting weirder with age, so she sets him up on a date with her daughter’s teacher. You can already see how this is a bad idea. I am totally loving this show, by the way. It’s really great.




9-10 Big Brother – Live eviction! Also? How weird is it that Thursday has so little to watch? Remember the salad days when there would be like nine hours of stuff? Part of it is summer but part of it is just that this isn’t the power night anymore. I barely recognize this world.




8-9 Big Brother – Special Friday episode in which one of the evicted houseguests returns! And since there’s a chance that one of them could be Cody, I’m really hoping one of the challenges is a Vogiht-Kampff test.


8-10:30 Disney’s Descendants 2 – I had no idea there was a sequel to the George Clooney movie about Hawaiian estate law, and I’m a little worried that the straight-to-network-TV thing means maybe Clooney isn’t involved, but maybe they’re going to go the Cousin Eddie route and focus on some fan favorites. Maybe Rob Huebel and Judy Greer? And more to the point, will Michael Ontkean return and is that why he say out the Twin Peaks revival?


9-10 The Great British Baking Show – The six remaining bakers take on a “mousse marathon” and I’m trying to get to a Northern Exposure joke by way of “moose marathon” but I can’t quite stick the landing.




10-11 Orphan Black – We’re racing toward the finale as Cosima discovers a clue about Westmoreland’s identity and Sarah fights to save her daughter. I am a couple of weeks behind on this show and it makes me feel like a bad person.




8-9 Big Brother – According to this, “the new head of household moves rooms”, which does not sound like a gripping hour of television.


9-10 Game of Thrones – Daenerys receives an unexpected visitor, Jon faces a revolt. And Tyrion? Well, he’s planning the conquest of Westeros. I feel like he’s really carrying the narrative weight this time out, huh?


“You have my word, as leader of the white people, there’s no cause for alarm.” — Jeff Winger


“What a pleasure it is to shake hands with the womb that spilled Arthur into the world. Arthur’s words do no justice to your nervous, white-knuckled beauty.” — The Tick

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