It’s another fairly light schedule this week, which I’ve been saying a lot this summer. Look, some summers bring a wealth of new programming and some don’t. There are some fun premieres this week but also time to catch up on Veronica Mars.
Here’s what to watch on TV this week!
8-10 American Ninja Warrior – The Oklahoma City Finals! I still don’t have NBC so I’ll watch it late and on Hulu. This crisis has gone on for long enough. When will this stalemate end?
10-11:15 Legion – “Syd grows up in a foreign land”. That one actually makes sense because David went back in time to fix something and it looks like he’s going to deliver baby Syd to Melanie. This dude doesn’t care about the butterfly effect! Also, how cool was it that an episode included a time-distorted promo for The Shield – David has screwed up the timeline of his entire network!
10-10:30 Drunk History – Tonight we learn about “S.O.S.” situations and Paget Brewster teaches us about Florence Nightingale. And who’s better than Paget Brewster both on this show and just existing in the world? Nobody!
10:30-11 The Detour – No information available, but how weird is it that last week’s episode, where the family was tortured at length on a game show, had all those disclaimers about not being based on actual events? What the heck was going on with the TBS lawyers?
8-9 MasterChef – The contestants have to recreate intricate cakes. Wait, wait, wait. They are straight up stealing the premise of Nailed It. That’s not cool, show. Just because Gordon keeps making shows that are slight variations on the premise of his last show that doesn’t mean he can just do episodes based on other people’s shows!
9-10 Big Brother – It’s the Veto episode! I’m still mad at how dumb Cliff and the unattached voters were last week. Bad moves all around. Bunch of goofuses in that house, and that includes Official Summer Crush Kathryn.
10-10:30 Archer: 1999 – Barry-6 returns! Also, Archer is still recalling flashes of the real world, which is maybe where the focus will probably be. I almost wish we hadn’t heard about the renewal before that aired because the appearance of Original Lana and Pam would have hit so much harder.
10-10:30 Sherman‘s Showcase – SERIES PREMIERE! This looks fun! It’s about a fictional variety series (think Solid Gold) that aired for forty years and each episode is a look at a different era. This has the potential to be a lot of fun, even if it’s a parody of a genre that, to me, always meant cartoons were over and it was time to do something else.
Four Weddings and a Funeral – SERIES PREMIERE! This miniseries adapting and expanding the movie comes from Mindy Kaling. I saw a trailer that looked really good and this could be a lot of fun. I am not clear on whether it’s all hitting at once or one episode a week – Hulu can be inconsistent on that front. Also, they stopped following me on Twitter and now I feel more free to criticize them. Hey, Hulu? Future Man is nowhere near as funny as it thinks it is. Take that!
8-9 Holey Moley – TV’s dumbest and most fun show continues. I mean, let’s be honest, Love Island is the dumbest show, but it’s rarely fun. This is a blast!
8-9 MasterChef – The chefs have to make perfect macarons. I always like this challenge because they have to put a dozen in a box and there’s always somebody who has like three in their box and you can see them praying that nobody notices.
9-10 Big Brother – Live Eviction! I liked Kathryn voting for somebody who wasn’t a nominee last week. You have to shoot your shot, you know? Was it akin to a protest vote for Bernie Sanders in 2016? No, because then she had to vote for an actual candidate. Yeah, I haven’t been lectured by Sanders supporters online for a couple of years. Let’s bring back that fun time of my life!
10-10:30 Baskets – A carpet emergency interrupts Christine’s wedding plans. Wow, the carpet emergency is a significant subplot for this season! Also, I have friends that I watch TV with on Sunday and there’s a lot of pressure for me to pick shows that everybody in the group will enjoy. We’re working on Season Four of Better Call Saul right now and I’ve got Season Three of The Good Place lined up. I think once we’re done with those and waiting for a new season of Fargo, I’m going to try and push Baskets.
No BattleBots tonight because it’s Shark Week! Get outside and enjoy some fresh air! I won’t be doing that, but you make better choices than I do.
8-9 Big Brother – Nominations! Will somebody make a bad choice or maybe a bad person make a good choice for their game? Most assuredly. Will they try to make it look like somebody’s going to do something surprising right up until the last second when they don’t? You know it!
9-11 Preacher – SEASON PREMIERE! The final season kicks off with Jesse and Tulip preparing for an all-out assault on Masada. Do you remember where last season left off? Probably not. I very much regret doing hypothetical questions two entries in a row. Turns out, I am out of ideas!
“You two should know by now. When you’re winning, and I’m in the room, you’re missing something.” – The Doctor
“It’s a tradition that started when I was trying to answer the question: ‘How come jack-o-lanterns scare me so damn much?’. I’m sorry to swear. It’s just that, for the longest time, I couldn’t figure out why they unnerved me even though I’m bigger and more powerful than them and I own a credit card.” — Joe Pera