Hi all!

We’re getting near the end of summer and in about a month these schedules are going to go back to being really long. So enjoy these last weeks of me taking it easy. The big TV item this week is the series finale of Baskets, which is a fantastic show that you didn’t watch and I resent you for it. Go on, try and make amends.

Here’s what to watch on TV this week!



8-10 American Ninja Warrior – Still no NBC on my service. So the rest of you can enjoy the Cincinnati City Finals. Do you think John will be there? I mean, that’s where he’s from. You’d think he’d get back there from time to time.


9-10 The Terror: Infamy – No information available! But expect to be on edge the whole time.

10-11 Lodge 49 – Dud makes an enemy while cleaning the pool and a game of golf affects Ernie’s career. I’m intrigued by this pool enemy – is it a local busybody or some kind of animal? I was going to talk about cleaning the pool when I was a kid but instead I want to mention that I thought we had a pool when I was a kid but it was actually my grandparents’ pool and they apparently let my dad pretend that we had a pool. But it was totally on their property and I didn’t know that until I was in my twenties. This makes more sense if you know that we lived on the same cul-de-sac as my grandparents when I was a kid. And why would you know that?



10:30-11 The Detour – SEASON FINALE! It’s the season finale and possibly the series finale and maybe even the finale of comedy on TBS. Sure, they’re pretending they’re going to air Season Three of Search Party, but they barely aired that show back when their original comedy lineup was a going concern.




8-9 Big Brother – Veto Night! But what does it matter if Kathryn is gone? Who am I left to root for? Jessica? Do I turn around on Michie because he got funny recently? We’re going to learn some things about ourselves over the rest of the season.


8-9 MasterChef – It’s a Mystery Box challenge involving the use of cast iron pans. I’d like to see noted cast iron advocate John Hodgman as a guest judge. He already has the robe and everything.




8-10 Holey Moley – Two episodes! It’s entirely possible that this is one episode too much since there’s not a huge amount of variation from week to week. Still, it’s fun and I’m enjoying my dumb summer show.


9-10 Big Brother – Live Eviction! When are we going to have a double eviction? Or ZingBot? Or the entirely unnecessary Friday night episode that usually has a musician I’ve never heard of play a two-song concert in the backyard? Where are my summer benchmarks?


10-10:30 Baskets – SERIES FINALE! Now, we know the main focus is going to be the bullet train and what happens to the rodeo, but the official listing just says “Martha removes her cast”, and on some level, I think that’s what we were all expecting from the final episode.




8-10 BattleBots – Robot fighting! Including Rotator vs. Death Roll, which is a match that should be very exciting or possibly over in two seconds. I kinda love when they really hype a fight and then it ends on the first hit. It’s very satisfying.




8-9 Big Brother – Nomination night! Since I wrote the Thursday listing, I got a spoilee about who won the HoH and Veto this week and it’s picked up my spirits a little bit.


9-10 Fear the Walking Dead – Some mysterious artwork leads to questions and Morgan and Al hit a roadblock. Most likely literal. Isn’t it nice to have a Walking Dead show that’s put as much research in what happens after humanity ends as, say, The Last Man on Earth.

10-11 Preacher – Tulip makes her way to Cassidy and both Eugene and the Saint of Killers look for Jesse. Aw, I miss Eugene. We haven’t seen him for a while and last season all of his scenes were tied up with the Hitler stuff, which was not nearly as funny as the show thought it was.


10-10:30 The Righteous Gemstones – No information available, but the premiere hasn’t aired as I write this, so no information is welcome, either.


“I guess that depends on your definition of friend. He’s a nice enough fella, but I wouldn’t ask to borrow his corduroy jacket.” — Boyd Crowder


“I wasn’t flirting with her. I didn’t even mention that I work in propane.” — Hank Hill

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