It is a light week for TV, what with the Olympics dominating NBC and the other networks scheduling filler or repeats. Still, we’ve got the return of Last Week Tonight and the premiere of Joel McHale’s new Netflix series. And by next week, boy, will I have some shows to tell you about. So we’ll work together and get through this. And soon enough, we’ll have new episodes of The Tick to take the pain away.
Here’s what to watch on TV this week!
8-9 Big Brother: Celebrity Edition – It turns out, I’m enjoying this more than I expected. It’s surprisingly gimmick-free as opposed to recent seasons of the real show. I mean, I’m tired of most of these people already, but that’s because I’ve recapped 2/3 of them on other shows by this point.
9-10 The Alienist – Moore goes on a date and also murder stuff happens. I’m so behind on this show that it’s stressing me out. I’ll catch up this week, I promise.
8-8:30 Baskets – Chip incorporates a San Joaquin Valley earthiness into his clown routine. I don’t know what that means, but I can hear Chip saying those exact words, most likely to Martha.
10-10:30 Drunk History – Tonight’s episode is all about sex. The Kinsey Scale, Margaret Sanger, Gloria Steinem – so, you know, not especially prurient subtopics. Eh, I’m still into it.
10:30-11 Another Period – Beatrice and Lillian compete over a sexy meteorologist. Do you think that’s in a modern sense, or will it be somebody who studies meteors? Also? I like how they recast Hortense every season.
10:30-11 The Detour – Edie goes undercover as an assistant hockey coach. The oldest trick in the book. It took me a while to dial in to the really specific weirdness of this show, but now I love it.
8-9 Big Brother: Celebrity Edition – I’m not sure, but since this is such a short run, I assume there’s going to be an elimination every episode. Or if not, at least 2-3 eliminations a week. I can’t figure out the schedule for this thing.
9-11 The Amazing Race – Another two hour episode, because apparently this season has a bus to catch. Apparently they’re going to eat scorpions in Bangkok, and I am not at all cool with that.
9-10 Top Chef – The winner of Last Chance Kitchen rejoins the chefs and everybody has to make a dish incorporating the oft-misspelled sarsaparilla.
CBS 8-10 Big Brother: Celebrity Edition – I’m out of things to say about this show because now I’m working four episodes ahead and I don’t know what’s what.
8-9 Crazy Ex-Girlfriend – SEASON FINALE! Rebecca decides to make amends for her past, which means paying the price for some of the things she’s done. Oh, this could be grueling.
8-9 Big Brother: Celebrity Edition – Somehow this version airs more episodes a week than the flagship show. It seems excessive.
8-9 Counterpart – Howard discovers another side of Emily and then Howard and Emily search for answers about a mysterious drop site. Note that they don’t tell you which Howard is which or if it’s the same Howard in both cases. This is a very confusing show.
11-11:30 Last Week Tonight with John Oliver – SEASON PREMIERE! John Oliver is back to try and restore some sense to this dumb world of ours. He’s been off for so long and one million things have happened since then I think he might just sit at his desk and cry for an episode.
The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale – SERIES PREMIERE! It’s a rare weekly Netflix show! And it’s hosted by the Community and The Soup favorite, so you know Myndi and I are 100% on board for this show that sounds, well, kinda like The Soup. Also, Alison Brie and Jim Rash appear in this premiere so we’re looking at the single best thing on TV this week.
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