July 16, 2017
What Else Is On TV This Week Besides ‘Game of Thrones’?
We’re definitely watching ‘Game of Thrones,’ but there’s more TV you must see this week.
Not everyone watches Game of Thrones. I know, that’s crazy, but it’s true. For them, there’s not even a conflict on Sunday nights with GOT on at the same time as Twin Peaks. Unless there’s just one TV in their home and their significant other needs to watch GOT live… Anyway, GOT is only on one night a week, and we have six more days worth of TV to highlight, including some British series, documentary features, and comedy specials.
To help you keep track of the most important programs over the next seven days, here’s our guide to everything worth watching, whether it’s on broadcast, cable, or streaming for July 16th-22nd (all times Eastern):
SUNDAYThe Strain (FX, 10pm)
Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan’s horror series returns for its fourth and final season with “The Worm Turns,” an episode written by Hogan and producer Carlton Cuse. If you’re not caught up on what happened at the end of Season 3, just know that it was huge and now the last 10 episodes are up in the air as far as what’s next for the human-vampire war. So get caught up and tune in for the end.
Remember Me (PBS, 10pm)
If The Strain isn’t enough horror for one night… Three years after it debuted on BBC One in the UK, this mystery miniseries is finally airing in the US for all us American fans of Michael Palin. The three-part program was the Monty Python vet’s first real starring role on TV in decades and doesn’t seem to have disappointed. Reviews indicate the ghost story is an atmospheric slow-burn and that we shouldn’t expect a lot of outright scares, and that’s fine.
Also on Sunday:
Claws S1E6: “No. 2” (TNT, 9pm)
First Ladies Revealed E3: “In Times of War” (Smithsonian, 9pm)
The Nineties E2: “Clinton: The Comeback Kid” (CNN, 9pm)
Power S4E4: “We’re in This Together” (Starz, 9pm)
Twin Peaks: The Return “Part 10” (Showtime, 9pm)
I’m Dying Up Here S1E7: “My Rifle, My Pony, and Me” (Showtime, 10pm)
Kevin Hart Presents: The Next Level S1E5: “Mario Tory: Man of the House” (Comedy Central, 11pm)
MONDAYLoaded (AMC, 10pm)
Another British series, this one debuting in the US just two months after its UK premiere, Loaded looks like Silicon Valley but with English guys who are immediately successful and rich from the sale of an app. The show is actually a remake of the Israeli series Mesudarim, which itself was based on a true story. American viewers should recognize one of the four leads, Samuel Anderson, as Danny Pink from Doctor Who.
Presenting Princess Shaw (PBS, 10pm)
One of the best music documentaries of last year (personally, I consider it the best), this feature now has its TV premiere as the latest episode of POV. The film is another about the power of YouTube in breaking music talents in the 21st century. It indeed presents Princess Shaw, a smalltime singer/songwriter from New Orleans who finds some international fame through Israeli mashup artist Kutiman. Their collaborations will be stuck in your head for days afterward, but that’s a good thing.
Also on Monday:
The Bachelorette S13E8 (ABC, 8pm)
Will S1E3: “The Two Gentlemen” (TNT, 9pm)
Preacher S2E5: “Dallas” (AMC, 9pm)
Teen Mom 2: season premiere (MTV, 9pm)
TUESDAYAditi Mittal: Things They Wouldn’t Let Me Say (Netflix)
Ari Shaffir: Double Negative (Netflix)
Netflix has been great about giving established comedians new stand-up specials this year, but it’s also been great for the lesser-known talents. Aditi Mittal and Ari Shaffir are far from famous — maybe you’ll recognize Shaffir if you saw Keeping Up with the Joneses — and now get a ton of exposure from subscribers who can’t get enough of these weekly additions. And if you’re not a regular stand-up special viewer, then perhaps you’ll stumble upon one or both after watching Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which is also new to Netflix today.
Also on Tuesday:
Casual S3E11: “Firesale” (Hulu)
Animal Kingdom S2E7: “Dig” (TNT, 9pm)
The Bold Type S1E3: “The Woman Behind the Clothes” (Freeform, 9pm)
WEDNESDAYMiss Sloane (Amazon Prime)
While not necessarily television nor an Amazon production, Miss Sloane‘s debut on Amazon Prime this week is the equivalent of a feature film having its cable premiere. And Miss Sloane is an under-seen drama with a Golden Globe-nominated performance from Jessica Chastain (who we all still love) that will hopefully garner more attention and fans via this very accessible platform.
Also on Wednesday:
Catfish: The TV Show (MTV, 9pm)
Broadchurch S3E4 (BBC America, 10pm)
I’m Sorry S1E3: “Ass Cubes” (truTV, 10pm)
Snowfall S1E3: “Slowhand” (FX, 10pm)
THURSDAYSyfy Presents Live from Comic-Con (Syfy, 11pm)
Another Comic-Con is here, and if you can’t be there and aren’t fulfilled by all the movie and TV and comic book sites (present there or not) covering the event and its many panels, then here’s a TV show to give you a more visual look at what’s going on and what’s buzzing in San Diego. Zachary Levi (pictured above in Geeks Who Drink) hosts live each night through Saturday, delivering interviews and recaps and commentaries from that day.
Also on Thursday
30 for 30: George Best: All by Himself — feature doc debut (ESPN, 8pm)
Battle of the Network Stars S1E6 (ABC, 9pm)
Hooten & the Lady S1E2: “Rome” (The CW, 9pm)
The Mist S1E5: “The Waiting Room” (Spike, 10pm)
Queen of the South S2E7: “El Precio de la Fe” (USA, 10pm)
FRIDAYLast Chance U (Netflix)
This week’s Netflix premieres include the second season of the college football documentary series Last Chance U, and if you haven’t seen the first season you should do so. The other debut is a new series starring Jason Bateman called Ozark, which looks like it could be the new Breaking Bad in that it deals with a father working for a giant drug cartel. This is a very different sort of family series for Bateman than Arrested Development, that’s for sure. His wife is played by Laura Linney, who is also enough draw for us to dive into a binge of the first 10-episode season.
Also on Friday:
Descendants 2 — TV movie sequel debut (Disney XD, ABC, Freeform, and Lifetime, 8pm)
The Great British Baking Show S4E7: “Dessert Week” (PBS, 9pm)
Syfy Presents Live from Comic-Con (Syfy, 11pm)
SATURDAYRisk (Showtime, 9pm)
Laura Poitras won an Oscar for her last documentary feature, Citizenfour, and her follow-up is also related to leaks, as it focuses on Jullian Assange, who isn’t as willing a subject as Edward Snowden was. Risk is now one of the best docs of 2017 so far, making its home at Showtime a couple months after its theatrical premiere. At our sister site, Nonfics, Daniel Walber writes of the film: “Unlike Citizenfour, Risk creates a much more complex ecosystem of psychological power and its abuse. This is not a prequel or sequel. It is a photonegative, even a rebuttal.”
Also on Saturday:
Orphan Black S5E7: “Gag or Throttle” (BBC America, 10pm)
Syfy Presents Live from Comic-Con (Syfy, 11pm)