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MONDAY
AUGUST 3
2015

BIANCULLI’S BEST BETS

 

NBC, 10:01 p.m. ET

Ed Helms, who plays the grown-up Rusty Griswold in Vacation, the movie sequel to the original Vacation starring Chevy Chase, goes on a Colorado mountain expedition with Bear Grylls. But for Helms, it’s no vacation: He’s afraid of heights.
 
  
 
 

TCM, 9:30 p.m. ET

This sequel to the wonderful Gold Diggers of 1933 brings back Dick Powell as the star, but none of the titular ladies from that previous film. Instead, Glenda Farrell plays the closest thing to a gold digger in this musical comedy – but choreographer Busby Berkeley is back, this time working his bizarre cinematic magic on such giant production numbers as “Lullaby of Broadway” and one involving dozens of grand women and grand pianos.
 
  
 
 

CW, 9:30 p.m. ET

SERIES PREMIERE: This new CW comedy gets points for outrageousness, if nothing else. It stars Josh Zuckerman and Nathaniel Buzolic as Nate and Jimmy, young men whose friendship is tested when Jimmy starts seeing an older woman – Nate’s recently divorced mother. Jonathan Silverman plays the ex-husband, and the key role of the generation-jumping mom is played by Krista Allen. Her previous roles, about a generation ago, include a stint on Baywatch, several Emmanuelle made-for-TV sci-fi movies, and the video-game vixen Jade Blue Afterglow on a classic episode of The X-Files. 
 
  
 
 

Comedy Central, 11:00 p.m. ET

It’s come to this: The final week for Jon Stewart’s reign on The Daily Show. And the week begins with a visit from perhaps the hottest comedian of the moment: Amy Schumer.

 
  
 
 

HBO, 9:00 p.m. ET

Yard A, when it comes to prison reform, could be a Plan B. This particular section of the Los Angeles County state prison, like the “Emerald City” population in the fictional prison of HBO’s Oz, is an experiment – an alternative to totally punitive incarceration. In Yard A, education and creativity are nurtured, and violence and gang activities are reduced substantially. Does it really work? And can it work elsewhere?
 
  
 
 
 
 
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VIDEO WORTH WATCHING

No Lion, It's Tragic - Here's Jimmy Kimmel, during last night's monologue (Tuesday, July 28), giving his thoughts on the Minnesota dentist who allegedly illegally killed Cecil, a well-known favorite lion who had been lured off a Zimbabwe wildlife preserve. There's not much comedy here, of course, but Kimmel points out one positive that could result -- more support for the group that had tagged and tracked Cecil since 2008, the Wildlife Research Conservation Unit (www.wildcru.org). --Eric Gould

 
 

TV WE'RE WATCHING

  
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Dates
CW
Thursdays
9 PM ET

Deustchland 83
Sundance
Wednesdays
11 PM ET

Hannibal
NBC
Thursdays
10 PM ET

HUMANS
AMC
Sundays
9 PM ET

Maron
IFC
Thursdays
10 PM ET

Mr. Robot
USA
Wednesdays
10 PM ET

Ray Donovan
Showtime
Sundays
9 PM ET 

Rectify
Sundance
Thursdays
9 PM ET

True Detective
HBO
Sundays
9 PM ET

Welcome to Sweden
NBC
Sundays
8 PM ET


 
 

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From TV Worth Watching
TOP PICKS FOR YOUR HOME LIBRARY

The TVWW Seal of Approval is an honor we save for TV’s very best – our picks for a truly teleliterate home video library.
 
 

PARENTHOOD: THE COMPLETE SERIES – One of the few happy by-products of the end of a beloved series is the subsequent release of that series in a complete DVD box set. With this collection covering all 103 episodes, NBC’s 2010-2015 drama series is there for the savoring, all over again or for the first time. Series creator Jason Katims, who did similarly great and singular work in Friday Night Lights, finds high levels of both comedy and drama by looking at family dynamics. Peter Krause, Lauren Graham, Dax Shepard, Monica Potter, Erica Christensen and Craig T. Nelson are among the stars, and guest stars making a major impact include Ray Romano and Jason Ritter. Story lines cover such raw topics as cancer and Asperger syndrome, but also the kind of lighter moments more typical of the 1989 Steve Martin Parenthood movie on which this series was based. Family dramas don’t get much better than this. – David Bianculli

 
 

This Day in TV History

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
TV WWorth Buying
 TOP TVWW SPECIAL DEAL$

Drunk History: Seasons 1 and 2

Take history experts, ply them with lots of alcohol, take the soundtrack of their sloshy, often erratic discussions of their subject, have A-list talent lip-synch and perform the whole thing in costume, and what have you got? Drunk History, of course. Conceived and hosted by Derek Waters (who is usually pouring by the tall glass for the narrators), DH is a recurring TVWW guilty pleasure and leads viewers across the country to learn the inebriated history of American cities, including Chicago, Detroit and Hollywood. (The tale of Mary Dyer against the Massachusetts Quakers starring Winona Ryder and Michael Cera is gold.) 18 episodes here, including outtakes, extended scenes and “Sober Reveals," all under $15 at Amazon. —Eric Gould

 

 
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