Hey not sure what to watch this week on the small screen? No worries #SetTheVCR is here to help you make some of those decisions easier. Each week Sammy Younan and I will give you our picks for each day of the coming week. Please note – enjoyment NOT guaranteed.
All times are Eastern Standard Time so please adjust for your time zone.
With no more Game of Thrones this list feels odd but hey we still give you some great picks for the week.
From comedy to commentary to contests to creepiness this week’s #SetTheVCR has it all!Sammy Younan
Monday, May 27
Biography: Chris Farley — Anything for a Laugh (
The Hot Zone (9pm / National Geographic) – PREMIERE! A six-part series produced by Lynda Obst & Ridley Scott based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Richard Peterson. It tells the story of the first reported case of Ebola in America in 1989. The book became a hit and lead to increased scrutiny by many around the world in regards to disease as a bioweapon. The series more smartly claims to be inspired by true events unlike the book when published. While many readers lauded the book as an achievement, in the scientific community including the CDC and the World Health Organization it was felt it was too hyperbolic. Well, hyperbole works great for scripted TV and this looks like this will be a fun ride. All 6-parts air this week over 3 nights so hunker down and prepare for a dark tale. (Mr. Green)
Tuesday, May 28
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Pure (10pm / Super Channel) – PREMIERE! I am shocked that this is happening. When the show premiered TWO years ago we got a chance to talk with star Ryan Robbins about the show. The season was a tight 6 episodes and now so is the new second season coming in at a tight 6 episodes. I’m very interested in seeing where the show is at this point in the story with the real world time gap will make a difference. Regardless, the idea of Mennonite drug dealers still is interesting to me. Plus if this new season is as strong as the original we are in for a wild ride. Season 2 also on WGN in America. (Mr. Green)
Wednesday, May 29
Swamp Thing (Anyti
Happy! (10pm / SYFY) – FINALE! Season two of Happy! Comes to an end and possibly a series finale. The ratings for this season have not been nearly as strong as the previous season, actually roughly a 50% dropoff in viewers. SYFY is not the most patient of networks with its shows, especially over the last decade. With many getting axed mid-season. Still, any show with Christopher Meloni is a winner in my books. Watch it while you can! (Mr. Green)
Thursday, May 30
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A.P. Bio (8pm / NBC) – Okay I absolutely LOVE this show. I was saddened to learn that NBC has decided to cancel the series and not renew as of this writing. Which is a shame, to say the least. Sure the first season felt a little one-note with the constant revenge angle on Jack’s rival Miles Leonard. However this season they dropped that angle as it no longer matters and developed a new more open concept. With Jack trying to get back on top by writing a new book about the common person living to Toldeo. Of course, he still inflicts torture on many of his students and continuing to not teaching biology in his A.P. Bio class. Plus any time Heather gets involved you know it’s going to be darkly awesome. Tonight has back-to-back episodes and maybe the end as the final two episodes still have no air dates currently. (Mr. Green)
Friday, May 31
My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman (3am / Netflix) – Season 1 literally ended what David Letterman riding off into the sunset. Thankfully this second season will not be another Kingdom of the Crystal Skull but rather an extension Letterman’s final coda. I don’t know how many more seasons he will do this show for I’m only grateful that he is doing this after decades of late night work. This season’s guests include Kanye West (YES!), Ellen Degeneres (interesting…), Melinda Gates (ooooo!) and Tiffany Haddish (meh and some ugh). (Sammy)
Swamp Thing (3am / DC Universe) – PREMIERE! After the amazingly awesome Doom Patrol, I’m really interested if they can keep the awesome going with this reboot of Swamp Thing. There were two previous attempts at the character back in the ‘80s with some less than spectacular movies (the first is fun but the second is really not). It looks to be dark, mysterious and possibly has the right mix of all the things that have made the character a fan favourite in the comics. The building blocks so appear to be based on Wein, Moore, Morrison and Snyder runs on the books which used together gives the showrunners a very large pool of ideas and concepts to pull from. I cannot wait for Friday! (Mr. Green)
Saturday, June 1
Ask Dr. Ruth (Anytime / Hulu) – If you’ve any burning questions about sex then good news…Ask Dr. Ruth an excellent documentary is on Hulu. This screened back during Hot Docs and is highly recommended. (Sammy)
Nothing! – If you get SYFY maybe you can check out Monster Island airing at 9pm. Looks like the channels usual ripoff feature to cash in on the current big box office film coming out. In this case Godzilla: King of Monsters. I’ll let you guess which is worthy of watching. However, if you got nothing better to do and are curious why not. Every once in a while these copycats are passable but this stars Eric Roberts… oh, nevermind. (Mr. Green)
Sunday, June 2
NOS4A2 (10pm / AMC) – So I dropped his Dad’s tv show Castle Rock like 2 or 3 episodes in. Not sure how long I’ll last with the son’s tv show. NOS4A2 is based on the Joe Hill novel; Vic McQueen discovers she has a supernatural ability to track a children’s killer Charlie Manx. Manx feeds off the souls of children, then deposits what remains of them into Christmasland. So… it sounds like she is fighting the Grinch?! Never read the novel so I’ll drop into this world; not sure what to expect. (Sammy)
Luther (8pm / BBCA) – PREMIERE! It’s been four years since the last Luther hit the screens around the world. Now is the time for the North American premiere of season 5. I came to this show late but really loved it when I got onboard. So happy they decided to come back and do another go with London’s badest detective, both figuratively and literally. DCI Luther (Idris Elba) is a fascinatingly complex character that is kind, violent and pathological to an extreme all to once. He is not a person you want to have in your life for very long no matter the circumstances. Sundays are going to good again for the next four weeks. (Mr. Green)
Well, there you go plenty of options for the week ahead. Enjoy yourself and watch responsibly.
If you’re gonna geek out, GEEK HARD!