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.

Oh man, what are we going to do? There are no more good sports until the fall! Sure there is the offseason which is fun but it’s not the action of a LIVE game! Now Sammy and I are going to have to dig deep to finds picks each night. Let’s see if Sammy and I can carry the ball to the other end of the court.

Surprisingly there are a few winners here. As we roll into June and July tv isn’t particularly compelling. Even with all the streaming services, it can be slim pickings. Thankfully (at least for this week!) we got a solid crop.

Sammy Younan

Monday, June 17

Penn & Teller: Fool Us (8pm / The CW)“It’s magic baby!!” There was a time when you thought of magic you instantly pictured David Copperfield. Oh, and of course his blouses all puffed out by those industrial large fans. Yes! While this isn’t a classic David Copperfield tv special it’s still good to see him on TV doing his magic thing. (Sammy)

Grand Hotel (10pm / ABC)PREMIERE! The last family-owned hotel on Miami Beach. I’m sure it’s going to be a very family oriented show featuring wonderfully heartwarming stories of… ah, who am I kidding?! It’s Miami Beach at 10pm it’s going to be sexy time and scandals everywhere. Will this usher back in the era of late-night soaps, I doubt it. Every network gives it the old college try every so often to see if they can hit pay dirt. Desperate Housewives was probably last big late-night soap hit and that ended seven years ago. But no network has been able to recapture the glory days of Dynasty, Falcon Crest, Dallas or Knots Landing. Those days appear to be long gone. (Mr. Green)

Tuesday, June 18

Adam Devine: Best Time of Our Lives (3am / Netflix) – Well I haven’t been sold on Adam Devine’s comedy movies (When We First Meet had some decent time travel shenanigans) this is yet another Netflix comedy special so I’ll take it out for a test drive. Hafta say though this year’s Netflix comedy specials have been uneven in quality and status; hopefully, a seminal classic gets dropped in the next couple of months. (Sammy)

The Lavender Scare (9pm / PBS) – At the height of the Cold War, President Eisenhower deems homosexuals to be security risks. A vicious witch hunt ensues, ruining thousands of American lives. If that description doesn’t make you interested you are dead inside. This kind of history documentary is what I love to watch. Plus it’s always important to remember our past history so that we don’t repeat the mistakes of our ancestors. (Mr. Green)

Wednesday, June 19

Dark: Season 1 (Anytime / Netflix)Dark Season 2 drops on Friday. Season 1 debuted on Netflix on December 1, 2017. So it’s been a while and that show (lazily compared to Stranger Things…it’s far better than Stranger Things!) is wonderfully complex and warrants a rewatch. The German tv series begins in 2019 and children are disappearing from a quaint German town but via the magic and wonder of time travel storylines flourish in 1986 and 1953. There’s even a wormhole in the cave system beneath the local nuclear power plant!! Yo!! Watch Season 1 now… Season 2 drops on Friday and there will be a final third season… I dunno when. Fresh. (Sammy)

Wig (9pm / HBO2) – If you missed it on Tuesday because you were watching The Lavender Scare well here’s your chance to catch it tonight. HBO Documentaries is at it again with a great look at the personalities and culture around Wig Stock. The world’s largest outdoor Drag festival. Even though the event is held each year at the end of summer it’s Pride month and it’s the perfect time to celebrate the diversity in the world around us. It’s a pretty dark time for some of us currently in the world and a little look into some of the happier moments and events around us is well deserved. (Mr. Green)

Thursday, June 20

Stephen Curry VS LeBron James (8pm / ABC vs NBC) – There’s gonna be no NBA games for months: the 73rd NBA season concluded on Thursday, June 13, 2019. So tonight this is my dirty breakfast and blue Gatorade to cure my NBA hangover. Curry’s produced game show Holey Moley (on ABC) is going head to head with LeBron’s game show The Wall (on NBC). One Shall Stand; One Shall Fall. (Not really you could PVR one of em…still this is all the “NBA action” I get for the next few months.) (Sammy)

Reef Break (10pm / ABC)PREMIERE! ABC is at it again this week with their summer shows. Like Grand Hotel on Monday, this is going to have the sexy times and scandals galore. Plus the bonus of a female Magnum P.I. for the summer time. Poppy Montgomery stars as a former surfer who returns to Hawaii and gets involved in murders, mysteries and shenanigans each week. I actually ended up enjoying Magnum this past year so I’ll give it a shot to see if it can follow suit. (Mr. Green)

Friday, June 21

Dark (3am / Netflix) – Wormholes! Disappearing children! A German town with many secrets! Time Travel! Netflix’s first German-language series aptly titled Dark returns for a second season and I expect more sci-fi ruckus. I cannot even wait… I got my bib out: I am gonna eat this season whole. (Sammy)

Mr. Iglesias (3am / Netflix)PREMIERE! New show dropping on the streaming service from comedian Gabriel Iglesias aka “Fluffy”. This really shouldn’t come as a shock to anyone with Netflix as the Fluffy specials are all over the service. Sure it seems to fit into the typical multi-camera sitcom format but I have always enjoyed Fluffy as a comedian and will for sure be giving this a shot. It’s only ten episodes so I’m hoping it doesn’t take ALL ten to prove to be good. Besides, Netflix has been doing really well, allowing creators to be who they are and explore those ideas for good or ill. That gives me a lot of respect for what they do and hope that the product is great each time. (Mr. Green)

Saturday, June 22

See Below! – Watch whatever Mr. Green suggests. I got a Do Not Disturb sign on the door…I’m dealing with Dark: Season 2! Ain’t go not time for other tv which is exactly what you want to hear from somebody in a tv recommending column. (Sammy)

Nothing! – As usual, Saturday night is a black void of nothingness on TV. There is stuff on but nothing that really jumps out and says watch me. So I give you the usual 2 options. First, go out and live in the real world for a bit with friends and family, it’s good for you. However, if that’s not what you are feeling there are plenty of movies on like Caddyshack, The Old Man & The Gun, The Wolf of Wall Street, Beetlejuice and more. They are on various channels at various times. At least there is something if you are desperate to not go out. (Mr. Green)

Sunday, June 23

It Doesn’t Matter Now! – I was so gonna recommend something else but then Mr. Green brought up Highwire Live in Times Square. Oh that’s much better than what I had. Ignore me and go with Mr. Green. (Sammy)

Highwire Live in Times Square With Nik Wallenda (8pm / ABC) – Okay, I’m suggesting this however I will not be personally watching as I have a crippling fear of heights and will not be able to watch this. Otherwise, I’m intrigued because of the old school spectacle of the event. Growing up this was way more common occurrence each week on the networks. Over the last 30 years, this kind of event TV has diminished. Personally, I blame Geraldo for that. His The Mystery of Al Capone’s Vaults proved to be the biggest waste of time. After that, the networks appeared to be scared off the big spectacle shows and rightly so. These should be special and not happen on the regular to make people WANT to watch. (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!