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.

As we move into the final weeks of summer we have quite a mixed bag of offerings. Wrestling, comedy, music and murder. Now that I think about that is pretty much every week of TV. Still, we are in the “endgame” as the Fall TV season is coming ever closer and the return of way too many choices each week.

While Mr. Green and I dutifully listed many excellent tv recommendations really the only thing to watch this week is Netflix’s Mindhunter: Season 2. That show is… killing it.

Sammy Younan

Monday, August 12

Andy Irons: Kissed by God (Anytime / Hulu or Amazon Prime) – Andy Irons was the “People’s Champion.” Sadly… was. A legendary surfer who struggled with bipolar disorder and opioid addiction… it’s your classic success doesn’t mix with personal demons sad tale. Sigh. Hence the past tense because to live in the present is just tense. (Sammy)

The Terror (9pm / AMC) – PREMIERE! Season one was a quiet hit with many fans. Now the anthology series is back to showcase it’s quiet dread each week within a historical backdrop. This time it’s the Japanese internment camps in America. In 1941 Chester Nakayama is caught between his insular Japanese American neighbourhood on Terminal Island and his current all-American life; extreme circumstances push his community and personal life to the brink, all while someone watches closely. With the real world in America being what it is I’m sure this season will be striking a nerve with some with this very topical storyline. (Mr. Green)

Tuesday, August 13

Mindhunter Recap (Anytime / Netflix) – Earlier this Summer when Stranger Things 3 dropped I recommend a rewatch. I asked how do you recap or prepare for a new tv season for any mythology-heavy tv show? YouTube videos? Online tv recaps? Rely on your memory? I watch the whole thing over again. Start to (current) finish. And here we go again. Mindhunter: Season 2 drops on Friday… it’s 2019: Season 1 premiered on October 13, 2017. You don’t hafta be a squirrel to know that’s nuts. (Sammy)

Smackdown LIVE! (8pm / USA) – Since I’m writing this hours before the Summer Slam show it’s hard to say how important this show will be. Sure Bayley should retain against Moon but did Roman, Bryan and Rowan have any interaction at the show? Or did they save it for tonight? I have lots of questions about this “who tried to kill Roman?” angle. Hopefully, Summer Slam did its best to set up the fall programs for many on the roster. (Mr. Green)

Wednesday, August 14

Alternate Endings: Six New Ways to Die in America (8pm / HBO) – As anyone who has ever stayed at a hotel can attest… no matter how satisfying your time was… eventually the bill is due. So… how would you like to check out? Perhaps by checking out this HBO documentary on… checking out? “Alternate Endings: Six New Ways to Die in America offers a fascinating look at the varied ways Americans are choosing to both find meaning and celebrate life as it comes to an end.” Smell Ya Later. (Sammy)

BH90210 (9pm / CW) – Okay! I know I’m just as shocked by this as you are. But, after watching last weeks pilot for this reboot I was pleasantly surprised by how much fun I had watching it. Sure it was just as schmaltzy as before but the meta storyline really worked for me. Plus they were able to have a really nice in show tribute to the passing of Luke Perry. Which felt very emotionally real as I watched it. The other meta moments like addressing many on the tabloid rumours and stories that surrounded the show when it aired was a nice touch for the uber-nerds of the show. Now that the reunion is over and they are trying to get the rebooted show off the ground the group is faced with the choices they made in Vegas. Ah, the drama. (Mr. Green)

Thursday, August 15

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (Anytime / Netflix) – “A poor but hopeful boy seeks one of the five coveted golden tickets that will send him on a tour of Willy Wonka’s mysterious chocolate factory in the 1971 version of Roald Dahl’s classic children’s novel.” Always fun to revisit the classics… one of my favourite movies. (Sammy)

Elementary (10pm / CBS)SERIES FINALE! This is it. The end of the line for this journey with Holmes & Watson in New York. The series was always strange and odd due to its changes to the convention of the Holmes story. Transplanting Holmes to New York and making John Watson into American Joan Watson was controversial when it began with many Sherlockians. Yes, that is what they call themselves. However, over the course of the show while they did weave in elements of the Holmes mythos the show stayed true to its own idea. I appreciate that over the seven-year run they stuck to their guns to make their version of Holmes & Watson. Now with the end this week it will be interesting to see how the show wraps the current storyline and the ones over the last seven years. This season, in particular, being shortened to just 13 episodes really allowed the show to create a very tightly woven narrative with a lot of fast-paced momentum going into its finale. Well done folks if this episode is as good as the previous twelve this season it looks like you might stick the landing, and that’s no easy feat in TV. (Mr. Green)

Friday, August 16

Mindhunter (3am / Netflix)Mindhunter Season 2 is back on Netflix. S’it. This is one of the most excellent tv shows on Netflix… s’got serial killers and David Fincher. That’s all you need to hit play. My phone is off the hook as I’m hooked on this show. Join me! (Sammy)

Avengers: Endgame (Digital & Blu-ray) – Honestly this is here only if you have no interest in watching Mindhunter. Avengers Endgame is already on digital right now but it comes to Blu-ray on Tuesday. So if watching FBI agents trying to figure serial killers is not your thing I get it so hence Avengers. As Sammy mentions above this it for this week. I couldn’t have asked for a better birthday gift… thank you Netflix. I have been waiting for a very long time for this show to return. The first season of Mindhunter was one of the best seasons of TV I have ever watched and I can’t wait to see how this season bends our minds. (Mr. Green)

Saturday, August 17

Jim Gaffigan: Quality Time (Anytime / Amazon Prime) – Jim Gaffigan’s 7th comedy special debuted yesterday but Mindhunter came back and that was the priority. Plus it’s helpful to get a few episodes into that dark series before taking a break for some comedy. Embrace the light! (Sammy)

Austin City Limits (8pm / PBS) – Arctic Monkeys and Wild Child perform on this episode. It’s a replay from the January episode from early this year. SO here’s a great chance to catch some good music on a typically slow night for TV. You will still have time to go out or have people over after the show. (Mr. Green)

Sunday, August 18

I Am Patrick Swayze (9pm / Paramount Network) – Patrick Swayze is the latest entry in Paramount’s I Am docu-series. Have you seen I Am Paul Walker or I Am Richard Pryor? Richard Pryor especially is well done and worth checking out. (Haven’t got around to I Am Bruce Lee yet. In this mad hectic life we all have TV homework.) Bonus News, eh: it’ll be on Crave on August 23. (Sammy)

The Righteous Gemstones (10pm / HBO)SERIES PREMIERE! HBO has a new comedy starting tonight about the Gemstone family. A fictional family ministry that is about to have its world turned upside down. After returning from a trip aboard they are met with a blackmail demand to keep some dirty secrets, secret. The show stars John Goodman, Danny McBride Adam Devine and many more! I can’t wait to check this one out. (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!