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.

We got wrestling, football, documentaries and paper fights this week on the list. For the last week before network television returns, this looks to be a fun one.

A surprisingly slow start to September but it’s just the calm before the TV storm. Hang in there…freshness is coming!

Sammy Younan

Monday, September 16

A Little Late With Lilly Singh (1:35 a.m. / NBC) – Since late 2018 Conan O’Brien has revamped, experimented and refocused his approach to late-night tv notably by launching podcasts and cutting his tv time down to 30 minutes. It is a mad mixture of old media and new media and… it seems to be working. Now joining late night is Lilly Singh who gained prominence by posting YouTube videos talking about how The Rock is so inspiring. A fact Mr. Green can attest is correct. I find it curious she’d give up the freedom of working online to be penned in by Standards and Practices but let’s see how this all goes. (Sammy)

Monday Night Football (8pm / ESPN) – It’s Week 2 of the NFL 2019 Season and Cleveland is looking to bounce back against the Jets. Last week the Browns lost to Tennessee after Baker Mayfield put up some solid numbers but just couldn’t break through and grab the win. Maybe the Jets will give the Cleveland the much-needed victory so as to not start the year 0-2. (Mr. Green)

Tuesday, September 17

Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives (3am / Netflix) – If you don’t know who Clive Davis is then a) perhaps you should watch this documentary and b) this doc features interviews with With Paul Simon, Art Garfunkel, Carlos Santana, Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs and Bruce Springsteen (plus many others) just to give you a sense of Davis’ dynamic contributions to music. (Sammy)

Smackdown LIVE! (8pm / USA) – I’m hoping that after Clash of Champions this past Sunday allowed for some much-needed refresh for the ongoing stories. Which might lead to an update to the stale hot garbage they have been doing each week. Backstage shenanigans aside they need to right the ship as they only have 2 episodes left before they are under the increased scrutiny for FOX Sports. Especially with what’s happening 24hrs later on Wednesday. (Mr. Green)

Wednesday, September 18

A Little Late With Lilly Singh: The Primetime Special (10:00 p.m. / NBC) – This is Lilly Singh’s prime time special in case your PVR doesn’t wanna get up at 1:35 am on a school night. As I said with her late night debut: let’s see how this all goes. (Sammy)

WWE NXT LIVE (8pm / USA)PREMIERE! The first shot back at AEW comes a full 2 weeks before the Wednesday Night Wars officially begin on October 2nd. In a preemptive move, WWE decided to finally pull the trigger on making NXT a LIVE show and move it to a network. Many had believed it would have been on FOX along with Smackdown LIVE! however they chose to stick with the USA Network. In these opening 2 weeks, however, USA will only be airing the first hour of the 2-hour episode. The second hour will air on the WWE Network until Suits last season ends just in time for October 2nd. On the plus side, this product has consistently been far superior than what is on the main roster shows. If you were ever curious in WWE this is the show to start with. (Mr. Green)

Thursday, September 19

The Last Days of Phil Hartman (9p.m. / ABC) – “Hi I’m Phil Hartman. You might remember me from such shows as Saturday Night Live and The Simpsons. Sadly I was shot by my wife on May 28, 1998, and since then the world has mourned the significant loss of my talents. Tonight’s 2-hour special—2 hours really?!—is a reflection from co-workers like Al Jean from The Simpsons and some family. Well, I suppose it’s more than Troy McClure ever gets so I’ll take it.” (Sammy)

The Paley Center Salutes The Good Place (9pm / NBC) – These specials are always fun for the fans of the shows. This is a great time get back into the swing of things as the fourth and final season starts the following week. A solid show which really grew on me as I watched it. Super funny and super insightful into it’s look into human nature and what it means to be a good person. The entire cast is solid in their performances along with some really high-quality writing. I’m sad it’s ending but it got a chance to shine which more than other shows on network TV. (Mr. Green)

Friday, September 20

Between Two Ferns (3am / Netflix)Between Two Ferns… the Netflix movie! Ferns moves from one digital platform (Funny or Die) to another… that a first? Solid Matthew McConaughey zinger to open too… questioning his acting. Funny cos it’s true! (Also Netflix programming has a sense of humour: on September 20 viewers get a choice between Inside Bill Gates’ Brain a movie about a guy who is a genius and Between Two Ferns a movie about a guy who thinks he is a genius. A/B Testing is the new Rorschach test: choose wisely. (Sammy)

Criminal (3am / Netflix) – Twelve episodes from four countries. A unique idea about showing the stories of criminals from the perspective of the police interview room. They have been keeping pretty tight-lipped on specific details of the show as per usual with Netflix but it looks really engaging. Plus they have a solid cast of actors from around the world performing. I can’t wait to sit down and enjoy the twists and turns we are certainly going to get with this. (Mr. Green)

Saturday, September 21

Inside Bill’s Brain: Decoding Bill Gates (Anytime / Netflix) – From director Davis Guggenheim who you might know as the An Inconvenient Truth guy (though I highly recommend his docs It Might Get Loud and Waiting for Superman) attempts to get inside Bill Gates’ brain. I’m picturing this as an intellectual Innerspace just without Martin Short. (Sammy)

Carnival Row (Anytime / Amazon Prime) – I started watching this last week and have really been enjoying it so far. It’s a steampunk basis for an immigration story with fae folk, faeries or fairies for the rest of us. It takes place in the fictional country of Burgue sometime in the 1800s. After invading and taking over the Fae lands the Burgish begin to take in refugees from another war this time between the Burgish and a mysterious other nation-state known only as The Pact. They have taken over some of the Fae lands and are terrorizing the Fae from their homes. The story centers on a star crossed lovers angle with murder, intrigue and betrayal all around. Like I said it has been a great watch so far. Here’s a perfect chance to start watching it since there is nothing on tonight otherwise. (Mr. Green)

Sunday, September 22

The Circus (8pm / Showtime) – A fine and informative Sunday night ritual! The Circus is a super helpful and wonderfully executed… a tight 30-minute summation is all I want: I’ve no interest in CNN’s 4-hour analysis of a Trump tweet, zero interest in glib Twitter snark… just break it down for 30 minutes; give me a recap of the political week and I’m smart enough to get it. It returns tonight! (Sammy)

Warigami (8pm / CW) – Honestly this looks nuts. But I need to watch it, it’s my kind of nuts. The ability to turn any paper product into a real deadly weapon to fight against the forces of evil to protect a sacred object? Ah, yes, please! This is my pick of the week for sure. I don’t even care if it turns out to be terrible it looks like a lot of fun and I need that. Originally a digital series CW has collected it to run as a one-night movie event. Who knows if it does well maybe even a series… one can dream! (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!