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.

Another mixed bag of stuff this week. Season Premieres, Series Premieres and Movie Premieres. Well, that’s a lot of premieres. I’m sure Sammy will have some good side options to present here as well. Regardless, there is still TV happening with new stuff again this week for you to enjoy.

We have new shows and old sarcasm! Aren’t you glad you came? We are. Welcome to #SetTheVCR.

Sammy Younan

Monday, May 18

Blackballed (3am / Quibi) – On April 25, 2014 recordings of Donald Sterling conversations were released and ignited reams of moral condemnation clickbait. (We need a word for people who just found out something has always been happening. ESPN Magazine named the Clippers the worst franchise in professional sports in 2009. Clipper fans (there aren’t many) were wealthy with stories and frustrations since Sterling took ownership in 1981. This wasn’t news this was status quo.) However, timing is crucial and those tapes surfaced during the NBA Playoffs the Association’s high profile ratings event. (Why did we focus on the racism on the tapes but not how the tapes were recorded? I’m highly uncomfortable with the precedent this case set and what it means for us moving forward.) This documentary focuses on the impact of the Clipper players as they struggled with a response while preparing to battle the Warriors. (Sammy)

Creepshow (10pm / AMC) – Creepshow was a Shudder exclusive which happens to be owned by AMC. So the eventual shift to showing it on the main network makes a lot of sense. Especially since Shudder is more for horror fans than the average Joe. Plus, you can check out these reviews (Episode 1 & Episode 2) Sammy wrote back when it first started airing on Shudder. This episode is the third with All Hallows Eve – Teens who go trick-or-treating are met with fear instead of smiles and sweets; The Man in the Suitcase – Justin brings home the wrong suitcase and is shocked to find a living man stuffed inside. I’m sure it will be more fun and chills for fans. (Mr. Green)

Tuesday, May 19

Sammy’s Pick of the Week

Patton Oswalt: I Love Everything (3am / Netflix) – It’s a Patton Oswalt comedy special! This is a follow up to Annihilation, his sad and sharp special about his life following his wife’s passing. (I know that doesn’t sound funny but what’s that line about comedy is tragedy and time?) Anyways he is older―he is going to tell us what turning 50 is like and I’m sure there will be a Star Wars reference or two. It’s not like you don’t have most evenings either with nerds or doing something nerdy. Right? (Sammy)

Mr. Green’s Pick of the Week

DC’s Stargirl (8pm / CW)SERIES PREMIERE! This series will be airing first on DC Universe and repairing the next day on The CW. It made more sense from the trailers for it to be on The CW anyway but we will see what that means for its production value and storylines over time. Courtney’s seemingly perfect life in Los Angeles gets upended with a move to Nebraska; when Courtney discovers that her step-father is harbouring a major secret about his past, she ultimately becomes the unlikely inspiration for a new generation of superheroes. This feels more in line with The Flash and the best of Smallville versus what we get in some other shows. I’m really looking forward to checking it out and seeing how they handle things. (Mr. Green)

Wednesday, May 20

The Stranger (Anytime / See Below) – So Quibi was pitched as tv shows and movies in 10 minutes or less. Yet when you watch it you quickly realize it’s just revolving around theoretical commercial breaks. Like when a network tv show ends up on Netflix. They still fade out every 10 minutes or because those commercial breaks were written into the writing. Quibi is struggling its co-creator Jeffrey Katzenberg rightly blamed the pandemic. People are barely commuting so short form is not going to do well right now. Still to show us what we’ve been missing Quibi has released full episodes of some of their shows. Here is the first full episode of The Stranger. What are your thoughts? Hooked? Eh? Hard Pass? On YouTube, you can view the first episodes of Dummy and Most Dangerous Game (awful title!). (Sammy)

The 100 (8pm / CW)SEASON PREMIERE! The Seventh and final season. Clarke and her friends attempt to rebuild Sanctum as a new threat rises in the woods. Basically the more things change the more they stay the same. As the last of humanity falls prey to their old habits of violence first. However, there is also the possibility of some form of time travel in this season so yeah that won’t cause much online discussion at all as things potentially get re-written with such meddling. Unless they of course use branch theory (my personal favourite and the one I think makes the most sense). Regardless, this is the last ride for Sky-kru or One-kru or whatever they are calling themselves this season. (Mr. Green)

Thursday, May 21

BookTube: Read With Me (Anytime / YouTube) – YouTube has stepped up its coronavirus programming for May and June with a variety of original programming, docs, and specials. Their monthly book club series lazily branded as BookTube is offering a mental health-focused episode. The Read With Me episode features Melinda Gates, John Grisham, James Patterson, Elizabeth Gilbert, Nicholas Sparks, Elaine Welteroth, and many more sharing their current book recommendations. Expect another BookTube special in June (date has yet to be confirmed). (As an added #SetTheVCR bonus check out Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s “Create Together #WithMe is a new series about making art and community out of uncertain times— and we’re inviting you to take part.” which debuted on May 18. So even though this post is about BookTube I’ma go ahead and share the Gordon-Levitt trailer just because the dude was so good in Inception. (They never left the dreamworld!!) (Sammy)

Siren (10pm / Freeform) – After getting into the show after talking with one of the stars (Ian Verdun) on Geek Hard I have really come to enjoy this show. Murdery mermaids are pretty badass. Tia unleashes a deadly attack on Bristol Cove; Ryn, Ben and Maddie race against time to find a cure for Xander’s mysterious illness while anticipating Tia’s next move; Baby Hope returns to land to reconnect with Ryn. (Mr. Green)

Friday, May 22

Joker (Anytime / Crave) – I wrote about this last week. Then Joker debuted on HBO and today it debuts on Crave so Canadians can put on a happy face. Suddenly Canadians everywhere will get those 2019 NYC staircase memes. Oooooh! (Sammy)

The Lovebirds (3am / Netflix) – On the brink of breaking up, a couple gets unintentionally embroiled in a bizarre murder mystery. As they get closer to clearing their names and solving the case, they need to figure out how they, and their relationship, can survive the night. Originally to be released into theatres before the world collapsed into the pandemic. At least now we get to see it when there is not much happening and no theatres re-opening at least for another month. Netflix picked it up and maybe this will spark a move by them to acquire smaller budget films and other indie projects. Besides I really like Kumail in almost everything. (Mr. Green)

Saturday, May 23

Ready or Not (Anytime / HBO or Crave) – I really wanted to see Ready or Not back in the cinema (Samara Weaving is coming along she was darkly funny in Mayhem). It’s Die Hard mashed with The Purge. Great way to spend a Saturday night. (Sammy)

Spelling the Dream (3am / Netflix) – An Indian-American competitor has won the prestigious Scripps National Spelling Bee for the past 12 years straight, making the trend one of the longest in sports history. ‘Spelling the Dream’ chronicles the ups and downs of four Indian-American students as they compete to realize their dream of winning the iconic tournament. Documentaries like these I usually find fascinating and I look forward to checking one out. (Mr. Green)

Sunday, May 24

Lance (9pm / ESPN) – Following The Last Dance’s conclusion ESPN is continuing its successful documentary Sundays (be interesting to see where we’re at with sports/no sports by June. So far we’ve got golf and racing back but nothing from the 4 majors…yet?). First up is a 2 part documentary on Lance Armstrong who had the ball to cheat at cycling. I dunno if this needed 2 parts. Part 1 is tonight; Part 2 airs on May 31. However, stay tuned because after we’ve “cycled” through Lance on June 7 it’s Be Water a 30 for 30 on Bruce Lee. Now, Bruce Lee, that dude needs a Last Dance. When the future is uncertain we return to the past. (Sammy)

Snowpiercer (8pm / TNT) – I’ll be giving my spoiler-free review of the whole season this Friday on Geek Hard. Based on the graphic novel and the successful film we get to go back to the universe in which man faced with catastrophic climate change unleash a far worse outcome and the planet is covered in a new ice age. The remains of the entire human race reside on a train with 1001 cars as it circles the globe. Classism is in full swing on the train and the those in the tail section have had enough and begin to plan their fight to take control of the train. The first season is 10 episodes long and the has already been green-lit for a second season. (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!