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.

What did you think of The Old Guard? I liked it and I’m looking forward to a sequel. Now for this week… man between summer slow down and the pandemic we are getting thin. Oh well, let us give you some ideas to watch this week. With a miraculous 2 new shows on the networks.

We still have TV! COVID may have shut down productions worldwide but be thankful my couch companions we still have good tv to watch. Well I mean good is a strong word: so we still have tv to watch! You’ll be dozing like a cat in a warm sunbeam in no time.

Sammy Younan

Monday, July 13

X-Files: Season 1-11 (Anytime / Amazon Prime) – When was the last time you hung out with The Flukeman? Or Tooms? Or the Cigarette Smoking Man? Amazon Prime has added all 11 seasons of X-Files and this show is one of the best for giving viewers options. If you want to cherry-pick and watch the self-contained Monster of the Week episodes you’ll have a good time. Or if you want to follow the show’s Chris Claremont convoluted mythology by investigating only the conspiracy episodes you’ll never trust the government again. You can also consume the B.C. episodes (Season 1-5) which offer an unsettling darkness the LA episodes cannot match. Or perhaps break it down by FBI agents: the Mulder-Scully run vs Doggett or Reyes runs. Or start from the beginning: Season 1 Episode 1. (Bonus Fun: you can kick it old school by watching Robert Stack Unsolved Mysteries in tandem as it’s also on Prime; originally they both aired around the same time. How I grew up without night terrors I’ll never know.) X-Files always offers value if and when you go back. (Sammy)

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (8:30pm / AMC) – This movie gets a lot of unfair shit thrown its way. Kenneth Branaugh does a great job on double duty as the villain and as the director of the movie. Chris Pine is not what most think of as the typical Jack Ryan look but he once again does good work in the roll. However, at its original release in 2014, it never garnered much praise or respect as a film. To this day it is one of my favourite jack Ryan movies. It had more of a focus on the nitty-gritty spy details versus the flashy Tom Cruise type stuff we have become accustomed to. No accounting for taste or patience I guess. (Mr. Green)

Tuesday, July 14

Showbiz Kids (9pm / HBO)Showbiz Kids is the latest documentary from director Alex Winter aka Bill S. Preston in Bill and Ted. (Check out his previous docs: Downloaded and The Panama Papers. Still gotta check out his 2018 documentary Trust Machine: The Story Of Blockchain. Pop culture is endless homework.) As you can infer from the title Showbiz Kids explores the dark side of being on the cover of Tiger Beat. Evan Rachel Wood, Milla Jovovich, Wil Wheaton, Jada Pinkett Smith among others appear to discuss the career transitions from being a child actor to navigating Hollywood’s harshness. Think Shirley Temple but set in the social media era. And speaking of kids navigating adult business Mr. Green has another “Star girl” suggestion. (Sammy)

DC’s Stargirl (8pm / CW) – I have fallen 2 weeks behind on the show as life got in the way. So this week i plan on getting caught back up and see where Stargirl and the JSA are at. The story so far has been slowly building the showdown between the JSA and ISA in Blue Valley. I’m looking forward t seeing middle-aged white guys getting their asses handed to them by a group of teenagers and one dad. (Mr. Green)

Wednesday, July 15

Sammy’s Pick of the Week

Brave New World (3am / Peacock) – A new day; a new streaming service. Peacock launches with the standard mix (the shows you know and love: 30 Rock, SNL etc.) and original programming. Such as Intelligence: a comedy series starring David Schwimmer; The Capture: a British crime-drama series sorta like Prison Break and the winner winner chicken dinner: Brave New World. Based on the book by Aldous Huxley―an author known for psychedelic experiments and attempting to open The Doors of PerceptionBrave New World is a modern adaptation of a utopian society where money and monogamy are prohibited. Of course, while New London seems idyllic this a sci-fi series and so cracks begin to appear: turns out not everybody is smiling with their eyes. As Leonard Choen says: “There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in.” If this show is executed well viewers will quickly realize why Brave New World is often read in tandem with Orwell’s 1984. And here we go! (Sammy)

United We Fall (8pm / ABC)SERIES PREMIERE! Will Sasso returns in this very typical TV sitcom formula but I don’t care. I have always found him funny so I will give this show a shot to see how it does. Tonight is a full hour with back-to-back episodes of the show to help establish the series with viewers and get us hooked. It doesn’t hurt that Jane Curtain is also part of the cast as Will’s mother. Another person who is extremely talented and always worth watching. With that all being said I understand it may the usual formulaic sitcom with a too severe laugh track. Fingers crossed that we get something new and fresh to enjoy. (Mr. Green)

Thursday, July 16

True Lies (3am / Crave)True Lies is on Crave! Aw yeah. Kids, it’s hard to believe but there was a golden time when James Cameron was one of us. This is way before those cheezy Avatar movies. He represented goodness and was a reliable source of ruckus and a wicked fun conduit of mayhem. He didn’t care about the environment; he’d destroyed it. Look at what he and Arnold did to bathroom…that environment is all gone! (Sammy)

Killer Camp (8pm / CW)SERIES PREMIERE! Two new shows in one week! Woo-hoo! our cups runneth over with such delights. Here comes a new twist on reality TV as contests give us a different look into a relatively tired genre of TV. While I have never been a big reality TV fan this one might actually be the right kind of show to get me back involved. At least for this series. I look forward to catching some of the gruesome deaths they planned for the contestants for the show. (Mr. Green)

Friday, July 17

See Below – Film and tv productions have yet to fully resume so this is a thin Friday night; not a lot of quality choices. I mean you can watch Into The Dark Episode 10 on Hulu but eh…go with Mr. Green’s Cursed suggestion. (Sammy)

Mr. Green’s Pick of the Week

Cursed (3am / Netflix) – I have always had a fascination with Arthurian legend since I was a kid especially watching John Boorman’s fantastic Excalibur film. Here we get a new wrinkle or spin on the characters. Based on the trailer alone Nimue played by Katherine Langford is centre stage as she navigates the Arthurian legend while trying to do the right thing. This has looked pretty good since I first saw the trailer over a month ago. I like me some high fantasy and magical worlds of dangers. (Mr. Green)

Saturday, July 18

#Blessed (8pm / CBC Documentary Channel)#Blessed is a feature documentary directed by Ali Weinstein that takes you inside C3, an evangelical church that opened in Toronto in 2013.” It premiered a couple of months ago at Hot Docs (online film festival.). As always with megachurches there is a wariness like stepping into an Indiana Jones temple, one wrong step, so is this an authentic community or a duplicitous corporation? Both? (Sammy)

Palm Springs (Anytime / Hulu) – Andy Samberg in his own personal Groundhog Day type film. This is a Hulu exclusive for the world to see via their streaming service. Sammy did recommend this last week and this week it’s on my plan to watch. I like Sandberg on Brooklyn Nine-Nine and seeing what appears to be unfolding this another solid pick for my watching this week. Plus, we all know you need something good to watch on a Saturday Night. (Mr. Green)

Sunday, July 19

The Last Dance (3am / Netflix) – For American cord-cutters who missed The Last Dance on ESPN and then on ABC it’s now on Netflix in all of its F-Bomb glory. A final litigation: Prepare. One of the most anticipated documentaries in recent years finally arrives at Netflix. The Last Dance is a sports docu-series from ESPN/Netflix focusing on 1997-98 Chicago Bulls which culminated in a championship and is sadly Michael Jordan’s final season (with the Bulls). As we’ve seen this documentary ignited debates, friendships ended, generational battle lines rumbled like fault lines and social media became a hot mess of blocking, muting, and unfollowing. Prepare. We’re gonna do this one Last Dance one last time. (Sammy)

Last Week Tonight (11pm / HBO) – Back after a short break from reality and now can call out the absurdity of the world we are trying to get back to. Oliver is an honest siren call against the sheer amount of stupid each week. Besides his last obsession with Adam Driver or the blank grey void, he sits from time to time it can be enlightening or infuriating to watch in equal measures. (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!