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 – All times are Eastern Standard Time so please adjust for your time zone.

This week gives me the greatest of gifts. Lovecraft Country finally arrives and on my birthday no less! Jordan Peele knows how to treat a guy. There is other great TV to be found but that’s it for me this week. Yes, there is the other stuff all of it good but this week I’m going to be a little selfish. Check out Sammy’s picks if that isn’t your jam he delivers the goods again.

A whole mess of comic book movies means this week’s #SetTheVCR is super duper!

Sammy Younan

Monday, August 10

Jim Jefferies @ JFL: Volume One (3am / Crave) – If you have Garfield’s sad Monday feelings then get ready to have his happy lasagne emotions! How about jokes from two cool comedians: Jim Jefferies and Dave Merheje. I mean that right there is a stand-up comedy dynamic duo. This JFL (Just for Laughs) special also has Volume 2 which is also on Crave although Volume One’s line up is better. (Bonus jokes and fun? You can enjoy solo Jim Jefferies comedy specials on Netflix and since you’re there check out Dave Merheje’s special as part of Comedians of the World.) You “Odie” yourself to get some comedy in your pop-culture diet. (Last Garfield reference…) (Sammy)

Abandoned Waters (8pm / Discovery) – One of the big things that happened this year was obviously what has gone down due to the global pandemic. A strange side effect has been the reemergence of Great White shark populations around the globe and in areas where they had begun to stay away from as humans took over some of the more traditional areas of the oceans that many of these ultimate predators called home. Scientists now get a chance to study some of these wonderful creatures up close and in their more normal areas in the ocean. Allowing for the more sought after research to be done with this newly acquired access to these behaviours. Like I said a strange but happy by-product of the pandemic. (Mr. Green)

Tuesday, August 11

Rob Schneider: Asian Momma, Mexican Kids (3am / Netflix) – In June 2019 I happily got to see Adam Sandler and Rob Schneider perform stand up comedy for the first time. Adam, I knew what to expect… Rob though was a revelation. If this special is based on the material he performed you are in for a comedic treat. If it made the cut there’s a fantastic bit he did about growing up and a Mom’s superpowers. And if it didn’t make the cut? Well, we’ll always have Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo. (Sammy)

DC’s Stargirl (8pm / CW)SEASON FINALE! We’ve come to the end of the first season. Now with the JSA and the ISA facing off just who will win? Of course, we know who will win in this battle. Maybe not this time fully but they will be victorious in the end. It’s the way of the superhero show. This show really has stuck it out and continued to be fun. Something not all shows do, especially those part of the Arrow-verse on the CW. (Mr. Green)

Wednesday, August 12

Ruff Ryders: Chronicles (10 p.m. / BET) – On Wednesday, July 29 my recommendation was No Limit Chronicles which is Master P’s Last Dance: a five-part docuseries. Well, BET has followed up with more Chronicles with the group who asked you to: “stop, drop, shut ’em down, open up shop.” Yes, the “Ruff Ryders get a 5 part Chronicles. Who should BET chronicle next? (Sammy)

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (9pm / ABC)SERIES FINALE! At last, after 7 seasons Coulson and team get to put this to bed. Now the question is will they be able to do it successfully enough to satisfy long time watchers or will it be like the divisive Lost finale? Only time will tell and lucky for us it’s only a few short days away from happening. Fingers crossed they save SHIELD and stick the landing as the 2-hour finale concludes this shows uneven run. (Mr. Green)

Thursday, August 13

Teenage Bounty Hunters (3am / Netflix) – A #SetTheVCR Heads Up: Teenage Bounty Hunters actually drops tomorrow. Still, with tomorrow’s recommendation being Bloodshot we may as well talk about this TV show now. “Twin sisters Sterling and Blair balance teen life at an elite Southern high school with an unlikely new career as butt-kicking bounty hunters.” I assume they’ll be balancing bail skipping bad guys while dealing with cute boys who ghost’em… it’s all the same really. Even odder? Kadeem Hardison plays Bowser Simmons, a bounty hunter though no word if he’s got those flip-up sunglasses. Ah, Netflix and their quirky TV shows… it’s A Different World. (Sammy)

Jack Ryan (Anytime / Amazon Prime) – You can watch 2 seasons of this great show. It continues to be a great addition to any TV watchers list of shows. Plus, for those missing out on 24 or Bond or insert spy thriller character here. This show does bring it even though Jack Ryan is pretty much a computer nerd for most of the series. When he needs to bring the thunder he always does. That’s what you get when ex-military join the CIA in this world. We get treated to assassinations, terrorists, traitors, politicians (good & bad) and more. This show has something for every watcher. With a great performance by John Krasinski as Jack. I know was shocked too but this with his work on The Quiet Place really is cementing John as the next big thing in Hollywood. (Mr. Green)

Friday, August 14

Bloodshot (8pm / Starz)Bloodshot was released on March 13 right around the time the NBA shut down along with most of North America. The pandemic obviously hampered Bloodshot’s box office earnings (though it did open in China in late July.). A healthy box office was “important” because this movie was Valiant Comics’, Iron Man. As that Robert Downey, Jr. movie big banged the MCU; Bloodshot was intended to create a Valiant Comics shared cinematic universe; Harbinger was to follow Bloodshot. And yes this would mean Valiant’s Robert Downey, Jr. is Vin Diesel. (Which would be impressive…Vin is in the MCU and Fast and Furious two of the biggest and most successful shared cinematic universes.) So with everything in doubt… I dunno where we stand. Watch this and decide: do you want another shared cinematic universe? Will non-nerd audiences come out for comic book movies like Harbinger? Or all these plans and schemes Bloodshot? (Sammy)

Project Power (3am / Netflix) – Another film in the Netflix studio plans to become a big-time player. Recently, with the successes of Roma, The Old Guard and Extraction respectively they have started to really hit them out of the park. Creators are getting more involved and the projects are becoming more in line with other typical Hollywood big-budget fare we are used to. This one looks pretty decent with a solid cast with Jamie Foxx and Joseph Gordon-Levitt starring. Another exciting movie to watch is never going to be a bad thing for us while we wait for more of the Hollywood machine to get back to work and start producing again. Admit it that shot of JGL getting hit with a bullet in super slo-mo is quite the shot. (Mr. Green)

Saturday, August 15

Birds of Prey (8pm / HBO) – I was not a bird watcher of Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) at the movies. In an effort to distance themselves from Marvel; DC Films continues to try different things and the results are mixed. Birds was a Suicide Squad movie spinoff film though the problem was Squad was “strictly for the birds:” at 59% on Rotten Tomatoes the audience score is generously high. (When you google Suicide Squad the people also ask section includes: Is Suicide Squad a bad movie? lol!). And though the movie was released in February it’s theatrical run was cut short due to the pandemic (though it was clear audiences weren’t exactly flocking to Birds of Prey.). So a little bird told me it didn’t do as well at the box office. DC is clearly trying but this might be more E for Effort. For now, you get a bird’s eye view of this movie: “After splitting with the Joker, Harley Quinn joins superheroes Black Canary, Huntress and Renee Montoya to save a young girl from an evil crime lord.” (Sammy)

Teenage Bounty Hunters (Anytime / Netflix) – This show just looks like a lot of fun. I’ve watched the trailer a few times now and it still looks like I’m going to love the hell out of it. Twin sisters endeavour to become the best Bounty Hunters in Atlanta… while trying to graduate from high school and get into college. All that plus Kadeem Hardison as their mentor. Which feels weirdly strange and still right all at the same time. Now if they could just get a Whitley (Jasmine Guy) cameo to happen I would be over the moon. (Mr. Green)

Sunday, August 16

Sammy’s Pick of the Week

The Circus (8pm / Showtime) – Showtime’s Circus returns though in what form and what shape I am not sure. Before the pandemic, The Circus was a neat and clean 30 minute summary of American politics with insightful interviews often shot at fantastic restaurants. The docuseries’ hosts would often travel to political rallies and events so how do you do this during coronavirus? How do you travel the country and have political rallies or events? And while it’s safe to conduct restaurant interviews what is open? As if that is not enough the show is documenting and exploring the pivotal question: who’s going to win in November Trump or Biden? (Sammy)

Mr. Green’s Pick of the Week

Lovecraft Country (9pm / HBO)SERIES PREMIERE! Seriously watch the trailer below and tell me you don’t want to watch this show! It looks amazing and I absolutely can’t wait to watch this. Okay, I’ll admit that I’m a big fan of the Eldritch horrors and the Elder Gods so this is easier for me to get excited about. That’s cool but I hope you share in my enthusiasm and are wanting to watch this as much I do. Plus, then you get say you celebrated my birthday with me as we all watch together. Clearly a great day just got a lot greater with this show. DAMN I’M EXCITED!!! (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!