The Collider Weekly TV Guide is a rundown of notable episodes, premieres, returns, finales, and opportunities to catch up on great shows (or cast an eye to the occasional mess — and there are a few). Here are the notes for the week beginning Monday, August 17th:
The Whispers, “Homesick” (ABC, 10 p.m.) – The latest episode of this mildly eerie ABC supernatural drama sees Wes (Barry Sloane) fighting against a hindered Drill by executing a plan that requires the President (Martin Cummins) to create a safe zone for the children.
Tyrant, “Zanjir” (FX, 10 p.m.) – This increasingly solid political-drama series continues as Barry (Adam Rayner) hatches a new plan with a quite diminished group of colleagues and followers, while Jamal’s (Ashraf Barhom) inability to keep his foes from entering the palace gates causes his wife, Leila (Moran Atias), to lose complete confidence in his leadership role.
Key & Peele, “MC Mom” (Comedy Central, 10 p.m.) – Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele‘s final season of sketch humor continues its roll as the diptych takes on drive-by preparations, a mother’s attempts at songwriting for her child, scam artists, car accidents, and an awkward run-in between Andre 3000 and Big Boi of OutKast.
Mr. Robot, “eps1.8_m1rr0r1ng.qt” (USA, 10 p.m.) – Quickly becoming the channel’s flagship program, in terms of scripted original series,the latest episode of Mr. Robot sees our heroes hitting another speed bump in the road to hacking The Evil Corp when a mysterious adversary from Elliot’s (Rami Malek) past throws a wrench in their plans.
Review, “Cult, Perfect Body” (Comedy Central, 10 p.m.) – Our humble host, Forrest MacNeil (co-creator Andrew Daly), is on the job again and this time he attempts both to start a devotional cult and sculpt the perfect body by getting a series of medical enhancements, which is totally a wise decision.
Documentary Now Season Premiere, “Sandy Passage” (IFC, 10 p.m.) – This brainchild of former SNL icon Bill Hader and current Portlandia star Fred Armisen features the duo spoofing the documentary style and seminal classics of the style. In this case, they take on “Grey Gardens,” the Maysle brothers’ remarkable portrait of the reclusive, wildly eccentric relatives of Jackie Onassis. Check back soon for Chris’s review.
Killjoys Season Finale, “Escape Velocity” (Syfy, 9 p.m.) – The arrest of one of the Killjoys close allies by The Company cause heightened tensions in the season finale of this entertaining and nimble science-fiction series’ Season 1 finale. As a peaceful Quad seems to hang in the balance, the Killjoys finally stake their claim to a side of the conflict.
Blunt Talk Season Premiere, “I Seem to Be Running Out of Dreams for Myself” (Starz, 9 p.m.) – Egotistical Los Angeles talk show host William Blunt, played by the great Patrick Stewart, finds himself rushing to stop his show from being cancelled after a drunken escapade lands him in hot soup with his network. Check back soon for Allison’s review.
Hannibal, “The Number of the Beast is 666” (NBC, 10 p.m.) – The penultimate episode of one of the greatest series to ever be put on cable sees the always-helpful Bedelia Du Maurier (Gilian Anderson) warning Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) to be weary of his connection to Francis Dolarhyde (Richard Armitage), especially considering the tense trap they are setting up for the serial killer, who has plans of his own following his major losses in the previous episodes. Expect fireworks…or just a lot of blood. Check out Chris’s recaps here.
Show Me a Hero, “Parts 3 & 4” (HBO, 8 p.m.) – In the second double-decker installment of David Simon and Paul Haggis‘ electrifying political-minded mini-series, Oscar Issac‘s Mayor Wasicsko both scores a win by getting the housing planning through a difficult vote but also must deal with the aftermath and some not-so-great hits against his reputation as building on the housing units commences. Check out Allison’s review here.
Fear the Walking Dead Series Premiere (AMC, 9 p.m.) – In this slow-moving but nevertheless engaging spin-off of AMC’s still-excellent The Walking Dead, a family dealing with drug addiction and some other detriments must come together in the face of the early signs of a virus that may very well bring about the zombie apocalypse. No spoilers! Check out Dave’s review here.
The Strain, “The Born” (FX, 10 p.m.) – After one of the best and most tense episodes of the series thus far, The Strain Season 2 rolls on as Eph (Corey Stoll) looks to get back at the individual to blame for his friends’ demises and returns to New York, while Setrakian and Fet (David Bradley and Kevin Durand) launch an attack on the Master using a tip gleaned from Fitzwilliams (Roger R. Cross). Check out Haleigh’s recaps here.
Rick and Morty, “Get Schwifty” (Cartoon Network, 11 p.m.) – This increasingly tight and acerbically funny animated series rolls on as the titular duo fight to save the day once again, and must deal with the aftermath of a new religion. Whether or not a talking flyswatter and a universe-destroying bacteria with confidence issues is involved, I can’t tell you.