TV Aug. 11-14: Succession, Handmaid’s Tale, Family Pictures USA, Our Boys, Preacher, Lodge 49, The Terror: Infamy, Tiffany Haddish, America’s Got Talent, Alternate Endings

Less than a month until Labour Day but lots of new TV to consider this week. Wake up!

Sunday Aug. 11

This show looked a little too aggressive for me in its first season, but I’m told I’m really missing out. And I do appreciated the odd turn of family vengeance. Season 2 of Succession debuts Sunday night from 9-10pm ET on HBO. Bumph: “Fresh off its five Emmy® nominations, including a nod for Outstanding Drama Series, HBO’s critically acclaimed drama series SUCCESSION returns for its second season. Beginning where Season 1 dramatically left off, Season 2 continues to follow the Roy family, led by patriarch Logan Roy (Brian Cox), as they struggle to retain control of their empire. While the future looks increasingly uncertain, it’s the past that threatens to ultimately destroy them. In addition to Cox, the Season 2 cast includes Jeremy Strong, Hiam Abbass, Sarah Snook, Kieran Culkin, Alan Ruck, Nicholas Braun, Matthew Macfadyen, Peter Friedman, Rob Yang, J. Smith Cameron, Dagmara Dominczyk, and Arian Moayed.” And remember, money wins. And family never lets you down. Uh. No, not that last one.

With the narrative now in full flight, The Handmaid’s Tale airs its penultimate episode of Season 3, from 9-10pm ET on Bravo/Crave. It’s called Sacrifice and I shudder to think. “Losses among their own rocks Gilead’s leadership; Luke and Moira adjust to new arrivals in Canada; June worries about disruptions to her plan, only to have tragedy strike the entire household.”

And since it’s Sunday, why not a new episode of Preacher, from 10:07-11:08pm ET on AMC. “In her attempt to rescue Cassidy, Tulip meets an unexpected obstacle; as his hopes of escape fade, Cassidy reflects on decisions he made 100 years ago; the Saint of Killers is closing in on Jesse.” Never look back Cassidy, never!

Monday Aug. 12

Schmaltz is a killer and the description and trailer for the new PBS series Family Pictures USA, debuting from 9-10pm ET, look a bit sugary, but I’m still going to check it out because the concept — getting to know a family through their family photos — sounds fantastic. Episode 1 lands in Durham, N.C. Here’s the bumph: “Once you see America through family pictures, you will never see this country the same way again! Hosted by artist Thomas Allen Harris, Family Pictures USA is a new TV series that explores underrepresented cities through the lens of the family photo album – coming to PBS in Summer 2019!”

This new Israeli docudrama looks desperate and riveting. Our Boys debuts on HBO Monday from 9-11pm ET “with two episodes back-to-back, followed by single episodes subsequent Mondays. Filmed in Israel, the 10-part limited series is based on the true events which led to the outbreak of war in Gaza. The series follows the investigation of Muhammad Abu Khdeir’s murder, and tells the story of all those involved, Jews and Arabs alike, whose lives were forever changed by these events.”

The frigid chills of AMC’s ice-wrapped premiere season of The Terror give way to second set of scary. Season 2, called The Terror: Infamy, premieres Monday on AMC from 9-10:10pm ET. Be afraid. But watch for George Takei. Bumph: “Set during World War II, The Terror: Infamy centers on a series of bizarre deaths that haunt a Japanese-American community and a young man’s journey to understand and combat the malevolent entity responsible.” In Episode 1, A Sparrow in a Swallow’s Nest, “Chester Nakayama is caught between his insular Japanese American neighborhood on Terminal Island and his current all-American life; extreme circumstances push his community and personal life to the brink, all while someone watches closely.” Here’s a sedative for after you watch the trailer.

Also back on AMC is Season 2 of Lodge 49 from 10:10-11:20pm ET. In All Circles Vanish, “The pool shop is under new ownership; Dud recuperates from his shark attack while searching for Ernie; Ernie deals with the aftermath of his adventure with El Confidente; Liz enters the TempJoy workforce.” Are you watching this show? Show I be?

Tuesday Aug 13

If you haven’t watched Tiffany Haddish’s episode of David Letterman’s My Next Guest Needs No Introduction, do that now. Then you can watch Tiffany Haddish Presents: They Ready. “A bold new collection of hilarious half-hour stand-up comedy specials. Hosted and executive produced by Haddish and She Ready Productions, the special features a diverse group of comedians with whom she shares a personal history, including Chaunté Wayans (Wild n’ Out), April Macie (Last Comic Standing), Tracey Ashley (The Last O.G.), Aida Rodriguez (Comedy Central’s This Week at the Comedy Cellar), Flame Monroe (Def Comedy Jam), and Marlo Williams (BET’s Comicview). Legendary comic Wanda Sykes and veteran producer Page Hurwitz also serve as executive producers via their production company Push It Productions.” Oh damn. I’m crying.

Wednesday Aug 14

I am usually strong enough to resist a competition show, but it’s been a hard summer and I need the good feels. Be gentle good judges! America’s Got Talent’s Live Results 1 show airs 8-9:01pm ET on NBC and Citytv. “Seven acts from the previous night’s show will move on to the semifinals round of competition; viewers will have one last chance to send their favorite performer to the next round by participating in the Dunkin’ save.” Don’t make me cry. OK but make it a good cry!

I am, my friends will tell you, a fairly deathy person. I’m not in any personal rush, but I’m intrigued by it, by people who are either reluctant or eager to talk about it, including family stories as well as more philosophical discussions and the likes of Canada’s medical assistance in dying law. Very intriguing. So this new HBO doc looks like my cup of hemlock. Alternate Endings: Six New Ways to Die in America premieres Wednesday from 8-9:30pm ET on HBO. “Alternate Endings tells six stories of people nearing death and of family members of the recently deceased, who have chosen non-traditional end-of-life options and remembrances, from celebrations of life and living wakes, to green burials, extraterrestrial burials and more. Profoundly intimate and illuminating, the film explores what it means to be near death, either from age or terminal illness, and captures the healing power of honoring, giving thanks, and staying true to loved ones who have passed away.”

This has been your Sunday edition of d2tv blog. Tune in Thursday when there will be more to piled on your list of shows you really would like to find time to watch. No judging. You’re among friends.

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