A couple of this week’s selections were also mentioned in the Summer TV piece I wrote that ran a couple of weeks back, but it’s July and the offerings are a bit thin, so I think I’m entitled to some slack.
Monday, July 8
Heathers (8-10 pm, Sundance)
This 1988 dark satire about a high-school clique is still more sly and witty than any of the mean-girl movies and TV shows that have followed it. Winona Ryder and Christian Slater star.
Tuesday, July 9
Drunk History (10-10:30 pm, Comedy Central)
Inebriated narrators frame reenactments of historical events. Each week’s vignettes take place in a specific city; the premiere episode, appropriately, focuses on Washington, DC.
Wednesday, July 10
The Bridge (10-11:30 pm, FX)
A killer is leaving bodies on both sides of the border between El Paso, TX and Juarez, Mexico. Detectives from the two police agencies must work together to solve the case in another new series based on a Scandinavian show.
Thursday, July 11
Sharknado (9-11 pm, Syfy)
Syfy has been cranking out ludicrous, ultra-cheesy movies like this for years, and admittedly there is a certain trash appeal inherent in watching a D-list cast desperately trying to look like they aren’t phoning it in against some of the most appallingly awful special effects ever deployed on film. It’s almost like they’re trying to make bad movies on purpose… tonight’s train wreck features Tara Reid, Ian Ziering, and yes, tornadoes full of sharks.
Friday, July 12
Comedy Bang! Bang! (10-10:30 pm, IFC)
I have tried and failed to appreciate this TV-show-that-used-to-be-a-comedy-podcast, but that shouldn’t stop you from watching the season 2 premiere, with guests Andy Samberg and Jordan Peele.
Saturday, July 13
Wanda Sykes Presents Herlarious (10-11 pm, OWN)
I’ve never watched anything on Oprah’s channel, but I’ll check out this stand-up showcase hosted by the very, very funny Wanda Sykes.
Sunday, July 14
This week’s Netflix streaming suggestion: Ronin, a 1998 action thriller about a group of mercenaries hired to steal a mysterious case. Not only is this one of the better heist movies you’ll see, it also has three of the best car chases ever put on film. Directed by John Frankenheimer, the cast includes Robert De Niro (in one of his lower-key performances), Jean Reno, Natascha McElhone, Stellan Skarsgård, and Sean Bean.
(Note: this information is accurate as of publication time, but programming is subject to change at the discretion of channels and networks. All times listed are Eastern time.)