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 TV train wreck). Here are the picks for the week beginning Monday, July 27th:
UnREAL, “Princess” (Lifetime, 10 p.m.) – Rachel’s (Shiri Appleby) impulsiveness takes its toll on her friends and colleagues, while the final three head back to the vineyard to meet with Adam (Freddie Stroma). Rachel is also considering her career goals alongside Quinn, played by Constance Zimmer, and Lifetime’s solo legitimate series continues to contemplate the social and moral toll of a career in television with comedic zip and a uniformly strong cast, which includes the great Craig Bierko.
Tyrant, “The Awful Grace of God” (FX, 10 p.m.) – FX’s most fascinating yet hit-and-miss series to date continues on as Jamal (Ashraf Barhom) grows even more wild and desperate in his need for a big military win for his government, and Barry (Adam Rayner) must face the consequences of trying to save Daliyah (Melia Kreiling). This will clearly end reasonably and without bloodshed.
Key & Peele, “Severed Head Showcase” (Comedy Central, 10 p.m.) – The latest episode of the only sketch show to give Inside Amy Schumer a run for its money continues its recently-announced final season by looking at a gospel group practice, medieval beheadings, and a man who communicates solely through catchphrases.
Mr. Robot “eps1.5_br4ve-trave1er.asf” (USA, 10 p.m.) – In the latest episode of USA’s most addictive and involving original program to date, Elliot, played by the excellent Rami Malek, attempts to hack a compatriot out of jail, while Angela (Portia Doubleday) continues to investigate the roots of her mother’s death.
Review, Season 2 Premiere “Brawl, Blackmail, Gloryhole” (Comedy Central, 10 p.m.) – Forrest MacNeil, played by Andrew Daly, returns for another round of life-experience reviews, and inaugurates the latest season by picking a fight with a stranger, blackmailing his girlfriend, and searching for sex in public bathrooms. Check back for Allison’s review.
Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp (Netflix, Streaming) – This prequel series to cult comedy Wet Hot American Summer concerns the denizens of Camp Firewood, a rowdy summer camp circa 1981. With returning stars from the original, including Amy Poehler, Bradley Cooper, Elizabeth Banks, and Paul Rudd, this portion of the story concerns the camp also being a dumping ground for toxic waste due to a deal perpetrated by the manager-owner of the camp (H. Jon Benjamin). Check back for Allison’s review.
Strike Back, Season 4 Premiere (Cinemax, 10 p.m.) – The Season 4 premiere of this inexplicable hit on Cinemax finds Section 20 taking on the Bangkok-set kidnapping of an ambassador’s daughter on the ever of a major nuclear arms summit in North Korea.
Power, “Three Moves Ahead” (Starz, 9 p.m.) – The latest episode of Starz’s entertaining high-stakes drug-dealing drama sees Ghost (Omari Hardwick) continuing to struggle with his relationship with the powerful Lobos (Enrique Murciano). Meanwhile, Ghost must deal with the fallout of Lobos’ escaping from a hit squad and federal authorities.
Hannibal, “…And The Woman Clothed with the Sun” (NBC, 10 p.m.) – The Great Red Dragon has arrived in the personage of Francis Dolarhyde, played exquisitely by Richard Armitage, and now Will (Hugh Dancy) must return to Hannibal (Mads Mikkelsen) to regain some sense of insight on the killer’s impulses and process. Meanwhile, Dolarhyde has an intimate moment with a blind woman that may lead to some utterly normal romance.
HUMANS, “Episode 8” (AMC, 9 p.m.) – The rising tension between momma-bear Laura (Katherine Parkinson) and her household android, Mattie (Lucy Carless) hits a full boiling point in the upcoming episode of AMC’s superbly moody, melancholic sci-fi drama.
Poldark, Season 1 Finale (PBS, 9 p.m.) – In the season finale of one of the more distinct costume dramas of the last few years, Poldark (Aidan Turner) must deal with both the consequences of Verity (Ruby Bentall) following her more intimate impulses, and new moves being made by Warleggan (Jack Farthing) to destroy Poldark’s smelting operation. Has to be the first time a smelting operation has been crucial to the climactic happenings of any drama.
Halt and Catch Fire, Season 2 Finale “Heaven is a Place” (AMC, 10 p.m.) – Mutiny is on the brink of an entirely different wave under Cameron (Mackenzie Davis) but her vision might involve cutting ties with her friends and colleagues. Meanwhile, Joe (Lee Pace) attempts to save Gordon (Scoot McNairy) and his family when everything seems to be falling apart for the Clarks. Bring your handkerchiefs!