But the best of them is “Crashing” (HBO, 10:30 p.m.) in which the affable, familiar-looking Pete Holmes tells somewhat of his own story growing up as a Christian, betrayed by his wife and forced to the brutal world of standup comedy out of force.
He’s aided behind the scenes by Judd Apatow, who has the skills to turn these stories into episodes. And he’s helped on screen by all manner of real life comics playing probably a nicer version of themselves in helping this innocent guy who frankly hasn’t developed the best comedy act yet. Among them in early episodes are T.J. Miller and a surprising Artie Lange.
It all makes for a perfect showcase for the star, whose previous forays into television, including his own post-“Conan” talk show, “The Pete Holmes Show” on TBS in 2013-14, failed to make him a household name.