Friday TV: New Garcia Comedy ‘Sprung’

Greg Garcia’s brand of sly comedy, that ran from “My Name is Earl” to “Raising Hope” to “The Guest Book” continues his nuttiness with his new one, “Sprung” (Amazon FreeVee, streaming) that features some of his recurring (and welcome) stars Garrett Dillahunt and Martha Plimpton (who is putting on a particularly Cloris Leachman effect here) about a guy released from jail trying to adjust to COVID-era life outside but is drawn to her own criminal ambitions – for good. (FreeVee, by the way, is Amazon’s new free streaming service, formerly known as iMDB, that’s available online for free). 

“The New York Times Presents” (FX, 10 p.m.) profiles the biggest spreader of COVID in a lab coat in the documentary “Superspreader.” Josh Franer directs. 

Sharon Horgan of “Catastrophe” fame returns to star in a series she created and cowrote. “Bad Sisters” (Apple TV+, streaming) is based on a Flemish series called “Clan” that takes place on coastal Ireland among . Anne-Marie Duff, Sarah Green and and Eve Hewson co-star

Another sister- themed mini-series, “Echoes” (Netflix, streaming) involves identical twin sisters and what happens when one of them goes missing.

“Surfside Girls” (Apple TV+, streaming) is a new series based on the young-adult graphic novel about friends who fightt the supernatural in a coastal California town. YaYa Gosselin and Miya Cech star.

Sex coach Caitlin V disperses advice in the new series “Good Sex” (Discovery+, streaming). 

“The Rehearsal” (HBO, 11 p.m.) reaches its first season finale with Nathan Fielder reaching for some realizations. 

From Spain comes a new supernatural thriller “The Girl in the Mirror” (Netflix, streaming). Mireia Oriol stars in the series as a woman who survives a bus accident that killed nearly all of her classmates and begins having visions. 

“Orphan: First Kill” (Paramount +, streaming) is a prequel to the horror film “Orphan,” with aIsabelle Fuhrman reprising her role and Julia Stiles co-starring. 

Tim Gunn and Heidi Klum return for the third season of their fashion design competition “Making the Cut” (Amazon Prime, streaming). 

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Thursday TV: ‘She-Hulk: Attorney at Law’

Tatiana Maslany is used to playing multiple characters as she did on “Orphan Black.” But in her new role, she plays both a petite attorney and a seven-foot green monster in high heels. She’s “She-Hulk: Attorney at Law” (Disney+, streaming), a series that doesn’t take itself too seriously, but is none too grown up either. Actually when she’s getting training by an unrecognizable CGI Mark Ruffallo as the Hulk, the two look like the couple from “Shrek.” There’s lots of Marvel money here in special effects and stars from the movie series. But why hire good actors if you’re just going to turn them into cartoons?

The impending 25th anniversary of the death of Princess Diana brings out another documentary, the four-part “The Diana Investigations” (Discovery+, streaming). 

From the UK comes the new six-part “The Undeclared War” (Peacock, streaming) about a team fighting cyberattacks in advance of a big election. It stars Hannah Khalique-Brown, Mark Rylance and Simon Pegg.

The revived, animated “He-Man and the Masters of the Universe” (Netflix, streaming) begins its third season. 

A seventh season starts for “60 Days In” (A&E, 9 p.m.), the series in which people volunteer to go jail to do a little undercover observation. It accompanies a new show about inmates who leave prison and readjust to life on the outside on “Inmate to Roommate” (A&E, 10 p.m.). 

The documentary “Inside the Mind of a Cat” (Netflix, streaming) promises feline insight. 

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Wednesday TV: ‘Look Both Ways’ Romance

“What if” is a common trope in entertainment, and is again in “Look Both Ways” (Netflix, streaming), a rom-com film in which Lili Reinhart plays a woman whose pregnancy test is negative on the eve of college graduation. But we also see what would happen if she was pregnant. Danny Ramirez, Andrea Savage and Nia Long are also featured.

From Norway, comes another new romantic movie tonight, “Royalteen” (Netflix, streaming) in which a prince starts dating a woman who runs a gossip site. 

The new “Junior Baking Show” (Netflix, streaming) is the inevitable “Great British Baking Show” spinoff involving younger bakers.

A new series concentrating on “Baby Surgeons: Delivering Miracles” (TLC, 10 p.m.) seems a more esteemed ambition than, say, the career of “Dr. Pimple Popper” (TLC, 9 p.m.) who is also featured in the spinoff “Dr. Pimple Popper: Pop Ups” (TLC, 8 p.m.).

“America’s Got Talent” (NBC, 8 p.m.) selects two winners from Monday’s performances. 

The dozen remaining chefs prepare menu items and partner with GrubHub on two consecutive episodes of “MasterChef” (Fox, 8 p.m.). 

“Homicide Hunter: Never Give Up” (Investigation Discovery, 9 p.m.), hosted by former detective Lt. Joe Kenda, is a two hour special focusing on cold cases, starting with a 1987 murder of a female soldier.  

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Tuesday TV: New Imported ‘Leonardo’

With thousands attending elaborate Van Gogh slideshow projections across the nation, maybe there’s an audience for a series about an even older master, Leonardo da Vinci. Aidan Turner stars as “Leonardo” (CW, 8 p.m.), an Italian production in English that also stars Giancarlo Giannini, Freddie Highmore, Matilda De Angelis and James D’Arcy. It premiered last March in Europe, where it’s already been greenlit  for a second season. 

It accompanies the second season of another Italian import, the financial saga “Devils” (CW, 9 p.m.) with Patrick Dempsey and Alessandro Borghi. Which is not to be confused with “Devil in Suburbia” (Investigation Discovery, 9 p.m.). 

“Alex Wagner Tonight” (MSNBC, 9 p.m.) is a pretty good choice for replacement for Rachel Maddow, who will continue to do her Monday show. 

Nandor and Laszlo go out to a cabin on a hunting trip on “What We Do in the Shadows” (FX, 10 p.m.).

Former U.S. senator and “SNL” star Al Franken returns to late night comedy tonight as guest host of “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC, 11:35 p.m.). Guests include Bob Odenkirk, Rep. Katie Porter and the band Los Lobos.  

“Dark Side of Comedy” (Vice, 9 p.m.) looks into the pain that accompanies some of the best known funny people. First off is Chris Farley. 

Eleven performers do their things on stage at the Pasadena Auditorium as qualifying rounds continue on “America’s Got Talent” (NBC, 8 p.m.). 

“Icons Unearthed: Star Wars” (Vice, 10 p.m.) ends its season with the first six episodes of the “Star Wars” franchise. 

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Capital Radio 8-15-22: From Saul to Lamont

A trip to Nebraska’s biggest city warrants a number of songs about that place as well as some of the music experienced there, from a roadhouse country band (pictured) that did a handful Merle Haggard to Charlie Burton’s Cutouts, now doing live karaoke for college kids who’d rather be singing “Wagon Wheel.” 

Noted the birthdates in 1925 of both Bill Pinkney of The Drifters and influential country singer Rose Maddox, as well as a further salute to Olivia Newton-John, who died last week, partially through recent interpretation of her songs by Juliana Hatfield.

In anticipation of the finale of TV’s first-rate “Better Call Saul,” 15 songs they’ve featured over six seasons. Closed with an hour of Holland-Dozier-Holland songs in memory of Lamont Dozier, who died last week at 81. 

Here’s a link to the whole show; the playlist follows.

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Monday TV: Lakers Heyday Documentary

For those who learned their sports history from HBO’s “Winning Time,” here’s a new 10-part documentary purporting to be the real story of colorful owner Jerry Buss and company with “Legacy: The True Story of the L.A. Lakers” (Hulu, streaming). 

“Better Call Saul” (AMC, 9 p.m.) ends its storied run, threatening to become better than the series from which it spun off, “Breaking Bad.” As the finale finds a way to meet up with the start of the former series even as it wraps the story of a third persona Bob Odenkirk’s character develops as a Cinebon manager in Omaha. It will be a feature-length finale of the franchise, clocking in at 98 minutes.

The season premiere of “Inside the Factory” (Smithsonian, 8 p.m.) looks into the international tea industry.

Florence Pugh goes “Running Wild with Bear Grylls” (National Geographic, 9 p.m.) amid Costa Rica’s volcanic rainforests. 

“World of Flavor with Big Moe Cason” (National Geographic, 10 p.m.) concludes his four episodes with barbecue in the Bahamas. 

Seven remaining contestants have to take a lie detector test on “Claim to Fame” (ABC, 10 p.m.). 

“HLN Investigates” (HLN, 9 p.m.) posits that Ghislaine Maxwell was the mastermind behind Jeffrey Epstein’s crimes.

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Sunday TV: More Tales of Zombie Central

“Tales of the Walking Dead” (AMC, 9 p.m.) is the latest spinoff of the never-ending zombie saga, with new individual stories contained in each of its six episodes.

Kenan returns to Queens to try and reclaim a place in the family business on the second season premiere of “Power Book III: Raising Kenan” (Starz, 9 p.m.). 

“Westworld” (HBO, 9 p.m.) ends its season and possibly its run.  Completing their second seasons are “Bridge and Tunnel” (Epix, 10 p.m.), “P-Valley” (Starz, 10 p.m.) and “COBRA: Cyberwar” (PBS, 10 p.m., check local listings). 

The second of the four part “My Life as a Rolling Stone” (Epix, 9 p.m.) looks at the contributions of guitarist Keith Richards. 

“Chesapeake Shores” (Hallmark, 8 p.m.) returns for its sixth and final season.

Zachary Quinto examines his family’s past on the season finale of the genealogy series “Who Do You Think You Are?” (NBC, 7 p.m.).

“Evil” (Paramount+, streaming) has its third season finale. 

Season finales are also on for “The Wizard of Paws” (BYUtv, 7 p.m.), “Ugliest House in America” (HGTV, 8 p.m.), “Grantchester” (PBS, 9 p.m., check local listings) and “Patagonia: Life on the Edge of the World” (CNN, 9 p.m.). 

“Killer ‘90s: Who Killed Biggie and Tupac?” (Investigation Discovery, 9 p.m.). re-examines the famous hip hop killings of the Notorious B.I.B. and Tupac Shakur. 

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Saturday TV: Another Look Back at Diana

Ed Perkins’ documentary “The Princess” (HBO, 8 p.m.) sets itself apart from other films about the beloved Diana, covering the time from her engagement to her death in 1997, but using only archival footage, given new context given time and new scoring. 

Primus and Ween are the headlining bands for “South Park: The 25th Anniversary Concert” (CNN, 8 p.m.) in which creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker celebrate their groundbreaking cartoon series. 

“Say Yes to the Dress” (TLC, 8 p.m.) looks back at 20 seasons. 

Katrine is threatened with a truth drug on the second episode of “Red Election” (Ovation, 7 p.m.).

In the made-for-TV “Romance in Style” (Hallmark, 8 p.m.) Jaicy Elliot plays a designer who encourages a publisher (Benjamin Hollingsworth) to include plus-size fashion in its pages. 

Less romantic is the thriller “In Love with My Partner’s Wife” (Lifetime, 8 p.m.) in which a police detective finds his partner is abusing his wife and steps in. Gina Vitori, Andrew Space and Jonathan Stoddard star. 

“First Blood” (A&E, 9 p.m.), the series that spotlights serial killers, ends its season by featuring Henry Louis Wallace, aka Bad Henry, who killed a number of young Black women in Charlotte, N.C. 

Also having their finales: “Steal This House” (HGTV, 9 p.m.) and “Panic 9-1-1” (A&E, 10 p.m.).

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Friday TV: ‘A League of Their Own’ Series

Abbi Jacobson of “Broad City” picks up the cleats in the series adaptation of Penny Marshall’s beloved film “A League of Our Own” (Amazon Prime, streaming). She is listed as co-creator and executive producer as well as star in the adaptation that also includes Nick Offerman in the old Tom Hanks role, as well as Chante Adams, D’Arcy Carden and a cast of newcomers representing the women’s professional baseball league that grew out of World War II. 

“Five Days at Memorial” (Apple TV+, streaming) is an eight-part limited series about the impact of Hurricane Katrina on a New Orleans hospital, based on the book by Sheri Fink and starring Vera Farmiga, Robert Pine and Cherry Jones, and written and produced by Carlton Cues and John Ridley. 

The charming new comedy “This Fool” (Hulu, streaming) has the same kind of vibe as “Reservation Dogs” — representing an underrepresented community, but with humanity and a whole lot of humor. In this case, it’s the Latino community of East Los Angeles. Based on the standup comedy of star Chris Estrada, he portrays a man who works at Hugs Not Thugs, a gang rehabilitation nonprofit that can help people like his cousin Luis, played by Frankie Quinones, recently sprung by jail. Executive produced by Fred Armisen (who pops up in a later episode) it also features Michael Imperioli and Michelle Ortiz. 

Jamie Foxx plays a pool cleaner by day who is a vampire hunter at night in the new film “Day Shift” (Netflix, streaming) that also features Meagan Good, Snoop Dogg and Dave Franco. 

The 2008 Broadway musical with an all-teenaged cast is revived in “13:The Musical” (Netflix, streaming) about a New York teen who moves to Indiana. Eli Golden leads a cast that includes non-teenagers Rhea Pearlman, Josh Peck and Debra Messing. 

Owen Wilson stars in a new Jerry Bruckheimer produced family flick “Secret Headquarters” (Paramount+, streaming) about a kid who finds his dad may be a superhero. 

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Thursday TV: From Australia, ‘Bump’

Nathalie Morris stars in the imported Australian series “Bump” (CW, 8 p.m.) about an ambitious teen who suddenly has a surprise baby. Claudia Karvan and Angus Simpson round out the cast. 

It accompanies the second season of the “Great Chocolate Showdown” (CW, 9 p.m.) reality baking competition. 

After “Alone: The Skills Challenge” (History, 10:03, 10:34 p.m.), a second recent spinoff of “Alone” gets chilly with “Alone:Frozen” (History, 9 p.m.) in which survivalists try to last in the frigid North Atlantic coast of Labrador, Canada. It plays opposite the similarly minded “Naked and Afraid: Frozen and Afraid” (Animal Planet, 8 p.m.; Science, 9 p.m.).

In the new culinary series “It’s CompilPlated” (Food, 10 p.m.), Tabitha Brown has some recipes for those seeking foods for alternate diets and allergies 

Haitian American Jean Elie plays a n aspiring TV star who is sole support for his demanding family back home in ew series “Send Help” (AllBlk, streaming).

The animated fantasy adventure “Data: Dragon’s Blood: Book 3” (Netflix, streaming) returns for its third episode. 

“Top Gear” (BBC America, 10 p.m.) ends its season by testing alternative fuel cars.

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