What to Watch: 07/17/2016

It’s an exciting little Sunday, so if you can tear yourself away from DogTV (seriously, check it out if you don’t know about it – it’s fascinating), there’s options ranging from flashy new HBO shows to the latest descendent of The Daily Show.

Vice Principals [HBO, 10:30p]
Danny McBride and Walton Goggins star as two vice principals duking it out for the top spot of principal in this new comedy series. The principal they are replacing is played by none-other than Bill Murray, of course (he has made a career of playing  people that need to be replaced). Either way, I’ll grab at as many moments of him on screen as I can get.

Democracy Handbook with Bassem Youssef [Fusion, 9p]
Bassem Youssef has been dubbed the “Jon Stewart of Egypt,” and cemented that similarity with occasional guest spots on The Daily Show, including a funny bit about censorship and perspective on Stewart’s final episode. Just in time for the RNC, Youssef debuts his first American series where he comes here to discover just what’s so exceptional about our fabled land.

Mexico Life [HGTV, 9:30p]
I thought Hawaii Life would be the end of me, but running away to Mexico’s coast during a Brooklyn Blizzard is a vivid fantasy, and now we can all learn about the real estate South of the Border via very annoying aspiring expatriates. Tonight Brian and Terry are headed for Cabo, and need to house their many dogs and Terry’s family.



  • The rest of the HBO line-up boasts some excitement, including top-reviewed drama The Night Of returning for its second episode, and more surprisingly, The Rock’s erratic sports agent comedy Ballers coming back for its second season.
  • For slightly less realistic sports drama, there’s the return of Basketball Wives L.A. on VH1, which tonight starts its fifth season.
  • We really can’t say enough about how downright fun the ABC celebrity game show night line-up of Family FeudPyramid, and Match Game is. And tonight the celebrities include Tony Hale and “Weird Al” Yankovic.
  • 50 Cent’s taut drama Power has been a success, and even earned some great critical notices. In tonight’s third season opener, the rapper’s recurring character joins the main cast.
  • There’s always the continuing saga of Preacher on AMC. Tonight’s offering contains a showdown for the church.


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