What To Watch: 07/09/2019

We’re in a crossroads of comedy tonight as one rising star debuts a show that’s half new artist showcase, half competition for laughs, while another finds out if his audience is ready to have him back. We’ve also got the usual collection of drunken storytellers, more remembrances of the 1969 moon landing, a bunch of trouble, some of it good, and another promising HBO documentary.

JASON’S PICK:
Bring The Funny [NBC, 10p]
While reality competition is generally not my bag (is that an expression people still use? when did they use it?), I’m a bit of a sucker for comedy battles. And this new one is hosted by Amanda Searles, fresh off one of the funniest stand-up showcases in years (she did, indeed, bring the funny). The panel’s cool too with SNL old timer (ugh) Kenan Thompson, sharpest Trump critic Crissy Tiegen, and Jeff Foxworthy, who definitely is more than his redneck material.

BRAD’S PICK:
Aziz Ansari: Right Now [Netflix]
Aziz Ansari has kept a low profile since his #MeToo moment. He’s trying to win back public approval with a new Netflix special. Inevitably, he addresses the allegations. Judge for yourself if you forgive him.

KATHERINE’S PICK:
Chasing The Moon [PBS, 8p]
Tonight’s second act explores Apollo I through Apollo 8.

FIONA’S PICK:
Good Trouble [Freeform, 8p]
Davia’s mom is coming to town, stirring up old issues. Mariana is trying to figure out the problems with her app while Malika and Callie attempt to help others with mixed results.

ALSO ON TAP TONIGHT:

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  • HBO’s latest documentary, I Love You, Now Die, is a two-parter examining the somewhat high-profile case of the 2014 suicide of 18-year-old Conrad Roy — an act purportedly spurred on by texts from his online girlfriend Michelle Carter. When Massachusetts charged Carter with Roy’s murder, the case became internationally known as the “texting suicide case.”
  • Family secrets are revealed after the abduction of a 10-year-old boy on the Canadian series The Disappearance, which first came out in 2017, but airs tonight on WGN America.
  • Love Island, debuting on CBS, strands hot young singles on a secluded land mass and has them pair off for romance, but would like to stress that it’s somehow not that Temptation Island wandered away from USA and on to the CBS lot. It’s a new idea, dammit! This one is based on a UK series of the same name.
  • Four episodes in, Arturo Castro’s series Alternatino still is a work in progress and feels a bit uneasy at times, but Castro’s voice is uniquely his, so maybe this week’s “The Girlfriend” is where it all comes together.
  • It pairs well with Drunk History (and indeed they are right next to each other on Comedy Central), and tonight’s subject, “Good Samaritans,” tells tales that we need to hear about in today’s often heartless world.
  • It’s baseball’s mid-season classic, which rarely ever proves to live up to that last word, but the MLB All-Star Game still merits a watch for the ceremony of its opening hat tips. It’s in Cleveland this year and airs on Fox.

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