What To Watch: 06/16/2022

Tonight provides a bounty of variety as one of our favorite shows of last year returns for a second season, along with two brand new options–a mockumentary about professional gamers and a dark spy thriller with an eye-popping cast led by a seven-time Oscar nominee (one win) and a 13-time Primetime Emmy nominee (six wins).

KATHERINE’S PICK:
Players [Paramount+]
This mockumentary series follows a fictional League of Legends team as they pursue their first championship. I’ve been waiting for something like this!

BRAD’S PICK:
Rutherford Falls [Peacock]
A town wide revamp, a mayoral election and romantic complications are what lies ahead in the town of Rutherford Falls as this comedy hits season two. Other than all that noise the town still retains all the charm of the first. I’m still wondering who is vote for for mayor..

JASON’S PICK:
The Old Man [FX, 10p]
This seven-part mini-series of a CIA agent who resurfaces after an assassination attempt would be off the grid of my attention, but whoa, is its casting amazing–Jeff Bridges, John Lithgow, Alia Shawkat, and Amy Brennaman are just the tip of the iceberg. What else is there to say.

BUT, WAIT, THERE’S MORE:

  • Shudder decides to one-up Troma, H.P. Lovecraft or early Peter Jackson when it comes to grotesque monsters with the intriguingly titled Mad God. It’s the directorial debut of special effects wizard Phil Tippett.
  • Their creed is to do their duty, to God and to country. However, the Boy Scouts of America have many terrible missteps in its long history. Leave No Trace: The Hidden History of the Boy Scouts looks into a sex abuse scandal. It’s on Hulu.
  • The feelgood show of the night is easily HBO Max’s The Dog House: UK as Wood Green animal rescue continues to bring the right pooches to their proper hoomans.
  • Do we need yet another iteration of Father of the Bride? Probably not, but here we (and HBO Max) are. On the positive side, the role of the titular dad tends to be played by great actors. Spencer Tracy and Steve Martin have walked down that aisle (as has Leon Ames in a short-lived ’60s TV series). Andy Garcia is the beleaguered papa in this HBO Max adaptation that also stars pop star Gloria Estefan, Adriana Arjona, and SNL‘s Chloe Fineman.
  • Long-time hip-hop superstar and winner at life Calvin Broadus joins in on the Netflix is a Joke fun hosting the latest gathering of comments (as usual, under his more familiar name), Snoop Dogg’s F*cn Around Comedy Special debuting tonight.
  • The Tenderloins return to improvise more pranks, but for the first time TruTV’s Impractical Jokers is a threesome as Joey Gatto left at the end of last season. Sal, Murr, and Q are still there, and the 40-somethings are ready to surprise anyone who does not recognize them on site at this point.
  • Finally, Martin Lawrence, Tisha Campbell, Carl Anthony Payne II, and Tichina Arnold reunite (sadly, without Thomas Mikal Ford who died in 2016) to celebrate their classic sitcom with Martin: The Reunion on BET+.

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