Here’s what’s up in the world of TV for Sunday, August 3. All times are Eastern.
Halt And Catch Fire (AMC, 10 p.m.): Clearly, we were all unwise to liken Mackenzie Davis’ Halt And Catch Fire look to Mary Stuary Masterson in Some Kind Of Wonderful. But doesn’t she look almost exactly like the beacon of freedom who tosses a sledgehammer through Big Brother’s face in Apple’s legendary “1984” commercial? And isn’t tonight’s Halt And Catch Fire finale also called “1984”? And… oh, Cardiff’s so-called Giant is going to wind up dwarfed by the Macintosh, isn’t it? Dennis Perkins knew they should’ve spent more time developing an application that could compete with the doodling power of MacPaint!
IF HALT AND CATCH FIRE IS ENDING, WHERE ARE TV CLUB’S OTHER REGULAR COVERAGE SHOWS?
True Blood (HBO, 9 p.m.): After tonight, only three new episodes of True Blood remain. On the plus side, that’s three more weeks until Carrie Raisler escapes the maddening, suffocating, weirdly unwavering grasp of Bon Temps for good.
The Leftovers (HBO, 10 p.m.): HBO’s other ongoing supernatural phenomena, meanwhile, is just past the halfway point of season one. This week, Sonia Saraiya checks in with Nora, as the most unfortunate insurance representative in the post-Departure world takes a business trip to the big city.
Masters Of Sex (Showtime, 10 p.m.): Elsewhere, Sunday night shows are just getting started with their current seasons. Masters Of Sex, for instance, is only four episodes into season two—though the supporting cast is already starting to raise some suspicions about Bill and Virginia that Gwen Ihnat would’ve had within two minutes of meeting Bill and Virginia.
The Strain (FX, 10 p.m.): Speaking of suspicions: Hypotheses about what’s causing the strain on The Strain come into focus following an autopsy tonight. LaToya Ferguson points out that we could’ve figured this out weeks ago, if everyone wasn’t so afraid of looking at the show’s eyeball-worm billboards.
TV CLUB CLASSIC
Farscape (11 a.m.): Alasdair Wilkins navigates a hostage situation in a space diner. Nobody’s gonna hurt anybody. Everyone involved is going to be like little Space Fonzies here. And what’s Space Fonzie like? Come on, Yolanda, what’s Space Fonzie like?
The Simpsons (Classic) (3 p.m.): Space cool. Space Fonzie is space cool. Space Fonzie and “hanging out” being the opposite of doing stuff, which, as Dennis Perkins was reminded while re-watching “Summer Of 4 Ft. 2,” sucks.
WHAT ELSE IS ON
WWE Wrestlemania XXX (NBC, 7 p.m.): The Peacock presents this cut-down version of the WWE’s signature pay-per-view event, a prelude to other giant dudes slamming into each other in a non-predetermined competition staged for your amusement.
Last Tango In Halifax/Vicious (PBS, 8 p.m./10:30 p.m.): PBS schedules season finales for its two British-made, wildly divergent looks at late-in-life romance, potentially setting up a crossover in which Vicious’ snippy characters pay a visit to the, shall we say, friendlier denizens of Last Tango In Halifax—and then Derek Jacobi, who stars in both shows, receives the unique pleasure of meeting himself.
Knuckleball! (ESPN, 7 p.m.): “This documentary profiles two baseball pitchers who have managed to master the unpredictable and difficult-to-control knuckleball” Foolish synopsis, no mere mortal can tame the knuckleball! It’s mysteries will continue to baffle your puny human brains until the end of time!
Sunday Night Football: Pre-Season: Buffalo Bills Vs. New York Giants (NBC, 8 p.m.): We’re still a month away from the official beginning of the year’s two most important seasons—autumn and TV, though football’s good, too—but NBC will probably play this Hall Of Fame Game off as Sunday Night Football’s “season premiere,” because America’s No. 1 broadcast network can’t go this long without the only thing that’s making it America’s No. 1 broadcast network.
TOMORROW IN TV CLUB
For Our Consideration marks the debut of FX’s latest “if enough people watch 10 episodes, we’ll greenlight 90 more” comedy, Partners, with a look at why FX hasn’t been able to make that strategy work (beyond the obvious fact that Anger Management is terrible). Part of that failure comes to the risk not being worth the reward, a notion unfamiliar to The A.V. Club’s latest Expert Witness: Deadliest Catch’s Captain “Wild” Bill Wichrowski.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
Gravity Falls (Friday): Scheduling for season two of Gravity Falls is… erratic, to say the least. Episodes are debuting on Mondays on Disney XD, but the third episode isn’t hitting Disney Channel until August 22, a good 10 days after its technical premiere. Suffice it to say, we’re still figuring out how to handle the review schedule, so please let Alasdair Wilkins know when you want to read about Gravity Falls, preferably in the form of a cryptic pictogram.