Here’s what’s up in the world of TV for Sunday, August 19. All times are Eastern.
Copper (BBC America, 10 p.m.): First thing’s first: Just as the proper pronunciation of Revenge is “REEEEEEEEEEEVEEEEEEEEEEEENGE!,” the correct way of saying the title of BBC America’s first original drama is “Copp-ah.” Doesn’t matter that it’s set in New York rather than the U.K., doesn’t matter that it was shepherded to television by Americans Barry Levinson and Tom Fontana. It is and will forever be “Copp-ah,” and Farihah Zaman would appreciate if you get it right.
Rev. (Hulu, 5:30 p.m.): Everyone in Adam’s work life is looking a few rungs up the career ladder, similar to the way in which Todd VanDerWerff wants to some day be elected Pope of television.
Hell On Wheels (AMC, 9 p.m.): Working on the railroad is a lot more fun if you interpolate the title of this show in Duran Duran’s “Girls On Film.” Give it a go—Alasdair Wilkins will forgive the anachronism.
True Blood (HBO, 9 p.m.): This one’s called “Sunset,” but next week’s the season finale. Carrie Raisler feels like that’s like counting your vampire chickens before they hatch.
Falling Skies (TNT, 9 p.m.): When the 2nd Mass traveled to Charleston, it placed a big ol’ skitter crosshair over the whole South Carolina metropolis. Les Chappell foresees a big, bloody cliffhanger leading to the third season.
Breaking Bad (AMC, 10 p.m.): Following Landry’s Law of Television Physics—which states that a murder committed by a Jesse Plemons character will initiate any number of batshit plot developments—Donna Bowman braces for the TV critic’s two most-dreaded words: “shark DNA.”
The Newsroom (HBO, 10 p.m.): News Night stages a mock debate. Where has Scott Tobias seen an episode like that before? Wherever can one find an episode of an Aaron Sorkin show concerning such a trial run, possibly at a camp of some sort?
Weeds (Showtime, 10 p.m.): With Nancy working as a cog in the legitimate drug trade, it’s only a matter of time before she starts crossing the strains of legitimate and illegitimate narcotics peddling. So long as Myles McNutt can make a “longer than four hours joke,” he’ll allow it.
Political Animals (USA, 10 p.m.): From which American politician will Elaine crib the style of her resignation announcement? Will she take the apologetic Lyndon B. Johnson route, or go out in a blaze of glory like Richard Nixon? Noted whirlybird enthusiast Molly Eichels hopes there’s a helicopter involved.
Episodes (Showtime, 10:30 p.m.): Let’s all speculate what hit show Merc let slip away to another network. Despite what meat-hook-wielding Kelsey Grammer is whispering in David Sims’ ear from every corner of the Internet, we’re guessing it isn’t Boss.
TV CLUB CLASSIC
Doctor Who (Classic) (11 a.m.): The Seventh Doctor and Ace are terrorized by a light—but it’s not just any kind of light. As Christopher Bahn reports, his teeth a-chatter and his hands unable to keep a steady hold on his lantern, it’s a g-g-g-g-g-g-g-g-g-g-g-g-g-g-g-g-“Ghost Light”!
South Park (Classic) (1 p.m.): When it comes to testicular-based puns of the 1990s, only “Chef’s Chocolate Salty Balls” carry as much weight and staying power as Alec Baldwin’s “Schweddy Balls.” Phil Dyess-Nugent agrees: You won’t be able to get “Chef’s Chocolate Salty Balls” off of your mind.
WHAT ELSE IS ON?
One Car Too Far (Discovery, 9 p.m.): Two hosts test how various automobiles stand up to rugged terrain. We eagerly anticipate the spin-offs One Train In Pain, One Boat No Longer Floats, and Let’s Fuck Up This Hovercraft.
Lovetown, USA (OWN, 10 p.m.): [Needle drops on Barry White’s “Never, Never Gonna Give Ya Up”] Allll right, baby. Oprah Winfrey’s about to take you to Lovetown, USA. Population: You, us, and the entire population of Kingsland, Georgia. Ohhhhhhh, yeah. There are no city limits when it comes to lovemakin’.
Married To Jonas (E!, 10 p.m.): The strangest celebrity encounter we had at the recent Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour was riding an elevator with Married To Jonas stars Kevin Jonas and Dani Deleasa and not realizing they were the stars of Married To Jonas until said elevator reached the hotel lobby and they were greeted by former TV Superman Dean Cain. In other news, Superman and the oldest Jonas Brother are apparently BFFs.
Battle For The Border (Animal Planet, 11 p.m.): This is a series following the men and dogs patrolling the U.S.-Mexico border—not a game show where the prize is a Border Collie, as the name and network imply. And thus Animal Planet’s refusal to be wall-to-wall cuteness continues.
The English Patient (Flix, 8 p.m.): Part the first of a simultaneous double feature of acclaimed films with pivotal scenes involving planes. If you’re a Julia Louis-Dreyfus character, this is the one worth getting dumped over.
North By Northwest (TCM, 8 p.m.): Part the second of that double feature, in which Cary Grant finds it difficult to be so damned charming all the time when he’s being buzzed by crop-dusters and chased around Mount Rushmore.
Sunday Night Football: Exhibition: Colts at Steelers (NBC, 8 p.m.): NBC pivots straight from the Olympics to football, a smoother transition for the network than the one the Colts will go through, as rookie quarterback Andrew Luck fills the shoes Peyton Manning left behind and prepares to face the latest iteration of the Steel Curtain.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
Boss (Friday): After putting his castmates in suspended Photoshop animation, Kelsey Grammer sets to killing them one by one, Candyman style. Oh, we kid, Boss—your ad campaign is terrible, but Sonia Saraiya has real thoughts on your second-season première.