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Goodbye, Louie (and Pamela)

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Here’s what’s up in the world of television for Monday, June 16. All times are Eastern.


Louie (FX, 10 p.m.): Embarrassingly, certain members of What’s On Tonight have never actually finished last season of Louie, let alone started this one. We have determined that we will exterminate these members as soon as they reveal themselves. In the meantime, you should watch Louie’s finale tonight—”Pamela (Part Three),” the last of Louie’s journeys into miniseries territory. Erik Adams and Todd VanDerWerff will be there with you, to say goodbye.

The World Cup, Group G: Ghana vs. USA (ESPN, 5 p.m.): It’s here, it’s finally here: the brief shining moment where America is slightly relevant in the World Cup. The American team takes on Ghana this evening in Estadio das Dunas, in Natal, Brazil. We might be rooting for Ghana.

Switched At Birth (ABC Family, 8 p.m.): It’s the third-season summer premiere of this The A.V. Club favorite, and though we don’t really know what “third-season summer premiere” means, we’re sure excited for it! Carrie Raisler will be covering, as usual. And she, or someone, might be covering…

The Fosters (ABC Family, 9 p.m.): The best show that both The A.V. Club and What’s On Tonight’s 16-year-old sister both care about! Season two starts tonight.

24: Live Another Day (Fox, 9 p.m.)
The Boondocks (Adult Swim, 10:30 p.m.)


Well, there’s a lot going on today. Our Tournament of Episodes kicks off today, promising two action-packed weeks of arbitrary competition. It has some sick key art, and a bracket, and readers’ polls. We’re sort of stunned that we managed to pull it all together.


And Todd VanDerWerff is finishing off The Long Weekend Of Thrones with a For Our Consideration arriving this morning, on how this past season of Game Of Thrones dispensed with narrative storytelling to instead string together some powerful if mismatched moments. It will be here when it is live, which will probably be around 11 a.m.

And in case you are interested in neither of those things, we’ve got an inventory of celebrities who are most well-known for their appearances on game shows.


Justice League Unlimited (1 p.m.): We bought 70 comic books from Oliver Sava the other day, and none of them were DC comics, because we have some fucking self-respect. Oliver is disappointed in us, as he always is, but happy we passed over some cash.


Peep Show (3 p.m.): Phil Dyess-Nugent is taking Peep Show to the end of its fifth season and then going on a break: He, or someone else, will finish out the series at some point. We just don’t know when, or how. We’re not really that good at our jobs.

Rewrapped (Food Network, 8 p.m.): “The Twinkie proves challenging to recreate for one contestant, whose snack cake looks like it spent too long in the sun. Later, a tostada is made using the cream-filled treat.”


Antiques Roadshow (PBS, 8 p.m.): Roadshow is visiting a “vintage” episode of Roadshow from 1999 in Providence, Rhode Island—proving once again that everything involved with Providence is inherently fucked. (We used to live there. We will defend it to the death.)

The Bachelorette (ABC, 9:30 p.m.): “Andi and the 11 remaining bachelors visit the south of France, where one-on-one dates include a romantic sailboat ride and a movie screening at a French cinema. Meanwhile, nine men study with a professional mime and perform a show for the locals.”


Vegas Rat Rods (Discovery, 9 p.m.): We have no idea what this is about. We don’t care. It is called Vegas Rat Rods and we will worship it forever.

K-19: The Widowmaker (Reelz, 8 p.m.): Submarine drama movie with Harrison Ford and Liam Neeson, but the best thing is the title. Why haven’t they called us here at What’s On Tonight The Widowmakers yet?


Notting Hill (Flix, 8 p.m.): Fucking Richard Curtis, man, with this cute rom-com that is actually the worst, but also sort of great, and also did anyone ever feel sorry for Julia Roberts before??

Penny Dreadful: Hey, while you (and we) have been drooling over Game Of Thrones, this show has been quietly kind of weird and interesting over on Showtime, the other cable network. Do you like it? Why or why not? PLEASE SHOW YOUR WORK.