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Top TV week of Aug. 11: 'The Knick,' 'Last Comic Standing,' 'Extant'

Clive Owen, center, in Cinemax’s The Knick.

Clive Owen, center, in Cinemax’s The Knick.

MONDAY

Partners, 9:30 p.m., FX

Just what kind of partners are Martin Lawrence and Kelsey Grammer in this new half-hour comedy? Ice cream truck vendors? A cappella singing duo? Motivational speakers who talk about how to move on once the best days of your career are behind you? We wish. They're actually just a couple of lawyers, but with mismatched personalities, so the Odd Couple factor is cranked up to 10.

 

SERIES PREMIERE The Approval Matrix, 11 p.m., Sundance

Comic Neal Brennan welcomes rotating panelists to this new late-night talk show to discuss current topics in pop culture. Snooze. Oh, this first season features people like Parks and Recreation's Amy Poehler, The Daily Show's Jon Stewart and comic Chris Rock? That changes everything.

 

TUESDAY

Nature's Weirdest, 9 p.m., BBC America

According to the description for this new episode, we'll learn about French bees that make multi-colored honey, why whales and dolphins have forged friendships, and people around the world who report hearing "alien-like'" sounds coming from the sky. Uh, come again? Aliens are invading and you people are worried about purple honey?

 

WEDNESDAY

American Greed, 10 p.m., CNBC

This week's episode of CNBC's true crime series about "the dark side of the American Dream" features swindler Bobby Thompson, who was found guilty last year of running a nationwide charity scam, the fraudulent U.S. Navy Veterans Association, from an Ybor City duplex. The charity scam was first brought to light by a 2010 Tampa Bay Times investigation; see our report at tampabay.com/navyveterans.

 

So You Think You Can Dance, 8 p.m., Fox

This is what it's like watching this season of SYTYCD, now that we're down to just eight dancers: "Oooh, that was a great routine, I think she has a shot at winning!" ... "Wow, so perfect, he's definitely the one to beat this season." ... "That was the best dance I've seen yet." ... "OH. That's right. Ricky's here. Everyone else go home."

 

Extant, 10 p.m., CBS

Molly's (Halle Berry) son Ethan has his first dream, and it's a huge deal because the kid is actually a robot and wasn't programmed to have them. Dang, you guys engineered a kid and didn't even give him the ability to dream? Worst parents ever.

 

SEASON PREMIERE Wahlburgers, 10 p.m., A&E

Any chance we get to remind the world that this show exists, we take it. Get ready for this treasure trove of information: The reality series set inside a Boston hamburger joint co-owned by celebrity siblings Mark and Donnie Wahlberg returns for Season 2.

 

THURSDAY

SEASON FINALE Last Comic Standing, 9 p.m., NBC

Someone is given the title of Last Comic Standing (and a talent deal, a television development deal and a cash prize) in this Season 8 finale. But the real winner is everyone watching, because the one and only Roseanne Barr will get out from behind the judges' table to perform her own standup. Please let it include tales from her 50-acre macadamia nut farm in Hawaii.

 

FRIDAY

The Knick, 10 p.m., Cinemax

It's episode 2 of this gorgeously directed new series from Steven Soderbergh about a brilliant, coked-up surgeon (Clive Owen) at the turn of the 20th century, a time when surgeries were largely experimental and took place with a live audience and without gloves. No other show has kept our eyes glued to the screen while simultaneously making us want to look away in disgust.

 

SATURDAY

Outlander, 9 p.m., Starz

The second of eight episodes airing this year in Starz's new series based on Diana Gabaldon's insanely popular books picks up right where episode one left off. Claire continues to get used to Scottish life in the 1700s, which means there's no shortage of horrifyingly tight girdles, meals eaten without silverware and thick brogues. Aye, regardless of whether you're familiar with the books, this is a show worth sticking with.

Top TV week of Aug. 11: 'The Knick,' 'Last Comic Standing,' 'Extant' 08/08/14 [Last modified: Friday, August 8, 2014 3:59pm]
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