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If you thought Chelsea Handler was wild on E!’s Chelsea Lately, just wait til you see her on Netflix! Her new thrice-weekly talk show — new episodes stream every Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday — lets her get out from behind the desk and travel the world. And sometimes, she brings along a Donald Trump piñata with her. Knowing how much she lkes to post nude pix of herself on Instagram, and with Netflix’s lack of censorship, this should be Chelsea’s most revealing project yet.
BATTLEBOTS: SEASON 2 EARLY PREVIEW (Hulu)
The robot revolution has begun! “The most jaw-dropping, eye-popping, heart-stopping tournament on Earth” returns for its second go-round on ABC on June 23, but you can catch a sneak peek at the teams of would-be geniuses who will sic their techno-creations on one another now. They’re all gunning to take down last year’s champ, Bite Force. Let the battles begin!
THE RIFLEMAN (Hulu)
From 1958-63, former pro baseball and basketball player Chuck Connors suited up as Union Civil War veteran and widowed dad Lucas McCain in this popular Western, with Johnny Crawford as his young son, Mark. Now all 168 episodes are streaming on Hulu. Watch for such guest stars as Sammy Davis Jr., Buddy Hackett and Dennis Hopper as well as such grizzled Western character actors as Jack Elam, Lee Van Cleef and Denver Pyle. And whatever you do, don’t mess with the Rifleman…
THE COMEDY SHOP: THE COMPLETE SERIES (Hulu)
Malaprop comic Norm Crosby hosted this syndicated stand-up showcase from 1978-81. The series mixed appearances by then-new faces like Jay Leno, Brad Garrett, Howie Mandel and Nathan Lane with sets from such nightclub legends as Don Rickles, Henny Youngman, Milton Berle and Buddy Hackett. Boy, that Buddy really got around!
19-2: SEASON 2 (Acorn TV)
The award-winning Canadian crime drama opens its second season with a bang as the Montreal cops played by Adrian Holmes (Arrow, Smallville) and Jared Keeso (Elysium, Falling Skies) try to take down an active school shooter. And here we thought they didn’t have such gun problems in the Great White North. Think Adam-12 but with a Canadian accent, eh?
Currently Senior Articles Editor for Closer Weekly, Bruce Fretts has written for The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, TV Guide, Emmy Magazine, Fast Company, and Vulture. You can follow him on Twitter @brucefretts.