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Must-Watch TV: Reasons to Stay Inside This Summer
  • July 14, 2014 : 06:07
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Boy meets girl, boy falls for girl, boy moves to Sweden to be with girl. Hilarity ensues? Maybe. Culture shock? Definitely. This half-hour comedy is from executive producer Amy Poehler and stars her brother Greg, on whose life the show is based. Bring on the Ikea jokes.

This 12-episode animated Hollywood satire turns Will Arnett into a washed-up 1990s sitcom star attempting a comeback. One more thing: He’s a horse. Aaron Paul and Amy Sedaris also supply voices.

Halle Berry plays an astronaut who returns to Earth after a yearlong solo mission and discovers she may be carrying an alien baby. And since this is from the mind of Steven Spielberg, she also, of course, has a robot kid. Sounds cheesy, looks amazing.

Ian Ziering and Tara Reid return to save the world from flying fish in the follow-up to last summer’s camp spectacular. The premiere of the original Sharknado actually drew meh ratings, but the Twitter frenzy surrounding it turned the absolutely awful movie into a pop-culture phenomenon. Part deux features as many kitschy celeb cameos as a Love Boat episode, including Andy Dick, Judd Hirsch and Kelly Osbourne. Is it too much to hope for Charo too?

Guillermo del Toro teams with Lost’s Carlton Cuse for an action thriller that mashes up two crowd-pleasing genres: vampires and killer viruses. Based on del Toro’s books, the series stars Corey Stoll (House of Cards) as a Centers for Disease Control investigator trying to halt the epidemic before it turns Earth into a planet of bloodsuckers.

If Bravo “reality” shows are your idea of hell on earth (and they should be), this Paul Scheer–produced send-up of the genre, starring 30 Rock’s Kristen Schaal and Happy Endings’s Casey Wilson (pictured), should be comedy heaven.

Rob Lowe narrates a three-part documentary looking back at the decade of Bill Clinton, Kurt Cobain and Kato Kaelin. Expect tons of clips strategically engineered to spark nostalgia, plus interviews with a slew of 1990s celebrities, including Vanilla Ice, Shannen Doherty, Arsenio Hall, Courtney Love and Roseanne Barr.

read more: entertainment, tv, issue july 2014


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