Apologies in advance if I sound a bit grumpy. There seems to be a lot on over the next few days, but none of it’s ringing my bell too loudly.
First up – and possibly the only thing I might watch – is 7 Days in Hell, HBO’s very well-received spoofy-comedy mockumentary thingy with Andy Samberg and Jon Snow himself, Kit Harington, as two rivals playing the longest tennis match in history while lots of other famous people pop in to share the laughs. Hot on the heels of both Wimbledon and the show’s US debut last night, Sky Atlantic is showing 7 Days in Hell at 10.10pm tonight (Sunday) and while it’s normally not my type of thing, my Game of Thrones withdrawal symptoms are such that I’m tempted….
While 7 Days at least sounds a bit offbeat, though, the week’s other offerings seem to consist largely of spin-offs, prequels and procedural stuff that I’m struggling to get excited about.
Tonight at 9pm on Fox, for instance, sees the UK premiere of Agent Carter, the Captain America spin-off / Agents of Shield prequel / whatever Marvel designation you want to give it. It’s managed acceptable (if not overly inspiring) numbers in the U.S. and been renewed for a second season, but – much as I enjoyed the Captain America films – I was completely unimpressed by tv stablemate Agents of Shield, so Agent Carter will just need to go on out there and save the world without me watching. I’m sure she’ll manage.
9pm on Universal tonight, meanwhile, sees the return of popular cop procedural Rookie Blue, apparently – astoundingly – for its sixth season. I had no idea it was that old, but time flies when you’re solving crime, I guess.
Tuesday at 10pm on the History channel has the UK debut of Treasure Island prequel Black Sails – two seasons of which have already aired in the US, to mixed reviews, with a third season already commissioned, so if you want to catch up with your pirate drama, now’s your chance.
But Wednesday’s all about the returnees rather than the newbies. None of them are quite as long in the tooth as Rookie Blue, but Legion spin-off Dominion starts its second season on Syfy at 9pm, fixer Ray Donovan is back for his third at 9pm on Sky Atlantic, and Emmy-winning political comedy Veep’s fourth follows hot on Ray’s heels (also on Atlantic) at 10.10pm. I’ve tried and given up on all three but they each have their fans so if you’re one of them, enjoy.