Best of Seven: June 28 – July 4
Welcome to a new week, friends. This week is the first week of the rest of your lives. So let’s see what’s on TV, right? Here’s the Best of Seven:
7:30PM: Seinfeld, TBS. “The Butter Shave.” Jerry and George’s attempt to “take a vacation from ourselves” by growing mustaches fails; Kramer experiments with butter as a moisturizer, awakening a cannibalistic hunger in Newman.
9PM: Entourage, HBO. This is Sex in the City for guys. If you missed the 7th season premiere Sunday night, drop by HBO2 on Monday to see Vince, Drama, Ari, and the rest as they suffer the indignities of wealth, women, and all the attendant ennui.
10PM: Rescue Me, FX. If you’re a fan of Denis Leary‘s Emmy award-winning, emotionally intense firefighter drama, make sure to catch the sixth season opener, “Legacy.” If you haven’t seen Rescue Me before, now might be a good time to start.
11PM: Louie, FX. The spiritual successor of HBO’s Lucky Louie. Comedian Louis C.K. debuts the first episode of his new half-hour show, based on his experiences as a stand-up comic, plus a healthy dose of Curb Your Enthusiasm-esque sad-sack pratfalling.
8PM: So You Think You Can Dance, FOX. Do you think you like dance? If you do, you’ll probably enjoy this show, if you’re not watching already. American Idol is over, so you might as well tune in. Only nine contestants remain!
10PM: The Real World: New Orleans, MTV. There are few shows on television that are less like the ‘real world,’ which is exactly this MTV staple’s appeal. Can you believe this season’s premiere in New Orleans marks the show’s 24th incarnation? For over 18 years now we have watched house after house of walking stereotypes approximating real human beings drink, fight, and screw. Expect nothing different for no. 24.
10PM: Futurama, Comedy Central. In case you didn’t hear the news, Futurama has been uncanceled and is now on Comedy Central! In “Attack of the Killer App,” an unflattering video of Leela makes the rounds online, thanks to Fry.
8PM: Friday Night Lights, NBC. Everyone I know seems to like this show. I’m going to start watching it and you should too! Or, switch over to Space Jam on Encore, starring the unlikely comedy stylings of Michael Jordan and Bugs Bunny.
11PM: Freaks and Geeks, IFC. The Independent Film Channel will begin airing the Judd Apatow-produced comedy-drama this Friday, starting with the pilot episode, which introduces us to Lindsay Weir, a disaffected teen who loses interest in academics and begins hanging out with a crew of burnouts that includes Seth Rogen, James Franco, and Jason Segel.
8PM: Men In Black, TBS. Revisit the movie that helped launch Will Smith into super-stardom and prepare for the upcoming Men In Black 3 (in 3D, natch). Tommy Lee Jones co-stars in this tale of a top-secret organization that keeps tabs on all of the alien refugees living on Earth, and must help maintain intergalactic peace.
11PM: Point Break, TNT. Keanu Reeves goes undercover as a California surfer dude to solve a string of bank robberies in this 1991 cult flick, also starring Gary Busey and Patrick Swayze. Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker) directs.
9PM: Dave Chappelle: Killin’ Them Softly, Comedy Central. This is Chappelle‘s best standup special, hands down. Features the comedian’s take on politics, Sesame Street, gender, and race. Bonus: extensive use of Dave’s hilarious ‘white guy’ voice.
11PM: Casino Royale, USA. Forget all about Quantum of Solace with the film that revitalized the franchise and brought us one of the best Bonds in decades. Daniel Craig stars in this smart thriller, with Bad Guys and Bond Girls aplenty.