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Alison Brie and GLOW will suplex your summertime blues

Alison Brie stars in GLOW (Photo: Erica Parise/Netflix)
Alison Brie stars in GLOW (Photo: Erica Parise/Netflix)

Here’s what’s up in the world of TV for Friday, June 23 and Saturday, June 24. All times are Eastern.


Top picks

GLOW (Netflix): TV may look like it’s on the ropes this summer, what with so many of your favorite shows taking their respective breaks. But Alison Brie and her fellow Gorgeous Ladies Of Wrestling will smash a folding chair over your boredom in this half-hour dramedy from Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch. Erik Adams thinks there’s something here for both wrestling skeptics and true believers, calling GLOW the “rare Netflix show that’s justified in letting things run a little past the half-hour marker.” The entire first season drops today, and LaToya Ferguson will be refereeing the action in daily reviews.

RuPaul’s Drag Race (VH1, 8 p.m.): Tonight, the ninth season of Drag Race will crown its winner, baby. The competition broke from convention last episode, announcing that a four-way lip-sync-for-your-life would decide the competition. You’re cordially invited to join Oliver Sava for the extravaganza.

Regular coverage

Doctor Who (Saturday, BBC America, 9 p.m.)
Orphan Black (Saturday, BBC America, 10 p.m.)

Wild card

Playing House (USA, Fri., 11 p.m.): After a protracted wait between seasons, BFFs Maggie and Emma (Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair) are back, and ready to rise to the challenges of their joint household. There’s plenty of romance and misunderstandings on the horizon, and St. Clair’s real-life battle with cancer will also factor into the story.