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Crack the formula for an ’80s drug drama with the Snowfall premiere

Photo: Matthias Clamer/FX
Photo: Matthias Clamer/FX

Here’s what’s up in the world of TV for Wednesday, July 5. All times are Eastern.

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Top pick

Snowfall (FX, 10 p.m.): It’s time to get high on drugs—or at least a retelling of the story behind one of the most addictive substances in recent history. Set in 1983 Los Angeles, Snowfall aims to make a dramatic thriller series out of the rise of crack cocaine and its impact on American culture. Check out our pre-air assessment, then tune in for weekly reviews from Kyle Fowle.

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Regular coverage

Kingdom (Audience, 8 p.m.)
Broadchurch (BBC America, 10 p.m.)

Wild card

American Mary (Chiller, 4 p.m.): If you have yet to see this comically over-the-top exercise in body horror, you’re depriving yourself of an excellent scenery-chewing performance by Katharine Isabelle as a med student who starts moonlighting as an extreme body-modification surgeon in the basement of a strip club in order to solve her financial problems. Yes, you read that right, and yes, it’s a delight, thanks to Isabelle and writer-directors the Soska sisters, who are responsible for a very silly script but who direct it like “bombastic” is going out of style and they’ve stockpiled the nation’s supply for just this occasion.

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