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Strike Back is back, still striking back

Sullivan Stapleton, Philip Winchester (Cinemax)

Here’s what’s up in the world of TV for Friday, August 7 and Saturday, August 8. All times are Eastern.

Top pick

Strike Back (Cinemax, 10 p.m., Friday): A bombing at the British Embassy in the second episode of this entertainingly explosion-filled season? Not bloody likely, say the Strike Back team, as they strap on all the guns. Les Chappell reviewed the first four episodes for us last week, and agrees—that sort of thing really isn’t going to stand.


Also noted

Wet Hot American Summer: First Day Of Camp (Netflix, 1 p.m., Saturday): Last week’s episode saw this deliriously funny series finally explain how Gene’s can of vegetables confidant came to be. What mysteries will be unraveled this week? Steve’s superpowers? McKinley’s short-shorts? Joshua Alston was giggling too hard to give us a straight answer.

Power (Starz, 9 p.m., Saturday): Angela puts the screws to Tommy in order to get to Lobos. Meanwhile, Ghost debates doing something honorable, even at the expense of his own well-being. No spoilers, but Joshua Alston’s got a hunch how that one turns out.

Hannibal (NBC, 10 p.m., Saturday): With both Richard Armitage’s serial killer Francis Dolarhyde and Hugh Dancy’s serial killer-catcher Will Graham seeking Hannibal Lecter’s advice, Molly Eichel suspects there may be some conflict of interest going on tonight, as the Red Dragon plot continues.


Elsewhere in TV Club

A horse is a horse, of course, something Erik Adams knows all-too-well after revisiting the equine shenanigans of Mr. Ed for his 100 Episodes feature. And while he’s voicing a horse on those commercials at present, Jemaine Clement would no doubt like to be remembered as the hallucinogenic fart monster on last week’s Rick And Morty, so there’s no need for Alexander Bisley to ask him that as part of his 11 Questions. Then all your favorite A.V. Clubbers out themselves as the softies they are when they pick the fictional pet deaths that turned them into big, blubbering babies. (Anyone speculating that a certain, very loyal, animated dog will be on that list is not mistaken. Grab your hankies, people—this is not a drill.)


What else is on

Club De Cuervos (Netflix, 3:01 a.m., Friday): In this new, Spanish-language Netflix series, a wealthy Mexican family squabbles comically for control of the fútbol team owned by its recently deceased patriarch.

Mariana Treviño, a fútbol (Netflix)

Project MC² (Netflix, 3:01 a.m., Friday): Real-life math genius and former Winnie Cooper Danica McKellar stars in this tween-centric Netflix educational spy series that teaches young girls that being good at math will help them become great secret agents. Also, that all the smartest, funniest women are totally into science these days.


Defiance (Syfy, 8 p.m., Friday): When the Votanis Collective sends a delegation to play nice, Amanda decides to trust them. The fact that they’re bringing along a gift of an enormous space-horse statue means nothing.

The Defiance purple people picture of the week (Syfy)

Killjoys (Syfy, 9 p.m., Friday): Acid space rain traps our sexy, boozing bounty hunters in a bar. Which—okay, they’re fine with that, but the gangs of hostile and suspicious types trapped in there with them? Not so much.

“At least we’ve got space booze” (Syfy)

No No: A Dockumentary (ESPN Classic, 9 p.m., Friday): Documentary (without the ‘k’) about the hard-to-believe life of former baseball star Dock Ellis, whose greatest claim to fame is throwing a no-hitter while tripping on acid. Which begs the question: What sport did he actually think he was playing at the time? Best guess—lawn darts.

Dark Matter (Syfy, 10 p.m., Friday): Four abandons the ship—and the other numbered amnesiac space folk—leaving his peers wondering if they should chase after him or just bump everyone up one digit.


Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony (ESPN, 7 p.m., Saturday): Apart from the fact the the NFL is banning Junior Seau’s family from speaking on the late legend’s behalf, this should be a nice little evening.

Cedar Cove (Hallmark, 8 p.m., Saturday): “Olivia clashes with Will over a real-estate issue.” One wants the backyard gazebo to be “charming,” but the other is dead set on it being “precious.” They do agree on “ivy-festooned,” however.


Fatal Memories (Lifetime, 8 p.m., Saturday): Sutton’s mother is murdered, and her sister April is the prime suspect! But April can’t remember anything, and Sutton starts to have her doubts! (Exclamation points are mandatory in all descriptions of Lifetime movies. Apologies. Tanya!!!)


Mythbusters (Discovery, 9 p.m., Saturday): Adam and Jamie test out a “hands-free” driving system. So maybe steer clear of the Mythbusters set for a while.

Hell On Wheels (AMC, 9 p.m., Saturday): Cullen settles a strike by the Chinese railroad workers—see, the Old West wasn’t all tobacco spit and six-shooters. There was some pretty hardcore labor arbitratin’, too, people.


Aquarius (NBC, 9 p.m., Saturday): David Duchovny’s Hodiak closes in on a serial killer preying on homosexual men. Meanwhile, a record producer thinks that Manson cat has some groovy tunes, and heads out to Manson’s compound, where no doubt everything goes juuuust fine.

Cabin Truckers (FYI, 10 p.m., Saturday): Series premiere of a new reality show about people who move whole houses…on their trucks! You know what that means:

You’re gonna get some live-ins

Atlantis (BBC America, 11:00 p.m., Saturday): Jason and Ariadne return to power. Sadly, they ignore the first agenda item, “flood preparedness” because they’re so busy slapping each other on the back.

Funny Or Die Presents America’s Next Weatherman (TBS, 11 p.m., Saturday): The fact that comedy website Funny Or Die is behind this reality show about crowning the best weather person in the country suggests that, even with $100,000 on the line, there are some shenanigans involved.


Sports stuff

MLB Baseball: Doders At Pirates (ESPN, 7 p.m., Friday)
Canadian Football: Montreal At Ottawa (ESPN2, 7:30 p.m., Friday)
ShoBox: The New Generation—Ievgen Khytrov Vs. Nick Brinson (Showtime, 10 p.m., Friday)
Barclays Premier League Soccer: Chelsea vs. Swansea (NBC, 12:30 p.m., Saturday)
PGA Tour Golf: WGC-Bridgestone Invitational (CBS, 2 p.m., Saturday)
Women’s Tennis: Bank of the West Classic (ESPN2, 3 p.m., Saturday)
MLB Baseball: Cardinals At Brewers (Fox Sports 1, 7 p.m., Saturday)


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