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MONDAY
AUGUST 13
2018

BIANCULLI’S BEST BETS

 

CW, 9:00 p.m. ET

Tonight’s guest star, on this new installment of the long-running American version of the long-running British improv series, is former Baywatch star Carmen Electra (pictured), whose other TV credits include many shows on which she has proven just famous, or infamous, enough to play herself – on such shows as Just Shoot Me and Matt LeBlanc’s Joey, as well as Suburgatory, Jane the Virgin and even, providing her own voice, for The Simpsons.

 
  
 
 

AMC, 9:00 p.m. ET

The title of tonight’s episode is “Breathe,” and it indeed gives breathing room to all its primary characters – the ones who have survived to date, that is. Bob Odenkirk’s Jimmy, who was mostly silent and somber until the closing moments of last week’s season premiere, comes out of his shell and hits the road in search of a new job, employing his gift of gab to gain new employment.  It’s a job that’s outside the law, or at least not a job for a lawyer – and Jimmy, at this point in his pre-Saul life, is thinking outside the law with increasing frequency. So are Giancarlo Esposito’s Gus Fring and Jonathan Banks’ Mike Ehrmantraut, by the way, and Mike is being tempted closer to the dark side by both Gus and Jimmy. Meanwhile, what of Rhea Seehorn’s Kim? She seems reluctant to resume her life as she knew it before her car accident – but neither she nor the viewers know what path she’ll take next. We do know, though, that she never surfaces in the world of Breaking Bad, which may speak volumes about her chances of surviving Better Call Saul. One of my absolute favorite TV shows right now continues, brilliantly and at its own engrossing, deliberate pace.


 
  
 
 

PBS, 9:00 p.m. ET

Part 1 of 2. Thomas Erdbrink, longtime Tehran bureau chief of The New York Times, produced this two-part look at life inside Iran, which uses his insider connections to give us a very nuanced look at Iran and Iranians in 2018. For starters, Erdbrink married an Iranian woman, and they still live in that country. For a full review, see Alex Strachan's TV That Matters. Check local listings.
 
  
 
 
 
 
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TV WE'RE WATCHING

  
   Visit our TV We're Watching page for these and other shows on our DVRs right now...



Castle Rock
Hulu
Wednesdays
3 AM ET

The Great British Baking Show
PBS
Fridays
9 PM ET

The History of Comedy
CNN
Sundays
10 PM ET

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
HBO
Sundays
11 PM ET

Real Time with Bill Maher
HBO
Fridays
10 PM ET

Sharp Objects
HBO
Sundays
9 PM ET

The Sinner
USA
Wednesdays
10 PM ET

Somebody Feed Phil
Netflix
Streaming

Swedish Dicks
Pop
Thursdays
10 PM ET

Who Is America
Showtime
Sundays
10 PM ET
 
 

VIDEO WORTH WATCHING

Take On Manafort – The Late Show with Stephen Colbert kick’s it 80s-style with this look at what happens when courtroom illustrations from the Paul Manafort tax fraud trial come to life via the original sketch-romance from the “Take On Me” video by Norwegian synth-pop band, A-ha. This one may have a somewhat more unhappy ending. –Eric Gould
 
 

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