Televisualist: Heisenburglar

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Televisualist: Heisenburglar

Each week, Torontoist examines the upcoming TV listings and makes note of programs that are entertaining, informative, and of quality. Or, alternately, none of those. The result: Televisualist.

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In the show, Saul is complaining that he is not making enough money. In real life, Bob Odenkirk is explaining that he is rich as balls.

Monday

A Path Appears is a three-part miniseries based on Nicholas Kristof’s book of the same name, and features Kristof and various celebrities (Malin Akerman, Ashley Judd, Alfre Woodard) meeting activists trying to fight domestic abuse and sex trafficking. (PBS, 9:30 p.m.)


Tuesday

Returning for a second season: Being Mary Jane, the Gabrielle Union–starring dramedy that features Richard “Shaft” Roundtree as Union’s character’s father, because nothing could possibly be more badass than that. (BET, 10 p.m.)

Sirens is one of those single-cam comedies that, theoretically speaking, should be funny, but isn’t. Lots of banter; a talented, diverse, and engaged cast; and a good premise (a workplace comedy about paramedics); but somehow, in its first season, it all just sort of fell flat. (Comedy Network, 10:30 p.m.)


Wednesday

Eddie Huang wrote at length about how he had to fight tooth and nail to get a version of Fresh Off the Boat made that he felt was palatable. From what we’ve seen so far, “palatable” is probably accurate, although we do like Constance Wu’s performance as Eddie’s mother. (ABC, 8:30 p.m.)

Tonight in documentaries, you should watch: The Great Canadian Tax Dodge, which is all about how rich Canadians use offshore tax havens to keep from paying their fair share. Useful both as something to piss you off, or, if you are rich enough, as object lesson for the amoral. (TVO, 9 p.m.)

Duff Till Dawn is a new reality cooking competition show, hosted and judged by Duff Goodman, formerly of Ace of Cakes. We guess that it is probably baking-focused. Otherwise the show wouldn’t really make sense. (Food Network, 9:30 p.m.)


Thursday

Remember last week how we praised The Americans, a show about Russian spies undercover in the United States, and said it’s the best show on teevee? Well, NBC debuts Allegiance, which is about a guy who finds out his parents are Russian spies! But it’s not set during the Cold War, so that’s all right, we guess. (NBC, 10 p.m.)


Friday

MasterChef Canada returns for a second season of people saying “wait, where’s Gordon Ramsay” and then turning on Netflix instead. (M3, 9 p.m.)


The Weekend

It’s the 57th Annual Grammy Awards, which are the music awards that people generally agree are important! Probably because they have a nickname, and the American Music Awards don’t have a nickname, so media people can say that a musical artist is a “Grammy winner” and that’s faster and easier than “American Music Award winner.” Anyway, who cares? We only watch these shows for the guest performances. This year will include: Madonna, Sia, Lady Gaga duetting with Tony Bennett, AC/DC, Ariana Grande, Pharrell Williams, and Rihanna performing “Four Five Seconds” with Kanye West and Paul McCartney. (City, 8 p.m. Sunday)

It seems like people have been waiting for and hyping up Better Call Saul ever since Breaking Bad ended about 18 months ago. It’s here now! Time for another story about someone descending into a moral abyss! We personally will not be satisfied unless Bryan Cranston makes a cameo appearance and winks at the camera. (AMC, 10 p.m. Sunday)

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