Televisualist: In Which Television Goes Down Under
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Televisualist: In Which Television Goes Down Under

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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WHICH ONE OF THESE MEN WILL DECIDE TO CALL A GRILL “THE BARBY”? TUNE IN TO FIND OUT!

Monday

Earlier this year, Banished was BBC Two’s biggest premiere in a long time: the series, a drama about the first British penal colony in Australia, got excellent ratings and was generally well received (although the lack of any Aboriginal characters did receive some rightful criticism). Viewers who want to watch this show over the long term will no doubt thrill as distinct Australian accents emerge around season 63. (City, 9 p.m.)


Tuesday

As reality shows go, Land Rush has an interesting enough premise: following four individuals who have bought Alaskan wilderness land from the government (which you can do, extremely cheaply, because it’s the Alaskan wilderness and you will probably die up there) and who are trying to build their homes before winter comes and they’re screwed. It’s modern-day pioneering, and watching people screw up what their ancestors supposedly did so easily is always good clean fun. Well, maybe not clean. It is the wilderness. (Discovery, 8 p.m.)

Zachary Levi, former star of television’s Chuck, could apparently not get a good acting role so now he is the host of Geeks Who Drink, which is basically just a nerd-themed quiz show where teams captained by extremely minor celebrities (the first episode features Eric Christian Olsen, who is part of the supporting cast on NCIS: Los Angeles, and briefly played Britta’s boyfriend on Community, and Scott Porter, currently on Hart of Dixie, and who played Jason Street on Friday Night Lights), and occasionally teams are commanded to drink alcohol. Unless you are one of those annoying people who think that “geek” is equivalent to a racial category and/or ethnicity, you can skip this. (Space, 10 p.m.)


Wednesday

AMC has a Lethal Weapon marathon, if you need to be reminded of how Mel Gibson became a megastar. We said “how,” and not “why.” Come for the violence, stay for the inexplicable rise of Joe Pesci to stardom! (Lethal Weapon 5 p.m., Lethal Weapon 2 7:30 p.m., Lethal Weapon 3 10 p.m., Lethal Weapon 4 12:30 p.m.)


Thursday

The Jack and Triumph Show really only serves as a reminder that Jack McBrayer may never evolve past his Kenneth Parcell schtick and that Triumph The Insult Comic Dog works best in very limited doses. (Much, 10 p.m.)


Friday

Degrassi concludes, and we’re not going to do a long epic writeup about how we’re marking the end of an era in Canadian television because it’s just going to Netflix, really. But that in and of itself is the end of an era in Canadian television, sort of! (MTV Canada, 9 p.m.)

Please Like Me is an Aussie sitcom about Australians colonizing Britain with prisoners—no, wait, sorry. It’s actually about a young guy who gets dumped by his girlfriend when she figures out before he does that he’s gay, and then has to move in with his mother to keep her from being institutionalized. And it’s a comedy! And a good one! (CBC, 9 p.m.)


The Weekend

Bachelor In Paradise returns for a second season to appease all fans of the Bachelor franchise, who are by no means insane fanatics who would murder all who denigrate their beloved passion. Any sudden lack of insults towards all things Bachelor are entirely organic, and not the desperate act of a television critic concerned for the life of his ailing mother. (City, 8 p.m. Sunday)


Online

First Day of Camp is the TV series sequel to Wet Hot American Summer, and if a sequel made fourteen years after the fact with the exact same cast all reprising roles that most of them were far too old to play in the first place is the sort of thing that makes you laugh, then you’re in luck! (Netflix)

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