Televisualist: We Never Thought We'd Miss Mario Lopez
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Televisualist: We Never Thought We’d Miss Mario Lopez

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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Quest Crew demonstrate their readiness for the Levitation Challenge in this season of America’s Best Dance Crew.

Tuesday

CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night To Rock is basically just a montage of taped performances from the four-day event. This year’s edition features Florida Georgia Line, who are so named because that is the country-music robot-band assembly line they rolled off of. (ABC, 8 p.m.)


Wednesday

Craig Robinson gets his chance to headline a sitcom with Mr. Robinson, but, really, we’re more excited to see Peri “Roz from Frasier” Gilpin getting regular work again, because she’s great. Oh, the kid who played Rue in The Hunger Games is in this too. She’s much taller now. It happens. (NBC, 9 p.m.)

The Man Who Saved The World is a documentary about Stanislav Petrov, the Soviet nuclear officer who refused to fire nuclear missiles when his station’s radar mistakenly showed American missiles incoming. You literally owe your life to him, so maybe watch the documentary. (TVO, 9 p.m.)

Okay, so the eighth season of the back-from-hiatus-because-they-needed-a-way-to-hype-the-VMAs Randy Jackson Presents America’s Best Dance Crew doesn’t really have good judges any more (T-Pain? Come on), and it doesn’t even have Mario Lopez hosting any more. Now it’s some dude from Australia, but it still has insanely talented dance crews busting out ridiculous performances, and it still has an almost-total lack of Randy Jackson despite the title, and all of that is well and good. (MTV Canada, 11 p.m.)


Thursday

The first debate of the 2015 federal election is happening already, as we are going to have three months of election so the Tories can spend more money than everybody else (come on, there wasn’t any other reason for it, you know this in your heart). This one is technically sponsored by Maclean’s; the working title was “That-Magazine-Your-Grandad-Still-Reads National Leaders Debate.” We kid because we love, Maclean’s! But seriously, can you get our grandad free copies? (CFMT and City, 8 p.m.)

There’s a special Daily Show episode tonight, “News Your Own Adventure,” which is the show’s self-selected best-of episode. Oh, and then Jon Stewart has his final episode ever, of course. That’s probably more important. Probably shoulda mentioned that one first. (Comedy Network, best-of at 10 p.m., finale at 11 p.m.)


Friday

It’s the opening ceremonies of the 2015 Parapan American Games, and we’re going to take a wild guess that this won’t be treated as big a deal as the Pan Am Games were. Oh, the opening ceremonies are going to be at York University’s stadium instead of the Rogers Centre? Shocked, we are. Shocked indeed. (CBC, 8 p.m.)


The Weekend

Mission: Impossible 2 is easily the weakest installment of Tom Cruise’s franchise about a secret agent who does three insane stunts per film, but even it is still a reasonably competent action movie (which is to be expected considering John Woo directed it). It suffers from Ethan Hunt not having a team as crazy as he is, which all of the other films have—this one has Cruise really just relying on Ving Rhames again since Thandie Newton’s thief character doesn’t get a lot of cool stuff to do. It’s also the least funny of the films. But it’s John Woo, so at least the shooting is good. (Peachtree, 9 p.m. Sunday)


Online

Obvious Child, Jenny Slate’s romantic comedy about abortion, is one of those movies where the idea is really, really good and the actors are good and the dialogue is good and yet, despite all of the good parts, it doesn’t quite glom together as a whole. The movie is uneven and stutter-stops along its plot, but you like all of the characters (well, not David Cross’s character, but he’s supposed to be a dick so that’s okay) and the goodwill will get you through the parts of the film that don’t quite gel. (NetFlix)

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