Thursday TV: The Astronaut Wives Club Series Premiere, Complications Series Premiere, Hannibal & More

News & Notes

Get Hannibal Episodes via Amazon Instant VideoTonight, ABC has the series premiere of The Astronaut Wives Club and the third season premiere of Mistresses.

Over on cable, Bravo has an Inside the Actors Studio: Jim Parsons special, History has a Mountain Men special followed by the fourth season premiere and the series premiere of Alone, Travel Channel has a Metropolis special, and USA Network has the series premiere of Complications.

Listen to the latest TV times Three Podcast: Ep.279, “Younger Baby of UnREAL iZombie.” On this episode I am joined by @mytakeontv and @raelee to talk about some cancellation and renewal news and then discuss the first season finales of iZombie and Younger, the fifth season finale of Game of Thrones and recent episodes of Baby Daddy and UnREAL. Plus, a brief reality check and some TV recommendations.

Prime Picks

The Astronaut Wives Club (ABC): Series Premiere. The show follows seven women that bond over their husbands being chosen to compete to be the first Americans in space and then goes on from there. Based on the novel of the same name by Lily Koppel. Liked this a lot. Feels like a scripted version of what was kind of the first reality show. Except back then it was told via news clips and Life magazine stories. The cast is really good and the show is definitely worth checking out.

Complications (USA Network): Series Premiere. An ER doctor ends up saving a young boy after a drive-by shooting and that one good deed leads to many complications. Runs two hours. Plays again later. This has a really interesting storytelling style that bookend nicely for the opening episode, but left me wondering what the series would look like on a weekly basis. But, after watching the next two episodes, you see that the series is highly serialized with each episode picking up just minutes after the last one ended. Every time a complication is addressed it spins another one that needs to be fixed. While this is created by Matt Nix (Burn Notice creator), it is not the same. This is a much more dramatic and serious show than Burn was. The cast is really good with Jason O’Mara (Terra Nova, Life on Mars), Jessica Szohr (Gossip Girl), Beth Riesgraf (Leveage) and Lauren Stamile (Burn Notice, Community). This is another show worth checking out this summer, but you really need to give it until at least next week’s episode to see what the show will really be. Or, given the structure of the series, it is very bingeable if one let it pile up on the DVR.

Other Options

  • The Comedians (FX): New. The crew ends up having to work over a holiday after a sketch gets thrown out at the last minute. Runs 32 minutes. Plays again later two times.
  • Dark Matter (Syfy): Repeat. Last Friday’s series premiere episode, “Episode One,” replays.
  • Game of Thrones (HBO): Repeat. This past Sunday night’s fifth season finale episode, “Mother’s Mercy,” replays. Runs 65 minutes.
  • Hannibal (NBC): New. Will may have found an ally in his hunt for Hannibal. Jack comes to Italy looking for Will.
  • Silicon Valley (HBO): Repeat. This past Sunday night’s second season finale episode, “Two Days of the Condor,” replays. Runs 30 minutes. Plays again later.
  • Veep (HBO): Repeat. This past Sunday night’s fourth season finale episode, “Election Night,” replays. Runs 30 minutes.

Sports Note

  • FOX has first round coverage of the U.S. Open golf tournament.

Late Night

  • Defiance (Syfy): Repeat. Last Friday’s third season premiere episode, “The World We Seize/The Last Unicorns,” replay.

Thursday TV Marathons

Blue Bloods (ION): Has 18 episodes.
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (USA Network): Has 12 episodes.

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