What’s On TV? – Sunday (08/04/2019) – Political Comedy and the Return of Witherspoon

The Emmys are right around the corner, but before we all switch gears and focus on last season’s shows, there’s plenty of great television still on the air to round out the rest of summer. This week sees big moments for overtly political news satire, a controversial teen drama, and supernatural dark comedy. You may have thought Reese Witherspoon was gone from your television screens after “Big Little Lies” wrapped its emotional second season, but she’s back in a beloved early 2000s romantic comedy.

PICK OF THE DAY

“Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj” (Netflix)

The fourth season of “Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj” returns to Netflix today. Oddly enough, the comedy news program has become the most compelling conduit through which to address serious issues in a clear and contemporary way. And while there are many such shows all vying for audience attention (to be fair, they’re all pretty good — we live in a golden age of political satire), “Patriot Act” sets itself apart with an energetic style and the unique perspective of host Hasan Minhaj, a Muslim American child of Indian immigrants.

WHAT’S RETURNING?

“Preacher” (AMC) at 9:00 PM EDT

Fans of supernatural comedy, get ready: the fourth and final season of “Preacher” is coming back in a big way with a two-hour premiere tonight. Dominic Cooper plays Jesse Custer, a former outlaw and current pastor with unique abilities. Together with his love interest Tulip (Oscar nominee Ruth Negga) and an Irish vampire by the name of Cassidy (Joe Gilgun), he goes on a series of increasingly apocalyptic adventures. What the last season will bring, no one knows; the show is based on a graphic novel, but there’s always the possibility of last-minute surprises. It’s clear, however, that the showrunners intend to go out with a bang.

WHAT’S ENDING?

“Euphoria” (HBO) at 10:00 PM EDT

Zendaya‘s launchpad into more dramatic work after a career of lighter fare with Disney and “Spider-Man” vehicles has not been without controversy. The first season of “Euphoria,” a show with a laser focus on teens in crisis experimenting with sex and drugs, faced criticism from some corners for its explicit and graphic nudity. But it has also been well-received among critics and audiences alike. Last month HBO announced that it would be renewing “Euphoria” for a second season, which means that fans can focus on what’s coming next for Rue and her friends.

MOVIES ON TV

“Sweet Home Alabama” (Freeform) at 9:25 PM EDT

The decision of whether or not to watch “Sweet Home Alabama” when it turns up on TV bizarrely mirrors the central conflict of the film. We want to believe that we’re cultured scholars of cinema and therefore immune to the charms of a Reese Witherspoon rom-com. But we know in our hearts we’ll ultimately succumb to its endearing, simple pleasures. Melanie (Witherspoon) is a stylish, successful fashion designer engaged to marry into New York high society, but there’s just one problem: she needs to secure a divorce from her estranged country bumpkin husband (Josh Lucas) first. Any guesses as to what happens next?

NEW TV EPISODES

Looking for something else to watch? Check out the other new shows on tonight below.

  • “90 Day Fiance: Before the 90 Days” (TLC) at 8:00 PM EDT
  • “Serengeti” (Discovery) at 8:00 PM EDT
  • “Big Brother” (CBS) at 8:00 PM EDT
  • “CMA Fest” (ABC) at 8:00 PM EDT
  • “Top Gear” (BBC America) at 8:00 PM EDT
  • “The Rook” (Starz) at 8:00 PM EDT
  • “Worst Cooks in America” (Food Network) at 9:00 PM EDT
  • “Instinct” (CBS) at 9:00 PM EDT
  • “Grantchester” (PBS) at 9:00 PM EDT
  • “The Movies” (CNN) at 9:00 PM EDT
  • “Sweetbitter” (Starz) at 9:00 PM EDT
  • “Claws” (TBS) at 9:00 PM EDT
  • “The Good Fight” (CBS) at 10:00 PM EDT
  • “The Weekly” (FX) at 10:00 PM EDT
  • “Island Life” (HGTV) at 10:00 PM EDT
  • “Gordon Ramsey: Uncharted” (NGC) at 10:00 PM EDT
  • “The Loudest Voice” (Showtime) at 10:00 PM EDT
  • “City on a Hill” (Showtime) at 11:00 PM EDT
  • “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” (HBO) at 11:05 PM EDT

What do you plan on watching tonight? Please share your thoughts in the comments section!

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