'Louie,' 'Magic Mike,' and 'Anger Management': PopWatch Planner
I don’t want to alarm you, but 2012 is almost half over. Fireworks are right around the corner, and then school starts up again. Before you know it, the kids will be moving out of the house, and you’re screaming at the neighbor’s kid whose Whiffle ball keeps landing in your yard. All we are is dust in the wind, man. Fortunately, some reliable TV friends are back to hold our hands through the rest of the summer. Matt LeBlanc checks back in, as “Matt LeBlanc” on Episodes. Louis C.K.’s show returns to FX better than ever and Charlie Sheen’s Anger Management debuts the same night, bookending Wilfred to form the first-ever comedy block where no one who watches the first show watches the last and vice versa. And tonight, Aaron Sorkin dives back into television with the ambitious Newsroom, starring Jeff Daniels. So let’s try and enjoy this while we still can.
Sunday, June 24
The Newsroom premiere, HBO 10 p.m.
Aaron Sorkin’s new series about a cable news program has been so heavily anticipated, promoted, and analyzed that one almost feels pressured to have a definitive opinion about the show before it even premieres: Is it The West Wing or Studio 60? Tune in tonight to see whether it’s buzz or hype. You’ll be able to tell which by how the political Right and Left react on Monday morning.
Monday, June 25
Charlie Sheen visits Jimmy Fallon, NBC, 12:35 a.m.
Sheen’s next chapter of his bizarre career begins Thursday, but he checks in with Jimmy Fallon first to continue to lay the groundwork for his “swan song,” Anger Management. The former Two and Half Men actor has already practically taken everything back that he said during his “Winning” campaign in 2011, but it remains to be seen if the show has anything more to offer than the promos that simple sell Sheen’s Wild Thing persona.
Tuesday, June 26
R. Kelly’s new album, Write Me Back, released
The freaky-deaky singer dares to walk the straight and narrow again, following 2010’s tasteful Love Letter. If one had to be trapped in a closet, this might be the best R. Kelly album to have with you.
Wednesday, June 27
Portugal versus Spain, Euro 2012 semifinal, ESPN, 2:45 p.m.
Don’t be surprised if a few co-workers go M.I.A. Wednesday afternoon, even if they don’t have any Iberian peninsular blood coursing through their veins. The two futbal rivals — Spain won the World Cup in 2010; Portugal boasts superstar Ronaldo — collide in the semis of the Euro Cup, which has delivered a March Madness like atmosphere so far this month, to the delight of singing, flag-waving fans who have been taking over New York pubs.
Thursday, June 28
Louie premiere, FX, 10:30 p.m.
Long considered the most revered “comic’s comic,” Louis C.K. blossomed in mainstream popularity last year during the second season of his FX show, which featured, among many hilarious moments, the best sitcom take on self-love since Seinfeld‘s “The Contest.”
Friday, June 29
Magic Mike opens in theaters
Channing Tatum, Matt Bomer, Matthew McConaughey, Joe Manganiello. As male strippers. Dude, I don’t care what she claims: Your wife is not at her book group Friday night. (Beware the NSFW clip.)
Saturday, June 30
Bigfoot, Syfy, 9 p.m.
When it comes to Bigfoot, nothing can top the delightfully horrible episodes of The Six Million Dollar Man that featured Andre the Giant and Ted Cassidy as the famous yeti. Until now. Danny Bonaduce and Barry Williams — the Six Hundred Dollar Men? — put decades of groovy grudges behind them to join forces against the terrifying beast. Like the subject of the title, this has to be seen to be believed. (P.S.: Matt LeBlanc will be watching.)
Sunday, July 1
Episodes premiere, Showtime 10:30 p.m.
Speaking of Matt LeBlanc… The Friends star returns for season 2 of Episodes, in which he plays an exaggerated version of himself who’s now the star of a watered-down American version of a British sitcom. In the show’s first season, “Matt” slept with his friend’s wife, she of the husband-wife producing team that runs his show. In season 2, he’s eager to push past the awkwardness and move on to other conquests.