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What’s on TV This Week: ‘House of the Dragon’ and U.S. Gymnastic Championships

Between network, cable and streaming, the modern television landscape is vast. Here are some of the shows, specials, and movies that will air on TV this week, August 15-21. Details and times are subject to change.

better call saul 9pm at AMC. The sixth and final season of this Breaking Bad prequel spin-off concludes its 13-episode arc on Monday. This is after a two-year hiatus and the beginning of Bob Odenkirk’s health scare, who plays Saul Goodman. This episode ties in many loose ends from unexpected developments. New York Times reporter David Segal wrote in his summary of last week’s episode: The show seems to culminate in raising questions about fairness and justice, and perhaps mercy. ”

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Leonardo 8pm on CW. Coming to the US via The CW after a successful first season run of this show in Europe and Canada. The series, starring Aidan Turner as a young Leonardo da his Vinci, is a fictional retelling of the real-life painter’s life. The first episode focuses on Leonardo’s arrest for poisoning Caterina de Cremona (for the record, it didn’t actually happen). Also starring Angelis and Freddie Highmore.

the dark side of comedy 9pm at VICE. This VICE original series deals with how the unexpected fame, social pressures, and internal battles that come with being a prominent comedian affect addiction and depression. Each episode features a comedian who died from a mental health struggle or a suicide.In the first episode, the “Saturday Night Live” comedian, who died of a cocaine and morphine overdose in 1997 at the age of 33, Chris Farley appears. Other episodes in this ten-episode series of him feature Andrew Dice Clay, Roseanne Barr, and Artie Lang.

The Old Man and the Sea (1958) 6:30pm at TCM. Based on the Ernest Hemingway novel of the same name, the film follows a Cuban fisherman (Spencer Tracy) and his 14-year-old friend Manolin (Felipe Pazos, Jr.) on three days of fishing with a giant marlin fish. about the battle of “Like the ordeal in catching fish, it’s an impressive ordeal, and Mr. Tracy presents it in a wonderfully rugged and stubborn way,” said New York Times critic Bosley Crowther. I wrote in my review of the 1958 film. “He looks like a convincing age, with slender white hair and unshaven. He performs with the squeaky, painful movements of a tired, stiff-jointed old man.” “

Bourne Legacy (2012) At STARZ at 18:42. The film is the fourth film in the franchise, following ‘The Bourne Identity’ (2002), ‘The Bourne Supremacy’ (2004) and ‘The Bourne Ultimatum’ (2007). His famous CIA agent Jason Bourne does not actually appear in this film. Because Matt Damon, who plays him, didn’t sign on. Instead, Jeremy Renner stars as Aaron Cross, a rogue spy who survived an assassination attempt after Jason Bourne unveiled the Black Ops program to the public.

New York Times Presents: Super Spreader 10pm on FX. The documentary series, which FX co-produced with The Times, including “Britney Spears in Control” and “Breonna Taylor’s Murder,” returns with new episodes on Friday. In this new episode, we look at Dr. Joseph Mercola, an osteopathic doctor in Florida. He faced scrutiny and government regulatory action after spreading false information about his Covid-19 vaccine, instead recommending unproven and dangerous alternative treatments that would benefit him financially. I’m here. Episodes will air simultaneously on FX and stream on Hulu.

rehearsal 11 p.m. on HBO. With a six-episode arc, Nathan Fielder’s new show concludes its first season. In this show, a sequel to “Nathan for You,” Fielder leads a staged scenario rehearsal featuring members of the public to prepare for future events. “The show has a philosophical core: Is it possible to truly understand another person?” Times television critic James Poniewozik wrote in his review of the show. “And there’s a tender, even beautiful side to surreal moments.”

Gaslight (1944) 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings). This spooky film noir is directed by George Cukor and stars Ingrid Bergman as Paula, a young woman who returns to her late aunt’s home in London with her new husband Gregory Anton (Charles Boyer). Strange and inexplicable things happen in the house, but Gregory tries to convince Paula that it’s all in her imagination and that she’s hysterical because he’s not who he says he is. In a 2019 article for The Times, J. Hoberman explained that the verb “to gaslight” — to psychologically manipulate a person into questioning their own sanity — derives from this film. I’m here.

US Gymnastics Championships 7 p.m. on NBC. The 2022 United States Gymnastics Championships take place this week at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida, and Sunday is the last day to watch the competition live. Olympians Jade Carey and Jordan Childs are likely to lead the women’s field, while Yul Moldauer and Shane Wiskes will face Brody Malone to defend their 2021 title. Paris 2024 Olympics With less than two years to go, this championship serves as a preview of that competition. Gymnasts participate in all-around and apparatus competitions.

dragon house 9 p.m. on HBO. “Game of Thrones” hasn’t aired in three years, but this prequel spin-off is based on George RR Martin’s novel Fire and Blood and is set 200 years ago. Dragons will also feature a new cast of warring factions of House Targaryen. Matt Smith is Prince Damon, Paddy Considine is King Viserys, and Emma Darcy is Princess Rainilla. HBO’s chief content officer, Casey Bloys, said in a recent interview with The Times, “The trick here is that you don’t want to just remake the original show.” I want to create a show that feels like it’s own while still being respectful.”

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