Fall premieres will start to populate the airwaves next week, so consider this your final respite from the onslaught on the new, groveling for your eyeballs.
Last night saw the premiere of Coma, a miniseries based on the Robin Cook novel. I remember seeing the original 1978 version as a kid, and just not getting it at all. There were hanging bodies, and that was just plain weird, but the rest of it kind of flew over my head. This version stars Lauren Ambrose, James Woods, Geena Davis, Richard Dreyfuss, and Ellen Burstyn. It was also produced by Ridley and Tony Scott (which, yeah; that’s also weird). That’s a lot of talent for a TV movie!
Part two airs at 9 P.M. tonight, but the whole thing will repeat a lot throughout the week.
The Democratic National Convention also starts tonight, so expect some interruptions when it comes to broadcast shows. But over on Bravo, nothing will come between Jeff Lewis and the premiere of another season of “Flipping Out” at 9 P.M. This season: Jenni’s getting married! And Jeff’s being an asshole!
For some reason, I thought the “MTV Video Music Awards” were always on Sunday nights, were always hosted by Russell Brand, and were always awful. But no! This year, they’re on Thursday, September 6th, are hosted by Kevin Hart, and, yeah, will probably still be awful, mainly because can you name one music video you’ve actually seen in the last year? 8 P.M. on MTV.
On Friday, September 7th, multiple networks will “Stand Up To Cancer,” when the annual telethon returns. Basically, just turn the TV to a random channel at 8 P.M. and you’re set.
“Breaking Bad” ended this year’s season last Sunday, but fear not. There’s a new “Breaking” series to tide you over! On Sunday, September 9th, TLC presents “Breaking Amish,” about Amish meth cooks and dealers.
Hold on. What’s that now? It’s NOT about meth in any way? It’s just a reality series about Amish kids going on their “rumspringa” right of passage in New York City? Really?
Frankly, it sounds like TLC missed a HUGE opportunity with this one. 10 P.M.