Sunday, May 4th
David Spade: My Fake Problems, comedy special at 10pm on Comedy Central
– Comedic super-star David Spade returns to the stage in his first hour-long stand-up special in over ten years. Taped at Hollywood’s The Fonda Theatre, David Spade: My Fake Problems is Spade at his best with his trademark snarky delivery. In this appropriately-titled special, the comedian recalls the time Chris Farley bought him 10 lap dances in a row. Well, they are cheaper if you purchase in bulk.
Monday, May 5th
24: Live Another Day, 12-episode series premiere at 8pm on FOX
– 24: Live Another Day is a thrilling new event series set to restart the ticking clock on the groundbreaking and Emmy Award-winning drama. Set and shot in London, the suspenseful event series once again will follow the exploits of heroic agent Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland). Four years ago, Jack was a fugitive from justice. Now an exile, he nevertheless is willing to risk his life and freedom to avert yet another global disaster. Tracking Jack are CIA head Steve Navarro (Benjamin Bratt, Law & Order); CIA agent Kate Morgan (Yvonne Strahovski, Dexter), who is both resourceful and ruthless; Jordan Reed (Giles Matthey, Jobs), a smart and sophisticated CIA computer tech; and Erik Ritter (Gbenga Akinnagbe, The Wire), a sharp, strong and arrogant field operative. Calling the shots is James Heller (William Devane, “The Dark Knight Rises”), now President of the United States. Heller is flanked by his Chief of Staff Mark Boudreau (Tate Donovan, Damages), who is married to Heller’s daughter – Jack’s former flame, Audrey (Kim Raver, Revolution). Meanwhile, a hardened Chloe O’Brian (Mary Lynn Rajskub), Bauer’s CTU confidante, is now working underground with high-profile hacker Adrian Cross (Michael Wincott, “The Crow”). The harrowing day will have Jack attempting to thwart an unthinkable terrorist attack that could change the world forever.
Louie, season premiere at 10pm on FX
– Louie’s back!!! After a 19-month hiatus, television’s most-critically acclaimed comedy series Louie will make its season four debut with two all new episodes of the Emmy Award winning show back-to-back every Monday. Created by stand-up comedian Louis C.K., Louie is a comedy revolving around Louie, a semi-fictional version of Louis C.K. played by C.K. The show is filtered through the observational humor of Louie. Each episode puts a spotlight on Louie’s hectic life as a stand-up comedian and single father who shares custody of his two daughters, Lilly (Hadley Delaney) and Jane (Ursula Parker). The single-camera comedy is a mix of Louie’s stand-up comedy and scripted films. The series deals with everyday life issues including work, parenting and relationships, and has touched on topics ranging from religion to politics to social behavior. While many of the episodes are stand-alone, the series has also included many serialized episodes, which will hold true in season four.
Tuesday, May 6th
Small Town Security, season premiere at 11pm on AMC
– AMC’s reality series follows the family-owned, private security company JJK Security in rural North Georgia led by matriarch Joan Koplan (The Chief). The unorthodox universe that revolves around Chief Joan Koplan continues to expand, as several new out-of-this-world characters join the JJK gang. Joan, Dennis, Irwin, Christa, Brian, and Lambchop are also forced to contend with a series of unexpected shocks and developments that seem as if they might have been written for a Spanish telenovela rather than a real-life television show. In season three, these curve-balls force our cast to lean on each other like never before. Keeping queen-bee Joan protected in her hive proves tougher than ever for our cast, as dwindling business, serious health issues, and a speecy spicy meatball close in on our beloved heroine. Joan’s hardworking, hoarding-prone husband Irwin sets off on several new adventures – none of which include cleaning his office – in an attempt to enjoy his retirement years even though he’s not retired and should instead be growing the business. Captain Starr continues to take bold steps to further his gender transformation from Denise to Dennis, and decides to enter the wild world of online dating while at the same time seeking to exert more power within the JJK hierarchy. The usually even-keeled Brian, when not fighting off Joan’s advances, starts to fight back against the onslaught of bad habits and backward thinking that infects the culture of JJK. And as the company’s workload continues to dwindle, so do Christa’s office hours…and she is forced to find other [rather unusual] ways to make ends meet. Provocative, preposterous, and unflinchingly real, season three of AMC’s reality series Small Town Security boldly goes where no man, woman, or chihuahua has gone before.
Wednesday, May 7th
Catfish: The TV Show, season premiere at 10pm on MTV
– Think the well has run dry of ”Please help!” requests from suspicious online lovers? Let the third season prove you wrong: The premiere exposes the ugly truth behind a sadistic bully-cum-hacker and her long-suffering Internet boyfriend. Singular in its cultural relevance, the docuseries remains one of TV’s most captivating hours, and hosts Nev Schulman and Max Joseph are stellar conduits into what’s become a worldwide phenomenon (catfish is now a verb, after all). Potential e-lovers, take heed: The truth about cyber-romance is out there — it just happens to be on MTV.
Thursday, May 8th
American Comedy Awards, live awards show from 9 to 11pm on NBC
– Revived by the peacock after 13 years, the American Comedy Awards honors those who have achieved new heights during the past year in both film and television, and pays tribute to some of comedy’s most enduring personalities. The telecast will acknowledge the work of stand-ups, those who specialize in movies and the actors and actresses who are seen by millions on TV every week. The (strangely) unhosted event’s nods include Anchorman 2 and Jim Gaffigan, and Chris Rock will honor Bill Cosby with a career-excellence award.
Maron, season premiere at 10pm on IFC
– Comedian and podcast host Marc Maron has so perfected the art of the humblebrag, even his TV alter ego jokes about how young his girlfriend is. When season 2 opens, Maron’s publicist has scored him a guest spot on AMC’s Talking Dead, though he’s never seen Walking Dead. His girlfriend (Nora Zehetner) offers to school him, but she also makes a request: He can’t use their relationship as material anymore. Good thing she’s not watching this episode, which begins with some decent gags (Maron wanting to profess his love with a toe ring!) before he gets to groaners like this: ”I have no problem dating a younger, hotter woman — it’s just a little bit trying when I ask her to clean her room.”
Saturday, May 10th
In the Flesh, season premiere at 10pm on BBC America
– Creator, Dominic Mitchell, reignites the world of teenager Kieren Walker (Luke Newberry), a PDS (Partially Deceased Syndrome) sufferer who continues in his struggle to find acceptance, in the second season of BBC’s America’s zombie miniseries In The Flesh. In the cauldron of Roarton, where the living and the undead have reached a fragile peace, Kieren is desperately keeping his head down and squirreling money into his ‘escape fund’ for Paris. But in the wider world, fear is in the air. The radical Pro-Living Party, Victus, is gaining government seats with a resulting spate of PDS Terrorism linked to the Undead Liberation Army (ULA). With the arrival of new and explosive characters from both Victus and the ULA, Kieren’s plans are thrown into disarray as both set their sights on him. He’ll find himself caught in the emotional crossfire, making his desire for a quiet life an unrealistic option.