Fridays, 10pm, IFC
Captive audience: WTF with Marc Maron listeners; Louie/Curb Your Enthusiasm fans; people who just love watching curmudgeonly sons o’ bitches go through life.
Moment of truth: Since Louie won’t be back on the air for another year, why don’t you check out this new scripted comedy series (that’s what they call sitcoms now) starring one of Louis C.K.’s longtime buddies. Comedian and podcaster Marc Maron plays Marc Maron, a comedian and podcaster going through the motions in sunny Los Angeles. I don’t know how novices of Maron and his excellent WTF with Marc Maron podcast will handle yet another sitcom starring a misanthropic comic. But being the diehard what-the-fuck-buddy that I am, this is a cranky comedy I just can’t get enough of.
Emmy or phlegmmy: Emmy.
Zach Stone is Gonna Be Famous
Thursdays, 10:30pm, MTV
Captive audience: Fans of mockumentary sitcoms, Steve Coogan’s Alan Partridge character and all those goofy-ass songs that’ve made Bo Burnham a hit with the young kids.
Moment of truth: Baby-faced, musical comedian/Internet phenom Bo Burnham is yet another comic who’s premiering his own scripted comedy show this week. Burnham plays the title character, a desperate-for-attention teen who hires a documentary crew to follow his every step as he comes up with ways to achieve fame and fortune. More amusingly cringeworthy than most MTV programming, this show both slyly sends up our celebrity-obsessed culture and gives MTV watchers yet another funny, well-written show (besides Awkward, of course) that doesn’t waste their gotdamn time.
Emmy or phlegmmy: Emmy.
Wednesdays, 8:30pm, ABC
Captive audience: People who actually like trainwreck U.S. adaptations of U.K. shows; couch potatoes who don’t give a shit what they watch now because it’s May, basically.
Moment of truth: So, who’s up for another shitty American version of a British sitcom? Well, even if you’re not, ABC is gonna give you one anyway. Yet another zany sitcom about an adorably dysfunctional family on a network full of ‘em, this not-that-good adaptation of the Britcom White Van Man is about a screwup (Perfect Couples’ Kyle Bornheimer) who takes over his recovering father’s handyman business. Even with veteran cast members like J.K. Simmons as the stubborn dad and Leah Remini as the opinionated, caretaking Aunt Terry, this is just an annoying, derivative mess featuring a bunch of assholes.
Emmy or phlegmmy: Phlegmmy.
Calendar: Sept. 2-9