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Channel Surfing: Awesome TV picks for the week of 07/06/2020

J.G. Quintel’s latest, Cannonballing into the deep end, and a Delta noir.

The three Channel Surfing TV picks for the week are all brand new shows. J.G. Quintel debuts his animated comedy about transitioning out of young adulthood, Close Enough. Cannonball is the next in a long line of zany, off the wall obstacle course like competitions. Then dive deeper into the denizens of the gentleman’s club, The Pynk, in P-Valley.

Growing Up Without Growing Old

It has been over three years since Regular Show ended on Cartoon Network. In that time, people have been waiting to see what J.G. Quintel’s next project would be. After originally planned for a different network and then being shelved, Close Enough will premiere this Thursday, July 9, on HBO Max.

Close Enough is darker and more adult themed compared to Quintel’s other series. The story follows a millennial married couple, their five-year-old daughter, and their divorced best friends who all reside in the same apartment in East L.A. They’re going through that key transitional period in their early 30’s where they’re maturing and taking on more responsibilities without becoming boring fuddy-duddies.

The Miz Does Almost Wipeout

July just began and it’s getting hotter out there. What better way to cool off than with some wet summer fun? With no time table on the Wipeout revival, Cannonball is hoping to step in to fill the void for water-based obstacle courses.

Sixteen contestants duke it out in a series of water-park stunt events in order to win a cash prize. The show is hosted by WWE superstar, Mike “The Miz” Mizanin and Rosci Diaz along with sideline reporter, Simon Gibson. I don’t know how invested I’ll be in any of the competitors but I’m always down to watch people make fools of themselves.

Though a preview of Cannonball aired on NBC last week, its official premiere will be Thursday, July 9, on USA.

Dirty Dancing in the Dirty Delta

P-Valley is a new series from acclaimed playwright, Katori Hall. The first episode is set to air Sunday, July 12, on Starz. The show is set in a small strip club on the Mississippi Delta and explores the lives of its complex characters from the patrons, the owner, the hired help, and of course the dancers.

I was pleasantly surprised when I saw the pilot at this year’s SeriesFest. It’s a captivating tale that features intriguing twists, some super human feats (like dancing on the ceiling), and one of television’s best soundtracks if you’re into southern hip hop.

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