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Channel Surfing: Awesome TV picks for the week of 08/02/2021

We have zombies and UFOs and even some young adult slice of life.

For our Channel Surfing TV picks this week, we have zombies and UFOs and even some young adult slice of life. Jason Gordon-Levitt comes back to television in Mr. Corman. A Mexican drug lord on the run finds he has some unique pursuers in S.O.Z. Soldiers or Zombies. Finally, delve into the truth of unidentified flying objects in UFO.

Searching for Meaning

Jason Gordon-Levitt is a multifaceted entertainer. He is an actor, singer, and filmmaker. In his next project, he puts many of his talents at work, serving as creator, writer, director, and star. Mr. Corman represents Gordon-Levitt’s return to a major television role since 3rd Rock from the Sun, which ended in the early aughts.

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The story revolves around the titular character whose lifelong dream career in music didn’t come to fruition and now he spends his time as a fifth-grade teacher. Corman finds himself at a crossroads after his ex-fiancé moves out and his high school friend moves in. Though he’s thankful for what he still has, the series’ protagonist wrestles with anxiety, loneliness, and self-doubt. This dramedy is sure to resonate with young adults at a similar stage in their life.

Mr. Corman premieres Friday, August 6, on Apple TV+.

Criminals & the Undead

There have been plenty of zombie related media as of late and it’s difficult to separate yourself from all that is out there. Amazon is putting their own slant into the genre with their original Mexican series, S.O.Z. Solders or Zombies.

This thriller is comprised of eight 30-minute episodes and is about a drug lord, Alonso Marroquín, who breaks out of prison in Mexico and decides to hide out in the middle of the desert. Close to the border, an American experiment goes awry causing the Mexican authorities after criminal leader to become infected and transform into a different breed of zombie with special powers. Alonso finds himself in a battle for survival he could never have imagined.

S.O.Z. Soldiers or Zombies will debut Friday, August 6, on Amazon Prime Video.

The Truth Is Out There

J.J. Abrams has made a name for himself in science fiction. He’s directed films in both the Star Wars and Star Trek franchises in addition to the other movie and television work he’s been involved in. This week, Abrams tackles nonfiction as his Bad Robot helped develop the four-part docuseries, UFO.

The show explores our fascination with unidentified flying objects and looks at the different attempts by forces such as government, companies, and the military to suppress the truth as well as their potential motives. The subject matter should be even more interesting after the 2017 New York Times article revealing the Pentagon has been tracking UFOs for years.

The first episode of UFO airs Sunday, August 8, on Showtime.


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