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Channel Surfing: Awesome TV picks for the week of 06/13/2022

Our Channel Surfing TV picks include Jeff Bridges kicking butt, eSports, and Americana through an indigenous lens.

Thursday seems to be the featured day for our Channel Surfing TV picks since that is when all three air. The Old Man features a cat and mouse game with an old CIA operative on the run. A fictional eSports team tries to win their first championship in Players. Then catch up with all your friends in the small town of Rutherford Falls.

 Defending What Needs Defending

Jeff Bridges and John Lithgow in an action thriller is already enough to draw anyone’s attention. Throw in Jon Watts directing the first two episodes and it’s a no brainer. That’s the kind of pedigree that The Old Man has.

The story follows Dan Chase (Bridges), a former CIA operative who has been living off the grid. Following an assassination attempt, he is flushed out of hiding with many dangerous people on his tail due to his past actions. Among them is FBI’s Assistant Director for Counterintelligence, Harold Harper (Lithgow), who leads a team to bring in the wanted fugitive.

The Old Man premieres Thursday, June 16, on FX.

Quest to be the Best

Tony Yacenda and Dan Perrault made a name for themselves in the mockumentary genre with their series American Vandal. It was a parody of true crime documentaries, which were becoming very popular. The pair look to poke fun at another emerging field, and in the case of Players, eSports.

Following Michael Jordan’s, The Last Dance, the show looks to mimic the style while capturing the journey of a professional League of Legends team trying to earn their very first championship. They’ve had a number of close calls but could never break through and win the big one. The team hopes their rookie and young prodigy, Organizm, can be the missing piece to get them over the hump but their cagey veteran, Creamcheese doesn’t want to relinquish the spotlight. Can the two coexist and bring home the trophy?

The first three episodes of Players will be available starting Thursday, June 16, on Paramount+.

Big Changes and Big Laughs

The first season of Rutherford Falls looked at the relationship between two best friends, Nathan and Reagan. One is the white descendant of the town’s founder while the other is a member of the Minishonka Nation. Their relationship is put to the test when Nathan’s questionable family history is under scrutiny while an influential member of the tribe, Terry Thomas, looks to take advantage of the situation to benefit his people.

When we last left off, Nathan was on a trek to discover his true identity while Terry’s vision is coming to fruition benefitting Reagan and her cultural center. That doesn’t mention the podcast that doesn’t paint Nathan in a flattering light. In the upcoming season we’ll see how everyone is dealing with the revamped town along with Nathan adjusting to his newfound notoriety.

The entire second season of Rutherford Falls will drop on Thursday, June 16, on Peacock.

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