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What To Watch This Week on TV: 'Please Like Me' Is Back, Clive Owen Hits the OR - VIDEO

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— Television's most charming comedy returns Friday. Australian-export Please Like Me is back for a second season at 10:30 p.m. Eastern on Pivot. The series follows Josh (portrayed by writer and creator Josh Thomas) as he navigates coming out, dating and juggling drama between family and friends. Josh is as relatable as any of the guys on Looking and more self-aware than anyone on Girls while managing to be more likable than all of the above.

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— Top Chef fans can get another taste of their favorite chefs on Top Chef Duels, premiering Wednesday at 10 p.m. Eastern on Bravo. The first episode pits Richard Blais up against Marcel Vigneron. 

 

— If you thought the juxtaposition of opposing parenting styles on Wife Swap didn’t allow for enough of a feeling of superiority, get ready to weigh in on Bravo’s Extreme Guide to Parenting, Thursday at 9:30 p.m. Eastern. 

 

— Singing, strumming, slapstick duo Garfunkel (Riki Lindhome) and Oates (Kate Micucci) debut their new self-titled series on IFC. The musical comedians that brought us "Sports Go Sports," "Pregnant Women Are Smug" and "Handjob, Bland Job, I Don’t Understand Job", bring their signature (sometimes raunchy) humor and twee melodies to the small screen starting Thursday at 10 p.m. Eastern. 

 

— Picture House set in an early-1900s period piece and you’ve got the basics down for Steven Soderbergh’s new series The Knick. Premiering Friday at 10 p.m. on Cinemax, the show follows Clive Owen's Dr. Thackery, as he balances performing surgery at New York’s Knickerbocker Hospital while battling addiction. It’s not for the weak of heart. The surgery scenes get gory enough to make even Sarah Palin admit Obamacare isn’t the worst thing to happen to American healthcare. 

What are you watching this week? 

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  1. The only one I've an interest in is Please Like Me. Its well done and I hope his cute boyfriend is back and we get some bed time! :-)

    Posted by: Mike Ryan | Aug 4, 2014 8:23:47 PM


  2. The first season of Please Like Me was amazing and funny...I just wish Pivot TV was available from my cable company!!

    Posted by: East Coast | Aug 4, 2014 8:28:44 PM


  3. I had never heard of Please Like Me or Pivot network for that matter. When I checked I was pleased to see that I have the channel and will be able to check out this show. (Channel 492/1492 on AT&T Uverse)

    So I guess Bravo isn't bringing back 'Top Chef: Just Desserts'?

    Posted by: Brian in Texas | Aug 4, 2014 10:13:15 PM


  4. Please Like Me was a surprise treat last year. Stumbled upon it on iTunes for like $9. Really charming show.

    Posted by: daws | Aug 4, 2014 10:34:28 PM


  5. Yeah, without iTunes, I wouldn't have seen Please Like Me, but it's great. I hope his parents are back.

    Posted by: Mike | Aug 5, 2014 7:56:24 AM


  6. I just got whole first season on ITunes for 4.99

    Posted by: Just_a_guy | Aug 5, 2014 9:28:46 AM


  7. What is Pivot channel?

    Posted by: Andy | Aug 5, 2014 9:30:52 AM


  8. Been waiting ages for new season of Please Like Me! Its gut busting funny. It seems like the lead character is just being his naturally quirky self. So happy its back. Try and catch an episode on youtube if can. You'll love it!

    Posted by: Brandoy | Aug 5, 2014 11:28:23 AM


  9. Yes, Please like me is so funny. I watch it on Pivot (reg.) but can't get it in HD. What??

    Posted by: Robbee67 | Aug 5, 2014 11:38:46 AM


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