Summer sampling perfect for remote roulette

By Paula Hendrickson
Television Columnist

Lately I’ve found myself sampling various TV shows I might otherwise may have missed. Some shows are still fairly new, but a surprising number have been on the air for a season or more. When there’s nothing on TV I really want to watch, but don’t want to watch something off the DVR or OnDemand because something I want to watch live starts in less than an hour, I’ll play a round of Remote Roulette and sample a show I’ve never watched before.

Here are some shows that caught my attention enough for me to tune in more often – and in two cases, even set my DVR.

My Strange Inheritance, Fox Business Network. This show airs Monday-Friday from 8-10 p.m., so chances are good you’ll see the same episodes repeat fairly often. One of my favorites was about a lost recording discovered by the sons of the legendary singer-songwriter Roy Orbison, who died in 1988. Another episode was about a young woman who inherited her grandfather’s old movie theater and found a novel way to keep it open.

Garage Gold, DIY. This series is sort of like a mashup of American Pickers, Hoarders and Storage Wars, as the Garage Brothers take on jobs clearing out overstuffed garages in exchange for pocketing any proceeds earned by selling the contents. DIY has mini-marathons of it running this Friday and Sunday.

American Rehab: Virginia, DIY. One season centered on the restoration of a century old Victorian house in Charleston, South Carolina. Another focused on a young couple who purchased a once grand but long neglected Detroit home the husband’s great-grandparents owned in the 1920s. This season follows a family rehabbing Mount Airy, a huge historic Virginia estate that’s been in the husband’s family since it was built more than 250 years ago. Tune in Wednesday at 9 p.m. for four back-to-back episodes.

Another Period, Comedy Central. The comedy — co-created by and co-starring Riki Lindhome (Garfunkel and Oates) and Rockford native Natasha Leggero (Free Agents, Brickleberry)— is pretty much a gloriously raunchy hybrid of Downton Abbey and Keeping Up With The Kardashians. Leggero and Lindhome star as Lillian and Beatrice, the vain, super wealthy and spoiled rotten Bellacourt sisters living in turn-of-the-last-century Rhode Island. Regular cast members include Christina Hendricks (Mad Men), Paget Brewster (Criminal Minds), Jason Ritter (Parenthood) and Michael Ian Black (The State). New episodes are Tuesdays at 9:30 p.m. but repeat sporadically. On Thursday, August 20, a four-episode block runs from 3:44-6:00 p.m.

Finding a marathon of a show you like can be fun, but proceed with caution. The other day I wound up staying up a couple hours longer than planned to binge on a new-to-me show. At least it wasn’t The Great British Baking Show, or I would have been at risk of starting a bake-a-thon, too.

I never said Remote Roulette was without risk.

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