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5 Best Bets on TV This Week: Robert Rodriguez Tries Out The Small Screen While NatGeo Goes 'Live From Space'

Photo of Ben Travers By Ben Travers | Indiewire March 10, 2014 at 11:25AM

Check out the best in TV this week with FX's "Chozen" and National Geograhpic's "Live from Space."
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An astronaut ignores the view and focuses on the mission.
National Geographic An astronaut ignores the view and focuses on the mission.

Sure, Sunday tends to be overcrowded with high-end TV like "Girls," "House of Lies," "Shameless" and "The Walking Dead," but what to watch the rest of the time? Every Monday, we bring you five noteworthy highlights from the other six days of the week.

Chozen

"Chozen": "Family Weekend (or How Gary Got His Groove Back)"
Monday, March 10 at 10:30 pm on FX

I have to be honest: "Chozen" won me over by appointing me "Heavy B Earfquake" via the show's rap name generator on its cannily constructed website. "Chozen" itself... well, it has potential. The animated comedy tracks the titular character, Chozen, after a prison stint while he tries to regain his title as the world's greatest rapper. The twists, if you would call them that, are: a) Chozen is white, b) he's gay, and c) his lyrics are intended to turn stereotypical rap tunes on their head (though it didn't feel too striking with "Murder, Sex"). The impressive cast -- including Michael Pena, Hannibal Buress, Kathryn Hahn, and Danny McBride  -- adds intrigue, but can "Chozen" be the chosen one to match "Archer" on Monday nights, or will one more show fly too close to the danger zone? 20-year-old Twitter phenom Shelby Fero wrote this week's episode.

"From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series": Series Premiere
Tuesday, March 11 at 9 pm on El Rey

Robert Rodriguez returns to the world of vampires, but this time George Clooney and Harvey Keitel aren't around to protect him. The director of "Sin City" and "Spy Kids" describes "From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series" as the novel, whereas the film version was the short story. Here's hoping that's the case. A lucky few viewers will have seen this days earlier at SXSW, but the world can judge for themselves on Tuesday, assuming your cable provider supports El Rey Network. If not, international fans can catch the show via Netflix. For a recap of the first episode, check out our SXSW coverage.

Kristin Banta stands with the groom in what appears to be medieval times.
KristinBanta.com Kristin Banta stands with the groom in what appears to be medieval times.

"My Big Fat Geek Wedding"
Tuesday, March 11 at 10 pm on SyFy

No, the SyFy channel isn't airing Nia Vardalos' blockbuster romantic comedy circa 2002. Rather, it's showcasing the real life love of two fantasy enthusiasts who've planned and executed one of the most fanciful weddings ever fancied. Julian and Mandie met online while playing -- what else? -- "Final Fantasy" before he proposed at a medieval renaissance fair. On this one-hour special, the couple will visit castles -- yes, castles! -- as venues for the wedding, stage a swordfight, and plan some sort of dragon surprise. Wait. A dragon? Is Smaug real? Should we all be searching for black arrows?

"Party Down: South"
Thursday, March 13 at 10 pm on CMT

I can't believe no one else has written about this yet. Talk about a scoop! The catering crew from Starz's cult hit "Party Down" are making their much-needed return to TV thanks to -- of all networks -- CMT! "Don't stop believin'," am I right? After all these years...wait. What? It's not a spinoff? It's a reality show called "Party Down South"? Well, son of a-

Vice

"Vice": Season Premiere
Friday, March 14 at 11 pm on HBO

Though the HBO program sometimes blurs the line between journalism and entertainment, the first season of "Vice" certainly left its fair share of impressions. Season two will undoubtedly do the same. With reports planned from Afghanistan, Iran, and Saudi Arabia, season two of "Vice" will be putting its money where its mouth is throughout each hour-long episode. The show, executive produced by Bill Maher, returns with new correspondents braving dangerous locales Friday night.

"Live From Space"
Friday, March 14 at 8 pm on National Geographic Channel

Want to see a real live version of "Gravity" without all the danger, debris, and space-induced trauma? I didn't think so either until I read up on "Live From Space," a special presentation from the National Geographic Channel. Broadcast live from the International Space Station and NASA Mission Control in Houston, TX, this two-hour piece of event television takes viewers on a literal trip around the world as the ISS orbits Earth. Astronauts Rick Mastracchio and Koichi Wakata will be our tour guides on board the ISS while Mike Massimino -- who actually fixed the Hubble Telescope, whereas Sandra Bullock couldn't even fake it -- will be live with host Soledad O'Brien in Houston. If you want to feel even more like you're in space -- and who doesn't? -- then you can use the site's second screen experience and ask the astronauts questions via Instagram using #HelloFromEarth.

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