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5 Best Bets on TV This Week: Americans in Bed and in Polyamorous Relationships

5 Best Bets on TV This Week: Americans in Bed and in Polyamorous Relationships

Sure, Sunday tends to be overcrowded with high-end TV, including the just returned “Breaking Bad,” “True Blood,” “The Newsroom,” “Low Winter Sun,” “Dexter,” “Ray Donovan” and more, 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.

“Americans in Bed”: Broadcast Premiere
Monday, August 12 at 9pm on HBO

Where else are people most open at ease than in their own beds? Philippa Robinson directs this doc consisting of interviews with 10 couples done, as the title indicates, from their beds. The interviewees include a cross-section of ages, ethnicities, religions and sexual orientations, and talk about love, sex and marriage. Check out the trailer here.

Nine for IX”: “Runner”
Tuesday, August 13 at 8pm on ESPN

Shola Lynch, of “Free Angela & All Political Prisoners” and “Chisolm ’72 — Unbought & Unbossed,” directs this week’s install of ESPN women’s sports doc series “Nine for IX.” “Runner” tells the story of American distance runner Mary Decker, whose Olympic debut at the 1984 Los Angeles Games was marked by a collision with Zola Budd, running on behalf of the UK. Decker fell, and initially placed the blame for the fall on Budd, though later the women tried to reconcile.

“Futurama”: “Game of Tones”
Wednesday, August 14 at 10pm on Comedy Central

First “Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane showed up on “The Simpsons,” voicing a character in the 24th season finale. Then news broke that “Family Guy” would be having a “Simpsons” crossover episode, with the Griffins ending up in Springfield. And this week, the former Oscar host continues his invasion of Matt Groening properties by providing the voice to a “Futurama” character — and not just any character, but that of Seymour, Fry’s dog from his days in the 20th century and the subject of the show’s surprise heartbreaker “Jurassic Bark.” MacFarlane is, of course, no stranger to voicing canines — he’s the voice of erudite “Family Guy” pet Brian.

“Polyamory: Married & Dating”: Season Premiere
Thursday, August 15 at 11pm on Showtime

Together with fellow Showtime unscripted series “Gigolos,” “Polyamory: Married and Dating” is the type of bare-all reality show it can be difficult to understand the reasoning behind the participants signing on, though we’re generally glad they did. The show, which is starting its second season, examines the romantic and domestic lives of a foursome and a threesome as the members of each try to navigate the complexities of non-monogamous committed relationships.

“Being Human”: The Last Broadcast
Saturday, August 17 at 11pm on BBC America

The original British incarnation of supernatural drama “Being Human,” about ghosts, werewolves and vampires who try to live in the real world (and with each other as roommates), comes to an end on BBC America after five seasons. The series finale, which aired in the U.K. in March, finds the central threesome battling for the fate of the world. While this version of the series is done, anyone pining for more from this premise can always turn to the U.S. remake, the fourth season of which will air on Syfy next year.

Also worth a look: PBS has an encore airing of Ian Cheney’s festival hit about light pollution “The City Dark” on Monday, August 12th at 10pm; A&E’s inexplicably giant reality hit “Duck Dynasty” returns for a fourth season on Wednesday, August 14th at 10pm

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