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‘GLOW,’ ‘Preacher’ and ‘Salvation’ begin new seasons

June 24, 2018 GMT

‘GLOW,’ ‘Preacher’ and ‘Salvation’ begin new seasons

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Three returning series are among the top viewing choices this week:

“Preacher” (10 p.m. Sunday, June 24, AMC): Dominic Cooper’s Reverend Jesse Custer, a preacher inhabited by an angel-demon spawn that gives him extraordinary power, returns for a third season, which will see Tony winner Betty Buckley (“Cats”) join the cast as Gran’ma, a “spiritist” who can cast spells and even bring back the dead (for a price). She is weathered, tough, mean and intelligent beyond measure, but she’s Jesse’s only living family and she loves him. Based on the comic book series created by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon, the cable drama is a high-action mix of horror, adventure and dark comedy. Also joining the cast this season are Jeremy Childs (“The Last Castle,” “Nashville”) as Jody, Gran’ma’s massive and intimidating enforcer; Liz McGeever (“Star,” “Nashville”) as Christina, who has a face that lures customers in for her family business; and Colin Cunningham (“Falling Skies”) as TC, a weaselly and wiry man of the bayou who a loyal caretaker and soldier for Gran’ma.

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“Salvation” (9 p.m. Monday, June 25, WOIO Channel 19): The CBS science-fiction thriller returns for a second season with that darn asteroid still on a collision course with Earth. But now the secret is out and the world knows the truth about this impending threat. The first season introduced us to billionaire scientist Darius Tanz (Santiago Cabrera) and MIT student Liam Cole (Charlie Rowe). One of the first people outside the government to predict the asteroid’s impending impact, Liam worked with Darius on a gravity tractor they hoped would alter the asteroid’s course. The drama also stars Jennifer Finnigan, who plays Pentagon press secretary Grace Barrows. The series’ impressive roster of recurring players has included Tovah Feldshuh (“The Walking Dead”), Dennis Boutsikaris (“Better Call Saul”), Jeffrey Nordling (“24″) and John Noble (“Fringe”).

“GLOW” (Friday, June 29, Netflix): Round two for Alison Brie and the acclaimed comedy about the Glorious Ladies of Wrestling. Inspired by the short-lived show from the 1980s, “GLOW” introduced us to Ruth Wilder (Brie), an out-of-work actress who finds one last chance for stardom when she’s thrust into the glitter and spandex world of women’s wrestling. In addition to working with 12 Hollywood misfits, Ruth also has to compete with Debbie Eagan (Betty Gilpin) a former soap actress who left the business to have a baby. Running the show is washed-up B-movie director Sam Sylvia (Marc Maron), who hopes to help his wrestling women to stardom. As Ruth and Debbie settle into the day-to-day of making a season of TV together, they confront lingering issues at the heart of their friendship. Or, as Netflix’s description of the second season puts it: “The wrestling is harder, the stakes are higher, and the hair is even bigger.”

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