What to watch and listen to this week: Rabbits podcast, 'Downward Dog' on ABC
About 30 seconds into listening to Rabbits, I was hooked.
The new podcast from the Public Radio Alliance upends the traditional serial radio docudrama style with a story that sounds almost too real.
PRA producer Carly Parker is the voice of Rabbits, which chronicles her search for her missing friend, Yumiko.
Carly suspects Yumiko had been playing a mysterious alternate reality game (ARG) called Rabbits before she disappeared.
Now six episodes in, the series evolved from Carly solely searching for her friend to her diving deep into the mysteries surrounding this game and its possible keys to better understanding our universe. It turns out, Rabbits is much more than a high-stakes game. Carly finds out that Rabbits has almost ancient origins, and some people have gone insane or even died trying to uncover its truths.
As the description says, Rabbits truly is TV for your ears. It sports some serious Stranger Things and Dimension 404 vibes and waxes nostalgic while exploring a very futuristic way of playing video games. Carly even talks about Polybius, an arcade game with a creepy urban legend attached to it, the subject of an episode in Hulu's Dimension 404 series.
Rabbits has just enough unease to keep you on your toes and quite a bit of folkloric storytelling to keep you clicking "next episode." So R U Playing?
Listen on iTunes, Stitcher and rabbitspodcast.com.
Watch this week
Antiques Roadshow, 8 p.m., PBS: The first of three parts shot in Orlando, featuring Joe Strummer's boots from 1979; Ned Hanlon championship pins and cufflinks from 1895; and a 1941 Grant Wood "March" lithograph.
SEASON FINALE: Man With a Plan, 8:30 p.m., CBS: Adam and Andi contemplate having another baby when Don and Marcy's newborn grandson comes for a visit.
SEASON PREMIERE: Kids BBQ Championship, 8 p.m., Food Network: Four of the nation's finest kid barbecuers grill up their best in this official kickoff of summer food.
SEASON FINALE: NCIS, 8 p.m., CBS: The 14th season ends with Gibbs, McGee and Torres traveling to an area in Paraguay that's controlled by a group of violent rebels in the hopes of finding a missing Navy SEAL.
SEASON FINALE: The Middle, 8 p.m., ABC: In the finale, Axl tells his parents he's planning to go to Europe over the summer, but Mike thinks he should be finding a job.
SEASON FINALE: American Housewife, 8:30 p.m., ABC: Katie fakes a pregnancy to get out of mandatory volunteer hours, but it backfires when a baby shower is planned for her.
SEASON FINALE: Fresh Off the Boat, 9 p.m., ABC: The third season finale sees Louis and Jessica making big changes to provide a better life for their family, though the changes might come with a few regrets.
SEASON FINALE: Speechless, 8:30 p.m., ABC: The DiMeos get ready for a flight to JJ's summer camp, Maya gets a surprise at the airport and Ray sees his vacation as a chance to reinvent himself.
SEASON FINALE: Modern Family, 9 p.m., ABC: The eighth season finale sees Javier showing up for Manny's high school graduation and taking him for a wild night of celebration, but Jay has to pick up the pieces.
SERIES PREMIERE: Downward Dog, 9:30 p.m., ABC: In the premiere of this comedy, a lonely dog tries to understand 21st century relationships.
SEASON FINALE: Empire, 9 p.m., Fox: In the Season 3 finale, when Cookie is banned from Leviticus Vegas, she pulls together a team to seek revenge on Giuliana and steal her secret weapon.
SEASON FINALE: Supernatural, 9 p.m., CW: Season 12 ends with Lucifer battling Dean, Sam and Castiel for control of his unborn child.
SEASON FINALE: The Blacklist, 9 p.m., NBC: The two-part finale sees Red facing a siege on his criminal organization as he tracks a high-end thief.
SEASON FINALE: Grey's Anatomy, 8 p.m., ABC: The doctors' lives are at risk after a dangerous patient escapes the hospital room.
SEASON FINALE: Scandal, 9 p.m., ABC: Olivia takes a big risk to ensure Mellie's safety before the inauguration. Later, Fitz uses his power to make some big changes in the last days of his presidency.
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