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What to watch this weekend: 'Sharknado 5,' 'Comrade Detective'

Tara Reid and Ian Ziering in Sharknado 5: Global Swarming.

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Tara Reid and Ian Ziering in Sharknado 5: Global Swarming.

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August

Spoof: Comrade Detective

If you're looking for something absurd, yet weirdly brilliant, give Comrade Detective a watch. Amazon's newest comedy, from Channing Tatum and Joseph Gordon-Levitt (I KNOW), is made to feel like a real 1980s Romanian cop show that was created by the government in the midst of Cold War hysteria. Real Romanian actors perform in the series, but are hilariously overdubbed by familiar American voices. It feels silly and outdated, yet the Communist propaganda parody is full of Marx references and witty nationalist gibes. Tatum and Gordon-Levitt voice the lead cops, but tune in for the voices of Nick Offerman, Jenny Slate, Fred Armisen and Kim Basinger, among others. Now streaming on Amazon.

RELATED: 3 wonderfully weird shows premiering next week: Comrade Detective, The Lowe Files, What Would Diplo Do?

Global Swarming: Sharknado 5

Shark Week may be over, but there's still plenty of delightfully bad creature features to enjoy. The fifth installment of the wildly popular Sharknado franchise, Global Swarming, sees the world bracing for a worldwide shark-infested storm. And this year, the mission gets personal for chainsaw-wielding Fin Shepard (Ian Ziering) and his bionic wife, April (Tara Reid), when their son gets trapped in a sharknado. Naturally, the two find that the origins of the shark-meets-tornado are found in cave drawings and ancient hieroglyphics. They'll have to solve the mystery of why sharknados occur in order to save the world. Oh, and Fabio plays the pope and Charo plays the queen of England. 8 p.m. Sunday, Syfy.

Sharknado director talks favorite shark moments before Tampa screening

HBO

Hard Knocks: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

This season, the reality sports documentary series Hard Knocks takes a deep dive into Tampa Bay's own Bucs. The five-episode season from HBO Sports and NFL Films premieres Tuesday. NFL Films senior executive Ross Ketover said this in a release teasing the season: "The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have everything we look for when it comes to Hard Knocks: a young dynamic team filled with big names; an experienced coaching staff focused on taking their squad to the next level; and high expectations in a division that has represented the NFC in the past two Super Bowls." For the past few months, cameras have followed the team through 1,500 hours of practices and meetings, as well as behind-the-scenes footage of players and coaches in their everyday lives. 10 p.m. Tuesday, HBO.

For more on this season of Hard Knocks with the Bucs, head to tampabay.com/sports

Gone, but not forgotten: The Story of Diana

Aug. 31 marks 20 years since Princess Diana died at age 36. Though not the first or the last special to mark the anniversary, ABC's two-night special The Story of Diana boasts a stellar cast of people speaking on behalf of the woman known as the People's Princess. Charles Spencer, Diana's brother, is interviewed alongside archival footage that explores the many different chapters of the Princess of Wales' life. Other interviews include ones with friends, members of the royal family and even her driver and chef. ABC touts this special as reminding the world why it fell in love with Diana and introduces her to a new generation. 9 p.m. Wednesday and Aug. 10, ABC.

Upcoming streaming releases

Friday: Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later (Netflix), Icarus (Netflix)
Saturday: Billy on the Street Season 5 (Hulu), Holes (Netflix)
Monday: You're the Worst Season 3 (Hulu)
Aug. 11: Atypical (Netflix)
Aug. 18: Marvel's The Defenders (Netflix)
Aug. 25: Death Note (Netflix), The Tick (Amazon)

Contact Chelsea Tatham at ctatham@tampabay.com. Follow @chelseatatham.


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