What's Worth Watching: Suits, Mr. Robot, The A Word and more for Wednesday, July 13

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Mr Robot
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Suits (9/8c, USA): From the very beginning of this enjoyable legal drama, it seemed only a matter of time before Mike’s (Patrick J. Adams) secret of being a fake lawyer—as in: never having attended law school—would be exposed. Sure enough, he faced the music last year, and took a plea to protect his colleague. As the sixth season opens on a powerfully bleak note, Mike trades in his suit for prison blues, while his work family sings the blues. Pearson Specter Litt has never been in a predicament quite this dire: with all the partners fleeing the firm and more litigation looming in regards to all of the cases Mike handled. Can Harvey (Gabriel Macht), Jessica (Gina Torres) and Louis (Rick Hoffman) stop blaming each other long enough to get the firm back on its feet? How will Mike’s beloved Rachel (Meghan Markle) fare without him? What tricks does the resourceful Donna (Sarah Rafferty) have up her designer sleeves? All potent questions to be addressed in what promises to be a pivotal season.

Mr. Robot (10/9c, USA): Last summer’s most provocative drama is back, with super-hacker Elliot (Rami Malek) trying to maintain a grip on his fragile sanity, while the inner voice of Mr. Robot (a volatile Christian Slater) hounds his alter ego/protégé to rejoin the revolution that brought Evil Corp and the world’s economy to its knees. Sam Esmail’s weirdly mesmerizing psychological cyberthriller is off to a strong start with back-to-back episodes airing with limited interruption (and an actual “Intermission”). See the full review here.

The A Word (10/9c, SundanceTV): Fans of NBC’s late, lamented Parenthood may find the void somewhat filled by this bittersweet six-part BBC import about a fractious family whose anxieties are amplified upon discovering that their dreamy, distant 5-year-old son is autistic. The “A” in A Word could stand for authenticity. The emotions, tears and laughter ring true in this entertaining and movie drama.

Inside Wednesday TV: ABC is once again broadcasting the 2016 ESPYS (8/7c) honoring achievement in sports, highlighted by Justin Timberlake presenting the Icon Award to three retiring superstars: Kobe Bryant, Peyton Manning and Abby Wambach. … If you’re in Shark Week withdrawal, Smithsonian Channel has the cure, with the first of five “Wild Wednesdays” specials: Hunting the Hammerhead (8/7c), traveling to Bimini in the Bahamas to follow the hammerhead shark’s mission to hunt stingrays. … Oprah Winfrey returns to OWN’s sudsy Greenleaf (10/9c) as the family’s estranged Aunt Mavis, finally having a frank conversation with Bishop (Keith David) about why prodigal daughter Grace (Merle Dandridge) has returned home. And it wasn’t to resume preaching, although Bishop overrides Grace’s objections and puts her back in the pulpit to preach for the first time in years.