Monday TV: ‘The Great Stone Face’

KeatonBuster Keaton deserves a full day’s focus on Turner Classic Movies, with two showings of the Peter Bogdanovich-directed “The Great Buster: A Celebration” (8 p.m. and 12:30 a.m.) and a slew of his movies: “Battling Butler” (6 a.m.), “The Cameraman” (7:30 a.m.), “Spite Marriage” (9 a.m.), “Doughboys” (10:30 a.m.), “Parlor, Bedroom and Bath” (noon), “Sidewalks of New York” (1:15 p.m.), “The Passionate Plumber” (2:30 p.m.), “In the Good Old Summertime” (4 p.m.), “How to Stuff a Wild Bikini” (6 p.m.), “The General” (10 p.m.), “Sherlock Jr.” (11:30 p.m.), “Seven Chances” (2:30 a.m.), “Steamboat Bill Jr.” (3:30 a.m.) and “The Navigator” (4:45 a.m.).

It’s sort of like “Family Food Fight” with a more professional air. The new “Family Restaurant Rivals” (Food, 10 p.m.) has operators of family operated restaurants going after one another. Valerie Bertinelli hosts.

Preseason Monday Night Football has San Francisco at Denver (ESPN, 8 p.m.).

The best use of formal Beatle in pure, unadulterated nostalgia was in last year’s “Carpool Karaoke: When Corden Met McCartney” (CBS, 10 p.m.), which gets a welcome rerun tonight.

The Robert Durst case is re-examined on a new “Dateline” (NBC, 10 p.m.).

“Do Not Resist,” a documentary about the rising militarization of U.S. police forces, is rerun on “POV” (PBS, 10 p.m., check local listings).

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Sunday TV: Danny McBride’s New Jerk

righteous-gemstonesDanny McBride has been an expert at creating a blustery, quick-triggered jerk of a character for premium cable comedies, first in “Eastbound and Down” and then “Vice Principals.” Seems a natural thing that he’d become a morally-compromised Southern evangelical in a megachurch-running family. Hence, “The Righteous Gemstones” (HBO, 10 p.m.) in which he’s blackmailed for non-pastorly pursuits in the very first episode. Aside from brash comedy, there is more depth thanks to a cast that includes John Goodman as the father in charge and Adam Devine and Edi Paterson as siblings. McBride’s nemesis in “Vice Principals” Walton Goggins shows up soon enough too. Here’s a longer story I wrote about it for TV Worth Watching.

The decent Boston period yarn “City on a Hill” (Showtime, 9 p.m.) reaches its first season finale tonight; it’s been renewed for a second.

Primetime preseason football has Seattle at Minnesota (Fox, 8 p.m.). An earlier game has New Orleans at Chargers (CBS, 4 p.m.).

“Serengeti” (Discovery, 8 p.m.) feels anticipation for the annual great migration.

Get a peek at the upcoming “Downton Abbey” movie and get behind the scenes stories on “Downton Abbey Live!” (PBS, 9 p.m., check local listings), the public television series that refuses to die.

Things start to heat up on “Succession” (HBO, 9 p.m.).

“The Weekly” (FX, 10 p.m.) looks into loopholes at the start of the opioid crisis.

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Saturday TV: Swashbuckling All Day

errol flynnA dozen Errol Flynn movies seems right for a late summer Saturday. It starts today on Turner Classic Movies with “Footsteps in the Dark” (6 a.m.), “Northern Pursuit” (8 a.m.), “The Master of Ballantrae” (10 a.m.), “The Sea Hawk” (11:45 a.m.), “The Adventures of Robin Hood” (2 p.m.), “The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex” (4 p.m.), “Santa Fe Trail” (6 p.m.), “Captain Blood” (8 p.m.), “Gentleman Jim” (10:15 p.m.), “The Dawn Patrol” (12:15 a.m.), “Dodge City” (2:15 a.m.) and “Cry Wolf” (4:15 a.m.).

With no Sharknado in the forecast, here’s another farcical-sounding horror storm a-‘brewing: “Zombie Tidal Wave” (Syfy, 9 p.m.).

The half-hour special “JoJo’s Follow Your D.R.E.A.M.” (Nickelodeon, 8 p.m.) follows tour preparations for the surprisingly popular former star of “Dance Moms,” JoJo Siwa.

It’s not exactly live, but the thought is there, with a replay of the Jimmy Kimmel-produced “Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear’s ‘All in the Family’ and ‘The Jeffersons’” (ABC, 8 p.m.) is a tribute to a sitcom golden era, with a contemporary cast that does better than you’d think. Kimmel plans at least two more ventures in this arena, but hasn’t said which shows he’d pay tribute to.

It sits among same-week replays of reality shows like “America’s Got Talent” (NBC, 8 p.m.), “So You Think You Can Dance” (Fox, 8 p.m.), and newsmagazines like “48 Hours” (CBS, 9 p.m.) and “Dateline” (NBC, 9 p.m.).

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Friday TV: ‘Mindhunter’ is Back to Work

mindhunter_s02_holt_mccallany_3_embedOne of the best series of the streaming era, David Fincher’s “Mindhunter” (Netflix, streaming) returns for a second season of investigating the psyches of serial killers. Jonathan Groff, Holt McCallany and Anna Torv return.

Ben Dickey stars as country singer Blaze Foley in the fanciful bio film “Blaze” (Showtime, 8 p.m.), co written and directed by Ethan Hawke. The cast also includes Alia Shawkat, with Charlie Sexton as Townes Van Zandt.

Marlon Wayans plays all six “Sextuplets” (Netflix, streaming) in a new comedy from the makers of “White Chicks” about a man who finds his previously unknown adult siblings.

The new seven-episode documentary series “Diagnosis” (Netflix, streaming) is based on the popular column about mysterious illnesses in the New York times by Dr. Lisa Sanders.

“CNN Special Report” (CNN, 9 p.m.) has Poppy Harlow reporting on the growth of Amazon.

From a different Amazon comes “Frontera Verde” (Netflix, streaming), a new series about a young detective investigating muders on the Colombian border and an intersection with the indigenous tribes there.

Here’s a new comedy special, “Jim Gaffigan: Quality Time” (Amazon, streaming).

In the new “The Amazing Jonathan” (Hulu, streaming), a comedian (who uses that same name) who has a heart condition, goes on his farewell tour and filmmaker Ben Berman learns a lesson by accompanying him.

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Thursday TV: More Desperate Housewives

WhyWOmenMarc Cherry’s fascination with desperate housewives continues in his move to streaming services, where his high-gloss soaps of matrimony and murder continues with “Why Women Kill” (CBS All Access, streaming), which switches between three women in three different decades —Ginnifer Goodwin in the 60s, Lucy Liu  in the 80s and Kirby Howell-Baptiste today, each occupying the same house in their era and all dealing with unfaithful husbands.

“Elementary” (CBS, 10 p.m.) ends its seven-season run with Holmes and Watson’s final battle with Odin Reichenbach.

On the second to last episode of “Baskets” (FX, 10 p.m.), Christine Baskets goes to Sacramento, though her apple pie is not allowed through security

On “Jersey Shore family Vacation” (MTV, 8 p.m.), the Situation’s wedding grins on.

Marley the Pig introduces the challenge on “MasterChef” (Fox, 8 p.m.).

“Big Brother” (CBS, 9 p.m.) votes to evict either Cat or Cliff.

There’s a trip to Talon’s childhood home on “The Outpost” (CW, 8 p.m.).

“Family Food Fight” (ABC, 9 p.m.) has its finale.

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Wednesday TV: ‘David Makes Man’ on OWN

David-Makes-Man-CroppedThere are a lot of coming of age series around, but none quite as lyrical and sensitive as “David Makes Man” (OWN, 10 p.m.). That’s likely because it’s from Tarell Alvin McCraney, the Oscar-winning cowriter of “Moonlight,” who creates a singular world in a south Florida setting, with a strong cast that includes Akili McDowell in the title role, as well as Alana Arenas, Nathanial Logan McIntyre and Travis Coles. It premieres after a new episode of “Queen Sugar” (OWN, 9 p.m.).

Make way for a new house party. Rapper Danny Brown hosts the slack new “Danny’s House” (Viceland, 10 p.m.), welcoming friends and celebrities into a wood-paneled basement meant to look like his basement in Detroit (though it’s not shot there). His first guest is timely — ASAP Rocky, recently freed from Swedish custody, in a segment taped before that incident, as well as comic Ron Funches.

The documentary “Alternate Endings: Six New Ways to Die in America” (HBO, 8 p.m.) looks instead at new ways Americans are considering the end of their life and how their funerals will be handled. One arranges for ashes to be shot up in space, for example.

A five-part docuseries “Happy Jail” (Netflix, streaming) follows the dancing life inside the Philippines detention center where they made that  famous group dance of “Thriller” in 2007.

A second season starts for the Indian gangster series “Sacred Games” (Netflix, streaming).

The season’s first results from a live show come on “America’s Got Talent” (NBC, 8 p.m.).

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Tuesday TV: Tiffany Haddish Presents

tiffanyThe comedienne whose career flourished in a hurry now takes the opportunity to spread around her opportunity with the six-part “Tiffany Haddish Presents: They Ready” (Netflix, streaming), with six of her favorite comics doing half hour sets. They include Tracey Ashley, Flame Monroe, Aida Rodriguez, Chaunte Wayans, April Macie and Marlo Williams. Also honing comedy this summer: the network competition “Bring the Funny” (NBC, 10 p.m.).

It took more than four hours for the first roses to be handed out on “Bachelor in Paradise” (ABC, 8 p.m.), it may be a while before the women hand their first flowers out.

Blanca is devastated by an unexpected loss on “Pose” (FX, 10 p.m.).

“Adam Ruins Everything” (truTV, 10 p.m.) returns with bug eating, border security and SWAT teams among the topics.

Quarterfinals come for “America’s Got Talent” (NBC 8 p.m.).

Lizzie Borden is the first case investigated with modern high tech devices in the new series “Mysteries Decoded” (CW, 9 p.m.).

“Family Pictures USA” (PBS, 8 p.m.), which apparently running its episode on consecutive days, concentrates on Detroit.

There are consecutive episodes, too, of “The Food That Built America” (History, 9 p.m.), which turns its attention to McDonald’s.

Crab fishing ain’t what it used to be on “Deadliest Catch” (Discovery, 9 p.m.), causing some unexpected alliances.

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Monday TV: Horror Upon Horror

TerrorThe second installment of a horror anthology series that began with a story of a 19th century expedition gone wrong turns its attention to World War II and specifically the internment of thousands of Japanese-Americans. An added element of Japanese horror, or kaidan, is part of “The Terror: Infamy” (AMC, 10 p.m.), but is hardly needed.

An admirable cast of Japanese-American actors lead the cast that also features George Takei, who as a former prisoner, also served as a consultant to the meticulously set designed project, which of course reflects on today’s news. Here’s a longer story I wrote about the series  from the TV Critics Association summer press tour, for TV Worth Watching.com.

Just as dark, ominous and relevant is another 10-part series that begins tonight with two episodes. “Our Boys” (HBO, 9 p.m.) looks at the cases of three missing Israeli boys that sparked deadly revenge and a whole new flare up to the Gaza War in 2014. Its makers, who shot in Israel, went to great lengths to tell an even-handed, though tragic, story — entirely in subtitles.

Tonight sees a return of one of my favorite new series of 2018, “Lodge 49” (AMC, 10;10 p.m.), the quirky tale of community under a strange order. We return with Dud recovering from a snark bite, Ernie out of circulation and Liz still trying to find herself.

One way to tell the history of a place is through the cherished photos of those who settled there. That’s the premise behind Thomas Allen Harris’ “Family Pictures USA” (PBS, 9 p.m.) in which families in Central Florida, North Carolina and Detroit share tales of their kin to help create a larger picture of where they live.First up is the tobacco country around Durham, N.C.

A series finale comes for the most unusual adaptation of a Marvel property, “Legion” (FX, 10 p.m.) in which all will probably be explained.

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Sunday TV: ‘Succession’s Welcome Return

successionThe first season of “Succession” (HBO, 9 p.m.) started slowly and built into a sharp and wicked commentary on corporate families, using the same nasty humor as “Veep.” Season two’s start tonight begins slowly as well, but by next week will be zipping into the family’s holdings in  news and amusement parks. Get on board.

Lucy Hale and David Dobrik host this year’s Teen Choice 2019 (Fox, 8 p.m.) live from Hermosa Beach, Calif. Performers include OneRepublic, Bazzi, Mabel, CNCO, HRVY and Monsta X.

The third season of “Claws” (TNT, 9 p.m.) ends with the nail shop’s final effort to take over a casino.

“The Loudest Voice” (Showtime, 10 p.m.) ends its run with the 2016 Republican convention and a whole lot of scandal inside Fox News.

A source from out of the blue rises on “City on a Hill” (Showtime, 9 p.m.).

“Great Performances at the Met” (PBS, noon, check local listings) presents Wagner’s Die Walkure.

Prime time is a good time for the U.S. Gymnastics Championships (NBC, 8 p.m.), especially as Simone Biles is setting new records.

“Grantchester” (PBS, 9 p.m., check local listings) ends its season with a final mystery.

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Saturday TV: Considering the Shapes

favoriteShapesJulio Torres is from El Salvador, but he might as well be from space in the way he dresses (a silver jumpsuit) and the way he looks at things. One of the cast of “Los Espookys,” he steps out now in his own unusual standup comedy special “My Favorite Shapes by Julio Torres” (HBO, 10:30 p.m.), in which he uses shapes, and gems and toys that come to him on conveyor belt to aid his absurdist humor. A discovery of Fred Armisen, he shares the same absurdist approach.

It follows the premium cable debut of Jason Mamoa as “Aquaman” (HBO, 8 p.m.).

A timely rerun of “The Oprah Winfrey Show” (OWN, 8 p.m.) has her conversation with Toni Morrison, the celebrated writer who died Monday at 88.

Also timely: “Global Lessons on Guns: A Fareed Zakaria GPS Special” (CNN, 10 p.m.) — unless its pre-empted by another mass shooting.

In the made for TV romance “A Taste of Summer” (Hallmark, 9 p.m.), Roselyn Sanchez plays a restauranteur in Boston who is in competition with a former Red Sox running his own joint nearby. He’s played by Sanchez’ real life husband Eric Winter.

Third in the creepy family series presented this summer is “V.C. Andrews ‘ Fallen Hearts” (Lifetime, 8 p.m.), directed by one of its stars, Jason Priestly.

“Black Love” (OWN, 9 p.m.) begins its third season with the love stories of Tia Mowry and Cory Hardrict and Meagan Good and DeVon Franklin.

Fascination in this case hasn’t waned much in half a century, so here’s a two hour “Manson: The Women” (Oxygen, 7 p.m.), describing how he attracted the women to his cause. It plays opposite “Charles Manson: The Funeral” (Reelz, 7 p.m.) and “Truth & Lies: The Family Manson” (Reelz, 9 p.m.).

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