Tuesday TV: Tom Arnold vs. Donald Trump

TomArnoldOne goofball deserves another, or something, as the comedian and actor Tom Arnold becomes obsessed with Donald Trump and specifically, the miles of outtakes from “The Apprentice” that have never been released (that supposedly led to a minor brawl between Arnold and “Apprentice” producer Mark Burnett at an Emmy party Sunday).

But he’s looking for more than that, according to “The Hunt for the Trump Tapes with Tom Arnold” (Viceland, 10:30 p.m.) premiering tonight, a surprisingly entertaining docs-series about his search, which actually does turn up some stuff — including transcripts from old Trump appearances on Howard Stern. Here’s a story I did about the show earlier this summer.

“America’s Got Talent” (NBC, 8 p.m.) begins the first of its two-night finale with the last performances from the Top 10.

Is there a winner on “Castaways” (ABC, 10 p.m.)? Anyway the first season finale is tonight.

There’s a new standup special out in “D.L. Hughley: Contrarian” (Netflix, streaming).

Immediately after the Emmys is usually when the new fall shows begin, but the only one returning tonight is “Tosh.0” (Comedy Central, 10 p.m.).

“The Paley Center Salutes ‘This is Us’” (NBC, 10 p.m.), with clips, interviews and glimpses of season three serves a prelude to next week’s premiere.

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Monday TV: ‘SNL’ Takeover at the Emmys

Emmys“Saturday Night Live” Weekend Update hosts Colin Jost and Michael Che headline The 70th Primetime Emmy Awards (NBC, 8 p.m.), an event in which “SNL” may win further awards  — it has 21 nominations and Tiffany Haddish already won this year as a guest host. “Game of Thrones” has the most nominations, with 22, so you may be hearing that theme song repeat all night.

The Emmys were bumped from its traditional Sunday night because of football. But there is also Monday Night Football, with Seattle at Chicago (ESPN, 8 p.m.).

If there are the usual pre-parties for the event, such as “Live from the Red Carpet” (E!, 6 p.m.) and “Emmy Awards Arrival Special” (NBC, 7:30 p.m.), there is also an After Party (E!, 11 p.m.) as well as a screening of “An Emmy for Megan” (IFC, 11 p.m.), in which “The Good Place” writer Megan Amram tries her best to get an award after submitting a web series of the same name (spoiler alert: It lost at the Creative Arts Emmys).

Shut out of the male-only ambulance corps in the Orthodox neighborhoods of Brooklyn, a volunteer female corps organizes in “93Queen,” a documentary making its debut on “POV” (PBS, 10 p.m., check local listings). Along these lines: “Live PD Presents: Women on Patrol” (Lifetime, 9 p.m.).

The first season of the network survivalist series “Castaways” (ABC, 8 p.m.) has a two hour finale.

Here’s an odd thing that is more reflective of the old network, a one time, two-hour documentary called “Inside the Manson Cult: The Lost Tapes” (Fox, 8 p.m.), which uses hours of unseen footage from the Spahn Ranch, with interviews from cult members you may have never heard of before, like Catherine “Gypsy” Share and Dianne “Snake” Lake.

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Sunday TV: ‘The Circus’ Sees Grim Reaper

circus“The Circus: Inside the Widest Political Show on Earth” (Showtime, 8 p.m.) returns with a new episode tonight, as John Heilemann takes a tour of Breitbart with Steve Bannon (depicted on “SNL” as the Grim Reaper).

Mark McKinnon and Alex Wagner round out the crew, who will also probably take time to have a fine dinner somewhere. And next week,  political strategist Steve Schmidt begins his stint as a recurring contributor to the show.

There’s not a lot on TV tonight in deference to the traditional night of the Emmys, which isn’t even on, lest it be clobbered by Sunday Night Football, which has Giants at Cowboys (NBC, 8:20 p.m.). Earlier NFL games include Indianapolis at Washington (CBS, 1 p.m.), Arizona at Rams (Fox, 4 p.m.) and New England at Jacksonville (CBS, 4:25 p.m.).

Mr. Pickles gets a new look on “Kidding” (Showtime, 10 p.m.).

Beck and Joe go on a real date on “You” (Lifetime, 10 p.m.), but there is a lingering problem.

On “Insecure” (HBO, 10:30 p.m.), Issa’s new project is more complicated than she thought.

A new docs-series about an urban youth football league in Miami, “Warriors of Liberty City” (Starz, 8 p.m.), accompanies the continuing high school drama of “America to Me” (Starz, 9 p.m.).

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Saturday TV: The Creative Arts Emmys

SamiraThe Emmys have been pushed from Sunday night to Monday for the first time, lest football be disturbed, but last week’s Creative Arts Emmy Awards (FXX, 8 p.m.) will still run tonight, now two days before the main event.

A lot of the technical awards will be given in the edited event from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, but also things like best variety show, animated show and guest star in a comedy and drama, including Samira Wiley, above, in “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

Prime time is once again dominated by college football with Ohio State vs. TCU (ABC, 8 p.m.) and Southern California at Texas (Fox, 8 p.m.), capping a long day of games (listed below).

“Planet Earth: Yellowstone” (BBC America, 8 p.m.) looks at the winter season at the famed national park.

In the made for TV romance “Love in Design” (Hallmark, 9 p.m.), Danica McKellar plays a TV star returning home to renovate a home also meets an old flame (Andrew Walker). Not sure how they can do the same plot over and over. Then there’s a half hour preview of upcoming autumnal romance films on the “Fall Harvest Preview Special” (Hallmark, 11 p.m.).

“Unspeakable Crime: The Killing of Jessica Chambers” (Oxygen 7 and 10 p.m.) covers the murder of a teen burned to death in her car in Mississippi.

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MC50 Mark History at 930 Club

IMG_6170History swirled around the rare booking of MC50 at the 930 Club Tuesday.

Yes, it was the half century anniversary of the debut LP of the Motor City Five. In addition, a couple of weeks earlier had marked 50 years since the Democratic National Convention police riots in Chicago, where the MC5 served as house band amid the tear gas of Grant Park. And here they were in Washington, on the anniversary of 9/11.

Anyone expecting the lone survivor of the band to come out doddering had another thing coming. Guitarist Wayne Kramer was, if anything, at 70, the most active person in the reconstituted band, swirling and kicking his way onto the set and continuing his high energy approach to what looked to be the same stars and stripes guitar he used back in the day.

He also grinned ear to ear during most of the show, as did the younger rockers surrounding him in playing the band’s classics.

Chief among them was guitarist Kim Thayil of Soundgarden, touring for the first time since the death of Chris Cornell in May 2017. He largely provided solid rhythm while leaving Kramer to do his explosive originating solos. But there were several times when the two combined forces to trade off solos as on “Rocket Reducer No. 62 (Rama Lama Fa Fa Fa)” and “Borderline.” Mostly it was good to see him back in action on stage.

Billy Gould of Faith No More held down the bass, and the biggest roar all might may have been for hometown hero Brendan Canty of Fugazi on drums, slamming it out all night.

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Friday TV: ‘The First’ Looks Good

FirstIf “The Handmaid’s Tale” was the first series that made many seriously consider Hulu subscriptions, Beau Willimon’s new sleek new series “The First” (Hulu, streaming) about a manned trip to Mars will surely be the second.

Set in 2030, when the space center has apparently moved to New Orleans, Sean Penn leads the cast as a cranky captain with a teenage daughter to raise, with the underrated Natascha McElhone as an icy leader of a private company taking the trip to the red planet in the near future (when Alexa is even more pervasive than it is now).

Full of high-minded ambition and the kind of uplifting narrative one used to find on “The West Wing,” “The First” (not to be confused with the impending big screen Ryan Gosling space movie “First Man”) looks like a series to savor.

“The Land of Steady Habits” (Netflix, streaming) is the motto for Connecticut, setting for this new film where Ben Mendelsohn plays a man from Westport with a midlife crisis, causing him to leave his wife, played by Edie Falco. It’s directed by Nicole Holofcener, whose previous works include “Enough Said” and “Please Give.”

I’m very excited about the new series “Forever” (Amazon, streaming) from Alan Yang ( “Master of None”) and Matt Hubbard (“30 Rock”) about a boring married couple who make a change in their life. Fred Armisen and Maya Rudolph head a cast that also includes Catherine Keener, Noah Robbins and Kym Whitley.

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Thursday TV: Oslo Accords, 25 Years Later

OsloThe most disheartening thing about “The Oslo Diaries” (HBO, 8 p.m.), an enlightening documentary that goes behind the secret, even illegal, negotiations that came the closest to finding peace in the Middle East after 25 years of conflict, is that it was initially signed 25 years ago today —and nothing has happened since. Indeed, if anything, the situation has gotten worse with the Palestine Liberation Organization being expelled from Washington this week.

But the documentary serves to remind there was a time when people sought to rise above the bloody conflict (before hardline constituencies on both sides sunk it). Included in the film by Mor Loushy and Daniel Sivan is the final interview with Shimon Peres before his death in 2016 at 93.

Another documentary tonight, “Reversing Roe” (Netflix, streaming) takes a timely look at the effort to overturn the Supreme Court’s 1973 ruling on abortion. It’s by Ricki Stern and Annie Sunberg, whose previous films include “Marathon: The Patriots Day Bombing” and “Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work.”

“Shooter” (USA, 10 p.m.) comes to a merciful end after three seasons, with Nadine and Harris assigned new roles.

On the season finale of “Queen of the South” (USA, 9 p.m.) there is an ultimate showdown in Teresa’s effort to take the crown of drug kingpin.

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Wednesday TV: ‘American Horror Story’

AHS“American Horror Story” (FX, 10 p.m.) begins its eighth season by taking parts from all of its previous season in a new story that begins and ends with the end of the world, “Apocalypse.” Much of the past cast is involved, including Kathy Bates, in a nice new hairdo.

A new series is less cheery than the network’s usual drug fare. “Dopesick Nation” (Vicepand, 1 p.m.) addresses the heroin epidemic in Florida.

“Castle Rock (Hulu, streaming) ends its first season.

A champion is crowned on “World of Dance” (NBC, 9 p.m.) after the final four compete.

The final episode of “Ancient Invisible Cities” (PBS, 9 p.m.) looks at Istanbul.

“Full Frontal with Samantha Bee” (TBS, 10:30 p.m.) is back with a load of outrages.

The financial crisis a decade ago is recalled in the special “Crisis on Wall Street: The Week That Shook the World” (CNBC, 10 p.m.).

Heather and Ambrose search for Julian on “The Sinner” (USA, 10 p.m.).

A new Italian film from Alessia Cremonini, “On My Skin” (Netflix, streaming), tells the story of a man who died while in police custody in Rome.

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Tuesday TV: ‘The Resistance Banker’

resistanceBankerIn addition to the apparent resistance in the current White House, there is also the story of “The Resistance Banker” (Netflix, streaming), who set up an underground bank to help fund the resistance to Nazis in occupied Amsterdam. The Dutch film by Joram Lürsen stars Barry Atsma, Jacob Derwig and Pierre Bokma.

Also online is a stand-up special from the young Scottish comic, “Daniel Sloss: Live Shows” (Netflix, streaming).

“The Great American Read” (PBS, 8 p.m.) kicks off its fall season with Meredith Vieira in the Library of Congress where she introduces a jumble of little segments about some of the 100 books on the list. They play like commercials, or previews to future episodes, as do the constant requests to vote.

Today’s anniversary means some more specials: “9/11: Escape from the Towers” (History, 9 p.m.).

Looks like the reunion will be more exciting than the final moments on the beach in the finale of “Bachelor in Paradise” (ABC, 8 p.m.).

The “Sons of Anarchy” sequel “Mayans M.C.” (FX, 10 p.m.) had the biggest debut on cable TV this year last week.

Less so: last week’s debut of “The Purge” (USA, 10 p.m.).

Bob Woodward is guest on “The Rachel Maddow Show” (MSNBC, 9 p.m.)

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Monday TV: Christiane Takes Over the Hour

ChristianeShe’s been a part of the fill-in since Charlie Rose was yanked from his long-running hour for sexual misconduct. Now Christiane Amanpour inherits the entire hour on the new “Amanpour & Company” (PBS, 10 p.m., check local listings), in which the program, co-produced by CNN International, where it is also shown, adds arts and cultural programming to her usual wide-ranging news coverage with an eye toward global events.

Dating these days is worse than you ever imagined it, according to the documentary “Swiped: Hooking Up in the Digital Age” (HBO, 10 p.m.).

A winner is crowned after the final four compete on the 15th season finale of “So You Think You Can Dance” (Fox, 8 p.m.).

A brother and sister team flip homes in Hawaii on the new “Aloha Builds” (DIY, 10 p.m.).

Awaiting hurricane season on “Bachelor in Paradise” (ABC, 8 p.m.).

“The CBS Fall Preview Show” (CBS, 8:30 p.m.) won’t exactly fill you with anticipation for the new season, though it will have the first glimpse at the revived “Murphy Brown.”

Mike puts a plan into motion for Gus on “Better Call Saul” (AMC, 9 p.m.).

Larry divulges secrets of the Lodge to Ernie on “Lodge 49” (AMC, 10 p.m.).

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