Thursday TV: Selena Gomez Tries to Cook

The pop star and actress may have skills in those areas but Selena Gomez doesn’t know much about being in the kitchen. So here’s “Selena + Chef” (HBO Max, streaming), in which she’s joined by famous (and socially distanced) chefs each episode, including Ludo Lefebvre, Nancy Silverton and Toy Choi.

In Rebecca Zlotowski’s breezy imported French flick “Use file facile (An Easy Girl)” (Netflix, streaming),Mina Farid plays a teenager who navigates a summer with her more experienced cousin (Zahia Dehar) in the South of France. 

Five strangers who meet at a wedding decide to buy their own house together in the imported Australian comedy “Five Bedrooms” (Peacock, streaming). 

The intersection of school and a pandemic is explored in the special “Coronavirus and the Classroom” (NBC, 8 p.m.), hosted by Lester Holt.

The third season of the animated “Infinity Train” (HBO Max, streaming) flees Cartoon Network for a streaming service. 

The first elimination of the season on “Big Brother” (CBS, 8 p.m.) 

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Wednesday: The Murder of Yusuf Hawkins

The 1989 murder of a black teen by a white mob in Bensonhurst is recounted in the new documentary “Yusuf Hawkins: Storm Over Brooklyn” (HBO, 9 p.m.) that strikes a lot of parallels with today’s uprisings. 

You’ll be very hard pressed to find good people on both sides of the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Va., that ended in death and ugly conflict three years ago today. The two hour special,  “Impact of Hate: Charlottesville” (Investigation Discovery, 9 p.m.) shows how little has changed since then, starting with the Robert E. Lee statue at the center of the dispute, still standing.   

“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” (ABC, 9 p.m.) ends its run after more seasons than anyone expected — seven — with a two hour series finale. 

The new documentary series “(Un) Well” (Netflix, streaming) studies the claims and benefits of the lucrative wellness industry from fasting and bee pollen therapy.

A $1 million winner is named on “World of Dance” (NBC, 9 p.m.).

 “America’s Got Talent” (NBC, 8 p.m.) picks five to advance from Tuesday night’s show. 

If you’re taping “Big Brother All-Stars” (CBS, 9 p.m.) and missed, as I did, who exactly Cody nominated for the first eviction on Sunday (because golf ran a little late), it was Keesha and Kevin. Which makes the first veto competition tonight. 

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Tuesday TV: ‘Hard Knocks’ While It Lasts

While the return of NFL is iffy at the moment, the “Hard Knocks” franchise is still here chronicling teams readying for a season anyway. Perhaps signaling a short season (that’s already seen preseason games cancelled), “Hard Knocks: Los Angeles” (HBO, 10 p.m.) will concentrate on two teams for the first time instead of one — both the Los Angeles Chargers and the Los Angeles Rams as they prepare for their first seasons on SoFi Stadium. 

Speaking of the virus, “Frontline” (PBS, 10 p.m., check local listings) has a report on a mother giving birth on a ventilator and spending nearly three weeks in a coma before having a chance to see her newborn. The report is paired with another immigrant family’s struggle, with a father detained by ICE in a facility where COVID is rampant. 

Days before the first live show of “America’s Got Talent” (NBC, 8 p.m.), Simon Cowell broke his back in an electric bike accident. So Kelly Clarkson of “the Voice” will stop in alongside Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum and Sofia Vergara. Social distancing dictates that the live shows will take place on a big Hollywood soundstage rather than the Dolby Theatre, and the audiences will be virtual, appearing as they do in NBA games. But audience votes will determine which of the 44 acts will advance.

The final six acts perform in the second set of semifinals on “The World of Dance” (NBC, 10 p.m.) before the Wednesday finals. 

The comedian submits his first streaming comedy special, “Rob Schneider: Asian Momma, Mexican Kids” (Netflix, streaming), which ends with a duet with his daughter Elle King. 

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Monday TV: Examining an Indian Family

After bingeing “Indian Matchmaking” (Netflix, streaming) I’ve gained some understanding about how marriage plays a central role in Indian culture. It also explains why the family of filmmaker Archana Phadke keeps insisting she put down the camera and get married over the three years she chronicled their lives. She was intent on capturing the various characters in her Mumbai family, recording their pronouncements on matrimony. She calls her resulting film “About Love” and it makes its debut on tonight’s “POV” (PBS, 10 p.m., check local listings).

The concluding half of “Surviving Jeffrey Epstein” (Lifetime, 9 p.m.) plays, on the one-year anniversary of his mysterious death. Sunday’s part one replays at 7. It runs opposite “Jeffrey Epstein: His Victims Tell All” (Reelz, 8 p.m.) and “Jeffrey Epstein & Prince Andrew: The True Story” (Reelz, 9 p.m.). 

“The Titan Games” (NBC, 8 p.m.) reaches its second season finale with a championship round among the final six. 

Arabella attends her mother’s birthday dinner on “I May Destroy You” (HBO, 9 p.m.). 

Rebecca Front and Siobhan Finneran star in the imported comedy “The Other One” (Acorn TV, streaming) about a woman and her daughter who find out about her late husband’s secret family and meet his other wife and daughter. 

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Sunday TV: Shark Week Seeks Ideas

For more than three decades, Shark Week has been serious and ridiculous. It begins more on the latter side this year with its oddball kickoff “Tyson vs. Jaws: Rumble on the Reef” (Discovery, 9 p.m.), in which former heavyweight champ Mike Tyson against a tiger shark, supposedly in an underwater bout. Also on tonight: “Air Jaws: Ultimate Breach Off” (Discovery, 8 p.m.) and “Shark Lockdown” (Discovery, 10 p.m.). 

The snazzy looking “Perry Mason” (HBO, 9 p.m.) ends its first season with some sort of resolution to the big trial. A second season has been ordered. 

Also reaching closure: the eight-episode season of “The Alienist: Angel of Darkness” (TNT, 9 p.m.) ends after a pair of episodes. 

From the network that brought you “Surviving R. Kelly,” here’s an update on the notorious financier accused of trafficking and assaulting young women. “Surviving Jeffrey Epstein” (Lifetime, 8 p.m.) is a two night documentary that comes on the one year anniversary of his death in prison. 

A murder investigation in Oxford starts the new season of “Endeavour” (PBS, 9 p.m.) as it moves into the 1970s.

A network that is usually more frivolous looks at serious topics with a roundtable discussion, “Race in America: A Movement Not a Moment” (Bravo, 10 p.m.).

On the dark British import “We Hunt Together” (Showtime, 10 p.m.), Eve Myles and Babou Ceesay play a pair of detectives in pursuit of a couple of murderers.  

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Saturday TV: Charlie Chaplin Times

Here’s one good full-day antidote from crummy times: Charlie Chaplin all day on Turner Classic Movies. The 19 movies for today’s Summer Under the Stars start with the 106 year old “The Rounders” (6 a.m.) and with “The Knockout” (6:15 a.m.), “The Pilgrim” (7 a.m.), “A Dog’s Life” (7:45 a.m.), “The Kid” (8:30 a.m.), “The Gold Rush” (9:30 a.m.), “The Circus” (11:15 a.m.), “Monsieur Verdoux” (12:45 p.m.), “Limelight” (3 p.m.), “The Great Dictator” (5:30 p.m.).

Prime time begins with a stellar Chaplin double bill: the 1931 “City Lights” (8 p.m.) and “Modern Times” (9:45 p.m.), followed by “A King in New York” (11:30 p.m.), “Pay Day” (2:15 a.m.), “Sunnyside” (2:45 a.m.), “The Idle Class” (3:30 a.m.), “Shoulder Arms” (4:15 a.m.), “A Day’s Pleasure” (5 a.m.) and “Mabel’s Married Life” (5:30 a.m.). 

The second episode of “Earthflight” (BBC America, 8 p.m.) flies over Africa. 

Clint Eastwood’s “Richard Jewell” (HBO, 8 p.m.) makes its premium cable debut, with Olivia Wilde, Sam Rockwell and Kathy Bates. 

Also on tonight: the horror movie “Countdown” (Showtime, 9 p.m.) with Elizabeth Lail, Jordan Calloway and Peter Facinelli. 

The crimes of Jodi Arias is relived in the new TV movie “Jodi Arias: Dirty Little Secret” (Lifetime, 8 p.m.), starring Tania Raymonde in the title role, followed by the documentary backgrounder “Jodi Arias: Cellmate Secrets” (Lifetime, 10 p.m.), with details given by former cellmates of the convicted murderer.

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Friday TV: Diego Luna’s Dinner Parties

The actor Diego Luna of “Narcos: Mexico” and “Rogue One: Star Wars” assembles carefully chosen dinner parties to discuss issues of the day on his new seven-episode series “Pan y Circo” (Amazon Prime, streaming) or “Bread and Circus.” Guests include singers, government officials and activists and the food is by an array of lauded Mexican chefs. 

“The idea was to create some space where we can listen to each other,” Luna said at a press event Thursday. “And to do a show where I can get closer to cooks.” 

Howard Ashman, the lyricist for films from “Beauty and the Beast” to “Aladdin,” gets a documentary profile in the film “Howard” (Disney+, streaming). 

In the new teen film “Work It” (Netflix, streaming) Sabrina Carpenter plays a teen who needs to assemble a dance troupe in order to get into her dream college.

A third season starts for the Los Angeles real estate reality show “Selling Sunset” (Netflix, streaming).

The third season of the Spanish mystery series “High Seas” (Netflix, streaming), with the reunited Villanueva sisters aboard a ship from Buenos Aires to Veracruz, but there’s a spy aboard. 

Trolls, wizards and aliens battle in King Arthur’s Camelot in the final installment in Guillermo del Toro’s animated trilogy. “Wizards: Tales of Arcadia” (Netflix, streaming) follows his “Trollhunters” and “3Below.” 

For a younger crowd, Kate McKinnon provides the voice of Ms. Frizzle in the animated film “The Magic School Bus Rides Again: Kids in Space” (Netflix, streaming). 

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Thursday TV: Seth Rogen in a Pickle

The first big movie on the streaming service is “An American Pickle” (HBO Max, streaming) in which Seth Rogen plays an immigrant who falls into a pickle vat in 1920, only to be brined for a century and revived in 2020 Brooklyn, where he meets his great-grandson (also played by Rogen). It’s based on a story by Simon Rich, who also wrote the screenplay and also stars Sarah Snook of “Succession.” 

CNN shoots its own documentary about its political embeds covering primary season earlier this  year in the documentary “On the Trail: Inside the 2020 Primaries” (HBO Max, streaming). It all seems so long ago. 

The tenth (!) series in a study franchise full of spin-offs is an animated one. “Star Trek: Lower Decks” (CBS All Access, streaming) plays up the laughs with a voice cast that includes Jerry O’Connell, Dawnn Lewis and Jack Quaid, The series concentrates on the grunt workers on the lower decks of the Enterprise, far from the officers on the bridge. Creator Mike McMahan, a former writer on “Rick and Morty” recently co-created the funny “Solar Opposites” (Hulu, streaming). 

The Danish series “The Rain” (Netflix, streaming), about a virus spread by the weather, returns for its third and final season. 

In the new British comedy series “Hitmen” (Peacock, streaming), two friends also have a job of killing for hire. 

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Wednesday TV: Big Brother Lockdown

I’m a little more excited than I should be for the return of “Big Brother” (CBs, 8 p.m.), albeit an “all-star” season means a lot of too-familiar retreads in the house when a new group would be more exciting. It seems the right show for a pandemic lockdown, though. Those voted out should be exiled immediately to Costco to fight lunkheads without masks. Already two have reportedly bowed out because of testing positive.

The 16 participants won’t be named until the two hour debut. Julie Chen Moonves returns to host, there will be no studio audience, and after tonight’s premiere, the series will again air Sundays, Wednesdays and Thursdays as a way to fill those pesky scheduling gaps.

The latest drama to be imported from Canada (to fill the gap after TV production shut down) is the very well considered “Coroner” (CW, 9 p.m.), starring Serinda Cooper as a new coroner who in the first episode is called in to investigate the death of a teen in a youth detention center.

The leader of Mexico’s Sinaloa cartel gets some TV time in the new documentary series “World’s Most Wanted” (Netflix, streaming).

The documentary “Anelka: Misunderstood” (Netflix, streaming) profiles the French soccer star Nicolas Anelka.

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Tuesday TV: No Draining This Swamp

Directors Daniel DiMauro and Morgan Pehme, who made “Get Me Roger Stone,” have a way of insinuating themselves into the right. Their latest film  “The Swamp” (HBO 9 p.m.) takes a close look at another off-putting character, Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida, who sleeps in his office and thinks up moments that would go viral. 

The shaky premise here is that he’s a “maverick Republican” who occasionally sides with Democrats to buck the block of lobbyists. More admirable in this cause is Thomas Massie of Kentucky, who avoids the constant fundraising. An interesting look inside anyway. 

Higher standards overall can be found in “John Lewis: Celebrating a Hero” (CBS, 10 p.m.) which recounts the life of the Congressman and Civil Rights hero with the participation of Oprah Winfrey, Tyler Perry, Gayle King, Brad Pitt, Common, John Legend, Trevor Noah, Billy Porter and Jennifer Hudson, among others. 

Much less celebrating of Lewis is found in Jonathan Swan’s eye-opening interview with Donald Trump on “Axios” (HBO2, 10:45 p.m.), which deserves your attention.

Elsewhere, there’s a sequel in the teen lifeguard series “Malibu Rescue: The Next Wave” (Netflix, streaming) in which they must compete as Team USA against accomplished international teams. 

A “Saturday Night Live” writer gets her own standup comedy special “Sam Jay: 3 in the Morning” (Netflix, streaming), shot in Atlanta. 

In the new series “What’s It Worth?” (A&E, 9 and 9:30 p.m.), Jeff Foxworthy asks people to share their collectibles. He visits them virtually.

It joins another new show with similar restrictions: “Extreme Unboxing” (A&E, 10 and 10:30 p.m.), in which enterprising people who might have competed on “Storage Wars,” buy big boxes of returned merchandise from online merchants. 

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