Wednesday TV: Astrology’s Latin Liberace

MuchoMuchoWalter Mercado became a worldwide phenomenon when he began his over-the-top horoscope readings dressed in glittery capes and jewelry worthy of Liberace. Born in Puerto Rico, soon he was seen in dozens of other countries, even jumping onto the psychic hotline phenomenon. Yet he created a mystery when he suddenly disappeared without a word. The filmmakers behind “Mucho Much Amor: The Legend of Walter Mercado” (Netflix, streaming) not only find the flamboyant personality, but share why he vanished as they tell his history and join him for a gala Miami museum opening celebrating his style. Among the other Latin stars who take part, it’s fun to see Lin-Manuel Miranda, so soon after everyone has seen “Hamilton” (Disney+, streaming), gushing over his home island’s icon.

The new six-part limited series “Stateless” (Netflix, streaming) about four strangers who come together at an immigration detention center in Australia, has a pretty strong cast with Cate Blanchett, Dominic West, Yvonne Starhovski and Jai Courtney.

Would that Phil Keoghan would be off an another “Amazing Race” (which they’ve held back until fall). But he’s back to host the new competition “Tough as Nails” (CBS, 8 p.m.) which pits contestants against one another on workplace tasks.

Major League Soccer was to return with a 54-match competition from a bubble at Walt Disney World, minus fans. And while it’s still scheduled to begin with Inter Miami vs. Orlando City (ESPN, 8 p.m.), a second game between Chicago Fire and Nashville was canceled after the latter team foudnd 10 players and staff testing positive for the cornonavirus.

The future of the U.S. relationship with the superpower is explored in “China: Power and Prosperity” (PBS, 10 p.m., check local listings).

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Tuesday TV: Mike Rowe Revisits Dirty Jobs

MikeRowe-DirtyJobsMike Rowe takes to the highway to look back at some of the jobs he visited in his popular former series in the four-part update “Dirty Jobs: Rowe’d Trip” (Discovery, 9 p.m.). t’s not to be confuses with “Dirty John” (USA, 10 p.m.), on which Betty is getting more and more rattled.

The last half of the engrossing and surprisingly topical documentary on women’s suffrage, “American Experience: The Vote” (PBS, 9 p.m., check local listings) examines the hard work in the final four years before the passage of the 19th amendment. Laura Linney joins, taking the voice of Carrie Chapman Catt, who takes a practical route compared to Alice Paul, whose protests get her jailed where she promptly begins a hunger strike. The series may be four hours long; the struggle took seven decades.

The “Candid Camera” like show posing ethical questions, “What Would You Do?” (ABC, 10 p.m.) returns for a new season. Oddly, it’s a product of the news division. So one segment deals with reactions to the Confederate Flag.

On his fourth stand-up comedy special for the streaming service, “Jim Jeffries: Intolerant” (Netflix, streaming) the Australian talks about, among other things, lactose, in a show taped in Boston. Another prime time stand-up comedy set on network TV comes with “Tom Papa: Freaked Out” (CW, 9 p.m.).

Should we care how the Duggars are coping during the pandemic? If so, it’s on “Counting On” (TLC, 8 p.m.), starting its new season. There’s too many people also gathering on “Sweet Home Sextuplets” (TLC, 10 p.m.), but at least it was shot last Thanksgiving.

On “Deadliest Catch” (Discovery, 8 p.m.), things get pretty dire: A boat catches fire during a bomb cyclone.

Duels continue on “World of Dance” (NBC, 10 p.m.). “America’s Got Talent” (NBC, 8 p.m.) appears to be a rerun of the season’s first spisode.

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Monday: When Women Demanded the Vote

TheVoteThe first half of the two-part, four hour “American Experience: The Vote” (PBS, 9 p.m., check local listings) is meant to mark this year’s 100th anniversary of women finally achieving the right to vote in the U.S. But it’s timely for other reasons as well, showing how the fight for suffrage grew out of a huge social uprising, loads of setbacks from the status quo who didn’t want to lose power, and a fraught connection with Black civil rights. Patricia Clarkson, Audra McDonald and Mae Whitman give voice to the activists in Michelle Ferrari’s film; Kate Burton narrates.

It’s preceded by items from women’s work on “Antiques Roadshow” (PBS, 8 p.m., check local listings.

On their new show “Making It Home with Kortney and Dave” (HGTV, 9 p.m.), the now divorced Canadian couple help clients with their fixer-uppers.

Arabella goes off script at a writing summit on “I May Destroy You” (HBO, 9 p.m.).

A second season starts for “Love & Listings” (VH1, 9 p.m.) with clients of the agency that includes the son of Suge Knight that include Jermaine Dupri, Amber Rose and Vivica Fox.

Kevin Hart hosts the new “Celebrity Game Face” (E!, 10 p.m.) in which recognizable couples play games virtually and we watch.

Late Night is still largely in reruns but “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” (ABC, 11:35 p.m.) returns for a month without the host. Anthony Anderson takes over guest hosting duties tonight, with guests that include Tracee Ellis Ross and D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser. “Conan” (TBS, 11 p.m.), meanwhile, takes the first steps from home studios back into theaters when he brings his show to the Largo, in part to help that well-loved L.A. venue. His first guest there: Will Ferrell.

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Sunday TV: Trouble Down in Texas

OUTCRYThe five episode documentary series “Outcry” (Showtime, 10 p.m.) covers the case of a celebrated Texas high school football star convicted of child molestation but a large group in the small town rally behind him to get it overturned. Like a lot of true crime miniseries it seems a little slow going (it takes ten minutes to establish that high school football is popular in Texas). But there are some strong personalities and a compelling underlying story.

On the second episode of Sunday’s other premium cable true crime miniseries “I’ll Be Gone in the Dark” (HBO, 10 p.m.), we learn a little more about author Michelle McNamara. Maybe too much.

The new three-part series “America: Our Defining Hours” (History, 9 p.m.) looks at critical turning points in the country’s history, starting, of course, with the Revolution.

“Lucy Worsley’s Royal Myths & Secrets” (PBS, 8 p.m., check local listings) concludes its three episode run with a look at the facts behind French Revolution.

The tenth season begins for the gospel singing competition “Sunday Best” (BET, 8 p.m.), with the first half of the Top 20 introduced.

It’s election night on “Black Monday” (Showtime, 8 p.m.).

The latest Sunday real estate show “Beach Around the World” (HGTV, 10 p.m.) goes from Thailand to Portugal to find the right beachfront place.

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Saturday TV: Fireworks, Safer from Home

CapitolFourthIn contrast to some risky public gatherings, “A Capitol Fourth” (PBS, 8 p.m., check local listings) goes virtual this year, with its performances from Trace Adkins, The Temptations John Fogerty, Renee Fleming, Yolanda Adams, Andy Grammar, Chrissy Metz, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Kelli O’Hara, Patti LaBelle, Mandy Gonzalez and the National Symphony Orchestra each performing separately. But there still will be fireworks over the National Mall, which can be seen from the safe distance of home. Vanessa Williams and John Stamos co-host remotely as well. It repeats at 9:30 p.m.

The stores may have been closed for months but “Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular” (NBC, 8 p.m.) brings performances from Black Eyed Peas, The Killers, Lady A, John Legend, Tim McGraw and Brad Paisley before the fireworks go off over New York City.

The most performers may be scheduled for the four-hour “The Fourth in America” (CNN, 8 p.m.), surveying remaining fireworks displays in New York, Washington, Jacksonville, Houston and Nashville as well as presenting performances from Jewel, Barry Manilow, Martina McBride, Kenny Loggins, Andy Grammer, Carlos Santana and CeCe Winans, to Pat Benatar, The O’Jays, Don McLean, Jesse Colin Young, Billy Ray Cyrus, Burt Bacharach, the Harlem Gospel Choir as well as the casts from “The Girl from North Country” and “Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations.” Dana Bash and Don Lemon host.

There’s a July 4 salute, too, on “Sesame Street” (HBO, 9 a.m.).

The World War II movie “Midway” (HBO, 8 p.m.) makes its premium cable debut, as does  the 2019 horror film “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” (Showtime, 9 p.m.), directed by André Øvredal.

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Friday TV: Holiday ‘Hamilton’ Streaming

Hamilton-3The big prize of the pandemic era and perhaps the only patriotic punch of the July Fourth weekend is the moving up of the original cast of “Hamilton” (Disney+, streaming), the much honored Tony winning historical blockbuster musical. Filmed before live audiences during a couple of performances in 2016, it features creator Lin-Manuel Miranda in the title role and most of the celebrated original cast.

The popular 90s young adult books get a series in “The Baby-Sitters Club” (Netflix, streaming), with author Ann M. Martin serving as a producer. Alicia Silverstone and Mark feuerstein are part of the cast but the spotlight is taken by the cast of middle-schoolers who organize their child care business.

A second season starts for “Hanna” (Amazon, streaming), the sleek series based on the 2011 movie, about a woman who finds she’s been part of a government program that has given special powers. Esmé Creed-Miles returns in the title role along with that pair from “The Killing,” Joel Kinsman and Mireille Enos.

Japan’s “Ju-On” horror franchise becomes a series in the Japanese import “Ju-On Origins” (Netflix, streaming).

The fifth and final season begins for “Cable Girls” (Netflix), the Spanish series about four telephone company employees in 1920s Madrid.

In the new film “Desperados” (Netflix, streaming), Nasim Pedrad plays a woman who takes her pals (Anna camp and Sarah Burns) to Mexico to help her delete an email she sent to her new boyfriend.

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Thursday TV: ‘Warrior Nun’ Awakens

warrior-nun-ava-bladeIn the new series “Warrior Nun” (Netflix, streaming), based on the comic book, Alba Baptista stars as a woman in contemporary Spain who wakes up in a morgue with a new mission: fighting demons on Earth.

Hope you liked “Council of Dads” (NBC, 8 p.m.) while it lasted. The drama in the “This is Us” slot was canceled last week. There will be no second season; tonight is the final episode.

In the standup comedy special “Thiago Ventura: Pokas” (Netflix, streaming), the comic talks about the life of the poor in Brazil.

The case takes an unexpected turn on “Burden of Truth” (CW, 8 p.m.).

On “Blindspot” (NBC, 9 p.m.), Madeline and Ivy close in on the bunker’s location.

The short season of “Ghost Adventures: Quarantine” (Travel, 9 p.m.) ends when someone figures out they can get rid of the ghost by simply signing off the Zoom call.

The new season of “Marriage Boot Camp: Hip Hop Edition” (WE, 9 p.m.) brings a number of couples seeking help, including Phaedra and Medina, Willie and Shanda, Tahiry and Vado, Kurupt and Toni, and Hazel-E and De’von.

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Wednesday: ‘Unsolved Mysteries’ Returns

UnsolvedFrom the producers of “Stranger Things” comes the new take on the old series “Unsolved Mysteries” (Netflix, streaming), again inviting viewers to solve the mysteries and bring solutions to various unexplained deaths, missing person cases and a paranormal event. Robert Stack is no longer around to host but the chilling music of the old NBC series (that moved to various cable networks) is still there. The first six of the 12-episode season are available today. The others? It’s an unsolved mystery.

On the new “Say I Do” (Netflix, streaming), a team of experts plan dream weddings for deserving couple who have been dragging their heels when it comes to going down the aisle.

“Full Frontal with Samantha Bee” (TBS, 10:30 p.m.) goes all out for the U.S. Postal Service today, vowing to buy a stamp (up to 10,000) for every time “MailedIt is used today.

The schmaltzy hitmaker is at the center of a new documentary “David Foster: Off the Record” (Netflix, streaming).

The documentary “Born to Play” (ESPN, 9 p.m.) focuses on a season of a women’s tackle football team, the Boston Renegades.

Here’s a summer teen beach romance flick from Italy, “Under the Riccione Sun” (Netflix, streaming).

Second seasons come for the animated preschooler’s series “Chico Bon Bon: Monkey with a Tool Belt” (Netflix, streaming) and for the moody Finnish crime drama “Deadwind” (Netflix, streaming).

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Tuesday TV: The Mystery Atop Everest

EverestThe documentary “Lost on Everest” (National Geographic, 9 p.m.) looks into the 1924 disappearance of early Everest pioneer Sandy Irvine and the mystery over whether he and George Mallory were the first to ascent to its summit. Climber Mark Synnott hosts with National Geographic photographer Renan Ozturk.

It’s followed by “Expedition Everest” (National Geographic, 10 p.m.), in which a team of scientists lead an expedition up the mountain to install the world’s highest weather stations. Tate Donovan narrates.

The struggles of the LGBTQ community in the the Russian republic of Chechnya are recounted in the documentary “Welcome to Chechnya” (HBO, 10 p.m.).

The two part documentary “And She Could Be Next” winds up with the aftermath of the 2018 elections on “POV” (PBS, 9 p.m., check local listings).

It’s still unusual to see an hour-long standup comedy show on broadcast TV, but here’s “Barry Brewer: Chicago, I’m Home” (CW, 9 p.m.), recorded in the Windy City.

“The Genetic Detective” (ABC, 10 p.m.) ends her brief first season.

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Monday TV: When Women of Color Run

AndSheCouldA timely “POV” (PBS, 9 p.m., check local listings) presents a two port documentary following the grassroots efforts of women of color running for office in 2018. Among those filmed for “And She Could Be Next” by Grace Lee and Marjan Safina were such household names as Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams and Rashida Tlaib, the candidate for U.S. Congress from Michigan.

But there was also a woman running for California State Senate, and a 19 year old running for country commissioner in Illinois. All face special challenges struggling to be a part of a system not devised for people like them. Part two runs Tuesday.

Children get informed on the recent reckoning on “Kids, Race and Unity: A Nick News Special” (Nickelodeon, 7 p.m.), hosted by Alicia Keys.

A detective team also roiled by a love triangle is at the heart of the Danish series “The Sommerdahl Murders” (Acorn TV, streaming), starring Peter Mygind, Laura Drasbek and André Babikian.

“Robot Chicken” (Cartoon Network, midnight) returns for its 10th season.

Every child’s game is being turned into adult competition. Following “Floor is Lava” (Netflix, streaming), here’s “Cannonball” (NBC, 10 p.m.) about making the biggest splash in the pool.

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