Tuesday TV: Uncovering More U.S. Nazis

Frontline NazisI sometimes worry about the reporter A.C. Thompson whose fearless work for ProPublica and “Frontline” (PBS, 9 p.m., check local listings) takes him to the heart of violent hate groups where he has uncovered names and faces involved in them. Tonight, in the wake of the synagogue bombing in Pittsburgh he connects the dots to look into the neo-Nazi group Atomwafen, which actively recruits inside the U.S. military, in a report called “Documenting Hate: New American Nazis.” His previous report from August, which led to multiple arrests, “Documenting Hate: Charlottesville,” follows at 10.

“Brothers in Arms” (History, 10 p.m.) was once the title of a documentary about the 101st Airborne World War II unit; not it’s the name for a new series of ex-military guys fixing up and testing old guns and tanks for kicks.

The new horror film “Sabrina” (Netflix, streaming), from Indonesian director Rocky Soraya,  is about a demonized doll who goes after a toymaker and his family. Not to be confused with the services recently launched “The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” (Netflix, streaming).

The new childrens series “Motown Magic” (Netflix, streaming) is a contemporary urban retelling of the Excalibur myth, except using a paint brush instead of a sword — and each episode is built around a classic Motown song.

Another new addition, “The Final Table” (Netflix, streaming), is a global culinary competition, where the 12 teams of chefs are aided by occasional celebrities including Colin Hanks, Dax Shepard and Hasan Minhaj.

“The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” (Comedy Central, 11 p.m.) is a rerun, but its host is featured in a new stand up comedy special, “Trevor Noah: Son of Patricia” (Netflix, streaming).

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Monday TV: ‘Little Drummer Girl’ Begins

little-drummer-girlFrom the people who brought you the stylish and effective limited series “The Night Manager” two years ago comes another handsome John le Carré adaptation, “The Little Drummer Girl” (9 p.m.) starring Florence Pugh as an actress enlisted into an espionage caper by an Israeli spy team that includes Michal Shannon, doing one of his quirky roles, and Alexander Skarsgard. Korean director Park Chan-wook John (“The Handmaiden”) is at the helm of the story set in the late 1970s in a variety of glamorous locations; the three two-hour episodes run tonight through Wednesday.

The compliments get so excessive during “Julia Louis-Dreyfus: The Mark Twain Prize” (PBS, 9 p.m., check local listings) that even she is getting embarrassed by them after a while. Normally, the star of “Seinfeld” and “Veep” has been able to handle it wittily in her many Emmy acceptance speeches (which there’s a clip here); but the salutes go on and on, from Jerry Seinfeld, Tina Fey, Brian Cranston, the women from “Broad City.” The the stakes high, but she crafts a nice little bit at the end for her own acceptance of the latest award.

On “Independent Lens” (PBS, 10:30 p.m., check local listings) has the story of Kholoud al-Faqih, the first woman judge appointed to the Middle East’s Sharia Law courts.

Fourth grade draws to an end on “My Brilliant End” (HBO, 9 p.m.) which runs new episodes Sundays and Mondays.

It’s already the finale on “Dancing with the Stars” (ABC, 8 p.m.). Before a winner is determined between remaining non-celebrities Bobby Bones, Evanna Lynch, Milo Mannheim and Alexis Ren, there will be performances by Avril Lavigne, Robin Thicke, Tinashe, Dan + Shay, Lauren Dangle and John Schneider.

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Sunday TV: ‘Escape at Dannemora’

Escape-at-Dannemora-still-showtimeThe rise of limited series allows storytelling to become more languorous. And a dramatization of that famous 2015 prison break in upstate New York that might otherwise be a fast moving caper turns into a slow-simmering eight-episo exploration of how a lonely prison worker, given a doozy of a performance by Patricia Arquette, could be seduced into helping a couple of quietly scheming inmates played by Benicio Del Toro and Paul Dano.

It gets an authentic atmosphere in “Escape at Dannemora” (Showtime, 10 p.m.) mostly by being filmed in the cold setting and exact prison where it occurred, and unexpectedly strong direction from Ben Stiller. The darkness of the scenes may be a cinematic problem; maybe that’s how things were in that faraway corner.

Another new limited series has a similarly unexpected provenance. “My Brilliant Friend” (HBO, 9 p.m.) is a wholly Italian import, complete with subtitles in the adaptation of the best-selling novels by Elena Ferrante that involved the mysterious writer in the screenplay. The surprise in the pleasing saga of two lifelong friends is, in the opening episodes, how splendid the acting is from the young actresses Elisa Del Genio and Ludovica Nasti.

Alex Gibney’s new four-part documentary series “Enemies: The President, Justice & The FBI” (Showtime, 8 p.m.), based on a book by Tim Weiner, looks at the role of the FBI in various significant presidential scandals, starting with Watergate, which Nixon wanted to blame on the CIA. While the first episode looks at J. Edgar Hoover’s relationship with Nixon (who thought him too old and wanted him fired), future ones will dwell on Reagan and linton scandals before settling into the Trump-Comey battles of recent history.

It’s one of two new documentary series from Gibney starting tonight. The three-part “The Clinton Affair” (A&E, 9 p.m.) looks at the travails of the 42nd president, featuring a new interview with Monica Lewinsky.

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Saturday TV: Jonestown’s Anniversary

JimJonesIt’s been 40 years ago this week that the world was shocked by events in Guyana, where 900 were dead from a murder-mass suicide and a still tasteless popular phrase “drinking the Kool-Aid” was born. The documentary “Jonestown: Terror in the Jungle” (Sundance, 9 p.m.), based on the book “The Road to Jonestown” by Jeff Guinn, includes previously unseen footage of cult life under Jim Jones and interviews with some of the survivors, one of which is Jones’ son. Its first half airs tonight, its second on Sunday night.

In another documentary tonight, Barbara Kopple returns to a 1989 crime in Ohio in  “A Murder in Mansfield” (Investigation Discovery, 9 p.m.), in which the son of the victim testified against his father in the case and confronts him anew decades later.

“Barefoot Contessa: Cook Like a Pro” (Food, 8 p.m.) is making Thanksgiving preparations in a special in which Ina Garten welcomes some celebrity friends including Jennifer Garner, Nigella Lawson and Marcus Samuelsson.

It’s Thanksgiving for the Kilchers, too, on a three-hour “Alaska: The Last Frontier” (Discovery, 8 p.m.)

Primetime network football has Kansas at Oklahoma (Fox, 7:30 p.m.) and Cincinnati at UCF (ABC, 8 p.m.).

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Friday TV: Michael Douglas Back on TV

KominskyAfter Henry Winkler’s Emmy-winning turn in “Barry,” here’s another series about a nearly washed up Hollywood acting coach, “The Kominsky Method” (Netflix, streaming) with Michael Douglas in the title role. It’s amusing to see him rail against his clueless students and spar with his manager, Alan Arkin, who fails to deliver him any acting jobs in his elder years.

What might be most interesting is the transition of sitcom kind Chuck Lorre, trying to using his network rhythms in a single camera half hour that dwells a bit on drama in that it hovers around mortality. (You can sort of hear where the studio audience were intended to guffaw). It sort of works until it gets to the prostate jokes.

Desiree Akhavan’s deadpan style works well in “The Bisexual” (Hulu, streaming), a sly series she created and wrote, in which she plays a New Yorker in London  who splits with the girlfriend who is also her business partner . She moves in with a hangdog novelist played by Brian Gleeson and tries to date men for the first time.

Also streaming online after opening in movie theaters just last week is the latest from the Coen Brothers. “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” (Netflix, streaming) is a Western with six stories, with a cast that includes Liam Neeson, James Franco, Tim Blake Nelson and Tom Waits.

Much more conventional is “The Princess Switch” (Netflix, streaming) is a remade “Prince and the Pauper” rom-com with Vanessa Hudgens as a princess switching places with a lookalike commoner — during Christmastime!

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Thursday TV: Oprah Talks With Michelle

oprahMichelleFor the sheer number of interviews the former First Lady is doing surrounding her new book, it’s hard to feature just one. But the “OWN Special: Oprah Winfrey Presents Becoming Michelle Obama” (OWN, 8 p.m.) may be the standout — a head-to-head among equally powerful and influential and mutually-respecting women.

The big interview on “Murphy Brown” (CBS, 9:30 p.m.) is a beauty pageant queen who just came out of a 10-year coma.

For a holiday comparatively bereft of TV specials, here’s a stop-action salute on a streaming service. Bryan Cranston and Chris Pine provide voices on “A Prayer for Mr. T: The Supermansion Thanksgiving Special” (Sony Crackle, streaming).

Also new online is the French action movie import, “Crew” (Netflix, streaming) about a group of truck hijackers forced to pul a bigger job for a crime boss.

In the Indonesian horror film from Timo Tjanjanto, “May the Devil Take You” (Netflix, streaming) a young woman returns to a family villa to find it overrun with an evil force.

On “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC, 8 p.m.), a massive windstorm hits Seattle. How massive? Well, it also affects “Station 19” (ABC, 9 p.m.), which makes sense, as it’s also set in Seattle.

A second season starts for the tipplers on “The Wine Show” (Ovation, 10 p.m.), hosted by Matthew Goode and James Purefoy, with former co-host Matthew Rhys returning for occasional segments.

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Wednesday TV: Nashville’s CMA Awards

CMA StapletonFor the 11th year in a row, Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood return to host The 52nd Annual CMA Awards (ABC, 8 p.m.), the annual confab that includes performances from Kacey Musgraves, Pistol Annies, Garth Brooks, Kelsea Ballerini, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Old Dominion, Keith Urban and Dierks Bentley, among others (it’s three hours long).

As artificial as Nashville can get, at least the leading nominee, Chris Stapleton, above, is the real thing. But will anyone at the event decry gun violence? Last year, CMA initially threatened to revoke the credentials of any journalists who asked about guns, following the Las Vegas massacre that killed 58 at a country music festival. This year, following the killing of a dozen people at a California country bar a week ago, the questions certainly linger.

The process that allowed the rescue of 12 boys and their soccer coach from a flooded cave in Thailand is explained on “Nova” (PBS, 9 p.m., check local listings).

Are you watching shows on YouTube? There’s a new series “Origin” (YouTube Premium) is a 10-episode series about passengers on a damaged spaceship zooming into unknown parts of deep space. Two for the “Harry Potter” movies, Draco Malfoy’s Tom Felton and Natalia Tena star.

There’s a lot left to answer in the tenth and final episode of “American Horror Story: Apocalypse” (FX, 10 p.m.), particularly the time line of the mangled crossover season. The title of tonight’s episode: “Apocalypse Then.”

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Tuesday TV: Shania Twain, Singing Judge

RealCountryAs with the pop music singing competitions these days, the real star power on “Real Country” (USA, 10 p.m.) can be found at the judges’ table, where Shania Twain, Travis Tritt and Jake Owen will hold court, listening to Nashville hopefuls. There have been other country-only singing competitions in the past decade, but none with this much platinum deciding who will win $100,000 and a spot at the Grand Ole Opry.

A second season starts for the emotional reunion series “We’ll Meet Again” (PBS, 8 p.m.), hosted by Ann Curry. First up are two Vietnam veterans looking for heroes who saved them during the war.

Ernie Hudson stars in the new series “Carl Weber’s The Family Business” (BET, 9 p.m.) based on Weber’s crime drama book series about a family car deanship in Queens.

By the power of Greyskull — and the money of streaming services — thee’s a new, updated “She-Ra and the Princess of Power” (Netflix, streaming) full of girl power as well as the enemy Hordak. Among its new, more naturalistic voices is Sandra Oh as a more deadpan Castaspella. First advertised to premiere this Friday, it’s available today on a site where you can still see the clunkier 1985 Filmation version as well.

Also streaming today, “Loudon Wainwright III: Surviving Twin” (Netflix, streaming), the singer/songwriter’s one-man show about his relationship with his father, the Life magazine columnist who died 30 years ago. It includes songs he’s sung about their testy competitive nature, back to the title song from 2001, as well as his readings of his father’s old Life columns.

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Monday TV: The Art World at the Moment

CondoNathaniel Kahn’s documentary “The Price of Everything” (HBO, 8 p.m.) takes a look at the art world at the moment, when high-rolling collectors have inflated art prices, enriching auction houses, but not necessarily the artists behind the works. It flits between auction houses, to artists’ studios to collector’s homes, giving some priceless glimpses at, say, how George Condo works, how Jeff Koons is rich enough to pay a crew of artists to work and the struggles of Larry Poons to have people pay attention to his work.

Another documentary “The Cleaners,” looks at the work of those who oversee the ocean of postings for Facebook, YouTube and Twitter, who also work overseas, in the Philippines. It’s on “Independent Lens” (PBS, 10 p.m., check local listings).

There is a documentary angle to the series “Mars” (National Geographic, 9 p.m.), which uses talking heads to anchor its futuristic fiction into current realities. As season two begins in the series, in part from Ron Howard, it’s 2042, a colony is operating on the red planet and private concerns are moving in and trying to exploit the opportunities. It comes with its own documentary “Mars: Inside SpaceX” (National Geographic, 8 p.m.). And they are followed by a new season for “Explorer” (National Geographic, 10 p.m.), which looks into volcanoes and cloning.

A new look at the vast Asian country is found in the aerial photography in the limited documentary of “China From Above” (Smithsonian, 8 p.m.).

Mental health is discussed on the new series “In Session: Live with Dr. Jess” (VH1, 10 p.m.), featuring psychiatrist Jessica Clemons.

The Australian drama “The Heart Guy” (Acorn TV, streaming) returns for a new season with Hugh ready to go back to the city but held back in his home town, Whyhope.

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Sunday TV: New British Import ‘Sally4Ever’

sally4ever-An unexpected and hilarious little comedy debuts tonight with the British import “Sally4Ever” (HBO, 10:30 p.m.), starring mousy Catherine Shepherd as mousy, nearing-middle aged woman in a long, dull relationship who suddenly finds excitement with an unpredictable woman — played by Julia Davis, who also wrote and directed all seven episodes. There’s a decent amount of slapstick and exaggeration in the series, especially in the depiction of the poor dude left behind (Alex Macqueen). But also office politics that rather resemble the UK version of “The Office.”

It makes you wonder why they even needed to make an American version of  “Camping” (HBO, 10 p.m.), Davis’ earlier series, which now accompanies the new one. In it tonight, Kathryn tries to relinquish control of the the grocery trip.

A two night documentary takes a rare look “Inside North Korea’s Dynasty” (National Geographic, 9 p.m.) and its royal family.

“Gun Trucks of Vietnam” (Smithsonian, 9 p.m.) is a new documentary about the jerry-rigged vehicles made for the front in Vietnam.

Jeff gets some reaction to his big speech on the first season finale of “Kidding” (Showtime, 10 p.m.).

It’s also the first season finale for “You” (Lifetime, 10 p.m.).

“The Last Ship” (TNT, 9 p.m.) docks after a five season run, with its final episode.

Saddest of all may be the final episode ever of “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown” (CNN, 9 p.m.), whose last remaining episode following his death in June goes back to his old neighborhood in New York’s Lower East Side.

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