Monday TV: All About the Avett Bros

may-it-last-a-portrait-of-the-avett-brothersJudd Apatow may be becoming, in addition to comedy director and writer and stand-up, a documentarian. In addition to an upcoming four hour work on his mentor Garry Shandling, he’s got a strong music biography in “May It Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers” (HBO, 8 p.m.).

With the kind of attention only a fan could apply, he looks to the process of the making of their 2016 album “True Sadness” from its earliest threads in rural North Carolina to a triumphant debut at Madison Square Garden. There is real down-home humility in Scott and Seth Avett, and a rare brotherly respect and honesty that allows they to open up emotionally in lyrics as they craft songs. Producer Rick Rubin, who floats through the film as a sage, points out that  most brothers in groups hate one another; not here. We also learn interesting things like their early rage rock band that shifted once Seth met Doc Watson. The brothers still live in tiny Concord, N.C., but it’s not like they eschew all of the star trappings — Seth’s new girlfriend midfilm is familiar from another cable network – it’s the actress Jennifer Carpenter of “Dexter.”

English actresses of a certain age get their spotlight on the six-part “Girlfriends” (Acorn TV, streaming) in which Miranda Richardson plays a magazine editor who is bumped for being too old; she gets support from her longtime friends played by Zoe Wanamaker and Phyllis Logan (Mrs. Hughes of “Downton Abbey) whose husband had recently died mysteriously (and is the source of more drama).

On “Independent Lens” (PBS, 10 p.m., check local listings), the life of a cheerful young backpacking drifter from Utah is chronicled in “I Am Another You” by Nanfu Wang.

The two day documentary “Waco: Madman or Messiah” (A&E, 9 p.m.) concludes with its catastrophic fire.

“Valor” (The CW, 9 p.m.) ends its season with Nora ready to confess. The season also ends for “The Brave” (NBC, 10 p.m.) with a high stakes mission. Neither military show has been picked up yet for a second season.

“Antiques Roadshow” (PBS, 8 p.m., check local listings) goes to New Orleans.

“The Bachelor” (ABC, 8 p.m.) cavorts in Ft. Lauderdale.

On “The Resident” (Fox, 9 p.m.), an Army buddy visits Conrad at the hospital.

The guys on “Better Late than Never” (NBC, 9 p.m.) go to Morocco.

Sara gets a clue on “The Alienist” (TNT, 9 p.m.), which did well in its premiere last week.

On “Kevin Can Wait” (CBS, 8 p.m.), Kevin and Vanessa pretend they’re married, as they have done in the past.

A tsunami is on track to hit a nuclear facility on “Scorpion” (CBS, 10 p.m.).

“Man with a Plan” (CBS, 8:30 p.m.) is starting to forget his plan.

Yandy makes a decision on who to take to St. Maarten for hurricane relief on “Love & Hip Hop” (VH1, 8 p.m.).

On “Love & Hip Hop: Miami” (VH1, 9 p.m.), Amara gets back at her haters.

“Superior Donuts” (CBS, 9 p.m.) gets a bad online review.

Josh’s stalker loses interest on “9JKL” (CBS, 9:30 p.m.).

An ecstasy cook turned chemistry teacher is murdered on “Lucifer” (Fox, 8 p.m.).

It’s the Fourth of July on “Summer House” (Bravo, 10 p.m.).

Morgan Edge goes after Lena on “Supergirl” (The CW, 8 p.m.).

The contestants on “The Wall” (NBC, 8 p.m.) seem way too excited.

On “Man v. Food” (Travel, 9 p.m.), Casey Webb goes to the Ozarks for a giant cupcake.

Amber is pregnant again on “Teen Mom OG” (MTV, 9 p.m.).

Kelsey gets a New York modeling gig and threatens to leave “Siesta Key” (MTV, 10 p.m.).

Turner Classic Movies’ star of the night is Claudette Colbert, in “Skylark” (8 p.m.), “It Happened One Night” (10 p.m.), “Bluebeard’s Eighth Wife” (midnight), “Tomorrow is Forever” (2 a.m.) and “It’s a Wonderful World” (4 a.m.).

The golf tournament they had to cut off because it was a three-way tie and they had to go to the Grammys? The Farmers Insurance Open (Golf, 11 a.m.) concludes this morning.

Men’s college basketball includes Northwestern at Michigan (Fox Sports 1, 7 pm.), Notre Dame at Duke (ESPN, 7 p.m.), Lehigh at Holy Cross (CBS Sports, 7 p.m.) and Kansas at Kansas State (ESPN, 9 p.m).

Women’s games include Marquette at DePaul (Fox Sports 1, 9 p.m.).

NBA has Boston at Denver (NBA, 9 p.m.).

Daytime Talk

Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest: Cat Deeley, Joel Kinnaman. The View: Sen. Kristen Gillibrand, Ana Navarro. The Talk: Cameron Mathison, Toni Braxton. Harry Connick: Jason Jones, Natalie Zea. Steve Harvey: Kyle Richards, Erika Girard, the cast of “Young Sheldon,” Carmelita Jeter. Ellen DeGeneres: Megan Mullally, Alek Skarlatos, Anthony Sadler, Spencer Stone. Wendy Williams: Ashlee Glazer, Bevy Smith, Lloyd Boston, Robert Verdi.

Late Talk

Stephen Colbert: Julie Chen, Joel Kinsman, Talib Kweli with BJ the Chicago Kid. Jimmy Kimmel: Chadwick Boseman, Dave Salmoni, ZZ Ward with Fitz. Jimmy Fallon: Dakota Johnson, Lester Holt, Jason Adlern. Seth Meyers: Gov. John Kasich, Darren Criss, Kimora, Nikki Glaspie. James Corden: Lily Tomlin, Luke Evans, Sarah Hyland, Sam Smith. Carson Daly: Rebecca Romijn, Greta Van Fleet, Jamie Lee. Trevor Noah: Alex Gibney. Jordan Klepper: Roy Wood Jr. Conan O’Brien: Aaron Paul, D’Arcy Carden, Kellen Erskine.

 

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