Monday TV: Local News in the Desert

Driving through the desert years back and running out of gas, I remember there used to be a good AM radio out of Pahrump, Nev., a tiny berg best known to HBO subscribers as the site of the “Cathouse,” for years the highest rated documentary series in the network’s history.

The focus there now is the independent TV station which somehow puts out a daily newscast while trying to break into the Vegas market. “Small Town News: KPVM Pahrump” (HBO, 9 p.m.) is pretty entertaining little series, full of quirky personalities (and others who only stay a couple of weeks). Look closely and some of the locals include Heidi Fleiss (identified as an animal activist) and Dennis Hof, head honcho of the “Cathouse” brothel. COVID complicates things by the end of the first episode.  Two are on tonight.

Black, homeless queer and trans youth from New York City’s Christopher Street Pier are featured in the documentary “Pier Kids,” making its debut on “POV” (PBS, 10 p.m.). 

Remy Ma narrates the new eight-episode series “My True Crime Story” (VH1, 10 p.m.) with first-person stories of people in notorious crimes. 

“Hinterland” (Acorn TV, streaming), a detective series set in Wales starring Richard Harrington and Mali Harries, begins its first season (subsequent seasons drop on Aug. 9 and 16).

Time for fake hometown visits on “The Bachelorette” (ABC, 8 p.m.), but for the three finalists instead of four.

Prime time action from the 2021 Tokyo Olympics (NBC, 8 p.m.) includes beach volleyball, gymnastics, track & field, 

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