Thursday TV: ‘Get Away with Murder’ Ends

A surprise witness emerges on the final episode of how-to-get-away-with-murder-(ABC, 10 p.m.), ending its run after six seasons. Viola Davis’ award-winning character Annalise Keating is representing herself in her own trial. Will all the threads be wrapped up?

“Station 19” (ABC, 9 p.m.) ends its season with a bomb threat.

The initial season of “Katy Keene” (CW, 8 p.m.) also comes to a close.

Contestants on “Top Chef” (Bravo, 10 p.m.) cook for hundreds of campers.

“The Misery Index” (TBS, 10:30 p.m.), the quasi-quiz show from the unfunny goons of “Impractical Jokers,” starts a second season.

The biggest problems with “Celebrity Watch Party” (Fox, 8 p.m.) is finding something good to watch.

Spicy foods is the focus of the returning “Yum and Yummer” (Cooking, 10 p.m.).

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Wednesday TV: ‘Survivor’ Winner Gets $2M

survivor-season-40-finaleThe winner of the 40th season of “Survivor” (CBS, 8 p.m.) is crowned tonight, getting $2 million, double the usual prize. The final five will be joined by the one who gets to come back from the Edge of Extinction. The winner will be declared in a third hour reunion show minus the usual audience, with Jeff Probst checking in with players remotely on one unwieldily Zoom call.

The class of 2020 was not only robbed of graduation ceremonies, but also of proms, celebrated instead on the comedies “The Goldbergs” (ABC, 8 p.m.), “Schooled” (ABC, 8:30 p.m.) and “American Housewife” (ABC, 9 p.m.) — all of which are also having their season finales.

It’s also the season finale of “Single Parents” (ABC, 9:30 p.m.).

“Nova” (PBS, 8 p.m., check local listings) delves into the makeup of the coronavirus.

Laszlo flees the home and goes into hiding on “What We Do in the Shadows” (FX, 10 p.m.).

“Full Frontal with Samantha Bee” (TBS, 10:30 p.m.) reports from the woods.

Koala can’t get away from the paparazzi as the Spy in the Wild series on “Nature” (PBS, 8 p.m., check local listings).

David Spade stars in a new romantic comedy “The Wrong Missy” (Netflix, streaming) with Sarah Chalke, Lauren Lapkus and Nick Swardson.

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Tuesday TV: Controlling Kimmy Schmidt

Kimmy2A beloved online comedy returns with an irresistible gimmick. The special “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs. the Reverend” (Netflix, streaming) is the first comedy to employ the choose-your-adventure technology used in the “Black Mirror” episode “Bandersnatch” (and to skip the intros to most Netflix series). So it’s up to viewers to navigate what’s to happen to the characters played by Ellie Kemper, Tituss Burgess, Daniel Radcliffe and Jon Hamm. Viewers also presumably have time these days to go back and try just about every possibility.

As new programming for networks begins to dry up, they increasingly  look to the past. Tonight, in “The Happy Days of Garry Marshall” (ABC, 8 p.m.), they celebrate the creator of “Happy Days,” “Laverne & Shirley,” “Mork & Mindy” not to mention “Pretty Woman” and “The Princess Diaries.” Friends line up with their testimonials.

In the concluding chapters of “Asian Americans” (PBS, 8 p.m., check local listings) go through the Cold War and into the modern era (but probably not the anti-Chinese slurs at the White House Monday).

On “The Last O.G.” (TBS, 10:30 p.m.), Shay finally gets a break in her career.

A two hour “Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours to Hell and Back” (Fox, 8 p.m.) tries to help three businesses ravaged by floods in Elliott City, Md., in 2016 and 2018.

The British children’s cooking show “Step Up to the Plate” (BYU tv, 8:30 p.m.) makes its stateside debut. It’s followed by Jeff Rogers low-budget “Jeff’s Homemade Game Show” (BYU tv, 9 p.m.).

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Monday TV: Celebrating ‘Asian-Americans’

AsianAmericanA new two day, five-hour documentary series on the fastest growing racial/ethnic group in the U.S., “Asian Americans” (PBS, 8 p.m.) begins looking at early days of Chinese and Japanese immigrants in the U.S. leading to internment camps during World War II. Daniel Dae Kim and Tamlyn Tomita host the series, which concludes Tuesday.

Filmmaker Sasha Joseph Neulinger finds some shocking hints about his own childhood abuse by looking back through old home videotapes in the documentary “Rewind” tonight on “Independent Lens” (PBS, 10 p.m., check local listings).

Celebrities from Adam Scott, Sting and Nick Offerman to Sarah Silverman, Rosie Perez and Paul Scheer recall their drug experiences, which are subsequently animated in “Have a Good trip: Adventures in Psychedelics” (Netflix, streaming).

The new six part documentary series “Trial by Media” (Netflix, streaming) looks at some celebrated trials in recent history and the role of the press in them.

In the new series “Bakeaway Camp with Martha Stewart” (Food, 9 and 10 p.m.), the famous homemaker leads a boot camp of camper bakers. Carla Hall and Dan Langan judge their creations, the first of which is s’mores; Jesse Palmer hosts.

On another new show “Amy Schumer Learns to Cook” (Food, 10 p.m.) starting with a poached egg.

Game shows will ultimately take over summer prime time. Here’s “The Price is Right at Night with Rupaul” (CBS, 8 p.m.).

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Sunday TV: ‘I Know This Much is True’

I know this muchWe may debate whether a story so dark and morose may fly during this unique time in human history. But there’s no doubt that Derek Cianfrance’s six-part adaptation of Wally Lamb’s “I Know This Much is True” (HBO, 9 p.m.) is a must watch for the performance of Mark Ruffalo as an agitated middle aged man who has to take care of his much more deeply troubled schizophrenic brother who in the first scene, readers will remember with dread, cuts his arm off. Ruffalo plays plays both roles, though he’s not instantly recognizable as such (even in the picture above). The cast includes Melissa Leo, Kathryn Hahn, Juliette Lewis, Rob Heubel and Archie Panjabi; the surroundings of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., fill in for Norwich, Conn.

Comedians tell stories about their mothers on the documentary “Call Your Mother” (Comedy Central, 10 p.m.) with Bridget Everett, Louie Anderson, Awkwafina, Jim Gaffigan, Judah Friedlander, Judy Gold, David Spade, Roy Wood Jr., Kristen Schaal, Jo Koy, Bobby Lee, Norm Macdonald and others.

Bridget Everett is also among the “Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition” (Food, 9 p.m.), along with Dave Coulier, Robin Givens and Brian Posehn.

It was a big hit in its first appearance in April, so here’s “The Disney Family Singalong: Volume II” (ABC, 7 p.m.) with the familiar songs performed by Katy Perry, John Legend, Jennifer Hudson, Billy Eichner, Halsey, Josh Gad, Donald Glover, Idina Menzel, Keke Palmer,Ben Platt, Seth Rogen and Anika Noni Rose, as well as Mickey Mouse. Ryan Seacrest hosts the singalong and sticks around another two hours for another weird quarantined “American Idol” (ABC, 8 p.m.) to honor mom and reveal the Top 7.

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Remembering Little Richard, 1932-2020

Little-RichardThere was no doubting that excitable voice on the phone 25 years ago. He was coming around for a club gig in in New Haven, but it was much more than gig.

“Knocking it loose like a goose gone to roost!” shouted the pioneering rock ’n’ roller Little Richard, who died Saturday at 87.  “Knocking it down to the ground and making a lot of sound!”

And he did, transplendent in spangly suit, thick pancake makeup and poodly black wig-hat. He was about to turn 63, but the look had nothing to do with preservation — Richard shocked audiences 40 years earlier at the dawn of rock ’n’ roll with the same combination of eccentric frills accompanying his distinctive scream and energy.

Starting with “Good Golly, Miss Molly” and throwing in “Lucille,” “Reddy Teddy” and “Long Tall Sally,” he also swung to artists that influenced him (Fats Domino) and those who he influenced (Larry Williams, The Beatles) as well as some country, blues a childrens’ song and vaudeville.

He represented not just “the originator, the innovator, the architect of rock ’n’ roll” as he had been long introduced, but a whole world of American popular music, shot with electricity.

Or as he explained it to me:

“We ain’t playing it – we whoopin’ it! It’s the difference between whoopin’ it and playin’ it. We are actually beatin’ it! We knockin’ the edges off of it!

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Saturday TV: One Last SNL from Home

SNL45“Saturday Night Live” (NBC, 11:30 p.m.) never imagined its 45th season would end like this: Isolated, without an audience in their third and maybe last “SNL at Home.” Their second stab at such a show two weeks ago was an improvement over the first, with cast members creatively making their own bits. Maybe they’re even better. And who will pop up to host or play music? They’ve been pretty coy about it on the first two “at home” shows. Season finales usually serve as a kind of homecoming, so past cast members may pop up as well.

At 10 p.m., there’s a replay of a 1993 show with Christina Applegate and Midnight Oil.

The only new primetime sport is not a sport at all: “WWE’s Greatest Ladder Matches” (Fox, 8 p.m.).

But there is a “NBA Hardwood Classic” replay of Cleveland at Golden State (ABC, 8 p.m.) in Game 7 of the 2016 NBA finals.

“Moonshiners” (Discovery, 9 p.m.) are in quarantine as well.

It would seem like the TV premiere for the motion picture version of PBS’ biggest hit, “Downton Abbey” (HBO, 9 p.m.), would be on PBS. But it is not.

There’s a season finale for “Dr. Oakley, Yukon Vet” (Nat Geo Wild, 8 p.m.).

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Friday TV: Let’s Go Back to Biosphere 2

spaceship-earth-The documentary “Spaceship Earth” (Hulu, streaming), about the 1991 Biosphere 2 project, makes its debut, recalling the days when eight people agreed to seal themselves away for years in Arizona to advance their own form of science. A hit at the Sundance festival, it’s also available for rent on other platforms including on iTunes, Amazon and other sites.

Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini return for a second season of “Dead to Me” (Netflix, streaming) — whose title may have a different meaning than it did a year ago. The series that thrives on hairpin plot turns, starts up immediately after the event that ended season one.

André Holland stars as a jazz pianist running a jazz club in Paris in the new eight-episode series “The Eddy” (Netflix, streaming) but finds that the joint has had past problems with criminals. Amanda Sternberg and Joanna Kulig also star.

The new comedy series “Valeria” (Netflix, streaming), a Spanish import, concerns a married woman whose romance novels have hit a wall and seeks advice from her gang of single friends in a kind of “Sex and the City” in Madrid.

Season finales come tonight for “MacGyver” (CBS, 8 p.m.), “Dynasty” (CW, 9 p.m.) and “Magnum P.I.” (CBS, 9 p.m.), the latter doing it with a pair of episodes.

The Los Angeles Philharmonic marks its centennial on “Great Performances” (PBS, 9:30 p.m., check local listings) with performances that include Ravel’s “La Valse” and Stravinsky’s “Firebird” led by a trio of conductors, Zubin Mehta, Esa-Pekka Salonen and current music director Gustavo Dudamel.

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Thursday: Watching TV Stars Watch TV

celebrity watch partyA sure sign they’re running out of TV shows for prime time: A new show featuring celebrities at home watching TV shows. Rob Lowe (pictured with his sons above), Meghan Trainor, Joe Beck, Raven-Symons, Master P and Steve Wozniak watch terrible shows like “Masked Singer” and “Dr. Pimple Popper” and talk about it on the new “Celebrity Watch Party” (Fox, 8 p.m.), based on a British show “Gogglebox.”

Ominously, the same ploy is used on a new episode of “Restaurant: Impossible” (Food, 9 p.m.), in which host Robert Irvine watches the first episode of the series and comments on it. Getting into actual restaurants, you see, is what’s become impossible.

The film version of Bruce Springsteen’s latest album “Western Stars” (HBO, 3:10 a.m.) gets a weird time slot. It has some unpersuasive narration but some pretty good live performances of the songs from the album from his barn. It will be available on demand at a more reasonable hour.

I was hoping the fifth and final season of “Blindspot” (NBC, 9 p.m.) would entirely be about tattoo removal. But it begins with the aftermath of an explosion.

Adam talks house flipping on “Man with a Plan” (CBS, 8:30 p.m.), one of a handful of shows canceled by the network Thursday. Among the others canceled is the pretty good first season cop show “Tommy” (CBS, 10 p.m.), whose episode tonight is suddenly its last ever, and the sitcom that just started last month, “Broke” (CBS, 9:30 p.m.).

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Wednesday TV: ‘Brockmire’ Bids Farewell

brockmire finaleWhat began as just a funny impersonation of an old time baseball broadcaster going on about inappropriate things led to four fun seasons of “Brockmire” (IFC, 10 p.m.). The current one is an ambitious jump into a future when Hank Azaria’s broken down announcer character has become commissioner of a sport desperately trying to get fans in the seats (Little did they know it would all play out at an even more unbelievable event, when the season never got to start). Amanda Peet has been a standout in her return this season that wraps up for good tonight.

The first documentary from the Obamas’ production company to turn the camera on themselves, “Becoming” (Netflix, streaming), directed by Nadia Hallgren, is more a film companion to the former First Lady’s best-selling memoir, shot at the huge arena events that became her book tour.

There’s a two hour episode of “Survivor” (CBS, 8 p.m.). Because there’s a lot of people to kick out before next week’s season finale.

On the new “Tyler Perry’s Ruthless” (BET, 10 p.m.) a mother tries to extract her daughter from a sex cult. It comes right after another episode of “Tyler Perry’s The Oval” (BET, 9 p.m.).

Colin Robinson is promoted at work on “What We Do in the Shadows” (FX, 10 p.m.).

“Full Frontal with Samantha Bee” (TBS, 10:30 p.m.), from the woods, has an awful lot to cover.

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