Monday: Another Gordon Ramsey Series

The overexposed British chef begins something like his 10th U.S. series with the three-part spinoff “Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted: Showdown” (National Geographic, 8 p.m.), in which he visits different areas and faces off with local chefs on culinary skills. First stop is England’s Jurassic coast. 

Another star on the network has a spinoff as well. “Running Wild with Bear Grylls: The Challenge” (National Geographic, 9 p.m.) amps up the adventure in extreme corners of the earth to challenge his celebrity guests. 

The enjoyable series “Irma Vep” (HBO, 9 p.m.) ends its season tonight. 

The building of a smelting plant in Greenland opens discussion bout the sovereignty of the land, Denmark’s hold on it, and the nation’s steps toward political and economic independence on the documentary “Winter’s Yearning,” making its debut on “POV” (PBS, 10 p.m., check local listings.

Shark Week continues with “Stranger Sharks” (Discovery, 7 p.m.), “Air Jaws: Top Guns” (Discovery, 8 p.m.), “Great White Serial Kill: Fatal Christmas” (9 p.m.) and “Rise of the Monster Hammerheads” (Discovery, 10 p.m.). 

Things are moving awfully quickly on “Better Call Saul” (AMC, 9 p.m.). 

Hannah and her ex hook up after a family camping trip on “The Split” (BBC America, midnight). 

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Sunday TV: Primetime Track & Field Finale

Concluding events at the World Track & Field Championships (CNBC, 8 p.m.; NBC, 9 p.m.) go primetime, including men’s and women’s 4 x 400 relays, pole vault and women’s hurdles. 

It’s also the concluding day of the Tour de France (USA, 10 a.m.) after 20 days, four countries and nearly 2,000 miles as riders race into the Champs-Elysees. 

Shark Week returns for its 34th year, with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson hosting. Its initial four specials are “Return to Headstone Hell” (Discovery, 7 p.m.), “Great White Battleground” (Discovery, 9 p.m.), “Jackass Shark Week 2.0” (Discovery, 9 p.m.) and “Great White Open Ocean” (Discovery, 10:37 p.m.), 

The Rock also appears in a discussion of his wrestling career on “WWE Rivals” (A&E, 10 p.m.). 

Allison Janney looks for her genealogy on “Who Do You Think You Are?” (NBC, 7 p.m.). 

“Ugliest House in America” (HGTV, 8 p.m.) returns for its fourth season, with Retta hosting.    

A season finale comes for the period drama “Hotel Portofino” (PBS, 8 p.m., check local listings). 

“Patagonia: Life on the Edge of the World” (CNN, 9 p.m.) travels up the Patagonian Andes. 

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Saturday TV: ‘Breathless’ Stays in Style

The fashion series on Turner Classic Movies has a couple of cool ones: Marlon Brando in “the 1955 “Rebel Without a Cause” (8 p.m.) and Jean Seberg and Jean-Paul Belmondo (above) in Jean-Luc Goddard’s 1960 “Breathless” (10 p.m.). 

First it was in theaters this summer, then it was streaming, now “The Bob’s Burgers Movie” (HBO, 8 p.m.) makes its premium cable debut. 

“Christmas in Toyland” (Hallmark, 8 p.m.) is a new, out-of-season made-for-TV romance about a data analyst and toy store manager trying to keep the shop going. Vanessa Lengies and Jesse Hutch star. 

“Flowers in the Attic: The Origin: Part 3: The Murderer” (Lifetime, 8 p.m.) continues the series.

A new group of couples have a sixth season start for the reality relationship series “Black Love” (OWN, 10 p.m.)

“First Blood” (A&E, 9 p.m.) tells the story of Anthony Sowell, the Cleveland Strangler. 

Recruits face tiger sharks on the final day of their “Shark Academy” (Animal Planet, 10:51 p.m.). 

“Dr. Jeff: Rocky Mountain Vet” (Animal Planet, 8 p.m.) deals with a puppy who fell off a trampoline. 

Josh Gates looks for fossilized magalodon teeth in South Africa and Mexico on “Expedition Unknown” (Discovery, 10 p.m.).

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Friday TV: Getting a Leg Up, Growing Up

Logan Marmino portrays a 12-year-old happy to be going to public school after being home schooled but wary of how he’ll be treated, due to his prosthetic leg. The new family series, “Best Foot Forward” (Apple TV+, streaming), based on the book “Just Don’t Fall” by Josh Sundquist, also stars Peyton Jackson and Trinity Jo-Li Bliss. 

Nathan Fielder’s “The Rehearsal” (HBO, 11 p.m.) begins a longer arc, about a woman considering raising a child, but it involves switching in child actors every two hours.

Billy Porter’s directorial debut “Anything’s Possible” (Amazon Prime, streaming) concerns the senior year of a trans girl, portrayed by Eva Reign. 

Rafe Spall and Esther Smith return, playing new parents, for the third season of “Trying” (Apple TV+, streaming). 

The action adventure “The Gray Man” (Netflix, streaming), starring Chris Evans and Ryan Gosling, that only opened in theaters last week, makes its streaming premiere.

“Cesar Millan: Better Human, Better Dog” (National Geographic, 9 p.m.) returns for a new season. 

On a new “Conjuring Kesha” (Discovery+, streaming), the pop star takes former “Bachelorette” Jojo Fletcher and a Bigfoot enthusiast to Mount Shasta. 

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Thursday TV: ‘The Last Movie Stars’

There’s a wealth of appropriate clips from each of their dozens of movies — and clips of their interviews — to make a fine portrait of the longtime personal and professional union of Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward. Ethan Hawke goes further in his engrossing six-part series, “The Last Movie Stars” (HBO Max,  streaming), taking the transcripts from of trove of interviews and reanimating them with an impressive cast of fellow actors, with whom he also chats and shares his enthusiasm for this intriguing story. As entertaining as it us, the title’s premise is undercut a bit by having such familiar stars read for the two subjects — George Clooney for Newman, who died in 2005; and Laura Linney as Woodward, who at 92 has Alzheimer’s and is the earliest surviving Oscar winner in a major category. 

Call it the summer finale of the season’s most compelling and (we can only hope) consequential television, The Special House Committee Hearing on the Jan. 6 Attack on the Capitol (CNN, MSNBC, CSPAN, ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, 8 p.m.) returns to primetime to wind up hearings for now (more may come this fall). They’ll concentrate on the 187 minutes of inaction from the White House as the Capitol was attacked, including a blooper reel of Trump’s eventual video tape asking rioters to disperse. 

There will be plenty of analysis to follow on news networks, and jokes on late night shows. “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS, 11:35 p.m.) for one, is going live to ensure quick reaction; MSNBC’s Chris Hayes is his guest. 

Issa Rae returns as producer of a new comedy starring Aida Osman and KaMillion as estranged high school pals who reunite to form a rap group in “Rap Shit” (HBO Max, streaming). 

“American Horror Stories” (Hulu, streaming), the “American Horror Story” spinoff that provides a different tale in each episode, begins its second season.

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Wednesday TV: 2022 ESPYs Are Here

Stephen Curry hosts the 2022 ESPY Awards (ABC, 8 p.m.) the all-sports award show. He’s also up for athlete of the year alongside Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Katie Ledecky, Shohei Ohtani and Candace Parker. Former boxer and current Kyiv major Vitali Klitschko will get the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage.

“Virgin River” (Netflix, streaming), the romantic drama with Alexandra Breckenridge, Annette O’Toole and Tim Matheson, returns for fourth episode.

David Attenborough looks at the effects of the seasons on “The Green Planet” (PBS, 8 pm., check local listings). 

The new series “Animals Decoded” (Smithsonian, 8 p.m.) looks at how animals communicate with each other. 

Taylor and Pooch have been put up for eviction by Jasmine (possibly because their names sound so much like Turner and Hooch). At any rate, the two fight for veto power tonight on “Big Brother” (CBS, 8 p.m.). The eviction vote, by the way, has been bumped to Friday because of the Jan. 6 hearings to be broadcast tomorrow. 

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Tuesday TV: Slicing Up the ‘American Pie’

A long, long time ago, I can still remember how this song wore out its welcome, especially as it became an endless singalong of rock history. More than 50 years after its debut here’s a documentary about it: “The Day the Music Died: The Story of Don McLean’s ‘American Pie’” (Paramount+, streaming) in which McLean explicates the song, performs it at Clear Lake, Iowa site of Buddy Holly’s last show, and we hear from other performers, in including Garth Brook, who calls it possibly the greatest song ever written. 

Major League Baseball has its All-Star Game (Fox, 8 p.m.) from Dodger Stadium.

The U.S. version of “Love Island” (USA, 10:05 p.m.; Bravo, 10:30 p.m.) floats over from broadcast TV to a couple of cable sister stations for its premiere. But mostly the fourth season will play out on the streaming service Peacock, offering six new episodes a week. Wherever it runs, everyone is still expected to wear only swimsuits. 

The documentary “Aftershock” (Hulu, streaming) covers the infant mortality crisis in the U.S., especially as it relates to Black women. 

“David A. Arnold: It Ain’t for the Weak” (Netflix, streaming) is a standup comedy special from the Cleveland comic, who returned home to film it. 

“The Great Muslim American Road Trip” (PBS, 10 p.m., check local listings) comes to an end in California. They must have been driving fast. But “America Outdoors with Baratunde Thurston” (PBS, 9 p.m., check local listings) forges on, also in California, specifically Los Angeles. 

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Capital Radio, 7-18: Birth, Death, Delfonics

Started with a salute to William “Boogie” Hart, the enduring voice behind the Delfonics, who died last week at 77. Also noted the passing of Happy Mondays bassist Paul Ryder, who died Friday at 58.

But then it was celebrating birthdays of a varied group, from Martha Reeves (81), Brian Auger and Dion (both 83), to Keith Levene (65) and M.I.A. (47). Today was also the anniversary of the births of some artists who aren’t with us any longer: Lonnie Mack (born in 1941), Rolling Stones pianist Ian Stewart (1938) Screamin’ Jay Hawkins (1929) and Nico (1938). 

Ended with some Los Lobos, some instrumentals leading back to the Delphonics, and a long newly-released Neil Young jam. 

Here’s a link to the whole show; the playlist follows. 

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Monday TV: Jeter’s Story in ‘The Captain’

Baseball is represented by two big things tonight, neither of them games.

“The Captain” (ESPN, 10 p.m.) is a seven-part documentary on the former New York Yankees hero Derek Jeter. It follows the annual MLB Home Run Derby (ESPN, 8 p.m.) from Los Angeles, just before Tuesday’s All-Star Game at Dodgers Stadium.

The British comedy “The Other One” (Acorn TV, streaming) returns for a new season, with Ellie White and Lauren Socha playing a couple of women who are just learning as adults that they’re sisters. 

A stretch of desert in California is at the center of Ann Kaneko’s documentary “Manzanar, Diverted: When Water Becomes Dust” (PBS, 10 p.m., check local listings). The site of a Japanese relocation camp also saw the removal of Native Americans and now a dispute with the L.A. water and power. The film makes its debut on “POV” (PBS, 10 p.m., check local listings).

The true crime series “The TikTok Man: Catching a Predator” (Discovery+, streaming) about a man who uses social media to find victims, originates in Demark, also the setting for a separate documentary, “The Submarine Killers: Confessions of a Murderer” (Discovery+, streaming). 

The new series “Phrogging: Hider in My House” (Lifetime, 10 p.m.) tracks the apparent trend of people breaking into and living in someone else’s home without their knowledge. 

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Sunday TV: The History of The Colosseum

The new eight-part docuseries “Colosseum” (History, 9 p..m.) looks at the history of Rome’s most famous edifice and the rise and fall of the Roman Empire that occurred there. Historian Alexander Mariotti hosts. 

On the eve of the day when he goes ton trial on a contempt of Congress charge, “Steve Bannon: Divided We Fall” (CNN, 8 p.m.) profiles the scruffy MAGA operative. 

A new season starts for the international spy series “Blood & Treasure” (Paramount+, streaming) three years after the first that debuted on CBS. Matt Barr and Sofia Pernas star. 

Seems like it just started but the drama “Dark Winds” (AMC, 9 p.m.) ends its season already.

Emmett helps Kiesha as she balances college and motherhood on “The Chi” (Showtime, 9 p.m.).

“The Real Housewives of Atlanta” (Bravo, 8 p.m.) plan a road trip, but par for the show, pointedly neglects to invite one of them.

Everyone is a suspect as police search for a missing heirloom on “Hotel Portofino” (PBS, 8 p.m., check local listings).

“Celebrity Family Feud” (ABC, 8 p.m.) involves Salt-N-Pepa, and the casts of “The Proud Family,” “Bel Air” and “Saved by the Bell.” 

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