August 1-7. TV and Streaming Selections for Chuck Barney
Don’t Miss: “Obama: In the Pursuit of a More Perfect Union” – As the country grapples with its racial history, this compelling documentary series chronicles Barack Obama’s youth, his rise in politics, and his challenging eight-year presidency. In three parts, it examines how his ascension to the White House was a landmark move for the United States, but also highlights the lingering need to address issues of racial justice and the country’s checkered past. And through the lens of the present day, it attempts to reflect the Obama administration with a new understanding of the personal obstacles they faced. (Tuesdays at 9 p.m., HBO).
Sunday: Executive Producer Cedric the Entertainer has a new drama series “Johnson.” It follows four Atlanta-based black men who met in grade school and have been best friends ever since — and they all have the same last name — Johnson. But, hey, no relationship. (8 p.m., bounce).
Monday: It’s time for those pressure-packed hometown trips on “The Bachelorette.” With the stakes so high, Katie has a tense feud with a boy. Can she patch things up enough to convince him (and herself) to stay – or is she ready to give it up? (8 p.m., ABC).
Monday: The unscripted series “Small Town News: KPVM Pahrump” offers a gripping glimpse of a fearsome, hardworking local news broadcaster looking to expand during challenging times. With a population of just over 37,000, Pahrump is a desert city 62 miles west of Las Vegas. (9 p.m., HBO).
Tuesday: On “Lego Masters,” the remaining contestants are challenged to create incredible and wearable hats made entirely out of Lego bricks. Then, the competition escalates as they are tasked with building a beautiful structure in mid-air. (8 p.m., Fox).
Wednesday: Celebrities who can’t really cook but desperately want to, are suddenly promoting a stronger culinary style. Now, Paris Hilton shoots him. In “Cooking With Paris”, the heiress/socialite/reality TV star invites viewers into her kitchen as she attempts to sauté, explore, and frolic with some of her famous friends. (Netflix).
Wednesday: “Cocaine Cowboys: The Kings of Miami” is a six-part true-crime series about two childhood friends — Augusto “Willie” Falcon and Salvador “Sal” Maggluta — who are high school dropouts for the most powerful drug kingpin in Miami. had gone from They managed to get ahead of the prosecution for decades before the chase finally ended. (Netflix).
Thursday: Are you ready for some football? Actually? … in early August? Ready or not, the pre-season schedule begins tonight as the Pittsburgh Steelers and Dallas Cowboys meet at an NFL Hall of Fame game in Canton, Ohio. (5 p.m. PT; 8 p.m. ET, Fox).
Friday: Directed and starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, the new comedy series “Mr. Corman” follows a fifth-grade teacher whose dreams of a music career fail. Now, her former fiancée has moved out, her old high school Dude has moved in and finds himself battling an existential crisis (Apple TV+).
Friday: In the new action thriller “Hit and Run”, Lior Raz plays a man whose life is shaken when his wife dies in a mysterious hit-and-run accident in Tel Aviv. With the help of an ex-boyfriend (Sanaa Lathan), he hunts down the killers who have fled to America and, in the process, uncovers disturbing secrets he’s kept from his wife. (Netflix).
Saturday: “The 27-Hour Day” is a soft-hearted TV movie about an obsessive entrepreneur (autumn riser) who needs a break from his wellness empire for some much-needed work-life balance. Will a relaxing retreat and a new romance do the trick? (9 p.m., Hallmark Channel).
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