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Wednesday, August 4, 2021

TV This Week: Tokyo Olympics Begin; The return of ‘Ted Lasso’

Chuck Barney’s TV and Streaming Selections for July 18-24

Don’t Miss: Summer Olympics – Yes, we are disappointed that, due to coronavirus concerns, there will be no fans in attendance for the Tokyo Games. But the global phenomenon, after a year’s delay, is still a lot of must-watch TV. As always, things get started with the opening ceremony, and due to the vast time difference, NBC will air the festivities live for the first time in the morning (4 a.m. PT and 7 p.m. ET, Fridays). But for viewers interested in watching the traditional evening, the network’s “extensive” primetime broadcast will feature special coverage of Team USA with performances, pageantry, and a parade of nations. (Primetime coverage: 4:30 p.m. PT; 7:30 p.m. ET, NBC).

Other bets:

Sunday: “The End” is a dark family comedy about palliative care specialist Dr. Kate Brennan (Frances O’Connor), who tries her best to raise her children while coping with her depressed elderly mother (Harriet Walter). The latter staunchly believes in the right to die and is ready to oust him. (8 p.m., Showtime).

Sunday: Set in the early ’90s, “Power Book III: Rising Kanan” is a prequel to the original “Power” franchise. It is the coming-of-age story of Kanan Stark (Mekai Curtis), the teenage son of a cocaine dealer. The cast also includes Patina Miller and Omar Epps. (8 p.m., Starz).

Sunday: It’s huge or go home for intrepid surfing pioneer Garrett McNamara. The six-part documentary series “100 Foot Wave” captures his decade-long odyssey to conquering monstrous waves in the Portuguese coastal city of Nazarene. (10 p.m., HBO).

Monday: It’s semifinal time on “American Ninja Warrior”. The action begins in Los Angeles, where competitive Ninja 10 will face challenging obstacles, including new obstacles wall-to-wall and The Inverter. (8 p.m., NBC).

Tuesday: “Man vs History” is a new series that follows storyteller and historian Bill Lepp as he travels across the country to discover the truth behind the mysteries and legends of America’s past. Tonight’s opener focuses on the infamous Old West outlaw Billy the Kid. (10 pm, History Channel).

Wednesday: Before they made it to the pop charts, the Jonas siblings clearly had dreams of winning gold medals. Featuring the Jonas Brothers in the hour-long special “Olympic Dreams,” Joe, Kevin and Nick train under some of Team USA’s best athletes as they compete against their biggest rivals — each other. (8 p.m., NBC).

Wednesday: With amusement parks up and running again, it’s time to “behind the attractions”. Narrated by Puget Brewster, it is a 10-episode series that uses archival and never-before-seen footage to explore how Disney park rides such as Haunted Mansion, Space Mountain, Jungle Cruise and others are conceived. and was built. (Disney+).

Thursday: In a new episode of “Walker”, our title character and Mickey investigate a bomb threat at the school that targeted Liam and Stan. Meanwhile, Abelin and Bonham plan a vow renewal, and Trey’s mother (guest star Shelley Purcell) arrives for a visit. (8 p.m., The CW).

Friday: The beloved soccer comedy “Ted Lasso,” last summer’s underdog hit, returns for a highly anticipated second season. We can only hope that the goofy, gossipy, and forever optimistic title character (Jason Sudeikis) finds some way to put his ragtag team on the road to glory. (Apple TV+).

Saturday: “Tig Notaro: Drone” is the first fully animated stand-up comedy special. Using a variety of artistic styles, it features Notaro telling funny stories about a hospital bed proposal, a high school talent show gone awry, a road trip with Dolly Parton, and more. (10 p.m., HBO).

Contact Chuck Barney at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter.com/chuckbarney and Facebook.com/bayareanewsgroup.chuckbarney.


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