TV and Streaming Selections for Friday July 23
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“Tokyo Olympics Opening Ceremony” (4:30 p.m. PT; 7:30 p.m. ET, NBC): Couldn’t get up early enough to catch live morning coverage of NBC’s festivities from Japan? do not worry. The network delivers its traditional primetime specials with all the pomp and circumstance, spectacle and parade of the nations. Mike Tirico and Savannah Guthrie host the special, with reports contributed by Lewis Johnson and Michelle Tafoya. Plus, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson introduces the audience to Team USA. (On the West Coast, the opening ceremony special will repeat at 9:10 p.m.).
“Woodstock 99: Peace, Love and Rage” (9:15 p.m., HBO): This new documentary tells the story of Woodstock 99, a three-day music festival that was promoted to echo the unity and countercultural idealism of the original 1969 concert, but instead turned into riots, looting and sexual assaults. . The dire consequences earned the event the infamous distinction of “the day of the death of the nineties”. The film spotlights American youth at the turn of the millennium in the shadow of Columbine and the looming frenzy of Y2K, pointing to a moment when the anger of a generation turns into a seismic, cultural shift. Set to the soundtrack of the era’s most aggressive rock bands, the film reimagines the mythos of the 1960s, revealing the hard truth about the dangers of rose-tinted nostalgia in an era of commercialism and bottom-line profits.
“Ted Lasso” (Apple TV+): On the heels of breaking records by becoming the most nominated freshman comedy series in Emmy history with 20 nominations, the beloved soccer comedy — last summer’s underdog hit — returns for a highly anticipated second season. When we last saw his eternally optimistic title character (Jason Sudeikis) and his AFC Richmond accusations, a heartbreaking defeat had him kicked out of the Premier League. As the new season begins, AFC Richmond is determined to improve, but there are considerable obstacles. Will Hiring a Sports Psychologist (Sarah Niles) Help, or Hurt?
“Release: A Bill Cosby Investigation with Nancy Grace” (Fox Nation): Hosted by Crime Stories’ Nancy Grace, the one-hour program will investigate the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s decision that shocked the nation and released former comedian and convicted celebrity Bill Cosby from prison. Exclusive features first-hand accounts of Cosby accusers Lise Lotte-Lublin, Heidi Thomas, Therese Cerigni and Victoria Valentino in addition to former Pennsylvania District Attorney Bruce Castor who will discuss the secret “non-prosecution” agreement.
Also on Friday:
“Washington Week” (8 p.m., PBS)
“Charming” (8 p.m., The CW)
“WWE Friday Night SmackDown” (8 p.m., Fox)
“When Shark Attacks” (8 pm, Nat Geo)
“Dream Home” (8 p.m., HGTV)
“River Monsters” (8 p.m., Animal Planet)
“Love Island” (9 p.m., CBS)
“Icon: Music Through the Lens” (9 p.m., PBS)
“Dynasties” (9 p.m., The CW)
“Superreal Estate” (10 p.m., Saifee)