TV and Streaming Picks for Sunday, July 18
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“Serengeti II” (8 p.m., Discovery): The acclaimed 2019 nature series follows Tanzania back into the vast, almost untouched plains. Along the way, it highlights the majestic animals that call the Serengeti their home and their daily lives together, while giving viewers unrivaled access to one of Africa’s most pristine and impoverished corners and dramatic moments. Those who make each day an achievement of survival on the Serengeti. Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o explains.
“The End” (8 p.m., Showtime): This new, 10-episode dark family comedy follows palliative care specialist Dr. Follows Kate Brennan (Frances O’Connor), who is trying her best to raise her children in Australia while coping with her depressed elderly mother (Harriet Walter). The latter staunchly believes in the right to die and is ready to oust him. The series premieres with back-to-back episodes.
“Power Book III: Rising Kanan” (8 p.m., Starz): Set in Queens in the early ’90s, the series is a prequel to the original “Power” franchise. It is the coming-of-age story of Kanan Stark (Mekai Curtis), the teenage son of cocaine distributor Raquel “Rack” Thomas with a booming network of dealers across the city. Like the original “Power,” the spin-off explores themes of identity, violence, and heritage, but it also dives deep into the very perversion of the family; The unique, complex and frightening dynamics between parent and child, mother and father, brother and sister. The cast also includes Patina Miller and Omar Epps.
“Dead Pixels” (9:30 p.m., The CW): The UK comedy about a group of friends obsessed with an online video game returns for its second season. Finally, the “new” Kingdom Scrolls expansion pack is here and Meg, Nikki and Osman couldn’t be more thrilled. But… will it live up to the hype? Also starring Charlotte Richie.
“100 Foot Wave” (10 p.m., HBO): This is the huge or go-to home for intrepid surfing pioneer and former Berkeley resident Garrett McNamara. This six-part documentary series captures his decade-long odyssey to conquering monstrous waves in the coastal city of Nazar, Portugal. “American Movie” and “Fair” director Chris Smith charts his efforts to not only tackle these enormous natural wonders, but to help make these challenges accessible to other world-class surfing enthusiasts.
Also on Sundays:
“60 Minutes” (7 p.m., CBS)
“Big Brother” (8 p.m., CBS)
“Love Island” (9 p.m., CBS)
“The White Lotus” (9 p.m., HBO)
“The Chi” (9 p.m., Showtime)
“Good Witch” (9 p.m., Hallmark)
“Kevin Can F—Self” (9 p.m., AMC)
“Blindspotting” (9 p.m., Starz)
“Animal Kingdom” (9 p.m., TNT)
“War of the Worlds” (9 p.m., Epix)
“Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted” (9 p.m., Nat Geo)
“Fight on the Beach” (9 p.m., HGTV)
“Black Monday” (10 p.m., Showtime)
“Bar Rescue” (10 p.m., Paramount)