The New Shows color code: red means don’t bother; blue means maybe; green means good; magenta means great.
SATURDAY, JUNE 14
The 42nd AFI Life Achievement Award Tribute to Jane Fonda (TNT)
An entertaining ninety minutes during which Hollywood celebrates one of its own. The show was well made, intercutting clips of Fonda’s movies with interviews with her and people with whom she’s worked. I enjoyed it. Watch this if you are a fan.
Sinbad: Make Me Wanna Holla (Comedy)
For once, a comedy special that was hilarious. Sinbad did a section on race and class that was as insightful as it was funny and a section on parenting that had me wiping away tears. This one’s a treat. Try to catch it.
After Shock: Tara Conner (E!)
Autopsy: The Last Hours of… (Reelz)
Boyster (Disney XD)
Devil in the Details (Investigation Discovery)
United Stuff of America (H2)
SUNDAY, JUNE 15
The Escape Artist (PBS)
David Tennant plays a barrister whose life is forever altered by the actions of one of his clients. Tennant’s performance is exceptional. He manages to find depths in what could have been a fairly run-of-the-mill character and makes us care for this man almost immediately. The story itself, while not overly original, provided enough suspense that I was completely engrossed. If you like legal thrillers, don’t miss this one.
The New Black (PBS)
An extremely interesting documentary about the issue of same sex marriage in the African-American churches. I went into this film with my mind made up. How could a people who have been so oppressed turn around and oppress others? While my mind didn’t change, I did get some food for thought. Watch this with an open mind; you may see another side to the issue.
Extreme RVs (Travel)
Inside Combat Rescue: The Last Stand (National Geographic)
My Daughter Must Live (Lifetime Movie Network)
Shark Girl (Smithsonian)
MONDAY, JUNE 16
TUESDAY, JUNE 17
I Love the 2000s (VH1)
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 18
THURSDAY, JUNE 19
Anthony Stewart Head is a get. He is charming, smooth as silk, and speaks with an accent that makes him instantly commanding. TPTB of this monstrosity, however, have him speak in an unbearable American accent. Add this travesty to the appalling acting and terrible writing and you have one of the worst pilots I have seen all year. My roommate and I watched this laughing and listing all the clichés and movie ripoffs we saw. Awful stuff.
Funniest Wins (TBS)
FRIDAY, JUNE 20
The Pool Master (Animal Planet)
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