Sure, Sunday is usually overcrowded with high-end TV (like “Weeds” and “Episodes,” both back for new seaons this week), but what to watch the rest of the time? Each Monday, we bring you this guide to five noteworthy highlights from the other six days of the week.
The age of internet celebrity gets explored in this documentary via the life and times of Chris Crocker, who attained viral stardom when he entreated the world to “Leave Britney alone!” in an infamous YouTube video. Named for the first video ever to be uploaded to YouTube, Chris Moukarbel and Valerie Veatch’s doc premiered at Sundance earlier this year. Take a look at Indiewire’s interview with the filmmakers and their subject, whose personal tale, they explain, “is really emblematic of a lot of the themes we were trying to get at in that larger story,” here.
Whether or not the world wants a new Charlie Sheen show, that is what the world is getting. After a spectacular public meltdown last year leading to his firing from “Two and a Half Men,” Sheen is back on the small screen in this series adapted from the 2003 movie of the same name, with the star taking on the role played by Jack Nicholson, that of a “non-traditional” therapist. “The Drew Carey Show” co-created Bruce Helford will serve as show-runner and executive producer, while Shawnee Smith and Selma Blair co-star.
“Twenty Twelve”: Series Premiere
Thursday, June 28 at 9pm on BBC America
This award-winning BBC comedy is a mockumentary spoofing the preparations for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. “Downton Abbey”-er Hugh Bonneville stars with Jessica Hynes and Amelia Bullmore as members of the harried Olympic Deliverance Commission, who deal with endless chaos as they try to ready the city for the games. “Twenty Twelve” was written and directed by “People Like Us” creator John Morton.
Thursday, June 28 at 10:30pm on FX
What sad, surreal and funny adventures will Louis C.K.’s alter ego get up to in the third season of his innovative single-camera comedy? As the writer, director and star, C.K. has been able to broadcast as clear and distinctive a voice as TV contains right now in his show about a divorced single dad living in New York and working in comedy. Last season offered a range of creative highs, from Louie received showbiz advice from Joan Rivers to his being kept safe while on a USO tour in the Middle East by a duckling his daughter packed, without his knowing, in his bag. It’s hard to think of how C.K. will top that in this season, but we have high hopes.
Friday, June 29 at 9pm on Reelz (U.S. Series Premiere)
Stuart Townsend plays the enigmatic title character in this Franco-Canadian series based on a Belgian graphic novel (got that?) about an amnesiac secret agent trying to figure out his past. Aisha Tyler and Virginie Ledoyen co-star in the series, which has recently been renewed for a second season back in Canada with Roger Avary attached to write the season premiere.
Also worth a look: Yes, “The Real World” is still going — the 27th season, set in St. Thomas, premieres on MTV Wednesday, June 27th at 10pm; Pamela Yates’ doc “Granito: How to Nail a Dictator” airs on POV on PBS Thursday, June 28th at 10pm; “Brand X with Russell Brand,” the British comedian’s mock news show, premieres on FX Thursday, June 28th at 11pm; the season finale of Chris Elliott’s surreal “Eagleheart” airs on Adult Swim Thursday, June 28th at 11:59pm; stand-up special “Jim Norton: Please Be Offended” premieres on EpixHD Saturday, June 30th at 10pm.