Sure, Sunday tends to be overcrowded with high-end TV, including “Mad Men,” “Veep,” “The Borgias,” “Game of Thrones,” “Nurse Jackie” and more, but what to watch the rest of the time? Every Monday, we bring you five noteworthy highlights from the other six days of the week.
Hoping to explore the idea of Asian fetishism, filmmaker Debbie Lum focused on twice-divorced sexagenarian Steven Bolstad, whose obsession with Chinese women leads him to a relationship with a mail-order bride from Anhui who doesn’t speak English. The documentary, which premiered at SXSW last year, finds Lum getting increasingly involved in the domestic dramas of the couple as she ends up serving as translator and counselor in addition to filmmaker, eventually finding some of her own assumptions about the pair challenged.
“Constitution USA with Peter Sagal”: Series Premiere
Tuesday, May 7 at 9pm on PBS
Peter Sagal, host of NPR’s much-loved weekly quiz show “Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!,” attempts to actually delve into the workings of the U.S. Constitution in this four part series instead of just using it as a verbal tool for bludgeoning cable news opponents, as is more common these days. Sagal will travel the country on a Harley while examining issues like free speech in the digital age, same-sex marriage, voting rights, separation of church and state, presidential power in the post-9/11 world and more by way of the founding document.
After a premiere at Sundance last year and a theatrical release in September, Marius A. Markevicius’ documentary about the 1992 Lithuanian Olympic basketball team reaches the small screen courtesy of Epix. The film looks at the team’s stirring bronze medal triumph over the Russians after years of Soviet oppression as well as the unexpected support they received from the Grateful Dead.
“Community”: Season Finale
Thursday, May 9 at 8pm on NBC
For those who’ve been watching “Community” since its beginnings, it can be hard to judge the current Dan Harmon-free season on its own merits, not taken only in contrast to the comedy as it was before. Thanks to the turbulent ratings years at NBC, “Community,” which began the year looking like it was dead on its feet after being pushed from fall to mid-season and the abrupt departure of Chevy Chase before production was finished, might even be back for another round of same-but-not-the-same quirky hijinks. Season finale “Advanced Introduction to Finality” will find Jeff (Joel McHale) contemplating graduation from Greendale after building up enough credits while the rest of the study group revisits the “darkest timeline” from “Remedial Chaos Theory.”
“Nightmare in Silver” is the second episode of “Doctor Who” to be written by author Neil Gaiman (“The Sandman,” “American Gods”), who also scripted the 2011 installment “The Doctor’s Wife.” The new episode will feature the return of a redesigned version of the classic Whovian enemies the Cybermen, who the Doctor (Matt Smith) and company come across when visiting a dilapidated but once grand theme park. Warwick Davis guest stars.
Also worth a look: “Dear Mom, Love Cher,” the Lifetime documentary special about Cher’s mom Georgia Holt directed by “Hit So Hard” filmmaker P. David Ebersole, premieres on Monday, May 6th at 10pm; HBO offers up two new child-sized follow-ups to last year’s doc series on the obesity epidemic “The Weight of the Nation,” with “Kebreeya’s Salad Days” and “Quiz Ed!” airing at 5:30 and 6pm on Tuesday, May 7th; Bob Saget’s latest stand-up special “That’s What I’m Talkin’ About” airs on Showtime on Friday, May 10th at 10pm.