Sure, Sunday tends to be overcrowded with high-end TV, including “True Blood,” the recently returned “The Newsroom,” “Copper,” “Dexter,” “Ray Donovan” 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.
The latest documentary from two-time Oscar nominee Lucy Walker cuts together 15 years of footage of the rivalry between Shaun White and Kevin Pearce, two childhood friends who became top snowboarders, their competition leading them to push the boundaries of the sport until Pearce ended up with a traumatic head injury after a half-pipe crash. As White goes on to win a gold medal at the Vancouver Winter Olympics, Pearce struggles with the knowledge that returning to the sport he loves could result in his death.
Highly acclaimed for its aesthetic approach, this doc from Elizabeth Mims and Jason Tippet follows three Christian teenagers living in a small desert town 30 miles from Los Angeles who skateboard and face the travails of being young amidst a landscape threatened by financial uncertainty. The film was nominated for a 2013 Truer Than Fiction Spirit Award.
ESPN’s doc series about female athletes, by female filmmakers continues with this installment from Ricki Stern and Anne Sundberg, the team behind “Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work” and “Knuckleball!,” about the presence of female journalists in the male sanctum of the clubhouse. The film highlights the women who’ve fought for equal access in order to do their jobs, including Melissa Ludtke of Sports Illustrated, who challenged Major League Baseball after she was kept out of the New York Yankees’ locker room.
Love it or hate it, “Intervention” has been a reality TV landmark. The A&E series comes to a close this week after 13 season and almost 200 episodes. The final installment will follow Eric, a 31-year-old heroin addict whose family hopes to be able to convince to enter rehab.
“Kumail Nanjiani: Beta Male”: Broadcast Premiere
Saturday, July 20 at 11:59pm on Comedy Central
Kumail Nanjiani, Pakistani-born comedian and certified nerd, heads to Comedy Central for his first hour-long stand-up special. The talented Nanjiani, who’s been popping up as a guest and supporting character on various TV shows recently (including “Franklin & Bash” and “Portlandia”), will be cohosting “The Meltdown With Jonah and Kumail” on the network next year and will also be a regular on the upcoming HBO Mike Judge series “Silicon Valley.” “Beta Male” was taped at The Moody Theater in Austin.
Also worth a look: USA Network’s younger, sexier spy and legal series “Covert Affairs” and “Suits” return for fourth and third seasons on Tuesday, July 16th at 9 and 10pm; the infamous “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” is back for a second season on TLC on Wednesday, July 17th at 10pm; Hallmark makes its first venture into the realm of original scripted series with “Cedar Cove,” starring Andie MacDowell as a small town judge, on Saturday, July 20th at 8pm.