Sure, Sunday tends to be overcrowded with high-end TV, including "Breaking Bad," "The Newsroom," "Low Winter Sun," "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.
"Switched at Birth": Summer Finale
Monday, August 19 at 8pm on ABC Family
"Switched at Birth" is one of ABC Family's most staunchly progressive, but still immensely watchable, dramas (though new addition "The Fosters" may have it beat on the former front). The series, which features multiple deaf characters played by deaf and hard-of-hearing actors, closes out its second season tonight with an episode that promises drama on multiple fronts, from Toby (Lucas Grabeel) and Nikki's (Cassi Thomson) wedding preparations to Ty's (Blair Redford) redeployment overseas. The show has been renewed for a third season, to premiere in January.
The winner of the World Cinema Documentary Prize at Sundance last year comes to PBS this week. "The Law in These Parts," directed by Ra'anan Alexandrowicz ("James' Journey to Jerusalem"), is an examination of the four-decades-old legal system in the West Bank, operated by the Israel Defense Forces, that looks back to the people who created it and the costs and ethics of long-term occupation.
"Nine for IX": "The '99ers"
Tuesday, August 20 at 8pm on ESPN
Directed by Erin Leyden, who works at ESPN Films, the latest female-centric doc from the sports network focuses on the 1999 U.S. women's soccer team and its thrilling Women's World Cup win against China. The film features interviews with the team members and with current women's soccer players who discuss how the sport and women's sports in general were changed by that game.
"Ghost Shark": Broadcast Premiere
Thursday, August 22 at 9pm on Syfy
Syfy tries to catch social media lightning in a bottle again with its latest schlock original "Ghost Shark" -- which, it should be pointed out, comes from Active Entertainment rather than The Asylum, the company behind "Sharknado." Directed by Griff Furst ("Universal Soldiers," "Lake Placid 3"), the film is about, obviously, a shark that's a ghost. Mackenzie Rosman ("7th Heaven") stars.
"Venus and Serena": Broadcast Premiere
Friday, August 23 at 9pm on Showtime
Despite a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Tennis Association for the inclusion of video footage shot during the U.S. Open without permission, Showtime is going ahead with an airing of Maiken Baird and Michelle Major's documentary about Venus and Serena Williams. The film, which premiered at Toronto last fall, isn't the only doc about the tennis stars to come from the TV realm recently -- Ava DuVernay's "Venus Vs.," about the elder Williams sister, aired on ESPN last month.
Also worth a look: Seth Green attempts to fight a world under attack by self-aware machines in the Steve Barron-directed Reelz film "Delete," airing on Monday, August 19th at 8pm; Jim Norton's latest stand-up special "American Degenerate" premieres on Epix on Friday, August 23rd at 10pm.