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5 Best Bets on TV This Week: Nina Davenport Documents Her Single Motherhood, Jim Rash Delves Into the Writing Process

Photo of Alison Willmore By Alison Willmore | Indiewire July 29, 2013 at 9:36AM

Sure, Sunday tends to be overcrowded with high-end TV, including "True Blood," "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.
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'Swoops'
ESPN Films 'Swoops'

Sure, Sunday tends to be overcrowded with high-end TV, including "True Blood," "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.

'First Comes Love'
HBO 'First Comes Love'

"First Comes Love": Broadcast Premiere
Monday, July 29 at 9pm on HBO

Nina Davenport, the filmmaker whose chronicling of Iraqi film student Muthana Mohmed's internship on "Everything is Illuminated" found her inexorably being dragged into the story herself in 2007's "Operation Filmmaker," turns her camera fully on herself in her new documentary "First Comes Love." The 41-year-old New Yorker documents her journey toward single motherhood when she finds herself entering her 40s with no steady partner in sight and a growing concern that the window during which she can have a child is coming to an end.

"POV": "Neurotypical"
Monday, July 29 at 10pm on PBS

Adam Larsen's doc explores autism from within, from the points of view of four-year-old Violet, teenager Nicholas and adult Paula and their different positions on the autism spectrum. In examining how they work out their differences with the people around them, the film posits interesting questions about what it means to be "normal."

'The Writers' Room'
'The Writers' Room'

"The Writers' Room": Series Premiere
Monday, July 29 at 10pm on Sundance Channel

While in the world of film, we're all familiar with directors, in television, writers and showrunners have far more recently started getting attention for their work creating and driving the quality dramas and comedies that dominate the pop culture conversation. This series, hosted by "Community" star/"The Way Way Back" filmmaker/"The Descendants" writer Jim Rash, features interviews with the writers, creators and cast members of some of the small screen's top series, kicking off with "Breaking Bad." Check out our interview with Rash here.

"Nine for IX": "Swoops"
Tuesday, July 30 at 8pm on ESPN

Hannah Storm ("Unmatched") directs this week's installment in ESPN's series of female-directed, female-centric sports doc. "Swoops" looks at Sheryl Swoopes, the WNBA player labeled "the female Michael Jordan," looking at her basketball success and her personal journey, which includes becoming the highest-profile athlete in her sport to acknowledge she was gay.

Please Like Me

"Please Like Me": Season Premiere/Marathon
Thursday, August 1 at 8pm on Pivot

Pivot, Participant's new cable network, launches with a full six-episode season marathon of "Please Like Me," an Australian half-hour dramedy series created, written by and starring Josh Thomas. The series is a quietly charming look at how Thomas' character, also named Josh, weathers several major events in his life, including his girlfriend dumping him, his realization that he's gay and his dealing with his depressive mother's suicide attempt.

Also worth a look: "Nikki & Sara Live," the podcast turned MTV series featuring comedians Nikki Glaser and Sara Schaefer, returns for a second season on Tuesday, July 30th  at 11pm.

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