Sure, Sunday tends to be overcrowded with high-end TV, including “Mad Men,” “Game of Thrones,” “Veep,” “The Borgias,” “Family Tree,” “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.
“Jesus Camp” directors Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady turn their lens to Detroit with this impressionistic documentary that looks at the decline of the Michigan city by way of the owner of a blues bar, a young blogger, an auto union rep, a group of young artists, an opera impresario and a gang of illegal “scrappers.” Check out Eric Kohn’s review of the film from Sundance, where it had its world premiere last year.
James Lipton gives his signature fawning approach to craft-centric interviews a break in order to allowed himself to be fawned over for a change in the 250th episode special of his long-running series, which finds past guests like Dave Chappelle, Bradley Cooper, Robert DeNiro and Barbara Walters coming back to discuss Lipton’s approach to celebrity interviewing. Lipton, at least, isn’t afraid to poke fun at his own perceived persona, as his part in “Arrested Development” (original recipe and Netflix) as a screenwriting prison warden indicates.
“Chilling Visions: 5 Senses of Fear”: Broadcast Premiere
Friday, May 31 at 9pm on Chiller
Genre channel Chiller, perhaps inspired by the recent success of “V/H/S” and its upcoming sequel, has produced an original horror anthology film of its own. “Chilling Visions: 5 Senses of Fear” is made up of five shorts, each themed around a different sense, with the directors including Emily Hagins (“My Sucky Teen Romance”), Eric England (“Madison County”) and Jesse Holland and Andy Mitton (“YellowBrickRoad”).
“Richard Pryor: Omit The Logic”: Broadcast Premiere
Friday, May 31 at 9pm on Showtime
The second installment in Showtime’s new original documentary series ‘Sho Closeup’ has a name director, Marina Zenovich of “Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired,” and a great subject, the legendary comedian Richard Pryor, but it doesn’t quite come together — see our review from the film’s premiere at Tribeca. Still, it’s a great chance to see some vintage footage of Pryor, including audio from his blow-up at Hollywood gay rights event “A Star Spangled Night for Rights.”
BBC America’s twisty, fun sci-fi conspiracy drama “Orphan Black” wraps up its first season this week, having set up a battle between the Neolutionists and the Prolethians in which the lives and fates of the clones, including protagonist Sarah, are at stake. The series has been given a second season order, so don’t expect the final episode to wrap up each loose end — there have to be more reasons for hard-working lead actress Tatiana Maslany to continue playing half of the series’ characters.
Also worth a look: Jewel plays June Carter Cash in Lifetime original biopic “Ring of Fire,” directed by Allison Anders (check out our interview here), on Monday, May 27th at 8pm; Nickeloden movie “Nicky Deuce,” based on the kiddie novel by Steve Shirripa (aka Bobby Baccalieri) manages a mini “Sopranos” reunion with appearances by James Gandolfini, Michael Imperioli, Vincent Curatola and Tony Sirico on Monday, May 27th at 8pm; DirecTV’s first wholly owned scripted series “Rogue” hasn’t attracted much love from the critics, but has marked the start of the satellite service’s more serious forays into original programming, with the season finale airing Wednesday, May 29th at 9pm on the Audience network.