Sure, Sunday tends to be overcrowded with high-end TV, including “Boardwalk Empire,” “Eastbound and Down,” “Homeland,” “Masters of Sex” 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 12th season of “Independent Lens” kicks off with Ramona S. Diaz’s doc about Arnel Pineda, the Filipino singer who rose from teen years spent on the streets to becoming the lead singer of Journey after Neal Schon spotted his performances on YouTube. The film examines Pineda’s remarkable career path as well as how the band’s fanbase received this new performer. Check out our interview with “Independent Lens” series producer Lois Vossen.
The impressive pairing of Jon Hamm and Daniel Radcliffe topline this British series, which premieres on arts network Ovation this week after airing in the UK last year. The two play the titular Russian physician at two different stages of his life, as both an older opiate addict and a young man new to his profession. The four-part series, airing weekly, is based on a collection of short stories by Mikhail Bulgakov, which also inspired Aleksey Balabanov’s 2008 film “Morphine.”
After a short first season, Shonda Rhimes’ “Scandal” blossomed into a bonkers and utterly unmissable series anchored by some major movie (and television) star mojo from Kerry Washington as D.C. fixer Olivia Pope. Season three kicks off with “It’s Handled,” an episode that dives right into the drama as Olivia’s seemingly outed as the President’s mistress while her recently revealed father Rowan (Joe Morton) ruthlessly pursues his own plans.
You may remember comedian Eric Andre from his turn as June’s smitten coffee shop coworker on “Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23,” but on his own series, Andre plays something far more strange — the host of a parody, or sorts, of a low-budget public access talk show. Surreal, filled with bizarre production choices and a tone that’s as much apocalyptic as anarchic, “The Eric Andre Show” is balanced out by deadpan co-host Hannibal Buress and a variety of bewildering celebrity guests.
Beloved indie horror auteur Larry Fessenden (“Habit,” “Wendigo,” “The Last Winter”) heads to Chiller for a made-for-TV movie about a group of teenage friends menaced by killer fish that premiered at the Stanley Film Festival earlier this year. In his review from that screening, our own Eric Kohn wrote “Fessenden has embraced the cheesy premise and had fun with it while exploring just beyond its borders.”
Also worth a look: ESPN’s “30 for 30” continues with Sam George’s surf doc “Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau” on Tuesday, October 1st at 8pm; fans of Rebel Wilson may want to brave her problematic new ABC sitcom “Super Fun Night,” which premieres on Wednesday, October 2nd at 9:30pm; the just-renewed FX border drama “The Bridge” has its first season finale on Wednesday, October 2nd at 10pm; Crackle will premiere its latest original series “Cleaners,” a thriller starring Emmanuelle Chriqui, Emily Osment, Gina Gershon and David Arquette, on Thursday, October 3rd; Gina Gershon plays Donatella Versace in the camptastic-looking Lifetime original movie “House of Versace,” airing Saturday, October 5th at 8pm; and Stephen Frear’s latest film “Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight” hits HBO at the same time, Saturday, October 5th at 8pm.