This Tuesday, Screen Scholars is all about the news, even the fictional news (not to be confused with “fake news” which we really don’t want to get into right now). Television’s got real stories of a groundbreaking racer, the most punk rock Senate candidate, and a father and son pair of comedy legends.
30 For 30: Qualified [ESPN, 8p]
Tonight’s episode, “Qualified,” looks at “reluctant feminist” Janet Guthrie, the first woman to compete in the Indy 500 and Daytona 500.
Running With Beto [HBO, 8p]
HBO’s crack team of documentarians turned its cameras in 2018 on the upstart campaign of Beto O’Rourke to try to unseat unpopular Texas Senator Ted Cruz. Unfortunately, it was still Texas and it wasn’t yet time for Texas to turn blue (don’t rule out 2020 though in either Prez or Senate races); Cruz is still a Senator, but it was definitely good television — and should make for a great doc.
The Big Interview with Dan Rather [AXS, 8p]
Dan Rather has been no stranger to taking political stances lately. Just look at his Twitter feed. On this week’s episode of his large interview show he sits down with Rob and Carl Reiner. Two comic legends who are also not a bit shy about their political stances. I cannot wait to hear their insights.
The Bold Type [Freeform, 8p]
This week Adena is back in town! Kat is definitely over her, right? Either way, it’s gonna be stressful.
ALSO ON TAP TONIGHT:
- Violent Smurf and her family of miscreants return for a fourth season tonight on TNT with the criminally beloved Animal Kingdom, based on the award winning 2010 Aussie flick.
- We reach the end of the road for the story of Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon on FX’s excellent Fosse/Verdon.
- NBC’s all-in with reality arts competitions with season debuts from shows both old and new. Songland boasts the intriguing premise that aspiring songwriters offer up their wares so producers can hone them into potential singles for a different guest artist each week. John Legend is first up. Also, America’s Got Talent returns with Terry Crews apparently jumping around a lot.
- A&E profiles a pair of polarizing comedians named Jeff as Biography looks at puppeteer Dunham and redneck-identifier Foxworthy.