Of course everyone’s going to be watching Arrested Development this weekend, but technically that’s on Netflix. There are other things going on in TV land this week…
Sunday, May 26
Behind the Candelabra (9-11 pm, HBO)
This biopic about 1970s kitsch icon Liberace and his decades-younger lover, directed by Steven Soderbergh, was originally pitched as a theatrical film, but wound up at HBO because the studios were allegedly nervous about the subject matter. The cast is loaded with talented actors led by Michael Douglas as Liberace and Matt Damon as boytoy Scott Thorson.
Monday, May 27
James May’s Man Lab (10-11 pm, BBC America)
Who knew the Top Gear host known as Captain Slow has his own show? It’s a lighthearted how-to meant to impart to modern men the skills and knowledge that our elders took for granted. Okay, sure.
Tuesday, May 28
Brooklyn DA (10-11 pm, CBS)
In the vein of Boston Med (the 2010 documentary series about the staff and workings of three Boston hospitals), this six-part series goes inside the Kings County District Attorney’s office.
Wednesday, May 29
Nova (9-10 pm, PBS)
This long-running, locally produced science series looks at how technology was employed in the search for the Marathon bombing suspects. I acknowledge that some may find this difficult to watch, but PBS does not deal in sensationalism, and the subject matter will certainly be treated with respect.
Thursday, May 30
Hannibal (10-11 pm, NBC)
Because Hannibal didn’t premiere until early April, it’s still airing new episodes. The ratings are meh, but the show is a polished and often gripping look at the relationship between a devious killer and a man who is able to put himself into the minds of killers, but at great cost to his own psyche. No word yet on whether or not NBC will order a second season, but on artistic merit alone, Hannibal has more than earned its keep.
Friday, May 31
Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic (9-10:30 pm, Showtime)
It’s unlikely anyone needs persuading that Pryor is one of the funniest people ever to have walked the earth. This documentary doesn’t flinch from his struggles with drug addiction, but it also reminds us of his comedic brilliance.
Saturday, June 1
Milk (8-10:30 pm, USA)
USA continues its “Characters Unite” film series spotlighting social issues with a presentation of Milk introduced by Neil Patrick Harris and shown with limited commercial interruption. The 2008 movie was directed by Gus Van Sant and stars Sean Penn as Harvey Milk, who was the first openly gay man elected to public office in California in 1977 (the role earned Penn a Best Actor Oscar).
(Note: this information is accurate as of publication time, but programming is subject to change at the discretion of channels and networks. All times listed are Eastern time.)