This week’s offerings consist mainly of specials and various other kinds of one-off programming. I suspect next week will be nearly devoid of interesting choices, but we don’t have to worry about that just yet.
Monday, August 19
The Man with the 132-lb. Scrotum (9-10 pm, TLC)
The subject of this show has a legitimate medical condition, but naturally there are people who are going to watch it due to the curiosity factor, so if you feel you just can’t stay away…
Tuesday, August 20
The Life of Muhammad (8-11 pm, PBS)
This three-part series, being shown on one night, examines the significant events in the life of the founder of Islam.
Wednesday, August 21
The Soup (10-10:30 pm, E!)
The long-running pop-culture snarkfest celebrates its 500th episode by going live for the first time. Expect an assortment of celebrityish guests to drop by.
Thursday, August 22
Little League World Series (8-10 pm, ESPN2)
ESPN is carrying the Little League playoffs all week; the championship game is Saturday. There’s no guarantee that the players in tonight’s elimination game are steroid-free, but the odds would seem to be at least somewhat better than for an average MLB game.
Friday, August 23
Venus and Serena (9-11 pm, Showtime)
This documentary follows the Williams sisters through 2011, which turned out to be a difficult year for both of them.
Saturday, August 24
Austin City Limits (9-10 pm, PBS)
It’s a repeat of a Wilco performance from last year, but believe me, there’s pretty much nothing else on tonight.
Sunday, August 25
The Secret Life of Dogs (10-11 pm, NatGeo Wild)
According to the information provided about this show, there are about half a billion dogs on our planet. I have one (that’s her up above, after the blizzard back in February), and she is a fascinating creature in many ways. This program looks at dogs’ behavior and abilities to help us understand what makes them such special companions.
Margin Call (2011)
Dramatization of events taking place over a 24-hour period at an unnamed investment bank during the early stages of the 2008 financial crisis. Certainly not to everyone’s taste, but the cast includes Zachary Quinto, Kevin Spacey, Jeremy Irons, Mary McDonnell, Aasif Mandvi, and Stanley Tucci, and the performances are uniformly excellent.
(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.)