Somehow I overlooked the MTV Video Music Awards last week, and in case you did too they will be repeated multiple times this week. Elsewhere this week, ESPN and Keith Olbermann decide to give it another try, and PBS marks an important civil rights anniversary.
Monday, August 26
Olbermann (11 pm-12 am, ESPN2)
Prodigal son Keith Olbermann, older and hopefully wiser, returns to ESPN to host a new weeknight talk show that will include a mix of interviews, panel discussions, Olbermann’s signature commentaries, and more.
Tuesday, August 27
The March (9-10 pm, PBS)
To mark the 50th anniversary of one of the landmark moments of the civil rights movement, PBS presents a retrospective of the event told by those who organized and attended it.
Wednesday, August 28
Derailed (8-9:30 pm, Flix)
Nothing much is on tonight, otherwise this 2005 thriller wouldn’t be worth a mention. Cilve Owen and Jennifer Aniston star as an adulterous couple being blackmailed.
Thursday, August 29
NFL Preseason: Giants vs. Patriots (7:30-11ish, WBZ-TV/NFL Network)
Only one thing will ever take away the sting of the Pats’ two Super Bowl losses to the Giants, and a preseason victory isn’t even close. This is the team’s last opportunity for a tune-up before the regular season starts.
Friday, August 30
Side by Side: The Science, Art and Impact of Digital Cinema (9-10 pm, PBS)
Digital movie cameras have not replaced traditional celluloid film, but their presence has brought profound change to the moviemaking landscape. This program features comments from a number of eminent directors and is hosted by Keanu Reeves.
Saturday, August 31
The Limey (8-9:45 pm, Sundance)
Taut, spare crime thriller about an ex-convict out to avenge the murder of his daughter, starring Terence Stamp and directed by Steven Soderbergh.
Sunday, September 1
TV’s Funniest of the Funniest: A Paley Center for Media Special (9-11 pm, NBC)
The Paley Center (formerly the Museum of Television & Radio) is dedicated to celebrating the cultural significance and preserving the history of the entertainment medium. This two-hour special features interviews and clips from six decades of TV’s best comedies.
Before Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright started making movies like The World’s End (and its earlier companion pieces Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz), they made this comedy about an artist and a writer who pose as a couple in order to secure an affordable apartment. There are only 14 episodes in all, so you can easily knock this one off over the long weekend.
(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.)