Any you ready for some futbol? The quadrennial World Cup tournament kicks off on Thursday, and as with any major sports event there is something of a bandwagon effect, so expect certain bars to be more crowded for the next several weeks. If you prefer to watch at home, ESPN is carrying matches, with ABC also airing some of the action on weekends. You can find a full schedule here.
Monday, June 9
Remembering the Artist Robert De Niro, Sr. (9-9:45 pm, HBO)
The actor presents a loving biographical tribute to his late father, a talented painter whose work, exhibited in the 1940s alongside that of Mark Rothko and Jackson Pollock, was overshadowed by the abstract expressionist and pop art movements.
Tuesday, June 10
The Colbert Report (11:30 pm-12 am, Comedy Central)
The brilliant, often misunderstood filmmaker John Waters visits with Stephen to talk about his new book, Carsick.
Wednesday, June 11
The Soup (10-10:30 pm, E!)
Someone at E! must have enjoyed The Soup’s live 500th episode last August, because all of this month’s episodes are also being presented live. Last week featured some silly and very funny mini-sketch bits involving Rich Sommer and Jay R. Ferguson (Harry and Stan on Mad Men), plus Busy Philipps and JB Smoove; this week Rob Riggle and T.J. Miller will be stopping by.
Thursday, June 12
2014 FIFA World Cup Opening Ceremony (2-3:30 pm, Univision)
I don’t know what exactly occurs during a World Cup opening ceremony, but diehards may want to check it out; the first match, host country Brazil vs. Croatia, follows at 3:30 pm Eastern time, carried live on Univision (en Espanol) and ESPN (in English).
Friday, June 13
The Sting (8-10:10 pm, Flix)
Discussions (arguments?) about why the 1970s was such a great period for movie-making often start (or end) right here. I may be somewhat biased because when I was in college this was shown a number of times, and I went to see it each time. Starring Paul Newman, Robert Redford, and Robert Shaw and directed by George Roy Hill, The Sting won the Oscar for best picture of 1973.
Saturday, June 14
Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (7-9 pm or 9-11 pm, Sundance)
This isn’t a great movie, but given that it’s a Saturday in June, it’s probably the best thing on tonight. It is an interesting instance of a sequel that surpasses the original with its story of a former police officer trying to survive in a post-apocalyptic wasteland. Dialogue and exposition are minimal, but I’d recommend watching with captioning on, as the Aussie accents are pretty thick. (A reboot, Mad Max: Fury Road, starring Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron, is scheduled for release next year.)
Sunday, June 15
Masterpiece Mystery: The Escape Artist (9-10:30 pm, PBS)
Former Doctor Who David Tennant stars in this two-part story of a defense attorney whose latest client is accused of a murder but may be guilty of much more than that. (Concludes next Sunday, same time)
Fawlty Towers (1975-79)
Uproarious vintage British comedy starring John Cleese, in perhaps the finest work of his long career, as Basil Fawlty, the high-strung, impatient, hapless proprietor of a hotel where nothing seems to go as it should. They went for broke with every episode, and almost always got there. (The above dates may be misleading, since there are only 12 episodes total, in two six-episode seasons.)
(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.)