It’s a holiday week culminating in a long weekend for many people, so don’t expect much in the way of new programming, but the TV universe is not completely devoid of fresh material.
Monday, June 30
Under the Dome (9-10 pm, CBS)
The Stephen King adaptation returns for its second season tonight. Spoiler alert: they’re still inside the dome, and this is still a mediocre show.
Tuesday, July 1
Nathan For You (10:30-11 pm, Comedy Central)
I wanted to like this show and give it a chance, because I try to be open to different approaches to comedy, but the prank aspect of Nathan For You is just too problematic for me to get past. But it has its fans, which is why it’s back for its second season tonight, and preceded at 10 by the season two premiere of Drunk History (another show I couldn’t get into).
Wednesday, July 2
Play Misty for Me (8-9:45 pm, Flix)
If you’re only familiar with Jessica Walter from her recent work in Arrested Development and Archer, her performance in this 1971 thriller as a woman obsessed with a disc jockey played by Clint Eastwood (this is also the first movie he directed) should surprise and impress you.
Thursday, July 3
Comedy Bang! Bang! (10:30-11 pm, IFC)
Alison Brie is tonight’s guest and is charming and lovely as always, which is why you’ll probably watch (plus there isn’t much else on).
Friday, July 4
Boston TV station WBZ (channel 4) continues its tradition of carrying the July 4th Boston Pops concert and fireworks, this year featuring The Beach Boys and actress Megan Hilty (8-11 pm). For the first time, the event will be streamed live online at cbsboston.com and bostonpopsjuly4th.org.
Elsewhere, NBC has the New York-based Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular from 8-10 pm; PBS has its annual presentation of A Capitol Fourth from Washington, DC (8-9:30 pm, repeats immediately after); Encore thinks it’s being clever by showing Independence Day (8-10:30 pm), but the older it gets, the more obvious its weaknesses are; and FX is showing Captain America: The First Avenger (8-10:30 pm), one of the most enjoyable of the Marvel Universe “solo” movies.
Saturday, July 5
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (8-10:30 pm, Turner Classic Movies)
Self-destructive tendencies, codependency, and emotional abuse: all the elements of a lovely evening. It’s difficult to watch, but also exceptional, starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, with George Segal and Sandy Dennis.
Sunday, July 6
The ‘90s: The Last Great Decade? ((9-11 pm, NatGeo)
Last year’s ‘80s retrospective did well enough to spur NatGeo to give the ‘90s the same treatment. Rob Lowe narrates again. Parts two and three air Monday and Tuesday, also from 9-11 pm.
Also tonight: the season two premiere of Witches of East End (9-10 pm, Lifetime)
Kenneth Branagh brings to life Henning Mankell’s Swedish detective Kurt Wallander in this mystery series that is very similar in its structure to Sherlock: each season consists of three 90-minute episodes, so the overall time commitment is not significant. (Nine episodes total; I’ve heard that another season is in the works and will air on PBS next year.)
(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.)