TV July 3-9: Friday Night Lights, We Hunt Together, American Dad, America the Beautiful, Sorry for Your Loss, America Outdoors with Baratunde Thurston, The Great Muslim American Roadtrip, Five Bedrooms, The Green Planet, Black Bird, Supreme Team

Hello. Let’s go! New TV for the next week.

Catching up

Friday Night Lights (Season 1-5 premiering on Crave app) If you’ve never seen this series, you are in for a mostly fantastic run of series. The melodrama gets a little cloying only a couple of times. The rest is gold. “Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can’t lose!” FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS comes to Crave on Friday, July 1, giving all of Canada access to this iconic rally chant, and series. In the rural town of Dillon, Texas, winning the state football championship is prized above all else. Coach Eric Taylor (Kyle Chandler) guides a high school football team through pressure-filled seasons while dealing with struggles relating to his own family. The interactions between the team members, current and former players, supporters, coaching staff and regular townsfolk address many of the issues facing small-town America.

Monday July 4

We Hunt Together (Season 2 premiere Crave Crave app) “A gripping twist on a classic cat-and-mouse story … exploring the intoxication of sexual attraction and the dangerous power of emotional manipulation. As two conflicted detectives (Eve Myles and Babou Ceesay) track down a pair of deadly killers (Hermione Corfield and Dipo Ola), the series reveals how finding a volatile form of solace in another can have dire consequences.”

American Dad (Season 18 premiere Disney+)

America the Beautiful (series premiere National Geographic/Disney+) “From the award-winning producers of “Planet Earth,” “Frozen Planet” and the “Disneynature” films, “America the Beautiful,” narrated by Michael B. Jordan, is the jaw-dropping story of our homeland and its amazing animals. North America is the most diverse and extreme continent on Earth. The only place where you can find every landscape, from Arctic icecaps to baking deserts and everything in-between. We take a journey through America’s most spectacular regions — the mountainous Northwest, the steamy South, the arid West and the endless Heartland. Whatever the neighborhood, there’s a hero who can make it a home. Smart, tough, brave, you name it, the animals of North America have what it takes to overcome the elements and thrive. In our closing episode, we meet the human heroes fighting to preserve our wildlife and wild places for future generations. Some flashing lights sequences or patterns may affect photosensitive viewers.”

Sorry for Your Loss (series premiere CBC Gem) If you missed this when it aired on the little-seen Facebook TV streaming platform, you are in for another treat, especially if you’re looking for a really good crying jag. (In case you’re new here, that is high praise on my part.) But rest assured, this study of grief is also funny and very, very well done. And hey, WANDAVISION star! Anyway, Sorry for Your Loss “follows Leigh Shaw (Elizabeth Olsen, WandaVision), a young woman struggling to put her life back together in the wake of her husband’s unexpected death. As the loss upends and transforms nearly every relationship in Leigh’s life, it also forces her to realize there was a lot about her husband she didn’t know. An unflinching exploration of grief – and one that shows it is not something merely to endure, medicate away, or “muscle through,” but an essential part of the human experience. Also starring Kelly Marie Tran (Star Wars: The Last Jedi), Jovan Adepo (The Leftovers), Mamoudou Athie (The Detour) and Janet McTeer (Marvel’s Jessica Jones).”

Tuesday July 5

America Outdoors with Baratunde Thurston (doc series PBS 8pmCT/9ET) “Follow Baratunde Thurston, bestselling author and podcaster, as he explores the country’s diverse landscapes to see how they shape the way we work, play and interact with the outdoors. From coal miners turned beekeepers in Appalachia to Black surfers catching waves in L.A., uncover a deeper understanding of our passionate and complex relationship with the natural world.”

The Great Muslim American Roadtrip (doc series premiere PBS 9pmCT/10ET) “Follow a millennial Muslim American couple on a cross-country journey along historic Route 66. As they meet new friends and explore more than a dozen stops, Mona and Sebastian weave a colorful story about what it means to be Muslim in America today.”

Five Bedrooms (Season 3 premiere W Network/Stack TV) “Tired of their perpetual single status, five friends at very different stages of their lives make the bold decision to pool their funds and buy a house together. What comes next is a tale of commitment and its consequences, with good measures of love and heartbreak expected as part of such an intricate partnership. An array of socioeconomic, cultural and personal differences quickly gets exposed as Liz, Ben, Heather, Ainsley and Harry see each other’s true colors. The journey of this unique, makeshift family culminates with the friends weighing whether to place the house back on the market or double down on their life-changing decision.”

Wednesday July 6

The Green Planet (doc series premiere 7pmCT/8ET PBS) “Sir David Attenborough travels the globe to reveal the secret lives of plants. Using pioneering camera techniques, the series takes viewers on a magical journey inside the hidden world of plants, on which all animals — including humans — are dependent.”

Friday July 8

Black Bird (series premiere Apple TV+) “A six-episode psychological thriller inspired by actual events. When high school football hero, decorated policeman’s son and convicted drug dealer Jimmy Keene (Taron Egerton) is sentenced to 10 years in a minimum security prison, he is given the choice of a lifetime — enter a maximum-security prison for the criminally insane and befriend suspected serial killer Larry Hall (Paul Walter Hauser), or stay where he is and serve his full sentence with no possibility of parole. Keene quickly realizes his only way out is to elicit a confession and find out where the bodies of several young girls are buried before Hall’s appeal goes through. But is this suspected killer telling the truth? Or is it just another tale from a serial liar? This dramatic and captivating story subverts the crime genre by enlisting the help of the very people put behind bars to solve its mysteries.”

https://youtu.be/aH1FOkJys3Y

Supreme Team (documentary series premiere Crave, Crave app)Fresh off its premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on June 19, all three-parts of SHOWTIME’s new docuseries SUPREME TEAM stream Friday, July 8. Directed by Grammy® winner Nasir “Nas” Jones and Peter J Scalettar, and in collaboration with Mass Appeal as part of the network’s HIP HIP 50 banner, the documentary chronicles the Supreme Team, the notorious Queens, New York crime syndicate, and tells the real story directly from its two leaders, Kenneth “Supreme” McGriff and Gerald “Prince” Miller. Through the voices of these two infamous entrepreneurs and the syndicate’s members, as well Hip Hop legend LL Cool J, New York City Mayor Eric Adams, journalist Joy Reid, singer Ashanti, producer Irv Gotti, and others in the local community, politics, law enforcement, academia and popular culture, viewers are given access beyond the headlines to examine the broader cultural dynamics and the impact that this small group from South Jamaica Queens has held on hip hop and society at large.”

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Thank you so much for reading this far. So, what is d2tv? Glad you asked. There is so much great TV right now, but too much to easily keep track of. So this blog is me sharing my lifelong habit of tracking TV in general, but premieres in particular — series and seasons and one-offs on Canadian broadcast, cable and streaming. And since I’m doing it for myself, I share it here with you, every Sunday. So thanks, fellow traveller, for stopping by. If you want this sent to your email inbox instead, shoot me an email or join the 50! others who subscribe (free, no strings) by typing your email into the box at the bottom of d2tv.wordpress.com, where it reads: “Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.” Who am I, Denise Duguay? Been writing about TV since 1986 or so at the Winnipeg Sun, then at the Montreal Gazette, currently at the Winnipeg Free Press and of course here, for myself and YOU! You might want to know – no judgement – I hate and mostly ignore “non-scripted” reality programming. (BECAUSE IT’S SO MEAN, THAT’S WHY.)

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