Between network, cable and streaming, the modern television landscape is vast. Here are some of the shows, specials, and movies hitting TV this week, July 4-10. Details and times are subject to change.
MACY’S JULY 4 FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR 8 p.m. on NBC. On the show “Today,” Craig Melvin and Dylan Dreyer return for the second time to host the 46th annual fireworks display. Viewers will take a front-row seat to explosions of color and sound against the backdrop of the New York City summer skyline, featuring musical performances from Lin-Manuel Miranda, Pitbull and the cast of the Broadway show “Moulin Rouge! The Musical” , plus other special guests An encore presentation will follow at 10 p.m
AMERICA OUTSIDE WITH BARATUNDE THURSTON 9pm on PBS (check local listings). In the premiere episode of this six-part outdoor adventure show, writer and comedian Baratunde Thurston explores California’s Death Valley, introducing viewers to some of the people who live in that sweltering region — including an ultramarathon runner running in the heat and an elder of the Timbisha Shoshone tribe. “This show is about breaking expectations,” Thurston, who is Black, said in a recent interview with DailyExpertNews. When Thurston hears someone mention the outdoors, he has “a white man in mind, with a beard, and he looks into the distance, just conquered something,” he explained. “And we spent some time with such people, but we also spent time with the original people on this land. It was a wonderful privilege to interview people from three different indigenous countries.” At 10 p.m., PBS will re-premiere with a travel program that breaks expectations, THE GREAT MUSLIM AMERICAN ROADTRIP, in which rapper Mona Haydar and her husband, Sebastian Robins, who are both Muslim, drive along Route 66 exploring the history of Muslim Americans dating back to the 1800s. In a recent column, The Times television critic Mike Hale called the series one of the 27 shows to watch this summer.
OSCAR MICHEAUX: THE SUPERHERO OF BLACK MOVIE MAKING (202) 8 p.m. on TCM. Directed by Francesco Zippel, this documentary presents the life and work of Oscar Micheaux, a pioneer of the black film industry. In a DailyExpertNews obituary devoted to African-American figures that the paper had originally overlooked, Monica Drake wrote that Micheaux “made you relish the exuberance he clearly felt in delivering an entirely new way of storytelling’. The 40 or so films Micheaux wrote, directed, and produced from 1919 to 1948, Drake continued, carried with them “the added excitement of black characters doing things that seemed unimaginable on screen at the time.” The documentary will be followed at 10 p.m. by one of Micheaux’s films, THE SYMBOL OF THE UNCONQUERED (1920), a silent film in which a black heiress defeats the Ku Klux Klan to save her country.
DRAFT NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE 2022 — ROUND 1 7 p.m. on ESPN. This year’s NHL draft will take place on July 7-8 in Montreal. In a three-hour special presentation of the annual meeting – in which each franchise team selects the rights for available ice hockey players – the Montreal Canadiens, who won the 2022 NHL drawing lottery, will be the first to pick, followed by the New Jersey Devils and the Arizona- coyote.
OLD STRANGERS 9 p.m. on History Channel. “Ancient Aliens,” one of the History Channel’s longest-running shows, theorizes that aliens have visited Earth for millions of years. On Friday night’s episode, the show’s host, Giorgio Tsoukalos, looks back at some of the structures the series has visited around the world — structures that, in his opinion, are evidence of extraterrestrial contact. In 2018, Steven Kurutz went on an assignment for The Times to meet fans of the show at AlienCon, a three-day gathering for “Ancient Aliens” devotees, writing that just two hours after the conference, “500 years of accepted history and science were revealed.” already thrown away.”
THE AMAZING AMERICAN RECIPE 9pm on PBS (check local listings). In this reality competition show, home cooks from different regions of the United States showcase their signature dishes and compete in the national search for the “Great American Recipe.” In the episode airing Friday, “Love Language,” each of the eight remaining chefs shares a comfort food inspired by a loved one — from first date meals to family favorites passed down through generations.
BONNIE AND CLYDE (1967) 8 p.m. on TCM. Directed by Arthur Penn, this classic crime film dramatizes the histories of real-life bank robbers Clyde Barrow (Warren Beatty) and Bonnie Parker (Faye Dunaway), including the shootings and robberies they endured during the Great Depression in the South. In a 2007 article, AO Scott, co-feature critic for The Times, called the legend of the pair “a morality tale in which the wild energies of youth defeat the old certainties of the age, and freedom triumphs over repression.” However, the critic Bosley Crowther, in his 1967 review, chided the film as a “cheap piece of bare-bones slapstick comedy”, adding that the “mixing of farce with brutal murders is as futile as it is tasteless.”
PATAGONI: LIFE ON THE EDGE OF THE WORLD 9 o’clock in the evening On cnn. In the premiere of this series, Chilean-born actor Pedro Pascal (known for his role as Oberyn Martell in Game of Thrones) recounts travels through the Patagonia region of South America. In six episodes, the series takes the audience through windblown deserts, ancient forests and the high peaks of the Andes. With help from local experts, each episode showcases the region’s mammals, birds and insects — and the scientists who study them — along with populations that have evolved to live in these environments.
WHO IS GHISLAINE MAXWELL? 9:02 PM on Starz. The finale of this three-part documentary series, directed by Erica Gornall, attempts to expose Ghislaine Maxwell’s lineage. Maxwell, an Oxford-educated socialite, was convicted in December of conspiring with Jeffrey Epstein to nurse underage girls, and was sentenced last month to 20 years in prison for aiding in abusing Epstein.