Between network, cable and streaming, the modern television landscape is vast. Here are some of the shows, specials, and movies coming to television this week, July 4-10. Details and times are subject to change.
MACY’S 4TH OF JULY FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR 8 p.m. on NBC. “Today” presenters Craig Melvin and Dylan Dreyer return for the second time to host the 46th annual fireworks display. Front row viewers will see explosions of color and sound against the backdrop of the New York summer skyline, with musical performances by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Pitbull and the cast of the Broadway show “Moulin Rouge! The Musical”, as well as other special guests An encore presentation will follow at 10 p.m.
OUTDOOR AMERICA WITH BARATUNDE THURSTON 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings). In the first 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 call this sultry region home – including an ultramarathoner who runs in the heat and an elder from the Timbisha Shoshone tribe. “This show is about breaking expectations,” Thurston, who is black, said in a recent interview with The New York Times. When Thurston hears someone talking about the outdoors, he has “a white guy in mind, with a beard, and he’s looking away, he’s just conquered something,” he explained. “And we spent time with people like that, but we also spent time with the original people on this earth. It was a great privilege to have been able to interview people from three different Aboriginal nations. At 10 p.m., PBS will present another travel program that exceeds expectations, THE GREAT AMERICAN MUSLIM ROAD TRIP, in which rapper Mona Haydar and her Muslim husband, Sebastian Robins, travel Route 66 and explore the history of American Muslims since the 1800s. In a recent column, Times television critic Mike Hale named the series one of 27 shows to watch this summer.
OSCAR MICHAUX: THE SUPERHERO OF BLACK CINEMA (2021) 8 p.m. on TCM. Directed by Francesco Zippel, this documentary presents the life and work of Oscar Micheaux, pioneer of black cinema. In a series of New York Times obituaries devoted to African-American figures the newspaper initially ignored, Monica Drake wrote that Micheaux “made you want to soak up the exuberance he clearly felt as he delivered a whole new way of telling stories”. The forty films that Micheaux wrote, directed, and produced from 1919 to 1948, Drake continued, carried with them “the added excitement of black characters doing things that at the time seemed unthinkable on screen.” 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 fights the Ku Klux Klan to save her land.
2022 NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE CHOICE — ROUND 1 7 p.m. on ESPN. The NHL Draft is scheduled to take place this year on July 7 and 8 in Montreal. In a special three-hour presentation of the annual meeting – in which each franchise team selects the rights of available ice hockey players – the Montreal Canadiens, who won the NHL Draft lottery in 2022, will pick first overall, followed by the New Jersey Devils and Arizona Coyotes.
OLD FOREIGNERS 9 p.m. on the History Channel. “Ancient Aliens,” one of the longest-running shows on the History Channel, theorizes that aliens have been visiting Earth for millions of years. On Friday night’s episode, show host Giorgio Tsoukalos looks back on some of the structures the series has visited around the world – structures that he believes provide evidence of extraterrestrial contact. . In 2018, while on assignment for The Times, Steven Kurutz went to meet fans of the show at AlienCon, a three-day gathering for “ancient alien” enthusiasts, writing that just two hours after the start of the lecture, “500 years of accepted history and science was already rejected.
THE GREAT AMERICAN RECIPE 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings). In this reality TV show, home cooks from different parts of the United States showcase their signature dishes and compete to win the nationwide search for the “Great American Recipe.” In Friday’s episode, “Love Language,” each of the eight remaining cooks will share 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 story of real-life bank robbers Clyde Barrow (Warren Beatty) and Bonnie Parker (Faye Dunaway), including the shootout and robberies they carried out in the South during the Great Depression. In a 2007 article, Times co-chief film critic AO Scott called the couple’s legend “a morality tale in which the wild energies of youth defeat the obsolete certainties of age and freedom triumph of repression”. Critic Bosley Crowther in his 1967 review, however, chastised the film as a “cheap piece of bald slapstick comedy”, adding that its “mixture of farce with brutal murder is as wasteful as it is tasteless”.
PATAGONIA: LIFE AT THE END OF THE WORLD 9 p.m. on CN. In this series premiere, 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 audiences through windswept deserts, ancient forests and the high peaks of the Andes. With the help of local experts, each episode introduces the region’s mammals, birds and insects – and the scientists who study them – as well as the populations that have evolved to live in these environments.
WHO IS GHISLAINE MAXWELL? 9:02 p.m. on Starz. The finale to this three-part documentary series, directed by Erica Gornall, attempts to uncover the descent of Ghislaine Maxwell. An Oxford-educated socialite, Maxwell was found guilty in December of conspiring with Jeffrey Epstein to groom underage girls, and was sentenced last month to 20 years in prison for aiding in Epstein’s abuse.