Showing this week: “Julia” and the MTV Movie & TV Awards
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, from May 30 to June 3. Details and times are subject to change.
JULIA (2021) 8 p.m. on CNN. In this documentary, the filmmakers Julie Cohen and Betsy West – who were nominated for an Oscar in the category of Best Documentary Feature for their work on ‘RBG’ (2018) – tell the story of cookbook author Julia Child and her life change. the male-dominated cooking and television worlds. The documentary uses archival footage, personal photos and first-person accounts to follow Child’s journey to the publication of Mastering the Art of French Cooking, a book with lasting influence: it featured topped the New York Times bestseller list in 2009, 48 years after its debut, around the release of the film “Julie and Julia”.
THE ORIGINS OF HIP-HOP 10 p.m. on A&E. This documentary series comes from Mass Appeal, a media company known for its production of “Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men” (2019) – which Times critic Jon Caramanica called an “intimate” look at “how the individuals use art as a lifeline. The new show will tell the stories of hip-hop stars including Busta Rhymes, Eve, Ice-T and Ja Rule. Narrated by rapper Nas, each of the eight hour-long episodes explores artists’ journeys to stardom. The series opens with an episode about Fat Joe, one of the Latin stars of the genre.
THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF DUBAI 9 p.m. on Bravo. As the 11th entry in the franchise, ‘The Real Housewives of Dubai’ premieres in a desert oasis following a group of opulent women – including Caroline Stanbury, a former Miss Jamaica – as they navigate on a very exclusive social scene. The teasers show metallic dresses in windy deserts and camel valleys in the extravagant City of Gold. But after announcing the location, Bravo was struck by backlash on social media for ignoring the UAE’s treatment of women and LGBTQ people. The series has also been criticized in the past for featuring racially homogeneous casts. (In a 2019 article for The Times, writer Tracie Egan Morrissey wrote that the show “shed light on a certain kind of woman: rich, opinionated, and white.”) But the women who make up the Dubai cast are among the most racially diverse groups on the show to date.
SCRIPPS SPELLING NATIONAL FINALS 8 p.m. on Ion. “Murraya. It was the word that determined the best spelling in the country at last year’s tournament. Hosted by LeVar Burton, this year’s contest will include spellers from across the United States (and four other countries) competing for a chance to be the 94th Scripps National Spelling Bee Champion. Last year, 14-year-old Zaila Vanguard made history as the first black American to win the Bee.
NBA FINALS 9 p.m. on ABC. The Golden State Warriors will face the winner of the Eastern Conference Finals between the Miami Heat and Boston Celtics in Game 1 of the National Basketball Association Finals. Golden State returns to the Finals for the first time since 2019 after defeating the Dallas Mavericks in the Western Conference Finals last Thursday. It’s been a long road, fraught with injury and misfortune for many of Golden State’s key players, but the team’s famed core “are back together and playing some of their best sneakers,” Tania Ganguli and Scott Cacciola wrote. from the Times in a recent article. Catch Game 2 on Sunday.
AMERICAN MASTERS: JOE PAPP IN FIVE ACTS 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings). Ahead of the 60th anniversary season of Shakespeare in the Park in Central Park, “American Masters” will air “Joe Papp in Five Acts,” a documentary that tells the story of Joseph Papp, the founder of the Public Theater and Shakespeare in the Park , and a producer of tracks including “Hair” and “A Chorus Line”.
BABIES IN ARMS (1939) 8 p.m. on TCM. Directed by Busby Berkeley and starring Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland, “Babes in Arms” is the film version of the 1937 Broadway musical of the same title. In a 1939 Times review, writer Frank S. Nugent praised Rooney: “’Babes In Arms’ – to put it in two words – is Mickey Rooney,” he wrote. The film is followed by BABIES ON BROADWAY (1941) at 10 p.m. on TCM, another Berkeley musical starring Rooney and Garland.
TRAC (1950) 8 p.m. on TCM. In “Stage Fright,” a suspenseful British film noir from Alfred Hitchcock, a theater student (Jane Wyman) goes into hiding to prove that a singing star killed her husband. Although the film became a Hitchcock classic, the Times review in 1950 was not exactly favorable. Critic Bosley Crowther called it a “rambling story”, “without any real anxiety”, but praised the cast as “good actors”.
MTV FILM AND TELEVISION AWARDS 8 p.m. on MTV. Vanessa Hudgens returns as host of the 2022 MTV Movie & TV Awards, where fans vote for their favorite movies, shows and performances, and where Jack Black will receive this year’s Comedic Genius Award. The ceremony will be followed by the “MTV Movie & TV Awards: Unscripted”, which honor Best Competition Series, Best Reality Romance, Best Music Documentary, Best Reality TV Star and other similar categories. The most nominated reality TV programs are “RuPaul’s Drag Race”, “Selling Sunset” and “Summer House”.