In which Bernie Sanders asks, "Who lives, who dies, who tells your story?"
Each week, Torontoist examines the upcoming TV listings and makes note of programs that are entertaining, informative, and of quality. Or, alternately, none of those. The result: Televisualist.
Season two of UnREAL, the scripted drama about the production of an awful reality show, commences tonight and it had a really strong first season: a sardonic and dark sense of humour combined with a group of realistic, morally conflicted characters made for a great little show. Of course, now that everybody knows about it it’s probably not cool anymore. (Lifetime, 10 p.m.)
The California and New Jersey U.S. presidential primaries are tonight, and is this where Bernie rallies and proves that he can convincingly win a mega-big state (or maybe New Jersey) or is this where the Bernie dream finally crashes and burns and dies? We’re not sure, but don’t talk about it on social media because people will have opinions. (CNN, 8 p.m.)
Masters of Flip is not a show about acrobats, but instead about boring people who flip houses. All of the TV people who flip houses are boring people. We do not need more shows about people who flip houses. You know what might be good? A show about acrobats. I’m just saying. (W, 10 p.m.)
I Am Jazz debuted last summer only a week or two before I Am Cait debuted, which is a shame because two reality shows with transgender protagonists should not have titles so similar. This is the better of the two by far, mostly because Caitlyn Jenner so frequently reminds us that being a member of a persecuted minority doesn’t automatically also make you a good (or even tolerable) person, but also because Jazz Jennings is much more fun than Caitlyn Jenner is. (TLC, 10 p.m.)
If you just can’t wait one more day for Euro 2016 to kick off, tonight you can watch the replay of the 2012 UEFA Championship final between Spain and Italy. It’s a way to pass the time until your favourite team plays their first game, or, in the case of England, to pass the time until England finds a way to bung it all up again. (TSN, 8:30 p.m.)
Streets of Compton: a historical documentary about the transformation of the city from white suburb to black-owned neighbourhood, and the rise of the Compton rap/R&B scene starting in the mid-80s. Looks interesting, even if judging by the press material The Game is treating it as an opportunity to market himself more than a little bit. (9 p.m.)
The 2016 UEFA Championship kicks off today, with France taking on Romania, which is not a storied rivalry or anything but the French team is popular so there you go. (TSN, 2:45 p.m., replay at 8 p.m.)
UEFA 2016 continues this weekend! On Saturday, first there is Albania and Switzerland in a “at least pretend to care about the winner” match (TSN, 8:45 a.m. Saturday), then Wales v. Slovakia in a battle of the numerous consonants (TSN, 11:45 a.m. Saturday), and finally England v. Russia in the match that casual fans will actually watch (TSN, 2:45 p.m. Saturday). On Sunday, Turkey and Croatia go head-to-head (TSN, 8:45 a.m. Sunday), then Poland and Northern Ireland remind us all again that Northern Ireland has its own soccer team (TSN, 11:45 a.m. Sunday), and finally Germany probably stomps a mudhole in Ukraine, because that is what the German team does to other soccer teams most of the time and Ukraine isn’t going to be an exception (TSN, 2:45 p.m. Sunday).
This weekend, you can watch “Hamilton Wins Everything,” or as it is more commonly known the 70th Annual Tony Awards. Given that the Hamilton cast is performing at least one song, and given that Lin-Manuel Miranda is leaving the show in the next month or so to focus on other projects, only some of which are Hamilton-related, said performance is probably your last chance for a long time to see Miranda perform the role which made him ludicrously rich and famous. Unless you can afford to drop a couple grand on tickets to the Broadway show sometime before Canada Day, anyway. (CTV, 8 p.m. Sunday)
Ride with Norman Reedus: wherein Norman Reedus rides around on motorcycles a bunch, and someone said, “Hey, that could be a TV show, maybe.” (AMC, 10 p.m. Sunday)
The second season of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: it starts out really uneven with only one or two really solid laugh-lines per episode (and episode three seems like a defensive crouch response to criticism the show received in its first season for story elements which were arguably racially questionable), but kicks into gear around episode four and never really looks back. (Netflix)