Celebrate America’s birthday with screen size fireworks and the third installment of “Stranger Things.”
Dispatches: Weekly TV news
The contemporary reboot of Norman Lear’s 1975 series, “One Day At A Time,” which Netflix cancelled several months ago, has been picked up by Pop TV (now fully owned by CBS Corporation). The decision not to renew the critically acclaimed show lead fans to launch online petitions to save it. The 13-episode fourth season will premiere in 2020 on Pop TV and will be broadcast on CBS later that year.
USA Network placed a pilot order for “Masters of Doom.” The first part of the anthology series will be based on David Kushner’s book of the same name, which chronicles the true story of John Carmack and John Romero who created the video game Doom, one of the biggest franchise hits of the 1990s.
New scripted series, “Coyote,” will feature Emmy Award-winner Michael Chiklis as Ben Clemens, a border patrol agent forced to work for the people he spent his 32-year career trying to keep out of America. Paramount Network has given the greenlight for a 10-episode first season.
Contenders: Shows to keep on your radar
A mix of documentary and reconstruction, “The Last Czars” (Netflix, July 3) explores the fall of Russia’s Romanov dynasty.
Fireworks are on tap for the annual “Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular” (NBC, 8 p.m. ET) and “A Capitol Fourth” (PBS, 8 p.m. ET).
“Stranger Things” drops on Netflix (July 4). It’s the summer of 1985 in Hawkins, Indiana and Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) and her friends are navigating pre-adulthood, a romance among the group, and a new mall. The only problem is the ever-present evil of the Upside Down that threatens to destroy them. The action-packed series is a clever compilation of ‘80s movie genres with a likable cast.
“Evel Live 2” (History, July 7, 8 p.m. ET), a motorcycle stunt special in honor of daredevil Evel Knievel, features Vicki Golden and Axell Hodges trying to break world records for riding through flaming wooden boards and the longest motorcycle jump.
CNN’s “The Movies” (July 7, 9 p.m. ET) explores the impact of films on American culture.
Summer romance, reality TV style, heads to Fiji for the premier of “Love Island” (July 9, CBS, 8 p.m. ET). The American version of the popular international show features 11 singles looking for love who must find a partner every few days or risk being dumped from the show. Viewers who download the series’ app have a chance to shape events on screen.
“Til Death Do Us Part” (July 9, Investigation Discovery, 10 p.m. ET) focuses on love stories gone wrong. The premiere is a bizarre tale of drugs, stolen money and a pet parrot who becomes an eyewitness to a double murder.
Kenan Thompson, Chrissy Teigen and Jeff Foxworthy judge comics, magicians, puppeteers, YouTube stars, sketch troupes, or anyone who can make audiences laugh, in “Bring the Funny” (July 9, NBC, 10 p.m. ET).
Report Card: A look at ratings winners and losers
Winners: Night two of the first Democratic presidential debate made history for NBC News, MSNBC and Telemundo as the most-watched Democratic debate ever.
Losers: Fox’s after-show parody “What Just Happened??!” premiered to low numbers.
Melissa Crawley is the author of “Mr. Sorkin Goes to Washington: Shaping the President on Television’s ‘The West Wing.’” She has a Ph.D. in media studies and is a member of the Television Critics Association. To comment on Stay Tuned, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow her on Twitter at @mcstaytuned.