True Detective, HBO, July 5
I try my best not to give new shows undue praise until I see consistency over several season. That being said, True Detective is one of the two or three best shows on TV today. Furthermore, the first season is about as good as HBO series get, and this is the same network behind Six Feet Under and The Sopranos. Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson are triumphant in the dual lead roles. If you haven’t seen this show yet, you really need to watch it TODAY!
Ballers, HBO, July 5
On the heels of “Entourage,” HBO gives us a show in a similar vein. Dwayne Johnson (The Rock) is the major star and he’ll be interacting with some Hollywood heavies. Little is known right now about the plot, but look for this to focus on a football-heavy plot.
The Brink, HBO, July 5
The first episode was decent, but overall, the show has serious promise. Tim Robbins could really be the difference maker in this one, showing his undeniable comedic side. Jack Black COULD be tolerable and Aasif Mandvi was excellent in the pilot.
The Beast in the East, WWE Network, July 4
The WWE makes an appearance in the “Land of the Rising Sun,” and have they got a dandy of a card for you. Headlining, is a rare non-PPV match from Brock Lesnar. The true money will be with the NXT title match between Finn Balor and Kevin Owens.
A Capitol Fourth, PBS, July 4
If you like music, you’ll like “A Capitol Fourth.” If you like fireworks, you’ll like “A Capitol Fourth.” If you like PBS, you’ll love…”Downton Abbey.” Just kidding, you’ll like “A Capitol Fourth.” This celebration of America includes excellent musical acts and crazy-good fireworks.
Giants vs. Nationals, ESPN, July 5
Seriously, what is more American than a primetime baseball game.?And to boot, the Nationals are playing…what are the odds? In reality, this figures to be a pretty compelling game between two early season contenders. Not bad ESPN!
Independence Day, AMC, July 4
On the surface, this seems like a pretty patriotic movie. Americans band together to take down conquering aliens. Even Jeff Goldblum’s incoherent rantings seem to make sense. This is like the perfect July 4th, right? Well, when you consider the world has pretty much been destroyed by the aforesaid aliens, leaving billions dead and the survivors leaving their fate up to Goldblum, this is a pretty horrific movie. But there is that great scene at the end where Will Smith finally gets his BBQ…so that’s something at least.
John Adams, HBO 2, July 4
John Adams was one of our founding fathers and even died on July 4th. His life was the subject of an outstanding HBO miniseries starring Paul Giamatti. There are so few GOOD movies or series about the American Revolution, making John Adams an absolute treat. The acting is superb and the story is really fascinating, even if you’re not a history buff.
2015 Women’s World Cup Final, July 5, FOX
The climax of the 2015 Women’s World Cup happens on July 5 in Canada. The US squad is desperately looking for redemption, and they are odds-on faves to win the whole thing. Hopefully, there’ll be some scoring…
2015 Tour de France, July 4, NBCSN
The world’s most famous bicycle race kicks-off on July 4. The event has lost a bit of its luster post-Lance Armstrong scandal. Nonetheless, it is one of sport’s most demanding events, especially the mountain stages.