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Around the remote: Grassroots campaigns inspire in documentary on Netflix

Ocasio-Cortez (Jack Plunkett / Jack Plunkett/Invision/AP)
Ocasio-Cortez (Jack Plunkett / Jack Plunkett/Invision/AP)
By Chuck Barney Tribune News Service

DON’T MISS: “Knock Down the House” – This inspiring documentary tracks the grassroots campaigns of four progressive female congressional candidates who sought to change the balance of power during the historic 2018 midterm elections. They include Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Amy Vilela of Nevada, Cori Bush of Missouri, and Paula Jean Swearengin of West Virginia. All were charismatic outsiders who challenged powerful male incumbents. (Spoiler alert: Only Ocasio-Cortez wins.) The film captured two major prizes at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. (Wednesday, Netflix).

Other bets

SUNDAY: Noah Wyle (“ER”) returns to broadcast television in the eight-episode limited series “The Red Line.” It follows three very different Chicago families after a tragedy that causes them all to consider how racial biases affect their lives. The title refers to one of the train lines that transverses the city of Chicago. (8 p.m., CBS).

SUNDAY: The fourth season of “United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell” has the sociopolitical comedian from Berkeley visiting more communities across the country in an effort to understand the unique challenges they face. In the opener, Bell heads to Dallas to learn about the business of megachurches. (10 p.m., CNN).

MONDAY: So you’ve seen the Oscar-winning film “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Now are you ready for more Queen? “The Show Must Go On: The Queen + Adam Lambert Story” is a documentary that traces the journey of the iconic band and its new front man. (8 p.m., ABC).

TUESDAY: “The 100” returns for a new season. Still reeling after receiving Monty’s message, a small group goes down to explore the mysterious new planet. Back on the Mothership, several members of Wonkru face the consequences of their decision. (9 p.m., The CW).

WEDNESDAY: Kelly Clarkson hosts the Billboard Music Awards, which celebrate chart-topping acts. Among the performers are Madonna and Maluma, who will combine on their new single “Medellmn.” Also: Mariah Carey is honored with the Icon Award. (8 p.m., NBC).

THURSDAY: Worlds collide in Seattle once again as “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Station 19” join forces for a crossover event. The action begins on “Grey’s” as Maggie finds herself treating someone from the firehouse. (8 and 9 p.m., ABC).

THURSDAY: Nick and Vanessa Lachey host the 2019 Miss USA competition from Reno, Nevada. Last year’s winner, Sarah Rose Summers, will be on hand to crown her successor. (8 p.m., Fox).

FRIDAY: Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini star in the darkly comedic series “Dead to Me.” They play very different women who meet at a support group and wind up bonding over their recent tragedies. (Netflix).

FRIDAY: “At the Heart of Gold: Inside the USA Gymnastics Scandal” is a documentary that examines the sexual abuse scandal that shook the sports world in 2017. Included: interviews with the female gymnasts who speak of a dangerous system that prioritized winning over everything else. (8 p.m., HBO).

SATURDAY: Adam Sandler makes his long-overdue return to “Saturday Night Live” and takes on hosting duties for the first time. The musical guest is Shawn Mendes. (11:30 p.m., NBC).

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