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Around the Remote: Ken Burns turns his focus to ‘Hemingway’

Rosanne Cash and Ken Burns speak during the PBS segment of the Summer 2019 Television Critics Association Press Tour 2019 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 29, 2019, in Beverly Hills, California.  (Amy Sussman/Getty Images)
Rosanne Cash and Ken Burns speak during the PBS segment of the Summer 2019 Television Critics Association Press Tour 2019 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 29, 2019, in Beverly Hills, California. (Amy Sussman/Getty Images)
By Chuck Barney Tribune News Service

DON’T MISS: “Hemingway” – Ready to be schooled by Ken Burns again? The latest offering from the history-minded filmmaker is a three-part, six-hour documentary that examines the visionary work and the turbulent life of Ernest Hemingway. Directed by Burns and Lynn Novick, and written by Geoffrey C. Ward, the fascinating – and unsparing – film delves beyond the rugged, he-man image of the literary giant and illuminates lesser-known aspects of his character and writing. The impressive voice cast features Jeff Daniels as Hemingway, along with Meryl Streep, Keri Russell, Mary-Louise Parker and Patricia Clarkson as the author’s four wives. (8 p.m. ET Monday, PBS).

Other bets

SUNDAY: A princess steals the heart of a president in the World War II epic “Atlantic Crossing.” The “Masterpiece” series recalls a little-known story of how Norwegian Crown Princess Martha (Sofia Helin) fled the Nazis with her three children and temporarily took shelter in Franklin Roosevelt’s (Kyle MacLachlan) White House. The two quickly develop a bond – but is it friendship or something more? (9 p.m., PBS).

SUNDAY: Considering wretched ratings for awards shows lately, the folks behind the “27th Annual Screen Actors Awards” were wise to go with a short (one hour), hostless and pretaped ceremony this year. Still, we’ll be looking for hints as to which way the Oscar winds might be blowing. (9 p.m., TNT & TBS).

SUNDAY: In the British thriller “Gangs of London,” the underworld erupts in chaos when London crime boss Finn Wallace (Colm Meaney) is killed, and his impulsive son (Joe Cole) seeks vengeance. Let the turbulent power plays begin. (10:14 p.m., AMC).

MONDAY: Hoop dreams are on the line tonight as the madness concludes with the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament title game in Indianapolis. One year after the event was canceled due to COVID-19, a new champion will be crowned. (9 p.m., CBS).

TUESDAY: The new comedy series “Chad” follows an extremely awkward 14-year-old Persian boy (Nasim Pedrad) as he navigates his first year of high school on a mission to become popular. Chad’s friendships and sanity are pushed to the limits as he uses every tactic at his disposal to befriend the cool kids while wrestling with his cultural identity. (10:30 p.m., TBS).

WEDNESDAY: Television’s relentless love affair with reboots continues with “Kung Fu.” It’s a gender-switching update of the 1970s David Carradine series that stars Olivia Liang as a Chinese American woman who returns from a life-changing trip abroad to kick bad-guy butt in her hometown of San Francisco. (8 p.m., The CW).

WEDNESDAY: “Home Economics” is another San Francisco-set show. It’s a comedy that follows three adult siblings – one a millionaire, one leading a middle-class existence, and one just barely holding on. Topher Grace, Caitlin McGee and Jimmy Tatro head the cast. (8:30 p.m., ABC).

THURSDAY: Inspired by the life of activist Erin Brockovich, “Rebel” is a new drama series starring Katey Sagal. She plays Annie “Rebel” Bello, a fearless, blue-collar legal advocate who fiercely fights for the causes and the people she loves. John Corbett and Andy Garcia also star. (10 p.m., ABC).

FRIDAY: The wild ride that is “Wynonna Earp” comes to a close with this episode, and we expect a few stunning twists in the series finale. But will our demon-killing title character be rewarded with a happy ending? (10 p.m., Syfy).

SATURDAY: Oscar nominee Carey Mulligan, who has earned raves for her lead performance in “Promising Young Woman,” makes her debut as host of “Saturday Night Live.” The show’s musical guest is Kid Cudi. (11:30 p.m., NBC).

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