Welcome back to Tune In: our weekly newsletter offering a guide to the best of the week’s TV.
Each week, Variety’s TV team combs through the week’s schedule, selecting our picks of what to watch and when/how to watch them. This week, “Lady Dynamite” returns for its second season and ESPN unveils their documentary about pro wrestler Ric Flair.
Rolling Stone: Stories From The Edge, HBO, Monday, 9 p.m.
This two-part documentary explores the lasting cultural legacy of Rolling Stone Magazine. Through archival footage and interviews, the documentary will explore pivotal moments in the publication’s history, including Hunter S. Thompson’s gonzo coverage of the 1972 Presidential election, the inside account of the kidnapping of Patty Hearst, and the unique relationship between John Lennon and the magazine from 1967 to 1980, among many others.
“The Long Road Home,” National Geographic, Tuesday, 8 p.m. (CRITICS’ PICK)
The Iraq War miniseries “The Long Road Home” contains some sequences that are powerfully affecting. There’s often an arresting clarity to the way it depicts the taking or the saving a life during battle — acts that can be strangely intimate, especially at close quarters. But like a soldier on a training course, you have to slog through a number of obstacles in order to reach the optimal terrain. Characterization is not the strong suit of “The Long Road Home,” which could have trimmed its overlong running time by cutting out all the dull and predictable home-front storylines. Where the miniseries excels is in depicting the details of logistics and bravery, matters that are often intimately connected, at least for those making snap decisions on the front lines.
“30 for 30: Nature Boy,” ESPN, Tues, 10 p.m.
A 90-minute documentary special on pro wrestling icon “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair. The special will chronicle Flair’s early life growing up in the Midwest, his rise to stardom and eventual multiple wrestling world championship runs, and his battles with his personal demons outside the ring. It will feature interviews with other legendary wrestlers like Triple H, Hulk Hogan, Ricky Steamboat, The Undertaker, Arn Anderson, Shawn Michaels, Sting and more.
“Lady Dynamite,” Netflix, Friday
Maria Bamford’s critically-acclaimed comedy series returns for its second season. This season finds Maria embarking on her greatest adventure ever — love. She will use all the wrong lessons learned in childhood as she navigates her new relationship status with family, friends and pugs. She also lands a new gig at a streaming network that may or may not be owned by Elon Musk. The cast of “Lady Dynamite” includes Bamford, Fred Melamed, Ana Gasteyer, Mo Collins, Mary Kay Place, and Ed Begley, Jr.
“Anthony Bourdain Presents Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent,” CNN, Sunday, 9 p.m.
In this documentary special, Anthony Bourdain shares the story of celebrated chef Jeremiah Tower. By the time he launched his own restaurant,Tower had already created his revolutionary “Northern California Regional Menu” in October 1976 at Chez Panisse, which influenced generations of chefs and restaurants still following in his footsteps. Years later, Tower disappeared from the scene for nearly two decades, only to resurface in the most unlikely of places.