Sunday, April 27th
Running From Crazy, documentary premiere at 9pm on OWN
– Running from Crazy is a documentary examining the personal journey of model and actress Mariel Hemingway, the granddaughter of writer Ernest Hemingway, as she strives for a deeper understanding of the suicide and mental illness that have afflicted so many of her family members, including her supermodel sister, Margaux Hemingway and her oldest sister, artist Joan “Muffet” Hemingway. Intimate verite footage and raw, emotional interviews with Mariel herself are interwoven with stunning, rarely seen archival footage of the three Hemingway sisters and their parents. Audiences are taken back in time to revisit the famous family and their remarkable, though often heartbreaking legacy, and see how it resonates today.
Last Week Tonight With John Oliver, series premiere at 11pm on HBO
– Emmy winner John Oliver presents a half-hour satirical look at the week in news, politics and current events. After years as a Daily Show correspondent — including a celebrated stint last summer as Jon Stewart’s fill-in — how will John Oliver host a weekly news program? However he wants, thank you very much. Each week will feature a deep dive into one particular story, and his guests (when he has them) will skew more newsy than celebrity.
Tuesday, April 29th
Playing House, series premiere at 10pm on USA
– Childhood best friends Maggie Caruso (Lennon Parham, Best Friends Forever) and Emma Crawford (Jessica St. Clair, Best Friends Forever) have shared countless adventures growing up together in the charming town of Pinebrook, CT. Now, Maggie and Emma are in store for one of their biggest adventures—raising a baby. When Maggie discovers that her husband is having an online affair with a muscular German woman, Emma gives up her burgeoning business career in China to stay in their hometown and help Maggie raise her baby. Meanwhile, as Maggie prepares for the birth of her first child and the fallout of her marriage ending, Emma must confront the past that she abruptly left behind thirteen years ago – her first love and local cop Mark, her prim-and-proper mother and a small town that she’s never felt comfortable in. Despite their differences – Emma is brash, bold, and assertive while Maggie is grounded, rational, and safe – the women complement each other the way only best friends can, by facing the challenges of their past, present and future—together.
Faking It, series premiere at 10:30pm on MTV
– Faking It is a new romantic comedy about two best friends who love each other — in slightly different ways. After numerous failed attempts to become popular, Karma (Katie Stevens) and Amy (Rita Volk) are mistakenly outed as lesbians, which launches them to instant celebrity status. Seduced by their newfound fame, Karma and Amy decide to keep up their romantic ruse. Further complicating this charade? Amy begins to have feelings for her faux girlfriend. While the premise sounds a little cheap, Faking It is actually the best and sharpest teen comedy since, well, MTV’s own Awkward.
Thursday, May 1st
iHeartRadio Music Awards, live awards show from 8 to 11pm on NBC
– Internet pop-music hub iHeartRadio has its own festival, so an awards show was the next logical step. Fans can vote via Facebook and Twitter for the usual suspects (Justin Timberlake, Rihanna, Eminem, Drake, and Imagine Dragons are up for Song of the Year); performers include Pharrell Williams and Shakira, with or without her revolving chair.
24: Live Another Day: Jack Is Back, series sneak-peak at 8:30pm on FOX
– A preview of Jack Bauer’s forthcoming fight against baddies and, we hope, excessive colon usage.