TV This Week, Aug. 16-22: A new Tom Bradley documentary and more

"Bridging the Divide: Tom Bradley and the Politics of Race" on KOCE profiles L.A.'s five-term mayor

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This week's TV Movies


SUNDAY

The new concert special "Ed Sheeran — Live at Wembley Stadium" finds the redheaded English singer-songwriter rocking the super-sized venue and sharing the stage with a very special guest: Sir Elton John. 8 p.m. NBC

"Empire" name-drop #1: Jussie Smollett and Bryshere Gray from the hit hip-hop drama are among the performers slated for "Teen Choice 2015." 8 p.m. Fox

The mayor of Yonkers, N.Y., tries to do the right thing for his racially divided city in "Show Me a Hero." Oscar Isaac stars in this new fact-based miniseries from Paul Haggis and "The Wire's" David Simon. Alfred Molina and Winona Ryder also star. 8 p.m. HBO

MONDAY

There are murders most foul in the true-crime series "Killer Instinct With Chris Hansen." 7 and 10 p.m. Investigation Discovery

The touching new documentary "Tashi and the Monk" treks high into the Himalayas to visit a Tibetan Buddhist's safe haven for orphaned and unwanted children. 8 p.m. HBO

Sprechen Sie Deutsch? Desperate immigrants seeking better lives in Switzerland take a German-language class to improve their prospects in the documentary "Neuland" on a new "POV." 10 p.m. KOCE

TUESDAY

The new documentary "Bridging the Divide: Tom Bradley and the Politics of Race" recalls the life and times of the African American scholar-athlete turned LAPD officer turned lawyer turned five-term mayor of Los Angeles. 8 p.m. KOCE

Kevin Hart and company are back for another season of the reality-TV send-up "Real Husbands of Hollywood." 10 p.m. BET

It's like "Sons of Anarchy," but for real, in the new docu-series "Outlaw Chronicles: Hells Angels." 10 p.m. History Channel

"WAGS" are the wives and girlfriends of pro athletes, acronymically speaking, in this new reality series. 10 p.m. E!

You're gonna get got when the hidden-camera prank show "Punk'd" returns, rebooted and retooled. 10:30 p.m. BET

WEDNESDAY

"The Mystery of Matter: Search for the Elements" looks at the stuff that stuff is made of and how said stuff was discovered in the first place. 8, 9 and 10 p.m. KOCE

Emily Osment and Jonathan Sadowski are still "Young & Hungry" on the return of this sitcom. 8:30 p.m. ABC Family

The honor of your presence is requested as John Luke Robertson and his intended tie the knot on the season finale of "Duck Dynasty." 9 p.m. A&E

"Steampunk'd" is not a hidden-camera prank show, but rather a new competition series for designers of retro-styled gadgets. Jeannie Mai hosts. 10 p.m. GSN

THURSDAY

The return of the booze-fueled "Party Down South" is followed by the debut of the somewhat more sober reality series "Gainesville Friends are Family." 9 and 10 p.m. CMT

Documentary later? No, "Documentary Now!" "SNL's" Fred Armisen and Bill Hader spoof such classic docs as "Grey Gardens" and "The Thin Blue Line" in this new series hosted by Helen Mirren. 10 p.m. IFC

"Empire" name-drop #2: It's Cookie versus Lucious when Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard face off, and then face off again, on the two-part season finale of "Lip Sync Battle." 10 and 10:30 p.m. Spike TV

FRIDAY

Young people inspire each other make the world a better place, cheered on by such relative oldsters as "Ant-Man's" Paul Rudd and "American Idol's" Jennifer Hudson, in the new special "We Day." 8 p.m. ABC

When in London, visit the "National Gallery." Or save on airfare and admission and instead watch this in-depth 2014 documentary, made by Frederick Wiseman, about one of the western world's major art museums. 9 p.m. KOCE

The aforementioned Kevin Hart is a best man for hire in the bromantic 2015 comedy "The Wedding Ringer." Josh Gad and "The Big Bang Theory's" Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting also star. 9 p.m. Starz

No-fly list? No problem! "Maz Jobrani: I'm Not a Terrorist But I've Played One on TV" is a new stand-up special based on the Iranian American actor-comic's bestselling memoir. 10 p.m. Showtime

SATURDAY

Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels are "Dumb and Dumber To" as in "also" as in this two-decades-too-late sequel to their hit 1994 comedy. 8 p.m. HBO

Cut ... it ... out: The new TV movie "The Unauthorized Full House Story" promises a slightly scandalous behind-the-scenes look at the classic 1987-95 ABC sitcom. 8 p.m. Lifetime

Patrick Stewart engages in some "Blunt Talk" in this new sitcom about a badly-behaved Brit who crosses the pond in hopes of making a big splash in the cable-news biz. 9 p.m. Starz

The hauntings will continue until morale improves on the return of "Ghost Adventures." 9 p.m. Travel Channel

Hoop it up with a second season of the basketball-themed sitcom "Survivor's Remorse." With Jessie T. Usher. 9:30 p.m. Starz

Ya think women can't be funny? Get back to us after watching the new stand-up specials "Tig Notaro: Boyish Girl Interrupted" and "Natasha Leggero: Live at Bimbo's." 10 p.m. HBO; 11 p.m. Comedy Central

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