What’s on TV This Week: Kennedy Center Honors and Remembering the Tulsa Massacre

Between network, cable and streaming, the modern television landscape is a vast one. Here are some of the shows, specials and movies com...


Between network, cable and streaming, the modern television landscape is a vast one. Here are some of the shows, specials and movies coming to TV this week, May 31-June 6. Details and times are subject to change.

TULSA: THE FIRE AND THE FORGOTTEN 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings). On Monday, 100 years will have passed since the start of the 1921 race massacre in Tulsa, Okla., during which white mobs killed Black people and burned Black-owned businesses, homes and churches. Hundreds of residents died. Several networks are showing programming tied to the centennial. On PBS, the filmmaker Jonathan Silvers (“After Newtown”) teams up with the journalist DeNeen L. Brown of The Washington Post with the documentary “Tulsa: The Fire and the Forgotten,” which features interviews with historians, anthropologists, activists and descendants of those who were there. DREAMLAND: THE BURNING OF BLACK WALL STREET, which will air at 9 p.m. on CNN, mixes archival media (including photos, letters and diary entries), contemporary interviews and animation to revisit the history of the massacre. The program also looks at recent archaeological discoveries that have shed more light on that history. And another special, TULSA 1921: AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY, airing at 10 p.m. on CBS, will be hosted by the news anchor Gayle King and will bring together an array of interviewees including centenarian survivors of the massacre.

MOTHER! (2017) 5:50 p.m. on FXM. After a foray into the blockbuster realm with the biblical epic “Noah” in 2014, the filmmaker Darren Aronofsky (“Black Swan”) turned back to haunting intimacy with “Mother!,” a drama about a couple living in a somewhat dilapidated Victorian manor. The husband (Javier Bardem) is a famous poet who attracts a series of mysterious guests; the wife (Jennifer Lawrence) tries to renovate the home while experiencing disturbing visions. To say that the tensions in the couple’s life boil over would be like saying that Jack Nicholson’s character in “The Shining” gets a little upset. “All of the suspense and most of the fun in ‘Mother’ — and don’t listen to anyone who natters on about how intense or disturbing it is; it’s a hoot! — has to do with the elaboration and execution of a central idea,” A.O. Scott wrote in his review for The New York Times. Unraveling that idea may take some work.

I, TONYA (2017) 10 p.m. on Showtime. The Australian director Craig Gillespie is back in theaters with Disney’s “Cruella,” the “101 Dalmatians” villain origin story that hit theaters last week. Gillespie’s previous movie, “I, Tonya” — a truth-bending boombox of a biopic — was also an origin story about a familiar figure. It stars Margot Robbie as the figure skater Tonya Harding, charting Harding’s hardscrabble rise from Oregon obscurity to figure skating fame. The movie also, of course, recreates the infamous 1994 incident in which Harding was implicated in a physical attack on a rival, Nancy Kerrigan, which led to Harding being barred from competition. Gillespie’s telling is stylistically loud: It’s infused with 1980s and early ’90s panache, and at times, the characters directly address the audience. The result, Manohla Dargis wrote in her review for The Times, is a film that takes the form of “a mock, mocking documentary, one that disjointedly swings between heehaw comedy and wincing agony.”

JUAN LUIS GUERRA: ENTRE MAR Y PALMERAS 9 p.m. on HBO Latino. The sound of waves breaking serves as a backing musician in this concert film from the Dominican singer Juan Luis Guerra. Making the best of pandemic circumstances, Guerra and his band shot the concert on the northeastern shores of the Dominican Republic, where the wind carried their music through the palm trees.

BLACKBOARD JUNGLE (1955) 9:45 p.m. on TCM. Sidney Poitier had his breakout film role in “Blackboard Jungle,” in which he plays a high school student whose class is led by a new, overwhelmed teacher (Glenn Ford). TCM is showing the movie alongside TO SIR, WITH LOVE (1967), airing at 11:45 p.m., in which Poitier plays the opposite role: a man who takes a teaching gig at a London school whose pupils have struggled at other institutions.

MEERKAT MANOR: RISE OF THE DYNASTY 8 p.m. on BBC America. The original “Meerkat Manor” series innovated by injecting soap opera drama into the nature documentary form. This new installment, which debuts on Saturday night, follows three competing meerkat families.

THE 43RD ANNUAL KENNEDY CENTER HONORS 8 p.m. on CBS. The honorees at this year’s Kennedy Center Honors are the actress Debbie Allen; the folk singer-songwriter Joan Baez; the country musician Garth Brooks; the violinist Midori Goto; and the actor Dick Van Dyke. This year’s proceedings will be scaled back and more intimate than usual; they’re typically held in December but were delayed as a result of the pandemic.

THE KINGS 8 p.m. on Showtime. This new, four-part documentary series profiles four boxing champions, known variously as the Four Kings and the Fabulous Four, who rose to prominence in the 1970s and ’80s: Roberto Duran, Thomas Hearns, Sugar Ray Leonard and Marvelous Marvin Hagler, who died in March. The series looks at the way the athletes helped revitalize the sport during that period.

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