TV’s best bets this week

  • By Dale Roe Austin American-Statesman
  • Sunday, April 14, 2013 9:05pm
  • Life

Lance Armstrong gets scrutinized, the Amish go wild and BET honors Halle Berry. Here’s what to watch and what to avoid on television this week:

Monday

“Independent Lens” 9 p.m., PBS: Lindsay Wagner and Lynda Carter are among those who examine how fictional female crime fighters have mirrored society’s attitudes toward women.

Tuesday

“In Performance at the White House: Memphis Soul” 7 p.m., PBS: Alabama Shakes and Mavis Staples join other artists in celebration of the iconic ’60s sound.

“Deadliest Catch” 8 p.m., Discovery: Season 9 raises anchor tonight.

“Awkward” 9 p.m., MTV: The bell rings for the start of Season 3 as Jenna is challenged by a demanding writing instructor played by “The Breakfast Club’s” Anthony Michael Hall.

Wednesday

“Suburgatory” 7 p.m., ABC: Back-to-back episodes close out the second season tonight.

“Restaurant: Impossible” 8 p.m., Food: Something’s fishy at the top of Season 6.

Thursday

“Breaking Amish” 7 p.m., Discovery Fit: The new reality series’ subjects land in the Big Apple and, I don’t know, probably start a fire with sticks and bake a delicious pie out of it.

“Which Way Is the Front Line From Here? The Life and Time of Tim Hetherington” 7 p.m., HBO: Author Sebastian Junger (“The Perfect Storm”) directs a compelling and moving tribute to his friend, a war journalist killed in Libya.

“Gigolos” 10 p.m., Showtime: Season 4 of the male escort (messcort?) reality series begins tonight.

Friday

“Chasing Ice” 7 p.m., Nat Geo: Say all you want about climate change — if the glaciers in these time-lapse photos get any smaller, we’re going to be picking them up with tongs and dropping them into our Scotch.

“Mystery Diners” 9 p.m., Food Network: This must be where all those mystery shoppers eat.

Saturday

“Mary and Martha” 7 p.m., HBO: Hilary Swank and James Woods head up the cast of this malaria drama from the screenwriter of “Love Actually.”

“BET Honors 2013” 8 p.m., Centric: Halle Berry, Lisa Leslie and other black personalities and role models receive accolades; Gabrielle Union hosts.

Sunday

“Cycling High: Doping to Win” 6 p.m., Nat Geo: This documentary examines the Lance Armstrong doping controversy. FYI: I’ll be watching sober, eating Sweet and Salty Chocolate Peanut Butter Bugles.

“All the Presidents Men Revisited” 7 p.m., Discovery: This look back at the late ’70s film features interviews with Dustin Hoffman and Robert Redford, as well as the real-life journalists they portrayed.

“What Would Ryan Lochte Do? 9 p.m., E!: Something goofy and inappropriate, I’m guessing. The Olympic athlete’s reality series premieres tonight.

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