Salute to ‘This Is Us,’ Nat Geo ‘Below Zero,’ Tom Arnold Hunts for Trump Tapes
A critical checklist of notable Tuesday TV:
The Paley Center Salutes This Is Us (10/9c, NBC): A week before the breakout hit tearjerker returns for a long-awaited third season, this special recaps the first two eventful and emotional years for the Pearson family and looks behind the camera at the production process. Interviews with actors, writers and producers analyze what these beloved characters have been through and where they’re going.
Life Below Zero (9/8c, National Geographic Channel): Winner of a cinematography Emmy this year, the grueling survivalist docu-series returns, introducing a rugged new regular: Ricko DeWilde, a native Quoi Can Athabascan Indian raised in the Alaskan bush, who practices native traditions while living off the grid amid harsh Arctic conditions.
The Hunt for the Trump Tapes with Tom Arnold (10:30/9:30c, Viceland): Described as a “comedy/investigation hybrid,” this hysterical (in all the wrong ways) series finds the overwrought comedian, and former Roseanne spouse, turned “citizen journalist” and crusader on a quest to dig up any and all of the elusive recordings rumored to show the president in a bad light. (The tweets aren’t enough?) Arnold seems to be serious about his mission, but it’s hard to take this mad clown seriously.
Inside Tuesday TV: Elizabeth Olsen (Wind River) stars in Facebook Watch’s 10-part half-hour drama series Sorry for Your Loss, as a young widow trying to move forward after her husband’s unexpected death. Janet McTeer (Ozark) appears as her mother… Also streaming: the Netflix stand-up comedy special D.L. Hughley: Contrarian, entertaining a Philadelphia audience with observations on the hypocrisy of racism in America, male panic during the #MeToo movement and cell phones’ impact on relationships… The top 10 acts perform live for the last time on NBC’s America’s Got Talent (8/7c), vying for America’s vote to win the $1 million prize… Comedy Central’s Tosh.0 (10/9c) returns with new episodes, starting with a “Ten Year Reunion” celebration that features “Where Are They Now” updates on favorite “Web Redemptions.” This is followed by new episodes of the ever-provocative The Jim Jefferies Show (10:30/9:30c).