What’s on TV this week: ‘The Idol,’ ‘Based on a True Story,’ ‘The Crowded Room’ and more

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Sunday, June 4

NBA Finals (ABC, 8 p.m. ET; also Wednesday and Friday): The Denver Nuggets meet the Miami Heat as the best-of-seven series continues with Game 2.

“Danger Below Deck” (Lifetime, 8 p.m.): It’s anything but smooth sailing for two social media influencers on a luxury cruise in this new thriller. With Katherine McNamara.

“90 Day Fiancé: Before the 90 Days” (TLC, 8 p.m.): This entry in the romance-and-reality franchise returns with new episodes.

“The Idol” (HBO, 9 p.m.): In the midnight hour, she cried “More, more, more!” in this buzzy new drama about a troubled pop star (Lily-Rose Depp). Abel Tesfaye, aka the Weeknd, also stars.

“Battle on the Beach” (HGTV, 9 p.m.): They’re leaving it all on the sand in new episodes of this home renovation competition.

“The Lazarus Project” (TNT, 9 p.m.): If he could turn back time, he’d be a good fit for the top-secret organization in this new sci-fi drama. With Paapa Essiedu.

“The Eric Andre Show” (Adult Swim, midnight): The comic and his offbeat sketch comedy series clock in for a sixth season.

Monday, June 5

“The Age of Influence” (Hulu): It’s hard out here for an influencer in this new documentary about the perils of social media fame.

Stanley Cup Final (TNT, 8 p.m.; also Thursday, Saturday): The Florida Panthers and the Vegas Golden Knights face off as pro hockey’s championship series continues.

“American Ninja Warrior” (NBC, 8 p.m.): They’re leaving it all on the obstacle course as the competition returns.

“Stars on Mars” (Fox, 8 p.m.): Famous faces pretend to boldly go where no one has gone before in this new unscripted series hosted by “Star Trek’s” William Shatner.

“Carole King: Home Again — Live in Central Park” (PBS, 8:30 p.m): The Grammy-winning singer-songwriter is captured in a 1973 concert in NYC in this pledge-drive special.

“Crime Scene Kitchen” (Fox, 9 p.m.): They’ll get their just desserts in new episodes of this baking competition hosted by “Community’s” Joel McHale.

“Cruel Summer” (Freeform, 9 p.m.): This heat has got right out of hand as the teen-themed anthology drama returns for its sophomore season.

“America’s National Parks” (Nat Geo, 9 p.m.): California’s very own Channel Islands are on the itinerary in Season 2. Garth Brooks narrates.

Tuesday, June 6

“30 for 30” (ESPN, 8 and 9 p.m.; concludes June 13): Get up close and personal with NBA legend Bill Walton in the new four-part doc “The Luckiest Guy in the World.”

“Burden of Proof” (HBO, 9 p.m.): A man comes to suspect the unthinkable in the disappearance of his sister decades earlier in this new documentary.

“Beyond Skinwalker Ranch” (History, 10 p.m.): Look, the truth is out there, honest, they just haven’t found it yet, in this new spinoff.

“The Freedom to Exist With Elliot Page — A Soul of a Nation Presentation” (ABC, 10 p.m.): The “Umbrella Academy” actor examines issues affecting the transgender community in this new special.

Wednesday, June 7

“Arnold” (Netflix): Get up close and personal with bodybuilder turned action star turned California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in this new docuseries.

“Avatar: The Way of Water” (Disney+, Max): James Cameron’s blockbuster 2022 sci-fi sequel is the answer to the question “What if an aquarium … was a movie?” With Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldaña.

“Secrets & Sisterhood: The Sozahdahs” (Hulu): There were never such devoted sisters as the 10 Muslim American siblings in this new reality series set in L.A.

“The Real Housewives of Orange County” (Bravo, 8 p.m.): They’re back to make the world a better place for … well … um … OK, they’re just back.

“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” (FX, 10 and 10:30 p.m.): They’re back to make Philly a better … well … um … OK, they’re back too.

Thursday, June 8

“Based on a True Story” (Peacock): A couple try to cash in on the true-crime podcast craze in this new satirical series. Kaley Cuoco stars.

“Never Have I Ever” (Netflix): This coming-of-age comedy about an Indian American teen drops its fourth and final season. With Maitreyi Ramakrishnan.

“Tour de France: Unchained” (Netflix): They’re chasing the yellow jersey in this new docuseries about bicycle racing’s premier event.

“Alone” (History, 9 p.m.): Till now, they always got by on their own — and they still do in new episodes of the survival competition.

“Above the Law: Sexual Assault On Duty at LMPD” and “Above the Law: Theft and Fraud on Duty” (Vice, 10 and 11 p.m.): Louisville, Kentucky’s police department comes under scrutiny in these two new exposés.

Friday, June 9

“Brooklyn 45” (Shudder): The past comes back to haunt four longtime friends in this 2023 supernatural thriller set in NYC during WWII.

“The Crowded Room” (Apple TV+): “Spider-Man’s” Tom Holland gets tangled in a different kind of web in this new mystery drama. Amanda Seyfried also stars.

“First Five” (Max): This new docuseries follows Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin as she handles crises from coronavirus to the war in Ukraine.

“Flamin’ Hot” (Disney+, Hulu): A humble janitor (Jesse Garcia) shakes up the snack-food industry in Eva Longoria’s new fact-based 2023 comedy.

“Human Resources” (Netflix): This spinoff of the animated comedy “Big Mouth” unloads its second and final season.

“The Lake” (Prime Video): This Canadian-made comedy starring Julia Stiles and “Orphan Black’s” Jordan Gavaris is also back.

“Tex Mex Motors” (Netflix): Out in the West Texas town of El Paso, they’re restoring classic cars to their former glory in this new unscripted series.

“Tribunal Justice” (Freevee): It’s like “Judge Judy” times three in this new courtroom series created by … Judge Judy Sheindlin.

“John Williams: The Berlin Concert” (PBS, 8 p.m.): The composer leads the Berliner Philharmoniker in selections from his classic film scores in this pledge drive special.

“Hailey’s On It!” (Disney Channel, 8 p.m.): “Moana’s” Auli’i Cravalho lends her voice to this new animated sci-fi comedy.

Saturday, June 10

“Inspiring America: The 2023 Inspiration List” (NBC, 8 p.m.): Do-gooders doing good in their local communities collect their due in this new special.

“Love’s Greek to Me” (Hallmark, 8 p.m.): A young woman gets schooled by her future mother-in-law in this new TV movie. With Torrey DeVitto and “Star Trek: TNG’s” Marina Sirtis.

“Mary J. Blige’s Real Love” (Lifetime, 8 p.m.): The Queen of Hip-Hop Soul’s 1992 track serves as the inspiration for the first of two new TV movies. With Ajiona Alexus.

“New York Homicide” (Oxygen, 9 p.m.): This true crime series exploring the bad side of the Big Apple is back for Season 2.


(Los Angeles Times listings editor Matt Cooper compiled this column.)