By Rick Gables
Prepare for a unique journey with the crew of Apollo 11 for their eight-day, three-hour, 18-minute and 35-second mission, when PBS premieres 8 Days: To the Moon and Back, a new documentary from BBC Studios, co-produced with PBS. The film premieres on Wednesday, July 17, at 9 p.m. ET (check your local listings). Rare mission audio takes us inside the spacecraft on its historic journey. The film seamlessly blends this authentic mission audio, featuring candid conversations between Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins with newly shot studio footage, NASA and news archive, and stunning CGI recreation of the journey and landing to tell this amazing story in a riveting new way.
Based on the national best-seller, Sweetbitter returns to Starz for a second season on Sunday, July 14, at 9 p.m. ET/PT. 22-year old Tess (Ella Purnell) is now entrenched in a fast-paced world with her job at an exclusive New York City restaurant. She’s all in, but soon realizes she won’t survive at the restaurant if she doesn’t play the game. She’s starving for knowledge but investing in this life means more than knowing the difference between wine from Bordeaux and Burgundy. Tess begins to question what she wants from the restaurant, and what it wants from her. The series also stars Caitlin FitzGerald, Tom Sturridge, Paul Sparks, Evan Jonigkeit, Eden Epstein, Jasmine Mathews, and Daniyar.
On the 20-year anniversary of John F. Kennedy Jr.’s death, A&E will air the two-hour documentary special Biography: JFK Jr. – The Final Year Tuesday, July 16, at 9 p.m. ET/PT. This captivating special is the most substantive documentary to date and includes convincing new evidence regarding his political aspirations before his untimely death. The documentary shines an unexpectedly poignant light on 1999, his last year, as he coped with the fatal illness of his closest friend and cousin, Anthony Radziwill, struggled to save his marriage and tried to rescue his political magazine, George. As the story unfolds, viewers are given a behind the scenes look at memorable moments in JFK Jr.’s life including his speech at the 1988 DNC convention with never-before-broadcast footage of Kennedy rehearsing for the event, exclusive stories and photos from his wedding, reflections on George and more. Also included are on-camera interviews with former U.S. President Bill Clinton, former George publisher David Pecker and childhood friend Sasha Chermayeff.