What’s on TV this week: Julia and the MTV Movie & TV Awards

Between network, cable and streaming, the modern television landscape is huge. Here are some of the shows, specials and movies to be seen on TV this week from May 30th to June 3rd. Details and times are subject to change.

JULIA (2021) 8 p.m. on CNN. In this documentary the filmmakersJulie Cohen and Betsy West – who were nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary for their work on “RBG” (2018) – tell the story of cookbook author Julia Child and her upheaval in the male-dominated culinary and television worlds. The documentary uses archival footage, personal photos and first-person narratives to trace Child’s journey to the publication of Mastering the Art of French Cooking, a book that had an enduring impact: it topped the New York Times bestseller list in 2009 at the age of 48 after it debuted the release of the film “Julie and Julia”.

ORIGINS OF HIP HOP 10 p.m. on A&E. This documentary series comes from Mass Appeal, a media company known for its production of Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men (2019) — which Times critic Jon Caramanica described as an “intimate” look at “how people Art as use is a lifeline.” The new show will tell the stories of hip-hop stars including Busta Rhymes, Eve, Ice-T and Ja Rule. Narrated by rapper Nas, each of the eight hour-long episodes explores the artists’ journey to stardom. The series kicks off with an episode about Fat Joe, one of the Latino stars of the genre.

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THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF DUBAI 9 p.m. on Bravo. The eleventh entry in the franchise, The Real Housewives of Dubai premieres in a desert oasis and follows a voluptuous cast of women – including Caroline Stanbury, a former Miss Jamaica – as they navigate a highly exclusive social scene. Teasers show metallic dresses in windswept deserts and camel valleys in the extravagant City of Gold. But after the location was announced, Bravo was met with backlash on social media for overlooking the treatment of women and LGBTQ people in the UAE. The series has also been criticized in the past for having a racially homogeneous cast. (In a 2019 article for The Times, writer Tracie Egan Morrissey wrote that the show “shed its light on a certain type of woman: rich, headstrong, and white”). But the women who make up the cast of Dubai are among the most racially diverse groups on the show to date.

SCRIPPS NATIONAL SPELLING BEE FINALS 8 p.m. on Ion. “Murraya.” This was the word that determined the nation’s top speller in last year’s tournament. This year’s competition, hosted by LeVar Burton, will see spellers from across the United States (and four other countries) compete for a chance to become the 94th Scripps National Spelling Bee Champion. Last year, a 14-year-old Zaila made avant-garde history as the first black American to win the Bee.

NBA FINALS 9 p.m. on ABC. The Golden State Warriors meet the winner of the Eastern Conference Finals between the Miami Heat and the Boston Celtics in the first game of the National Basketball Association finals. Golden State returns to the Finals for the first time since 2019 after beating the Dallas Mavericks in the Western Conference Finals last Thursday. It’s been a long road of injury and bad luck for many of Golden State’s key players, but the celebrated core of the team “is back together and playing its best basketball,” the Times’ Tania Ganguli and Scott Cacciola wrote in a recent article. Watch the second game on Sunday.

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AMERICAN MASTERS: JOE PAPP IN FIVE ACTS 9 p.m. on PBS (check local posts). Ahead of the 60th anniversary season of Shakespeare in the Park in Central Park, American Masters will air Joe Papp in Five Acts, a documentary that tells the story of Joseph Papp, the founder of Public Theater and Shakespeare in the Park, and a producer of tracks like “Hair” and “A Chorus Line”.

BABIES IN ARMS (1939) 8 p.m. on TCM. Directed by Busby Berkeley and starring Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland, Babes in Arms is the film version of the 1937 coming-of-age Broadway musical of the same name. In a 1939 Times review, the writer praised it Frank S. Nugent Rooney: “‘Babes In Arms’ – to put it in two words – is Mickey Rooney,” he wrote. The movie follows BABIES ON BROADWAY (1941) at 10 p.m. on TCM, another Berkeley musical starring Rooney and Garland.

STAGE FRIGHT (1950) 8 p.m. on TCM. In ‘Stage Fright,’ a suspenseful British film noir directed by Alfred Hitchcock, an acting student (Marlene Dietrich) goes undercover to prove that a singing star killed her husband. Although the film has become known as a Hitchcock classic, the Times review in 1950 was not exactly favorable. Critic Bosley Crowther called it a “rambling story,” one “without real fear,” but praised the cast of “good actors.”

MTV MOVIE & TV AWARDS 8 p.m. on MTV. Vanessa Hudgens returns as host of the 2022 MTV Movie & TV Awards, where fans will vote for their favorite movies, shows and performances and Jack Black will receive this year’s Comedic Genius Award. The ceremony is followed by the MTV Movie & TV Awards: Unscripted, which recognizes Best Competitive Series, Best Reality Romance, Best Music Documentary, Best Reality Star and other similar categories. The most nominated reality programs are “RuPaul’s Drag Race”, “Selling Sunset” and “Summer House”.

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