Sun. July 9: Candy Crush (CBS, 9 p.m.)
You’ll perhaps be more inclined to check out, say, Snowfall or The Standups when you see that this week’s offerings are so slim that Candy Crush makes its way onto this list. And perhaps I need to explain myself for putting it here: oh, right, because tiny people make a massive screen covered in digital candy do stuff for a half hour. The game show is hosted by Mario Lopez, and will almost certainly not be enjoyable, and you most certainly shouldn’t spend your time on it. That said: tiny people, big digital candy. Get out your weed and Haribo and hate-watch butterscotches that move up and down on a screen.
Sun. July 9: The Defiant Ones (HBO, 9 p.m.)
If you’re feeling more in a documentary than mockumentary state of mind this week, this HBO miniseries airing Sunday through Wednesday is equally teeming with celebrity, with interviews from various parties who’ve worked with Jimmy Iovine or Dr. Dre, around whose professional relationship the film centers. (Snoop Dogg, Bruce Springsteen, Gwen Stefani, Eminem, Stevie Nicks, and of course Dre and Iovine appear in the trailer above, and Nas, Ice Cube, and Trent Reznor also discuss Dre’s mark on culture in the film.) The documentary, by Allen Hughes, follows both Iovine and Dre’s personal histories as they slowly come together with the rise and mainstreaming of gangsta rap, and becomes a decades-long, empire-building partnership.