An annual summer ritual, the 2021 Home Run Derby (7pm, ESPN), takes place at Denver’s Coors Field. The stadium’s location and height make it famous for its thin air and long-distance balls. On ESPN2, viewers can see a “Statcast Edition” with analyzes and graphics accompanying the flying baseballs.
The MLB All-Star Game will air on Fox tomorrow, but tonight we’re getting something called the 2021 All-Star Celebrity Softball Game (9 p.m., ESPN), with a selection of singers, rappers, actors, and social media characters including JoJo Siwa, The Miz, Quavo, Residente, Noah Beck, DK Metcalf, CC Sabathia and Larry Walker.
Not to be confused with “The Celebrity Dating Game” (9pm, ABC, TV-PG), “Celebrity IOU” (HGTV) tonight shows actions for charitable renovations by Rainn Wilson (7pm) and Gwyneth Paltrow (8pm).
• Speaking of celebrities: “Catch and Kill: The Podcast Tapes” (8pm, HBO) examines journalist Ronan Farrow’s efforts to expose Hollywood and Broadway producer Harvey Weinstein as a serial rapist and predator.
First of all: an interview with model Ambra Gutierrez. After Weinstein’s brutal attack, she turned to the New York police and carried a wire to capture him. Instead of justifying herself, she was treated brutally in the tabloids and her life turned upside down by Weinstein and a seedy Israeli intelligence firm he hired. They leaked pictures of her at a party hosted by Italy’s Trump-like President Silvio Berlusconi, a powerful businessman in mob ties and a reputation as a professional vulgarist who brutalized women. The most staggering thing about this segment is how quickly and easily Weinstein was able to distract the tabloid media with such cuts.
In the second segment (8:30 p.m.) reporter Ken Auletta and writer Kim Masters talk about their years of efforts to document Weinstein’s behavior, an open secret in the entertainment industry and law enforcement.
Based on his book “Catch and Kill” and the podcasts inspired by it, these documentaries, which take place in half an hour clack, do not exactly reach the level of “television”. Despite their brevity, they can be repetitive and probably better enjoyed in book form or listened to on your daily commute.
I am in the minority here. Podcasts, especially true crime ones, have spread like Kudzu, inspiring documentaries of endless variety that “entertain” millions with reliable stories about serial killers and depravity. Help yourself.
ID, the network most aimed at viewers with a limitless appetite for true crime and courtroom sagas, is launching a fourth season of “Reasonable Doubt” (9pm, TV-14).