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CNN's The Movies Brings the History of Hollywood into Your Living Room

ALSO: Wild 'n Out, Big Little Lies, Euphoria, Evel Live 2, Revenge Body, and more
  • Tom Hanks in CNN's The Movies (CNN)
    Tom Hanks in CNN's The Movies (CNN)

    Going back at least to the first year that the AFI did their Top 100 Movies of All-Time countdown on CBS, summer has alwas seemed like the right time to explore the rich history of Hollywood filmmaking. And who better to take us on that journey than Tom Hanks, the only man who could play Walt Disney, Sully Sullenberger, and Fred Rogers in the span of six years. CNN's new six-part weekly documentary series The Movies promises a look back at Hollywood movie-making through the decades, with a starry lineup of interviewees that includes the likes of Julia Roberts, Steven Spielberg, Robert De Niro and Hanks himself.

    SERIES PREMIERE: CNN's The Movies kicks things off tonight with a look at the films of the 1980s, including an in-depth look at the work of John Hughes. Future episodes will touch on the '90s, the 2000s to today, the '70s, the '60s, and the Golden Age of Cinema. 9:00 PM ET on CNN

    SEASON PREMIERE: VH1 picks up where MTV left off with Wild 'n Out, the Nick Cannon-created show for funny people (or just people with a whole lot of energy) to team up in crews and try to dunk on each other.  7:00 PM ET on VH1

    SEASON PREMIERE: Fresh off ending this season of Keeping Up the Kardashians with her life/relationship/family in shambles, Khloe Kardashian is back for another season of Revenge Body with Khloe Kardashian. The E! Makeover show intends to help women "reinvent" themselves in mind, body, spirit, and fashion, though as the title suggests, "body" feels like the most important part. 9:00 PM ET on E!

    SPECIAL PRESENTATION: If you enjoy smart people talking about the state of TV and culture and current events, FX is airing Peabody Presents: Stories of the Year. The roundtable discussion of social issues and media representation will include Steven Canals (co-creator, Pose), Paula Lavigne (ESPN), Terrence Nance (creator, Random Acts of Flyness), and documentary filmmaker Tracy Heather Strain (Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart). Hasan Minhaj (Patriot Act) moderates. 10:30 PM ET on FX


    • Evel Live 2 proves the showbiz axiom "the show must go on" tonight, with a last-minute change of plans after an accident last week derailed daredevil Axell Hodges' plans to break a motorbike stunt record set by the legendary Evel Knievel in 1971. Instead, producers are promising exclusive footage from Hodges' accident, followed by a live attempt by X Games Medalist Vicki Golden to break the same record.8:00 PM ET on History
    • Big Little Lies feels a bit less focused this season, but Mary Louise filing in court to try to get Celeste's children may be just the kind of galvanizing action it needs. 9:00 PM ET on HBO
    • Euphoria continues to ride the line between "we're watching it because it's controversial" and "we're watching it because it might be good," but either way there's no denying that Zendaya rules. 10:00 PM ET on HBO

    Joe Reid is the senior writer at Primetimer and co-host of the This Had Oscar Buzz podcast. His work has appeared in Decider, NPR, HuffPost, The Atlantic, Slate, Polygon, Vanity Fair, Vulture, The A.V. Club and more.

    TOPICS: CNN, The Movies, Tom Hanks, Documentaries