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David Makes Man Tackles a Black Man's Complex Coming of Age

ALSO: BH90210, Danny's House, Handmaids Tale, Happy Jail, Songland, and more
  • A promotional photo for David Makes Man, premiering tonight on OWN
    A promotional photo for David Makes Man, premiering tonight on OWN
    Primetimer's editors break down what's new and noteworthy on television today.

    Today's TV highlights include the launch of a raw coming of age series, the second episode of a reboot with big numbers, a quirky new talk show, a pair of fascinating docs, and a departed co-star returning for his series' final season.

    SERIES PREMIERE: From Tarell Alvin McCraney, the Academy Award-winning writer/producer of Moonlight, and executive producers Oprah Winfrey and Michael B. Jordan comes David Makes Man, a coming of age story set in the South Florida projects. As our Aaron Barnhart writes in his review, the series follows14-year old David (Akili McDowell) as he navigates middle school, family life, and the unique pressures that come with being young, gifted and black in today's America. The series features Phylicia Rashad as one of David's demanding teachers. Watch the preview. 10:00 PM ET on OWN

    NEW EPISODE: History repeats itself, as Rashad's new show shares the night with an old Cosby-era rival. Fox has a hit on its hands with BH90210, which debuted last week as the summer's top series launch. The second episode finds Tori Spelling and Jennie Garth working to convince their former cast members to get on board a newly green-lit Beverly Hills, 90210 revival. 9:00 PM ET on Fox

    SERIES PREMIERE: Rapper Danny Brown's new comedy show Danny’s House debuts tonight. At first glance, this talker resembles an adult mashup of Wayne's World and Pee-wee's Playhouse, with celebrities stopping by Danny's basement to hang out. Watch the preview. 10:00 PM ET on Viceland

    SPECIAL PRESENTATION: HBO explores the unorthodox approaches Americans are taking as they reach the end of their lives in Alternate Endings: Six New Ways to Die in America. From living wakes, to alternative caskets, to rocket propelled space burials, individuals and their families open their doors as they live out their final days on their terms. Watch the preview. 8:00 PM ET on HBO

    SERIES PREMIERE: Netflix drops the five-part documentary series Happy Jail, which profiles a Philippine jail where dancing is part of the rehabilitation program. The facility gained worldwide recognition when their performance of Michael Jackson's Thriller went viral in 2007. Watch the previewStreaming on Netflix

    ALSO TODAY

    • The Handmaids Tale's latest episode finds Commander Waterford and Serena at a crossroads. Streaming on Hulu
    • Suits welcomes back Mike Ross (Patrick J. Adams) as the show's final season continues. 9:00 PM ET on USA
    • Songland is back with new episodes, this week featuring guest recording artist Macklemore. 9:00 PM ET on NBC
    • I Was Prey's third season opener details heart stopping encounters with a grizzly bear and a crocodile. 10:00 PM ET on Animal Planet

    Mike Attebery is Senior Editor at Primetimer and the author of seven mystery thrillers. Follow him on Twitter at @mikeattebery.

    TOPICS: David Makes Man, Amazon, OWN, Michael B. Jordan, Oprah Winfrey, Phylicia Rashad, Tarell Alvin McCraney