Master documentarian Alex Gibney (Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, Going Clear: Scientology & the Prison of Belief, and The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley) takes Big Pharma to task for its role in America’s opioid epidemic in The Crime of the Century. Written and directed by Gibney, the two-part, two-night HBO doc suggests that greedy drug companies are largely responsible for a crisis that has claimed a half million lives in this century alone. Part 1 of The Crime of the Century debuts tonight on HBO, followed by Part 2 tomorrow night.
Also today: ABC broadcasts Finding Dory in primetime, Lifetime partners with Variety to present Power of Women The Comedians, and the Top 17 artists perform on The Voice. Here’s what’s new and noteworthy on TV this Monday:
DOCUMENTARY PREMIERE: Alex Gibney takes no prisoners in The Crime of the Century, a two-part documentary that lays blame for the opioid epidemic at the feet of Big Pharma, political operatives, and loose government regulations. The HBO doc features sobering testimony from victims of opioid addiction, as well as interviews with whistleblowers and behind-the-scenes investigations. Watch trailer. 9:00 PM ET on HBO
BROADCAST PREMIERE: ABC continues its month-long Wonderful World of Disney event with the network broadcast premiere of Pixar's Finding Dory. The 2016 sequel to Finding Nemo sees Dory the forgetful fish (voiced by Ellen DeGeneres) embark on an epic quest to find her mother and father. Watch trailer. 8:00 PM ET on ABC
NEW EPISODE: The winner of The Voice’s four-way Knockout is finally revealed. Plus, the Top 17 contestants perform for a chance to win a spot in the Top 9. 8:00 PM ET on NBC
NEW EPISODE: When a famous mystery writer dies, a citywide manhunt breaks out in search of buried treasure, but the 9-1-1 crew struggles to respond to the chaos. Watch preview. 8:00 PM ET on FOX
SPECIAL PRESENTATION: Mindy Kaling, Maya Rudolph, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Sofia Vergara, Michaela Coel, and Kate McKinnon take center stage in the new special Lifetime Presents Variety’s Power of Women The Comedians. The one-hour event will also celebrate the life of comedy icon Gilda Radner and her namesake foundation, Gilda’s Club Metro Detroit. 8:00 PM ET on Lifetime
NEW EPISODE: Jim (Alum Armstrong) and Jackie (Joanna Bacon) celebrate their golden anniversary, but their party is interrupted when a power outage strikes in the penultimate episode of Breeders Season 2. 10:00 PM ET on FX
SEASON FINALE: The first season of Nat Geo’s Race to the Center of the Earth concludes as the four teams converge at the goal destination for one final battle. 10:00 PM ET on Nat Geo
Claire Spellberg Lustig is the Senior Editor at Primetimer and a scholar of The View. Follow her on Twitter at @c_spellberg.
TOPICS: The Crime of the Century, HBO, Alex Gibney