Nearly nine months after his passing, Norm Macdonald’s final comedy special, Nothing Special, arrives on Netflix today. The special was taped in Macdonald’s home in the summer of 2020 as he battled cancer.
Also today: Bill Clinton explores the history of the American presidency in a new limited series, David Simon’s We Own This City wraps, American Ninja Warrior all-stars gather for a special competition, and more. Here’s what’s new and noteworthy on TV this Memorial Day Monday:
Norm Macdonald: Nothing Special: Comedy special. Norm Macdonald's final hour of material arrives on Netflix in a new special, released nine months after his death. Macdonald recorded entire hour in a single take from his living room in 2020 while he was battling cancer. Alongside Nothing Special, Netflix is releasing a bonus feature that sees Adam Sandler, Conan O’Brien, Dave Chappelle, David Letterman, David Spade, and Molly Shannon discuss Macdonald’s legacy. Streaming on Netflix
The American Presidency With Bill Clinton: Docuseries premiere. Bill Clinton hosts and executive produces this six-episode series about the American presidency and the struggle for a more perfect union. Each episode takes on a different theme in American history, including race, global power, and economic might. 10:30 PM ET on History Channel
We Own This City: Limited series finale. After the arrest of several GTTF officers, Suiter (Jamie Hector) grows concerned about his grand jury subpoena. Meanwhile, Jenkins (Jon Bernthal) learns his fellow officers are cooperating with the investigation as the full extent of his crimes comes to light, and Davis (Delaney Williams) and the mayor's office go head-to-head on funding for the consent decree. 9:00 PM ET on HBO
American Ninja Warrior: All Star Spectacular: Special presentation. Fan-favorite contestants compete on a super-sized obstacle course in a two-hour event. Challenges include The Big Dipper, The Striding Steps, Spring Forward and the first-ever "Cat Grab." 8:00 PM ET on NBC
Julia: Cable premiere. Julie Cohen and Betsy West (RBG) celebrate the life and career of chef Julia Child in this 2021 documentary, presented with limited commercial interruption. Watch trailer. 8:00 PM ET on CNN
Biography: Bobby Brown: Docuseries premiere. R&B icon Bobby Brown shares his personal journey in A&E’s “definitive documentary” on his career, his marriage to Whitney Houston, and his life as a devoted father. Two episodes air tonight, followed by the final two hours tomorrow. Watch trailer. 8:00 PM ET on A&E
Theodore Roosevelt: Docuseries premiere. The History Channel looks at Theodore Roosevelt, the first modern President of the United States. The series airs across two consecutive nights. Watch trailer. 8:00 PM ET on History Channel
Gentleman Jack: New episode. While trying to brush aside attempts to ridicule her, Lister (Suranne Jones) focuses on building her empire — and enters a risky game with her expanding network of coal advisors. 10:00 PM ET on HBO
Origins of Hip Hop: Series premiere. A&E explores the complicated stories of Hip Hop greats in an eight-episode series narrated by renowned rapper Nas. The premiere centers on Fat Joe, while subsequent episodes feature Busta Rhymes, Eve, Ice-T, and Ja Rule. Watch trailer. 10:00 PM ET on A&E
Miz & Mrs: Season 3 special preview. Ahead of next Sunday’s premiere, USA offers a sneak peek at the new season of its hit reality series, which sees the WWE superstars face their biggest challenge yet: raising two toddlers. Watch trailer. 10:00 PM ET on USA Network
Claire Spellberg Lustig is the Senior Editor at Primetimer and a scholar of The View. Follow her on Twitter at @c_spellberg.
TOPICS: Norm Macdonald: Nothing Special, Netflix, American Ninja Warrior, The American Presidency with Bill Clinton, We Own This City, Julia Child, Norm Macdonald