A look at some noteworthy television this week:
Secrets of New York: New York's Firsts: Pioneering Moments (Sunday, 8:30 p.m., WNYE 25) Kelly Choi takes a look at some New York firsts.
White Light/Black Rain: The Destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki (Monday, 7:30 p.m. HBO) To commemorate the 62nd anniversary of the first bombing of civilian targets with nuclear weapons at Hiroshima, HBO airs this look at the two deadly attacks through archival footage and the voices of the survivors.
Modern Marvels: Chocolate (Monday, 8:00 p.m. History Channel) A look at how chocolate is made, so expect visits to some chocolate factories. Don't expect any Oompa-Loompas.
Fat March (Monday, 9:00 p.m., WABC 7) Those fakeality geniuses have apparently combined the insipid The Biggest Loser with Road Rules in this adaptation of a British fakeality show. We all lose with garbage like this.
Yankees Classics: Farewell to the Captain (8/6/79) (Monday, 9:00 PM, YES) This was the nationally televised game the Yankees played the night of Thurman Munson's funeral. Fun fact: current Yankee broadcaster Ken Singleton appears in the game playing for Baltimore.
Lights! Action! Music! (Monday, 9:30, WLIW 21) If you think film music is just a collection of pop songs or wondered how films are scored this new behind the scenes look at composing for film is a must. Film music fans are going to enjoy the interviews with some great composers like Rachel Portman and David Shire. Our only complaint is that wasn't longer, but then we have over 100 film score CDs sitting on the shelf.
Grand Slam (Tuesday, 8:00 p.m., Game Show Network) SNL alum, former comedian and current right wing radio talk show host Dennis Miller hosts this game show mini-series featuring various game show winners vying for a $100,000 prize.
i-Caught (Tuesday, 10:00 p.m., WABC 7) Bill Weir of ABC News anchors this show which appears to just recycle the sort of stuff you find on YouTube in an attempt to target a younger demographic. Of course you can submit videos on their website if you want to try for your 15 minutes of fame.
Power of 10 (Tuesday and Wednesday, 8:00 p.m., WCBS 2) This new game show is probably what convinced CBS to give host Drew Carey the Price is Right gig. This new game show is based on people guessing the closest answer to the results of a survey. Survey says. . . that sort of sounds like Family Feud.
Secrets of New York: Facelift: The Changing Landscape of New York City (Tuesday, 8:00 p.m., WNYE 25) Kelly Choi takes a look at the secrets relating to the ever changing city.
The Knights of Prosperity (Wednesday, 8:30 p.m., WABC 7) Another summer burn off of a failed show. If you started to watch the series, now you can finish. Still it is better than another fakeality show.
Mythbusters (Wednesday, 9:00 p.m., Discovery) The Mythbusters look at some baseball myths with the help of Yankee pitcher Roger Clemens. Despite the show being based in the Bay Area, we don't expect them to try to figure out how a certain player appeared to have the size of his head double since his rookie year with the Pirates.
NFL Preseason Football Atlanta Falcons at New York Jets (Friday, 8:00 p.m., WCBS 2) You know it is August when they start pre-season football. The Jets game is followed by the Buffalo Bills at the New Orleans Saints.