Untold History of the U.S., Showtime, Monday, 8 p.m.
- Oliver Stone has an... ambitiously dubious sense of history. His films like JFK show that he's not afraid to dig into the glossed-over parts of history, even if his theories are open to interpretation. His new documentary miniseries, The Untold History of the U.S., will cover some of America's biggest stories of the 20th century in Stone's style, best described as Howard Zinn on mescaline. Some questions that Stone will try to answer: Whether we needed to drop the atomic bomb; why the Soviet Union deserves more credit for the victory of the Allies in WWII; and whether he or Quentin Tarantino deserves most of the credit/blame for Natural Born Killers.
Little People, Big World: Wedding Farm, TLC, Tuesday, 9 p.m.
- The show that started TLC's spiral into the trashiest network on television is back. The original Little People, Big World ran for six seasons (and 226 episodes), chronicling the members of the Roloff family, some of whom suffer from dwarfism. Since then, the family has parlayed their success into a new business: They've turned their farm into a wedding destination for people of all classes and heights. Little People, Big World is more respectful of its subjects than most other TLC shows, but can't they make a show where you can actually learn something anymore? I'd suggest a show about the Space Station, but they'd probably figure out a way to get Matt Roloff up there.
Moonshiners, Discovery Channel, Wednesday, 10 p.m.
- Discovery Channel's sleeper hit Moonshiners returned for its second season last week, although the entire premise is very confusing. It follows the lives of a few Virginia guys that make 180 proof liquor and sell it without permits or taxes. Now, it's alleged to be a reality show, and there are law enforcement characters on it... so why have they not been arrested yet? The police have said there's no actual moonshining happening on set, while the producers have denied the claims, saying that everything is real and that the police just haven't caught them. Whatever -- I just feel bad for whoever has to taste the stuff to find out.
The 40th Anniversary American Music Awards, ABC, Sunday, 8 p.m.
- The only thing more irrelevant in music these days than The Grammy Awards is the American Music Awards, the winners of which are determined by a poll of music buyers. Unfortunately, nobody that likes good music actually buys it anymore, so we have categories like "Best Rap/Hip-Hop Artist" that consist of Drake, Nicki Minaj and Tyga. The first two are (unfortunately) at least understandable, but Tyga? This isn't the award for the lamest rhymes or worst tattoos. Somehow, Minaj's Pink Friday is up for both "Best Pop/Rock Album" and "Best Rap/Hip-Hop Album," and Chris Brown is still being nominated for awards. It's sad when the most exciting thing about the show is a performance by the 40-year-olds of No Doubt.
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