What’s on TV
30 FOR 30: LANCE 9 p.m. on ESPN. Nearly eight years after an investigation by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency discovered that Lance Armstrong had been utilizing performance-enhancing medication all through his profession — making him a pariah basically in a single day — the disgraced athlete has resurfaced to mirror on his misdeeds. This two-part documentary by the director Marina Zenovich (“Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind”), airing as a part of ESPN’s “30 for 30” sequence, provides him ample alternative to take action. (Although for those who’ve already made up your thoughts on Armstrong, the former celebrity bike owner, this film may not change it.) The movie packs loads of again story, chronicling his early days as a bike owner, his battle with testicular most cancers and the demise of his repute after he admitted to doping in 2013. Zenovich doesn’t draw back from powerful questions, and by interviewing Armstrong’s household, associates, rivals and others, she manages to create an goal portrait of a shunned star. The second half of the movie airs May 31.
LITTLE BIG SHOTS 7 p.m. on NBC. Talk about feel-good programming. This selection sequence, hosted by Melissa McCarthy, spotlights younger individuals with a complete lot of expertise, like a ballet dancer who put on a stunning performance for Misty Copeland, or a pianist who performed Jerry Lee Lewis’s “Whole Lotta Shakin.” Season 4 comes to a close Sunday with back-to-back episodes featuring a climber, a gospel singer, a space expert and more.
KATE NASH: UNDERESTIMATE THE GIRL (2020) Rent on Alamo on Demand. For a different profile of a celebrity trying to reinvent themselves, watch this portrait of the British singer-songwriter Kate Nash. Her 2007 single “Foundations” catapulted her to fame, making her a pop sensation in Britain by the age of 21. But, as the story goes, that sudden stardom came with conditions, and when Nash decided to go in a different musical direction, her label dropped her. This documentary, by the director Amy Goldstein, follows Nash’s struggle to make it as an independent artist, which, we learn, is no easy feat. (At one point, she resorts to selling her clothes for a few hundred dollars.) But Nash seems to come out of the experience with her head held high, crowdfunding albums, going on tour and landing an acting role (she is a star of the Netflix series “GLOW”). In her review for The New York Times, Teo Bugbee said “Underestimate the Girl” is an “appealingly candid documentary” that is “endearing in its frankness.”
BETAAL Stream on Netflix. This new mini-series by the British director Patrick Graham (“Ghoul”) promises real scares. (It comes from the studio Blumhouse Productions, which backed “Get Out” and other low-budget horrors.) Drawn from Indian mythology, “Betaal” centers on officials who try to displace villagers to make way for a highway, only to come face-to-face with an undead British officer and his army of soldiers.