Summer can be a time for network repeats and fluff. But it also provides a brief window when network news divisions get to showcase some of their documentary material in prime time.
Part true-crime series and part urban travelogue, "Brook lyn DA" (10 p.m., CBS) follows prosecutors and detectives as they prepare cases against criminal suspects and set up stings to snare burglars, dealers and pimps. Crime victims and their relatives also participate.
Even before its prime-time debut, some have criticized "DA" for being too laudatory. The Brooklyn DA position is an elected office, and one potential candidate has called the show a glorified campaign commercial for sitting Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes. A spokesperson for CBS told the New York Daily News that the show focuses on more than a dozen assistant DAs and doesn't even show a brief clip of Hynes until the third episode.
---Not interested in real police work in Brooklyn? How about a fictional drama set in Belfast, Northern Ireland?
Gillian Anderson, best known as Special Agent Dana Scully from "The X-Files," stars as a detective following a sexual predator and serial killer hiding in plain sight in "The Fall," available on Net-
flix beginning today. As with other Netflix television series, all five episodes can be streamed immediately.
The American-born Anderson has made a home in London for some time and has carved out a career on the London stage and in British film and television productions, including a recent adaptation of "Great Expectations" that was seen on PBS' "Masterpiece."
---While we're on the subject of Netflix shows, seven years after being canceled by Fox, "Arrested Development," the wacky cult comedy about the narcissistic, insanely dysfunctional Bluth family, is returning Sunday with 15 episodes on Netflix streaming all at once.
---"Extreme Weight Loss" (8 p.m., ABC, TV-PG) returns for a third season, this time with twins. David and Rebecca take drastic measures when their combined weight tips the scales at 868 pounds.
Trainer Chris Powell soon realizes that the two 23-year-olds share the same childhood traumas that caused them to fall back on food for comfort, and that they tend to reinforce each other's bad habits.
Rather than split them up, he takes the twins to a weight loss camp that's modeled on the spartan rigors of Navy SEAL training. Will this shock therapy break the twins' cycle of dysfunction and obesity? And will viewers find entertainment in watching them sweat?
---Prolific writer, director and actor Tyler Perry is never afraid of appearing old-fashioned. And his new series "The Have and the Have Nots" (9 p.m., OWN, TV-PG) has all the elements of a vintage melodrama: a rigid caste system, snobbery, lust, overripe dialogue and overwrought emotions. Reports of the death of the traditional soap opera are exaggerated. "Have" will probably not win any Emmys or Peabody awards, but it may bring a sense of guilty pleasure and fun back to Oprah's network.
---TV-themed DVDs available today include the first season of "Longmire."
---Two helpings of "The Voice" (NBC, TV-PG) include a recap (8 p.m.) and live eliminations (9 p.m.).
---Two hours of auditions on "So You Think You Can Dance" (8 p.m., Fox, TV-14).
---The gang says goodbye on the series finale of "The Office" (10 p.m., NBC, r, TV-14).
---The exhumation of Megan's father's body does not answer haunting questions on the series finale of the recently canceled "Body of Proof" (10 p.m., ABC, TV-14).
---"Frontline" (10 p.m., PBS) presents "Outlawed In Pakistan," a documentary following a teenage girl who challenged societal taboos by reporting her alleged rape to
---Dudes do the darnedest things, including turning their living room into a chemistry lab and blowing up furniture, appliances, etc. on "Never Ever Do This at Home" (11 p.m., Spike), a "science" show with a "Jackass" heart.
Charles Bronson stars as a taci-
turn boxer in the 1975 drama "Hard Times" (8 p.m., TCM), set during the Great Depression.
---The Wanted, James Davis, Jen Kirkman and Mo Mandel are booked on "Chelsea Lately" (11 p.m., E!).
---Paris Hilton, Miriam Tucker and Atlas Genius appear on "Late Show With David Letterman" (11:35 p.m., CBS, r).
---Craig Ferguson hosts Ellen Page and George Stroumboulopoulos on "The Late Late Show" (12:35 a.m., CBS).
Kevin McDonough can be reached at email@example.com.