TV highlights: CMT broadcasts George Strait’s final performance


'AMERICAN MASTERS: DOROTHEA LANGE': Dorothea Lange with Graflex, 1937, as seen in “American Masters – Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning.” (Courtesy of 1937, 2014 Rondal Partridge Archives/Courtesy of 1937, 2014 Rondal Partridge Archives)
August 28, 2014

More than 100,000 fans flocked to Arlington, Tex., on June 7 to witness the King of Country’s last performance, and now the record-setting show is coming to television. The two-hour special “George Strait: The Cowboy Rides Away” (CMT at 7 p.m.) broadcasts his entire final concert, featuring guest performances from Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert, Kenny Chesney and many more, with new interviews and commentary from the country music great.

“American Masters” presents the documentary “Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning” (WETA at 9) which chronicles the venerable photographer who captured iconic images of the Great Depression, Dust Bowl and Japanese American internment camps. The two-hour profile is led by Lange’s granddaughter Dyanna Taylor and incorporates family memories, journals, photos and film footage, along with interviews and footage of Lange at her Bay Area studio.

The stories behind a mansion built on funds from a sugar swindle, a destructive bulldozer rampage on the streets of Granby, Colo., and a violent 1901 uprising in New York’s Central Park that saw rocking chairs utilized as weapons are all investigated on “Monumental Mysteries” (Travel at 9).

“Heather McDonald: I Don’t Mean to Brag” (Showtime at 9) features the “Chelsea Lately” favorite and New York Times best-selling author in her first solo comedy special, which showcases her unique point of view on life as a working mom.

“Great Performances at the Met” (MPT at 9) features James Levine conducting Mozart’s comedic “Cosi fan tutte,” starring Susanna Phillips, Isabel Leonard, Matthew Polenzani and Rodion Pogossov.

Back-to-back episodes of “Four Weddings” (TLC at 9) have a bride yearning for a rock-and-roll reception and a recap of the best entrances, entertainment and blunders the show has featured.

Filmed in Boston during his 2013 tour, “Jim Jefferies: Bare” (Netflix) proves that new fatherhood hasn’t mellowed the Australian comic, with a sharp, frank set about sex, gun control, religion and other things you don’t discuss at the dinner table.

Actors Jon Hamm and Brit Marling are on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC at 11:35), with perfect human Martha Stewart.

Tennis star Serena Williams and actor Chadwick Boseman come to “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS at 11:35), with music from Echo & the Bunnymen.

“Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC at 11:35) hosts comedian Kathy Griffin and singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten.

Rachel Lubitz

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