TV highlights: ‘Hemlock Grove’ returns for Season 2 on Netflix


'THE BATTERED BASTARDS OF BASEBALL': Bing Russell, owner of The Portland Mavericks, in a scene from the documentary about his efforts to form the rebellious team. (Courtesy of Netflix)
July 10

The documentary “The Battered Bastards of Baseball” premieres first thing Friday on Netflix to tell the history behind Hollywood actor Bing Russell’s purchase of the minor league territory rights in Portland, Ore., in 1973 and how he formed a Class A team of “quirky, unkempt misfits” to operate outside Major League Baseball as the rebellious Portland Mavericks.

RETURNING SHOW: Also making its debut on Netflix on Friday morning is “Hemlock Grove” Season 2, and in the opener, the mangled body of a teenage girl is found outside a Pennsylvania steel town. Suspicions mount as a manhunt intensifies and it’s revealed that every resident is harboring a dark secret.

“Monumental Mysteries” (Travel at 9) tackles mysterious figures including the scholar who founded Brookline, Vt.’s, Round Schoolhouse, New York’s newsboys and an explorer who dared to reach for the stars and was recognized with a life-sized bronze statue.

“Fashion Police” (E! at 9) plays host to “Orange Is the New Black’s” Jason Biggs, comedian Jenny Mollen and actress Keke Palmer.

In case you missed it the first time it aired, WETA is bringing back the special “Makers: Women Who Make America” (9), which chronicles women’s fight for representation and rights through archival footage and interviews with Gloria Steinem, Oprah Winfrey and Hillary Clinton alongside less visible women who have taken the initiative to participate in the movement.

Lowe plans to reveal Blackbeard’s attack plan to William Jagger but then realizes that Jagger may be far more dangerous than the Commodore on “Crossbones” (NBC at 10).

SERIES PREMIERE: The New Zealand-made comedy/adventure series “The Almighty Johnsons” (Syfy at 10) follows four brothers who inherit powers of legendary Norse gods. In the premiere, Axl Johnson turns 21, and something unusual is going on.

The one-hour stand-up special “Kurt Metzger: White Precious” (Comedy Central at 11) has the “Race Wars” comic at New York’s Gramercy Theatre talking about child beauty pageants, cyber-bullying and the most repulsive sight one can see on the streets of New York.

Actor Liev Schreiber and director Rob Reiner are on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC at 11:35), with comedian Gabriel Iglesias.

Actors Mark Wahlberg and Ben Falcone stop by the “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS at 11:35), with a performance from Hurray for the Riff Raff.

Actors Melissa McCarthy and Marc Maron come to “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC at 11:35), with musical guests Royksopp and Robyn.

Rachel Lubitz

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