Man behind the music
“First Avenue: Closer to the Stars” doesn’t feature a ton of music or musicians, but the Twin Cities Public Television filmmakers were wise to spotlight former club manager Steve McClellan, who is more colorful than 97% of the artists who have graced the club’s stage.
9 p.m. Monday, TPT, Ch. 2
“The Scheme” offers a courtside seat to the FBI investigation into fraud and corruption in NCAA basketball. The tour guide is aspiring agent Christian Dawkins, who got ensnared in the agents’ web. His misadventures turn out to be as much of a nail biter as any March Madness contest.
8 p.m. Tuesday, HBO
Fast and furious
Those missing “Inside Amy Schumer” should check out “The Iliza Shlesinger Sketch Show,” a rapid-fire series in which the fast-rising comic skewers everything from “Jackass” to “A Star is Born.” As a character actor, Shlesinger is no threat to Kate McKinnon, but she and her writers have some smart, sassy ideas.
Starts streaming Wednesday on Netflix
The latest edition of “NOVA” should prepare to face some of the same criticism Bernie Sanders did for giving props to Fidel Castro for his literacy program. “Cuba’s Cancer Hope” looks at how decades of embargoes forced Cuban scientists to think outside the box, a predicament that may have led to groundbreaking treatment of the deadly disease.
8 p.m. Wednesday, TPT, Ch. 2
The timing couldn’t be worse for the debut of “Broke,” a sitcom about a socialite who loses her fortune and has to move in with her blue-collar sister. Those willing to handle a premise about a cooped-up family with financial woes will delight in the dynamic chemistry between stand-up comic Natasha Leggero and former “NCIS” forensic scientist Pauley Perrette.
8:30 p.m. Thursday, WCCO, Ch. 4