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What’s on TV This Week: ‘Soul of a Nation’ and ‘Ghostbusters’

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/01/arts/television/whats-on-tv-this-week.html

Between network, cable and streaming, the modern television landscape is a vast one. Here are some of the shows, specials and movies coming to TV this week, March 1-7. Details and times are subject to change.

RUTH: JUSTICE GINSBURG IN HER OWN WORDS (2021) 9 p.m. on Starz. While this documentary does contain the words of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died in September, there are other voices as well. One of them is Jennifer Carroll Foy, who was able to attend Virginia Military Institute following the United States v. Virginia Supreme Court decision which led to the abolishment of the college’s male-only admissions policy. Another is Lilly Ledbetter, who lost an employee discrimination case — for which Justice Ginsburg wrote the dissenting opinion — and later inspired the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.

THE GREEN MILE (1999) 7 p.m. on AMC. Tom Hanks stars as a death row corrections officer in the film adaptation of the Stephen King novel of the same name. When an inmate (Michael Clarke Duncan) accused of heinous crimes is brought to the facility, supernatural events begin to occur.

SOUL OF A NATION 10 p.m. on ABC. This six-part newsmagazine series debuts, guest hosted by Sterling K. Brown. It focuses on Black life in America; each episode will home in on a theme like spirituality, joy, activism in sports and the aftermath of George Floyd’s death in 2020. Newscasters will interview Black entertainers, public figures and athletes, including the Capitol Police officer Harry Dunn, John Legend and Danny Glover. Episodes will be available on Hulu the day after they air on ABC.

NEW AMSTERDAM 10 p.m. on NBC. This series, about the medical director Dr. Max Goodwin (Ryan Eggold) at the oldest public hospital in the country — based on Bellevue Hospital Center in New York City — returns for its third season. Dr. Goodwin attempts to push through red tape within the hospital, while his staff isn’t always so sure about his attempts to fight the bureaucracy. The understaffed hospital treats Ebola patients, the president and prisoners from Rikers Island.

THE FYRE FESTIVAL CON 10 p.m. on ABC. The spring premiere of this true crime series, about promises that are too good to be true and topics like the college admissions scandal, focuses on the infamous Fyre Festival — which people were led to believe would be a luxury event, but turned out to be anything but.

SECRETS OF HER MAJESTY’S SECRET SERVICE 10 p.m. on PBS (check local listings). If you’ve finished watching The Crown and want to more shows about British intrigue, this special takes a deep look at the agency made famous by the James Bond franchise.

GONE WITH THE WIND (1939) 8 p.m. on TCM. This film, set during the Civil War, became the subject of renewed scrutiny and controversy last year over its themes and character depictions, which are problematic by contemporary standards. Based on Margaret Mitchell’s book of the same name, it tells the story of the Georgian socialite Scarlett O’Hara, who is focused on marrying Ashley Wilkes, in part to secure social status. He wants to marry his cousin, Melanie Hamilton; O’Hara decides to marry Hamilton’s brother out of revenge. The Civil War creeps closer to home, and O’Hara’s husband dies during the war. She continues to seek out a husband who will help her keep her social standing during a tumultuous time in American history.

GHOSTBUSTERS (1984) 8 p.m. on AMC. This classic comedy follows paranormal investigators around New York City. When the movie starts, Peter Venkman (Bill Murray), Ray Stantz (Dan Aykroyd) and Egon Spengler (Harold Ramis) are employed as scientists at Columbia University. Once they begin researching and hunting for ghosts and get caught, they are fired by the dean. The three decide they’ll call themselves Ghostbusters and begin searching for a fourth member for their squad. Winston Zeddemore (Ernie Hudson) joins the group as they continue to grow in popularity and search for goblins around the city.

ROCKY (1976) 8 p.m. on HBO. An Academy Award winner for best picture, this film about a struggling Philadelphia boxer launched many sequels. Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) is known as “The Italian Stallion” and mostly boxes in small clubs. The movie chronicles his rise to becoming a world-class competitor. Balboa is initially hesitant to train but eventually taps into his grit and determination.

BACK TO THE FUTURE (1985) 6 p.m. on AMC. The “Back to the Future” trilogy will be airing on this day, and in the first installment Michael J. Fox stars as Marty McFly, a 17-year-old high school student. He and Dr. Emmett Brown (Christopher Lloyd) take a DeLorean-turned-time machine 30 years back to 1955. “The people in Robert Zemeckis’s films have the great fun of living out their craziest daydreams,” Janet Maslin wrote in her review for The New York Times. “Mr. Zemeckis has now gone himself one better with ‘Back to the Future.’”

AXIOS 7 p.m. on HBO. The latest season of this documentary news series wraps up with more of Axios’s cinematic storytelling on topics like tech, media, business, politics and science.

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