Matt's Picks: May 30-June 2
Robert E. Lee
Gettysburg (History, 9/8c, Monday)
Launching a four-year project to commemorate the Civil War, which is marking its 150th anniversary this year, History has commissioned action producers Tony and Ridley Scott to produce a two-hour feature documentary about one of the war's most legendary and costly battles. Airing on the night of Memorial Day, Gettysburg fuses CGI and action footage designed to render the conflict as real as possible. On Tuesday, the two-hour Lee & Grant documentary (9/8c) profiles the leaders of the Confederate and Union troops.
Platinum Hit (Monday, 10/9c, Bravo)
Now that Paula and Simon have reunited for Fox's upcoming The X Factor, now it's Kara DioGuardi's turn to return to the spotlight. She's the head judge for a new talent competition focusing on songwriters, who will be challenged each week to display their creativity and versatility by writing and performing songs in various genres. Host/judge Jewel will offer her perspective, as will RCA/Jive SVP Keith Naftaly. Guest judges along the way will include Leona Lewis, Natasha Bedingfield and — get out your disco ball — Donna Summer.
Carnegie Hall 120th Anniversary Concert (Tuesday, 8/7c, PBS; check tvguide.com listings)
Highbrow must-see of the week is this all-star gala concert filmed on May 5 to celebrate the famous concert hall's 120th year. Audra McDonald is on hand to interpret a selection of Duke Ellington classics, and with Alan Gilbert leading the New York Philharmonic and welcoming guest artists Yo-Yo Ma (cello), Emanuel Ax (piano) and Gil Shaham (violin), selections include Gershwin's "An American in Paris," Dvorak's Carnival Overture and Beethoven's Triple Concerto in C major. On Wednesday, those with a classical bent will want to check out the American Masters profile of Metropolitan Opera conductor James Levine: America's Maestro (8/7c, check tvguide.com listings).
Men of a Certain Age (Wednesday, 10/9c, TNT)
This bittersweet drama about three best buds and their midlife crises resumes its better-by-the-week second season (following the premiere of the ham-fisted legal dramedy Franklin & Bash). We pick up their stories as Joe (Ray Romano) cautiously comforts his ex-wife through mood swings that their kids think is menopause-related, while Owen mulls an offer from a rival car dealership and Terry begins to think his romance with former actor-turned-teacher Erin may be true love.
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