ANTHONY BOURDAIN: NO RESERVATIONS
Mondays at 10 on the Travel Channel
The louche literary chef is back with a new series urging us to be adventuresome travelers. In the debut episode, he sets out to prove why France doesn’t suck by getting zonked on absinthe and eating red meat at breakfast. Works for me.
THE 70s HOUSE
Tuesdays at 10:30 on MTV
Is this what generational warfare looks like? Thirtysomething producers forcing college-age kids to forsake their iPods, cell phones, and hair care products and live a simple life of Pong, polyester, and “The Hustle”? The 70s House might be the modern equivalent of “When I was your age, I had to walk 10 miles to school,” but watching the looks on contestants’ faces when faced with an old station wagon or a rotary phone is undeniably amusing—at least for a few episodes.
IN THE REALMS OF THE UNREAL
August 2 at 10 on PBS
Jessica Yu’s vague, dreamy film about the cracked world of outsider artist Henry Darger (which made the Voice‘s list of Top 10 docs of 2004) premieres on PBS’s P.O.V. series, complete with Dakota Fanning’s narration of Darger’s girl-saturated sagas.