The Defiant Ones. Four-night documentary series directed by Allen Hughes (Menace II Society) explores the personal and professional relationship of Dr. Dre and record producer Jimmy Iovine. Features some never-before-seen footage and includes interviews with Snoop Dogg, Bruce Springsteen, Gwen Stefani, Bono, David Geffen, Eminem, Nas, Stevie Nicks, Kendrick Lamar, Ice Cube, Jon Landau, Patti Smith, Lady Gaga, Doug Morris, Tom Petty, Trent Reznor, Diddy, Alonzo Williams, and will.i.am. All four episodes will be available on HBO Go, HBO Now, and HBO On Demand upon premiere of the first. 9 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday, HBO.
The Nineties. CNN kicks off its latest decade-centric series with a two-hour episode,”The One About TV,” a look at hit comedies such as Seinfeld, The Simpsons, and, yes, Friends, as well as critically acclaimed dramas My So-Called Life and The Sopranos. 9 p.m. Sunday, CNN.
Amelia Earhart: The Lost Evidence. Two-hour special features investigation by Shawn Henry, a former executive assistant director of the FBI, into the circumstances of a photograph found — mislabeled — in the National Archives, that is purported to be of pioneering aviator Amelia Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan, taken after the pair’s disappearance 80 years ago this month during an attempt to circumnavigate the globe on a route at, or close to, the equator. Henry’s theory: That Earhart and Noonan survived the crash, and were taken prisoner by the Japanese, eventually dying in custody — and that the U.S. government knew, and covered it up. 9 p.m. Sunday, History Channel.
Will. Laurie Davidson stars as the young William Shakespeare in a new drama that does what many productions of his plays do, mixing modern elements — Will arrives in the big city to seek his fortune to the strains of the Clash’s “London Calling” — with history. (Admittedly, in the absence of history, liberties have been taken, just as they were in Shakespeare in Love.) The drawing and quartering Will witnesses during a public execution in an early scene is only the first sign that the stakes here may be higher than even this playwright’s career. 9 p.m. Monday, TNT.
The Bold Type. Katie Stevens, Aisha Dee, and Meghann Fahy star as ambitious young friends working together at Scarlet, a Cosmopolitan-like women’s magazine whose editor, played by Melora Hardin (The Office), isn’t actually the devil, in or out of Prada. That may be because the show’s loosely based on the experience of one of its executive producers, former Cosmo editor Joanna Coles. But Coles’ involvement — besides appearances on Lifetime’s Project Runway and E!’s So Cosmo, she’s Hearst Magazines’ chief content officer — is probably also the reason this show, soapy as it is, touches on current journalism realities, from social-media strategy to digital-first publishing. 9 p.m. Tuesday, Freeform.
American Ripper. Was killer H.H. Holmes — who was hanged for murder in Philadelphia’s Moyamensing Prison in 1896 — also London’s Jack the Ripper? One of his descendants claims to have uncovered evidence he was. 10 p.m. Tuesday, History Channel.
Salvation. I’m usually a sucker for most disaster movies — they’re how I know I’ll almost certainly go in the first wave — but I wasn’t wowed by the pilot for this one, whose we’re-all-gonna-die scenario involves an asteroid on a collision course with Earth. I am, however, a fan of Jennifer Finnigan (Tyrant, Close to Home), who, in a massive bit of PR for government PR people everywhere, is playing a Pentagon spokeswoman so uncomfortable about lying to the doomed that she defies her superiors and signs on to a renegade effort to save us all. 9 p.m. Wednesday, CBS.
Odd Mom Out. Jill Kargman returns for a third season as her fictionalized alter-ego, Jill Weber, an outspoken Upper East Sider who doesn’t fit in among her richer neighbors and family members, some of whom aren’t so rich this season, thanks to a Madoff-like scheme that’s left them struggling to stay among the 1 percent. 10 p.m. Wednesday, Bravo.
I’m Sorry. If only Odd Mom Out’s Jill Weber could hang out with Andrea, a Los Angeles-based comedy writer played by this new comedy’s creator, Andrea Savage. Andrea and Jill live on opposite coasts, but their non-conformist approaches to marriage and motherhood, and their ability to get in trouble while trying to do the right things, suggest they’d go together like wine and, well, more wine. If you feel you must choose — though this is what DVRs are for — Malvern’s Adam McKay and his comedy partner, Will Ferrell, are producing Savage’s show. 10 p.m. Wednesday, truTV.
Akil the Fugitive Hunter. New documentary series follows the exploits of Akil Muhammad, a successful bounty hunter who grew up in South Central Los Angeles. 10 p.m. Thursday, A&E.
Friends from College. New comedy stars Keegan-Michael Key, Cobie Smulders , Annie Parisse, Nat Faxon, Fred Savage, and Jae Suh Park as people who met at Harvard a couple of decades earlier. Friday, Netflix.