What’s on TV Tuesday: ‘Dance Moms’ and a New Trolls Series

What’s on TV Tuesday: ‘Dance Moms’ and a New Trolls Series

DANCE MOMS 9:00 p.m. on Lifetime. The eighth season of “Dance Moms” has been monumental for Abby Lee Miller, the dance instructor who has starred on the show since its beginning. This season was all about Abby putting her life and dance studio back together following a tumultuous year in which she completed a prison sentence for bankruptcy fraud and learned she had non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. But the competitive spirit of the show is still dominant, with a spot on Abby’s Elite Team still on the line as the finale airs.

THE DEVIL YOU KNOW 10:00 p.m. on Viceland. For fans of true crime, the premiere of this five-episode documentary series provides ample opportunity to delve into an unsolved and disturbing murder case. Set in a rural community outside of Winston-Salem, N.C., the show centers on John Lawson, a self-proclaimed Satanist who renamed himself Pazuzu Algarad. When the bodies of two missing men are found in his basement, Algarad’s ties to Satanism and continuous run-ins with the law seem to build up a case against him — but the reality of what happened to the men may not be what it seems. The series follows Chad Nance, a local journalist, as well as the neighbors, authorities and friends — some of whom are self-styled Satanists themselves — who have tried to unravel the mysterious case.

TROLLS: THE BEAT GOES ON! Stream on Netflix. The characters from the “Trolls” films star in their own show, which is premiering its seventh season on Netflix. The series follows the trolls Poppy (Amanda Leighton) and Branch (Skylar Astin) as they and other members of the Troll Village embark on adventures in the magical forest that surrounds them. Executive produced by Matthew Beans, a writer for the quirky animated series “Robot Chicken,” and with original songs by Alana Da Fonseca of “Pitch Perfect 3,” the show offers an original take on the stories of the misfit cast of trolls who have played a role in kids’ culture in the last few years.

THE MULE (2018) Stream on HBO. “The Lincoln pickup truck with Iowa plates was hurtling down Interstate 94, headed for Detroit.” So began the 2014 New York Times Magazine article by Sam Dolnick about Leo Sharp, a World War II veteran turned courier for the drug cartel Sinaloa in Mexico who was caught by the authorities at age 87. Four years after the piece published, the story of the drug mule — whose nickname was Tata (meaning “grandfather” in Spanish) — became a film directed by and starring Clint Eastwood, now streaming on HBO. In a review for The Times, Manohla Dargis writes, “Eastwood fills in the portrait of his mule with creative license, characteristic dry humor and a looseness that seems almost completely untethered from the world of murderous cartels.” While “The Mule” embellishes a few facts surrounding the case, this account is as real as it is unbelievable.

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