A new talent competition show brings together RuPaul, Faith Hill and Drew Barrymore as judges. And “Hillary,” a series about one of the first climbers to reach Mount Everest’s summit, is available to stream.
What’s on TV
THE WORLD’S BEST 8 p.m. on CBS. This outrageous new reality show, hosted by the comedian James Corden, holds its second night of auditions. International musicians, dancers, martial artists, gymnasts, singers and more will compete for the judges RuPaul, Faith Hill and Drew Barrymore, as well as a panel of 50 experts from 38 countries, for the chance to win $1 million and the title of “The World’s Best.” The competition show, which debuted after the Super Bowl, is the latest spin on flashy TV talent shows like “The Masked Singer” and “The Voice.”
FORGED IN FIRE 9 p.m. on History. In a very different kind of reality-show competition, the sixth season of “Forged in Fire” brings together bladesmiths who show off their weapon-making skills for the chance to win $10,000. The show is hosted by Wil Willis, a former Army Ranger; J. Neilson, a veteran knife maker; Doug Marcaida, the hand-to-hand-combat specialist; and David Baker, a swordsmith well versed in ancient weaponry. As its name suggests, the series features a lot of fire, so it’s best not to try to replicate the action at home: In 2017, one aspiring bladesmith caused a massive blaze.
HILLARY on Amazon Prime, Google Play, PBS, Vudu and YouTube. Edmund Hillary may be best known as the adventurer who made history in 1953 when he and the mountaineer Tenzing Norgay became the first people to scale Mount Everest’s summit. But this six-part series delves into Hillary’s life, from his days growing up in South Auckland, New Zealand, to the plane crash that killed his wife and daughter. Andrew Munro stars in the title role, and Dean O’Gorman plays his lifelong climbing companion, George Lowe.
MINDING THE GAP (2018) on Hulu. This skateboarding documentary, the director Bing Liu’s feature debut, is about so much more than skateboarding. It uses the sport, a shared passion among friends like Zack Mulligan and Keire Johnson in Rockford, Ill., to examine a bigger cycle of neglect and abuse that permeated their childhoods, and begins to seep into their lives as adults. In his review in The New York Times, A. O. Scott wrote: “The title can be taken to refer to the chasm between hope and reality, or to the fissures that separate people from one another and from their own best selves. But it also suggests the possibility of self-awareness and the healing power of reflection.” The film was nominated for an Oscar for best documentary feature, and President Obama included it in his list of works he loved in 2018.