Here’s what’s up in the world of TV for Tuesday, August 1. All times are Eastern.
Maz Jobrani: Immigrant (Netflix): He survived fleeing the Iranian Revolution when he was 6. Something tells us that at the time he wasn’t thinking, “This will make great material for my eventual best-selling book I’m Not A Terrorist, But I’ve Played One On TV, and also soon thereafter a Netflix comedy special called Immigrant.” He couldn’t have thought that, because Netflix didn’t yet exist. Nonetheless, the co-star of CBS’ Superior Donuts is now doing just that, with a new hourlong set focusing on the overlap of trying to perform everyday tasks of parenting and other responsibilities while living in the highly charged political atmosphere of Trump’s America.
WWE Smackdown! (USA, 8 p.m.)
States Of Undress (Viceland, 10 p.m.): Hailey Gates’ fashion-themed documentary series turned out to be an unexpected treat. Using fashion to explore everyday lives of women around the world, it became a smart and subtle counterpoint to some of the channel’s more hectoring programs. As our own Katie Rife said of the first season, “Unlike some of her fellow Vice correspondents, Gates doesn’t seem to be pushing a particular political viewpoint or seeking out extreme experiences for their own sake. She’s simply speaking for herself, and her open, intelligent curiosity leads to some surprisingly frank interactions and unexpectedly wide-reaching conclusions.” Tonight’s season finale finds Gates traveling to Romania, currently undergoing massive nationwide protests, where—as the title makes clear—she investigates “Communism, Cam Girls, And Kidnapping.”