What’s on TV
YELLOWSTONE 10 p.m. on Paramount Network. Kevin Costner performs the patriarch of a rich household that lives on a bit of sought-after land on this sequence, a modern-day western from the writer-director Taylor Sheridan. The first season was marked by nice, sweeping pictures of Montana and Utah, the place the present is filmed — not that there was a lot time to admire the surroundings. The sequence is filled with backstabbing and battle, as competing pursuits vie for the land, and disputes erupt within the household itself. In his assessment of Season 1 in The New York Times, James Poniewozik wrote that the present “has a few interesting things buried within.” “But,” he continued, “you need to dig through a lot of drab, hard-packed filler to get to them.” Perhaps the second season will shift that stability.
RIVERS OF LIFE eight p.m. on PBS (examine native listings). If “Yellowstone” has an excessive amount of interpersonal battle and not sufficient serene pure magnificence for you, do that three-part documentary sequence from PBS and the BBC. Each episode focuses on a unique river. Tonight’s is concerning the Nile; others are concerning the Mississippi and the Amazon. The sequence discusses each the rivers themselves and the folks and animals who dwell in numerous ranges of concord (or dissonance) with them.
KEEP IT FOR YOURSELF (1991) Stream on Le Cinéma Club. The free, arty streaming website Le Cinéma Club is back with this rare, early short from the director Claire Denis. Sophie Simon plays a Frenchwoman who travels to New York to meet her lover, only to find that he’s skipped town. It’s an early example not only of Denis’s filmmaking but also of her collaborations with the cinematographer Agnès Godard, who shot this film in black and white. The critic Richard Brody wrote in a recent article in The New Yorker that the movie “is no mere rarity but also a major cinematic treasure rescued from oblivion and now available to all.”
SHAFT (1971) Stream on Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu and YouTube. The new “Shaft” sequel, currently in theaters, might not be driving audiences to buy as many tickets as Warner Bros. would like. But this original film became a defining ’70s movie — and a box office titan — when it hit theaters. The wah-wah of Isaac Hayes’s classic “Theme From Shaft” can be heard in its natural habitat here, as the detective John Shaft (Richard Roundtree) traipses down the streets of New York and into the American cultural consciousness. “Not a day goes by that I’m not somewhere when someone recites the lines from the theme song, or lines from the film, as if I’ve never heard them before,” Roundtree said in a recent interview with The Times. “I’m like, ‘Yeah, man. Cool. O.K.’”