The Week’s guide to what’s worth watching
Who doesn’t dig a good archaeology series? The show that uses cutting-edge imaging technology to uncover the secrets of humankind’s distant past begins a new season by scouring Denmark for the lost citadels of the Vikings. Future episodes will visit China’s Forbidden City to look for Kublai Khan’s Yuan Palace and will land on Easter Island to search for a buried sacred site. Tuesday, May 15, at 9 p.m., Science Channel
Nova Wonders: Can We Build a Brain?
We are now surrounded by artificial-intelligence devices. But how smart are our phones, say, compared with the AI that engineers are building? This week’s episode of a new Nova spin-off leans on the expertise of co-host Rana el Kaliouby as it investigates efforts to reverse-engineer the human brain to build intelligence systems that avoid our biases, replicate our amazing processing capacities, and, of course, never hatch any ideas about taking over the world. Wednesday, May 16, at 9 p.m., PBS; check local listings
The zombie genre is given a touch of soul in this feature-length version of an Australian video short that went viral in 2013. Martin Freeman of The Office and Sherlock stars as a father already infected by a bite from one of the undead. Knowing he’ll soon become a monster, he’s crossing the Australian outback in search of a suitable protector for the infant daughter he’s toting. Available for streaming Friday, May 18, Netflix
Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story
Known for her beauty, Hedy Lamarr deserves greater acclaim for her brains. This portrait of the 1940s Hollywood star explores how the Viennese-born immigrant maintained a double life as a screen siren and inventor, at one point aiding the Allied cause in World War II by developing a frequency-hopping torpedo guidance system that provided the foundation for today’s Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and GPS technologies. But of course no one noticed, because her looks were so striking they even inspired Walt Disney’s Snow White. Friday, May 18, at 9 p.m., PBS; check local listings
The Royal Wedding
Anglophiles, rejoice. Prince Harry, for the moment the world’s pre-eminent ginger-haired heartthrob, will at long last exchange vows with Meghan Markle, an American actress once known only to fans of a USA Network series called Suits. The couple will wed at St. George’s Chapel, on the grounds of Windsor Castle, before an international A-list crowd of 800, with 2,600 invited to watch their arrivals and departure from the castle grounds. Saturday, May 19, at 7 a.m., various networks
The Royal Wedding Live With Cord and Tish!
You can enjoy the same live wedding coverage with a satirical twist by turning to Will Ferrell and Molly Shannon. Playing daytime-TV hosts Cord Hosenbeck and Tish Cattigan, the sketch-comedy vets will offer their own ad-libbed play-by-play. Saturday, May 19, at 7:30 a.m., HBO
Carriers at War
A new documentary series embeds with the crews on a succession of U.S. Navy’s aircraft carriers, beginning with the U.S.S. George H.W. Bush. Sunday, May 20, at 8 p.m., Smithsonian Channel
2018 Billboard Music Awards
Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars, and recent Pulitzer winner Kendrick Lamar each enter the awards show with 15 nominations. Kelly Clarkson will host. Sunday, May 20, at 8 p.m., NBC