What’s on TV? – Sunday (3/31/19) – ‘Barry’ and ‘Veep’ Headline HBO

From midwives to zombies, this Sunday offers a myriad of options on TV. Among tonight’s particularly stellar lineup, HBO has won the proverbial golden ticket, with the return of critical hits like “Barry” and “Veep. Fear not if dark comedies and political satires don’t hit the spot. Tonight, TV runs the gamut of period pieces, mockumentaries, political documentaries, new episodes of “Keeping up with the Kardashians,” and much, much more.

PICK OF THE DAY

“Barry” (HBO) at 10 p.m. ET

Did you ever dream of watching a dramedy about a hitman who becomes emotionally vulnerable? If so, “Barry” might be tailor-made for you. The two-time Emmy-winning dark comedy starring “SNL” alum Bill Hader as the title character (who also serves as a co-creator alongside Alec Berg of “Silicon Valley”) is premiering its second season tonight, emphasizing drama over season one’s comedy. First making waves at its March 2018 premiere, it tells the story of Barry, a former Marine, and current hitman, as he navigates a life where killing is no longer personally meaningful.

While on a hit in Los Angeles, he enters the world of showbiz with a heartfelt monologue to acting coach Gene Cousineau, played by Henry Winkler. It’s a hero (or anti-hero)’s journey among vain Chechen mobsters and artificial wannabe actors alike. Tune in to see how season two picks up after season one’s dramatic finale. The first of the series’ eight-episode season airs tonight at 10 p.m. E.T.

WHAT’S PREMIERING?

“Mrs. Wilson” (PBS) at 9:00 p.m. ET

From the masterminds at PBS’ Masterpiece, “Mrs. Wilson” is a show about a woman whose life begins to alter in unexpected ways. Starring Ruth Wilson, it’s a tale that–remarkably–is loosely based on the true story of her own grandparents. Wilson plays her grandmother Alison Wilson, who has been married to Alec, a man 22 years her senior. Alec, played by Iain Glen, is an ex-M16 agent and a wordsmith. When he abruptly passes away, Alison gets an even more shocking surprise: she learns that he has left behind another widow. Who is this enigmatic other “Mrs.” Wilson? Watch part one on Masterpiece to find out how this three-part drama will unfold.

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“Veep” (HBO) at10:30 p.m. ET

After a hiatus, “Veep,” the gripping political satire, returns for its seventh and final season. Now Selina Meyer, played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus, is on the road campaigning in New Hampshire and Iowa to be president. Particularly resonant now that presidential hopefuls are gearing up for 2020, it will be difficult to say goodbye to “Veep,” but the final season is sure to be as sharp as ever. Tune in at 10:30 p.m. on HBO to follow Selina’s campaign.

“Call The Midwife” (PBS) at 8 p.m. ET

With wit and charm, the heartfelt English drama centering on midwives from the late 1950s through early 1960s returns. This time, there are some new faces expected to arrive at East London’s Nonnatus House. The series, which was created by Heidi Thomas, and based on Jennifer Worth’s memoir “Call The Midwife: A True Story of the East End in the 1950s,” has been a favorite of many at home and across the pond since it premiered in 2012. For more on the goings-on at Nonnatus House, catch the season 8 premiere on PBS at 8 pm ET.

“The Trailer Park Boys: The Animated Series” (NETFLIX)

The Canadian mockumentary series has had many homes since it premiered in 2003 and has even inspired film spin-offs like Trailer Park Boys: The Movie, Countdown to Liquor Day, and Don’t Legalize It. It once played on Showcase, then a streaming network created by the actors of the show (who bought the rights to the series from the original producers) called “Swearnet” and now you can find “Trailer Park Boys” on Netflix. The series, which follows residents in a fictional trailer park in Nova Scotia called Sunnyvale, is always a laugh. Tune in to watch season 13 on Netflix tonight–this time in animation–and catch up on the crew’s latest hi-jinx.

MOVIES ON TV

CMT is serving up some excellent comedies tonight, and some are sure to be a particular nostalgic favorite, especially for millennials. “Cheaper by the Dozen 2,” the sequel to 2003’s “Cheaper by the Dozen” stars Steve Martin and Bonnie Hunt as Tom and Kate Baker, the loving parents to twelve energetic children. As the Bakers take a lakeside family vacation with another large family, chaos inevitably ensues. “Cheaper by the Dozen 2” airs at 7:15 p.m. ET on CMT.

Scottie Smalls returns to TV. David Mickey Evans’ “The Sandlot” airs at 9:30 p.m. ET after “Cheaper by the Dozen 2,” helping create a family-friendly double feature. “The Sandlot,” which follows a group of middle school kids playing baseball in the summer of 1962 in San Fernando Valley, California, is bound to be an adventure. Tune in to CMT at 9:30 p.m ET.

Classics of cinematic history are coming to the silver screen. Francis Ford Coppola’s “The Godfather” and “The Godfather, Part II,” arguably one of the best sequels committed to film, will be airing on IFC. Catch the first installment of the remarkable crime film series at 5:00 p.m. and the second at 9:00 p.m.

NEW EPISODES

If there’s something else you’re searching for, look no further. There are still countless other offerings on TV tonight. 

  • “God Friended Me” (CBS) at 8:00 p.m. ET
  • “NCIS: Los Angeles” (CBS) at 9:00 p.m. ET
  • “Madam Secretary” (CBS) at 10:00 p.m. ET
  • “American Idol” (ABC) at 8:00 p.m. ET
  • “Good Girls” (NBC) at 10:00 p.m. ET
  • “The Simpsons” (FOX) at 8:00 p.m. ET
  • “Family Guy” (FOX) at 9:00 p.m. ET
  • “La Voz” (TELEMUNDO) at 8:30 p.m. ET
  • “Killing Eve” (AMC) at 10:09 p.m. ET
  • “Married to Medicine” (BRAVO) at 9:15 p.m. ET
  • “Supergirl” (CW) at 8:00 p.m. ET
  • “Charmed” (CW) at 9:00 p.m. ET
  • “Exatlon Estados Unidos” (TELEMUNDO) at 7:00 p.m. ET
  • “The Walking Dead” (AMC) at 9:00 p.m. ET
  • “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” (BRAVO) at 8:00 p.m. ET
  • “Tricky Dick” (CNN) at 9:00 p.m. ET
  • “Naked and Afraid” (DSC) at 8:00 p.m. ET
  • “Keeping up with the Kardashians” at 9:00 p.m. ET
  • “Buddy vs. Duff” (FOOD) at 9:00 p.m. ET
  • “FSI PBC Face to Face: Peter Quillin vs. Caleb Truax” (FS1) at 9:00 p.m. ET
  • “The Bush Years: Family, Duty, Power” (CNN) at 10:00 p.m. ET
  • “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” (HBO) at 11:00 p.m. ET
  • “The Case Against Adnan Syed” (HBO) at 9:00 p.m. ET
  • “How Close Can I Beach” (HGTV) at 8:00 p.m. ET
  • “American Pickers: Bonus Buys” (HIST) at 8:00 p.m. ET
  • “Ridiculousness” (MTV) at 8:00 p.m. ET
  • “American Gods” (STARZ) at 8:00 p.m. ET
  • “Sister Wives” (TLC) at 8:00 p.m. ET
  • “SMILF” (SHO) at 10:30 p.m. ET
  • “Billions” (SHO) at 11:00 p.m. ET

What are your favorites? Did we leave anything out? Let us know your TV picks in the comments below! 

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