Now that fans have nearly emotionally recovered following last week’s stressful episode of “Game of Thrones”, there’s enough breathing room in Westeros for audiences to focus on the various great shows on air today. HBO’s excellent Sunday night programming aside, tonight will also see the premiere of a new historical drama, the return of friendly neighborhood witches on Hallmark, and a movie marathon with some of the all-time greats of sports cinema.
Pick of the Day
“Barry” on HBO at 10:20 PM
After last week’s surreal, ultra violent run-in with a tae kwon do instructor and his rabid, biting zombie-like a daughter, “Barry” has opened itself up into new territory Much of last weeks success is thanks to the keen eye of Bill Hader, who directed last week’s episode and will hopefully return given his immense talent in front of and behind the camera.
“Barry” has been well-received by critics and audiences alike since its premiere, with the show falling inline with other prestige programming. At this point “Barry” is just over halfway through its second season, firing on all cylinders, and has pretty much evolved into must-see TV.
“The Spanish Princess” on Starz at 8 PM
The third in a series of frothy historical dramas – succeeding the limited runs of “The White Queen” and “The White Princess” – “The Spanish Princess” premieres tonight on Starz. The series centers on the life and courtship of Catherine of Aragon, the first of Henry VIII’s ill-fated wives.
It will be interesting to see if this show benefits from the fact that its lead is better known than either Elizabeth Woodville or Princess Elizabeth of York – the subjects of the other two shows – or if familiarity will lessen the dramatic impact. The show offers little suspense in a will they/won’t they relationship that precedes one of the world’s most famous marriages. Nevertheless, these shows have a tendency to be surprisingly satisfying, even if they are history’s equivalent of empty calories.
“Good Witch” on Hallmark at 8 PM
“Good Witch” is about to enter its fifth season tonight on Hallmark, which for many audiences may come as a surprise since it seems to have flown under the radar for the past several years.
The series was spun off from a collection of successful made-for-TV movies on Hallmark; centering on a witch who lives in a suburban town with her teenage daughter, steals the heart of the divorced dad who has just moved in next door, and (one would assume) gets up to all sorts of supernatural hijinks. At the end of the fourth season, the show transitioned into wedding mode, which is likely where the fifth season will pick up.
Movies on TV
Baseball Marathon on Sundance
The programming gods have smiled down upon audiences today, because Sundance is launching the mother of all nostalgia marathons. First on the list, there’s “The Sandlot,” a family-friendly film about a group of kids who play baseball in an abandoned lot during the early 1960s. Following this little-league-like vehicle is “Field of Dreams,” a singularly emotional baseball-themed experience lauded by audiences at the height of its popularity. Finally, Sundance will air the all-time classic “A League of Their Own,” directed by the incomparable Penny Marshall, about a women’s baseball league established during World War II. The air is thick with the scent of Americana and apple pie baking in the oven, but is there a better way to spend a Sunday?
There are plenty of other shows airing new episodes tonight. Use this as a helpful guide when channel surfing this evening to ensure you don’t miss the latest episodes of your favorite shows. Once again, times may vary by local area. Please check your local guide for the most accurate times.
- “The Red Line” (CBS) at 8 PM
- “Supergirl” (CW) at 8 PM
- “Killing Eve” (AMC) at 8 PM
- “The Simpsons” (FOX) at 8 PM
- “World of Dance” (NBC) at 8 PM
- “Bob’s Burgers” (FOX) at 8:30 PM
- “Game of Thrones” (HBO) at 9 PM
- “Charmed” (CW) at 9 PM
- “A Discovery of Witches” (AMC) at 9 PM
- “Real Housewives of Potomac” (Bravo) at 9 PM
- “Billions” (Showtime) at 9 PM
- “Worst Cooks in America” (Food Network) at 9 PM
- “Murder in the Heartland” (ID) at 9 PM
- “Good Girls” (NBC) at 10 PM
- “NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS) at 10 PM
- “The Chi” (Showtime) at 10 PM
- “Shark Tank” (ABC) at 10 PM
- “Veep” (HBO) at 10:50 PM