Summer’s just around the corner, so it’s time to say goodbye to all the spring shows that have just had their season (or series) finale. There’s a new crop of television shows that are getting started this week, with zombies, supernatural monsters, crime thrillers, and Renaissance fair hijinks. If audiences still have that deflated feeling of not being quite sure what to watch now that all of their old favorites are off the air, fear not. There’s something for everyone here.
PICK OF THE DAY:
“Perpetual Grace LTD” (Epix)
“Perpetual Grace LTD” is premiering this week, and although it hasn’t received a lot of promotion, one look at the trailer is enough to make this a must-watch. The series stars Ben Kingsley, Jackie Weaver, and Jimmi Simpson, three actors who are routinely the best part of every project they happen to work on. It’s framed as a neo-noir/ western hybrid about a small-time grifter (Simpson) who plans his next move against an elderly religious couple, who, in turn, have been exploiting faith to con people out of their life savings. With a ten-episode limited run announced, “Perpetual Grace LTD” has a lot of potential for critical and popular success. Will this be the show that puts Epix on the map?
“NOS4A2” (AMC) at 10 PM EDT
Let’s get one thing out of the way first: the show’s trendy spelling of “Nosferatu” is the least interesting element about this series. “NOS4A2” is an adaptation of a popular horror/fantasy novel by Joe Hill, one that Stephen King himself has called “balls to the wall scary.” Of course, it does help that Joe Hill just happens to be King’s son. But credit where credit’s due, the synopsis does sound legitimately terrifying. The show centers on a young woman (Ashleigh Cummings) with supernatural powers who must face off against Charlie Manx (Zachary Quinto), a monstrous villain who sucks the souls out of children and sends them to a cheery hellscape in his mind known as “Christmasland.” Now that’s properly off-putting!
“LUTHER” (BBC AMERICA) at 8 PM EDT
While it has been quite some time since the Idris Elba-starring cop drama has been on television (season 4 aired back in 2015), fans will indeed be seeing new episodes this week. On the wildly popular British show, Luther will be facing off against the darker side of humanity, as a new series of brutal murders catches his attention and his efforts to solve the crimes are stymied by corruption within the London police force. Savor the moment, though: this season is only scheduled to be four episodes long, and who knows when (if ever) “Luther” will be back.
MOVIES ON TV:
“BOYZ N THE HOOD” (BET) at 5:25 PM EDT
With director John Singleton‘s untimely death still fresh in our minds, now seems as good a time as ever to go back to the film that first put him on the map in the early 90s. “Boyz N the Hood” is a coming-of-age story detailing the lives of a group of friends in Los Angeles amidst gang violence and poverty, starring Cuba Gooding Jr. and Ice Cube in career-defining roles. It was a deeply personal story for Singleton, one that would make him the youngest ever Best Director nominee at the age of 24. Although “Boyz N the Hood” is very much of its time, its anger and emotional honesty remain as relevant as ever.
NEW TV EPISODES:
Just in case none of the above caught your interest, there’s plenty of other great options on television tonight.
- “NBA Playoffs: Golden State Warriors at Toronto Raptors” (ABC) at 8:00 PM EST
- “Burden of Truth” (CW) at 8:00 PM EST
- “The Real Housewives of Potomac” (Bravo) at 8:00 PM EST
- “Our Cartoon President” (Showtime) at 8:00 PM EST
- “The Spanish Princess” (Starz) at 8:00 PM EST
- “90 Day Fiance: Happy Ever After?” (TLC) at 8:00 PM EST
- “American Princess” (Lifetime) at 9:00 PM EST
- “Barnwood Builders” (DIY) at 9:00 PM EST
- “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” (E!) at 9:00 PM EST
- “Worst Cooks in America” (Food) at 9:00 PM EST
- “When Calls the Heart” (Hallmark) at 9:00 PM EST
- “Billions” (Showtime) at 9:00 PM EST
- “Vida” (Showtime) at 9:00 PM EST
- “Ghost Adventures” (Travel) at 9:00 PM EST
- “Fear the Walking Dead” (AMC) at 9:00 PM EST
- “Island Hunters” (HGTV) at 10:00 PM EST
- “The Chi” (Showtime) at 10:00 PM EST
- “Last Week Tonight” (HBO) at 11:00 PM EST