This Sunday sees us stranded on an interplanetary cruise ship, navigating the complexities of a Philly-based alternate reality game that may or may not actually be a game, and at every point in between. Take a look at some of the highlights of tonight’s lineup!
PICK OF THE DAY:
“Avenue 5” (HBO) at 10:00 PM EST
It’s no secret that “Avenue 5” has had a bit of a rocky start in its first season. The premise is amusing, as one should expect from the great mind of Armando Ianucci, but it lacks a cogent vision and razor-sharp execution that made “Veep” such a success. But still, there’s always time to turn things around. On the last episode, there was a significant bombshell dropped on the ill-fated crew as they learn that the US government has agreed to help with a rescue effort, under the condition that 500 of the ship’s inhabitants are sacrificed for the greater good. “Avenue 5” is certainly skilled at cranking up that narrative tension; all that remains to be seen is if it’ll pay off.
“Dispatches from Elsewhere” (AMC) at 10:00 PM EST
Jason Segel of “How I Met Your Mother” fame returns to television as the creator and star of AMC’s new anthology series, “Dispatches from Elsewhere.” Set in Philadelphia, it revolves around several ordinary, unconnected people who all get caught up in an alternate reality game. Based partially on an actual game played in San Francisco called the Games of Nonchalance, the mysterious “Dispatches from Elsewhere” sees our heroes begin to question reality itself.
MOVIES ON TV:
“Scream” (FLIXe) at 8:00 PM EST
If “Scream” is airing on television, you should probably take the time to watch it, because it’s one of the rare slasher films so clever and self-aware that it actually improves on repeated viewings. Make sure you’re there from the very beginning, though. It would be a shame to miss out on Drew Barrymore’s legendary opening scene, reinvigorating her career in Hollywood and serving as one of the most impeccably crafted, tense set pieces in horror film history.
“Saving Private Ryan” (Sundance) at 8:00 PM EST
If you’ve just seen “1917,” you might have a hankering to rewatch one of the other great war mission films of the past 25 years, “Saving Private Ryan.” It stars Tom Hanks as the stoic leader of a group of soldiers who have been ordered to, well, save Private Ryan. Ryan’s three brothers were killed in action, and he’s been granted a reprieve by the military so that his mother doesn’t have to lose any more sons. The only catch is that they have to track him down to give him the message in the first place. Full of action and emotion, “Saving Private Ryan” is a sentimental but masterfully made combat film.
NEW TV EPISODES:
Still looking for something else to watch? Check out more of tonight’s lineup below!
- “God Friended Me” (CBS) at 8:00 PM EST
- “American Idol” (ABC) at 8:00 PM EST
- “Little Big Shots” (NBC) at 8:00 PM EST
- “The Simpsons” (Fox) at 8:00 PM EST
- “Outlander” (Starz) at 8:00 PM EST
- “Doctor Who” (BBC America) at 8:00 PM EST
- “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” (Bravo) at 8:00 PM EST
- “Duncanville” (Fox) at 8:30 PM EST
- “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist” (NBC) at 9:00 PM EST
- “Wrong Man” (Starz) at 9:00 PM EST
- “NCIS: Los Angeles” (CBS) at 9:00 PM EST
- “Bob’s Burgers” (Fox) at 9:00 PM EST
- “Worst Cooks in America” (Food) at 9:00 PM EST
- “The Outsider” (HBO) at 9:00 PM EST
- “Homeland” (Showtime) at 9:00 PM EST
- “Shahs of Sunset” (Bravo) at 9:15 PM EST
- “Family Guy” (Fox) at 9:30 PM EST
- “The Windsors: Inside the Royal Dynasty” (CNN) at 10:00 PM EST
- “Secrets of the Zoo: Down Under” (Nat Geo Wild) at 10:00 PM EST
- “Bar Rescue” (Paramount) at 10:00 PM EST
- “Kidding” (Showtime) at 10:00 PM EST
- “Curb Your Enthusiasm” (HBO) at 10:30 PM EST
- “Last Week Tonight” (HBO) at 11:05 PM EST