On tonight’s lineup, Mark Ruffalo brings us soul-crushing drama with “I Know This Much Is True,” a show that hits hard and doesn’t stop until it’s beaten its viewers into emotional submission. But if you’re looking for something lighter, we’ve got some soapy period dramas on the schedule, as well as a live comedy fundraiser that should provide a few laughs.
PICK OF THE DAY:
“I Know This Much Is True” (HBO) at 9:00 PM EDT
There’s not a ton to be grateful for right now as the world stares down a devastating and frankly exhausting pandemic, but one of those things is the sheer amount of Mark Ruffalo in “I Know This Much Is True.” HBO’s newest miniseries features not one but two Mark Ruffalos, as he plays a pair of identical twins: one diagnosed with schizophrenia and the other attempting to deal with the ramifications of his brother’s mental illness. It does seem to have a tendency to wallow in anguish, but it’s also some of Ruffalo’s best work.
“Feeding America Comedy Festival” (NBC) at 7:00 PM EDT
With millions of Americans facing unemployment and economic hardships, the hunger-relief organization Feeding America is more vital than ever. Tonight, NBC will be airing a live comedy telethon in support of Feeding America’s mission, with proceeds raised going directly to their efforts. The pared-down remotely attended benefit will feature pre-recorded comedy segments from Eddie Murphy, Keegan Michael Key, Billy Crystal, Sarah Silverman, Chris Rock, Adam Sandler, and many other popular entertainers.
“Outlander” (Starz) at 8:00 PM EDT
Tonight sees the fifth season of “Outlander” draw to a close on Showtime, as Jamie and Claire struggle to find their way back to one another after the latter’s violent kidnapping. Not to worry, though, its absence is only temporary. Season six of “Outlander” was renewed all the way back in 2018 and despite disruptions in the shooting schedule, star Sam Heughan has confirmed that it’s still a go, likely to be released next year.
MOVIES ON TV:
“Downton Abbey” (HBO) at 6:50 PM EDT
When it comes to comfort television, glitzy period drama “Downton Abbey” is top of the class. It’s basically the viewing equivalent of that feeling you get after sinking into a hot bath at the end of a long day. And while its cinematic sequel may not have broken much ground creatively, it remains a satisfying continuation of the beloved drama. It catches up with the Crawley family on the cusp of a royal visit amid the ever-changing world of 1920s Britain, and it is utterly charming.
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Still looking for something to watch? Check out more of tonight’s lineup below!
- “American Idol” (ABC) at 8:00 PM EDT
- “The Simpsons” (Fox) at 8:00 PM EDT
- “Batwoman” (CW) at 8:00 PM EDT
- “VICE” (Showtime) at 8:00 PM EDT
- “Spy Wars with Damian Lewis” (Smithsonian) at 8:00 PM EDT
- “Duncanville” (Fox) at 8:30 PM EDT
- “Killing Eve” (AMC) at 9:00 PM EDT
- “Billions” (Showtime) at 9:00 PM EDT
- “Bob’s Burgers” (Fox) at 9:00 PM EDT
- “Vida” (Starz) at 9:00 PM EDT
- “Supergirl” (CW) at 9:00 PM EDT
- “World on Fire” (PBS) at 9:00 PM EDT
- “Family Guy” (Fox) at 9:30 PM EDT
- “The Rookie” (ABC) at 10:00 PM EDT
- “Call Your Mother” (Comedy Central) at 10:00 PM EST
- “Baptiste” (PBS) at 10:00 PM EDT
- “House Hunters Renovation” (DIY) at 10:00 PM EDT
- “Insecure” (HBO) at 10:00 PM EDT
- “Penny Dreadful: City of Angels” (Showtime) at 10:00 PM EDT
- “Run” (HBO) at 10:35 PM EDT
- “Last Week Tonight” (HBO) at 11:00 PM EDT
- “Harley Quinn” (Syfy) at 11:00 PM EDT
- “Rick and Morty” (Adult Swim) at 11:30 PM EDT