Sunday TV: What’s Changed, ‘Veep’ or Us?

Veep6“Veep”(HBO, 10:30 p.m.) in its sixth season seems rattled by happenings in the real political world as crass and outlandish as any it could devise. But considering the early episodes of this season that starts tonight were shot before the election, it may be that we’ve been the ones rattled, and the world of Selena Meyer losing the White House is not quite as fun as it might have been.

Of course last season was a high point and there is disillusion wafting around the usual sharp satire. But things are rough for all the characters — Dan is off to morning TV, Amy is running a campaign for her cowboy boyfriend, Jonah is adjusting to being a Congressman, and Ben is about to be fired by Uber. Selena is trying to set up her legacy and is mulling a comeback, surrounded by Gary and now Richard. There is still a lot of sharp writing, but something is a little off and it may be the world.

“Girls” (HBO, 10 p.m.) reaches its final episode and it’s unclear exactly what direction it will take. The last couple of episodes have seemed like fantasies of what could happen. Adam pledged his love and proposed a fortnight ago but disappeared from last week’s episode, in which Shoshanna seemed to have been replaced by another personality. It’s been a great show and funny throughout, so we wish Lena Dunham’s Hannah well.

“The Leftovers” (HBO, 9 p.m.), on the other hand, seemed to have gone off chart after the first season when it ran out of Tom Perrotta’s book and  just started riffing on things. It moved to Texas last season and for tonight’s final season, prepares a move to Australia. Set three years after last season, Justin Theroux has somehow escaped from the messy, messianic end of last season and has returned to his job as sheriff. As hard as it was to explain how all of the New York town moved to Texas, it may be worse explaining a move Down Under.  What’s frustrating is that the show is made up of frequently compelling individual scenes with some fine acting. It just isn’t adding up to something.

If you’d prefer trying an entirely new show on a different premium network, the limited series “Guerrilla” (Showtime, 9 p.m.) looks at an untold story of 1970s black power movement in britain, starring Freida Pinto and Babou Ceesay. Idris Elba also pops up in the six-part drama by John Ridley.

The new “The White Princess” (Starz, 8 p.m.) is a sequel to the network’s adaptation of “The White Queen” that looks equally as lavish, focusing on Princess Elizabeth of York, played by Jodie Comer, who marries King Henry VII, portrayed by Jacob Collins-Levy.

“Staying’ Alive: A Grammy Salute to the Music of the Bee Gees” (CBS, 8 p.m.) feature performances by Celine Dion, Keith Urban, Jason Derulo, John Legend, Demi Lovato, Stevie Wonder, John Legend, DNCE, Nick Jonas, Andra Day, Little Big Town, Tori Kelly, Ed Sheehan, Panic at the Disco, Kelsea Ballerini, Thomas Rhett, Pentatonix and Taveres.

John O’Hurley and David Frei host the Beverly Hills Dog Show (USA, 8 p.m.).

Production on “Hush, Hush Sweet Charlotte” (FX, 10 p.m.) is under way on “Feud: Bette and Joan” (FX, 10 p.m.).

“The Circus” (Showtime, 8 p.m.) covers the political fallout of the Syria bombing.

The best of the series is noted on “The Legend of Iron Chef” (Food, 8 p.m.) before a new spinoff starts called “Iron Chef Gauntlet” (Food, 9 p.m.) in which Alton sets out an array of wild ingredients for chefs to use. Then, on the new “Iron Chef Eats” (Food, 10 and 10:30 p.m.), everybody sits around and talks about their favorite restaurants.

“Naked and Afraid XL” (Discovery, 10 p.m.) returns for a second season. What’s XL is not the size of the people, but the number of players — nine.

Axe is given inside information on “Billions” (Showtime, 10 p.m.).

The reunion of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” (Bravo, 8 p.m.) is four hours long. Part one starts tonight.

“The Real Housewives of Potomac” (Bravo, 9 p.m.) go to an elite horse race in Baltimore.

Matt LeBlanc tries a Mercedes supercar on “Top Gear” (BBC America, 8 p.m.).

A college coed is killed in an escape room on “Chicago Justice” (NBC, 9 p.m.).

Women try to keep calm as the Battle of Britain rages on “Home Fires” (PBS, 9 p.m., check local listings).

Bad things happen on “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” (E!, 9 p.m.), so it might be fun to watch

Cody is in trouble on “When Calls the Heart” (Hallmark, 9 p.m.).

Tragic turns occur on “American Crime” (ABC, 10 p.m.).

Horatio Sanz, Niece Nash, Mario Cantone, Casey Wilson, Lamorne Morris and Martha Stewart play “Match Game” (AB, 9 p.m.).

The murder of a terrible private investigator is investigated on “Elementary” (CBS, 10 p.m.).

Things are breaking down on “Shades of Blue” (NBC, 10 p.m.).

John Stamos looks into this Greek heritage on “Who Do You Think You Are?” (TLC, 10 p.m.).

The title of tonight’s “Into the Badlands” (AMC, 10 p.m.) is “Monkey Leaps Through the Mist.”

Kyle accompanies Megan on a trip to her hometown to officiate a wedding on “The Arrangement” (E!, 10 p.m.).

The religious aspect of Easter is on Turner Classic Movies with “The Robe” (8 p.m.), “King of Kings” (10:30 p.m.), the silent “Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ” (!:30 a.m.). Then comes Mike Leigh’s 1984 “Meantime” (4:30 a.m.).

The NBA Playoffs continue the initial games of the first round with Atlanta at Washington (TNT, 1 p.m.), Portland at Golden State (ABC, 3:30 p.m.), Chicago at Boston (TNT, 6:30 p.m.) and Oklahoma City at Houston (TNT, 9 p.m.).

The Stanley Cup Playoff’s first round has reached game three with Minnesota at St. Louis (NBC, 3 p.m.), Pittsburgh at Columbus (CNBC, 6 p.m.), Montreal at Rangers (NBC Sports, 7 p.m.) and Edmonton at San Jose (NBC Sports, 10 p.m.).

Baseball includes Tampa Bay at Boston (MLB, 1:30 p.m.) and St. Louis at Yankees (ESPN, 8 p.m.).

Final rounds are played in golf’s Heritage Tournament (Golf, 1 p.m.; CBS, 4:30 p.m.).

And for something different, how about the NCAA championship in women’s college bowling (ESPNU, 8:30 p.m.)?

Late Talk

ABC: National Security Adviser Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster. NBC: Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, Sens. John McCain and Jack Reed.  CNN: Sen. Bernie Sanders, Rep. Ed Royce. Fox News: Deputy National Security Adviser K.T. McFarland, Rep. Mac Thornberry.

 

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