Sunday TV: Amy Adams in ‘Sharp Objects’

SharpObjectsIt’s good to see Amy Adams operate, starring as a dark journalist investigating murders of young girls in her Missouri hometown in HBO’s newest series “Sharp Objects” (HBO, 9 p.m.). Director Jean-Marc Vallée gets the most out of the local landscape and the story by “Gone Girl” author Gillian Flynn. The cast includes such welcome faces as Patricia Clarkson and Chris Messina. And yeah, I’ll probably watch the whole glossy thing, brought to TV by Marti Noxon.

But there are as many annoying aspects to it as “Big Little Lies,” mainly an approach to storytelling that relies on jolting flashbacks that don’t immediately mesh with the present. Meant to be artful, it only seems to try to make things more jumbled than they could be. Plus, how could a tiny young woman consume this much alcohol?

On the second season finale of “I”m Dying Up Here” (Showtime, 10 p.m.), something positive comes out of the bad news received by Ralph and Adam.

Even Knievel died in 2007 after a lifetime of stunts. Tonight, the misleadingly named “Evel Live” (History, 8 p.m.) stuntman Travis Patrana tries to replicate three of his motorcycle jumps in Las Vegas.

This afternoon, Angela Meade stars as Queen of Babylon in Rossini’s opera “Semiramide” on “Great Performances at the Met” (PBS, 1 p.m., check local listings).

They’re running out of decades to profile, but the series moves into the 21st century with “The 2000s” (CNN, 9 p.m.) begins with a look at the series that helped usher in the golden age of TV including “The Sopranos,” “The Office” and “Breaking Bad.”

Coles’s relationship with Alison jeopardizes his marriage on “The Affair” (Showtime, 9 p.m.).

On “Succession” (HBO, 10 p.m.), a vote of no confidence is imminent against Logan.

The St. Patrick family grieves Raina on “Power” (Starz, 8 p.m.).

Harlee wants to take down the intelligence unit on “Shades of Blue” (NBC, 10 p.m.).

Desna gets closer to Ziata on “Claws” (TNT, 9 p.m.).

On “Preacher” (AMC, 10 p.m.), Jesse works to pay back his debt to Gran’ma.

A cabaret for an AIDS ward is organized on “Pose” (FX, 9 p.m.).

A new head of household takes control on “Big Brother” (CBS, 8 p.m.).

Endeavour links a disappearance to an unsolved murder from years earlier on “Masterpiece” (PBS, 9 p.m., check local listings).

Leroy and Max spot a possible UFO on “Ghosted” (Fox, 9:30 p.m.).

If Kristin Cavallari was uninteresting on “Laguna Beach” and “The Hills,” she is even more so as an adult, married to a lug of a former football player and trying to run a jewelry brand in “Very Cavallari” (E!, 10 p.m.).

In the made-for-TV thriller “Murdered at 17” (Lifetime, 8 p.m.), a young girl’s new boyfriend frames her for murder.

Jeff Dunham, Ming-Na Wen, Taye Diggs and Caroline Rhea are on a new “Celebrity Family Feud” (ABC, 8 p.m.).

Adam Rodriguez, Erika Christensen, Rob Ribble and Lauren Ash play “The $100,000 Pyramid” (ABC, 9 p.m.).

A double feature of British actress Sally Anne Howes on Turner Classic Movies has “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” (8 p.m.) and “The Admirable Crichton” (10:45 p.m.). Then comes the 1926 silent “Mare Nostrum” (12:30 a.m.) and the thrillers “Funny Games” (2:30 a.m.) and “The Warped Ones” (4:30 a.m.).

Sunday Night Baseball has Dodgers at Angels (ESPN, 8 p.m.) preceded by the All-Star selection show (ESPN, 7 p.m.). Earlier games include Atlanta at Milwaukee (TBS, 2 p.m.).

Auto racing has the British Grand Prix (ESPN, 9 a.m.), New England Nationals (Fox Sports 1, 1 pm.) and the Iowa Corn 300 (NBC Sports, 2:30 p.m.).

Stage 2 of the Tour de France (NBC Sports, 7:30 p.m.) covers Mouilleron-Saint-Germain to La Roche-sur-Yon.

In golf, final rounds are played in the Greenbrier Classic (Golf, 1 p.m.; CBS, 3 p.m.).

The NBA Summer League has Minnesota vs. Toronto (NBA, 3 p.m.), Washington vs. San Antonio (ESPN2, 3:30 p.m.), Charlotte vs. Miami (NBA, 5 p.m.), Portland vs. Atlanta (ESPN2, 5:30 p.m.), Dallas vs. Milwaukee (NBA, 7 p.m.), Golden State vs. Houston (ESPN2, 7:30 p.m.), Utah vs. New York (NBA, 9 p.m.), Memphis vs. Orlando (ESPN2, 9:30 p.m.), Sacramento vs. Clippers (NBA, 11 p.m.) and Lakers vs. Chicago (ESPN2, 11:30 p.m.).

And there is the Special Olympics USA Games (ABC, 2 p.m.).

Sunday Talk

ABC: Trump adviser Leonard Leo, Sen. Richard Blumenthal, Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani. CBS: Sens. Joni Ernst and Chris Coons, U.S. representative to NATO Bailey Hutchinson. NBC: Sens. Dick Durbin and Roy Blunt, Giuliani. CNN: Giuliani, Sens. Jeff Flake and Doug Jones, Rep. Karen Bass. Fox News: Sen. Lindsey Graham, NARAL president Ilyse Hogue, U.S. representative to NATO Bailey Hutchinson.

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