Sunday TV: ‘Rent’ is Latest Live TV Musical

Rent LiveVanessa Hudgens, Broadway’s Brandon Victor Dixon, Tinashe and Valentina from “RuPaul’s Drag Race” all are featured in the latest live musical production for a network. This production of Jonathan Larson’s “Rent” (Fox, 8 p.m.) is directed with the help of the original production, Michael Grief, a variation of Puccini’s “La Bohème” set in 1980s New York, and featuring the enduring song “Seasons of Love.”

The 25th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (TBS, TNT, 8 p.m.) from the Shrine Auditorium, hosted by Megan Mullally, is the one awards show that salutes ensembles as well as individuals – most of whom also have Oscar nominations. TV will be honored as well as movies. Nominated for best TV ensembles are “The Americans,” “Better Call Saul,” “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “Ozark” and “This is Us.” For comedies: “Atlanta,” “Barry,” “GLOW,” “The Kominsky Method” and “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.”

Alan Alda will receive a SAG Life Achievement Award at the event; past winners are still being saluted on Turner Classic Movies, up until showtime with Elizabeth Taylor in “The Last Time I Saw Paris” (6 a.m.), Kirk Douglas in “Along the Great Divide” (8 a.m.), Sidney Poitier and Ruby Dee in “A Raisin in the Sun” (9:45 a.m.), James Garner and Julie Andrews in “The Americanization of Emily” (noon), Dick Van Dyke in in “Bye Bye Birdie” (2:15 p.m.), Debbie Reynolds in “The Mating Game” (4:15 p.m.) and Alan Alda in “California Suite” (6 p.m.).

It made the shortlist for Best Documentary Oscar nomination this year (but not the nomination itself), but “Three Identical Strangers” (CNN, 9 p.m.), the story about three identical triplets separated at birth, will get its widest audience tonight in its cable debut.

The 1947 Black Dahlia case still hovers over Los Angeles and even in the period piece “I Am the Night” (TNT, 10 p.m.) set in the 1960s, which starts tonight with a sneak peek episode. Chris Pine and India Eisley star in the six-episode limited series, directed by Patty Jenkins (“Wonder Woman”).

“The Circus: Inside the Wildest Political Show on Earth” (Showtime, 8 p.m.) returns for its fourth season just as the government shutdown ends.

On “True Detective” (HBO, 9 p.m.), the two try to find a connection to the church and, later, there’s a monumental vigilante confrontation.

“Black Monday” (Showtime, 10 p.m.) is certainly one of the funniest Wall Street shows in a while.

A battle between the Highlanders and the indigenous is an unromantic way to end the season for “Outlander” (Starz, 8 p.m.).

A splendid romance blooms on “Crashing” (HBO, 10:10 p.m.) and Pete plays a temple.

There may be way too many of these shows on now as a special episode of “American Ninja Warrior” (NBC, 9 p.m.) puts U.S. winners verses those internationally.

There is fallout, probably, on the result of the first eviction Friday on “Celebrity Big Brother” (CBS, 8 p.m.).

“NCIS: Los Angeles” (CBS, 9 p.m.) looks for a terrorist cell in Los Angeles.

Fiona is finally losing it on “Shameless” (Showtime, 9 p.m.).

Few series take on actual U.S. foreign policy more directly than “Madam Secretary” (CBS, 10 p.m.), where Syrian children are killed by an American-made cluster bomb tonight.

Nia goes home to attend its Harvest Festival on “Supergirl” (CW, 8 p.m.).

A stolen bicycle leads to some reactions on “High Maintenance” (HBO, 10:40 p.m.).

Some of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” (Bravo, 8 p.m.) take offense at a comment made by Nene.

In lieu of any other NFL games, here’s the Pro Bowl (ESPN, 3 p.m.).

Basketball includes Milwaukee at Oklahoma City (ESPN, 6 p.m.).

Men’s college basketball includes Georgetown at St. John’s (Fox, noon), DePaul at Providence (Fox Sports 1, noon), Cincinnati at Temple (CBS Sports, noon), Michigan State at Purdue (CBS, 1 p.m.), Indiana State at Illinois State (CBS Sports, 2 p.m.), Seton Hall at Villanova (Fox, 2:30 p.m.), Central Florida at Memphis (CBS Sports, 4 p.m.), Southern Illinois at Loyola Chicago (ESPNU, 4 p.m.), Iowa at Minnesota (Fox Sports 1, 5 p.m.), Florida State at Miami (ESPNU, 6 p.m.) and Washington State at Oregon (ESPNU, 8 p.m.).

Women’s games include Saint Joseph’s at Dayton (ESPNU, noon), Alabama at Georgia (ESPNU, 2 p.m.), DePaul at Xavier (Fox Sports 2, 2 p.m.) and Central Florida at Connecticut (ESPN2, 4 p.m.).

Golf has the final round of the Farmers Insurance Open (Golf, 1 p.m.; CBS, 3 p.m.).

Soccer has Panama at U.S. (ESPN2, 8 p.m.) in an international men’s friendly.

In the U.S. figure skating championships (NBC, 3:30 p.m.) it’s the men’s free skate.

The X Games (ESPN2, 2 p.m.; ESPN, 8:30 p.m.) has free style skiing this afternoon and snowboarding and snow bike tonight.

Sunday Talk

ABC: Roger Stone, Rep. Adam Schiff. CBS: Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, Sens. Joe Minchin and Susan Collins, El Paso mayor Dee Margo, New London mayor Michael Passero. NBC: Reps. Kevin McCarthy and Hakeem Jeffries, Sen. Marco Rubio. CNN: Rubio, Julian Castro, Jerome Corsi. Fox News: Mulvaney, Minchin, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, Sen. Roy Blunt.

 

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