Also on Sunday: Elba’s ‘Luther’ is Back

luther-idris-elba-wunmi-mosaku-1545406227Idris Elba returns, after a four year break, to his role as rules-bending London detective John “Luther” (BBC America, 8 p.m.) for a fifth season that again is full of high tension and a weird mask-wearing serial killer, with more than a few twists and surprises along the way. There’s little need for commitment – the season is only four episodes long.

Zachary Quinto stars as an immortal ghoul who feeds on the souls of children and deposits the remains into his own twisted Christmasland in the dark new series “NOS4A2” (AMC, 10 p.m.) – Nosferatu as a vanity plate!  Stephen King’s son Joe Hill adapts his own 2013 novel into the series which also star Ashleigh Cummings as a young artist on a motorbike who may be the one person able to stop him. It comes after the fifth season premiere of the spinoff “Fear the Walking Dead” (AMC, 9 p.m.), now in a new locale.

For those addicted to “The Daily,” the New York Times’ daily podcast, will soon find out that the new TV series from the Times, “The Weekly” (FX, 10 p.m.) is instead a half-hour documentary approach to some of the stories it’s already covering (I can’t imagine how cumbersome it must be for reporters already trying to uncover touchy stories to drag along a fancy documentary crew while they’re at it). Some are stories that have already been in the paper — such as the NYC taxi medallion malady. Tonight’s is about a Louisiana school that schemed to get its students into Ivy League college. Glossy and slick, it frankly looks like some of the reports on “Vice.”

How many new shows can get lost in the mix? The new “American Princess” (Lifetime, 8 p.m.) stars Georgia Flood as a New York socialite who joins a Renaissance Fair when her wedding plans fail. It’s from comedian Jamie Denbo (“Terriers”) and its producers include Jenji Kohan (“Weeds,” “Orange is the New Black”).

The agreeable Canadian import “Burden of Truth” (CW, 8 p.m.) with Kristin Kreuk returns for a second season, with her attorney character looking into an internet privacy case.

E! has introduced us to a long line of tiresome people (Hello, “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” (E!, 9 p.m.). The latest are Natalie Halcro and Olivia Pierson, in “Relatively Nat & Liv” (E!, 10 p.m.). They’re a pair of Canadian cousins who became social influencers and would-be fashionistas under a whole lot of makeup and apparent surgical retooling.

Jon Taffer of “Bar Rescue” turns his attention on fixing couples on the new “Marriage Rescue” (Paramount, 10 p.m.).

Jeff and Reagan try to move on after their marriage fails on the second season premiere of “Southern Charm New Orleans” (Bravo, 9 p.m.).

Is there a crossover possibility? “The Real Housewives of Potomac” (Bravo, 8 p.m.) are going to New Orleans as well.

Game 2 of the NBA Finals gets another prime time showcase with Golden State at Toronto (ABC, 8 p.m.).

Back in its old time slot, I encourage you to watch “Deadwood: The Movie” (HBO, 9 p.m.) that premiered Friday.

A second season of the news show “Axios” (HBO, 6 and 11:30 p.m.) begins with an interview with the reclusive Jared Kushner.

Probably not as entertaining as a new episode of “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” (HBO, 11 p.m.).

Newly bearded Ted Cruz tries to remake Stephen Miller on a new episode of “Our Cartoon President” (Showtime, 8 p.m.).

Wendy weighs her options on “Billions” (Showtime, 9 p.m.).

The 75th anniversary of D-Day is marked in the two hour special “D-Day: The Untold Stories” (History, 9 p.m.).

“When Calls the Heart” (Hallmark, 9 p.m.) has its Founders Day Festival.

Emma meets a charming stranger on the first of two new episodes of “Vida” (Starz, 9 p.m.) — this new season will be over in a flash.

On “The Chi” (Showtime, 10 p.m.), Ronnie spirals out of control.

A man moves his family from the suburbs to central Washington state on the new series “Raising Wild” (Discovery, 10 p.m.).

A double feature of films with Alice Faye and Don Ameche on Turner Classic Movies has “That Night in Rio” (8 p.m.) and “You Can’t Have Everything” (10 p.m.). Then comes the silent “The Better ‘Ole” (midnight) and two from Australian director Peter Weir: “The Cars That Ate Paris” (2 a.m.) and “The Plumber” (3:45 a.m.).

Baseball includes Cubs at St. Louis (MLB, 2 p.m.) and Boston at Yankees (ESPN, 7 p.m.).

Soccer’s FIFA U-20 World Cup has Italy vs. Poland (Fox Sports 2, 11:30 a.m.) and Colombia vs. New Zealand (Fox Sports 2, 2:30 p.m.).

The French Open (Tennis, 5 a.m.; NBC, 11:30 a.m.) reaches its round of 16.

Auto racing includes the Pocono 400 (Fox Sports 1, 2 p.m.) the Detroit Grand Prix Race 2 (NBC, 3:30 p.m.) and the Route 66 Nationals (Fox Sports 1, 5:30 p.m.).

Final rounds are played in the Memorial (Golf, noon; CBS, 2:30 p.m.) and the U.S. Women’s Open (Fox, 2 p.m.).

Bowling has its PBA championship (Fox, 12:30 p.m.).

And the X Games (ESPN2, midnight) continue in Shanghai.

Sunday Talk

ABC: Reps. Adam Schiff and Jim Jordan, Sen. Michael Bennet, Iranian foreign minister Javad Zarif. CBS: Sens. Mark Warner, Joe Manchon and John Kennedy, British Foreign Secretary Hunt. NBC: Beto O’Rourke, acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe. CNN: Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan, Reps. James Cleburne and Seth Moulton. Fox News: Mulvaney, Rep. Doug Collins.

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