Sunday TV: New Revival of ‘The L Word’

LwordAnother iteration of the groundbreaking series “The L Word: Generation Q” (Showtime, 10 p.m.) (there was a reality version in the middle, remember?) brings back the original characters Jennifer Beals and Leisha Hailey and Katherine Moenning, who are doing big things like running for mayor, starring in a talk show. The cast has been increased to feature a new group of younger characters who largely serve as their assistants, creating a Los Angeles that is beautiful and seemingly entirely gay.

More realistic maybe is the engaging new comedy “Work in Progress” (Showtime, 10:55 p.m.), co-created and starring Abby McEnany as a self described fat, queer dyke whose life has hit rock bottom but starts looking up when she meets someone new and confronts a comedian who ruined her childhood with the “SNL” character of indeterminate sex, Pat.

Television will be a lesser place without two shows ending their runs tonight. “Silicon Valley” (HBO, 10 p.m.) has long been a sharp satire on the tech world, with a splendid cast and a knack for keeping its story going. The Pied Piper company was always on the verge of implosion, but tonight will prove whether it will thrive or fail.

The other show exiting is “Madam Secretary” (CBS, 10:30 p.m.), starring Tea Leoni as a decent Secretary of State who made the transition to Oval Office while juggling a family. Tonight she starts a new initiative.

Comic fans are pretty excited about the five-hour crossover event that begins tonight on “Supergirl” (CW, 8 p.m.) and will continue on “Batwoman,” “Flash,” “Arrow,” and “Black Lightning” and won’t conclude until the DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” Jan. 14. Kevin Smith will go behind the scenes of the event on the special “Crisis Aftermath 1” (CW, 9 p.m.).

There is scarcely a more outdated concept than the parade known as Miss Universe (Fox, 7 p.m.) presented this year from Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta — where the last Democratic debate was held. Ninety women will parade around in the event where the current president gained most of his foreign affairs knowledge when he owned the pageant from 1996 all the way to 2015, the year before his election. That was also the year host Steve Harvey announced the wrong winner. Harvey hosts again this year.

“America’s Funniest Home Videos” marks its 30th anniversary by looking at its legacy in the special “AFV: America, This is You!” (ABC, 8 p.m.).

Sunday Night Football has Seattle at Rams (NBC, 8:15 p.m.). Earlier games include Washington at Green Bay (Fox, 1 p.m.), Baltimore at Buffalo (CBS, 1 p.m.) and Kansas City at New England (CBS, 4:25 p.m.).

Angela’s mysterious past is explored on the second to last episode of the season on “Watchmen” (HBO, 9 p.m.).

Tom Perrotta has seen his shows being adapted for TV before (“The Leftovers”), but the good thing about “Mrs. Fletcher” (HBO, 10:55 p.m.) which he’s had complete control over is that it tells a succinct  story and ends after tonight’s seventh episode. Kathryn Hahn starred as an empty nest woman who considers getting frisky, even as her son fumbles in college.

Anderson Cooper and Kelly Ripa host the 13th annual “CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribune” (CNN, 8 p.m.) that will celebrate people who have helped their communities.

“Ray Donovan” (Showtime, 8 p.m.) has to finish the mayor’s deal.

Rob hits rock bottom on “Dublin Murders” (Starz, 8 p.m.).

“The Rookie” (ABC, 10 p.m.) accompanies a female serial killer to graves of previously unrecovered victims.

Elliot needs to get back to Washington Township on “Mr. Robot” (USA, 10 p.m.).

Cynthia opens a wine cellar on “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” (Bravo, 8 p.m.).

On “Shameless” (Showtime, 9 p.m.), Frank has a new scheme.

Siblings are a topic on “Kids Say the Darnedest Things” (ABC, 9 p.m.).

In yet another holiday romance, a rich Frenchman meets a woman in Montana and takes her to a “Christmas in Paris” (Up, 7 p.m.). It stars Rebecca Dalton, Karl E. Landler and Daphne Zuniga.

Danica McKellar and Niall Matter are the featured couple in “Christmas at Dollywood” (Hallmark, 8 p.m.) but its star, of course, is Dolly Parton.

It plays opposite Alison Sweeney and Lucas Bryant in “Home for Christmas” (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 8 p.m.).

In “Grounded for Christmas” (Lifetime, 8 p.m.) Julianna Guill and Corey Sevier play a couple of pilots stuck in Cleveland.

Christmas traditions are served up on “Holidays Unwrapped” (Disney, 8 p.m.).

And holidays contests abound on “Kids Baking Championship” (Food, 8 p.m.), “Holiday Wars” (Food, 9 p.m.), “Holiday Gingerbread Showdown” (Food, 10 p.m.),

A Christmas double feature on Turner Classic Movies has “It Happened on 5th Avenue” (8 p.m.) and “The Holly and the Ivy” (10:15 p.m.). They are followed by the silent “Within Our Gates” (midnight) and “Something Different” (2 a.m.) by the Czech director Vera Chytilova.

In hockey, it’s Rangers at Vegas (NHL, 7 p.m.).

College football has its playoff selection show (ESPN, noon).

Men’s college basketball includes Houston at South Carolina (ESPNU, noon), Wichita State at Oklahoma State (ESPNU, 2 p.m.), Texas vs. Texas A&M (ABC, 3 p.m.), St. Mary’s vs. Dayton (ESPNU, 4 p.m.), Buffalo at DePaul (Fox Sports 1, 5 p.m.), Grand Canyon vs. Liberty (ESPNU, 6:30 p.m.), Gonzaga at Washington (ESPN2, 7 p.m.) and Seton Hall at Iowa State (ESPN2, 9 p.m.).

Women’s games include Texas at Tennessee (ESPN2, 2 p.m.) and Notre Dame at Connecticut (ESPN, 4 p.m.).

Golf has the second day of its Father/Son Challenge (Golf, 11 a.m.; NBC, noon).

Sunday Talk

ABC: Reps. Zoe Lofgren and Matt Gaetz, Sen. Cory Booker. CBS: Reps. Adam Schiff and Mark Meadows, national security adviser Robert O’Brien. NBC: Reps. Jerrold Nadler and Denny Heck, Sen. Ted Cruz. CNN: Meadows, Nadler, Rep. Joseph Neguse. Fox News: Defense Secretary Mark Esper, Rep. David Cicilline.

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