Sunday TV: New ‘Snowpiercer,’ ‘Hightown’

SNowpiercerFirst adapted from a French graphic novel by “Parasite” director Bong Joon Ho for his 2014 film, the new TV series of “Snowpiercer” (TNT, 9 p.m.) has the same elaborate dystopia set up: a 1,000 car train circling a frozen, unlivable earth with the wealthy in luxury cars up front, and the poor packed together and barely surviving in the end. But here, the class struggle on wheels gets that TV treatment that requires a detective solving a murder. Still, it’s kind of fascinating; Daveed Diggs has his best TV role yet as the former cop straddling two worlds and Jennifer Connelly portrays a train official who needs his help.

One might think the Cape Cod oasis of Provincetown awash in a drug underworld from watching the complicated new drama “Hightown” (Starz, 8 p.m.) that is set there. Monica Raymond stars as a National Marine Fisheries Service agent who is drawn into deeper drug and homicide investigations when she finds a dead body wash up on the shore. There’s a kaleidoscope of accents and tough stories and a lot of outdoor urination in the pilot (with public bathrooms used only for drug use).

“American Idol” (ABC, 8 p.m.) ends its coronavirus-rattled season with a big finale and probably no confetti. It’s followed by “Taylor Swift: City of Lover Concert” (ABC, 10 p.m.), filmed in Paris last September.

The final two chapters of the popular 10-part Michael Jordan documentary “The Last Dance” (ESPN, 9 p.m.) are played.

Cate Blanchett is a pet psychologist on the season finale of “The Simpsons” (Fox, 8 p.m.).

On the season finale of “Call the Midwife” (PBS, 8 p.m., check local listings), Sister Julienne seeks council funding to keep the Nonnatus House open.

Duncan runs against his crush on the season finale of “Duncanville” (Fox, 8:30 p.m.).

“Supergirl” (CW, 9 p.m.) works with Lena to stop Lex on the season finales

“Batwoman” (CW, 8 p.m.) loses hold on her henchmen in the season finale.

America’s funniest videos were already done at home before the all the sheltering in place, so it must be easy to create the special “AFV@Home” (ABC, 7 p.m.), even if Alfonso Ribeiro has to host from home.

Harry has a second chance of saving Kasia from Warsaw in the series finale of “World on Fire” (PBS, 9 p.m., check local listings).

Maybe our time of sky-high unemployment is not time to start a series called “An American Aristocrat’s Guide to Great Estates” (Smithsonian, 9 p.m.). It follows the second season of “Private Lives of the Monarchs” (Smithsonian, 8 p.m.).

Candace Cameron Bure revive her detective character in the new film “Aurora Teagarden Mysteries: Heist and Seek” (Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 9 p.m.).

On the made for TV thriller “The Au Pair Nightmare” (Lifetime, 8 p.m.), Brytnee Ratledge plays a new nanny who stumbles into the secrets of the couple that hired her.

John O’Hurley and David Frei host the 2020 Beverly Hills Dog Show (NBC, 8 p.m.), recorded in February.

“Beverly Hills 90210: Behind Closed Doors” (Reelz, 8 p.m.) examines the old series, hosted by Natalie Morales.

The shaggy dog tale “Run” (HBO, 10:30 p.m.) now has a detective on the case.

Issa tries to commit random acts of positivity on “Insecure” (HBO, 10 p.m.).

On “Penny Dreadful: City of Angels” (Showtime, 10 p.m.), Lewis seeks help from a gangster.

The media begins swarming the crime scene on “I Know This Much is True”  (HBO, 9 p.m.).

Chuck puts Wendy in an awkward position on “Billions” (Showtime, 9 p.m.).

On “Married to Medicine: Los Angeles” (Bravo, 9 p.m.), Dr. Walker’s husband opens a cannibis dispensary.

Lyn throws Marcos a big double-30 Queerceañera on “Vida” (Starz, 9 p.m.).

This week’s episode of “Killing Eve” (BBC America, AMC, 9 p.m.) is titled “End of Game,” but it probably isn’t.

A brother and sister take on “The Wall” (NBC, 10 p.m.).

“The Real Housewives of Atlanta” (Bravo, 8 p.m.), Britten and Kendra bond over their backgrounds.

Cassie goes to an estate sale on “Good Witch” (Hallmark, 9 p.m.).

There’s a new “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” (HBO, 11 p.m.), right on time for a change.

Actor Danny Aiello, who died in December at 86, finally gets a tribute on Turner Classic Movies with “The Purple Rose of Cairo” (8 p.m.) and “Moonstruck” (9:45 p.m.). It’s followed by the silent “Shoes” (midnight) and Roger Vadim’s “Don Juan (Or if Don Juan Were a Woman)” (2 a.m.), followed by the documentary “Vadim Mister Cool” (3:45 a.m.).

Sports return gingerly with the TaylorMade Driving Relief Golf Tournament (Golf, NBC Sports, 2 p.m.) from Florida, and NASCAR’s Darlington 400 (Fox, 3:30 p.m.), the first auto race in two months.

Sunday Talk

ABC: Sen. Bernie Sanders, White House trade adviser Peter Navarro. CBS: Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Gary Gohn, former FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb, Feeding America CEO Claire Babineaux-Fontenot. NBC: Navarro, Dr. Tom Inglesby. CNN: Azar, Sen. Ron Johnson, Govs. Gavin Newsom and Mike DeWine. Fox News: Colorado Gov. Jared Polis, Mohamed El-Erian, former CDC director Tom Frieden.

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