Sunday TV: ‘Vinyl,’ ‘Girls’ Finales


“Vinyl” (HBO, 9 p.m.) didn’t quite live up to expectations in its first season, largely because Bobby Cannavale’s Richie Finestra turned out to be such a huge annoyance in his flamboyant binges, reckless addictions and wholesale thoughtlessness that could hardly compensate for his occasionally shown ear for music.

There was much to recommend the series, including a number of well drawn side characters and all of the perfectly realized period details. But to have a murder be one of its central dramatic threads seemed to be a tired dramatic device somebody thought necessary for serialized television.

HBO has replaced Terrence Winter as a show runner, throwing next season into unchartered territory (“Cassette” maybe?). And for now, Nasty Bits still has to open for the New York Dolls in the season finale.

A season finale is cobbled together, too, through running the last two episodes of the penultimate season of “Girls” (HBO, 10 and 10:30 p.m.). The excessive narcissism of the central characters is best to take in small doses, though. And Hannah has proven to be almost more of a thoughtless sociopath in recent seasons than Richie Finestra.

George Lopez hosts the 12th TV Land Icon Awards (TV Land, which this year honors John Stamos, Norman Lear, Debbie Allen, Key and Peele and “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.”

A second season starts for the movie franchise turned series “Good Witch” (Hallmark, 9 p.m.).

Adrien Brody guest stars as himself, trying to study how to portray “Dice” (Showtime, 10 p.m.) on the new series.

“Call the Midwife” (PBS, 8 p.m.) has to deal with a typhoid outbreak. But Dottie Minerva gets mono on “Bob’s Burgers” (Fox, 8:30 p.m.).

Some yodeling kid and a small-sized rock band are on “Little Big Shots” (NBC, 8 p.m.).

“Madam Secretary” (CBS, 8 p.m.) delivers a speech to the United Nations general assembly.

Sidney performs an exorcism following an apparent suicide on “Grantchester” (PBS, 9 p.m., check local listings).

“The Real Housewives of Potomac” (Bravo, 8 p.m.) wind up their reunion show.

A third episode of “The Girlfriend Experience” (Starz, 8 p.m.) is on tonight, but all six episodes are also available online for binging.

“Fear the Walking Dead” (AMC, 9 p.m.) throws in with a survivalist group. Then people talk about it on “Talking Dead” (AMC, 10 p.m.).

A war of pranks begins on “The Last Man on Earth” (Fox, 9:30 p.m.).

Katey Sagal may be the last person you’d suspect of having Amish ancestry on “Who Do You Think You Are?” (TLC, 9 p.m.).

“Daniel Tosh: People Pleaser” (Comedy Central, 10 p.m.) is the latest comedy special from the man behind “Tosh 2.0.”

A mobster and a press lord are irked with “Mr. Selfridge” (PBS, 10 p.m.) for his involvement in the Dolly twins’ film.

Adam’s been acting suspiciously on “The Family” (ABC, 9 p.m.).

Alicia and Lucca travel to Toronto to represent an NSA agent on “The Good Wife” (CBS, 9 p.m.).

Marty tries to get some Dungeons & Dragons business on “House of Lies” (Showtime, 9 p.m.).

On a new “Thicker Than Water” (Bravo, 10 p.m.) the Tankards return to Detroit to visit.

A couple of movies featuring Clark Gable at sea are on Turner Classic Movies, with “Mutiny on the Bounty” (8 p.m.) and “Run Silent, Run Deep” (10:30 p.m.).

Stanley Cup Playoffs continue with St. Louis at Chicago (NBC, 3 p.m.), Tampa Bay at Detroit (CNBC, 7 p.m.), Florida at Islanders (NBC Sports, 8 p.m.) and Nashville at Anaheim (NBC Sports, 10:30 p.m.).

NBA playoffs continue with Detroit at Cleveland (ABC,3 p.m.), Charlotte at Miami (TNT, 5:30 p.m.), Memphis at San Antonio (TNT, 8 p.m.) and Portland at Clippers (TNT, 10:30 p.m.).

In pro basketball’s D-League conference finals, it’s Canton at Sioux Falls (ESPNU, 6 p.m.) and L.A. at Austin (ESPNU, 8:30 p.m.).

Baseball today has Detroit at Houston (MLB, 2 p.m.) and San Francisco at Dodgers (ESPN, 8 p.m.).

In golf comes the final round of the Heritage Tournament (CBS, 4:30 p.m.).

Sunday Talk

ABC: Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Paul Manafort, Ken Cuccinelli. CBS: Reince Priebus, Sanders, Dr. Anthony Fauci. NBC: N.C. Gov. Pat McCrory, Priebus, Rep. Debbie Wassermann Schultz. CNN: Sanders, John Kasich, Priebus. Fox News: Fauci, Corey Lewandowski.

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