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'Devs' features murder, mystery in high-tech world

Posted 3/5/20

By Kevin McDonough

Do we worship technology? A murder mystery miniseries thriller set in the high-tech wonderland of Northern California, "Devs" begins streaming on Hulu today. It's actually from FX. More on that later.

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'Devs' features murder, mystery in high-tech world

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By Kevin McDonough

Do we worship technology? A murder mystery miniseries thriller set in the high-tech wonderland of Northern California, "Devs" begins streaming on Hulu today. It's actually from FX. More on that later.

Created, written and directed by Alex Garland ("Ex Machina"), "Devs" projects an austere beauty. Sonoya Mizuno stars as Lily Chan, a computer engineer for Amaya, a quantum computing firm set on a glorious campus that more resembles a religious shrine than a corporate park. A giant statue of a young girl towers over the landscape, an image more haunting than inspiring.

Nick Offerman ("Parks & Recreation") stars as Forest, the CEO and literal guru of Amaya. He's given to grand pronouncements about the nature of life, time and reality. The series' title is taken from the Devs project, the most secret and far-reaching of Amaya's many ventures. Just what goes on behind the doors of its temple-like headquarters appears beyond the understanding of mere mortals.

The action begins when Lily's boyfriend, Sergei (Karl Glusman), is hired by the Devs division and vanishes after his first day on the job. It wouldn't be right to reveal more, but on the surface, at least, there are few mysteries about the nature of Sergei's disappearance. But the reasons behind it and the secrets of the project that he detected remain opaque.

Long on atmosphere, "Devs" will have you wondering not so much about what just happened, but what the heck it all means.

"Devs" marks the first venture for FX/Hulu that will stream exclusively on Hulu. (And not appear on FX at all!) I told you it was a mystery.

Look for the first two episodes to stream today and new "Devs" to arrive every Thursday thereafter.

• Meanwhile, on regular old terrestrial FX, "Better Things" (10 p.m., TV-MA) returns, starring Pamela Adlon as a working mother of a certain age making her way in a Hollywood milieu.

• The short-form sketch comedy anthology series "Cake" (10 p.m., FXX, TV-MA) returns for a second season.

• What passes for funny in Finland? Sundance Now begins streaming "Idiomatic," a comedy about a young couple (she's Finnish; he's Swedish) united by love (or at least lust), but divided by language. The 10-episode series is made more binge-able by the fact that each installment clocks in at 21 minutes.

TONIGHT'S OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

• Missing narcotics raise suspicions on "Station 19" (8 p.m., ABC, TV-14).

• Kyle crams for his exams on "Last Man Standing" (8 p.m., Fox, TV-PG).

• Charlie reaches out on "Deputy" (9 p.m., Fox, TV-14).

• Big decisions on "Grey's Anatomy" (9 p.m., ABC, TV-14).

• Fighting City Hall on "Tommy" (10 p.m., CBS, TV-14).

• Fading memories on "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (10 p.m., NBC, r, TV-14).

• Eddie's sister stirs the pot on "A Million Little Things" (10 p.m., ABC, TV-13).

CULT CHOICE

TCM dedicates the day to films starring Kirk Douglas, including two directed by Stanley Kubrick: "Paths of Glory" (8 p.m., TV-PG) and "Spartacus" (9:45 p.m., TV-PG).

SERIES NOTES

Copycats on "Young Sheldon" (8 p.m., CBS, TV-PG) * Playing favorites on "Superstore" (8 p.m., NBC, r, TV-14) * Fighting for fashion on "Katy Keene" (8 p.m., CW, TV-PG) * Wade doesn't "do" casual on "The Unicorn" (8:30 p.m., CBS, TV-PG) * A period of adjustment on "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (8:30 p.m., NBC, TV-14) * There's no success like failure on "Outmatched" (8:30 p.m., Fox, TV-14) * Bonnie distrusts Adam's sponsor on "Mom" (9 p.m., CBS, TV-14) * Dangerous liaisons on "Will & Grace" (9 p.m., NBC, TV-14) * Nothing says lovin' like something from the coven on "Legacies" (9 p.m., CW, r, TV-PG) * Taking things slow on "Carol's Second Act" (9:30 p.m., CBS, TV-PG) * Spoiled grandchildren on "Indebted" (9:30 p.m., NBC, TV-14).

LATE NIGHT

Judith Heumann is booked on "The Daily Show With Trevor Noah" (11 p.m., Comedy Central) * Marshawn Lynch appears on "Conan" (11 p.m., TBS, TV-14) * Brian Kiley, Jen Kirkman and Preacher Lawson are expected on "Lights Out With David Spade" (11:30 p.m., Comedy Central) * Jimmy Fallon welcomes Daniel Craig, Whitney Cummings and Puss N Boots on "The Tonight Show" (11:35 p.m., NBC) * Eric Andre and Phantogram appear on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" (11:35 p.m., ABC) * Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, James Taylor and Glen Sobel visit "Late Night With Seth Meyers" (12:35 a.m., NBC) * Liv Tyler, Norman Reedus and Blackbear appear on "The Late Late Show With James Corden" (12:35 a.m., CBS).

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