By Kevin McDonough
Based on a graphic novel, the 2019 thriller "The Kitchen" (8 p.m. Saturday, HBO, TV-MA) stars Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish and Elisabeth Moss as the wives of mobsters who take up the business of violent crime after their …
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Based on a graphic novel, the 2019 thriller "The Kitchen" (8 p.m. Saturday, HBO, TV-MA) stars Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish and Elisabeth Moss as the wives of mobsters who take up the business of violent crime after their husbands are sent to prison. Not even this strong ensemble cast could save "The Kitchen" from bad reviews and terrible box office.
Moss has been terrifically busy of late, starring as a dysfunctional rocker in the 2018 drama "Her Smell," a tipsy housewife in Jordan Peele's 2019 shocker "Us," and the center of the psychological thriller/horror movie "The Invisible Man," which has just migrated from movie theaters to video-on-demand due to the pandemic. Those are just some of her better-received projects over the past three years, a time when she has still been starring in "A Handmaid's Tale," streaming on Hulu. "Her Smell" and "Us" can be streamed on Hulu as well.
• The edgy news magazine "Vice" (8 p.m. Sunday, Showtime, TV-MA) returns to prime time, having moved from HBO to Showtime. It maintains its focus on covering out-of-the-way stories in dangerous locations, challenging viewers to think about events occurring in places other than the United States.
This first installment travels to Syria and interviews women formerly held as prisoners by ISIS.
American television news coverage remains almost absurdly indifferent to any stories not taking place on our shores. This at a time when Americans are militarily involved in more foreign countries than ever and when we are increasingly economically interdependent on other countries.
This is hardly a new problem. Back in the early days of CNN, its founder, Ted Turner, strived to put emphasis on "international" news, to little avail.
America's self-regard did not even begin with television. In his classic 1961 account "The Press," writer A.J. Liebling observed that without the rivalry between the newspapers The New York Times and the New York Herald Tribune, work for foreign correspondents would all but vanish. He then joked that the financial health of a few department store advertisers were all that stood between a world power and total ignorance of the international scene.
Liebling died in 1963, and the Herald Tribune departed in 1966. His words still have a familiar ring.
• As if life in lockdown wasn't surreal enough. "Beef House" (12:15 a.m. late Sunday, Cartoon Network, TV-MA), the newest spoof from Tim and Eric, debuts. A strange parody of sitcom conventions, "Beef House" has Tim (Tim Heidecker) and Eric (Eric Wareheim), a gaggle of misfits and Eric's wife, Megan, (Jamie-Lynn Sigler,"The Sopranos") sharing one home. Complications ensue when Tim's hardscrabble Army buddy decides to camp out in the living room and remind everybody that he was Megan's high school sweetheart! You can only imagine the damper this puts on Eric's elaborate Easter egg hunt! Featuring extreme situations, awkward edits and deranged characters, "Beef House" packs a lot of nervous laughter in its 15 minutes.
Also debuting in the Cartoon Network's Adult Swim bloc, "Three Busy Debras" (midnight late Sunday) stars Sandy Honig, Mitra Jouhari and Alyssa Stonoha as three cluelessly affluent women from the happy town of Lemoncurd, Connecticut. Owing as much to experimental theater as TV parody, "Three" often has the Debras delivering their strange dialogue (and monologues) to no one in particular.
A savage sendup of suburban affluence and indifference turbocharged in the age of the selfie, "Three Busy Debras" is as bizarre as "Beef House," but laced with much more anger.
• Jay Leno hosts "Garth Brooks: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song" (9:30 p.m. Sunday, PBS, TV-PG, check local listings), featuring appearances by Trisha Yearwood, Keith Urban, Ricky Skaggs, Chris Stapleton, Keb' Mo', Lee Brice and more.
• The voices of Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake animate the 2016 comedy "Trolls" (8 p.m., NBC, TV-PG).
• A woman who lost her baby becomes obsessed with a celebrity family in the 2020 shocker "A Mother Knows Worst" (8 p.m., Lifetime, TV-14).
• A freelancer lands an interview with a famous author in the 2020 romance "Just My Type" (9 p.m., Hallmark, TV-G).
• Scheduled on "60 Minutes" (7 p.m., CBS): New York's soaring rate of COVID-19 infections; feelings of shame and vulnerability in a time of contagion.
• Ryan Seacrest hosts "American Idol" (8 p.m., ABC, TV-PG).
• "Call the Midwife" (8 p.m., PBS, TV-14, check local listings) enters its ninth season on a theme that may be too topical for some: A diphtheria outbreak tests the limits of a community and its nurses.
• The rebellion boils over on "Outlander" (8 p.m., Starz, TV-MA).
• A teen enrolls at a private school to get back at the birth mother who abandoned her in the 2020 shocker "Remember Me, Mommy?" (8 p.m., Lifetime, TV-14).
• A traumatized Zoey loses her gift on "Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist" (9 p.m., NBC, TV-14).
• Elton John hosts "Fox Presents the iHeart Living Room Concert for America" (9 p.m., Fox) featuring performances from Billie Eilish, Alicia Keys, Mariah Carey, Tim McGraw, Backstreet Boys, Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong and others filmed remotely from their own homes.
• Reflections of the way life used to be on "Westworld" (9 p.m., HBO, TV-MA).
• Carrie bides her time on "Homeland" (9 p.m., Showtime, TV-MA).
• Ruby faces new dangers on "Good Girls" (10 p.m., NBC, TV-14).
• A rush to locate Chen on "The Rookie" (10 p.m., ABC, r, TV-14).
• Blair's gain puts Dawn in a tough spot on "Black Monday" (10 p.m., Showtime, TV-MA).
A reporter's quest to discover the meaning of a media mogul's (Orson Welles) dying words proves to be tough sledding in the 1941 drama "Citizen Kane" (8 p.m. Sunday, TCM, TV-PG).
Middle Eastern tensions boil over on "NCIS: Los Angeles" (8 p.m., CBS, r, TV-14) * Will Arnett hosts "Lego Masters" (8 p.m., Fox, r, TV-PG) * Socks soar on "Shark Tank" (8 p.m., ABC, r, TV-PG) * Hanging up on Yemen on "SEAL Team" (9 p.m., CBS, r, TV-14) * Memory loss on "9-1-1" (9 p.m., Fox, r, TV-14) * Ryan Seacrest hosts "American Idol" (9 p.m., ABC, r, TV-PG) * A vintage helping of "Saturday Night Live" (10 p.m., NBC, r, TV-14).
Miles doesn't want to be a human guinea pig on "God Friended Me" (8 p.m., CBS, TV-PG) * "The Wall" (8 p.m., NBC, TV-PG) * Limited screen time on "The Simpsons" (8 p.m., Fox, r, TV-PG) * An old villain tries new tricks on "Batwoman" (8 p.m., CW, r, TV-14) * Nell faces the future on "NCIS: Los Angeles" (9 p.m., CBS, TV-14) * Lex lures Lena on "Supergirl" (9 p.m., CW, r, TV-PG) * A working stiff on "NCIS: New Orleans" (10 p.m., CBS, TV-14).
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