“Masterpiece: Poldark” debut, 9 p.m., PBS (check local listings).
Fresh from the
Revolutionary War, Ross Poldark returns to the Cornwall countryside.
The land is gorgeous (as is he); the life is not. Poldark is still a
property-owner, but he has little money, his mine has closed ... and
his loved one, thinking he's dead, has married someone else.
“Poldark” is the
sweeping story of a rugged individual in a confined society. First
filmed in 1975, it's been remade with modern filming and budgets. The
result is visually stunning, with a top cast. Aidan Turner (the
vampire in the British “Being Human”) stars with Helda Reed and
“A.D.” and “American Odyssey,” 9 and 10 p.m., NBC.
The new Emperor
Caligula has quickly found the Jewish people's breaking point; when
he sends his statue to the Temple, there's quick resistance.
Meanwhile, Christian disciples remain firm and even have their first
Roman convert, Cornelius.
nears its conclusion, with Odelle, Luc andAslan enjoying a respite.
It won't last; in the U.S., where most people thought she was dead,
Peter and Harrison separately gather information.
ALTERNATIVE: “Anne Frank's Holocaust,” 9-11 p.m., National
From her earliest
years, we're told here, Anne Frank stood out. She was “a spicy
little girl, a really clever little girl,” one friend says. She was
“very vivacious,” another says; “she loved to talk, she liked
to be seen and heard.” Her fame would arrive when she became the
individual face of a mass tragedy.
This deeply detailed
documentary has the full sweep of the Holocaust, but it uses Frank
and her family for a focal point. It rages at the fact that the Nazis
continued their death camps, even when they'd lost the war; it
marvels at the concidences that would allow Frank's diary, father and
friends to survive.
ALTERNATIVE II: “The Brink” debut (10:30 p.m.) and more, HBO.
Alex (Jack Black) is
a low-level American official in Pakistan. Unambitious – you
probably guessed that when you heard “Jack Black” -- he just
wants to buy some pot; then he bumps into a protest, takes shelter in
his driver's home ... and becomes a key contact, as a global war
Here is a dark
comedy in the “Dr. Strangelove” style ... and the final piece of
HBO's summer Sunday line-up. At 9 p.m. is the start of a new “True
Detective” series, this time with Vince Vaughn and Colin Farrell;
at 10 is “Ballers,” with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as a
Golf, 2-10:30 p.m.
ET, Fox. The U.S. Open concludes, causing other Fox shows to get a
week off (“The Simpsons,” etc.) or move to Fox Sports 1 (Women's
Feud” debut, 8 and 8:30 p.m., ABC. Viewers know Toni Braxton and
her sisters from reality-TV; mostly, they know Anthony Anderson from
his fictional “Black-ish” family. Now Anderson and his real
family (mom, brother, sister-in-law, aunt) face the Braxtons. Steve
Harvey hosts; the second half-hour has actress Monica Potter and chef
Curtis Stone, with their families.
debut, 9 p.m., ABC. Our finest techno-minds have been at work,
building robots to battle each other in this series.
“The Good Wife,”
9 p.m., CBS. Alicia again battles Louis Canning (Michael J. Fox).
This time, it's in a college rape case that goes from a university
hearing to civil court.
“The Last Ship”
season-opener, 9 and 10 p.m., TNT. Last season, a Navy ship was a
floating free zone, untouched by the virus that had spread globally.
A doctor found a cure ... but also found officials unwilling to use
it. Now crew members join an underground movement.
Field,” 10 p.m., PBS (check local listings). Two British nurses are
unprepared for the horrors of working in a tented hospital on the
French coast, early in World War I. This stars Suranne Jones and Oona
Chaplin ... who has show-business roots. Her mom (Geraldine Chaplin)
starred in “Doctor Zhivago”; her grandfather and
great-grandfather were Charlie Chaplin and Eugene O'Neill.