A new CBS series follows the fallout of a fictional officer-involved shooting. And “J.T. Leroy,” with Kristen Stewart and Laura Dern, is available to rent online.
What’s on TV
THE RED LINE 8 p.m. on CBS. The lives of three families converge after an officer-involved shooting in this new series, which was created by the playwright Caitlin Parrish and counts Ava Duvernay among its executive producers. The death of Harrison Brennan (Corey Reynolds), a doctor who is black and who gets mistaken for someone robbing a convenience store, leads to grief and anger from Brennan’s husband (Noah Wyle) and their adopted daughter, Jira (Aliyah Royale). It also leads Jira to reconnect with her biological mother (Emayatzy Corinealdi), a rising politician on the opposite side of the city, as Paul Evans (Noel Fisher), the white police officer who was involved with the shooting, grapples with his role in Brennan’s death.
THE REDEMPTION PROJECT WITH VAN JONES 9 p.m. on CNN. This new documentary series follows victims or family members of victims of serious crimes who meet with the crime’s perpetrators as part of restorative justice processes. Van Jones hosts. Also on CNN Sunday night, Season 4 of UNITED SHADES OF AMERICA WITH W. KAMAU BELL debuts at 10 p.m., with Bell visiting megachurches.
J.T. LEROY (2019) Rent on Amazon, Google Play, iTunes and Vudu. In the early 2000s, JT LeRoy became a cult figure and star writer after the release of “Sarah,” a novel that bore LeRoy’s name and was marketed as a masked memoir. We now know LeRoy didn’t exist — the author was the invention of the Brooklyn writer Laura Albert — but before the hoax fell apart, Savannah Knoop, a 20-something who had agreed to take part in the ruse, posed as the writer for public appearances. Kristen Stewart plays Knoop, opposite Laura Dern (Albert). The script, written by Knoop and Justin Kelly (who also directs), focuses on Knoop and Albert as they try to maintain the secret. In her review for The New York Times, Manohla Dargis wrote that the movie is “sympathetic and, for the most part, unsentimental.”
CHAMBERS Stream on Netflix. A high schooler’s heart transplant comes with spooky strings attached in this series. Set in Arizona, the story centers on Sasha (Sivan Alyra Rose), a Native American high schooler who receives the heart of a wealthy girl, Becky (Lilliya Scarlett Reid). As the heart beats on, Sasha begins to have frightening visions of Becky. The series falls into the category of socially conscious satirical horror associated with likes of Jordan Peele — but in his review for The Times, Mike Hale wrote that the show lacks the bite of its apparent idols. The series manages “to maintain a downbeat, claustrophobic mood and make some interesting use of the Southwestern desert locations,” Hale wrote, “which might have been enough to sustain the B-grade feature ‘Chambers’ should have been.”