What’s on TV
THE WEEKLY 10 p.m. on FX. The debut episode of this TV show from The New York Times centers on an article by Erica L. Green and Katie Benner about a school in rural Louisiana that took advantage of racial stereotypes in applications and falsified transcripts to send underprivileged students to elite colleges. Green and Benner are two of the more than 30 reporters featured in the first season of “The Weekly,” which looks at one article each week, going behind the scenes for reporting in the United States and around the world. Some episodes later in the season focus on New York City taxi medallions, immigration and terrorism.
LUTHER 8 p.m. on BBC America. This genuinely frightening detective show debuts its fifth season on BBC America on Sunday night. Idris Elba stars as a London detective; the season involves more killings to investigate, a serial killer and a cat-and-mouse chase. “This isn’t new territory exactly,” Margaret Lyons and Danielle Henderson wrote of the show on The Times’s Watching website. “But ‘Luther’ gets it right, achieving the kind of intensity other cop shows can only dream of.”
NOS4A2 10 p.m. on AMC. The author Joe Hill’s supernatural third novel comes to TV in this horror series, which casts Zachary Quinto as a demonic ghoul who eats the souls of children to maintain his youth. Ashleigh Cummings plays Vic, a motorcycle-riding young artist who finds herself in a position to try and stop him. Janet Maslin characterized Hill’s original novel as “throat-grabbing” in her review for The Times, where she wrote that “‘NOS4A2’ is full of chills and cliffhangers.” Those cliffhangers should translate naturally into an episodic TV format — hopefully the chills will, too.
GOOD OMENS Stream on Amazon. In this Amazon mini-series, adapted from the novel by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, the apocalypse comes with a medley of sarcastic jokes — and a pair of very famous stars. The show brings Michael Sheen and David Tennant together as an angel and a demon who join forces to save the world. Resulting from that pairing is a comedy of unearthly proportions. “What we’ve got is a great big sprawling six-part movie with 300 different characters, and every scene is in a different place,” Tennant recently told The Times. “Even if it’s just Michael and I talking on a park bench, we’re on a park bench surrounded by Victorian dinosaurs.”
MY NEXT GUEST NEEDS NO INTRODUCTION WITH DAVID LETTERMAN Stream on Netflix. The second season of David Letterman’s long-form interview show has an impressive slate of guests: Kanye West, Ellen DeGeneres, Tiffany Haddish, Lewis Hamilton and Melinda Gates. Co-starring is Letterman’s now-famous beard.