Poor Will Arnett.
Each week, Torontoist examines the upcoming TV listings and makes note of programs that are entertaining, informative, and of quality. Or, alternately, none of those. The result: Televisualist.
Containment is an adaptation of a Belgian show wherein a city is quarantined because of a deadly outbreak of plague—in this case, Atlanta. It’s a promising choice for an American show considering the racial demographics and their potential to impact the plot, but unfortunately the show doesn’t really run with that promise. Instead it goes with a lot of old disaster-movie tropes; at this point we’ve all seen movies like Outbreak and Contagion, and any story in this genre should risk more than Containment is apparently willing to do, judging by the pilot. (Global, 8 p.m.)
Turn: Washington’s Spies (third season premiere tonight) has gotten more watchable at exactly the same rate as it has gotten more ahistorical and crazy, given that right now it’s turning Benedict Arnold into the Sheriff of Nottingham from Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves minus the accent and the lead spy has to team up with a Redcoat (maybe they will end up respecting one another!). But it’s fun, if nothing else. (AMC, 10 p.m.)
Tonight is game five of the Toronto Raptors/Indiana Pacers first round series, and it is on Sportsnet. So far the Raptors are 2-2 in this series, and both of their losses have been on Sportsnet. Which is to say: why could this game not have aired on TSN? Note the earlier than usual start time. (6 p.m.)
In tonight’s episode of the 2016 presidential primaries, it’s Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island in the episode entitled “The Large And Mostly Boring States That Still Have A Lot Of People In Them And Are Therefore Important Despite Their Lack Of A Narrative.” (CNN, 8 p.m.)
Walking Tall is an early entry in the Rock’s action-movie oeuvre, and while we all love the Rock when he beats people up, and his performance in this is reliably good as one expects from the Rock, the movie surrounding him is…less than ideal. Skippable, unless you have sex fantasies about the Rock, and we totally understand if you do. (AMC, 8 p.m.)
Now You See Me is trash, but it’s competently made, enjoyable trash. It’s an action movie about famous magicians committing crimes in broad daylight which makes no sense at all but it’s a great cast (Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher, Woody Harrelson, Michael Caine, Mark Ruffalo, Morgan Freeman), and everybody’s having fun, so you go with it. We’re not sure how the sequel this summer will work, or if it can work, but this is the sort of movie where you say “man, it would be cool if these guys teamed up with the Fast and Furious car people,” and that’s all they want you to think, and that’s okay. (Peachtree, 8 p.m.)
Hell’s Kitchen ends and we honestly don’t know who’s potentially going to win nor do we even slightly care. We’re just being honest with you. Nobody watches this show for the personal narratives of the contestants anyway. You watch it to see Gordon Ramsay call people “you donkey.” (City, 8 p.m.)
Tonight is the twelfth season premiere of Keeping Up With The Kardashians, which debuted nine years ago, which means means there are children who can ride a bike without training wheels who are older than Keeping Up With The Kardashians. We are not condemning or praising the show either way. We are simply pointing out: this show has been a part of our cultural fabric for way longer than you realize. (E! Canada, 9 p.m. Sunday)
Flaked debuted over a month and a half ago and nobody is talking about this series, despite it being a comedy starring Will Arnett. The reason is because it’s simply not very good—Arnett seems bored and disconnected, the storylines are dull and meandering, and nothing about this comedy is actually funny. Skip it. (Netflix)