What’s on TV
BIG LITTLE LIES 9 p.m. on HBO. In its first season, this melodramatic murder-mystery outlined itself as a whodunit decidedly extra thinking about its characters than its puzzle. Forget the thriller of the killer; the season took till its last episode to even reveal who had been killed. Instead, the present, created by David E. Kelley (“Ally McBeal”) and primarily based on a novel by Liane Moriarty, educated its eyes on its stunning Monterey, Calif., location and the lives of its central characters: a tech government (Laura Dern), a retired lawyer (Nicole Kidman) and a just lately remarried, very outspoken mom (Reese Witherspoon). While initially marketed as a mini-series, the present is again for a second season — this time transferring previous the plot of the novel and including Meryl Streep, who performs the mother-in-law of Kidman’s character, and Andrea Arnold (“American Honey”), who directs.
BLINDSPOTTING (2018) 2:55 p.m. on ActionMax. In her evaluate for The New York Times, Manohla Dargis wrote that “The Last Black Man in San Francisco,” out this weekend, “belongs to a handful of recent Bay Area movies about the African-American experience that includes ‘Blindspotting’ and ‘Sorry to Bother You.’” In every, she wrote, “black characters confront (among other things) gentrification.” In “Blindspotting,” that difficulty is even baked into the opening credit, which present, in split-screen, Oakland from two totally different views: that of longtime residents and that of rich transplants. The principal character, Collin (Daveed Diggs), is a longtimer — and when the film begins, he’s nearing the top of his probation and working at a transferring firm. The plot includes Collin’s witnessing an officer-involved taking pictures and struggling to take care of a friendship that threatens to derail him.
CLAWS 9 p.m. on TNT. “We are more than just nail artists,” the comedian actress Niecy Nash’s character says in a trailer for Season 3 of “Claws.” It’s a bit of an understatement. The strip-mall manicurists at the center of the series have been involved in organized crime for two seasons now, making for what Mike Hale described in his review for The Times as “a mash-up of ‘Steel Magnolias’ and ‘Breaking Bad.’” The second season ended with a shooting; this season sees the ladies getting involved in the casino business.
TALES OF THE CITY Stream on Netflix. Across the bay from “Blindspotting” are the characters of this 10-episode series, the latest adaptation of (and a contemporary sequel to) the Armistead Maupin novels. Laura Linney plays Mary Ann, who leaves a comfortable East Coast life to hang out with a new generation in San Francisco. While the famed ’90s mini-series adaptation was trailblazing in its depictions of gay and transgender characters, the Netflix series, Mike Hale said in his review for The Times, feels less fresh. “For a celebration of diverse identities and lifestyles, with a healthy amount of nudity and some graphic depictions of sex, it’s resolutely square,” he wrote.