What’s On: ‘Janet King’ from Australia, ‘Preacher’ goes to New Orleans
Janet King: Playing Advantage (streaming Mondays on Acorn TV): How I wish Janet King had met Kyra Sedgwick’s Brenda Leigh Johnson from The Closer. The tough Australian prosecutor, played by Marta Dusseldorp (who won an Australian Film Institute Best Actress Award for the role), is just as unsparing and confrontational when it comes to probing for an unsavory truth. In the eight-part third season, with two episodes launching each Monday through July 24, Janet joins a national crime commission investigating corruption and organized crime involvement in the sport of cricket, with a game-fixing scandal leading to the apparent suicide of a young player and the torching of a home of another. Though Janet knows little more about cricket than I do, she is a master at the game of justice.
Preacher (9/8c, AMC): Is Jesse Cutler (Dominic Cooper) looking for God in all the wrong places? It sure looks that way as he visits one sordid jazz club after another in New Orleans, while Tulip (Ruth Negga) frets that her return to the city will expose one of her darkest secrets. Jesse might be sympathetic to her needs if he weren’t so busy tangling with a sinister gang of Men in White, apparently part of a “super-secret crypto-religious fascist organization with designs on total world domination.” As one does. And in case you’d been wondering where in the literal Hell poor Eugene (Ian Colletti) had disappeared to, we get a taste of his current situation, while reliving the incident that gave him his a—-face.
Inside Monday TV: In a repeat of the one of last season’s more uproarious episodes of CBS’s Mom (9/8c), the AA gang—Christy (Anna Faris), Bonnie (Allison Janney), Jill (Jaime Pressly) and Wendy (Beth Hall)—accidentally get high when pilfering cookies from Adam (William Fichtner), unaware they’re laced with pot. What will Marjorie (Mimi Kennedy) think? … PBS’s POV(10/9c, check local listings at pbs.org) returns to the tragedy of the Syrian conflict in the documentary film The War Show. The uprising against the Assad regime, and subsequent violent crackdown, is seen from the perspective of radio DJ/activist Obaidah Zytoon, the film’s co-director and narrator, as she and her friends join the protest, at first with hope and eventually with despair.