Adele performs in front of an audience of London celebrities in a two-hour concert special. The PBS tradition of Sunday night drama continues with new seasons Call the midwife and sand toneaccompanied by crime drama before we die. Kicking off next week’s Academy Awards, Derek and Julianne Hough celebrate movie dance classics in a prime-time special. If you missed it in streaming and in theaters, the sopranos movie prequel The Many Saints of Newark ends up at HBO, where it all began.
An audience with Adele
SUNDAY: When Adele sings, the world listens. American audiences can now catch the superstar’s London hometown concert, which premiered in the UK last November, from the London Palladium stage. The crowd includes celebrities who pepper Adele with questions about her idols and inspirations, and she is surprised by a special guest from her childhood. The song list includes early classics (“Someone Like You” and “Hello”) and newer favorites (“Easy on Me”).
Call the midwife
SUNDAY: The Sunday night drama is back on PBS, spearheaded by one of its longest-running UK hits: the 11th season of Call the midwife, which opens on Easter 1967 with the nuns and midwives of Nonnatus House attending the celebration. A shadow cast on the celebrations is the discovery of a newborn’s skeleton in a nearby blast, which hits Trixie (Helen George) particularly hard.
SUNDAY: masterpiece Fans have spoken, and after their outrage when the Jane Austen-inspired romance drama was canceled after just one season – and its heroine Charlotte (Rose Williams) was heartbroken – the series, based on Jane Austen’s final unfinished novel, is back for a second season. (A third is guaranteed.) The lovesick Charlotte returns to the seaside town with younger sister Alison (Rosie Graham), who is much more eager for romance and finds them in a Cyrano-inspired triangle involving two Army soldiers. sand tone never really recovers from the loss of Theo James, who played Charlotte’s dashing love interest Sidney Parker in Season 1, and her new suitors (a stuffy lieutenant and a surly widower) are no match. But even a smaller Sanditon will be a welcome distraction for many. (See the full review.)
Before We Die (2021)
SUNDAY: The British drama series ends on a darker note with an adaptation of a British crime drama. Lesley Sharp (The Full Monty) plays veteran Detective Inspector Hannah Laing, who solves the murder of her former colleague (and secret lover) with the help of a skeptical new partner, Billy Murdoch (Troys Vincent Regan). An informant leads her to a Croatian family who run a local restaurant, where their son Christian (Patrick Gibson) functions.
Step into… the films starring Derek and Julianne Hough
SUNDAY: The Houghs, Dancing with the stars Veteran and sibling choreographers pay homage to classic dance sequences from favorite films – in all variations sing in the rain to Dirty dancing to la la country— in a musical special designed to whet the appetite of cinephiles for next Sunday’s Oscars show. Guests count for something special Moulin Rouge director Baz Luhrman, Westside Story Oscar front-runner Ariana DeBose, Unbound kevin bacon, Chicago director Rob Marshall, Kenny Ortega, joy Amber Riley and more.
The Many Saints of Newark
SATURDAY: The sopranos the circle has closed. The drama that helped put HBO on the map inspired David Chase’s prequel (which previously streamed on HBO Max while it was in theaters). We meet a young Tony Soprano (played by the late James Gandolfini’s son, Michael), but the focus of the story is his loving but hot-tempered uncle/mentor Dickie Moltisanti (Alessandro Nivola). Fans can have fun comparing stars playing younger versions of such iconic characters as Livia Soprano (Vera Farmiga in the role immortalized by the late one Nancy Marchand).
SUNDAY: The hit crime drama puts Detective Dante (Tory Kittles) in the spotlight as he comes into conflict with police officers (including oz Lee Tergesen) who arrest and beat him up before realizing he’s on their team. They then kidnap him, and while the prisoner suffers hallucinatory memories of his childhood, McCall (Queen Latifah) rushes to find her friend.
On weekend TV:
- NCAA men’s basketball tournament (begins Saturday noon/ET, CBS, TBS, TNT): There were already memorable upsets in the first round – who is the team that beat Kentucky? — and when the second round of games gets underway on Saturday and Sunday, you can expect more heart-pounding action in the college courts.
- Breaking Bad Marathon (Saturday, from 4 p.m./3c, AMC): Featuring the final season of breaking Bad spin off Better call Saul Beginning in April, AMC will dedicate the next five Saturdays to running the marathons of the entire season of the acclaimed drama that started it all, beginning with Season 1’s transformation of the mild-mannered Walter White (Bryan Cranston) into a meth-producing menace. The marathons include behind-the-scenes interviews and trivia.
- marry me now (Saturday, 9/8c, OWN): Relationship Coach Rebecca Lynn Pope hosts a new series in which she guides eight Houston women in taking charge of their weddings — including proposing.
- 48 hours (Saturday, 10/9c, CBS): In “EricSmith: Gambling on a Killer, the true crime series follows the case of Smith, who was convicted as an adult at age 13 of the murder of a 4-year-old. After spending nearly three decades behind bars, he was granted parole in February. Is this justice or a mistake?
- 60 minutes (Sunday, 7/6c, CBS): A versatile edition of the news magazine Sharyn Alfonsis Interview with the US Deputy National Security Advisor Daleep Singh on economic sanctions against Russia, Jon Wertheims Profile of the WNBA star Sue Vogel and Lesley Stahls Report on the hot housing market driving up rents across the country.
- The simpsons (Sunday, 8/7c, Fox): The Weeknd guest voices as Bart befriends a young influencer.
- Riverdale (Sunday, 8/7c, The CW): On a New Night, the comic-inspired melodrama continues its sixth season as the town tries to figure out who planted the bomb in Archie’s (KJ Apa) house.
- Super pumped: The fight for Uber (Sunday, 10/9c, Showtime): Uma Thurman joins the cast of the docudrama Arianna Huffingtonthe larger-than-life Greek-American entrepreneur who charms the power-hungry CEO and founder of Uber Travis Kalanik (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and disrupts his company’s board of directors.
- bar rescue (Sunday, 10/9c, Paramount Network): Jon Taffer is back on the road trying to bail out struggling bars and clubs.