What’s on TV
WESTWORLD 9 p.m. on HBO; stream on HBO platforms. This dystopian sci-fi thriller has been off the air for nearly two years. Now back for Season 3, it has undergone a partial reboot since the last season ended with Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) and other robot hosts escaping from the titular theme park. Now, she is out in the human world and hungry for vengeance. She connects with a military veteran (played by a newcomer, Aaron Paul) and convinces him that humans and droids both live in cages, their lives predetermined. (This series is certainly not a pick-me-up.) Other new cast members include Vincent Cassel and Lena Waithe. “The show’s production remains sleek and eye-catching,” Mike Hale wrote in his review for The New York Times. “And the moment may be exactly right for a paranoid meditation on the possible end of the human race.” The first season finale of AVENUE 5 follows at 10:15 p.m.
DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE 8 p.m. on CNN and Univision. Oh, how the world has changed since the last Democratic debate on Feb. 25. That night saw a crowded stage. Seven candidates vied to make their voices heard before Super Tuesday, and Senator Bernie Sanders was still the projected front-runner. Now two candidates remain, Sanders and former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. And the nation is scrambling to contain the spread of the coronavirus, which is why this debate, originally planned for Phoenix, has been moved to Washington to be filmed in a studio with no audience. Biden has been endorsed by several former candidates and politicians, while Sanders has vowed to power through, despite recent losses in several states. On Sunday, they likely will attack President Trump’s handling of the health crisis, and Sanders is expected to challenge Biden on his policies and ability to defeat the president.
BLACK MONDAY 10 p.m. on Showtime. This comedy series about the stock market crash of 1987 is darkly resonant after Wall Street’s fall this week, its worst since then. The second season chronicles the fallout of the crash. Mo (Don Cheadle) is on the run after being framed for murder while his former colleagues (played by Regina Hall and Andrew Rannells) carry on with their conniving ways.
ALWAYS SHINE (2016) Stream on Amazon, Crackle or Vudu; rent on Google Play, iTunes, YouTube. The director Sophia Takal threads sharp social commentary through a story about two frenemies in this tense psychological thriller. Beth (Caitlin FitzGerald) and Anna (Mackenzie Davis) head to Big Sur for a weekend getaway. Both are actresses, but Beth has found some measure of success by taking what she can get — mostly demeaning roles that require nudity — while Anna is more talented yet intense and uncompromising. Her jealousy is clear from the get-go, and it makes way for a grim time in the woods.