We need a Perry / Alice face-to-face on Perry Mason

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Matthew Rhys, Tatiana Maslany

Matthew Rhys, Tatiana Maslany
Photo: Merrick Morton / HBO

Here’s what’s happening in the world of television for Sunday August 2nd. All hours are Eastern.


The best choice

Perry Mason (HBO, 21 h): Perry Mason has taken a turn for the better in the last couple of weeks, but we still have two things to want. The first is a real Tatiana Maslany / Matthew Rhys showdown. It’s not like these two haven’t shared any screen time at all – a quick scene in the last episode was a highlight, despite its brevity – but if they fail to point Their incredibly expressive faces towards each other and clenching their jaws and looking amazing before the show’s first season ends, this will be one of television’s biggest missed opportunities. This week, Perry and his friends start to focus on the Radiant Coven, which at least makes it quite likely that the Private Eye and Sister Alice (Maslany) will come face to face. So, this is what we need. The second thing is a drink.

At least it’s settled. Allison Shoemaker will recap, Sazerac ready.

Regular coverage

L’aliéniste: Angel of Darkness (TNT, 9 p.m., consecutive episodes)
Umbrella Academy (Netflix): excessive coverage continues

Joker cards

Tyrant (The CW, 8 p.m., US premiere): “I think, what it is, in one sentence: It allows adults to do what they did when they were kids again. And luckily, these adults are comedians, so it will be entertaining for the audience. I really feel that. When they can do damage, knock down a wall, or throw an egg, those are all things you don’t do when you’re an adult. Read the rest of William Hughes’ interview with Tyrant series creator Alex Horne before the hijinks started.

Can you gorge yourself on it? The first six seasons are available in their entirety and for free on the show’s YouTube channel.

Bound (Netflix, 3:01 a.m., end season one): Science journalist Latif Nasser explores some of the many ways in which seemingly disparate places, people, elements and aspects of life are inextricably linked.

United Shades Of America (CNN, 22 h) et Last week tonight with John Oliver (HBO, 23 h): As always, it’s worth it.

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