Between network, cable and streaming, the modern television landscape is a vast one. Here are some of the shows, specials and movies coming to TV this week, June 6 – 12. Details and times are subject to change.
IRMA VEP 9 pm on HBO. With a wink, Olivier Assayas revisits his 1996 film of the same name in this mini-series, which itself follows a disastrous attempt to remake “Les Vampires,” the silent serial film from the 1910s. The show stars Alicia Vikander as an American movie star who signs on to play Irma Vep, the heroine in the old story. The role seeps into her own life.
PENNIES FROM HEAVEN (1981) 10 pm on TCM. Steve Martin, Bernadette Peters, Christopher Walken and Jessica Harper star in this offbeat musical, which was adapted from a BBC series. Martin plays a sheet-music salesman in Depression-era Chicago whose knotty romances are heightened by lip-synced renditions of popular songs from the 1920s and ’30s. A “neo-Brechtian comedy-melodrama with music,” is the label that the critic Vincent Canby used in his 1981 review for The New York Times, adding that he watched the movie “with what might be best described as baffled interest.”
JURASSIC WORLD (2015) 5:30 pm on FX. How many $ 100 bills do you have to stack to reach the average height of a T. rex? You might ask the producers of the “Jurassic World” trilogy: This 2015 entry and its first sequel, “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,” (2018) are among the highest-grossing movies of all time. The final entry in the trilogy, Jurassic World: Dominion, is set to hit theaters this weekend. Here’s a chance to revisit the first entry – about the meltdown of a theme park populated by cloned dinosaurs, set more than two decades after the original “Jurassic Park” – alongside the sequel “Fallen Kingdom,” which airs immediately afterward, at 8 pm on FX.
LAMB (2021) 8 pm on Showtime. A ewe gives birth to an unusual creature on a foggy, forlorn, somberly photogenic Icelandic sheep farm in this debut feature from Valdimar Johannsson. The husband and wife who run the farm, Maria and Ingvar (Noomi Rapace and Hilmir Snaer Gudnason), raise the oddball offspring as their own. As it grows, things become tenser – and weirder. The result, Jeannette Catsoulis wrote in her review for The Times, is a film that “plays like a folk tale and thrums like a horror movie.” It contains “an Oscar-worthy cast of farm animals,” Catsoulis added.
JUDY GARLAND MOVIES all day on TCM. Friday would have been Judy Garland’s 100th birthday. To celebrate, TCM has an entire day of a Garland lined up. Highlights include: ZIEGFELD GIRL (1941), airing at 8 am, which also stars James Stewart and Hedy LaMarr; the Busby Berkeley-directed musical FOR ME AND MY GAL (1942), in which Garland stars opposite Gene Kelly, in his first feature, airing at 2 pm; and, naturally, THE WIZARD OF OZ (1939), at 8 pm, followed at 10 pm by THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ: 50 YEARS OF MAGIC (1990), a documentary about the making of that movie.
THE CARD COUNTER (2021) 8 pm on HBO. The screenwriter and director Paul Schrader took another dive into the mind of a loner in this drama, which centers on an American military veteran and professional card player named William Tell, played by Oscar Isaac. (For more of Schrader’s loners, see his previous movie, “First Reformed,” and his screenplay for Martin Scorsese’s “Taxi Driver.”) Tell is haunted by memories of an old, abusive superior, Maj. John Gordo (Willem Dafoe). His life changes when he begins a partnership with a gambling manager (Tiffany Haddish) and meets the teenage son (Tye Sheridan) of one of his former military compatriots. “It’s a haunting, moving story of spirit and flesh, sin and redemption, love and death,” Manohla Dargis wrote in her review for The Times. Schrader, she said, “likes playing with film form but he isn’t interested in conventional heroes and beats, and even when he hits familiar notes he does so with his own destabilizing rhythm and pressure.”
THE 75TH ANNUAL TONY AWARDS 8 pm on CBS. This year’s Tony Awards will be the first to recognize shows that opened after the theater closures during the time of pandemic lockdowns. Michael R. Jackson’s Pulitzer-winning meta-musical, “A Strange Loop,” will go into the night with the most nominations (it received 11), though it has formidable competition in the best new musical race: The other shows nominated in that category are “Paradise Square,” “Six,” “MJ the Musical,” “Girl From the North Country” and “Mr. Saturday Night. ” The nominees in the best new play category are “Clyde’s,” “Hangmen,” “The Lehman Trilogy,” “The Minutes” and “Skeleton Crew.” The acting categories include a range of well-known performers, including Sam Rockwell, Mary-Louise Parker, Billy Crystal, Hugh Jackman, Uzo Aduba, Rachel Dratch, Phylicia Rashad, Ruth Negga and Patti LuPone.
P-VALLEY 10:06 pm on Starz. The Pulitzer-winning playwright Katori Hall (“Hot Wing King,” “The Mountaintop”) is behind this series, a drama set at a strip club in a fictional Mississippi town. In the new, second season, which began last week, the personal and professional pressures felt by the show’s characters – including Uncle Clifford (Nicco Annan), who owns the club, and Mercedes (Brandee Evans), a decorated dancer there – are heightened by the pandemic. Hall discussed the intention of the show in a recent interview with The Times: “I wanted to create an image of women who could hold their own weight, literally and figuratively, but in the next second, could burst into tears because the power dynamic in their life shifted for whatever reason, ”she said. “I wanted to show Black women in their full humanity.”