Neil deGrasse Tyson and Rust Cohle team up to mainline some cosmic truth

Neil deGrasse Tyson and Rust Cohle team up to mainline some cosmic truth

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Cosmos/True Detective (multiple networks, 9 p.m.; HBO, 9 p.m.): There are those who are content to let the mysteries of the universe remain mysterious, and then there are those who devote their lives to pulling at strings, hoping that the unravelling cosmic sweater reveals some secret truth of the universe. But enough about the cops of True Detective: The ever-expanding and -contracting universe of Sunday-night TV witnesses several tiny big bangs tonight, not the least of which is the much-anticipated reboot of PBS’ pioneering science program, Cosmos. It makes a fitting companion for the final episode of True Detective’s first season, as both are interested in big questions—and neither will provide easy answers. Erik Adams heads out for one last ride-along with Hart and Cohle, while John Teti stows away on Neil deGrasse Tyson’s intergalactic magical carpet. 


ALSO NOTED

Bob’s Burgers (Fox, 7 p.m.): We could make our own joke about Bob’s Burgers being displaced by the combined mass of the Cosmos, but the Belchers already did a fantastic job of that. And it’s catchy, too!

Resurrection (ABC, 8 p.m.): You could have Neil deGrasse Tyson explain the implausibility of Resurrection’s “the dead return (but don’t call them The Returned)” premise—but why bother the busy science man when Todd VanDerWerff is available to illuminate why this show is kind of goofy.

Looking (HBO, 10:30 p.m.): On a delightfully smaller scale, Looking’s first-season finale hinges in part on the opening of a pop-up restaurant. Brandon Nowalk has the review, just as soon as he stops snickering at the phrase “pop-up restaurant.”


REGULAR COVERAGE

The Simpsons (Fox, 7:30 and 8 p.m.)
Once Upon A Time (ABC, 8 p.m.)
The Good Wife (CBS, 9 p.m.)
True Detective (HBO, 9 p.m.)
Downton Abbey (PBS, 9 p.m.)
Shameless (Showtime, 9 p.m.)
The Walking Dead (AMC, 9 p.m.)
Revenge (ABC, 10 p.m.)
Girls (HBO, 10 p.m.)


TV CLUB CLASSIC

Doctor Who (11 a.m.): Alasdair Wilkins’ main question about the new Cosmos is as follows: How far will it go toward expounding on the physics of the TARDIS.

The Simpsons (Classic) (3 p.m.): Erik Adams has excused himself to go to the movies, so please accept this review of “King-Size Homer” as typed by a drinking bird pecking at the Y key of Erik’s computeryyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy


WHAT ELSE IS ON

Catch A Contractor (Spike, 10 p.m.): In this new reality show, no shoddy craftsmanship will escape the watchful eye of host Adam Corolla. Too bad this series wasn’t around to point out the potentially hazardous flaws of The Man Show.

Lindsay (OWN, 10 p.m.): At last, the televised moment in which Oprah Winfrey tells Lindsay Lohan to “cut the bullshit” in a manner suited only to be a televised moment.

The Silence Of The Lambs (BBC America, 6:30 p.m.): Sorry, Anthony Hopkins: Mads Mikkelsen is our new favorite Hannibal Lecter. You’re still the star of the best Hannibal Lecter movie, though. (And also the star of the worst. Lose some, win some, lose another.)

Now You See Me (HBO2, 9 p.m.): A more aggravating True Detective conclusion than “Marty’s been The Yellow King this whole time”: “Marty’s been a magician planning an elaborate heist this whole time.”

Pac-12 Women’s Basketball Championship: From Seattle (ESPN, 8 p.m.): A conference champion is crowned—assuming the game isn’t interrupted by a bunch of ghosts chasing Ms. Pac-12-Man around the court.


TOMORROW IN TV CLUB

In One-Season Wonders, Weirdos, And Wannabes, Todd VanDerWerff memorializes He & She, the influential 1960s sitcom that isn’t the musical collaboration between Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward. Elsewhere, Brandon Nowalk looks at Believe, the new supernatural mystery show on NBC that isn’t the Cher single convincing some lonely single out there that they will find love again. (It just won’t be in Brandon’s review of Believe.)


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