I’m beginning to think this weekly post should be called watch what’s on Sunday, since that seems to be when many of the best shows are on. Some shows to look for this week:
After two successful sitcoms, Julia Louis-Dreyfus goes for a third with “Veep” (9 p.m., HBO). The buzz is good, so she may have it. As the title suggests, Louis-Dreyfus plays the vice president.
The political satire is paired with another show that premiered recently to good buzz: “Girls” (9:30 p.m., HBO). Four friends in their 20s navigate life in New York, but this isn’t “Sex and the City”. While the four may yearn to be the next Carrie, their lives are more rooted in reality, much to their disappointment.
Don’t want the commitment of starting a new series? There’s also “Firelight” (9 p.m., ABC), a TV movie starring Cuba Gooding Jr. as counselor at a youth correctional facility, and “Fox 25th Anniversary Special” (8 p.m., Fox). (Does this one really need an explanation?)
“Dateline” (7 p.m., NBC) continues with its limited-run specials meant to make parents cringe… er, to initiate meaningful dialogue with their children. Last week’s premier of “My Kid Would Never Do That” dealt with stranger danger. This week, teens are put to the test: Will they get in the car with someone who’s been drinking or is high? Will they text while driving? I’m going to guess they do.
If you’re a “Dancing with the Stars” (8 p.m., ABC) fan and three hours of the show a week isn’t enough for you, this is your lucky night. “A Special Edition of 20/20” (10 p.m., ABC) goes behind the scenes of the hit dancing show. (And don’t forget results air on 9 p.m. Tuesday…. as if fans would.)
Back in the ’90s, “Melrose Place” was a perfect fit with “90210,” so much so that the CW tried to recapture the magic for a new generation. The reboot of “Melrose Place” flopped, but the CW had more luck with “90210.” Now, the network is pairing it with a new show, “The L.A. Complex” (9 p.m., CW), about attractive 20-somethings following their passions at a Southern California complex. But see, it’s totally different than “Melrose Place.” Really. Because these characters want to be stars.
“Revenge” (10 p.m., ABC) returned last week after many weeks off. Tonight, Victoria’s old boyfriend resurfaces; Jack is wanted for murder; and Emily continues to plot against those who betrayed her father. Who knew the Hamptons could be so entertaining even in the off-season?
“Parks and Recreation” returned last week to a new timeslot (9:30 p.m., NBC). On tonight’s episode, Leslie debates rival Bobby Newport (Paul Ruud). Leading up to “Parks and Recreation” are new episodes of “Community,” “30 Rock” and “The Office.” So you might as well just leave it one NBC all night.