Damien Chazelle’s musical on the wonders and struggles of making it in Hollywood comes to HBO. And life goes on in Season 2 of “One Mississippi.”
What’s on TV
LA LA LAND (2016) 8 p.m. on HBO. Set in Los Angeles, this Oscar-winning musical drama by the director Damien Chazelle (“Whiplash”) follows two dreamers, Mia (Emma Stone), an aspiring actress who works in a coffee shop on the Warner Bros. lot, and Sebastian (Ryan Gosling), a struggling jazz pianist with goals to open his own club. After a few chance meetings, the two are drawn together by their passion for their work, and uplift one another as the city continues to challenge their aspirations. But they soon have to choose between their art or each other. “The real tension in ‘La La Land’ is between ambition and love,” A. O. Scott wrote in The New York Times. “Perhaps the most up-to-date thing about it is the way it explores that ancient conflict.”
DOWNSIZED (2017) 9 p.m. on TV ONE. The latest onscreen collaboration between the married couple Boris Kodjoe and Nicole Ari Parker (“Soul Food,” “Brown Sugar”) comes with this new film in which they star as Michael and Ebony, two parents on the brink of divorce. When Michael has second thoughts about the separation, he convinces Ebony and their children to take a monthlong vacation in the countryside to unplug and try to sort out their differences. But the stubborn Ebony won’t be swayed that easily.
HALT AND CATCH FIRE 9 p.m. on AMC; also on Amazon. After Gordon (Scoot McNairy) and Joe (Lee Pace) welcomed a new chief ontologist (Anna Chlumsky of “Veep”) to their team in last week’s episode, Donna (Kerry Bishé) is forced to step up her game in the race to build the internet’s first search engine.
PRINCE: SIGN O’ THE TIMES (1987) 9 p.m. on Showtime. Released in conjunction with the 1987 album of the same name, this concert film captures Prince doing what he does best: enthralling audiences with his sexual dance moves and punchy voice. Directed by Prince, a.k.a. the Purple One, the film features performances of the title song, “If I Was Your Girlfriend” and a rendition of “Little Red Corvette.” “The wide range of Prince’s musicianship comes through much more clearly here than it did in ‘Purple Rain,’ with which ‘Sign o’ the Times’ shares a small degree of silliness, sloppiness and obscurity,” Janet Maslin wrote in The Times. She added that “for Prince, these things seem to go with the territory.” The film will arrive on Showtime’s on-demand platforms on Sunday.
ONE MISSISSIPPI on Amazon. Season 2 of this semi-autobiographical “traumedy” picks up with Tig (Tig Notaro), her stepfather, Bill (John Rothman), and her brother, Remy (Noah Harpster), overcoming the death of Tig’s mother in the beginning of Season 1. Intent on staying near her family in the fictional town of Bay St. Lucille, Miss., Tig begins working at a local radio station and develops a crush on her radio producer (Stephanie Allynne).
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