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What’s on TV Tuesday: ‘Queen Sugar,’ ‘Paterson’ and ‘Wendy and Lucy’


From left, Kofi Siriboe, Ethan Hutchison and Bianca Lawson in “Queen Sugar.”

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Ride the rush of “Queen Sugar” as a second season begins. Or opt for the quiet charm and scene-stealing dog performances of “Paterson” and “Wendy and Lucy.”

What’s on TV

QUEEN SUGAR 10 p.m. on OWN. Oprah Winfrey and Ava DuVernay’s seductive drama about three disconnected siblings returns for a second season. Charley (Dawn-Lyen Gardner), the wife and manager of a professional basketball player; Nova (Rutina Wesley), a journalist with a spiritual bent; and Ralph Angel (Kofi Siriboe), a brooder with a son and a prison record, are now running their Louisiana sugar cane farm after their father’s death. Part family tableau, part Dust Bowl saga, part lush romance, the show, which “wasted no time announcing its boldness,” Salamishah Tillet wrote in The New York Times, “is also representative of something more: a recognition that both critical hosannas and business success can be had with intelligent scripted programming for, and about, black lives in America.”

CBS THIS MORNING 7 a.m. on CBS. Norah O’Donnell interviews President Moon Jae-in of South Korea at the Blue House in Seoul, where he is expected to discuss his plan for engaging North Korea as nuclear tensions mount and his decision to suspend the deployment of an American antimissile defense system ahead of his meeting with President Trump.

STATES OF UNDRESS 10 p.m. on Viceland. Hailey Gates investigates how the rise in Islamophobia in France is affecting what Muslim women wear.

What’s Streaming


Adam Driver and Golshifteh Farahani in “Paterson.”

Mary Cybulski

PATERSON (2016) on iTunes and Amazon. Adam Driver is Paterson, a bus driver in Paterson, N.J., who composes poetry in his head while guiding his coach through that mill town’s congested streets. There are two central characters — Golshifteh Farahani plays Laura, Paterson’s eccentric wife and muse — in the director Jim Jarmusch’s meditation on poetry both on the page and in life. Three, if you count Marvin, their English bulldog. Divided into the days of a week as Paterson goes about his routine — rising, driving, walking the dog, writing in his notebook — the film progresses “from the basic to the rhapsodic, the material to the transcendent,” Manohla Dargis wrote in The Times, adding that “Mr. Jarmusch creates that rarest portrait of the artist: the one who’s happy being hard at work.”


Michelle Williams in “Wendy and Lucy.”

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WENDY AND LUCY (2008) on iTunes and Amazon. Wendy (Michelle Williams), a drifter from Indiana, has a run of bad luck after pausing in a town on her way to Alaska. Her car breaks down; she’s charged with shoplifting; her dog, Lucy, goes missing. Her plan is to find work, perhaps in Ketchikan, where she’s heard they need people. “What will happen to her?” A. O. Scott asked in The Times about Kelly Reichardt’s film. “The strength of this short, simple, perfect story of a young woman and her dog is that this does not seem, by the end, to be an idle or trivial question. What happens to Wendy — and to Lucy — matters a lot, which is to say that ‘Wendy and Lucy,’ for all its modesty, matters a lot, too.”

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