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, May 9-15. Details and times are subject to change.
BREEDERS 10 p.m. on FX. “Sometimes the bad guy is sexier” is not a sentence you want to hear if you’re a character played by Martin Freeman. Alas, it’s a sentence that Ally (Daisy Haggard) says to her husband, Paul (Freeman), in a trailer for the new season of this dark comedy. The show’s previous two seasons established it as a series unafraid to show parenting as an often messy, sometimes frustrating enterprise. The third season, which debuts Monday, is no different. It picks up with Paul living separately from the rest of the family, an aftereffect of an anxious Season 2 finale in which the couple’s older son, Luke (Alex Eastwood), punched Paul.
BREATHLESS (1961) 10:15 p.m. on TCM. When Jean-Luc Godard’s debut feature came to the United States in 1961, the New York Times critic Bosley Crowther wrote that it was a “sordid” movie, then added a qualifier: “sordid is really a mild word for its pile-up of gross indecencies.” But the film’s ability to jolt viewers helped make it a touchstone, and its story of a French criminal (Jean-Paul Belmondo) and an American student (Jean Seberg) in Paris remains potent. A.O. Scott, writing in The Times five decades after Crowther, was kinder to the movie. “Much as it may have influenced what was to come later, there is still nothing else quite like it,” Scott said. “Its sexual candor is still surprising, and even now, at 50, it is still cool, still new, still — after all this time! — a bulletin from the future of movies.”
LAND (2021) 7:30 p.m. on HBO Signature. A woman goes on a healing journey that nearly kills her in “Land,” Robin Wright’s feature directing debut. After a tragedy, Wright’s character, Edee, leaves her city home and moves to an isolated cabin in Wyoming. While struggling to live off the land, she meets a hunter (Demián Bichir) who is an old hand at surviving both in the wild and in the aftermath of a trauma. The film, which was actually shot in Alberta, Canada, captures natural landscapes in ways that are “lush and piercingly sharp,” Glenn Kenny wrote in his review for The Times. “Wright’s movie is ambitious (that location! that weather!), but not grandiose,” Kenny said. “Its storytelling economy helps make it credible and eventually moving.”
FURY (2014) 9 p.m. on BBC America and JOJO RABBIT 9:40 p.m. on FXM. It would be difficult to find two movies that take on the same difficult subject in more contrasting ways than “Fury” and “Jojo Rabbit.” Both are World War II movies, but that’s about where the similarities end. In “Fury,” Brad Pitt plays the leader of an American tank crew sent on a long-shot mission in Germany in 1945. The movie, directed by David Ayer (“End of Watch”), is as bluntly brutal as its title might suggest. “Jojo Rabbit,” on the other hand, is a farce. Written and directed by Taika Waititi, whose screenplay was adapted from the novel “Caging Skies” by Christine Leunens, it follows a German boy, Johannes (Roman Griffin Davis), living in an elevated version of the same time period. Johannes’s imaginary friend is Adolf Hitler; he’s sent to a Hitler Youth day camp. Yet Johannes’s mother, Rosie (Scarlett Johansson), doesn’t buy into Nazi propaganda — and, to his surprise, Johannes connects with a Jewish teenager, Elsa (Thomasin McKenzie), whom his mother is secretly housing.
COUPLES THERAPY 8 p.m. on Showtime. The third season of this documentary series — which lets viewers act like a fly on the wall of couples’ therapy sessions — introduces a new set of partners who work through issues with Dr. Orna Guralnik, a therapist in New York. The new couples come in with issues relating to old traumas, parenting and open relationships.
GREAT PERFORMANCES: ANYTHING GOES 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings). Sutton Foster, who is now starring opposite Hugh Jackman in “The Music Man” on Broadway, leads this recorded stage performance of “Anything Goes,” the musical comedy that pairs at-sea romance with Cole Porter songs. This production, from Kathleen Marshall, leans into the musical’s age (its first Broadway production was in 1934), with throwback Art Deco sets and costumes — and words to match. It’s “a farrago of zinger-stocked dialogue, vaudeville-style antics and musical numbers only pretending to co-exist as a coherent plot,” Ben Brantley wrote in his review for The Times. Foster, Brantley wrote, acts as “an evangelist of musical-comedy joy.”
THE MATRIX: RESURRECTIONS (2021) 8 p.m. on HBO. Nostalgia is sometimes subverted and sometimes leaned into in this “Matrix” sequel from Lana Wachowski. Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss, the stars of the first movies, return as versions of their original characters living in a new future reality where Neo (Reeves) is a video-game designer who frequents the same coffee shop as Trinity (Moss). Their memories of each other are suppressed, but their fates remain tied. It “plays like a loving, narratively clotted tribute video to the ‘Matrix’ cycle itself,” Manohla Dargis wrote in her review for The Times, “complete with innumerable bullets and almost as many flashbacks to the younger Neo.”
THE TIME TRAVELER’S WIFE 9 p.m. on HBO. The last time Audrey Niffenegger’s extremely popular 2003 debut novel was adapted for the screen, it was through a 2009 movie with Rachel McAdams and Eric Bana that was poorly received. The extended, episodic structure of this new TV adaptation might be an advantage, given that the plot of the book hinges on long periods of time: It centers on an artist, Clare (played this time by Rose Leslie), and a librarian, Henry (Theo James), in a relationship made complicated by a disorder that sends Henry jumping through time.