We celebrate the first (and hopefully only) Mother’s Day in quarantine with an abundance of television to warm your hearts — and other than a Comedy Central special and a few vague themes on Fox’s animated line-up, most of them have nothing to do with the holiday. However, hat’s off to all you moms out there, and here’s to watching.
I Know This Much Is True [HBO, 9p]
Likely to be the best mini-series based on a hit novel that took its name from a Spandau Ballet (Chant No. 1: I Don’t Need This Pressure on was plain lousy AND never existed), this drama compelled Mark Ruffalo to gain 30 lbs. to play one half of his role of identical twins. This adaptation of the Wally Lamb novel features an impressively diverse cast from Kathryn Hahn and Rob Huebel to The Good Wife’s Archie Panjabi.
Feeding America Comedy Festival [NBC, 8p]
Comedians (Jack Black, Tiffany Haddish, Kenan Thompson, and many, many more) Zoom-in with jokes in an effort to raise money for Feeding America.
The Simpsons [Fox, 8p]
Lisa finds a new friend who loves horses, but is dismayed when the friend falls in with a group of popular rich girls. Meanwhile, Homer and Marge go on a cruise.
ALSO ON TAP TONIGHT:
- Adult Swim debuts two — one returning, one new — starting with J.J. Villard’s Fairy Tales which looks essentially like a new take on fractured (very fractured) version of those classic folk stories, followed by The Shivering Truth — a dark take on the philosophy of waking nightmares. It’s sort of Robot Chicken through the eyes of H.P. Lovecraft or Gahan Wilson.
- Back to Fox’s more traditional (less terrifying) brand of animation, in addition to a Lisa episode, this week’s Bob’s Burgers A-story goes to Tina & Linda as the pair follow the tracks of a local legend.
- Over on ABC, the Disney Family Sing-a-Long: Volume II includes unsurprising choices like Christina Aguilera and John Legend alongside some curveballs like Billy Eichner, Donald Glover, and Seth Rogan.
- Sunday’s the premium night for premium cable, and on Showtime that means Billions whose second episode title of the new season is the awesome “The Chris Rock Test” and we’re not even gonna speculate there. That’s followed by Penny Dreadful: City of Angels — the oddest flash forward as Nathan Lane beats up a bunch of guys, as is his brand.
- Meanwhile, HBO follows the not-a-Spandau Ballet biopic with new episodes of ol’ reliable Insecure where it’s finally block party day and Run where Ruby and Billy meet a taxidermist, among other things.
- While we’re on the topic of quality television, Eve’s still out there in an un-killed state as Jodi Comer’s Villanelle takes a break from playing cat-and-mouse with Sandra Oh’s Eve to check in with Mother Russia on AMC/BBC’s Killing Eve.
- Life also goes on, no pun intended, over on Starz’ Vida as Eddy, Emma, and Lyn all have big choices to make.
- Notorious yelling chef Gordon Ramsay takes it mellow as he returns for a second season of traveling abroad with Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted on Nat Geo
- Finally, Comedy Central may be the network that approaches the holiday in the most sincere manner as they present Call Your Mother where comedians from Awkwafina to Roy Wood, Jr., tell stories about their moms.