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What to Watch on TV This Week

British true-crime killer thriller 'Manhunt,' Aidy Bryant's 'Shrill,' 'Arrested Development,' 'Billions' and more

Manhunt

(Acorn TV, March 11 premiere, streaming anytime)

When this smart true-crime mystery starring Doc Martin’s Martin Clunes aired in England in January, it got over twice the percentage of U.K. viewers that The Big Bang Theory got in the U.S. Based on a book by the London detective who caught Levi Bellfield, killer of two women and a 13-year-old girl, it’s as good as Helen Mirren’s Prime Suspect — and the crime is solved in three tightly written episodes, faster than Yank killer thrillers usually manage. Clunes proves as good at drama as he is at comedy. —Tim Appelo (T.A) READ MARTIN CLUNES INTERVIEW

Shrill

(Hulu, March 15 premiere, streaming anytime)

Saturday Night Live’s Aidy Bryant helped write herself a major career-boosting show that will put fat-shaming people to shame and win everyone’s hearts. Based on the 2016 bestselling memoir Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman, by Lindy West, a writer even more talented than her old newspaper boss Dan Savage, it stars Bryant as a young journalist, John Cameron Mitchell as her sarcastically perfectionist boss and SNL’s Julia Sweeney, 59 — who’s just returned to Hollywood after 10 years as a full-time mom — as her diet-obsessed mother. As delightful as Girls, only about a totally nice person despite the awful things people keep saying to her. —T.A

Arrested Development

(Netflix, March 15, streaming anytime)

Is it another one of its sly in-jokes that Arrested Development keeps rebooting itself? Can you reboot a reboot? AD was a reboot pioneer in 2012, then disappeared, then returned last March, and now it’s back with eight more episodes finishing out last year’s storyline. There’s still juice left in the old banana stand. The bumbling Bluth clan boasts one of the all-time great comedy ensembles, and they’re all back — Jason Bateman, Will Arnett, Tony Hale, Jessica Walter and Jeffrey Tambor, among others. It’s not as consistent as it was at its peak, but the rapid-fire jokes hit more than they miss. And who would complain about more time with the Bluths? —Austin O'Connor (A.O.)  

Billions

(Showtime, March 17, 9 p.m. ET)

The new season of Billions makes for strange bedfellows, as the Showtime hedge-fund drama pivots away from the cat-and-mouse chase between now-former U.S. Attorney General Chuck Rhoades (Paul Giamatti, 51) and billionaire financier Bobby “Axe” Axelrod (Damian Lewis, 48) that deliciously defined its first three seasons. Rhoades, relieved of his duties by a Trump-appointed attorney general, and Axe, outmaneuvered by his protégé-turned-rival Taylor Mason (Asia Kate Dillon), whose new hedge fund quickly emerges as a daunting rival, need each other now. Rhoades spends the breakneck premiere furiously trading favors to re-establish his Manhattan influence, with Axe emerging as one of his main wheel-greasers. Hard to see where it’s going, but that’s half the fun of a show that still moves and shakes like a jittery stock market graph.—A.O. 

 

Aidy Bryant walks down the street in a scene from 'Shrill'

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The Bluth family in the poster for Arrested Development

Netflix

Jeffrey DeMunn as Chuck Rhoades, Sr and Paul Giamatti as Chuck Rhoades in 'Billions.'

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