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Around the remote: ‘Westworld’ returns to HBO for second season

Thandie Newton in “Westworld.” (HBO / TNS)
Thandie Newton in “Westworld.” (HBO / TNS)
By Chuck Barney Tribune News Service

DON’T MISS: “Westworld” – It’s payback time as the dark, mind-bending thriller returns for its highly anticipated second season. When we last left the futuristic theme park, its enslaved “hosts” had learned they weren’t actually humans, but androids programmed to follow a script and serve at the pleasure of their flesh-and-bone guests. Cue the robot rebellion. As the saga resumes, the androids, including Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) and Maeve (Thandie Newton), have revenge on their minds. Better not cross them. (9 p.m. Sunday, HBO).

Other bets:

SUNDAY: As Season 3 of the martial-arts drama “Into the Badlands” begins, Sunny is living off the grid, doing his best to provide for his infant son. Soon, however, you just know he’ll have to kick some butt again. (10 p.m., AMC).

MONDAY: It’s time to separate the contenders from the pretenders on “American Idol.” Tonight, the Top 10 is revealed as the live shows get under way. (8 p.m., ABC).

MONDAY: James Corden returns with another “The Late Late Show Carpool Karaoke Primetime Special,” featuring his popular music-on-wheels segments. Christina Aguilera joins him on the ride-along. (10 p.m., CBS).

TUESDAY: For its fifth season, “The 100” jumps six years into the future and finds Clarke struggling to survive on a desolate, scorched earth. Meanwhile, her friends in space come across a long-awaited beacon of hope. (9 p.m., The CW).

TUESDAY: “Genius: Picasso” is the 10-part follow-up to last year’s fascinating miniseries portrait of Albert Einstein. Antonio Banderas stars as the brilliant, Spanish-born artist, and Alex Rich plays him in flashbacks to his younger days. (9 p.m., National Geographic).

WEDNESDAY: After collecting an abundance of accolades for its masterful first season, “The Handmaid’s Tale” takes us back to Gilead, where Offred (Emmy-winner Elisabeth Moss) remains determined to free herself and her unborn child from the clutches of an abusive misogynistic society. (Hulu).

WEDNESDAY: Meghan Markle is getting married . on “Suits.” Yes, her character, Rachel Zane, will exchange vows with Mike Ross (Patrick J. Adams) in tonight’s two-hour season finale of the legal series. It’s also the series sendoff for both characters. (9 p.m., USA).

WEDNESDAY: Hank Azaria returns as the boozy title character in the hilarious (and raunchy) “Brockmire.” He plays a disgraced baseball announcer trying to make a comeback to the major leagues after hitting rock – or Brock – bottom. Amanda Peet also stars. (10 p.m., IFC).

THURSDAY: The new season of “Quantico” begins with Alex living a peaceful, anonymous life in Italy. However, Ryan persuades her to help him rescue Shelby from a notorious international arms dealer known only as The Widow, who is holding her hostage. (10 p.m., ABC).

FRIDAY: “Bobby Kennedy for President” is a compelling four-part documentary series that recalls the life and political legacy of Robert F. Kennedy. Included: Rare archival footage and fresh interviews with RFK confidantes and staffers. (Netflix).

SATURDAY: Based on the novel by Mary Alice Monroe, “The Beach House” is a TV movie about a frazzled Chicago ad executive (Minka Kelly) who finds some solace when she visits her mom (Andie MacDowell) in South Carolina. Chad Michael Murray, and Makenzie Vega also star. (9 p.m., Hallmark Channel).

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