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Around the remote: ‘The Alienist’ makes its debut on TNT

Luke Evans, from left, Dakota Fanning and Daniel Bruhl attend the premiere of TNT’s “The Alienist.” (Charles Sykes / Associated Press)
Luke Evans, from left, Dakota Fanning and Daniel Bruhl attend the premiere of TNT’s “The Alienist.” (Charles Sykes / Associated Press)
By Chuck Barney Tribune News Service

DON’T MISS: “The Alienist” – Based on the best-seller by Caleb Carr, this moody psychological thriller takes viewers into the darkest corners of New York City during the Gilded Age. Set in 1896, it’s pegged to a series of haunting murders of boy prostitutes that spurs a psychologist, newspaper illustrator, secretary and newly appointed police commissioner Theodore Roosevelt to begin a covert investigation. Daniel Brühl, Luke Evans, Dakota Fanning and Brian Geraghty star. 10 p.m. Monday, TNT.

Other bets

SUNDAY: Oscar-winner J.K. Simmons plays dual roles in “Counterpart.” It’s an espionage thriller about a lowly cog in a Berlin-based spy agency who discovers a mysterious parallel dimension where the only man he can trust is his near-identical counterpart. 8 p.m., Starz.

SUNDAY: Hollywood’s trophy season continues with the “24th Screen Actors Guild Awards.” Kristen Bell hosts the gala, which celebrates standout film and TV performances. Also, Morgan Freeman receives the Life Achievement Award. 8 p.m., TBS and TNT.

SUNDAY: On the new drama series “The Resident,” an idealistic doctor (Manish Dayal) begins his first day as an intern and faces the harsh realities of medical care. Matt Czuchry also stars. 7 p.m., Fox.

MONDAY: “The Force” is an “Independent Lens” film that embeds itself inside the Oakland Police Department as it struggles to confront federal demands for reform, a popular uprising following events in Ferguson, Mo., and an explosive sex scandal. 9 p.m., KSPS; 10 p.m. KCDT.

TUESDAY: In the chilling new eight-part crime drama “Bellevue,” Anna Paquin plays a small-town detective who investigates the mysterious disappearance of a young hockey star. The case could be related to a 20-year-old murder that once traumatized the community. 10 p.m., WGN America.

TUESDAY: Wayward comedy “The Detour” veers into Season 3. After months of being on the lam in Alaska, the Parker family tries to settle down among community of misfits and start rebuilding their lives. 10:30 p.m., TBS.

WEDNESDAY: “Waco” is a six-part miniseries that recalls the harrowing 1993 standoff between the FBI, ATF and David Koresh’s spiritual sect in Waco, Texas, that resulted in a deadly shootout and fire. The cast includes Taylor Kitsch, Michael Shannon, John Leguizamo and Melissa Benoist. 10 p.m., Paramount Network (formerly Spike TV).

THURSDAY: The special “MVP: Most Valuable Performer” is out to find the pro football player with the best off-the-field talent. Some of the distinctive skills include Irish step dancing, rapping and archery, among others. Fans can vote for their favorite. 8 p.m., CBS.

FRIDAY: We’re down to the final four on “Hell’s Kitchen” and their families are coming to visit, so the pressure is on. At stake: The winner gets a day in Malibu with Chef Ramsay and his or her family. 8 p.m., Fox.

SATURDAY: “All Eyez on Me,” the biopic starring Demetrius Shipp Jr. as Tupac Shakur, makes its cable debut. The 2017 film depicts the legendary rapper’s rise to fame, his political activism, his growth as an artist and his tragic death at the age of 25. 8 p.m., HBO.

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