A husband and spouse dissect their marriage in a bar in “State of the Union.” And a brand new HBO mini-series dramatizes the Chernobyl catastrophe.
What’s on TV
STATE OF THE UNION 10 p.m. on Sundance TV (simply earlier than “The Breakfast Club”); stream on Sundance Now. The complete first season of this new collection, a couple of couple attempting to save lots of their crumbling marriage, is about so long as one episode of “Game of Thrones.” The bite-size episodes are roughly 10 minutes, and all of them happen in the identical pub in London the place Louise (Rosamund Pike) and Tom (Chris O’Dowd) meet earlier than their weekly marriage counseling periods. They go over speaking factors and make sense of why they should see a therapist in the first place. (He says it’s as a result of she had an affair. She says it’s extra sophisticated than that.) We by no means see them in the therapist’s workplace; the present as a substitute depends on their humorous again and forth. Inevitably, there’s tons of dialogue, however that additionally makes the minutes fly by.
E! LIVE FROM THE RED CARPET 5 p.m. on E! A-list fashions, stars and designers descend on the Metropolitan Museum of Art for its annual fund-raising gala, which represents the opening of the Costume Institute’s spring exhibition and is taken into account vogue’s largest evening of the yr. The theme of the 2019 present is “Camp: Notes on Fashion” (impressed by a Susan Sontag essay from 1964). Attendees translate that idea into dazzling costumes.
THE RESIDENT eight p.m. on Fox. The second season of this medical drama (extra alongside the strains of “Grey’s Anatomy” than “The Good Doctor”) involves an in depth. Faced with monetary woes, Bell (Bruce Greenwood) considers promoting the hospital to a conglomerate. Meanwhile, Nic (Emily VanCamp) finds Kyle (Corbin Bernsen) and urges him to donate a kidney to her sister Jessie (Julianna Guill).
CHERNOBYL 9 p.m. on HBO; stream on HBO platforms. The 1986 Chernobyl disaster gets a dramatic retelling in this new mini-series. It begins with a suicide in 1988, then jumps back to the night of the explosion. What ensues is a messy story of Soviet scientists (played by Jared Harris and Emily Watson) desperately trying to find the cause of the blast and convincing politicians of its devastating consequences. In his review for The New York Times, Mike Hale wrote that the show imposes “a simple narrative on history, the twisting of events to create one-dimensional heroes and villains, the broad-brush symbolism.”
ABYSS Stream on Netflix. What if our appearances were based on our morality? That’s the premise of this amusing, albeit superficial, South Korean fantasy series: After Go Se-yeon (Park Bo-young), a jaw-droppingly attractive prosecutor, and Cha Min (Ahn Hyo-seop), a humble businessman, die, they come back to life with the help of a marble called abyss. But they’ve been given new bodies based on how good their spirits were: Go Se-yeon is revived as a plain Jane, while Cha Min looks like a member of the next K-pop sensation.