Easter Sunday morning brings the opportunity to click your way to a local church for holiday services online and maybe an Easter egg hunt on our lawn if you have kids. But the evening belongs to some new, adult programs on PBS and cable channels. We’ll also look at a streaming series available Monday.
The “Masterpiece Mystery” series “Baptiste” takes its character from the hit drama “The Missing” in the UK and has the retired French detective Julien Baptiste reluctantly get involved with a missing-woman case with long tentacles and a deep, dark core.
Tchéky Karyo reprises his role as Baptiste in the six-part spinoff series premiering Sunday, April 12, at 10 p.m. on CPTV. There’s a shocking crime in the first scene and then the story moves to Amsterdam’s red-light district, where a man named Edward is trying to find his niece, described as having drug and prostitution issues.
The Harry and Jack Williams-produced story (they also did “Fleabag”) moves briskly, with a few surprises amid scenes of Euro-scenery and violence. (A second season has been green-lighted already, says PBS.)
We did not preview “Belgravia,” a limited series Epix (and Epix Now streaming) from the creative team behind “Downton Abbey,” but the show is from a durable genre — the upper echelon of British society in the 19th century. There are secrets and a plot-propelling scandal that all trace to the time the Trenchards accepted an invite to the big ball hosted by the Duchess of Richmond on the eve of the Battle of Waterloo. There are consequences for decades in the film, based on a novel of the same name.
HBO’s new half-hour dramedy “Run” (10:30 p.m. Sunday) features a premise that sparks curiosity, for sure: A somewhat unhappy woman receives a text from her college sweetheart inviting her — with simply a one-word text — to drop everything and meet him in New York for a cross-country journey.
Ruby (played by Merritt Wever of “Nurse Jackie”) bolts her humdrum life in the suburbs to meet Billy (Domhnall Gleeson of “Star Wars: The Rise of the Skywalker”) based on a pact 17 years before that if either one texted the word “RUN” and the other replied the same, they would immediately head for Grand Central Terminal.
The Vicky Jones-written series, described as a romantic-comedic thriller, alternates between sad and amusing in the first two episodes we previewed. In a train stateroom, she apologizes for an attempt at levity by saying, “I don’t know, I can’t make jokes anymore. I can only make confusing half-jokes” before a dash of slapstick strikes. The old lovers spar a lot and try to figure out the other’s real lives as well as themselves. The problem is I didn’t actually care as much for these impulsive characters as what they’re running from. Maybe you’ll find them more interesting.
Charter Communications’ Spectrum Originals, in partnership with Paramount Network, will present the new Southern Gothic mystery series “Paradise Lost” starting Monday, April 13, when the 10-episode series becomes available on Spectrum On Demand.
Set in small-town Mississippi, the story follows prodigal son Yates Forsythe (played by Josh Harnett) as he returns to his hometown with his wife, Frances (Bridget Ryan) — a woman perplexed by this very old community. Big secrets are unearthed and Yates’ loyalties are tested as he struggles to choose between his past and his future.