The Week’ s guide to what’s worth watching
King in the Wilderness
We remember Martin Luther King Jr. as an unshakable lion, but his courage was only part of him. This remarkable documentary humanizes King by focusing on the last 18 months of his life, when his commitment to justice impelled him to take lonely stands for workers’ rights and against the war in Vietnam, while his commitment to nonviolence was tested by the rise of the Black Power movement. He feared assassination, but with humor, grace, and admirable bravery, he continued, to the end, to put his faith-inspired mission first. Monday, April 2, at 8 p.m., HBO
One can only wonder what Donald Trump’s policy would be regarding the refugees who arrive on Oregon’s shore in ABC’s new sci-fi drama. The survivors claim to be fleeing a war 180 years in the future, a war engulfing the United States. A small-town sheriff played by Steve Zahn is doing his best to manage the crisis when a survivor with super strengths (Natalie Martinez) makes clear he’s standing in the way of her mission. Monday, April 2, at 10 p.m., ABC
The Last O.G.
The timing is right: Tracy Morgan, returning to series television for the first time since his near-fatal 2014 car accident, has breakout star Tiffany Haddish in a supporting role and recent Oscar winner Jordan Peele guiding the story. Morgan plays a Brooklyn native who returns to his old neighborhood after a 15-year prison term to find he no longer fits in. Like Morgan’s character, the show can’t quite find its footing, but its mix of comedy and tragedy sometimes soars. Tuesday, April 3, at 10:30 p.m., TBS
Al Pacino made his career playing tough guys and gangsters. Lately, he’s proven a shape-shifter. Returning to HBO, where he recently played Phil Spector and Dr. Jack Kevorkian, the actor delivers an uncanny turn as legendary Penn State football coach Joe Paterno. Director Barry Levinson’s drama focuses on the final days of the coach’s career, when an assistant coach guilty of child sexual abuse embroiled Paterno in a national scandal. Saturday, April 7, at 8 p.m., HBO
Psychopathic assassins don’t generally come as fashion-conscious as the hired killer code-named Villanelle. Jodie Comer is delightful as the former convict sprung from a Russian prison to ply her trade for a shadowy organization that comes to the attention of a brilliant but misused MI5 agent played by the great Sandra Oh. Let the cat-and-mouse chase begin. Sunday, April 8, at 8 p.m., BBC America
National Treasure: Kiri
The well-received British anthology crime series begins a four-part tale about the abduction of a girl named Kiri. Available for streaming Wednesday, April 4, Hulu
A spin-off of Aerial America provides a bird’s-eye view of southern Africa, from Cape Town and Johannesburg to the Zambezi River. Sunday, April 8, at 9 p.m., Smithsonian Channel
Nicola Walker (Last Tango in Halifax) and Sanjeev Bhaskar (Indian Summers) co-star as detectives who launch an investigation when a human skeleton is found in a basement. Sunday, April 8, at 9 p.m., PBS; check local listings
• All listings are Eastern Time.