What’s on TV Wednesday: ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ and ‘Black Mirror’06/05/2019
THE HANDMAID’S TALE Stream on Hulu. After a twist-filled Season 2 finale left audiences discordant (or just asking why June didn’t get into that truck), “The Handmaid’s Tale” returns to Hulu for a third round. Continuing its interpretation of the novel by Margaret Atwood, the acclaimed series will bring back Elisabeth Moss as June, whose tale of resistance in a New England reshaped by environmental catastrophe and a patriarchal, totalitarian state has inspired intense fandom and real-world activism. Season 2 saw Serena Joy Waterford, the complicated and often staggeringly evil character played by Yvonne Strahovski, getting more attention — a trend that continues. “These super powerhouse female roles are layered and complex, and the story lines are amazing,” Strahovski recently told The New York Times, “and it’s so fun as an actor to come to work and play with that.”
BLACK MIRROR Stream on Netflix. Charlie Brooker’s anthology series raises one eyebrow at technology and its other at human nature. The three unconnected episodes that make up the show’s fifth season, all debuting Wednesday, each run over an hour. Some discussion is bound to be centered on the season’s most famous cast member, Miley Cyrus, who plays a pop star in trouble in an episode called “Rachel, Jack and Ashley Too.” Another episode, “Striking Vipers,” imagines a fictional virtual reality video game that adds a new dimension to a friendship in more ways than one. And “Smithereens” centers on a rideshare-enabled kidnapping that also brings up questions about the power of social media companies and offbeat tech executives.
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GODZILLA (2014) 5:30 p.m. on TNT. Godzilla’s stature may have been cut down slightly by last weekend’s release of “Godzilla: King of the Monsters,” which was met with disappointing sales at the box office. But there’s no denying this monster’s staying power in the popular imagination. The new movie is a sequel to this 2014 effort, which gave the classic city kicker a new coat of paint through modern-day visual effects. It’s good for a night in; the kind of movie during which you can safely get up to answer the door for pizza. It is “at once bloated and efficient, executed with tremendous discipline and intelligence and conceived with not too much of either,” A.O. Scott wrote in his review for The Times. Gareth Edwards, who went on to direct “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” directed this reboot.
NBC NIGHTLY NEWS WITH LESTER HOLT 6:30 p.m. on NBC. Tonight’s episode of this NBC News program will be broadcast from Normandy, with a program dedicated to the 75th anniversary of D-Day. It includes interviews with two American D-Day veterans and a visit to the Airborne Museum in Ste.-Mère-Église.
2019 CMT MUSIC AWARDS 8 p.m. on CMT. The country harmonizers Little Big Town will host this year’s CMT Music Awards in Nashville. Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood, Sheryl Crow, Brandi Carlile, Tanya Tucker, Luke Bryan, Toby Keith and Zac Brown Band are among the show’s performers.
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