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What’s on TV Sunday: ‘Leaving Neverland’ and ‘Good Girls’

Category: Art & Culture,Arts

The first part of the much-anticipated Michael Jackson documentary airs on HBO. And, on NBC, “Good Girls” returns.

LEAVING NEVERLAND 8 p.m. on HBO. In these #MeToo times, will the revival of conversations about Michael Jackson’s alleged pedophilia lead to a reckoning? This documentary by Dan Reed focuses on the accounts of Wade Robson and James Safechuck, two men who claim that Jackson sexually abused them for years when they were minors. HBO is showing the four-hour, two-part work over two nights — on Sunday and Monday. The second part will be followed by “Oprah Winfrey Presents: After Neverland,” a separate interview with the two men by Winfrey, which will air at 10 p.m. on HBO and OWN. In a recent article for The New York Times, Wesley Morris called the documentary “long but delicately, patiently done — and so quiet; you can practically hear yourself listening.”

DIVIDE AND CONQUER: THE STORY OF ROGER AILES (2018) 9 p.m. on A&E. Another complex legacy, that of Roger E. Ailes, the former Fox News executive, is the focus of the filmmaker Alexis Bloom’s work. The film looks at Ailes’s life — and, by extension, the creation of Fox News itself — with interviews with his peers and archival footage chronicling a career that helped create the images of former Presidents Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. He also profoundly affected the way politics is discussed in America. Ailes’s career ended amid sexual-harassment allegations and played a role in furthering political divisions in the country. “You leave ‘Divide and Conquer’ energized and incensed, and with a grudging admiration for Ailes’s pugnacious instincts,” Ben Kenigsberg wrote in his review for The Times.

GOOD GIRLS 10 p.m. on NBC. Retta, Christina Hendricks and Mae Whitman star in this comedy about three women breaking bad. They got into trouble in Season 1; now their misdeeds might be catching up with them. The first episode of Season 2, debuting on Sunday, involves the surfacing of evidence that brings them one step closer to discovery by the F.B.I.

APOLLO 13 (1995) Stream on Netflix; Rent on Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu and YouTube. Between Todd Douglas Miller’s new documentary on Apollo 11 and the visual effects victory for “First Man” at the Oscars, America’s attempts to send humans to the moon’s surface have been getting an unusual amount of attention. Ron Howard’s space travel drama, which was nominated for nine Academy Awards in 1996 (it won two), is “absolutely thrilling,” Janet Maslin wrote in her review for The Times. It also popularized the phrase “Houston, we have a problem,” a variation on what was actually said (that would be “Houston, we’ve had a problem”). “It’s a small but important change,” Maslin wrote. “One more way that ‘Apollo 13’ unfolds with perfect immediacy, drawing viewers into the nail-biting suspense of a spellbinding true story.”

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