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What’s on TV Sunday: ‘Queer Eye’ and ‘The Affair’


QUEER EYE: WE’RE IN JAPAN! Stream on Netflix. The reboot of this feel-good reality TV show deviated from the original by leaving its mostly New York setting to help people of all genders and sexual orientations across America. Now the Fab Five are taking their expertise in food, grooming, culture, fashion and interior design to Tokyo. With the American-Japanese model and actress Kiko Mizuhara and the Japanese comedian Naomi Watanabe as their guides, Bobby Berk, Karamo Brown, Tan France, Antoni Porowski and Jonathan Van Ness meet four new faces and work to transform their lives. Along the way, the self-help gurus explore the city’s cultural offerings, making the mini-series part makeover show, part travelogue.

THE NIGHTINGALE (2019) Stream on Hulu; Rent on Google Play and YouTube. Jennifer Kent, the director of “The Babadook,” wrote and directed this feature about 1820s Tasmania, where British soldiers rule over convicts who were relocated there from England and Ireland, while also warring with the area’s indigenous peoples. Within that “ladder of cruelty” that A.O. Scott described in his New York Times review, the film follows an Irish convict named Clare (Aisling Franciosi), who ventures out into the wilderness with an Aboriginal guide to seek revenge on the British officer who raped her. The film has been criticized for its portrayal of sexual assault and brutality, but Scott still named it a Critic’s Pick. “This is a difficult movie because the questions it raises are not easy,” he wrote, adding, “You might say it’s too angry. Or too honest.”

THE AFFAIR 9 p.m. on Showtime. When this show debuted in 2014, it focused on the deception and perspectives of Alison (Ruth Wilson), a married waitress, and Noah (Dominic West), a husband and father of four, who step out on their spouses to engage in an affair. The subsequent seasons have dealt with the fallout from that transgression, exploring how the dissolution of those marriages have affected their family members. By its fifth and final season, the show has expanded even further into two narrative timelines: one set in the present day, and the other decades in the future. The series finale brings together Noah’s family for his daughter’s wedding, while Alison’s adult daughter Joanie (Anna Paquin) grows closer to uncovering the truth about her mother’s death.

90 DAY FIANCÉ 8 p.m. on TLC. On a new season of this reality show that combines the perils of dating with culture shock, seven new couples allow cameras to capture their tumultuous K-1 visa process, which allows Americans to bring their fiancé or fiancée into the country for 90 days. In that time period, the couples will have to decide whether they’ll walk down the aisle or whether their non-American partner will have to leave the country. In this seventh season, we’ll be introduced to couples who are either meeting in person for the first time or are just getting to know each other. They include a 41-year-old banker and a 23-year-old Brazilian model; and a Nebraskan mother of three dating a man from Turkey despite the language barrier.


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