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What’s on TV Sunday: The ESPY Awards and ‘The Woods’


THE 2020 ESPY AWARDS 9 p.m. on ESPN. While other award shows have been postponed or put on hold in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, the ESPY Awards will go on this year, but not as usual. The show, which normally celebrates the year’s top athletes and moments in athletic achievement, will instead shift its focus to honoring humanitarian stories from the sports community. The Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, the soccer star Megan Rapinoe and the W.N.B.A. champion Sue Bird will host the two-hour event remotely.

UNITED WE SING: A GRAMMY TRIBUTE TO THE UNSUNG HEROES 8 p.m. on CBS. This two-hour special follows Harry Connick Jr. and his daughter Georgia on an RV trip around the country to hear and celebrate the stories of essential workers during the coronavirus pandemic. The pair started from their home in Connecticut and snaked their way down to New Orleans. Along the way, the Connicks spoke with those who work in health care, food preparation, sanitation and trucking. The special also features performances from Trombone Shorty, Jon Batiste, Dave Matthews, Tim McGraw and Cyndi Lauper, among others.

THE CHI 9 p.m. on Showtime. Lena Waithe’s drama series set in Chicago’s South Side returns for a third season. The series picks up with Emmett working to transition from unmotivated teenager to responsible businessman, and Ronnie attempting to transform himself, while Kevin and Kiesha embrace a new family dynamic with their newlywed mothers. And when a number of black girls go missing, the city’s leaders push for action and change.

PERRY MASON 9 p.m. on HBO. While many may already be familiar with the dogged defense attorney at the center of Erle Stanley Gardner’s best-selling novels, this new take on the character works to show how Perry Mason became Perry Mason. The origin story begins with the titular character, played by Matthew Rhys, working as a private detective in Depression-era Los Angeles. The eight-part series follows Mason through a single, morbid case, one that becomes the foundation for his lifelong pursuit of justice. “The plotting is intricate and the performances are energetic,” Noel Murray wrote for The New York Times. “This ‘Perry Mason’ has more in common with ‘Chinatown’ and ‘L.A. Confidential’ than with its predecessor.

THE WOODS Stream on Netflix. Following the success of “The Five,” “Safe” and “The Stranger,” the latest Harlan Coben adaptation from Netflix swaps the novel’s New Jersey setting for Poland. It’s 2019 and Pawel Kopinski (Grzegorz Damiecki), a prosecutor in Warsaw, is still haunted by his sister’s disappearance from a summer camp in 1994. But the recent discoveries of a male murder victim and the remains of a woman’s body from a quarry near where his sister disappeared offer new clues about the unsolved case — and expose secrets from Pawel’s past. English-speaking audiences can watch the series dubbed, but Coben has encouraged fans to watch the show in the “original language setting with your language in subtitles.”



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