After a behind-the-scenes shift, “Better Things” returns to FX. And a minimalist Swedish thriller is streaming on Hulu.
What’s on TV
BETTER THINGS 10 p.m. on FX. Our critic called the second season of this comedy series a “tremendous leap forward” from the first. The third season, beginning on Thursday, promises to be a seismic shift: It’s the show’s first since one of its creators, Louis C.K., admitted to sexual misconduct and was removed from involvement with the series. Now, the show’s other creator, Pamela Adlon, has taken full control. It’s still the same series, still an absurdist, semi-autobiographical take on Adlon’s life and family, with Adlon as a mother struggling with aging while raising three daughters: Max (Mikey Madison), Frankie (Hannah Alligood) and Duke (Olivia Edward). “So, where did I want to go with this season?” Adlon asked in a recent interview with The New York Times. “What I really wanted to do was say, ‘Sam’s a mess. Max is a mess. Phil’s a mess. Frankie’s a mess. Duke’s a mess. Sunny’s a mess.’ I wanted to see these women kind of unraveling. I wanted [the theme of the season to be about] the changes of your life, and honoring that.”
RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE 9 p.m. on VH1. After 10 seasons of ornate drag competitions, RuPaul Charles’s pioneering reality competition series has become a household brand, having hatched multiple spinoff series and, over the years, probably used enough makeup to dress a small stadium. It has also challenged gender expectations and pushed boundaries, as its 11th season promises to continue to do.
THE GUILTY (2018) Stream on Hulu; rent on Amazon, Google Play, Vudu and YouTube. The action in this feature debut of the Swedish filmmaker Gustav Möller takes place almost entirely on the other end of a telephone line. The story centers on a police officer (Jakob Cedergren) who’s been relegated to emergency-response phone duty. He’s bored, until a woman calls saying she’s been kidnapped. Rather than passing the case along, he tries to crack it from the confines of his desk. In her review for The Times, Jeannette Catsoulis called the screenplay “ingenious” and Cedergren’s performance “astonishing.” She wrote that the film “paints such vivid pictures with words that, afterward, we’re not exactly sure what we saw and what was merely imagined.”
BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN THE OPERA Stream on BroadwayHD. The Belgian director Ivo van Hove is both one of the most successful directors of his generation and, Ben Brantley wrote in The Times in 2015, “the contemporary theater’s most celebrated exponent of maximal minimalism.” That excessive nonexcess is in full action in this film of a production of “Brokeback Mountain” the opera, composed by Charles Wuorinen, presented by Teatro Real of Madrid and directed by van Hove. It takes the emotions of Annie Proulx’s story of cowboy romance, also the source of the 2005 film, and elevates them to operatic levels.
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