What’s on TV
LOVE ISLAND 8 p.m. on CBS. The British dating show’s American spinoff returns for a second season tonight with a two-hour premiere. The host Arielle Vandenberg welcomes a new cast of single men and women to an isolated location where they’ll live together in proximity under the watchful eye of the show’s many cameras. For this installment, participants will be sequestered in the Cromwell hotel in Las Vegas, not an exotic international site, because of the coronavirus pandemic, which also delayed the season’s debut. A provisional coupling will kick things off, then the contestants will have be paired up at each subsequent recoupling ceremony to remain in contention for the $100,000 prize. They’ll also have to ingratiate themselves to viewers and their fellow “islanders,” whose votes occasionally determine who departs.
I MAY DESTROY YOU 9 p.m. on HBO; stream on HBO platforms. The first season of Michaela Coel’s critically acclaimed series about an up-and-coming writer’s experience with sexual assault concludes with a cathartic finale. Plagued by flashbacks of the rape, but also frustrated by the gaps in her memory — she’d been drugged before the attack — Arabella (Coel) has been stuck in a terrible limbo state while trying to heal from her ordeal. This week, her recollection of that night returns and she has the opportunity to solve some of the central mysteries she was left with. But Arabella’s movement toward reclamation and reconciliation isn’t limited to her assault. As Mike Hale pointed out in his review for The Times, the show’s “real theme is Arabella’s progress toward regaining her memory in every area of her life.” Coel, he writes, is ultimately “less interested in a tidy resolution than in the story Arabella is building for herself.”
JOHN MCENROE: IN THE REALM OF PERFECTION (2018) Stream on the Criterion Channel and Kanopy; rent on Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, Vudu and YouTube. Like all truly great athletes, John McEnroe transcended his sport even as he came close to perfecting it. This documentary, which draws on 16-millimeter footage of McEnroe competing for the 1984 French Open title, captures the intensity and artistry that separated the American master from even his comparably talented contemporaries. Narrated by the French actor Mathieu Amalric, the film also serves as reflection on how cinema captures bodies in motion and how an individual’s spirt can outstrip the body, even in defeat.
FAMILY BUSINESS Stream on Acorn TV. Whenever the law and family intersect, complications are bound to arise. In this French series set in Lyon, Audrey (Ophélia Kolb) and her mother, Astrid (Catherine Marchal), try to straddle these two conflicting realms as colleagues at Astrid’s law firm. To succeed, they must operate as effective lawyers while remaining in touch with the complex reality of their clients’ family lives. Negotiating their dual status as co-workers and mother and daughter requires striking a similarly tricky balance.