Hugh Jackman plays P. T. Barnum in “The Greatest Showman.” And a sitcom premieres on NBC.
What’s on TV
THE GREATEST SHOWMAN (2017) 8 p.m. on HBO2. With the Barnum & Bailey Circus shuttered and its elephants in retirement in Florida (really), this biographical quasi-musical about P. T. Barnum inspired devotion among audiences when it hit theaters in December. Hugh Jackman plays the illustrious Barnum, periodically bursting into original songs written by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. (That duo wrote the lyrics for “La La Land” and the music for “Dear Evan Hansen.”) Michelle Williams, Zac Efron, Zendaya and Rebecca Ferguson all co-star. A circus needs to be more than the sum of its spectacular parts, though, and, in his review for The New York Times, Jason Zinoman wrote that the film is less thrilling than its subject. He called it a “montage sequence that occasionally turns into a movie musical.”
THE INTERPRETER (2005) 8 p.m. on Flix East. This thriller about a fictional interpreter (Nicole Kidman), who falls under the suspicion of Secret Service agents (Sean Penn and Catherine Keener), is more than a decade old but newly relevant. Parallels exist between Ms. Kidman’s character and Marina Gross, an interpreter for the State Department who faced calls from Congress to relay what she had heard during the meeting this year between President Trump and President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia. The film finds tension in focusing on a profession whose craft involves being ignored by the spotlight even when standing right in the center of it.
I FEEL BAD 10 p.m. on NBC. “I never know what I’ll feel bad about,” Emet says in the first episode of this series. “But I know it’s always just around the corner.” Sarayu Blue, known to TV audiences from the CW comedy-drama “No Tomorrow,” plays Emet, who struggles with bad co-workers (at a video game company) and family matters in this new sitcom, created by Aseem Batra (“Scrubs,” “The Cleveland Show”) and co-stars Paul Adelstein. Amy Poehler is an executive producer.
THERE WILL BE BLOOD (2007) on Hulu. When the New York Philharmonic accompanied this Paul Thomas Anderson epic with a live soundtrack this month, Anthony Tommasini wrote in The Times that it was “every orchestra’s fantasy for opening night: an overflow audience full of young people, the sense of a singular event, a huge ovation.” The film’s score, by Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead, sounds great at home with headphones, too. “In a scene when oil seeps up from the ground,” Mr. Tommasini wrote, “the strings ooze and slide through a stretch of overlapping glissandos, until restless inner figures break into every-which-way counterpoint.” The film opens with just Daniel Plainview (Daniel Day-Lewis, who won an Oscar for his performance), a prospector, mining for silver. He finds oil. He strikes it rich. He goes a little mad. Then there’s blood.