Rel. Fox picked a very busy Sunday to give one of its new comedies a jump start on the fall. LilRel Howery (The Carmichael Show, Insecure) stars as Rel, who's trying to put his life back together after the breakup of his marriage, in a story drawn from the comedian's own life. Jessica "Jess Hilarious" Moore plays his best friend, Brittany, and Sinbad his father. Howery created the series with Carmichael Show writers Kevin Barnett and Josh Rabinowitz, who's a Penn grad. 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9, Fox.
The Bad Seed. Mckenna Grace (Designated Survivor) stars as Emma, the creepy child of the title, and Rob Lowe plays her increasingly suspicious father in a reimagining of the horror classic that's directed by Lowe. Subtract the heredity underpinnings and add in a scheming nanny (Sarah Dugdale) and this feels like the quintessential Lifetime movie. Look for Patty McCormack (General Hospital), who starred as the murderous child of the 1956 film, as Emma's psychiatrist in a cameo that's a broad wink to the original. 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9, Lifetime.
The Last Ship. Fifth and final season premiere finds the crew of the USS Nathan James brought together to face a new challenge. You'd think, after conquering plague and famine, the next threat to humankind might be locusts, but, no, this one sneaks up on us. And that's all I'm saying. 9 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9, TNT.
Masterpiece: The Miniaturist. Anya Taylor-Joy stars as Petronella Brandt, the new, very young wife of a wealthy merchant (Alex Hassell) whose house, and life, is full of secrets in this three-part adaptation of Jessie Burton's best-selling novel, set in 17th century Amsterdam. I found the story, with its supernatural overtones, far less entrancing than the production itself, whose lighting and costumes made it seem as if paintings from the Dutch Masters had come to life. 9 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9-23, WHYY12.
The Deuce. Second season of David Simon (The Wire) and George Pelecanos' drama about the rise of the porn industry in New York jumps a few years ahead to 1977, with Candy (Maggie Gyllenhaal) trying to take a more artistic, women-friendly approach to her productions — while experiencing occasional pushback from her mentor, Harvey (David Krumholtz) — and twins Vincent and Frankie Martino (both played by James Franco) still living life, and chasing success, in very different ways. As TV series about pornography and prostitution go, this one's best appreciated for its smaller moments and endlessly entertaining dialogue. 9 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9, HBO.
Kidding. Jim Carrey returns to television in a role it feels as if he were born to play. Jeff Pickles is a beloved, even revered, children's TV host — think Mister Rogers with Fred Rogers' reputation but without his stability — whose persona has become the center of a family business. His father, Seb (Frank Langella), produces the show and his sister Deirdre (Catherine Keener) builds the puppets. Judy Greer plays Jeff's estranged wife, whom he tries to impress in the premiere with an appearance on Conan. When Mr. Pickles, responding to a tragedy in his once seemingly perfect life, wants to bring some of his darker thoughts to his young audience, is the resistance he meets about protecting children or the brand? And is Mr. Pickles crazy, or correct about what his viewers need from him? Premiere follows the ninth-season opener of Shameless. 10 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9, Showtime.