What to Watch on Sunday: Debuts of ‘Resurrection’ and ‘Cosmos’

Posted by Brooke Cain on March 9, 2014 

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The people of Arcadia, Missouri, are forever changed when their deceased loved ones suddenly start to reappear, on the series premiere of “Resurrection.” From left: Landon Gimenez, Frances Fisher.

BOB MAHONEY — Bob Mahoney/ABC

Resurrection (9pm, ABC) - The premiere of this new series follows the residents of the small town of Arcadia, Mo., whose lives are forever changed when their deceased loved ones suddenly start to reappear (a phenomenon happening all over the world, by the way, not just in Arcadia). In the first episode, an 8-year-old boy who was presumed dead for more than 30 years is reunited with his now 60-year-old parents. This series is based on a 2013 novel by Jason Mott called “The Returned,” which incidentally was set in North Carolina, not Missouri. All this is easily confused with a superb French drama called “The Returned” that aired last year on the Sundance Channel. That series (which aired in France in 2012) is also about people who suddenly return from the dead – but to a remote village in the French Alps. I’ve only watched the first two episodes of the ABC series, and there are so many similarities to the French series that it just boggles the brain. And I know that practically none of you will take my advice to see the French series, but really, you should. The ABC series is probably a little easier to digest – it’s not quite as dark or creepy as the French series, plus it is in English – but its lighter tone also makes it a bit dull by comparison.

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (9pm) - This is the long-anticipated, 13-episode reboot of Carl Sagan’s classic 1980 PBS series. Hosted by revered science nerd (and astrophysicist) Neil deGrasse Tyson, the new “Cosmos” conveys both the rigor and wonder of science to the masses the way the original series stirred viewers of public television in the 1980s. Here is an excellent review of “Cosmos,” which debuts at 9 p.m. on 10 networks: Fox, FX, FXX, FXM, Fox Sports 1, Fox Sports 2, Fox Life, National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo Wild and Nat Geo Mundo. On subsequent weeks, the show will air at 9 p.m. Sundays on Fox, with an enhanced repeat on Mondays at 10 on the National Geographic Channel. And as a bonus, The National Geographic Channel is airing all 13 episodes of Carl Sagan’s series “Cosmos: A Personal Voyage” as a two-day event noon-6 p.m. Saturday and noon-7 p.m. Sunday.

The Good Wife (9pm, CBS) - So happy this is finally back after a two-month break, with Florrick-Agos and Lockhart-Gardner once again fighting over a lucrative client. And of course, the investigation into election fraud continues.

True Detective (9pm, HBO) - In tonight’s season finale, Hart ( Woody Harrelson) and Cohle ( Matthew McConaughey) find a new lead in their 17-year-old case.

Oprah Prime (9pm, OWN) - The latest OWN TV series with “Oprah” in the title is “Oprah Prime,” which features interviews with celebrities and newsmakers. Tonight, Russell Brand discusses his heroin addiction. This is followed by the premiere of “ Lindsay” (they really missed the boat by not naming this “Oprah presents Lindsay”), in which Lindsay Lohan attempts to rebuild her life after years of public struggles.

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