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What to Watch on Sunday: Crime drama ‘The Night Of’ starts on HBO

John Turturro in “The Night Of” on HBO.
John Turturro in “The Night Of” on HBO. HBO

The Night Of (9 p.m., HBO) – In this incredible new eight-part drama, a Pakistani-American college student (Riz Ahmed) is entranced by a beautiful young woman he meets on his way to a party, but the night takes tragic turns and he is arrested for murder. Created by Steven Zaillian (“Schindler’s List,” “American Gangster”) and Richard Price (“The Wire”), “The Night Of” is one of the most engrossing stories I’ve ever seen. It follows the police investigation, the legal proceedings, the criminal justice system and Rikers Island, where young Naz awaits trial – and each facet of the story is equally compelling. I even became strangely invested in a storyline involving the ailing feet of John Turturro, who plays the young man’s attorney. This is the best thing I’ve ever seen Turturro do, and that’s saying something. In fact, all of the performances in this ensemble cast, which includes Michael Kenneth Williams as an inmate at Riker’s, are excellent. This will go down as one of the greats. Don’t miss it.

Also on . . .

N.C. Bookwatch (Noon, UNC-TV) – Dan Bolger talks about “Why We Lost: A General’s Inside Account of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars.”

$100,000 Pyramid (9 p.m., ABC) – Martha Stewart vs. Snoop Dogg and Ken Jeong vs. Tisha Campbell Martin.

Preacher (9 p.m., AMC) – Jesse’s actions endanger and alienate those closest to him, and a glimpse into his past reveals the root of all of his guilt.

The Last Ship (9 p.m., TNT) – As Chandler’s position worsens, his mission becomes increasingly complicated.

Roadies (10 p.m., Showtime) – A music blogger (Rainn Wilson) calls the band irrelevant, so Reg tries to win him over, but the crew takes matters into their own hands.

Jim Gaffigan Show (10 p.m., TV Land) – Jim tries to help his friend Dave, who has hit a low point in his career.

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