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What to Watch on Sunday: ‘Vice Principals’ comedy debuts on HBO

Danny McBride and Walton Goggins in “Vice Principals” on HBO.
Danny McBride and Walton Goggins in “Vice Principals” on HBO. HBO

Vice Principals (10:30 p.m., HBO) – In this new comedy series, the principal of a South Carolina high school (Bill Murray, one episode only) retires and his two vice principals – played by Danny McBride (“Eastbound & Down”) and Walton Goggins (“Justified”) – vow a fight to the death for the job. When they are passed over in favor of a supremely more qualified candidate – an African American woman from Philadelphia – the two enemies join forces to bring her down. The show is silly, profane and occasionally very funny. But as it progresses, there’s a mean-spirited darkness that tends to depress more often than it delights. Is there a reason to watch? Certainly. That reason is Walton Goggins, as usual.

Also on . . .

The Night Of (9 p.m., HBO) – This new series gets more engrossing with each episode – and much of that is due to John Turturro, who will get more screen time in coming episodes than he did in the first. In tonight’s installment, attorney John Stone (Turturro) counsels Naz while Det. Dennis Box continues to investigate Andrea’s murder. Naz also gets to see his parents and later, is transferred to Riker’s.

Ballers (10 p.m., HBO) – In the Season 2 premiere, Spencer (Dwayne Johnson) faces off with an old adversary during a talk show appearance.

Murder in the First (10 p.m., TNT) – New information causes the list of suspects in the Normandy Parker murder to lengthen.

Roadies (10 p.m., Showtime) – When someone says “the C-word” (Cincinnati) on the bus, the crew falls victim to a mythical rock and roll curse.

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