What’s on TV
THE KENNEDY CENTER HONORS 8 p.m. on CBS. In addition to celebrating 50 years on television this year, “Sesame Street” became the first TV program to receive a Kennedy Center Honor. The ceremony, which also honored the R&B group Earth, Wind & Fire, the actress Sally Field, the singer Linda Ronstadt and the conductor Michael Tilson Thomas for their lifetime achievements in the arts, took place in Washington on Dec. 8, and will be broadcast for TV audiences Sunday night. LL Cool J hosted the star-studded event, which featured performances by Carrie Underwood, Thomas Rhett, Yuja Wang and the Jonas Brothers, as well as spoken tributes from Emmylou Harris, Tom Hanks, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and David Foster.
WATCHMEN 9 p.m. on HBO. Damon Lindelof has suggested that the season finale of “Watchmen,” his adaptation of the influential comic, could also wrap up the series, telling The Hollywood Reporter that he and his writing team “plotted these nine episodes with every mystery and question being resolved.” Either way, the fate of Dr. Manhattan (and the future of his powers) hangs in the balance, while the threat of white supremacy and the Seventh Kavalry rages on.
RICK AND MORTY 11:30 p.m. on Adult Swim. Fans of Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon’s animated sci-fi series waited years for Season 4. Now, after five short episodes, the season will take a hiatus and pick back up in 2020. Until then, catch Morty and his mad scientist grandpa, Rick, take one last adventure through the multiverse in 2019, after spending this season battling dating apps, a dragon and death itself.
THE SOUND OF SILENCE (2019) Stream on Hulu. Finding an apartment in New York City can be enough of a nightmare without noise pollution to contend with. But in this film, Peter Sarsgaard plays a sound-obsessed eccentric who can help. As a professional house tuner, he travels around the city with his tuning forks to assess “the ambient noise in people’s homes (electrical appliances, wind patterns) to pinpoint the source of their anxiety, depression or fatigue,” Aisha Harris wrote in her review for The New York Times. When a woman suffering from chronic exhaustion (Rashida Jones) hires Peter, they strike up a friendship. “The movie swells with grand ideas about our relationships with sound and with one another, often put forth through Peter’s soft-spoken voice, which oscillates between calming and eerie, or through the quiet and hum of city noises and orchestral music,” Harris writes.
KILL BILL FILMS (2003-2004) Stream on Hulu and Tubi; rent on Amazon, Google Play, Vudu and YouTube. Before Rick Dalton and Cliff Booth took on members of the Manson Family, before Lt. Aldo Raine exacted revenge on Nazi soldiers, there was Bill, his Deadly Viper Assassination Squad and his vengeful would-be bride, Beatrix Kiddo (Uma Thurman). Quentin Tarantino’s epic samurai revenge saga puts a heroine in the driver’s seat, giving “the suffering an emotional core that a masculine protagonist wouldn’t provide,” Elvis Mitchell wrote in his New York Times review.