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New rapture drama from ‘Lost’ creator lands on HBO

Dale Roe
Amy Brenneman leads the excellent ensemble cast in the new rapture drama “The Leftovers,” premiering this week on HBO.

I know I pick on “Under the Dome,” but when that’s the only programming worth noting on a Monday, you know we’re deep into the summer television doldrums. Here’s what caught my eye this week:

Sunday: “Last Tango in Halifax,” 7 p.m., PBS: Season 2 begins. I hope the reference to Gillian dealing with old skeletons is a euphemism, because nobody needs to see that.

“Reckless,” 8 p.m., CBS: New will they/won’t they legal drama finds attracted lawyers on the opposite sides of a case. I’ll allow it, for now, but I reserve the right to find this series in contempt.

“Masterpiece Mystery!” 8 p.m., PBS: The second season of “Endeavour” premieres.

“Unforgettable,” 9 p.m., CBS: Season 3 begins.

“The Leftovers,” 9 p.m., HBO: New drama series from Damon Lindelof of “Lost” follows a small town three years after many residents vanished during a possible “rapture.”

“Vicious,” 9:30 p.m., PBS: Derek Jacobi and Ian McKellen portray squabbling partners of 50 years in this British sitcom.

Monday: “Under the Dome,” 9 p.m., CBS: As season 2 kicks off, the giant contact lens isn’t just impenetrable, it’s now magnetic, too. I’m taking that to mean it attracts lots of viewers … who have absolutely nothing better to do.

Tuesday: “30 for 30,” 7 p.m., ESPN: The documentary “White, Blue and White” examines Argentine soccer stars Ossie Ardiles and Ricky Villa, who took their team to victory in the 1978 World Cup.

“Drunk History,” 9 p.m., Comedy Central: One of tonight’s segments focuses on boxer Joe Louis so, one way or another, somebody’s going to get hammered.

Wednesday: “Kate Plus 8,” 7 p.m., TLC: The sextuplets are turning 10, which creates a good opportunity to exploit them again with a two-hour special.

“Best Bars in America,” 9 p.m., Esquire: Texas craft cocktails are on tap when the hosts visit Austin.

Thursday: “Southern Fried Homicide,” 9 p.m., Investigation Discovery: Enjoy it with a nice, big slice of coconut crime pie.

Friday: “Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular,” 7 p.m., NBC: Host Nick Cannon welcomes Ariana Grande, Lionel Richie and other performers to Manhattan’s holiday celebration.

“A Capitol Fourth,” 7 p.m., PBS: Tom Bergeron hosts; Frankie Valli and others perform.

“Philly 4th of July Jam,” 7 p.m., VH1: The Roots, Ed Sheeran, Ariana Grande (she gets around!) and other musical acts perform from Philadelphia.

Saturday: “The Assets,” 8 p.m., ABC: Tonight’s episode of the espionage drama is called “Check Mate,” so I assume it’s about two British guys arguing about who pays for dinner.