Sunday will be a busy night.
"Hello Ladies" (HBO, Sunday).
"Eastbound & Down" (HBO, Sunday). Walter White has gotten the reputation as the hardest hard-guy and baddest dad in television, but that distinction may really belong to Kenny Powers, a foul-mouthed, hell-raising, substance-abusing, socially unenlightened, egotistical minor-league ballplayer played with foul yet charming Southern dignity by
"Masters of Sex" (Showtime, Sunday).
The intertwined life and work of Dr. William Masters and Virginia Johnson, who brought laboratory standards and a lot of queer gadgets to the physiological study of human sexuality -- a thing they invented -- is the subject of a new Showtime series starring Michael Sheen (he's played Hamlet, and
thrice, and was also Wesley Snipes on
) and Lizzie Caplan ("Party Down," "Mean Girls,"
). Given the title, the subject and the premium-cableness of it all, there is sex, some of which is sexy sex and some of which is comically scientific sex. (Is there such a thing as scientifically comic sex? Note to self: fund study, with Kickstarter possibly.) Masters gets the titular pun, but Caplan's Johnson, a secretary who made herself a scientist, is the forward-looking, forward-living spirit of the piece, which this season takes us back to the sexual dark ages of 1956 -- busier than your parents might have told you, or your grandparents, or I suppose your great-grandparents. Listen, how old are you, anyway?
"MasterChef Junior" (Fox, Friday). I have not seen this show, which opens the familiar MasterChef cook-off to kids 8 to 13, but from the premise and a smattering of clips I expect it will be the best thing ever. Until Gordon Ramsay makes one of them cry.