Weekend Preview: ‘True Detective’ Season Finale, ‘Masters Of Sex,’ And The Start Of Football Season

Note: Ballers, The Brink and Last Week Tonight with John Oliver are each pushed back 30 minutes this week to make room for the elongated True Detective finale.

True Detective (HBO, Sunday 9 p.m.) — Everything finally boils over in the 90-minute finale of the oh-so-colloquial second season of True Detective. Colin Farrell’s mustache has gone and grown a salt-and-pepper beard, someone torches a Range Rover, and skinny Vince Vaughn teeters on the line between self-fulfillment and revenge.

Masters of Sex (Showtime, Sunday 10 p.m.) — Virginia’s parents pay her a surprise visit, and Dr. Masters preps for his big “I told you so” speech.

Ray Donovan (Showtime, Sunday 9 p.m.) — Donovan is stuck between Katie Holmes and a hard place when she tries to talk him into helping her instead of her father. Also, Jon Voight parties a little too hard and is left scrambling to stop his pockets from being turned inside out.

Hell on Wheels (AMC, Saturday 9 p.m.) — Bohannon learns a valuable lesson in the benefits of being bilingual, as he attempts uphold the ruling handed down by the strong arm of the law, and the Chinese workers ain’t feelin’ it.

Hannibal (NBC, Saturday 10 p.m.) — The hunter and the hunted both vie for Hannibal’s attention as Francis Dolarhyde discovers a means of direct communication with Dr. Lecter. As Francis and Hannibal grow closer, Will worries he’s already flown too close to the sun.

Sunday Night Football (NBC, 8 p.m.) — Oh, wow. Where did the summer go? It’s officially football season, and we kick things off with Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth calling the Steelers-Vikings Hall of Fame game in Canton, Ohio. O-H-I-Oh, how ridiculous is preseason football?

HUMANS (AMC, Sunday 9 p.m.) — The Synths crash with the Hawkins’ with Hobb hot on their tail, and George and Karen race to track down Niska, who will face dramatically different fates, depending on who reaches her first.

Ballers (HBO, Sunday 10:30 p.m.) — Reggie goes full Nicholas Sparks to get out of the dog house, while Toby Ziegler makes The Rock and Rob Corddry clean up the collateral damage created by what was essentially the 2005 Vikings boat party.

The Brink (HBO, Sunday 11:00 p.m.) — Adult men resort to fisticuffs in the Situation Room, and Jack Black dances around proper use of the phrase “you people” while Tim Robbins scares the hell out of a bunch of kids who are probably only in D.C. because they’d have had to do a book report if they didn’t go on their class field trip.

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO, Sunday 11:30 p.m.) — If you hadn’t caught on to the fact that this is basically John Oliver’s version of The Daily Show, but with swearing and without commercials, he flat out told us so while bidding farewell to Jon Stewart in the host’s last episode of the aforementioned Comedy Central nightly news program.