Tonight’s top picks
8 p.m. on FX A Wilderness of Error
Based on a bestselling book of the same title by filmmaker and author Errol Morris, this new five-part true-crime docuseries from Emmy-winning producer Marc Smerling revisits one of the most noteworthy crimes of the latter 20th century: the 1970 murders of Army surgeon Jeffrey MacDonald’s wife and two young daughters. MacDonald steadfastly insisted the killings were committed by hippies inspired by Charles Manson, but he was convicted of the murders himself and is serving a life sentence. The first three episodes air here, followed by the final two on Oct. 2.
8 p.m. on MAX Movie: John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum
This third entry in the Keanu Reeves action thriller franchise was the most successful to date, both in terms of box-office revenue and critical praise for the screenplay and performances. The story picks up just one hour after the events of the second “Wick” film and finds the ex-hitman title character on the run for his life, pursued by legions of assassins eyeing the $14 million contract placed on his head for his recent actions. Ian McShane, Mark Dacascos, Laurence Fishburne, Halle Berry and Anjelica Huston also star.
9 p.m. on WMPB WHYY Great Performances
The new episode “Now Hear This: The Schubert Generation” uses the tragically brief life of composer Franz Schubert — who composed 1,500 works without having his genius recognized until after his death at age 31 — as a jumping off point for a look at what it takes for a young classical artist to make it today in the 21st century. Host Scott Yoo goes to several of the world’s music capitals to meet rising music stars and play from Schubert’s vast catalog of masterworks.
“A Wilderness of Error”