TV picks for July 20-24: - "Masters of Sex,” "The Lottery,” "Hotel Hell,” Greg LeMond

  • Updated: July 19, 2014 - 2:00 PM

Julianne Nicholson on “Masters of Sex.”

All the lonely people

One of the misleading aspects of “Masters of Sex” is that it’s all about sex, the kind of program Cinemax presents in the middle of the night to viewers whose other family members are out of town. But the series, firmly into its second season, has very few naughty bits. A recent nude scene with Allison Janney and Beau Bridges was more tragic than titillating; the trysts between Virginia Johnson (Lizzy Caplan) and Bill Masters (Michael Sheen) are about as erotic as a driver’s manual; and the slowly dying doctor played by Julianne Nicholson may win the title of Saddest Character of the Year. This is a drama about awfully lonely people who barely know how to get through a conversation, let alone a hook up. If you’re interested in smutty fun, get a subscription to Hustler. If you want a telling examination of fragile humans, enroll in “Masters.” 9 p.m. Sunday, Showtime

Winning combination

The future looks downright scary, at least according to a new crop of TV shows. Just weeks after the debut of “The Leftovers” comes “The Lottery,” a drama in which the world faces the possibility of extinction in 2025, due to a global fertility crisis. One hundred viable embryos are created and a national lottery is held to see who gets control. I wonder if they’re using scratch cards. 9 p.m. Sunday, Lifetime

Checking in

After he gets done shouting at contestants on “MasterChef,” Gordon Ramsay will rip into B&B operators on “Hotel Hell,” which kicks off its second season. In the first episode, Ramsay travels to New Mexico, where the owner is more interested in singing than managing his property. Bet he does a killer version of “Hotel California.” 8 p.m. Monday, KMSP, Ch. 9

Breaking away

Take a break from watching the Tour de France to pedal back in history. Medina resident Greg LeMond looks back at his first tour victory in “Slaying the Bridger,” a new edition of the always reliable “30 for 30” series. Because of disqualifications, LeMond is officially the only American to ever win the prestigious title. 7 p.m. ESPN

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