Smooth criminal

When “Leaving Neverland” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this past January, counselors were stationed in the lobby to help attendees deal with the sordid accusations leveled at the late Michael Jackson. You may need a few therapy sessions of your own after watching this devastating breakdown of how the pop superstar allegedly used his charisma, star power and wealth to destroy not only young boys, but their entire families.

7 p.m. Sunday and Monday, HBO

Hear her roar

“American Idol” introduces plenty of serious contenders in its two-hour premiere, but much of the episode consists of Katy Perry auditioning for her own sitcom. Watching the pop superstar stuff her face with potato chips or duck under the desk to avoid eye contact with a possessed contestant is more entertaining than another TV karaoke session.

7 p.m. Sunday, KSTP, Ch. 5

Back in session

Fans of “Community” may want to start registering for “A.P. Bio” as it kicks off its second season. Glenn Howerton (“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”) slips nicely into the role of the self-centered protagonist, using his high school class to seek revenge on those who wronged him — and learning a little about himself along the way. He’s supported by a A-plus cast, including Minnesotan Lyric Lewis, profiled in this coming Thursday’s Variety section.

7:30 p.m. Thursday, KARE, Ch. 11

Neal Justin