Mayans M.C. returns with an action-packed premiere

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Frankie Loyal (left), JD Pardo, Richard Cabral, Michael Irby

Photo: Prashant Gupta (FX)

Here’s what’s happening in the world of television for Tuesday, September 3. All times are Eastern. 

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Mayans M.C. (FX, 10 p.m., second season premiere): Season one of Mayans M.C., the Sons Of Anarchy spin-off from Kurt Sutter and Elgin James, took us for a bumpy ride—the series inherited the ponderousness and pacing issues of its predecessor along with several of its characters, including Marcus “El Padrino” Alvarez (an impassive Emilio Rivera) and Lincoln Potter (Ray McKinnon). But the story of the Mexican biker gang and the two brothers (J.D. Pardo and Clayton Cardenas) who made the Mayans their found family offered fertile ground for an exploration of migration and identity. Mayans M.C.’s “border story” is unlike any other on TV, and the season-two premiere, “Xbalanque” (speaking of brothers), wastes no time engaging with the current roiling debate about immigration. The episode picks up eight months after the events of “Cuervo/Tz’ikb’uul,” with EZ (Pardo) now a much more willing participant in the Mayans’

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