Monday TV: Supergirl, Jane the Virgin, NCIS: Los Angeles & More

by Jason the TVaholic on January 25, 2016

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News & Notes

Get Supergirl Episodes via Amazon VideoTonight, FOX has The X-Files on its regular night and the series premiere of Lucifer.

Over on cable, Freeform has the third winter season premiere of The Fosters and the series premiere of Recovery Road, Syfy has the series premiere of The Magicians, and TBS has the 11th season premiere of American Dad.

A couple of notes on the changes for email and RSS subscribers, if you missed them over the weekend.

Prime Picks

Supergirl (CBS): New. Hank has to deal with his past when a member of the race that ended his abducts a Senator. Cat’s estranged son visits National City.

Jane the Virgin (The CW): New. Jane begins her new teaching assistant job. Petra tells Rafael everything. Michael finds some things out.

NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS): New. Kensi and Deeks let everyone know they are moving in together and then end up having to protect her ex-fiancé. Starts a minute before the hour and runs 61 minutes.

Solid Selections

The X-Files (FOX): New. Mulder and Scully catch a suicide case that may be a link to something bigger. Much better case than last night’s return episode, even if you figure out what is going on before they do. What did you think of last night’s return? Are you still excited for tonight’s episode?

The Magicians (Syfy): Series Premiere. Based on the novel series by Lev Grossman. In the first episode tonight, a pair of best friends are recruited to take the entrance exam for the magical and secret Brakebills University. Runs 70 minutes. Basically, this is what if Harry Potter had felt like an outside his whole life and only finally finds out he has magical abilities as he is about to enter grad school. There is a potentially interesting world in here, but it isn’t told in a particularly interesting way.

The Magicians (Syfy): New. One of the friends deals with the aftermath of the tragedy that he had a part in creating, while the other learns of other magical pursuits outside of the university. Starts 10 minutes after the hour and runs 60 minutes. The second episode fills in some gaps, but isn’t much better than the premiere. I still hold out hope that it will figure out some things and become more interesting in the next couple of episodes. Will you be checking this one out tonight?

Late Night

  • Angie Tribeca (TBS): Repeat. The series premiere episode, “Pilot,” replays. Plays again later. The whole first season played multiple times on Sunday and Monday last week and now takes its regular night and time and replays each episode weekly for the next 10 weeks. If you missed it and you like spoof style humor, it’s worth checking out. I just didn’t find it as funny as I thought I would, given I do like that style of humor.
  • Billions (Showtime): Repeat. Last night’s episode, “Naming Rights,” replays. Plays again later twice.
  • Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (The CW): New. Rebecca tries to impress Josh’s friends by renting a party bus to taking them to the beach.
  • Lucifer (FOX): Series Premiere. The Devil has become bored with his job in Hell and left for a vacation in Los Angeles where he runs a piano bar night club. When a pop singer he once helped is murdered in front of him, he ends up helping the detective on the case solve it. She just happens to be the only woman he has ever come across that doesn’t instantly fall prey to his “charms,” which makes her fascinating to him. Unfortunately, this whole premise is so dumb that it would have had to be amazingly put together and acted or have some very interesting twist to fascinate me. It wasn’t and doesn’t. It’s not totally crap, as it is a well-made and acted procedural, but again the premise just doesn’t work for me. There is a buy-in or opt-out moment with every TV show and a bored with his job Devil with daddy issues on vacation in Los Angeles that decides to help solve murders while going to therapy was my opt-out. Is this one on your list for tonight?
  • Recovery Road (Freeform): Series Premiere. A hard parting high school girl is given a choice by her guidance counselor, either get expelled or enter a sober-living facility. Plays twice. Solid family drama. If you like The Fosters or Switched at Birth, you’ll probably like this one as well. Freeform, formerly ABC Family, has created a nice little brand of family dramas that bring stories from different angles to the genre and do them well. Is this a road you’ll be taking tonight?
  • Scorpion (CBS): New. Walter’s date is a bomb. Runs 59 minutes.

Sports Notes

  • CBS Sports has men’s college basketball action tonight with Lafayette at Bucknell.
  • ESPN has doubleheader men’s college basketball action tonight with Duke at Miami followed by Kansas at Iowa State.
  • ESPN2 has women’s college basketball action tonight with Tennessee at Kentucky followed by quarterfinals coverage of the Australian Open tennis tournament.
  • ESPNU has men’s college basketball action tonight with Alabama A&M at Southern.
  • NBA TV has doubleheader action tonight with the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Cleveland Cavaliers followed by the San Antonio Spurs at the Golden State Warriors.

Late Night

  • Colony (USA Network): Repeat. Last Thursday night’s episode, “A Brave New World,” replays.

Monday TV Marathons

Criminal Minds (ION): Has 13 episodes.
CSI: Miami (WEtv): Seven episodes tonight.
Law & Order: Criminal Intent (WEtv): Six episodes today.
NCIS (USA Network): Has 11 episodes.
The Simpsons (FXX): Has 12 episodes tonight.

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