“Recovery Road,” 9 p.m., Freeform (formerly ABC Family).
In last week's
opener, we met Maddie (Jessica Sula), brainy and beautiful and deep
into drugs and alcohol. Her high school guidance counselor – who is
secretly a recovering alcoholic – set the rule: She could only stay
in school if she commuted from an adult rehab center.
Now she's trying to
do it without letting her friends know. Tonight, her deceptions
collide with her former best friend, who's in the same rehab center.
It's a solid start for a promising show.
“The X-Files,” 8 p.m., Fox.
At its best,
“X-Files” switches tone from week to week, going from serious
sci-fi to standard mystery to occasional comedy. Now that hits an
extreme, with an hour that's ... well, just goofy.
Out in the woods,
there's a man who turns into a beast. Or maybe it's a beast that
turns into a man. Or maybe it's not a werewolf, just a werereptile.
This is a broad story, executed in a style that's only a smidgen
short of farce. You may like it, sort of ... while waiting for the
real “X-Files” next week.
ALTERNATIVE: “And the Oscar Goes To ...” (2014), 8 p.m. ET,
Turner Classic Movies.
No one else does
Oscar-month as well as TCM. Now this documentary about the Academy
Awards is surrounded by “31 days (and 360 degrees) of Oscar.”
That starts at 6 a.m. today (“Gigi,” 1958) and ends at 6 a.m.
March 3; there are 360 Oscar-winning or -nominated films, each
sharing an actor with the one that follows ... until the final one
links with the first.
includes a lesson in epics -- “Ben-Hur” (1959) at 4 p.m. ET,
“Laurence of Arabia: (1962) at 10 p.m., “Bridge on the River
Kwai” (1957) at 2 a.m. They're great ... but very long; alert your
p.m., CBS. Superman has his Bizarro nemesis and now it's his cousin's
turn: Supergirl faces a twisted version of herself. Also, in her
alternate identity as Kara, she befriend's Cat's son.
p.m., NBC. It's time for the store's wedding sale, when sweet
brides-to-be converge fiercely. The result is sometimes funny,
sometimes just overwrought. It does, however, get good moments from
one of its best characters, a blithely oblivious young mother-to-be.
8:30, NBC. Mimi has been fretting about raising her kids, but now
she's feels this is crisis time: Her son had hidden a sexy photo of
her friend Ana (Eva Longoria). Soon, everyone at the telenovela is
conferring about how to deliver “the sex talk.”
“Jane the Virgin,”
9 p.m., CW. Here's another parenthood problem: Jane's baby spills
orange juice on her computer and she can't access her thesis. She
goes to a tech specialist, played by Diego Boneta, the “Rock of
Ages” star and “Scream Queens” co-star.
p.m., Fox. Sometimes it's handy to have the Devil as your consultant.
When a movie star's son dies after being persued by paparazzi, Chloe
the cop gets help from Lucifer.
Lens,” 10 p.m., PBS (check local listings). This hour was scheduled
previously, then delayed until tonight; it traces a dark piece of
recent history: At a big Los Angeles hospital, women in labor
(usually low-income, some not speaking English) were pushed into
agreeing to be sterilized. A powerful hour includes some of the women
and the whistleblowing doctor.
p.m., Syfy. Quentin struggles at this secret magicians college, while
facing obsessions: His childhood friend Julia obsesses on being
rejected by the school; his classmate Alice obsesses on reviving her
dead brother. A promising show is damaged by the fact that Quentin is
tough to care about.
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