Here’s what’s up in the world of TV for Monday, February 10. All times are Eastern.
Regular Show (Cartoon Network, 7:30 p.m.): We don't always call out Regular Show—despite its charm, it's also a show quite content to work within its boundaries to produce something stable yet entertaining. But the show has been on a remarkable hot streak—earning As for almost half of the season. This week, in "The Postcard," High Five Ghost takes center-stage as he attempts to reconnect with a girl from his past. And we are big fans of High Five Ghost, the sweet, armless, non-corporeal guy! We hope he finds someone to love him tonight. But if he doesn't, Alasdair Wilkins will be there for him, don't worry.
The 2014 Winter Olympics (NBC, 8 p.m.): It's only been three days, but we are deep in the grip of an ice-dancing addiction that will never release its terrible hold. But alas, the horrors! NBC is not showing any figure skating tonight. Our methadone tonight will have to be women's super-combined alpine skiing, which sounds rather difficult. Also running tonight: Men's freestyle skiing, moguls division; and the 1500-meter short-track men's competition for speed skating. No curling or skating? Kevin McFarland says THANKS, PUTIN.
The Following (Fox, 9 p.m.): TV Guide informs us that in tonight's episode, "Family Affair," Emma "gets closer" to evil killer twins Mark and Luke, which can only mean one thing: THEY HAVE SEX THEY HAVE SEX THEY HAVE SEX THAVE SETX (froths at mouth). David Sims blames the idiot who introduced the phrase “menage a trois” to the lexicon of whatever American frat boy is writing this show.
Independent Lens (PBS, 10 p.m.): In “Spies Of Mississippi,” Independent Lens investigates the Mississippi Sovereignty Commission, a surveillance program developed by the state in the late ‘50s to enforce segregation on the state's population. The agency notoriously has censored most of its activity, even after their papers were unsealed by a federal judge in 1998. Available evidence indicates that the commission collected information on 87,000 citizens and was complicit in the killings of three murders in Philadelphia, Missouri. Tonight's show will include interviews with several civil rights activists from the era and former Mississippi Governor William Winter, who took office shortly after the commission closed.
Rick And Morty (Adult Swim, 10:30 p.m.): And even though this new show is taking a hiatus to steer clear of the Olympics, we’re going back to review the three episodes we missed at the beginning of the season. Tonight, Zack Handlen brings you the pilot.
ALSO ON TV CLUB
Phil Dyess-Nugent takes a look back at 1974's Kolchak: The Night Stalker, a supernatural procedural that inspired Chris Carter to create The X-Files, for our feature One-Season Wonders, Weirdos, And Wannabes. Anchored by Darren McGavin's portrayal of Carl Kolchak, a hardened reporter turned reluctant hero, The Night Stalker ventured into the unpredictable waters of televisual horror, with brilliant, if weird, results. Vampires, zombies, alchemists, and Jack the Ripper roam the streets of Chicago for 20 episodes—which, this winter, sounds just about right.
WHAT ELSE IS ON?
The Bachelor (ABC, 8 p.m.): Continuing their tour of the far side of the world, Juan Pablo and the eight remaining bachelorettes travel to New Zealand. Only six contestants will make it to the next round. A group date involves six of the women engaging in an extreme sport (but the nature of the sport remains secret?) and a one-on-one date is a romantic speedboat ride through a gorge. (Is that what they're calling it these days?)'
Hart Of Dixie (The CW, 8 p.m.): In tonight's third-season winter finale, Zoe's mom shows up for an unexpected visit in the middle of Zoe's birthday party. RUDE.
Top Gear (BBC America, 8:30 p.m.): The 21st season begins with Jeremy, Richard, and James testing out classic hatchbacks against modern ones; Downton Abbey's Hugh Bonneville shows up for a visit. RUDE.
The Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills (Bravo, 8 p.m.): Carlton throws a party—and doesn't invite Kyle. RUDE. And Brandi and Kim doubt their friendship with Lisa—but Lisa doesn't care, because...
Vanderpump Rules (Bravo, 9 p.m.): ... she's too busy corralling her employees. In “Reunion Part I,” the SUR staffers reunite, and sparks fly. Stassi and Kristen spar, and so do Jax and Tom. RUDE. We don't know what SUR is, and we're proud to report that it doesn't really matter.
Beloved (TMC, 7 p.m.): Jonathan Demme directs this adaptation of the Pulitzer-Prize novel written by Toni Morrison. Oprah Winfrey stars as Sethe. Also starring Danny Glover, Thandie Newton, and Kimberly Elise.
How To Train Your Dragon (FXX, 8 p.m.): This unexpectedly charming animated film about dragons and vikings is intended for kids, which means it's perfect for TV Club. RUDE.
Questioning Darwin (HBO, 9 p.m.): An HBO original documentary on the religious life of Charles Darwin, who worked to reconcile his faith in God with his theory of evolution throughout the course of his life. The film also interviews modern-day creationists on the source of their frustrations with evolution. RUDE.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
The Walking Dead: It returns, for more walkers and an attempt to make the story cohere between now and the already-announced season five! Zack Handlen really enjoyed last night’s Michonne-centric episode.