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Here comes RuPaul's Drag Race to save an otherwise extra-boring Monday

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Here’s what’s up in the world of TV for Monday, Jan. 30. All times are Eastern.

RuPaul’s Drag Race (Logo, 9 p.m.): Once again, nothing’s on TV, so thank God for one of TV’s wackiest, goofiest reality shows. At least as much a mockery of the reality show format as it is an actual reality competition, RuPaul’s Drag Race is a surprising amount of fun for a show that you wouldn’t expect to be any fun at all. Anyway, we’re adding it this season, and Oliver Sava will be the one taking you through the latest series of drag-related hurdles. In other news, drag-related hurdles have been added to the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics.


Misfits (Hulu, 8 p.m.): The Wikipedia plot summary for this episode includes the sentence “Meanwhile, Curtis also brings back a dead cat.” Greatest random plot point ever? Rowan Kaiser liked cat resurrection back when Designing Women did it.

House (Fox, 8 p.m.): This episode is called “Runaways,” which can mean only one thing: There’s going to be a young girl with her very own pet dinosaur. Man, that dinosaur was awesome. Zack Handlen would love his very own iguanodon.

Alcatraz (Fox, 9 p.m.): “A bank robber from the past causes mayhem in the present.” What on Earth is any different about that, when compared to every other episode of this show? We expect further disgruntlement from our own Will Harris.

Being Human (SyFy, 9 p.m.): Sally looks into reincarnation, and we assume that in the Being Human universe, you can just reincarnate into any old thing, like there’s a catalog of available lives. If that’s true, Phil Nugent wants to be a Boston cream pie.

Scrubs (11 a.m.): Myles McNutt has come to the end of season one already, and we hope he commemorates it with a musical montage where the talks about everything he’s learned over the course of the past few months, while all of our faces flash by.


Gossip Girl (The CW, 8 p.m.): We’ll probably be covering this one because it’s apparently a big episode in which Blair is going to get married to a prince or something. Is that seriously what’s become of this show? All right then.


Who’s Still Standing (NBC, 8 p.m.): NBC’s desperate attempts to stay in the network television game and not collapse utterly into a sub-level cable channel led to it programming this game show that no one cares about. But it’s still on the air!

Bizarre Foods America (Travel, 9 p.m.): The iron-stomached Andrew Zimmern is traveling the country, looking for weird foods. Tonight, it sounds like he’ll be dining on a fine, festive meal of raccoon. Honestly, to us, that doesn’t sound all that bad.


The Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills (Bravo, 9 p.m.): We really don’t want to watch and/or recommend this three-week reunion of the housewives in the wake of this appalling recent season, but we will because some of you might be interested.

Inglourious Basterds (TMC, 8 p.m.): Just try and look away from this Quentin Tarantino World War II fantasia, what with its lengthy scenes full of terrific dialogue and bizarre conceits. And don’t forget about Oscar winner Christopher Waltz!


Jane Eyre (TCM, 8 p.m.): Orson Welles is Rochester, while Joan Fontaine plays Jane in what’s likely the best version of the classic novel committed to film. The movie also stars Agnes Moorehead, Margaret O’Brien, and an uncredited Elizabeth Taylor.

Truck Competition: USHRA Monster Jam (Speed, 8 p.m.): We didn’t want to list a monster truck competition as our sports pick for the night, but monster truck enthusiast Keith Phipps insisted we do so. (He calls himself Phippsasaurus.)


The TRL Decade (Sunday): VH1 gets super nostalgic for a TV show that went off the air less than five years ago, and Genevieve Koski checks out a documentary that attempts to give Total Request Live and Carson Daly the serious business treatment.