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Howdy, folks—the name’s Walker

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Here’s what’s happening in the world of television for Thursday, January 21. All times are Eastern. 


Top pick

Walker (The CW, 8 p.m., series premiere): Howdy, folks. The name’s Walker. Ranger Walker. From Texas.

We think that somewhere in The CW’s corporate bylaws, there must be a clause that demands at least one program in which Jared Padalecki is featured must be on the schedule at all times. Walker fulfills that obligation. Our own bylaws require that Roxana Hadadi recap this reboot, and she stands ready to do so.

Regular coverage

The Stand (CBS All Access, 3:01 a.m.)
Mr. Mayor (NBC, 8 p.m.)
Search Party (HBO Max, 3:01 a.m., episodes 4-6)

Wild card

Selena + Chef (HBO Max, 3:01 a.m., season two, episodes 2-4): Technically, the second season of one of last year’s most pleasant, laid-back surprises opened in November with a Friendsgiving episode. And then… nothing. So today’s release of the next three episodes finally kick this new Selena + Chef season off properly.

Contributor, The A.V. Club and The Takeout. Allison loves TV, bourbon, and overanalyzing social interactions. Please buy her book, How TV Can Make You Smarter (Chronicle, 2020). It’s short!