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It’s a bird… It’s a plane… No, it’s very clearly Jane The Virgin

Photo: The CW
Photo: The CW

Here’s what’s up in the world of TV for Monday, October 17. All times are Eastern.


Top picks

Jane The Virgin (The CW, 9 p.m.): Last week, Supergirl returned to save the day on The CW, and now it’s time for its Monday night partner to do the same thing. Only, with less tights and a lot more telenovela-like behavior. So in the Jane The Virgin third season premiere, “Chapter Forty-Five,” “Jane learns that Michael was shot. Meanwhile, Rafael safeguards Mateo; Anezka poses as Petra, but others grow begin to grow suspicious; and Rogelio requests Xo’s help as he tries to keep things quiet in the press for Jane.” That all sounds like a proper follow-up to the season finale reviewer Oliver Sava called “powerful,” and it doesn’t even have a single Kryptonian.

The Odd Couple (CBS, 9:30 p.m.): Over on CBS, the current version of The Odd Couple—which your friendly neighborhood What’s On Tonight show contributor has seen every episode of—also sees a return in the form of the third season, with a classic sitcom premise to bring us all back into the world of slob Matthew Perry and neat freak Thomas Lennon shenanigans. “Oscar faces a true dilemma when he’s forced to choose between his romantic plans with Charlotte and helping keep a distraught Felix from completely falling apart after Emily decides to extend her stay in London.” A “true dilemma,” indeed. If only he could be in two places at once…

Desus & Mero (Viceland, 11 p.m.): Need a nightcap? Well Viceland is getting into the late night game, because why the hell not? Bodega Boys podcast hosts Desus Nice and The Kid Mero take their show on the proverbial road as hosts of this series (airing weeknights on Viceland), “sounding off on the issues of the day, covering news, pop culture and day to day life.” They do it in the span of a half-hour though, so don’t worry about it being all the issues of said day.

Premieres and finales

A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story (Lifetime, 8 p.m.): This week’s Lifetime original movie premiere is a documentary about Velasquez, a 28-year-old, 58-pound woman “born with a rare syndrome that prevents her from gaining weight.” The documentary tells “her triumphant journey to the other side of bullying, and her mission to inspire and empower a more positive online environment.” Despite the subject matter, Variety described the documentary as “cheerfully upbeat,” so Lifetime really is just full of surprises sometimes.


Sacred Steel (Discovery Channel, 10 p.m.): Sacred Steel—you know, that show that sounds like it should be a Hugh Jackman movie—ends its first season tonight with “The Dutch”: “A project is planned for a bike night at the Viper Room in Hollywood, California.” You know, that does actually sound kind of sacred, in its own way. Sacred Steel lives up to its name, at least for tonight. The jury’s still out on how real Hugh Jackman’s steel was though.

Regular coverage

Marvel’s Luke Cage (Netflix)

Supergirl (The CW, 8 p.m.)

Gotham (Fox, 8 p.m.)

WWE Monday Night RAW (USA, 8 p.m.)

Lucifer (Fox, 9 p.m.)

Timeless (NBC, 10 p.m.)

Streaming pick

Siblings (Hulu): We recently found out that the hilarious sitcom Siblings—which is basically a British version of It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia, if the show were only about Dennis and Dee—won’t be moving forward with a third series. Luckily, Hulu is keeping the memory of its first two (and only) series alive. You should keep the memory alive too by watching it.