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Like Jamie Kennedy, Fox hopes you’ve been sufficiently X’d

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Here’s what’s up in the world of TV for Monday, February 22. All times are Eastern.


Top pick

The X-Files (Fox, 8 p.m.): The X-Files is ending! Again! You guys are used to it, so we won’t make too big of a deal out of it. Besides making it the top pick, that is. That one you all get for free. It’s “My Struggle II,” and while we’re slightly upset it’s not called “The Struggle (Is Real),” we’ve got to say that this episode sounds like a doozy. “Mulder and Scully uncover a shocking truth with global ramifications.” Whoa. Whoa. We’re afraid that’s just spoiling too much. We’re sorry, Zack Handlen.

Also noted

Supergirl (CBS, 8 p.m.): “Truth, Justice And The American Way,” huh? That’s all well and good, but what about Cat Grant’s new second assistant? Great question! “Cat hires a second assistant, Siobhan Smythe (Italia Ricci), who immediately tries to one-up Kara.” Really, we don’t think it will be too hard. Just be an assistant who’s always present. Literally. Then again, we guess we should support Kara—“Siobhan Smythe” is just not the name of someone you should trust. That’s why Caroline Siede changed her name to, well, Caroline Siede.

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (The CW, 8 p.m.): Sometimes you just have to say “oh, sweetie” to an episode synopsis. Tonight’s episode of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is one such instance. “After the texting debacle, Rebecca attempts to recover by pursuing a case she thinks will bring her closer to Josh.” Oh, sweetie. Allison Shoemaker’s review is probably a lot more than “oh, sweetie,” but we know that’s what it all really boils down to. Or does it boil down to something more? (See what else is going on in TV Club to find out.)

Superstore/Telenovela (NBC, 8/8:30 p.m.): NBC’s pretty charming new sitcoms are having their first season finales tonight, so we figured we’d let you know about that. No need to thank us, but you’re welcome. First up is, Superstore is all about “Labor”: “Cheyenne has her baby, but she continues working because Cloud 9 doesn’t provide paid maternity leave.” Apparently Superstore is also about social commentary, and we kind of love that. Then, Telenovela ends its season with “The Stalker”: “Xavi asks Ana for a cup of coffee to talk about their relationship. When he doesn’t show, Ana fears the worst.” Classic Telenovela. Like cheap plastic cups, we’re gonna miss you when you’re gone, Superstore and Telenovela.


WWE Monday Night RAW (USA, 8 p.m.): “Roman wins.” - LaToya Ferguson

American Dad (TBS, 8:30 p.m.): “Stan Smith Is Keanu Reeves as Stanny Utah in Point Break.” Sold.


Regular coverage

11.22.63 (Hulu, midnight)

Wander Over Yonder (DisneyXD, 8:30 p.m.)

Jane The Virgin (The CW, 9 p.m.)

The Magicians (Syfy, 9 p.m.)

Better Call Saul (AMC, 10 p.m.)

Elsewhere in TV Club

Hey, are you here because of our earlier Crazy Ex-Girlfriend entry? Regardless of what you say, we still encourage you to read Joshua Alston’s For Our Consideration piece on the show. Why? Because it’s “the sharpest pop satire you’re not watching (or hearing).” So put yourself first, read the piece, and watch the show.


Then you can check out the latest 11 Questions, where Alex McCown asks American treasure Laura Benanti… 11 questions. You know how it works. It’s Laura Benanti. It’s worth the read. Do it for truth, justice, and the American way.

But wait—there’s more. If you’re here at TV Club, you probably have opinions on television title sequences. We know we do. So check out this Inventory on the new credits canon. Erik Adams, Noel Murray, and John Teti compiled 20 recent TV title sequences, just for all of us. Thanks, you guys.


And to cap it all off, at 11 a.m., you can read Brandon Nowalk’s pre-air review of the documentary Becoming Mike Nichols (HBO, 9 p.m.).

What else is on?

The Bachelor/Bachelor Live (ABC, 8/10 p.m.): “The stakes are high as Ben crisscrosses the country on an exciting, emotionally charged journey to visit the final four women’s hometowns.” We definitely believe that the show believes “the stakes are high” and that this is “exciting” and “emotionally charged.” But we do agree that Ben’s definitely going places here: Orange County, CA (not a city), Portland, OR, Hudson, OH, and Dallas, TX, to be exact. Hey, Ben. Ben. Welcome to the O.C., bitch. Remember that, Ben? Remember?


Kids Baking Championship (Food Network, 8 p.m.): “Spring Break Cakes” symbolize the second season finale of Kids Baking Championship, which is much better than what your friendly neighborhood What’s On Tonight contributor would have the kids deal with, food or drink-wise. (That would be “Grool For The Summer.” She’s not the most kid-friendly person.)

The Fosters (Freeform, 8 p.m.): This week’s episode of The Fosters is titled “Minor Offenses.” Hehe. Get it? They’re talking about offenses perpetrated by a minor. Puns! The episode synopsis itself isn’t pun-heavy though: “When Stef and Lena discover Callie wants to film an endorsement supporting a new foster care reform bill, they express concern, prompting Callie to seek out Rita (guest star Rosie O’Donnell) for support. Hoping to impress Mariana, Nick turns to Jesus for advice on planning their first date. Meanwhile, Stef recovers from a medical procedure.”


Antiques Roadshow (PBS, 8 p.m.): “A local regulator clock, a Wilde manuscript poem and a René Portocarrero oil” walk into Charleston, South Carolina.

Love & Hip Hop (VH1, 8 p.m.): It looks like Love & Hip Hop finally worked up the courage to title an episode “Love & War,” and we can only assume it all ends in bloodshed. Wait, it doesn’t? They should’ve held out on the episode title longer.


Vanderpump Rules (Bravo, 9 p.m.): “Beach, Please,” says Vanderpump Rules.

Pickle & Peanut (Disney XD, 9 p.m.): “After losing his shoes on a carnival ride, Pickle teams up with Peanut to win the ultimate carnival game and get them back.” Weird carnival. Lot of weird games at that weird carnival.


Lucifer (Fox, 9 p.m.): “After a shooting occurs at a fashion show and a young woman is killed, Lucifer becomes intrigued by the danger of the situation and begs Chloe to get in on the case.” Fashion show? Procedural show bingo, here we come.

Recovery Road (Freeform, 9 p.m.): No Mischa Barton this week, that’s for sure.

The Biggest Loser (NBC, 9 p.m.): As promised last week (we’re not liars, you know), it’s the live season finale of The Biggest Loser. “Those who have been eliminated will compete for the $100,000 ‘at home’ prize. Then it’s the moment viewers have been waiting for, when one of the three finalists will be named this season’s Biggest Loser and win the coveted grand prize of $250,000.” Good luck to all of you, we guess—especially those of you doing all that hard work at home.


Angie Tribeca (TBS, 9 p.m.): “A prostitution ring is probed. The lieutenant, of course, is sick about it and orders a halt to the investigation.” Oh no, lieutenant. Lieutenant!

Major Crimes (TNT, 9 p.m.): Remember, moms and dads—Major Crimes is keeping it serial for a bit. So in “Hindsight - Part 2,” “Sharon and Major Crimes rush to capitalize on a shocking discovery made in a church.” We feel like we started on a high note, and then the actual description just deflated things. Let’s keep going. “Stephanie and Sanchez’s connection grows as they bond over lost loved ones. Rusty learns from Provenza that his biological mother’s ex, Gary, is a fugitive on the run. And Tao’s old partner pushes him too far.” There. Slightly better.


NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS, 9:59 p.m.): “Matryoshka, Part 2,” how do you do? Still Russian? Yup? Cool. “While they’re in Russia, Callen, Sam and Anna (Bar Paly) craft a plan to break Anna’s father and his CIA agent companion out of prison. Also, Special Agent G. Callen finally learns what the ‘G’ in his name stands for, and in Los Angeles, Kensi and Deeks take Eric into the field on an assignment, on part two of a special two-part episode of NCIS: Los Angeles.” Wait a minute. How does “G” not know what the “G” stands for? Does his birth certificate just say “G”? And where does the “N” in NCIS come in?

Castle (ABC, 10 p.m.): “Castle is captured and forced to work with strangers to solve deranged puzzles and mind games.” Why? He’s a fricken novelist.


The Graham Norton Show (BBC America, 10/11 p.m.): Tom Hanks! Peter Capaldi! David Walliams! Duran Duran! Then Matthew Perry! Gemma Arterton! Miriam Margolyes! Jack Savoretti! Zayn Malik? Nah.

Watch What Happens: Live (Bravo, 10 p.m.): Jax Taylor and Brittany Cartwright have definitely been guests together in the past three months, right?


Lost Girl (Syfy, 10 p.m.): “Bo tracks down an old foe who has taken on a new form.” We’d usually be upset that there’s no fae pun in this description—“Bo tracks down an old fae” writes itself—but the episode title is “Judgement Fae,” so it gets a pass.

Full Frontal With Samantha Bee (TBS, 10:30 p.m.): “Samantha visits Syrian refugees in Jordan and offers a tutorial on America.” Thanks. We can never resist Samantha Bee giving tutorials on America.


Fameless (TruTV, 10/10:30 p.m.): All you Fameless Fanatics, you’re getting two episodes of your favorite show tonight, and one of them is the season finale. It’s up to you to guess which episode is which.


Bitten (Syfy, 11 p.m.): “Elena doesn’t know what to make of the mysterious werewolf Sasha when he claims to be her father.” Werewolf DNA test? Werewolf DNA test.

Never Been Kissed (Encore, 8 p.m.): Hit it, TV Guide Dude! “Barrymore’s great, but the film celebrates the fact that her character wins over the same type of ‘in crowd’ that taunted her as a teen.” Bazinga!


Inside Llewyn Davis (The Movie Channel, 9:40 p.m.): Oscar Isaac, on the other hand, has most likely never had the problem of never being kissed.

Sports, sports, all type of sports

FA Cup Soccer: Shrewsbury vs. Manchester United (FS1, 2:30 p.m.)

College Basketball: Virginia at Miami (ESPN, 7 p.m.)

Women’s Basketball: Notre Dame at Florida State (ESPN2, 7 p.m.)

College Basketball: Texas at Kansas State (ESPNU, 7 p.m.)

NHL Hockey: Sharks at Blues (NBC Sports, 8 p.m.)

College Basketball: Iowa State at West Virginia (ESPN, 9 p.m.)

Women’s Basketball: Baylor at Oklahoma (ESPN2, 9 p.m.)

College Basketball: Coppin State at Norfolk State (ESPNU, 9 p.m.)

In case you missed it

The Good Wife: “Keeps misfiring,” according to Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya’s review.