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Steven Universe returns to make things better, if only for a week

Cartoon Network
Cartoon Network

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


Top picks

Steven Universe (Cartoon Network, 7/7:15 p.m.): A full week of Steven Universe? Don’t mind if we do. In fact, don’t mind if Cartoon Network stops putting Steven Universe on breaks, because we just love it so much. The new episodes of Steven return tonight, first with “Steven’s Dream”: “A strange dream prompts Steven to search for answers.” Then, there’s “Adventures In Light Distortion,” which is definitely a less straightforward title: “Steven and the Gems take off on a search and recovery mission.” Eric Thurm has already got his crying out in preparation for this Steven Bomb, but come on—we all know he’s got more tears to shed.

Gotham (Fox, 8 p.m.): “TURN THAT FROWN UPSIDE DOWN ON THE ALL-NEW WINTER FINALE OF GOTHAM.” When a press release says things that way, we suppose we have no choice. “With Jerome (guest star Cameron Monaghan) on the loose with one target in mind, Bruce and Alfred’s safety is compromised.” This is it, right? The moment Gotham says “LOL JK” and decides to kill off Bruce Wayne, creating a timeline where there is no future Batman? “Meanwhile, Gordon’s uncle Frank (guest star James Remar) pays him a visit, and Nygma and Penguin are forced to confront their issues face-to-face, with possible deadly consequences.” Sounds like couples counseling to us. On both fronts. The again, we’re not the authority on Gotham—we save that designation for Kyle Fowle.

Lucifer (Fox, 9 p.m.): According to Lucifer, it’s “A Good Day To Die.” Is it possibly A Good Day To Die Hard? Never. But it is the winter finale of Lucifer’s second season and the conclusion to the show’s mini-trilogy. Despite the big deal of the episode’s setting, the episode synopsis has no problem spoiling things, and we guess we don’t either: Lucifer is going to hell. And “while he’s there, he is forced to confront his guilt about Uriel’s (Michael Imperioli) death.” LaToya Ferguson is of course excited for the return of Lucifer and Amenadiel’s “completely lame” brother, Uriel; she’s got to know if he’s somehow managed to become lamer in the afterlife.

Premieres and finales

Fashion Police (E!, 8 p.m.): The 2017 SAG Awards were last night, so you know what time it is. If not, we’ll wait for you to catch up and figure it out. (It’s Fashion Police time. Dummy.)


Ride (Nickelodeon, 8 p.m.): Ride, picked up for 20 episodes, follows the adventures of Katherine “Kit” Bridges who relocates to England with her dad who is joining the faculty at Covington Academy, an elite equestrian boarding school.” For “’90s kids,” this is basically Caitlin’s Way. Only without the street youth culture. Also, it’s a multi-camera sitcom, which is definitely the opposite of Caitlin’s Way. Kids these days don’t know what they’re missing.

The Odd Couple (CBS, 9/9:30 p.m.): Remember Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin’s “conscious uncoupling” back in 2014? Simpler times. Well The Odd Couple’s third season finale certainly remembers it, as it’s all about a “Conscious Odd Coupling.” “After a heated argument, Oscar and Felix decide it might be best to change their living arrangement and find new roommates.” Uh oh. But before that is “The God Couple”: “Oscar grumbles when Felix helps Dani prepare for a choir solo and encourages the group to attend church to support her.” For your friendly neighborhood What’s On Tonight contributor (who has of course seen every episode of this version of The Odd Couple), the description of Oscar grumbling makes every episode worth it. He grumbles a lot, you see.


American Pickers (History Channel, 9 p.m.): American Pickers wraps up its season tonight, ready to “Divide And Conquer.” “The guys hustle through a packed property to find items before nightfall; and Mike uncovers something alive in the attic.”

The Story Of God With Morgan Freeman (NatGeo, 9 p.m.): Morgan Freeman, you’ve done it again! This time, he’s ending The Story Of God’s second season with “Proof Of God.” Nice.


Becoming Warren Buffett (HBO, 10 p.m.): Once more it’s HBO documentary time. “A profile of Warren Buffett, CEO of the holding company Berkshire Hathaway, includes a look at his career as an investor and a philanthropist, and recollections of his personal and professional lives while speaking to high-school students in his native Omaha.”

Regular coverage

Adventure Time (Cartoon Network, 7:30/7:45 p.m.)

Supergirl (The CW, 8 p.m.)

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

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

The Young Pope (HBO, 9 p.m.)

Timeless (NBC, 10 p.m.)

Streaming pick

Saved By The Bell, “Rockumentary” (Amazon Video/Google Play/Hulu/iTunes/Vudu/YouTube): Sometimes you just need to watch an episode of Saved By The Bell. And when you do, it’s usually this one. R.I.P. Casey Kasem.