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The Blacklist begs you to care about its fall finale


Here’s what’s up in the world of TV for Monday, November 10. All times are Eastern.


Top pick

The Blacklist (NBC, 9 p.m.): The Blacklist concludes its 2014 run tonight with “The Decembrist,” in which Red travels to Moscow with Berlin to track down a Russian official so they can put a stop to the latest hackneyed threat in this universe. Alan Alda and Peter Stormare will make guest appearances. James Spader will almost certainly say something vague and anonymous before every act break. The Blacklist will return in the new year on Super Bowl Sunday, February 1.

Also noted

Jane The Virgin (The CW, 9 p.m.): We’re very happy to say that Jane The Virgin was officially added to the weekly TV Club rotation last week. And Oliver Sava will be back tonight to dissect “Chapter Five.” Last week, he called the show a blend of Gilmore Girls, Ugly Betty, and Pushing Daisies, and we couldn’t agree more! This week, Jane and Xo get in a fight about Jane’s dad, so she moves in with Michael, but it turns out to not be a great decision. The official TV Guide synopsis also felt the need to say that Rafael and Petra continue to experience marital problems as if there could ever be a reality where that isn’t true. We here at What’s On Tonight are desperately asking the same question as Rose: WHERE IS LUISA? Hopefully we’ll get answers to that question as well as some more well timed narration jokes on tonight’s episode.

Sleepy Hollow (Fox, 9 p.m.): Ichabod and Abbie’s latest challenge? A succubus! We’re very sad to report that said succubus is not our favorite succubus, Lost Girl’s Bo. Ichabod doesn’t understand what Abbie means by the phrase “get lucky” (“Ahh, macking”). Check back here at TV Club after the episode for Zack Handlen’s analysis.

Regular coverage

Gotham (Fox, 8 p.m.)

Gravity Falls (Disney XD, 8:30 p.m.)

Star Wars Rebels (Disney XD, 9 p.m.)

Elsewhere in TV Club

Molly Eichel has a For Our Consideration about actor Will Lee’s death and how Sesame Street used Big Bird’s mourning period as a way to teach children about death. And Erik Adams talks with Paul Reubens about the new Pee-wee Herman movie.


What else is on?

The Originals (The CW, 8 p.m.): Sonja Sohn continues to guest star as Lenore-possessed-by-Esther in an all new episode of The Originals, which has a whole lot going on because this show never rests for a second. The promos promise a surprise visit from someone from Klaus’s past. We’re hoping it’s a therapist from his past who will sit down with him to work out all of his obvious psychosexual issues with his family.


The Voice (NBC, 8 p.m.): The playoff round kicks off with performances from the top 20 contestants. Which means it’s that time of the year when you can catch The Voice, and therefore Pharrell’s hat, live on your TV three nights a week.

The Millers (CBS, 8:30 p.m.): If you haven’t noticed, there really isn’t a lot of great TV to choose from on Monday nights. But this week’s episode of The Millers is titled “You’re The Wing Beneath My Wings, Man,” which gives us the excuse to post this video:

Castle (ABC, 10 p.m.): Finally, the wedding we all have been waiting for! Or at least everyone who has continued to watch all seven seasons of Castle has been waiting for. The twist: It’s an alternate universe episode in which Castle and Beckett never met. So, it’s a little unclear whether the wedding happens in the alternate reality or for realsies. But regardless, shippers will probably be satisfied.


The Matrix (AMC, 5 p.m.): Lately, we’ve gotten used to seeing Laurence Fishburne as the emotionally guarded, perpetually snarky Pops on Black-ish, but dare to take the red pill tonight and revisit the Nebuchadnezzar with Morpheus and the gang. Then, instead of bothering with either of the lackluster sequels, watch this video of Ciara doing the matrix in heels:

Take that, Keanu!

Miss Congeniality (ABC Family, 8:30 p.m.): Yeah, Gravity was cool or whatever, but let’s not pretend Sandra Bullock’s defining moment in her cinematic career was anything other than her performance as the snorting, tripping, ass-kicking FBI Agent Gracie Hart. Is it too early to start getting excited for the perfect date, April 25th?


Monday Night Football: Panthers at Eagles (ESPN, 8:15 p.m.): We’re mad at football because football keeps pushing back The Good Wife on Sunday nights and waiting those extra minutes to get our weekly dose of Alicia Florrick eyerolls and Diane Lockhart chains is starting to take a toll on our emotional state. But alas, tonight is Monday and not Sunday, so let the football keep kicking as long as it wants. New quarterback Mark Sanchez leads the Philadelphia Eagles for a chance to win their ninth straight regular-season home victory. The Carolina Panthers hope to stop them.

In case you missed it

The Affair: Carrie Raisler continues to take us through Showtime’s brilliant, heavy new drama, which zoomed out a bit this week after episode four’s intense focus on Noah and Alison in somewhat of an island vacuum. Episode five returns to a look at Noah and Alison in their established lives, and some more details about the mystery arc are revealed.