Weekly TV Guide: ‘The People vs. O.J. Simpson’ Premieres, ‘Animals,’ and More

     February 1, 2016

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The Collider Weekly TV Guide is a rundown of notable episodes, premieres, returns, finales, and opportunities to catch up on great shows (or cast an eye to the occasional train wreck). Check out our picks for the week beginning with Monday, February 1st:

Monday, 2/1

Supergirl, “Bizarro” (CBS, 8 p.m.) – It’s about that time on CBS’s Supergirl, where we must face the Bizarro conundrum, and Kara (Melissa Benoist) is faced with having to face off with her own nefarious double, who looks to burn National City to the ground. And just when Kara was about to get some quality time with Adam (Blake Jenner), Cat’s (Calista Flockhart) son.

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The X-Files, “Mulder & Scully Meet the Were-monster” (Fox, 8 p.m.) – The best episode yet of The X-Files revival comes with this bizarre, boisterous case of a series of killings in Middle America, leading Mulder and Scully (David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson) to a strange creature that can’t stop acting human. This, my friends, is the genuinely odd X-Files that we’ve been missing thus far in the revival. Check back for Chris’ recap tomorrow morning.


Tuesday, 2/2

The Flash, “Fast Lane” (CW, 8 p.m.) – In the latest episode of CW’s entertaining DC adaptation, Barry and Wells (Grant Gustin and Tom Cavanagh) team up once more to close the breaches and to take on a brand new meta-human, this one named Tar Pit, who (shock) can turn into liquid asphalt at his own will. And as always, Iris’ (Candice Patton) trajectory brings a bit of Lifetime melodrama to the table, as she worries over her brother’s love for drag racing. Check back for Dave’s recap and Collider Video’s video recap.

The Expanse Season Finale, “Critical Mass: Leviathan Wakes” (Syfy, 10 p.m.) – Season 1 of this promising Syfy series ends with a return to an early time, as we finally get a full look at where Julie (Florence Faivre) comes from and what her ultimate goal must be. Elsewhere, Holden and Miller (Steven Strait and Thomas Jane) must face almost certain death when they respond to a daunting, dangerous situation on the planet Eros.

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The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story Series Premiere, “From the Ashes of Tragedy” (FX, 10 p.m.) – The discovery of Nicole Brown Simpson’s body is the impetus of Ryan Murphy‘s latest venture, creatively titled American Crime Story. Perched somewhere between out-and-out camp and serious Law & Order type serialized storytelling, the show is a wonky but addictive bit of true-crime fiction, with remarkable performances from Murphy axiom Sarah Paulson and the great Courtney B. Vance. Check out Allison’s review right here.

Wednesday, 2/3

Arrow, “Unchained” (CW, 8 p.m.) – Oliver (Stephen Amell) and his team go on the hunt for a new villain, The Calculator, who might prove to be a breath of fresh air after all the Darhk madness in the latest episode of CW’s popular DC adaptation. Elsewhere, Nyssa (Katrina Law) makes some crucial moves, and Roy Harper (Colton Haynes) sets his feet back into Star City. Check back for recaps from Dave and Collider Video.

Madoff (ABC, 8 p.m.) – The first part of a two-part miniseries – the other half airs on Thursday at the same time – that looks at the crumbling downfall of Bernie Madoff (Richard Dreyfuss), an international financier who committed uncountable levels of fraud while working, which (surprisingly) led to his arrest and imprisonment.This is one of those make or break moments for ABC: a major coup here would solidify the channel’s supposed wanting to become a more serious TV network with more provocative programming.


Thursday, 2/4

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, “Blood Rights” (CW, 8 p.m.) – In the latest episode of this promising new DC adaptation, Rip (Arthur Darvill) goes after Vandal Savage’s (Casper Crump) proverbial wallet, while Captain Cold and Heatwave (Wentworth Miller and Dominic Purcell) return to Central City to steal a famed jewel. Ya know, normal cartoonish villain stuff. Check back for our recap on Friday morning.

Friday, 2/5

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Animals Series Premiere, “Rats” (HBO, 11:30 p.m.) – HBO’s latest oddity comes from the producing branch of the Duplass brothers, who will see their own HBO series, Toghetherness return in just a few weeks. Here, they present animated shorts that give animals the kind of mumbling, awkward discord that modern 30-somethings are known for, while humans are seen as brutal and repugnant. An amiable concept that will hopefully firm up and find direction in coming episodes. Check back for Chris’s review.

Sunday, 2/7

Super Bowl 50: Panthers vs. Broncos (CBS, 6:30 p.m.) – It’s unlikely anything this week (or year) will be as well-watched as the latest Super Bowl, which pits the Panthers against the Broncos. There’s sports for the sports fans and a handful of clever-enough commercials and big trailers for everyone else (plus a halftime Coldplay and Beyonce performance). Go Team! Do The Thing!

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (CBS, 10 p.m.) – This will be the first time in the history of television that a late-night talk show will be the follow-up to the big game, and one should expect some particularly big guests and fanfare from Stephen Colbert. This would serve as the latest coup for a show that has gone under-watched and yet has been the most startlingly inventive and genuinely funny of its ilk for some time now. I don’t know how one tops having Run The Jewels play “Angel Duster” with TV on the Radio as a freaking backing band, but this would be the time to break out a similar showstopper.


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