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Praise Beebo, the Legends Of Tomorrow are back at last

Caity Lotz, Tala Ashe, Dominic Purcell, Nick Zano, Brandon Routh
Caity Lotz, Tala Ashe, Dominic Purcell, Nick Zano, Brandon Routh
Photo: Dean Buscher (The CW)

Here’s what’s happening in the world of television for Monday, October 22. All times are Eastern.

Top pick

DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow (The CW, 9 p.m.): When we last saw the Legends, they were enjoying a well-earned vacation in Aruba, catching some sea air and sunshine after saving all of time and space from a Time Demon named Mallus—a feat accomplished by fusing, Voltron-style, into a giant force of goodness and light that takes the form of Beebo, a cuddly Tickle Me Elmo knock-off. (This is a wonderful show.) Into this tableau of relaxation, camaraderie, and too many shirts strolls “accomplished warlock, expert of the occult, and a master of exorcism” John Constantine, there to inform them that the team had once again fixed one problem by creating many more before throwing a crazy-lookin’ monster head on the white, white sand.


If you gave up on Legends back in the Hawkpeople era, we understand. Dark days. But after a solid second season and a legitimately wonderful third, it’s time to get back up on the bike. Constantine (Matt Ryan) marks the latest addition to a cast that benefits from a bit of a revolving door. If his season-three scenes with Sara (Caity Lotz), Ava (Jes Macallan), and poor old Gary (Adam Tsekhman) are any indication, he’ll only help to maintain Legends Of Tomorrow’s status as one of the most consistently entertaining, surprising, and giddily silly shows on television. Allison Shoemaker will put on her best Gideon voice and help to make sense of the proceedings.

Regular coverage

Seriously, this show is wonderful.

Wild card

A President Show Documentary: The Fall of Donald Trump (Comedy Central, 11 p.m.): So this is a bit of a departure for Anthony Atamanuik’s The President Show. Set in the year 2030, the special takes a look back, mockumentary-style, at “the fall of Donald Trump and his subsequent mysterious disappearance.” Stephanie March joins the cast as Ivanka Trump, and it all somehow involves a trip to outer space? We’re not sure. But hey, if laughing away the rage is your cup of tea, have at it. If you prefer plain old rage without the chaser, may we suggest Half The Picture (Starz, 9 p.m.), the Amy Adrion documentary that looks at the remarkable accomplishments of and systemic discrimination against female filmmakers? Happy Monday, regardless.

Contributor, The A.V. Club and The Takeout. Allison loves TV, bourbon, and overanalyzing social interactions. Please buy her book, How TV Can Make You Smarter (Chronicle, 2020). It’s short!

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