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Here’s what’s up in the world of TV for Monday, February 13. All times are Eastern.

Top picks

Supergirl (The CW, 8 p.m.): Supergirl is going with an origin story tonight. That’s right, it’s time to meet the “Luthors.” More specifically: “After Metallo breaks out of prison and frees Lillian Luthor, the police blame Lena for his escape and arrest her.” You know—little Luthor things. “Despite overwhelming evidence, Kara refuses to believe her friend is guilty and fights to clear Lena’s name. Flashbacks reveal how Lena came to be a Luthor.” You’ve got to love a good Luthor flashback episode of television. Even Smallville knew that one.

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The Young Pope (HBO, 9 p.m.): Like we said before, it truly is a night of superheroes, and you can’t talk about that without talking about the one and only Young Pope. Tonight is the first season finale, with the “Tenth Episode.” No capes, but who needs capes when you’ve got papal capers? “Reunited with a changed Gutierrez at the Vatican, the pope considers an appropriate course of action regarding Archbishop Kurtwell. Father Tommaso gets a promotion, while Sister Mary takes on a new role. The prospect of a reconciliation leads the young pope to make an unexpected change of travel plans—and policy.” The fact that even the episode calls him “the young pope” is what really makes it all come together. This is the moment we’ve all been waiting for, and reviewer Eric Thurm promises to do The Young Pope proud. We’ve even cued up a song:

Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party (VH1, 9 p.m.): We’re doing a theme, and our point here is that the combination of Martha Stewart and Snoop Dogg are a real life dynamic duo. Plus, it’s the first season winter premiere (we apparently missed the fall finale) of Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party, and it’s “Something Fishy”: “Chefs Abe Hiroki and Masaharu Morimoto roll sushi with Martha, Snoop, Kathy Griffin and Mike Epps. Also: D.R.A.M. performs.”

Premieres and finales

Fashion Police: The 2017 Grammy Awards (E!, 8 p.m.): When it comes to the Grammys—or any music-related awards show, after all these years—we still only have one question: “What was Britney thinking?”

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The Celebrity Apprentice (NBC, 9 p.m.): Well, this is finally over. For now, at least.

Eagles Of Death Metal: Nos Amis (Our Friends) (HBO, 10 p.m.): Tonight’s HBO documentary is going with the superhero of music genres: rock and roll. More specifically, it’s focusing on Eagles Of Death Metal, as members of the band “cope with horrific tragedy after a Parisian concert of theirs becomes the site of a mass shooting in November 2015.”

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Humans (AMC, 10 p.m.): AMC’s Humans returns tonight for its second season, picking up right where season one left off. Hopefully its return is better than the season finale, which reviewer Brandon Nowalk gave a C grade after an inconsistent inaugural season. In episode one, “Niska faces a critical decision while Mia, Leo, and Max remain in hiding. The Hawkins struggle to move on. Dr. Athena Morrow gets a surprise visitor.” By the way, Dr. Athena Morrow is “a pre-eminent Artificial Intelligence expert who is driven by her own motives to create a new kind of machine consciousness.” She’s also played by Carrie-Anne Moss.

Regular coverage

24: Legacy (Fox, 8 p.m.)

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

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

Timeless (NBC, 10 p.m.)

Streaming pick

Dawson’s Creek, “Downtown Crossing” (Amazon Video/Google Play/Hulu/iTunes/YouTube): Some people think you can’t make your mugger fall in love with your very essence and want to become a better person because of you. Those people have clearly never seen Dawson’s Creek fifth season episode “Downtown Crossing.” While not necessarily the worst episode of Dawson’s Creek (a designation that will go to season six’s “Lovelines”—your friendly neighborhood What’s On Tonight contributor’s mental streaming pick for tomorrow night), it definitely shows Joey at her most… superior to all life forms. Perfect for a superhero (or supervillain) theme.

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