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The Expanse returns, bringing its ambitious sci-fi back to Syfy

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Photo: Kurt Iswarienko (Syfy)

Here’s what’s happening in the world of television for Wednesday, April 11. All times are Eastern.

Top pick

The Expanse (Syfy, 9 p.m.): Three seasons in, The Expanse remains that all-too-rare creature, a smart and sophisticated space opera also willing to let monsters rip apart the hulls of ships. Tonight’s premiere is titled “Fight Or Flight,” which, isn’t the show usually doing both? Regardless, Zack Handlen will be on deck to report back.

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Regular coverage

Survivor (CBS, 8 p.m.)
Modern Family (ABC, 9 p.m.)
The Americans (FX, 10 p.m.)
Krypton (Syfy, 10 p.m.)

Wild card

Conan Without Borders: Italy (TBS, 10 p.m.): Conan O’Brien sets off on another of his signature trips abroad, this time to Italy. Feel free to go ahead and start the betting pool on how many minutes into the show he makes it before uttering, “That’s a spicy meat-ah-ball-ah!

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