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The Originals stakes its magical claim to a fifth-season premiere

Jedidiah Goodacre and Danielle Rose Russell.
Photo: Bob Mahoney (The CW)

Here’s what’s happening in the world of television for Wednesday, April 18. All times are Eastern.

Top pick

The Originals (The CW, 9 p.m.): It’s been a while since we’ve last seen everybody’s favorite New Orleans-set struggle among warring supernatural clans, but The Originals returns tonight with someone on a very clear mission: After seven long years, Hope is going to bring her father Klaus back to the Big Easy, damn it. Now that Elijah’s no longer by his side, we’ll see how her dad reacts to that plan.

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Regular coverage

Survivor (CBS, 8 p.m.)
Riverdale (The CW, 8 p.m.)
The Expanse (Syfy, 9 p.m.)
The Americans (FX, 10 p.m.)
Krypton (Syfy, 10 p.m.)

Wild card

The Looming Tower (Hulu): It’s the final countdown for The Looming Tower to loom no more, as the miniseries concludes and the day we all knew was coming finally arrives. A great choice tonight if you’re looking for a lighthearted little pick-me-up about the most horrific terrorist attack in U.S. history.

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