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Saniyya Sidney, Mark-Paul Gosselaar
Photo: Eliza Morse (Fox)

Here’s what’s happening in the world of television for Monday, January 14. All times are Eastern.


Top pick

The Passage (Fox, 9 p.m., series premiere): Based on Justin Cronin’s trilogy of the same name, Fox’s new supernatural thriller from executive producer Ridley Scott concerns a species of creatures that definitely aren’t vampires, no way, except that they are totally vampires. Project NOAH, “a secret medical facility where scientists are experimenting with a dangerous virus that could lead to the cure for all disease”—that doesn’t go well—is the destination to which Federal Agent Brad Wolgast (Mark-Paul Gosselaar) and 10-year-old Amy Bellafonte (Saniyya Sidney) are headed. But, you know, vampires!

We’re cautiously optimistic about this series, and that’s due in no small part to the presence of Saniyya Sidney of Fences and Hidden Figures, who is real damn good at her job. Mark-Paul Gosselaar ain’t bad, either (we miss you, Pitch!) But mostly, we’re just ready for some cold-weather spookiness. Bring on the vampires.

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Wild card

Lost Gold (Travel Channel, 10 p.m.): This is exactly what it says on the tin. On Lost Gold, brothers Josh and Jesse Feldman go on the hunt for “America’s most fabled missing treasures, seeking out old maps, records, diaries, stuff written on the back of the constitution, you get the idea. Just check this gem from a press release:

“Treasure comes in different forms,” said Jesse Feldman. “It’s not just gold coming out of the ground. It’s discovering history.” “We have pulled the truth out of the legend, and we’ve pulled the truth from history,” added Josh Feldman. “Only the truth will lead you to the treasure!”

Only the truth will lead you to the treasure.

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Allison Shoemaker

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