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Tonight's Legends is called "Wet Hot American Bummer"—are you not entertained?

Brandon Routh, Matt Ryan, Caity Lotz, Jes Macallan
Photo: Jack Rowand (The CW)

Here’s what’s happening in the world of television for Monday, November 12. All times are Eastern. 

Top pick

DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow (The CW, 9 p.m.): It may be true that you cannot (or at least should not) judge a book by its cover, and the same maxim applies to the titles of television episodes. However, it is true that some of the best Legends Of Tomorrow episodes have had really great titles. “The Good, The Bad, And The Cuddly.” “Raiders Of The Lost Art.” “Daddy Darhkest.” And what may be one of the great episode titles of the age, “Guest Starring John Noble,” which did exactly what it says on the tin. Is it any wonder that a title like “Wet Hot American Bummer” would raise expectations?


But it’s not merely that which has our interest piqued. Last week, the Legends opted not to blindly send a definitely-not-evil shapeshifter to hell, with the result that they’ve now got her in their super science brig—and with Amaya’s (Maisie Richardson-Sellers) face, to boot. So naturally, they’re off to summer camp. Sounds great. Still, if we’re being honest, we’d be looking forward to this episode no matter its title or premise, because the Legends cast is just a delight. (See below.)

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Wild card

Mars (National Geographic Channel, 9 p.m.): Picking up five years after the conclusion of the first season, NatGeo’s unique scripted-documentary hybrid continues to imagine what life on a colonized Mars might be like, based on the goings-on of today’s Earth. This season will continue to explore the relationship between science and industry, and the tension that exists between those who explore to further our understanding, and those who do so looking for profit.


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Allison Shoemaker

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