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Welcome back, Arrow

Juliana Harkavy, Stephen Amell
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Here’s what’s happening in the world of television for Monday, January 21. All times are Eastern.

Top pick

Arrow (The CW, 8 p.m.): When Arrow finished its sixth season last year, it felt as though its best days were behind it. The villains were all starting to sound the same. Oliver had the same revelations over and over again. The new members of Team Arrow became the founders of Not Team Arrow in a storyline that, shall we say, failed to inspire confidence. But a new showrunner and some time away seem to have done the denizens of Star City some good, because in season seven, Arrow seems to have entered a whole new era. (Arr-a? Anybody? No? Okay.)

Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) operating as the Green Arrow openly—that’s new. A second Green Arrow who isn’t a villain or a misdirection—also new. Felicity, smiling and seeming to enjoy life—not new, per se, but overdue. Hell, it seems that there’s even a new member of the family, as the title (“My Name Is Emiko Queen”) and the midseason cliffhanger would imply.

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In short, Arrow is back, in more ways than one. And what do you know, TV Club coverage of Arrow is back, too! Look for Allison Shoemaker’s recap this evening.

Regular coverage

Steven Universe (Cartoon Network, 7:30p.m.)

Wild card

An American Murder Mystery, “Robert Durst: Part 1" (Investigation Discovery, 9 p.m.): Say you’re the type of person who got to the end of The Jinx and immediately headed to Wikipedia, or Reddit, or your nearest podcast platform. It was upsetting, and this hypothetical you wanted more. Well, here you go. ID’s two-part look at the Durst saga begins tonight. Lest you think there’s nothing new to learn about the story, the fact that a date was just set for Durst’s trial regarding the murder of Susan Berman should serve as a reminder that this story is ongoing.

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Allison Shoemaker

Contributor, The A.V. Club and The Takeout. Allison loves television, bourbon, and dramatically overanalyzing social interactions.