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TV highlights: Patricia Arquette’s ‘CSI: Cyber’ premieres on CBS

(All times Eastern)Castaways in the White Collar team strip down and embrace a new free-spirited way of living on “Survivor” (CBS at 8 p.m.), while the Blue Collar team clashes over the amount of physical labor expected of each member.Read full article >>

The Fix: Could the ‘House of Cards’ America Works program actually work?

President Frank Underwood's major policy proposal in "House of Cards" season 3 is America Works, a "universal employment" program designed to end reliance on entitlements and propel Underwood to a full term in 2016. But could the fictional jobs program work in real life?Read full article >>

TV highlights: Gordon Ramsay’s ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ returns for a 14th season on Fox

(All times Eastern)RETURNING SHOW: Back for a 14th season, “Hell’s Kitchen” (Fox at 8 p.m.) brings on 18 new contestants, who are promptly divided into two teams along gender lines and asked to present their signature dishes, with the winners meeting William Shatner.Read full article >>

TV highlights: Chris gets grilled on ‘The Bachelor’s’ Women Tell All special

(All times Eastern)For some fans of “The Bachelor” (ABC at 8 p.m.), it’s the best night of the year — the Women Tell All special, when Bachelor Chris is finally confronted by his misdeeds and the bachelorettes he rejected, some of whom he left heartbroken. The special also features bloopers from the 19th season and a preview of what’s to come.Read full article >>

Here’s why ‘Sex Box’ can’t actually work as a long-term TV show

Theoretically, it makes sense why “Sex Box” exists. On some level, television has always been waiting for “Sex Box” to arrive. With hundreds networks scrambling to find an audience, it was only a matter of time before we reached the inevitable — people having sex in a box on TV.Read full article >>

Kelly Osbourne quits ‘Fashion Police’ days after Giuliana Rancic’s controversial Zendaya comments

Days after threatening to leave “Fashion Police” over co-host Giuliana Rancic’s comments about actress Zendaya’s Oscars red carpet style, Kelly Osbourne has, indeed, quit the show — though no official explanation was offered.Read full article >>

TV highlights: Fox’s ‘Last Man on Earth,’ ABC’s ‘Secrets & Lies’ and CBS’s ‘Battle Creek’ premiere

(All times Eastern.)SERIES PREMIERE: Hallmark’s original series “Good Witch” (Hallmark Channel at 8 p.m.) stars Catherine Bell (“Army Wives”) as a witch with a teenage daughter (Bailee Madison) who shares her mom’s “special,” intuitive charm.Read full article >>

Leonard Nimoy and the lasting dignity of being Spock

Everyone who was in the original “Star Trek” TV series eventually came to terms with its pop-cult status, starting with the fact that “Star Trek” is a life sentence. ¶ Surrender is the most logical choice. George Takei (Mr. Sulu) has happily reinvented himself as a sort of Oscar Wilde of the fast Facebook post. Show More Summary

Fox’s ‘Last Man on Earth’: A guy who is truly in his own element

At last, the apocalypse has acquired a sense of humor — and not the kind of humor you sometimes see in one of those zombie movies where catchphrases and snark alleviate the violence and gore. Creator and actor Will Forte’s instantlyShow More Summary

‘Broadchurch’ is back for Season 2, but it’s put on a lot of weight

F ans of the original “Broadchurch” — an addictive and super sullen British crime series that aired on BBC America in 2013 — know better than to come to the show’s second season expecting eight episodes of light, silly fun. Read full article >>

WeTV’s ‘Sex Box’: The worst sort of alone time a couple can have

WeTV’s “Sex Box,” premiering Friday night, is a lousy and unseemly idea for a reality show — which of course means it’s been imported from British TV, which may have a reputation for classy programming ready-made for dowager countesses but also manages to fill dead air with levels of humiliation that American producers can only dream of matching.Read full article >>

TV highlights: ‘House of Cards’ Season 3 premieres (for real this time) on Netflix

(All times Eastern.)RETURNING SHOW: Sure, your heart rate might have spiked a few weeks ago when it appeared as though “House of Cards” (Netflix) Season 3 had leaked early, but now, officially, you can watch it all the way through when it’s released in the earliest hours of Friday. Show More Summary

This is TV history: ‘Empire’ keeps rising in the ratings — and nothing EVER rises in the ratings.

The rise of Fox’s “Empire” has been fascinating to watch over the last few weeks, and things just keeps getting better for the new hit show.For an unbelievable seventh week in a row, the series — a primetime soap about a family dynasty...Show More Summary

TV highlights: ‘How to Get Away With Murder’ wraps up its first season

(All times Eastern)During a lecture to her staff, Amelia spotlights the intricacies of Dr. Herman’s upcoming surgery while Bailey introduces a complicated case involving a pregnant woman on “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC at 8 p.m.).Read full article >>

TV highlights: ‘Survivor’ and ‘The Amazing Race’ return to CBS

(All times Eastern) RETURNING SHOW: To kick off its whopping 30th season, the 18 new “Survivor” (CBS at 8 p.m.) players are divided into three tribes according to their occupations — White Collar, Blue Collar, No Collar — and forced to choose between honesty and deception. Read full article >>

‘Better Call Saul’ recap — ‘S’all good, man!’

We know the following to be true: Jimmy McGill is an ideas man.Sometimes, though, his ideas don’t materialize as flawlessly as he/we had hoped, like that time he paid a pair of scummy skater punks to track down a new client, that time...Show More Summary

TV highlights: ‘Parks and Recreation’ bids farewell to Pawnee on the series finale

(All times Eastern)FINALE WATCH: The two remaining “MasterChef Junior” (Fox at 8 p.m.) finalists — Andrew and Nathan — prepare the most important menu of their young lives as they compete for the title and $100,000 on the Season 3 finale.Read full article >>

Oscars 2015: Song-and-dance, yes, and the usual yawns

Even stripped to his skivvies in a “Birdman” parody during the dreaded middle part of Sunday night’s Oscars telecast on ABC, go-to awards show host Neil Patrick Harris couldn’t deliver quite all the thrills needed to get through the three-hour, 38-minute Oscar folderol without a yawn.Read full article >>

TV highlights: Chris takes the girls to Bali on ‘The Bachelor’

(All times Eastern)After trips to places such as Iowa and North Dakota, the remaining three ladies are whisked away to Bali with Chris on “The Bachelor” (ABC at 8 p.m.).Following several bank robberies, Gordon and Bullock try to track down the Red Hood Gang on “Gotham” (Fox at 8).Read full article >>

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