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Thursday 12

“Ex on the Beach” (MTV 11:01pm) Nothing beats the manufactured melodrama of a bikini-clad dating show featuring “surprise” appearances by ex-lovers … except maybe that exact thing, but stocked full of prepackaged reality show “stars” from “The Bachelorette,” “Big Brother,” “Bachelor in Paradise,” “Vanderpump Rules” and “Bad Girls Club.”

Friday 13

“Lost in Space” (Netflix streaming anytime) The hyper-campy ’60s TV show gets rebooted as a serious, survival-based sci-fi series. Old school indie film muse Parker Posey takes over for Jonathan Harris as the sneaky Dr. Smith.

“Rellik” (Cinemax 8pm) Like your British crime dramas dark and nasty? Check out this BBC-made procedural about the hunt for a serial killer who goes after his victims with acid. The narrative is told Memento-style in reverse order, starting with the suspected killer’s death and working backward (hence, the tricky title).

“In Principle” (KNME-5 8:30pm) Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson and political commentator Amy Holmes “probe the framework of today’s news and political conversations, examining how history, faith and culture influence the larger discussions taking place in the country.” Both Gerson and Holmes come from “politically conservative” backgrounds. (Holmes used to be an anchor for Glenn Beck’s TheBlaze TV, and Gerson was George W. Bush’s speechwriter.) Interesting turn for the commie tree-huggers at PBS.

“Wyatt Cynac’s Problem Areas” (HBO 9:30pm) In this documentary-style comedy, former “Daily Show” wit Wyatt Cynac travels the country examining “social and cultural problems facing America.” Unlike Gerson and Holmes, he’s not all that conservative.

Saturday 14

Elvis Presley: The Searcher (HBO 6pm) This two-part musical documentary looks into Elvis’ early life in Mississippi, culminating in his chance to work with the legendary Sam Phillips at Sun Records.

Sunday 15

“The 53rd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards” (KRQE-13 7pm) Reba McEntire, famed spokesperson for Kentucky Fried Chicken, hosts.

“Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition” (Food Network 7pm) Personally speaking, I’ve always wondered who is more culinarily challenged: third-string Jackson family sibling La Toya Jackson or the kid who plays Luke Dunphy on “Modern Family.” Guess I’ll finally find out.

Monday 16

“It Was Him: The Many Murders of Ed Edwards” (Spike/Paramount 7pm) Wayne Wolf Jr. discovers that his dead grandfather was the serial killer Edward Wayne Edwards. With the help of retired detective John Cameron, he now tries to pin gramps to the Zodiac killings and the murder of JonBenet Ramsay. Because if you’re gonna be related to a murderer, he might as well be a really good one.

Tuesday 17

“Last Outpost” (Discovery 8pm) Backcountry bodgers Clint Greathouse and Todd Anderson build one-of-a-kind, off-the-grid survival machines using recycled parts. Turning an old military aircraft into a monster towing vehicle? Converting a school bus into a sawmill? Yeah, just another day in Alaska.

Wednesday 18

“The Wine Show” (Ovation 8pm) Actors/pals Matthew Goode (“Downton Abbey”) and Matthew Rhys (“The Americans”) land a cushy day job with this travel show about vino.
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