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Tuesday on TV: Are you a sci-fi fan? You should be watching 'The Expanse'

Published January 31, 2017 12:24 pm
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"The Expanse" (11 p.m., Syfy) is the best outer-space, science fiction show on television in many years.

Set 200 years in the future, much of the solar system nas been colonized. And tensions could lead to war between Earth and Mars.

James Holden (Steven Strait) and his crew — along with detective Joe Miller (Thomas Jane) — have been investigating the disappearance of a rich man's daughter, and that had led them into the middle of a huge conspiracy and a danger that threatens all of humanity.

As Season 2, things grow even more tense and the potential danger from the protomolecule grows larger.

I've read all the "Expanse" books, and Season 1 was an excellent adaptation. No doubt because the authors are writers on the series.

If you're a sci-fi fan — and even if you're not — you should be watching this show.

=Elsewhere on TV …

• "Hunted" (7 and 8 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): The Hunters set up a fake online dating profile in an attempt to lure two fugitives out of hiding; a pair of video game enthusiasts discover that their online skills may not translate to the real world.

• "Spy In the Wild: A Nature Miniseries" (7 p.m., PBS/Ch. 7): Nature filmmakers and scientist create realistic-looking, animatronic animals and plant camera inside them to capture the behavior of animals on film.

• "Showtime at the Apollo" (7 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13): Steve Harvey hosts the classic talent showcase.

• "Arrow" (7 p.m., CW/Ch. 30): Oliver gets help from a surprising source in his quest to take down Kovar.

• NBA (7 p.m., ROOT): Milwaukee Bucks at Utah Jazz

• "Criminal Minds" (8 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): The team investigates when a bizarre hieroglyph is found under a deceased homeless man'.

• "Nova" (8 p.m., PBS/Ch. 7): David Pogue investigates how batteries work and what the future may hold for technical innovation.

• "Star" (8 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13): Star, Simone and Alex are invited to perform at a charity event

• "The 100" (8 p.m., CW/Ch. 30): Clarke and her friends struggle with how to proceed after learning the fate of the world. (Season premiere)

• "Code Black" (9 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): The ER is quarantined when a viral outbreak jeopardizes the lives of the doctors and patients.

• "Madiba" (10 p.m., BET): Laurence Fishburne stars as South African president Nelson Mandela in Part 1 of this three-part bio-series.

• "Vikings" (10 p.m., History): Prince Aethelwulf finds himself subject to the Vikings' battle master plan. (Season finale)

• "The Magicians" (10 p.m. Syfy): Quentin, Alice, Penny and Margo seek a new weapon; Eliot struggles with being king.

• "Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce" (11 p.m., Bravo): Abby searches for creative inspiration while traveling with her son's baseball team; the rest of the group tries to escape their problems with a weekend getaway.

• "Workaholics" (11 p.m., Comedy Central): Bill becomes the ``transportationer'' during a business trip through Chinatown.

• "Six" (11 p.m., History): The truth about Rip's departure from SEAL Team Six is revealed.

• "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" (11 p.m, FX): When a cat-woman is found dead in an alley, Dennis becomes the prime suspect.

• "Suits" (11 p.m., USA): Harvey tries to repair a broken relationship.

• "Jeff & Some Aliens" (11:30 p.m., Comedy Central): After a serious car accident, Jeff tries to heal his injured father using an alien device.

• "Man Seeking Woman" (11:30 p.m., FX): Josh worries that Lucy success will come between them.






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