'Terror' 'Supergirl' Returns, Acorn's 'No Offence,' 'Voice' Goes Live
A selective critical checklist of notable Monday TV:
The Terror (9/8, AMC): This incredibly intense historical horror thriller offers its most terrifying sequence yet, as illness rocks the creepily creaking ice-locked boats and the elusive beast known as Tuunbaq makes another swipe at the spooked sailors. Below decks, Capt. Crozier (Jared Harris) has other demons to face: notably, his own alcoholism.
Supergirl (8/7c, The CW): Laurie Metcalf is one busy woman: returning to Broadway this spring in the acclaimed revival of Three Tall Women, sparring with longtime TV sister Roseanne Barr on the hit revival of Roseanne, and now appearing in this superhero series—back from a two-month hiatus—as the estranged mother of Winn (Jeremy Jordan). When his father dies, Finn reconnects with the mother who abandoned him years ago. Her explanation fall on unforgiving ears until a copycat Toyman attacks—as often happens in life—and son and mother bond to stop him.
No Offence (streaming on Acorn TV): Arriving in the U.S. three years late, with a third season already in production, this bawdy U.K. police drama from Shameless creator Paul Abbott feels of-the-moment in its depiction of women taking charge and following risky leads in a Manchester squad where the thick accents are as bold as the often vulgar attitudes. Emotional stakes run high in the season-long storyline involving a serial killer targeting young girls with Down syndrome.
The Voice (8/7c, NBC): The Emmy-winning singing competition isn’t taking the American Idol threat lightly. For the first time, the show kicks off its live shows with three consecutive nights of performances, real-time voting and results. The Top 24 perform Monday, and at the end of the show, the most popular singer from each team will automatically advance to the Top 12. The process continues Tuesday and Wednesday, with the final four spots decided by the coaches.
Inside Monday TV: Law & Order: Special Victims Unit’s Mariska Hargitay produces the HBO documentary I Am Evidence (8/7c), on a subject she learned about through her fictional character: the backlog of hundreds and thousands of untested rape kits across the country that contain crucial DNA evidence. … Investigation Discovery revisits a tragedy from 1981 that continues to make headlines, in Natalie Wood: An American Murder Mystery (10/9c). … True-crime fans might also check out Paramount Network’s six-part docuseries It Was Him: The Many Murders of Ed Edwards (10/9c), in which a man investigates his notorious grandfather’s trail of terror with the help of a former detective and FBI cold-case officer. … CBS’s Scorpion (10/9c) wraps its fourth season with the team navigating land mines in Northeast Africa. But it’s the emotional minefields that will resonate, as the relationship of Walter (Elyes Gabel) and Paige (Katharine McPhee) takes what’s described as a shocking turn.