‘No Passport Required’ on This Foodie Journey, ‘Outpost’ on the CW, ABC’s ‘Last Defense’

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A critical checklist of notable Tuesday TV:

No Passport Required (9/8c, PBS, check local listings at pbs.org): Those with adventurous taste buds who’d prefer to keep things local find a champion in celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson (former winner of Top Chef Masters), whose new six-part series discovers mouth-watering exotic tastes within the immigrant communities of U.S. cities. First stop: Detroit, with its thriving neighborhoods of Middle Eastern origin. Samuelsson enjoys a home-cooked meal with a family of Syrian refugees, cooks with a Lebanese-American pastry chef and attends a 700-person wedding.

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The Outpost (9/8c, The CW): As if concocted from a Mad Libs volume devoted to cheeseball fantasy, this ludicrously unoriginal swords-and-sorcery snoozer stars Jessica Green as orphaned Talon, the last known survivor of the Blackbloods. We encounter the glowering warrior on a revenge quest against those who slaughtered her family and village, a journey that leads to the title Outpost, which is surrounded by zombie-like “plague-lings” who look like refugees from a low-budget Walking Dead knockoff. Not even in the summer are we desperate enough for this sort of time-waster.

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The Last Defense (10/9c, ABC): The Death Row docu-series from How to Get Away With Murder’s Viola Davis embarks on an investigation into a new case: the 1999 arrest and subsequent conviction of Julius Jones, who at 19 was on a partial academic scholarship to the University of Oklahoma when he was charged with the murder of a businessman. Jones is interviewed from death row as federal public defenders look into a possible miscarriage of justice. Character witnesses include Tommy Griffin, father of NBA star Blake Griffin, who coached Jones on the 1996 Oklahoma State High School Championship basketball team.

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Inside Tuesday TV: Murphy (Richard Harmon) continues his long streak of bad deeds on The CW’s The 100 (8/7c), starting a fire in Shadow Valley that doesn’t end well… Father-son fixer-uppers Mike Holmes and Mike Jr. work together as business partners on a new season of DIY Network’s Holmes & Holmes (9/8c), but the job of home renovation may take a back seat to wedding planning as Junior prepares for his wedding to fiancée Lisa… In truTV’s Paid Off with Michael Torpey (10/9c), the comedian addresses the student-loan crisis by hosting a game show in which three college grads answer trivia questions with the winner getting the chance to have his or her student debt paid off… Science Channel’s Strange Evidence (10/9c) uses forensic tools to discover the truth behind bizarre phenomena captured on surveillance cameras, including a creepy fog that engulfs an Illinois town.