TV picks for Wednesday, Jan. 24
“The X-Files” (8 p.m., Fox): Exploring the idea of The Mandela Effect, in which large groups of people remember an alternate history, Mulder and Scully learn how The X-Files themselves may have originated.
“Riverdale” (8 p.m., The CW): Amid preparations for the town’s annual Picken’s Day festivities, Jughead interviews Toni’s grandfather and learns some shocking details about Riverdale’s history. In an attempt to get closer to Hiram, Archie (KJ Apa) tries out for the Riverdale wrestling team after learning of Hiram’s love of the sport. Meanwhile, Betty unearths some dark secrets about her brother Chic (Hart Denton).
“David Attenborough’s Great Barrier Reef” (8 p.m., Smithsonian Channel): Sir David Attenborough considers the Great Barrier Reef the most magical place on Earth, having first visited the extraordinary locale off the coast of Queensland, Australia in 1957. Now he returns to give viewers a rare opportunity to explore the Reef via sky and sea, as well as unprecedented access to some of its most remote parts and all the incredible creatures that call it home.
“Let’s Get Physical” (8:30 p.m., Pop): Break out the Lycra and leg-warmers. This new comedy whisks viewers back to the 1980s, when aerobics were all the rage. It follows a middle-aged slacker (Matt Jones) who makes a reluctant comeback in the fitness industry after his dad, the “Godfather of Aerobics,” wills him the family gym with eccentric provisions attached. Jane Seymour, Chris Diamantopoulos and AnnaLynne McCord also star.
“Vikings” (9 p.m., History): A sense of doom looms over Kattegat as bloodshed ensues, but as the defeated army flees in the face of the victors, a legendary warrior makes his way home.
“Criminal Minds” (10 p.m., CBS): Eww. Is this what the mean by word-of-mouth advertising? The BAU is called to investigate a series of D.C. homicides where cryptic messages are found inside the mouths of each victim.
“Waco” (10 p.m., Paramount Network — formerly Spike TV): This six-part miniseries recalls the harrowing 1993 standoff between the FBI, ATF and David Koresh’s spiritual sect in Waco, Texas, that resulted in a deadly shootout and fire. The cast includes Taylor Kitsch, who plays Koresh, along with Michael Shannon, John Leguizamo and Melissa Benoist.
Also on Wednesday:
“The Amazing Race” (8 p.m., CBS)
“The Blacklist” (8 p.m., NBC)
“The Goldbergs” (8 p.m., ABC)
“The Librarians” (8 p.m., TNT)
“American Housewife” (8:30 p.m., ABC)
“9-1-1” (9 p.m., Fox)
“Dynasty” (9 p.m., The CW)
“Modern Family” (9 p.m., ABC)
“Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (9 p.m., NBC)
“The Magicians” (9 p.m., Syfy)
“Storage Wars” (9 p.m., A&E)
“Locked Up Abroad” (9 p.m., Nat Geo)
“The Real Housewives of New Jersey” (9 p.m., Bravo)
“Criminal Minds” (10 p.m., CBS)
“Chicago P.D.” (10 p.m., NBC)
“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” (10 p.m., FX)
“Match Game” (10 p.m., ABC)
“Happy!” (10 p.m., Syfy)
“Corporate” (10 p.m., Comedy Central)
“House Hunters” (10 p.m., HGTV)
“Rooster and Butch” (10 p.m., A&E)
“Knightfall” (10 p.m., History)