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Tuesday night television

Critic’s corner: What’s on TV tonight

History Channel

Vikings  11 p.m., History

The premiere of this promising new series re-airs tonight. It’s brutal, but what else would you expect from a portrayal of such primitive warriors? What surprises me most about this series is its lead, Travis Fimmel. He started his career as a Calvin Klein model from Australia whose billboard on a London street had to be taken down because it was causing accidents and traffic jams. He segued to acting with the silly, short-lived “Tarzan.” And yet he holds “Vikings” together beautifully, as a smirky, ambitious nonconformist who wants to explore the west for pillaging. Who knew.

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The New Normal  9:30 p.m., Channel 7

NBC thought it had a hit with this sitcom from Ryan Murphy. The first episodes last fall had promising numbers. But the ratings have fallen steadily, from a high of 6.9 million to, last week, 2.6 million. That’s not very pretty. I’ll be surprised if the show gets renewed for next fall. And I won’t grieve. The concept of a gay couple and their surrogate mother is interesting, but the characters can be pretty irritating.

Cellblock 6: Female Lock Up  10 p.m., DHF

They want to live!

Colbert Report  11:30 p.m., Comedy Central

Writer James Franco.

The Man With the 200-lb. Tumor  8 p.m., TLC

Iron fists are so overrated.

Matthew Gilbert can be reached at gilbert@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @MatthewGilbert.
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