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    Critic’s corner: What’s on TV Monday night

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    Warehouse 13  10 p.m., Syfy

    It doesn’t garner a lot of buzz but everything about this deftly written, well-acted series — about government agents tasked with tracking down supernatural artifacts based in myths and legends — works. Very few shows balance genre elements, serious drama, and light comedy so well. In the season opener, Pete (Eddie McClintock), Myka (Joanne Kelly) and the Warehouse 13 gang must race against time to save the world from a deadly plague.

    Bates Motel  10 p.m., A&E

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    This “Psycho” prequel has its fair share of storytelling problems, but Vera Farmiga deserves Emmy recognition for her portrayal of Norma Bates. Farmiga, whom some moviegoers may recognize from “Up in the Air” and “The Departed,” is giving a full-bodied portrait of a woman who is clever, sensual, narcissistic, nurturing, cruel, and, probably, some kind of crazy. She has suffered abuse and assault and lobbed it right back. She is funny and scary. While the complicatd goings on in White Pine Bay — human sex slaves! marijuana trafficking! creepy British taxidermist! — feel like they might not pay off, Farmiga is coming up aces in her performance.

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