Critic’s picks: Television

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The Walking Dead 9 p.m., AMC

Season 4 begins with Rick and the gang trying to maintain a new normal at the prison. The atmosphere is low-key, with Rick turning to farming. Meanwhile, outside the gates . . . grrr, chomp, shuffle, etc.


Genealogy Roadshow 9 p.m., Channel 2

So people bring their ancestry to experts, who tell them what they’re worth? No. On this strangely titled show, regular people like you and me have their family trees researched by genealogists Kenyatta Berry and Josh Taylor, with the help of their off-camera team.


Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle 8 p.m., Channel 2

This PBS documentary chronicles the history of superheroes, from their emergence in the 1930s to their role as today’s box-office champions. Hosted by Liev Schreiber, the film includes interviews with comic-book mastermind Stan Lee, actors Adam West and Lynda Carter (pictured), author Michael Chabon, and cartoonist-author Jules Feiffer.


CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 10 p.m., CBS


Yes, the world was collectively tickled when this show did its classic episode on furries — “Fur and Loathing” —
10 years ago, almost to the day. But what’s this, the writers may be trying to one-up themselves with an hour in which the contestants on a reality cooking show unknowingly eat human flesh during a competition. CSI — Camp Sometimes, Innit?


Reign 9 p.m., The CW

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In this prime time period drama, the young Mary, Queen of Scots, goes to France to marry Prince Francis. Enter his controlling mother, her gal pals from England, and a juicy love triangle. That’s right, this ain’t the History channel. The premise and costumes are unusual for the CW, which is nice to see. But the stories and the cast are absurdly contemporary. Call it “Ye Gossip Girl.”


Great Performances’ 40th Anniversary Celebration

9 p.m., Channel 2

The series celebrates its birthday with a gala at Lincoln Center. Among the great performers: Julie Andrews, Don Henley, Patti Austin, Michael Buble, Elina Garanca, Josh Groban, Audra McDonald, Itzhak Perlman, and Take 6. Also, David Hyde Pierce will look back at the show’s dramas.


Dancing on the Edge 10 p.m., Starz

Starz is airing this five-part BBC miniseries, which follows the experiences of a black jazz band in London in the 1930s. The story includes their rise to stardom, the racism they face, and their involvement in a murder case. Chiwetel Ejiofor from “12 Years a Slave” stars in the drama, with Matthew Goode, John Goodman, and Jacqueline Bisset.