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The Escape Artist 9 p.m., PBS

This two-parter is about a British defense lawyer whose history of getting defendants acquitted comes back to haunt him. David Tennant, so good in “Broadchurch” and “Doctor Who,” is excellent in the lead.


Louie 10 and 10:30 p.m., FX

The series gets back to the Pamela plot, after last week’s diversion, with episodes called “Pamela Part 2” and “Pamela Part 3.” The hour is also, sigh, the season finale.


Chasing Life 9 p.m., ABC Family

What fresh hell does April (Italia Ricci, pictured) have to deal with this week? Her mother is dating on Beacon Hill, her sister’s getting in trouble with thugs in Charlestown, and her oncologist uncle continues to bring bad news from the Longwood Medical Area.



Jennifer Falls 10:30 p.m., TV Land

Jennifer, played by Jaime Pressly, falls for a man, which is great, except that HER MOTHER IS HIS THERAPIST. Oops. This is a light show with subpar jokes and a decent cast, including go-to difficult mom Jessica Walter.


Rectify 9 p.m., Sundance

One of last year’s most interesting and promising — if not entirely successful — series is back. It’s about a guy released from Death Row after 19 years, based on DNA evidence, but not exonerated of rape and murder. His homecoming is, shall we say, complicated. Pictured: Aden Young.


Funniest Wins 10 p.m., TBS

Yup, another reality competition show for aspiring [fill in the blank]. In this new show hosted by Marlon Wayans, comedians face off in various challenges. The premiere has the 10 players performing for tourists on a moving double-decker bus.


Orphan Black 9 p.m., BBC America

One of TV’s most entertaining series finishes up for the season, as lead clone Sarah “uncovers a terrifying new dimension to the conspiracy.” Honestly, I could care less about the details of the plot; the fun of the series is in the acting and the action. Pictured: Tatiana Maslany.


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