Monday TV: ‘Returned,’ as a U.S. Series

the-returnedIt’s a little tiresome how many perfectly fine foreign series have been slavishly remade into American versions. The first reaction to “The Returned” (A&E, 10 p.m.) is like that, especially so, since network TV has presented a series with generally the same idea — dead loved ones are back and they aren’t biting us! — in “Resurrection.”

What A&E’s version of the French “Les Revenants” has going for it is Carlton Cuse, the former co-creator of “Lost” who has even been able to make the questionable idea of a “Psycho” prequel pretty good entertainment in “Bates Motel” (A&E, 9 p.m.). Here he’s working with Raelle Tucker, late of “True Blood,” to fashion a version taking place in the scenic remote mountains north of Seattle in Washington state.

In this case, a lot of the scenes with the most impact were already there in the original, but he’s got a knack of throwing in his own style, especially through casting and the acting of the large cast. The hook, as in the first, is the first girl who returns from a fatal school bus trip (years later, unbeknownst to her). It’s played by Sandrine Holt who was so good as the young girl in “Treme.” The cast also includes Jeremy Sisto, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, India Ennenga, who was also in the French version, and, from “Lost,” Mark Pellegrino.

As the people filter back, there is mystery, a murder and a little boy who won’t talk at all. And enough brains behind the scenes to make what was already a very good series even better.

On the finale of “The Bachelor” (ABC, 8 p.m.), the dullish Iowa farmer Chris makes his choice between Becca the virgin from Louisiana and Whitney the fertility doctor from Chicago. It’s usually the hard-to-get one who gets the final rose and besides that Whitney has an unusually annoying voice. What’s been especially off-putting this season is Chris’ compromise-free insistence that any woman move to his dull little town. All I can promise is eye-rolling either way. Then they talk about it, and possibly break up, on “The Bachelor: After the Final Rose” (ABC, 10 p.m.). And somebody is named the new Bachelorette.

The battle rounds begin on “The Voice” (NBC, 8 p.m.). Enlisted as mentors this time are Lionel Richie, Nick Jonas, Meghan Trainor and  Ellie Goulding.

“Better Call Saul” (AMC, 10 p.m.) looks into Mike’s background, before the big parking lot job.

“Jane the Virgin” (The CW, 9 pm.) learns about the baby’s health.

What happens on “Vanity Fair Confidential” (Investigation Discovery, 10 p.m.) looks into some subscription fulfillment issues.

“Appalachian Outlaws” (History, 10 p.m.) follow “Swamp People” (History, 9 p.m.). So they’d better watch out.

World War III is dependent on peace talks run by the team from “Scorpion” (CBS, 9 p.m.).

Molly doesn’t have faith that her book will sell on “Mike & Molly” (CBS, 8:30 p.m.).

Debbie Lum’s documentary on mail order brides “Seeking Asian Female” is replayed on “Independent Lens” (PBS, 10 p.m., check local listings).

A salute to Steve McQueen tonight on Turner Classic Movies features “Nevada Smith” (8 p.m.), “The Thomas Crown Affair” (10:30 p.m.), “Le Mans” (12:30 a.m.), “The Reivers” (2:30 a.m.) and “Baby the Rain Must Fall” (4:30 a.m.).

It’s championship time in men’s college hoops with William and Mary vs. Northeastern (NBC Sports Network, 7 p.m.) in the Colonial Athletic Association championship; Wofford vs. Furman (ESPN2, 7 p.m.) in the Southern Conference championship; Iona vs. Manhattan (ESPN2, 9 p.m.) in the Metro Atlantic Conference championship; and, in the West Coast Conference tournament semifinals, Pepperdine vs. Gonzaga (ESPN, 9 p.m.) and Portland vs. BYU (11:30 p.m.).

In women’s games it’s Marist vs. Quinnipiac (ESPNU, 4:30 p.m.) in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference championship, St. John’s vs. Seton Hall (Fox Sports 1, 6:30 p.m.) in the Big East tournament semifinal, Connecticut vs. South Florida (ESPN, 7 p.m.) in the American Athletic Conference championship, and Baylor vs. Texas (Fox Sports 1, 9 p.m.) in the Big 12 Conference championship.

NBA action includes Memphis at Chicago (NBA, 8 p.m.). in the NHL, it’s Pittsburgh at San Jose (NBC Sports, 10 p.m.). Spring training baseball includes Atlanta vs. Washington (MLB, 1 p.m.) and Cleveland vs. Seattle (MLB, 4 p.m.).

Daytime Talk

Kelly & Michael: Liam Neeson, Chelsea Clinton, Lily James. The View: RuPaul, Tommy Davidson, Garcelle Beauvais. The Talk: Clark Gregg, Jessica Radloss, Dave Dettman, Eric Christian Olsen. Ellen DeGeneres: Lena Dunham, Jussie Smollett. Wendy Williams: Caitlyn Becker. Meredith Vieira: Kristin Cavallari, Don Lemon, Mike Greenberg. Queen Latifah: Reese Witherspoon (rerun).

Late Talk

David Letterman: Kevin Spacey, Lily James, Alabama Shakes. Jimmy Fallon: Chris Hemsworth, Sienna Miller, Joey Bada$$ (rerun). Jimmy Kimmel: Bette Midler, Afghan Whigs. Seth Meyers: Kevin Costner, Portia de Rossi, David Frei (rerun). Late Late Show: Ed Sheeran, Stephen Merchant, Jillian Bell, John Mayer (rerun). Carson Daly: David Cross, Tijuana Panthers, Morten Tyldum (rerun). Tavis Smiley: Marian Wright Edelman, Steve Earle (rerun). Jon Stewart: Rep. John Lewis. Conan O’Brien: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Billy Eichner, the Decemberists (rerun).

 

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