TV Tonight, Jan. 24: The new X-Files debuts
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TV Tonight, Jan. 24: The new X-Files debuts

Also the season debut of Portlandia, new Downton Abbey and Just for Laughs, and Wasted on The Nature of Things


The Nature of Things

The documentary Wasted provides a very personal look at alcohol addiction. It started out as a way for filmmaker Maureen Palmer and her husband, psychotherapist Mike Pond, to investigate new treatments for addiction. And then Mike, previously left homeless, jobless and in fear for his life by his alcoholism, relapsed shortly after filming began. The investigation turned into an urgent search for a treatment that would work for Mike, who had found no relief in Alcoholics Anonymous, which the doc contends doesn’t work for most people. Instead, the film looks at clues to what causes addiction and new treatments based on scientific evidence. This is a repeat airing of the program. (CBCNN at 8)


The absurdly comic series returns for its sixth season with an episode in which Brendan and Michelle (series co-creators Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein) wreak havoc when they decide to attend a music festival remotely by drone. Natasha Lyonne (Orange Is the New Black) makes a guest appearance as a festivalgoer with a thing for man buns, and there are also gags involving Sean Penn and a feud between members of the Flaming Lips, who perform in the episode. (Super Channel at 9)

Just for Laughs

Alan Cumming (The Good Wife) is the star host of a new episode of the comedy series, with Orny Adams, Dana Gould, Joel Creasey, and Canadians Sean Cullen and Shaun Majumder providing the standup. (CBC at 9)

Downton Abbey

Good news for those of you who’ve suffered through the endless misfortunes of Mr. and Mrs. Bates (Brendan Coyle and Joanne Froggatt); it looks like the couple might finally catch a break in this episode. Meanwhile, Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery) gains a potential suitor, Barrow (Rob James-Collier) puts his foot in his mouth while filling in for the honeymooning Carson and the police return to the Abbey. (PBS at 9)

The X-Files

Critical consensus on the first rebooted episode of this 1990s cult hit seems to be that it’s a stinker (I haven’t seen it, so I can’t weigh in) but also that you’ll be rewarded if you stick around for episodes 2 and 3 (No. 2 airs Monday at 8 p.m.). If you’re like me and you’ve missed the chemistry between Mulder (David Duchovny) and Scully (Gillian Anderson) you’ll want to watch no matter what the critics think. (CTV at 10)

Toronto Star

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