The week also offers a documentary about Muhammad Ali’s legal fight and a series reimagining witches in Salem.
The week’s other small-screen highlights include a pair of Food Network debuts and a star-powered series about climate change.
The long goodbye of “How I Met Your Mother” is finally here, plus the return of “Game of Thrones” and a documentary featuring Loyola Ramblers in one of the most important basketball games in collegiate sports history.
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LORI RACKL: Networks and streaming services are making it easier to catch up between seasons of great shows like BBC America’s sci-fi thriller.
“SURVIVING JACK” (7:30 p.m. Thursday, WFLD-Channel 32): Television needs another nostalgic family comedy with a “Wonder Years”-style voiceover like it needs another singing competition. But there’s an acerbic charm to Fox’s 1991-set sitcom that elevates it above similar newcomers “Growing Up Fisher” and “The Goldbergs.” …
LORI RACKL: The series stars Gillian Anderson and Dermot Mulroney, who promises some “old-fashioned cliffhangers.”
LORI RACKL: Filmed in Chicago, the new first-responder sitcom may be the show that avoids people conversing on bridges.
LORI RACKL: Notable shows this week include CNN’s “Chicagoland” and Fox’s “Cosmos.”
LORI RACKL: Highlights this week include the debut of Chicago-based ‘Mind Games’ and the return of ‘The Americans.’
Long before he created the Cold War spy drama, Joe Weisberg trained to be a spy for the intelligence agency.
This week’s Lori’s List includes a couple of new NBC comedies being launched during the Olympics, as well as “Downton Abbey’s” yawn of a finale and an all-star edition of “Amazing Race.”
LORI RACKL: The new host tells the Sun-Times he and his team “just want to make TV moments.”
LORI RACKL: This weeks’ return of “House of Cards” is part of a surge in new streaming content from Netflix, Amazon and Hulu.
Jimmy Fallon has accepted Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s throw down.
LORI RACKL: Reelz Channel’s new suburban Chicago-set “reality show” is a contrived hot mess of stereotypes, staged scenarios and bad acting.
LORI RACKL: “Top Chef,” the Super Bowl and a drama about the real playboy spy who spawned James Bond make up this week’s list of TV highlights.
“Broad City,” “Rake,” “Lizzie Borden Took an Ax” and “Black Sails” make up this week’s TV highlights.
LORI RACKL: Here’s a spoiler-free look at what’s in store for the long-awaited return of “Sherlock,” premiering Sunday on PBS’s “Masterpiece Mystery!”
“Sherlock” is back with a splash and “American Idol” hopes a certain Harry can work some magic to reverse falling ratings.
“INTELLIGENCE” (8 p.m. Tuesday, WBBM-Channel 2) and “killer women” (9 p.m. Tuesday, WLS-Channel 7): One show is about an ex-special forces op with a chip in his brain; the other is about a female Texas Ranger with a chip on her shoulder. Another thing they …