What to watch on Monday, January 18...
In “Childish Things,” Kara must protect Winn after his supervillain father Winslow Schott, Sr., a.k.a. Toyman (Henry Czerny), busts out of prison. In less maniacal machinations, Cat asks Lucy to come work for CatCo, while Alex asks Hank to use his Martian mojo to figure out what Maxwell Lord is plotting.
MasterChef Celebrity Showdown
Celebrities including Terry Crews and veterans of MasterChef and MasterChef Junior are among the contestants in this culinary competition, with the proceeds (the non-edible ones, anyway) going to charity.
8pm, The CW
Just for Laughs Starring Howie Mandel
Howie Mandel emcees a stand-up comedy showcase at the 2015 Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal. Jeff Ross, Pete Holmes, and Fortune Feimster are among the performers, and favorite moments from festivals past are recalled.
After Jonah aces a training test and earns plaudits from Glenn, Amy’s competitive fires flare up. Elsewhere in “Secret Shopper,” the staffers raise their games to impress the eponymous clandestine guest in their midst.
“The Hurricane” traps the cast together on the set, and riding out the storm isn’t made any easier by the fact that they’re all dieting for a swimsuit scene. While Ana leads the search for food, Isaac musters the courage to ask Roxie on a date.
MINISERIES PREMIERE, 9pm, A&E, Lifetime, History
War & Peace
Gillian Anderson, Jim Broadbent, and Paul Dano lead the cast in this four-part adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s epic of the Napoleonic Wars. The first installment sees Pierre Bezukhov inheriting his father’s fortune, Prince Andrei Bolkonsky leaving his family to join the fight against la Grande Armée, and Natasha Rostov fearing for her the safety of her soldier brother Nikolai.
In “Sun of a Gun,” the Scorpionistas help Sylvester’s estranged father, a retired general, recover a World War II-era weapon of mass destruction that has fallen into the hands of an African dictator. And both Dodd père and fils would appreciate it if the rest of the team could refrain from whistling “Cat’s in the Cradle” the whole time.
SEASON 2 PREMIERE, 10pm & 10:30pm, BBC America
The blue-blooded Carlton siblings are Stateside once more, learning the art of personal aesthetics in “Beauty” and the joys of roughing it in “The Great Outdoors.”
NCIS: Los Angeles
“Angels & Daemons” finds the team investigating the murder of a tech entrepreneur-cum-venture capitalist who covertly created a nefarious computer program. Not, like, “huge spam posts linking to pirated videos in the comments sections of respectable online columns”-level nefarious, but still pretty bad.
– Megan Mullally, Olympic medalist Gus Kenworthy, and Brantley Gilbert on Conan, 11pm, TBS
– Making a Murder directors Moira Demos & Laura Ricciardi on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, 11pm, Comedy Central
– Rembert Browne on The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore, 11:30pm, Comedy Central
– Tracy Morgan, Julianne Hough, and Hank Williams, Jr., on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, 11:35pm, NBC
– Patricia Heaton, Quincy Jones, civil rights activist DeRay Mckesson, and Grace on Late Show with Stephen Colbert, 11:35pm, CBS
– Elton John and Whitney Cummings on Jimmy Kimmel Live, 11:35pm, ABC
– Lester Holt, Rob Corddry, Brothers Osborne, and Josh Freese on Late Night with Seth Meyers, 12:35am, NBC