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What to watch and listen to this week: Menéndez brothers documentary on ABC, Imaginary Worlds podcast

Lyle Menéndez, right, and brother Erik listen to a charge of murder conspiracy against them on Dec. 29, 1992. ABC airs a documentary promising to uncover clues as to why the two murdered their wealthy parents.

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Lyle Menéndez, right, and brother Erik listen to a charge of murder conspiracy against them on Dec. 29, 1992. ABC airs a documentary promising to uncover clues as to why the two murdered their wealthy parents.

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January

MONDAY

The Bachelor, 8 p.m., ABC: The 21st season of The Bachelor begins with Nick Viall meeting 30 bachelorettes clamoring for his attention and the first impression rose. By the end of the two-hour season premiere only 22 ladies remain.

The New Celebrity Apprentice, 8 p.m., NBC: Arnold Schwarzenegger is the new host for the show's eighth season. We guess Donald Trump will be doing something else this year.

Shadowhunters, 8 p.m., Freeform: Back for a second season, the first episode of Shadowhunters sees the Institute left in a state of disarray after Jace's departure.

SERIES PREMIERE: Beyond, 9 p.m., Freeform: After 12 years in a coma, Holden is now a young man discovering his new abilities and landing in the middle of a dangerous conspiracy.

Teen Mom 2, 9 p.m., MTV: In the season premiere, Jenelle faces her ex in court for an assault trial, Leah contends with Addie missing her father and Chelsea meets Adam's ex.

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TUESDAY

SERIES PREMIERE: The Wall, 8 p.m., NBC: LeBron James and Chris Hardwick (the new Ryan Seacrest) host an explosive game show that changes lives with the drop of a ball and a giant wall.

Bones, 9 p.m., Fox: The final season for the beloved series about a forensic anthropologist.

WEDNESDAY

SERIES PREMIERE: Star, 9 p.m., Fox: Fox already aired a preview episode of this musical drama in December with Queen Latifah and Benjamin Bratt starring. Like the hit Empire, it features original music and lots of behind the scenes drama.

SERIES PREMIERE: Vivica's Black Magic, 10 p.m., Lifetime: Vivica A. Fox pursues a new business venture in hopes of opening a male revue in Las Vegas. With help from her girl squad, Eurika and Kiana, Vivica auditions hundreds of men, narrowing them down to a group of eight with stellar six-packs and sultry moves.

THURSDAY

Truth and Lies: The Menéndez Brothers  American Sons, American Murderers, 9 p.m., ABC: A documentary special focusing on the 27-year-old murder case, including an interview with Lyle Menéndez in prison. Lyle and his brother, Erik, were two Beverly Hills party boys who murdered their wealthy parents and then lavishly spent their money following the deaths. ABC's 120-minute documentary promises to uncover clues as to why the two murdered their parents and includes never-before-seen home movies and photos.

NEW NETWORK Nashville (CMT), 9 p.m.: The twangy drama returns for a fifth season on a more fitting network.

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Plug In

imaginaryworldspodcast.org

Imaginary Worlds

As a huge sci-fi and pop culture nerd, I fell in love with this quirky podcast within the first few minutes.

This isn't a fangirl series where the host and guests gush over the new Marvel movie or discuss Easter eggs in Star Wars. The episodes explore more of the overarching themes within the stories, characters and creatures beloved by the geek community.

The first three episodes take on some of the most important subjects in geek culture: the sacredness of origin stories, fictional creature authenticity and The Canon.

Host Eric Molinsky talks to a psychologist who uses superhero origin stories to help people discover their "powers" and mission, an animator on the first Star Wars films discusses bringing Yoda to life and a rabbi compares Star Trek canon with the Torah.

The rest of the bi-weekly series explores Game of Thrones politics, Molinsky's hatred of zombies, the absurdity of the damsel in distress and plenty of episodes on Star Wars.

The latest episode is a tribute to the late Carrie Fisher, Star Wars' Princess Leia. Molinsky replays "Slave Leia," in which he discusses the controversy and continued debate over the iconic gold metal bikini from Return of the Jedi.

With episodes clocking in between 15 minutes and half an hour, this series is perfect for sci-fi superfans or those who just want to brush up on their geek knowledge.

Listen on iTunes, Soundcloud and imaginaryworldspodcast.org.

Contact Chelsea Tatham at ctatham@tampabay.com. Follow @chelseatatham.

 

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