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What to watch and listen to this week: 'Taboo' on FX, Breakdown podcast

Tom Hardy plays a mysterious man returning home to 19th century London after a decade in Africa. He’s covered in tattoos and returns to take back his family’s shipping business.

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Tom Hardy plays a mysterious man returning home to 19th century London after a decade in Africa. He’s covered in tattoos and returns to take back his family’s shipping business.

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January

Watch this week

MONDAY

The Bachelor, 8 p.m., ABC: Another two-hour episode for this reality dating show. This time, one bachelorette hides a secret history and 12 ladies attend a wedding photo shoot with Nick.

SERIES PREMIERE: Big Fan, 10 p.m., ABC: A half-hour comedic game show based on Jimmy Kimmel's segment "Who Knows?" hosted by Andy Richter.

TUESDAY

Being Mary Jane, 9 p.m., BET: Gabrielle Union plays a successful woman whose perfect life isn't as great as it seems. This season returns without the show's original showrunner, so only time will tell if Mary Jane Paul's story is still as interesting.

SERIES PREMIERE: Taboo, 10 p.m., FX: Tom Hardy plays James Delaney, a mysterious man returning home to 19th century London after a decade in Africa. He was thought to be dead, but is now covered in tribal tattoos and is back to take over the family shipping business and avenge his father's death. It's a dark and gritty family drama with political conspiracies and possible supernatural murder. Hardy and his father Chips Hardy created it together.

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WEDNESDAY

Psycho, 8 p.m., TCM: A psychotic motel owner obsesses over his late mother and becomes a murder suspect in this 1960 Alfred Hitchcock thriller.

The Great American Baking Show, 8 p.m., ABC: The two remaining bakers compete for the title of America's Best Amateur Baker in the second season finale.

Workaholics, 10 p.m., Comedy Central: The seventh and final season for these bums.

SERIES PREMIERE: Jeff and Some Aliens, 10:30 p.m., Comedy Central: A man's mundane life takes a turn for the worst when he's visited by three aliens sent to Earth to see if humans are worth saving. Another goofy animated comedy from Comedy Central and a spinoff of TripTank.

THURSDAY

SERIES PREMIERE: My Kitchen Rules, 9 p.m., Fox: Curtis Stone hosts this reality cooking competition, bringing the total of reality cooking shows to way too many.

Colony, 10 p.m., USA: Will and Katie struggle to keep the family together in the second season premiere. Broussard returns home and Snyder also receives a job offer from a mysterious organization.

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Breakdown

Many podcasts attempt to be the next Serial. Or at least achieve the popularity the acclaimed series from the creators of This American Life achieved in 12 episodes.

Breakdown, from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, bluntly says it was inspired by Serial to tell one local story week by week. The series hooks listeners in Episode 1 like Serial did, but it stands out for so many other reasons.

For one, it's produced by Atlanta's local newspaper and its host Bill Rankin is the paper's senior legal affairs reporter. In a time when newspapers continue to struggle in a post-print world, it's encouraging to see journalists explore alternative storytelling.

It's a story that could've been told through a series of written pieces, but it comes alive in the podcast format.

At 27 years old, Bremen, Ga., resident Justin Chapman was sentenced to life in prison for arson and murder of his elderly neighbor. Rankin doesn't set out to prove Chapman's guilt or innocence, but to explore the breakdowns at nearly every level of Georgia's criminal justice system - an ill-prepared defense attorney, unreliable witnesses and a botched second appeal.

Breakdown's first season showed how sometimes the justice system can fail for those without the funds for proper counsel.

Its second season follows the murder trial of Justin Ross Harris, a father who may or may not have purposely left his toddler son in a hot car. The trial and second season concluded with 17 episodes in December.

Listen on iTunes, Stitcher and breakdown.myajc.com

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

 

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