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Monday on TV: 'The Following' is dumb and dumber

Published January 27, 2014 3:54 pm

This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2014, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

I don't dislike The Following (7 and 8 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13) just because it's a bloody mess - literally. Or just because I fail to see the entertainment value in yet another unoriginal show about a serial killer.I dislike it because it's remarkably stupid. And the laziest writing on TV.Season 1 was filled with illogical situations and outcomes that made absolutely no sense at all. Season 2 began with the dumbest of horror tropes - the killer, who appeared to killed in an explosion at the end of Season 1, is not-so-remarkably alive at the beginning of Season 2.It's the same baloney we've seen in countless bad horror movies.And, no, I'm not giving anything away. The Season 2 premiere, which is being repeated tonight at 7 p.m., aired eight days ago. It won't be any smarter the second time around.Elsewhere on TV ...How I Met Your Mother (7 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): The mother reveals how she met Ted, from her perspective.The Bachelor (7 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): The bachelor and the women travel to Korea.Hollywood Game Night (7 and 8 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): A pair of new episodes.Heart of Dixie (7 p.m., CW/Ch. 30): Wade meets Vivian's son.NBA (7 p.m., ROOT): Sacramento Kings at Utah JazzBeing Human (7 and 10 p.m., Syfy): There's a new vampire boss in town.Mike & Molly (8 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Mike and Molly move in with Peggy.Beauty and the Beast (8 p.m., CW/Ch. 30): Cat, Tess and Tori are taken hostage.Bitten (8 and 11 p.m., Syfy): Elena and Clay work together.Mom (8:30 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Christy wants to get to know her father.Castle (9:01 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): A staffer at a fan magazine is found dead.The Blacklist (9 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Red tips Liz off to a baby-stealing ring.Switched at Birth (9 p.m., ABC Family): Bay helps her teacher.The Fosters (10 and 11 p.m., ABC Family): Stef returns to work.South Park (10:30 p.m., Comedy Central): Cartman freezes himself.Archer (11 p.m., FX): Pam puts everyone in danger.Teen Wolf (11 p.m., MTV): The blackout forces a curfew on Halloween.