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Sci Fi offers deep ‘Triangle’ mystery

Kevin McDonough United Feature Syndicate

The Sci Fi Channel invites viewers to spend the next three nights in “The Triangle” (9 p.m., Sci Fi) – the Bermuda Triangle. Filled with special effects and an impressive cast, “The Triangle” begins with three ships a-sailing.

Could that be Christopher Columbus and the Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria? But this isn’t a history lesson.

The seafaring Spaniards get their post-medieval minds blown by the sight of a giant 21st-century supertanker that leaves them wobbling in its wake. What gives?

Fast-forward to the present, and a Greenpeace vessel helmed by Lou Diamond Phillips challenges a Japanese whaler. But their altercation takes a back seat to bubbles from the deep that quickly doom the whaler and its eco-friendly escort.

Phillips’ character survives, but his mind is seriously scrambled from his time in The Triangle.

Concerned about the loss of his supertankers, a shadowy shipping tycoon (Sam Neill) assembles a crack team of experts (Eric Stoltz, Catherine Bell, Bruce Davison and Michael Rodgers) to plumb the depths of this oceanic mystery. He offers them a cool $5 million each to find his missing ships, and not one cent should they fail.

Their quest gets murkier after a jetliner vanishes in the enigmatic triangle. But that’s just the beginning.

“Farscape” fans should pay attention. “Triangle” was written by Rockne S. O’Bannon, creator of that departed series as well as film and TV versions of “Alien Nation.”

An aspiring food critic (Carly Pope) receives an unexpected visit from her effervescent mother (Christine Baranski) on the eve of the holidays in the 2005 romantic comedy “Recipe for a Perfect Christmas” (9 p.m., Lifetime). More coal than candy cane.

“100 Most Unexpected TV Moments” (10 p.m., TVLand) celebrates shockers real and contrived from prime time’s past. “Moments” unfolds every night this week and counts down 20 moments in each installment.

The police series “Wanted” (10 p.m., and 11 p.m., TNT), starring Gary Cole, returns for season 2 with back-to-back episodes.

Bo Derek and Dave Coulier host the four-part series “I Can’t Believe I Wore That!” (10 p.m., WE), a humorous glance at fashion atrocities from the past four decades.

Seven British men submit to an American military interrogation team, which questions them according to officially sanctioned procedures in the 2005 documentary “Torture: The Guantanamo Guidebook” (10 p.m., Sundance), directed by Tim Carter.

Murder takes a honeymoon on “Under Investigation: Mystery at Sea” (10 p.m., Court TV).

Other highlights

The quotable designer Isaac Mizrahi gets his own talk show, “Isaac” (8 p.m., Style).

News about Rita (Charlize Theron) on “Arrested Development” (8 p.m., Fox).

On two episodes of “Las Vegas” (NBC), Dean Cain (8 p.m.) and TV poker (9 p.m.).

Seattle and Philadelphia meet on “Monday Night Football” (6 p.m., ABC).

Gangs target Horatio on “CSI: Miami” (10 p.m., CBS).

A pilot’s (Chad Lowe) wife vanishes on “Medium” (10 p.m., NBC).

Cult choice

Turner Classic Movies celebrates Bing Crosby with a month of Monday-night movie marathons. Tonight’s offerings include the 1936 musical melodrama “Pennies From Heaven” (6:30 p.m.) featuring Louis Armstrong.

Series notes

Carrie is stripped of her dignity on “The King of Queens” (8 p.m., CBS) … Arnaz exposed on “One on One” (8 p.m., UPN) … Dialogue on “7th Heaven” (8 p.m., WB) … A French chef irks his colleagues on “Kitchen Confidential” (8:30 p.m., Fox) … High altitudes on “How I Met Your Mother” (8:30 p.m., CBS) … A windfall on “All of Us” (8:30 p.m., UPN) … Baby sitting on “Two and a Half Men” (9 p.m., CBS) … Discipline on “Nanny 911” (9 p.m., Fox) … The walk down the aisle feels like a treadmill on “Girlfriends” (9 p.m., UPN) … Time in the deli on “Related” (9 p.m., WB) … Party poopers on “Out of Practice” (9:30 p.m., CBS) … Pinching pennies on “Half & Half” (9:30 p.m., UPN).

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