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UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 11, 2022

Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

For a new episode called “Activists Roots,” host Henry Louis Gates Jr. explores the family roots of attorney and author Anita Hill, who challenged the Supreme Court confirmation of Clarence Thomas, and Brittany Packnett Cunningham, who served as a member of President Barack Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing. These are two women who have made profound personal sacrifices for social justice, and Gates’ examination of their family histories turns up lost heroes and African-Americans who fought for their rights across past centuries. (TVPG) 7 p.m. on KSPS.


As Maggie (Missy Peregrym) and the rest of the FBI team desperately search for a kidnapped college student, Jubal (Jeremy Sisto) becomes keenly focused on getting what he hopes may be life-saving leads from the father of the abductor’s last victim in the new episode “Grief.” He also continues to wrestle with the fallout from Rina’s condition, leading to a tense encounter with her mother. Graham Winton, Kathleen Garrett and Jonathan Sale guest star; Zeeko Zaki also stars. (TV14) 8 p.m. on KREM.

American Masters

This celebrated Emmy- and Peabody Award-winning docuseries launches its 36th season with “Ailey,” a 90-minute exploration of the life and creative impact of visionary choreographer and dancer Alvin Ailey. Born in tiny Rogers, Texas, during the heart of the Great Depression, Ailey grew up hearing blues and gospel music that informed his dances to come, as did the awakening of his own gay identity. The film also shows hip-hop choreographer Rennie Harris as he works on his new ballet “Lazarus,” based on Ailey’s life. (TV14) 8 p.m. on KSPS.

Superman & Lois

If fans thought things were getting kind of strained in the farmhouse home of Clark Kent and Lois Lane (Tyler Hoechlin, Elizabeth Tulloch) in Season 1, that situation only escalates as the series returns for its sophomore edition. Season 1 ended with a thunderbolt with the arrival of Natalie (Tayler Buck), the daughter of an alternate version of Lois and John Henry Irons (WolŽ Parks). Season 2 also will include an extended arc for Lois’ kid sister, Lucy Lane (Jenna Dewan, reprising a role she previously played on “Supergirl”). (TVPG) 8 p.m. on KSKN.

FBI: International

Kellett (Heida Reed) and the Fly Team reluctantly fly to Northern Ireland to join an investigation after one of her shady informants pleads with her to clear him of allegations that he was involved in a robbery and murder in the new episode “Close to the Sun.” Ryan Watkinson, Simon Delaney, Kevin O’Grady, Jay Paulson and Karen Hassan guest star; Luke Kleintank, Carter Redwood and Vinessa Vidotto also star. (TV14) 9 p.m. on KREM.


From Emmy winner Ava DuVernay, this new superhero series stars Kaci Walfall (“Power”) as the title character, a confident teenage comic-book fan pursuing a hidden destiny. After a supernatural event shakes her hometown of Port Oswego, Naomi sets out to get to the origins of that incident, with support from her loyal best friend, Annabelle (Mary-Charles Jones, “Kevin Can Wait”). Barry Watson (“7th Heaven:) and Mouzam Makkar (“The Fix”) star as Naomi’s supportive parents, while Alexander Wraith plays Dee, a tattoo shop owner who becomes Naomi’s reluctant mentor. (TVPG) 9 p.m. on KSKN.

Our Kind of People

Angela (Yaya DaCosta) finds herself again close to getting everything she wants when Bid Week at the Gracities arrives in the winter season premiere “Just Desserts.” Meanwhile, Teddy (Joe Morton) confronts Leah (Nadine Ellis) when she questions her mother about what happened the night Eve was arrested, while Raymond (Morris Chestnut) desperately tries to get the late Jack Harmon’s shares away from Teddy. Elsewhere, Piggy (guest star Debbi Morgan) comes clean to Tyrique (Lance Gross) about his father’s fate. L. Scott Caldwell also guest stars. (TV14) 9 p.m. on Fox 28.

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