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The Week’s guide to what’s worth watching

The best programs on TV this week

Lost GirlThis new series from Canadian TV features Anna Silk as a young woman who discovers a surprising heritage: She is a succubus, capable of killing men by seducing them and siphoning their life force. Silk is appealing, and the show deftly blends elements of horror and crime drama with dollops of humor and sex appeal. Monday, Jan. 16, at 10 p.m., Syfy

SouthlandAs this above-average police drama returns for a fourth season, Lucy Liu joins the cast as a new partner for LAPD veteran John Cooper (Michael Cudlitz), who’s struggling with the job’s challenges following back surgery. Meanwhile, detective Lydia Adams (Regina King) gets an unwanted visit from a confidential informant, and a brash cop (guest star Lou Diamond Phillips) rubs young Ben Sherman (Ben McKenzie) the wrong way. Tuesday, Jan. 17, at 10 p.m., TNT

Great Performances at the Met: Anna BolenaThe role of Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII’s doomed second wife, was made famous by the legendary Maria Callas in a 1957 revival of this Donizetti opera. Superstar Russian soprano Anna Netrebko became the latest to take on the challenging bel canto part—in this Metro­politan Opera production filmed in New York in October. Mezzo-soprano Ekaterina Gubanova portrays Boleyn’s rival, Jane Seymour. Friday, Jan. 20, at 9 p.m., PBS; check local listings

On Freddie RoachThis new cinema verité docuseries follows Freddie Roach, one of boxing’s foremost trainers, as he runs a renowned Hollywood boxing club while battling Parkinson’s disease—a product, most likely, of his own days in the ring. Director Peter Berg previously developed the acclaimed series Friday Night Lights. Friday, Jan. 20, at 9:30 p.m., HBO

House of LiesDon Cheadle is very good in this new comedy, which offers an acerbic look at management consultants. Cheadle’s character is based on a former consultant who authored a scathing exposé of the industry, and the show’s satire is sharpest when Cheadle breaks the fourth wall to explain his cynical tactics to the viewer. This week, his team visits a soft-drink company ripe for the plucking. Sunday, Jan. 22, at 10 p.m., Showtime

Other highlights

CBS This MorningJazz musician Wynton Marsalis makes his debut as the morning news program’s cultural correspondent. Monday, Jan. 16, at 7 a.m., CBS

AlcatrazIn the premiere of this new sci-fi series, clues in a San Francisco murder spree point to a former Alcatraz inmate who was presumed dead for decades. Sarah Jones stars. Monday, Jan. 16, at 8 p.m., Fox

Royal PainsMark Feuerstein returns as a doctor catering to the wealthy denizens of Long Island’s Hamptons. This week his patients include a party planner for a couple who are lavishly celebrating their divorce. Wednesday, Jan. 18, at 10 p.m., USA

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