Watching: Stream This Spooky Drama

A procedural done right.

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By Margaret Lyons

Television Critic

Dear Watchers,

“The Price Is Right” is returning to production this week under coronavirus restrictions, which among other changes means no live audience, according to Deadline. The games will be the same, but what fun is guessing the price of a car without consulting with the crowd? If a yodeler falls off a mountain and no one is there to hear him, does he still make a sound?

Stay safe, and win that showcase showdown.

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I want a scary procedural

Katja Herbers, Mike Colter and Aasif Mandvi on “Evil.” That weird short-sleeve shawl jacket is indeed quite scary.Jeff Neumann/CBS

‘Evil’

When to watch: Now, on Netflix.

“Evil” will return to CBS for a second season eventually, so in the meantime absolutely binge its 13-episode first season, which is now streaming. Mike Colter and Katja Herbers star as the believer and the skeptic who investigate paranormal happenings adjacent to the Catholic Church, he as a seminarian and she as a psychologist. (They receive help from Aasif Mandvi’s character.) They both have secrets. They both are sad occasionally but don’t want to talk about it. Perhaps their backgrounds will influence their understandings of the truth, sometimes in ways that are uniquely illuminating but sometimes in ways that hurt the case!

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Where “Evil” distinguishes itself from the CBS procedural goo factory is its robust horror side and the fact that it’s actually good. Lots of demons, lots of screaming, lots of bad dreams, creeps, shrieks, schemes, skulking, sulking, dark wood paneling — you know, spooky churchy stuff. But the show has a sense of humor and solid grounding, like a better, varsity version of the best season of “Bones.”

While it certainly has a strong “X-Files” vibe, the more I watched “Evil,” the more it reminded me of “Millennium,” an “X-Files” spinoff that had its own swirling mythology and lonely pathos. Would knowing the truth free you, or would it instead be an isolating burden?

“Evil” comes from Robert and Michelle King, who also created “The Good Wife.” And while it’s not punching in that weight class, it shares that show’s knack for casting good guest stars and its balance of serialized and episodic stories. You can watch one “Evil” and get it, but you’ll like it more if you watch a bunch. If you want a real show to throw yourself into, but only kind of — a tasty and crunchy taco salad, not a fancy steak dinner — watch this.

Also this week

John Slattery in a scene from “Next.”Ed Araquel/FOX

  • The sixth and final season of “Schitt’s Creek” is now available on Netflix.
  • “Soulmates,” an anthology series set in a near future where a soul-mate particle has been discovered, starts Monday at 10 p.m. on AMC.
  • “Next,” starring John Slattery, is a tech thriller about artificial intelligence; it starts Tuesday at 9 p.m. on Fox.
  • “Doctor Who: The Faceless Ones,” which is a collection of animated versions of lost “Doctor Who” episodes from the 1960s, airs in two blocs on Wednesday and Thursday at 8 p.m. on BBC America.
  • The vice-presidential debate is Wednesday at 9 p.m. on every network, PBS and some cable stations.
  • “Supernatural” was supposed to end its 15-season run this spring, but the pandemic derailed that. It’s returning for its final seven episodes starting Thursday at 8 p.m. on the CW.

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