TNT’s original “Cold Justice” series has been such a success (because it’s great television), that a spinoff was inevitable – particularly when you consider the show is produced by Dick Wolf (“Law & Order”), the king of franchise spinoffs. In the spirit of Wolf, it’s hard to believe “Cold Justice: Sex Crimes” wasn’t just called “Cold Justice: SVU.” In the new series, a whole new crew, including two prosecutors, work unsolved sex crime cases. The series opens Friday night at 9 with the case of a brutally attacked retired music teacher in Leon County, Texas. Also, the third season of the original “Cold Justice” series resumes right before this at 8 – a case in Spartanburg, S.C. – so don’t miss that.
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▪ A new season of ABC’s “Bachelor in Paradise” debuts Sunday night at 8, but I really feel we should just pretend it isn’t happening.
▪ On Monday, HBO airs a documentary called “Toe Tag Parole: To Live and Die on Yard” (9 p.m.) about a program developed by the California Department of Corrections in which inmates are given the opportunity to earn privileges by committing to uphold a racially-integrated environment free of violence and illegal drugs. Also Monday, the first season finale of the surprisingly fantastic – and dark – Lifetime drama “UnReal.” If you haven’t watched it and you’re looking for something, find it on On Demand.
▪ PBS has the documentary “JFK & LBJ: A Time for Greatness” on Tuesday (9 p.m.). Narrated by Morgan Freeman, the special shows how Johnson worked behind the scenes to outwit the Southern segregationists who were determined to maintain the racial divide.