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TV Picks: A remake of French series ‘The Returned’ on A&E

By Brooke Cain

“The Returned” is yet another take on previously dead people suddenly reappearing in a small town.
“The Returned” is yet another take on previously dead people suddenly reappearing in a small town. JOSEPH LEDERER

A&E has the series premiere of “The Returned” Monday night at 10. It’s yet another take on previously dead people suddenly reappearing in a small town. But this one is a remake of the excellent French series (“Les Revenants,” which aired in the U.S. on Sundance Channel in 2012), not based on Jason Mott’s 2013 novel (which is the basis for the ABC series). Confused? Executive producer Carlton Cuse (“Lost”) insists that if you watched the French series, you’ll still enjoy this one. It starts out the same, Cuse says, and has the same characters, but is still “distinctly different.” Look for it to take a turn after episode 6. It stars Jeremy Sisto, Mark Pellegrino, Michelle Forbes, Kevin Alejandro and Mary Elizabeth Winstead.

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Other highlights

▪ Sharon Bui and Kate Steadman, owners of the Raleigh-based dress and accessory line Frill Clothing, appear on “Shark Tank” Friday night (8 p.m., ABC) to ask investors for money to expand their business. The company was first launched while Bui (N.C. State) and Steadman (Appalachian State) were still in college. Frill makes clothing and accessories for sorority women and for bridal functions.

▪ Also Friday, ABC premieres “In an Instant” (9 p.m.), a docuseries recounting first-person tales of survival in which someone’s life was changed “in an instant” – perhaps after a plane crash or a grizzly bear attack. The stories are re-created in a dramatization of the events. It moves to its regular time slot on Saturday at 9. In a similar vein, NBC will debut “Escape” on Sunday (9 p.m.), which is described as a docuseries that tells the survival stories of ordinary people. Sunday’s premiere starts with those who survived the Costa Concordia shipwreck.

▪ Chris Hemsworth (“Thor”) hosts “Saturday Night Live” on Saturday (11:30 p.m., NBC) with musical guest Zac Brown Band.

▪ On Monday night’s season finale of “The Bachelor” (8 p.m., ABC), farmer Chris Soules returns to Iowa with Whitney and Becca and introduces them to his family. Then he’ll choose one and propose – or not. Either way, it will all get rehashed on “After the Final Rose” at 10.

▪ Also Monday, the third season of “Bates Motel” premieres at 9 on A&E, just before “The Returned.”

▪ The ACC tournament begins on Tuesday at 1 p.m., with games taking place the rest of the week and through the weekend, culminating with the championship game on Saturday this year instead of Sunday. All of the games will air on ESPN (or ESPN2) and on WRAL. See theacc.com for the full schedule.

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