"It's not a witch hunt! It's a reckoning."
Expect to hear that line more than once in the "new" reboot of "Charmed" (9 p.m., CW, TV-14). The occult soap opera has returned for the #MeToo era, featuring a more diverse cast.
The story revolves around Mel (Melonie Diaz) and Maggie Vera (Sarah Jeffery), daughters of a professor who dies shortly after becoming embroiled in a university sexual harassment case against a male department head.
Such topical (and earthbound) concerns give way to weightier matters when they discover a long-lost half-sister, Macy (Madeleine Mantock), who had been their dead mother's closely held secret.
The three women display remarkable powers, and are visited by Harry Greenwood (Rupert Evans), a long-deceased warlock sent to help them discover their potential.
Apparently, they're not only powerful witches, but also the only thing between (wo)mankind and a coming apocalypse, a dire End Times whose signs and portents include the results of the 2016 election.
This is "Charmed" for the "woke" generation. It's so soaked in contemporary gender politics that one almost forgets #MeToo spokesperson Rose McGowan starred in its first incarnation.
Happily, this "Charmed" never loses its campy sense of humor.
- Jennifer Garner ("Alias") returns to episodic television on "Camping" (10 p.m., HBO, TV-MA), a comedy of (bad) manners set in the great outdoors. Kathryn (Garner) has organized a rustic getaway for her husband, Walter (David Tennant). Her best intentions unravel; the campsite is a shambles, and one of the invited couples has split up in dramatic fashion, telling everyone but Kathryn the juicy details.
Written by Lena Dunham ("Girls"), "Camping" is filled with self-absorbed characters endowed with grating quirks. Juliette Lewis makes the most of her role as a spontaneous free-spirit sent, it seems, to torture Kathryn.
A half-hour series, it only seems like it lasts 60 minutes.
- ABC launches the prime-time talkfest "The Alec Baldwin Show" (10 p.m., TV-14). In snippets made available for publicity, the host hopes to slow things down to enable meaningful conversation and avoid the packaged "let's set up the movie clip" patter that characterizes most talk shows. Baldwin's first guests are Robert De Niro and Taraji P. Henson ("Empire").
Baldwin's scripted work on "Saturday Night Live," "30 Rock" and "Will & Grace" emphasized blustery, one-sided conversations. Except for his stints on TCM, chatting with the late Robert Osborne, there's little in Baldwin's impressive career that suggests he's up for the give-and-take and actual listening required to carry on a conversation.
- Scheduled on "60 Minutes" (7:30 p.m., CBS): a profile of National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore, who's out to photograph every living species in captivity.
- Kara greets a new colleague on the fourth season premiere of "Supergirl" (8 p.m., CW, TV-14).
- The new arrival adjusts on "Doctor Who" (8 p.m., BBC America, TV-PG).
- Larry leaves for London on "The Durrells in Corfu" on "Masterpiece" (8 p.m., PBS, TV-14, check local listings).
- The New England Patriots host the Kansas City Chiefs in "Sunday Night Football" (8:20 p.m., NBC).
- Parliament inspires Ross on "Poldark" on "Masterpiece" (9 p.m., PBS, TV-PG, check local listings).
- "U.S. Secret Service: On the Front Line" (9 p.m., National Geographic, TV-14) follow agents as they protect the president.
- Shooting on location on "The Deuce" (9 p.m., HBO, TV-MA).
- "American Masters" (10 p.m., PBS, TV-PG, check local listings) profiles violinist Itzhak Perlman.
- An attack on the White House is investigated on "Madam Secretary" (10:30 p.m., CBS, TV-PG).
"Football Night in America" (7 p.m., NBC) ... Heaven's Gate on "The Simpsons" (8 p.m., Fox, TV-PG) ... youngsters cut a rug on "Dancing With the Stars: Junior" (8 p.m., ABC, TV-PG) ... Miles reverse-engineers the latest suggestion on "God Friended Me" (8:30 p.m., CBS, TV-PG) ... Overdoing a school project on "Bob's Burgers" (8:30 p.m., Fox, TV-14).
A product to reduce pet shedding on "Shark Tank" (9 p.m., ABC, TV-PG) ... Stewie feels snubbed on "Family Guy" (9 p.m., Fox, TV-14) ... A foreign potentate is threatened on "NCIS: Los Angeles" (9:30 p.m., CBS, TV-14) ... A visit from the kids on "Rel" (9:30 p.m., Fox, TV-14).