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Aaron Stanford
TV Picks: '12 Monkeys,' 'Grantchester,' 'Parks and Rec'
TV Picks: '12 Monkeys,' 'Grantchester,' 'Parks and Rec'

“12 Monkeys.” Although deviating in tone and plot from Terry Gilliam’s 1995 steam punk classic on which it is based, the series begins with the same event — an international plague that decimates the world’s population — and offers the same solution: time travel. Here, the apocalypse begins in 2017. In the aftermath, some seek shelter underground, but many remain on the surface, where, instead of hitting an agrarian restart, survivors go hungry and turn on one another. The action opens in 2043, with scientists have figured out how to go back in time. Or rather, they’ve discovered a way to send the strangely resilient James Cole (Aaron Stanford)...