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SERIES

Caprica: This new series from the “Battlestar Galactica” universe is set 58 years before the events of “Battlestar” and reveals the genesis of the Cylons from the broken hearts of technologist Daniel Graystone (Eric Stoltz) and lawyer Joseph Adama (Esai Morales) -- yes, William’s dad -- who seek to re-create the daughters they lost in a terrorist attack (9 p.m. Syfy).

What Not to Wear: Stacy and Clinton help a jazz vocalist who is a lifelong tomboy with an aversion to dressing up (9 p.m. TLC).

Ghost Adventures: Zak, Nick and Aaron are locked down near Venice, Italy, on a forbidden island formed from the ashes of all the dead burned and buried there, according to legend (9 p.m. Travel).

Spartacus: Blood and Sand: This new series features sex, violence and lots of blood in a modern re-imagination of Stanley Kubrick’s “Spartacus” (10 p.m. Encore and Starz).

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MOVIES

The Ruins: It’s terror time for more youths who venture where they shouldn’t in this horror story, adapted by Scott B. Smith from his own novel. Jena Malone, Shawn Ashmore and Jonathan Tucker are cast as vacationers lured into an excursion to a Maya temple where they encounter not only hostile locals but vines that appear to have a life of their own as they ward off intruders in this 2008 thriller (6:45 p.m. Cinemax).

A Raisin in the Sun: Proud and promising Walter Lee Younger (Sidney Poitier) and his family join forces against a series of obstacles keeping them from escaping their overcrowded Chicago neighborhood in favor of an all-white suburb. Claudia McNeil, Ruby Dee, Diana Sands and Louis Gossett Jr. also star in this amazing 1961 adaptation of Lorraine Hansberry’s stage play (7:15 p.m. TCM).

Dead Man Walking: Susan Sarandon delivers an Academy Award-winning performance as a nun who befriends a Louisiana death row inmate (Sean Penn) after she agrees to be his spiritual advisor in this 1995 drama directed by Tim Robbins. Raymond J. Barry and R. Lee Ermey also star (8:55 p.m. Showtime).

Aliens: More than 50 years after escaping death at the jaws of a voracious creature, Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) awakens from hypersleep to discover humans have settled on the alien planet, and communication with the settlement has been lost. With Marines in tow, Ripley blasts off on a tense rescue mission in director James Cameron’s 1986 sequel to “Alien.” Bill Paxton, Paul Reiser and Michael Biehn costar (10:30 p.m. AMC).

SPORTS

Pro basketball: The Lakers visit the New York Knicks (5 p.m. KCAL and ESPN); the Chicago Bulls visit the Phoenix Suns (7:30 p.m. ESPN).

Tennis: Australian Open, third round, from Melbourne, Australia (6 p.m. and midnight ESPN2).


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