Sympathy for the devil

Those who rooted for “Breaking Bad’s” Walter White until the bitter end will have no problem feeling the love for the title character in “Lucifer,” a new procedural in which the oh-so-misunderstood Dark Lord uses his powers of deduction and seduction to — wait for it — solve crime. Tom Ellis plays the lil’ devil on the wings of a Welsh accent and a laid-back attitude that suggest hell is more of a hoot than a weekend in Sin City. Lucifer keeps getting called back by God, who disapproves of him showing off his softer side to mere mortals, but why would anyone listen to daddy when he has the opportunity to star in a glitzy prime-time drama, even one that’s an unholy bore? The good news for the Big Guy: Based on early episodes, Lucifer’s stay on Earth shouldn’t last too long. 8 p.m. Monday, KMSP, Ch. 9

Paradise lost

Minnesota’s Steve Zahn escapes to Belize, only to land in “Mad Dogs,” a testosterone-fueled version of “I Know What You Did Last Summer.” Zahn is one of five guys whose friendships are threatened when a corpse spoils their adventures in paradise. The perils pile up to an absurd level in this 10-part drama with some late, needed relief from Allison Tolman of “Fargo.” Streaming on


Kicking a drug or alcohol addiction is a breeze, as long as you check into a rehab center like the one in “Recovery Road,” a well-meaning but ultimately disappointing attempt to shed light on teen recovery. Jessica Sula fights tooth and manicured nail against treatment. Despite the use of professional consultants, including Patrick Krill, director of Hazelden Betty Ford’s legal professionals program, the soapie drama comes across like “The Real World” without a stocked bar and a hot tub. 8 p.m. Monday, Freeform (formerly ABC Family)

Coal, coal sweat

“The Mine Wars,” the latest top-notch documentary from “American Experience,” brings to light a dark struggle that pitted coal miners against big business during the early part of the 20th century. The film successfully captures the lose-lose battle with the aid of crackling writing and photography so vivid the soot practically floats off the screen. 8 p.m. Tuesday, TPT, Ch. 2

Neal Justin