Here's what's new and returning the week of Feb. 16

By Shirley Li
Updated February 16, 2016 at 05:01 PM EST
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Welcome to This Week in TV, a weekly feature in which we spotlight the series debuting or returning to air. Set your DVRs and alarms: below are the highlights for the next six — sorry, premieres on Presidents’ Day — days.

Tuesday, Feb. 16

SEASON PREMIERE

Forged in Fire (History, 10 p.m.)

The sharp series about competing bladesmiths cuts deep in season 2 as the pros work to make fully functional historical weapons (like warhammers!), while I work to come up with more puns.

MIDSEASON PREMIERE

Rizzoli & Isles (TNT, 9 p.m.)

As I always say: Sometimes you’re the Rizzoli; sometimes you’re the Isles. (Anyone else?)

DOCUSERIES PREMIERE

The New Yorker Presents (Amazon)

Why read those Shouts and Murmurs when you can watch it in action? Stories from the acclaimed magazine hit the small, binge-able screen through short films and documentaries in this new series.

Wednesday, Feb. 17

SEASON PREMIERES

Survivor (CBS, 8 p.m.)

What could possibly go wrong — or rather, Rōng — for the castaways on Kaoh Rong?! Watch the 90-minute premiere (or its first five minutes) to find out.

Broad City (Comedy Central, 10 p.m.)

FOUR and THREE and TWO and ONE! Abbi and Ilana are back for more millennial mishaps! (Watch the premiere’s opening scene here.)

Thursday, Feb. 18

SERIES PREMIERE

Join or Die With Craig Ferguson (History, 11 p.m.)

The former Late Late Show host is back on TV, this time to talk history and politics using panel discussions and more.

SEASON PREMIERE

Vikings (History, 10 p.m.)

Not enough history (and History) for you? The bloodiest period drama not called Game of Thrones returns, along with Alexander Ludwig doing his best impression of Leonardo DiCaprio in The Revenant.

Friday, Feb. 19

SERIES PREMIERES

Cooked (Netflix)

Documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney turns his lens toward the art of cooking — a topic much less controversial than Scientology, which he tackled with Going Clear — by traveling around the world and investigating how various cultures use the four elements of fire, water, air, and earth, to cook food.

Love (Netflix)

Wish Valentine’s Day lasted past the 14th of February? Judd Apatow is happy to oblige with this romantic comedy series starring Paul Rust and Gillian Jacobs as two single souls searching for the titular four-letter word.

DOCUSERIES PREMIERE

Million Dollar Genius (History, 10 p.m.)

No, this isn’t a docuseries about Kanye West directed, produced, and narrated by Kanye West: It’s about inventors whose inventions have succeeded.

Saturday, Feb. 20

SEASON PREMIERE

Serial Thriller (Investigation Discovery, 8 p.m.)

Had enough of Serial and Making a Murderer, or craving more captivating true crime? The latest installment in the ID series follows a slew of murders in 1972 that happened among college coeds.

Sunday, Feb. 21

SEASON PREMIERES

When Calls the Heart (Hallmark, 9 p.m.)

Still not over Valentine’s Day, even after binge-watching Love? Hallmark’s turn-of-the-century tale about widowed women charming the men in a coal town is back for a third season.

Girls (HBO, 10 p.m.)

The foursome continue to grapple with adulthood.

Togetherness (HBO, 10:30 p.m.)

The foursome continue to grapple with adulthood. (But slightly older adulthood.)

Episode Recaps

Broad City

Ilana Wexler (Ilana Glazer) and Abbi Abrams (Abbi Jacobson) take on NYC with nothing but youth and marijuana on their side in this Amy Poehler-produced comedy.
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