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1 The Na­ture of Things 8 p.m. on (CBC)

An episode called “De­cod­ing De­sire” at­tempts to un­tan­gle the mys­tery of sex and de­sire, ex­plor­ing how the pur­suit of plea­sure and sex­ual di­ver­sity, not merely a bi­o­log­i­cal im­per­a­tive, may lie at the heart of what helps a species sur­vive. Sci­en­tists ob­serv­ing an­i­mal be­hav­ior have be­gun to chal­lenge old be­liefs that males pur­sue sex for plea­sure, whereas fe­males view it mainly as a path to se­cu­rity.

2 Doc Zone 9 p.m. on (CBC)

An episode called “A TV Re­nais­sance” ex­am­ines how tele­vi­sion has trans­formed the way we look at the world and each other more dra­mat­i­cally than any other medium in history. Dur­ing his or her life­time, the av­er­age Cana­dian will view more than 100,000 hours of tele­vi­sion, which is the equiv­a­lent of watch­ing TV 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for 12 years. The film also projects chal­lenges that may lie ahead as the tra­di­tional TV busi­ness takes on online com­peti­tors such as Net­flix.

3 Food Fight­ers 9 p.m. on (GLO) (NBC)

Not only do the com­peti­tors have weekly cook-offs against each other, they also have them against ri­vals of dif­fer­ent ages as the sec­ond sea­son of this con­test be­gins, with Adam Rich­man (“Man Finds Food”) re­turn­ing as host. Young­sters vie with adult en­trants to im­press — and also square off against — celebrity chefs. Any home cook who en­dures through all five rounds will win $100,000.

4 Way­ward Pines 10 p.m. on (FOX)

A bomb left in his car makes Ethan (Matt Dil­lon) re­al­ize he may have learned too much about the town in the new episode “Be­trayal.” He won­ders if one or more of the lo­cals in whom he placed his trust could be bent on elim­i­nat­ing him. Kate and Harold (Carla Gug­ino, Reed Diamond) meet with Nurse Pam (Melissa Leo) on fer­til­ity-re­lated mat­ters. Ben and Amy (Char­lie Ta­han, guest star Sarah Jef­fery) get closer. Ter­rence Howard and Toby Jones also star.

5 Aquarius 10 p.m. on (NBC)

Given the Los An­ge­les set­ting of this drama, it’s likely that Hol­ly­wood would play into it — and it does, in a homi­ci­dal way, in the new episode “Cease to Re­sist.” A celebrity is mur­dered, but a stu­dio’s ex­ec­u­tives try to pre­vent Ho­diak (David Du­chovny) from solv­ing the crime. Emma and Sadie (Emma Du­mont, Am­byr Childers) learn more about Man­son (Gethin An­thony) from some­one who’s a part of his history. Grey Damon and Claire Holt also star.

Adam Rich­man

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