(All times Eastern)
RETURNING SHOW: Your favorite inmates are back to binge-watch with the return of “Orange Is the New Black” (Netflix streaming) for a third season (reviewed by TV critic Hank Stuever ). And now with Larry off the show (thank goodness), viewers can focus on what’s really important: Poussey, Taystee, Red, Crazy Eyes and the likely return of Alex and Piper’s love affair.
RETURNING SHOW: In the season-three opener of “Defiance” (Syfy at 8 p.m.), Irisa and Nolan are rescued from their underground bunker just as a pack of enemy forces marches toward their city.
The gang finds out that Amy’s drawings hold a particular power over them, and they experience the first act of real disloyalty within the group on “The Messengers” (CW at 9).
Host Don Wildman examines an almost-too-real science-fiction novel that sent panicked shock waves through the nation, and a shell from a destructive creature in South Florida is featured on “Mysteries at the Museum” (Travel at 9).
“Ron White’s Comedy Salute to the Troops 2015” (CMT at 9:30) brings out comedians Rocky LaPorte, Kathleen Madigan, Gene Pompa and, of course, White himself to perform stand-up at the Mirage Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
On the stand-up special “Alec Mapa: Baby Daddy” (Showtime at 10), the comedian focuses on life after he and his husband adopted a 5-year-old.
SERIES PREMIERE: Adapted from Dark Horse Comics, “Dark Matter” (Syfy at 10) has a space crew waking up with absolutely no memory but a certain destination.
“Real Time With Bill Maher” (HBO at 10) welcomes actor and activist Ed Begley Jr., comedian Jeff Ross, political strategist Ron Christie, activist Alexis Goldstein and radio journalist Mike Pesca.
SERIES PREMIERE: Fashion disasters from opposite sides of the wardrobe spectrum have to switch closets and wear the other person’s clothes and shoes on the makeover series “Dare to Wear” (TLC at 10).
SERIES PREMIERE: Comprised of footage shot primarily by the subjects themselves, the documentary series “Secret Lives of Americans” (Pivot at 10:30) is about everyday Americans with skeletons in their closets.
Actress and author Lena Dunham comes to “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC at 11:35), with comedian Colin Quinn.
A repeat “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC at 11:35) welcomes actors Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Emmanuelle Chriqui. Also, a performance from Wiz Khalifa.