Monday TV: When the Churches Burned

arson-church“Little Hope was Arson,” Theo Love’s film about a spate of fires at churches in East Texas, makes its debut on “Independent Lens” (PBS, 10 p.m., check local listings). It was in January 2010 with 10 churches went up in fire in a 40 mile radius, prompting a state and federal investigation against suspects that included Satan. The first to go up was the Little Hope Baptist Church in Canton, Texas. First thought to be caused by an electrical fire, a message was later found to be carved on a restroom wall that became the title of the film.

It follows the conclusion of another strong documentary, Alex Gibney’s two night, four-hour examination of the life of Frank Sinatra in “Sinatra: All or Nothing at All” (HBO, 8 p.m.) that includes his 1950s career downturn, his struggle to redeem his career through dramatic acting, and a spate of concept albums in the 60s that put him back on top. Also covered: his disastrous relationships with Ava Gardener and Mia Farrow.

The year’s best new series so far, “Better Call Saul” (AMC, 10 p.m.) comes to its too-soon season finale, with Jimmy reconnecting with his friends in Cicero.

Baseball begins in earnest with games that include Toronto at Yankees (ESPN, 1 p.m.), Mets at Washington (ESPN, 4 p.m.), Cleveland at Houston (ESPN, 7 p.m.) and San Francisco at Arizona (ESPN2, 10 p.m.).

The brackets will be complete after the NCAA men’s basketball championship of Wisconsin vs. Duke (CBS, 9 p.m.), with a pre show at 8:30 p.m.

The Top 10 dance to sentimental moments in their lives on “Dancing with the Stars” (ABC, 8 p.m.); the Top 20 perform on “The Voice” (NBC, 8 p.m.), but there still will be time for Adam Levine to sing with Maroon 5.

On a sex-themed edition of “The Big Picture with Kal Penn” (National Geographic, 9 p.m.), he travels to the strip club capital of America (Hurley, Wis., who knew?), among other stupa.


Jane wonders how good a father Rafael will be on “Jane the Virgin” (The CW, 9 p.m.).


Nestor Carbonell directs as well as being featured as the amorous Sheriff Romero on “Bates Motel” (A&E, 9 p.m.).

Jane Russell is the star on Turner Classic Movies tonight with “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” (8 p.m.), “The Outlaw” (9:45 p.m.), “The Paleface” (midnight), “Macao” (1:45 a.m.) and “His Kind of Woman” (3:15 p.m.).

Daytime Talk

Kelly & Michael: Michelle Obama, Connie Britton, Anthony Anderson, Caroline Wozniacki, Jeff Gordon. The View: Bryshere Y. Gray, Jussie Smollett, Becky Hammon, Raven-Symone, Samantha Ponder (rerun). The Talk: Tyrese Gibson, Tanya Acker, Jeff Mahin, Kelly Osbourne. Ellen DeGeneres: Kate Walsh, Rumer Willis, Valentin Chmerkovskiy. Wendy Williams: Stacy London, Tahj Mowry (rerun). Meredith Vieira: Tamara Tunie, Romeo Miller, Wild Animals with Grant Kemmerer. Queen Latifah: Kelly Osbourne, Michael Pena (rerun).

Late Talk

David Letterman: Kid Scientists, Sean Hayes, Judah & the Lion (rerun). Jimmy Fallon: Michael Douglas, Kat Dennings, St. Vincent. Jimmy Kimmel: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Robert Rodriguez, Spoon (rerun). Seth Meyers: Kit Harrington, Adam Horovitz, the Mountain Goats. James Corden: Jordana Brewster, Dave Grohl, Rainn Wilson, Saint Motel. Carson Daly: Thomas Lennon, the Wolf, Dreaming Bull (rerun). Tavis Smiley: Dr. Michael Gazzaniga, Kenneth Shropshire. Jon Stewart: Gene Baur. Conan O’Brien: Billy Gardell, Erin & Sara Foster, Tinashe.

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