Monday TV: ‘Tough Love’ on Public TV


Of the quarter million children removed from their families last year and put in foster care, the reason for 79 percent of the cases was not abuse, but neglect. A sensitive new film on “POV” (PBS, 10 p.m., check local listings) looks into the cases of parents who seek their children back. Stephanie Wang-Breal’s “Tough Love” concentrates on two struggling parents — one a former addict in Seattle and the other a mother in New York City.

In the new series “Talia in the Kitchen” (Nickelodeon, 7:30 p.m.), Maria Quezada plays a 14 year year old who learns cooking from her grandmother, with help from magic spices her late father left behind.

“Tiny House, Big Living” (HGTV, 8 p.m.) sounds like a variation on a slew of shows about little houses, like “Tiny House Nation” on FYI, and two previous HGTV shows, “Tiny House Builders” and “Tiny House Hunters” (HGTV, 9:30 p.m.). Yes, it would seem, incongruously, that tiny houses are big.

A second season starts for “Penn & Teller: Fool Us” (The CW, 8 p.m.) in which the magician duo tries to figure out the tricks of a handful of volunteer illusionists.

Shark Week continues with increasingly meaningless titles like “Island of the Mega Shark: Sharkopedia Edition” (Discovery, 8 p.m.).

Things get real on “The Real Housewives of Orange County” (Bravo, 9 p.m.) when Vicky learns of her mother’s death.

 “The Island” (NBC, 10 p.m.) ends its first season without much resolution, possibly to allow “American Ninja Warrior” (NBC, 8 p.m.) to expand from two to three hours.

The Top 20 are determined at the end of the Vegas callbacks on “So You Think You Can Dance” (Fox, 8 p.m.).

After “The Bachelorette” (ABC, 8 p.m.) is done wending through Ireland, “UnReal” (Lifetime, 10 p.m.) works as a kind of antidote.

“Bizarre Foods: Delicious Destinations” (Travel, 9 p.m.) begins its second season with a trip to San Francisco.

Carly meets Kevin’s family on a new “Becoming Us” (ABC Family, 9 p.m.).

Things are still creepy even as they get more outlandish on “The Whispers” (ABC, 10 p.m.).

Those seeking other scripted series must turn to cable, there there are new episodes of “The Fosters” (ABC Family, 8 p.m.), ”Major Crimes” (TNT, 9 p.m.), “Chasing Life” (ABC Family, 10 p.m.) and “Murder in the First” (TNT, 10 p.m.).

Comic book confections are required on a new “Cake Wars” (Food Network, 8 p.m.).

On “The Making of the Mob: New York” (AMC, 10 p.m.), Thomas Dewey goes after Lucky Luciano.

Shirley Temple is star of the month on Turner Classic Movies with 20 movies on Mondays all month, starting with “Little Miss Marker” (8 p.m.), “Now and Forever” (9:30 p.m.), “Bright Eyes” (11 p.m.), “Curly Top” (12:30 a.m.), “The Poor Little Rich Girl” (2 a.m.) and “Journey for Margaret” (3:30 a.m.)

Baseball includes Cardinals at Cubs (ESPN, 8 p.m.).

It’s down to the round of 16 at Wimbledon (ESPN2, 7 a.m.; ESPN, 8 a.m.).

Daytime Talk

Kelly & Michael: Taye Diggs, Dr. Greg Yapalater. The View: Kelly Rutherford, Dan Abrams, Charlie Wilson. The Talk: Ashley Tisdale, Shelley Wade, Tanya Holland. Ellen DeGeneres: Matthew McConaughey, Damon Wayans Jr. (rerun). Wendy Williams: Jene Luciani, Diana Madison. Meredith Vieira: Nick Jonas, John O’Hurley. Queen Latifah: Andre 3000, Lea Thompson (rerun).

Late Talk

Jimmy Fallon: Melissa McCarthy, Ed Sheeran (rerun). Jimmy Kimmel: Bill Hader, Shameik Moore, Philip Selway (rerun). Seth Meyers: Taylor Schilling, James Taylor, Chad Smith (rerun). James Corden: Hannah Simone, Pete Holmes, Noel Gallagher (rerun). Carson Daly: Jerry Ferrara, Twin Peaks, Thomas Mann (rerun). Tavis Smiley: Charlie Wilson. Jon Stewart: Jon Hamm (rerun). Conan O’Brien: Aziz Ansari, Christela Alonzo (rerun).

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