Monday TV: Elders Back in the Closet

GenSilentWhatever advances have been made in the LGBT world, it all seems to crash down once they become elderly. Then, they fear showing their identity for fear of reprisals or ridicule in assisted living or nursing care. Many age alone, since they have no children and remain estranged from family.

These underreported issues are at the heart of Stu Maddow’s film “Gen Silent” (Logo, 9 p.m.), an unexpectedly affecting film about a handful of LGBT seniors in Boston, making its TV debut tonight.

Also in documentaries, “Independent Lens” (PBS, 10 p.m., check local listings) returns for its 17th season with a documentary by Debra Granik about a man she met (and cast) when she was making the feature “Winter’s Bone.” A Vietnam Veteran named Ron Hall, better known as the title of the film “Stray Dog,” is a motorcyclist who is trying to atone for his war days by being a better person, specifically helping his stepsons from south of the border adjust to life in the United States.

A violent showdown on “Fargo” (FX, 10 p.m.) radically alters the cast going forward. And Bruce Campbell, star of “Ash vs. Evil Dead” this fall, travels the state as Ronald Reagan, giving speeches.

Monday Night Football has Chicago at San Diego (ESPN, 8:15 p.m.).

Britney Spears guest stars on a new “Jane the Virgin” (The CW, 9 p.m.).

Sorry to see another network formerly dedicated to facts falling for fake shows like “Bigfoot Captured” (History, 9 p.m.). Sure it was.

Michelle Obama and Jill Biden honor female veterans and caregivers on “Women of Honor” (Lifetime, 8 p.m.).

Too soon for “Cake Wars: Christmas” (Food Network, 9 p.m.)? Even its winning entries will be stale by the holiday.

The mortal enemy of “Supergirl” (CBS, 8 p.m.) is called Reactron.

The newswoman won’t contain herself in dealing with O.J. Simpson on an episode of “Barbara Walters Presents American Scandals” (Investigation Discovery, 10 p.m.).

Adam Baldwin returns as a suspect on “Castle” (ABC, 10 p.m.).

Rebecca helps Darryl with his divorce on “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” (The CW, 8 p.m.).

Turner Classic Movies is showing films associated with memorabilia with Bonhams Auction house’s annual “Treasures from the Dream Factory” scheduled Nov. 23 in New York. They include Natalie Wood items from “Gypsy” (8 p.m.), a signed Charlie Chaplin script for “Limelight” (10:30 p.m.),a suit worn by Marilyn Monroe in  “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” (1 a.m.) and an original poster from “2001: A Space Odyssey” (2:45 a.m.).

In professional basketball, it’s Chicago at Philadelphia (NBA, 7 p.m.).

Daytime Talk

Kelly & Michael: Daniel Radcliffe, Bryshere Gray, Seal. The View: Sacha Pfeiffer, Michael Resends, Walter V. Robinson, Scott Kelly, Mikhail Kornienko, Stacy London. The Talk: LL Cool J, Jenny Hutt. Ellen DeGeneres: Justin Bieber, Shonda Rhimes. Wendy Williams: Julie Alexandria. The Real: Mehcad Brooks. Meredith Vieira: Allison Janney.

Late Talk

Stephen Colbert: Ethan Hawke, Sen. Claire McCaskill, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Nathaniel Ratelifff and the Night Sweats. Jimmy Kimmel: Ty Burrell, Lake Bell, Joss Stone Temple Pilots. Jimmy Fallon: Michael Keaton, Nick Offerman, Chris Janson. Seth Meyers: Kathy Griffin, Paul Bethany, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Jeremy Gara. James Corden: LL Cool J, Gina Rodriguez, Alanis Morissette. Carson Daly: Mat Franco, Jesus & Mary Chain, Margaret Qualley. Tavis Smiley: Rula Jebreal, David Maraniss. Trevor Noah: Pras. Conan O’Brien: Antonio Banderas, Charlyne Yi, Ed Gamble.

 

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