Monday TV: ‘UnReal’ and Unlikable Too

UnRealAs an after show following the usual excesses of “The Bachelorette” (ABC, 8 p.m.), a second season of “UnReal” (Lifetime, 10 p.m.) is certainly preferable to the short-lived network after show “The Bachelor Live.”

But the fictional drama about the behind the scenes of an almost exact kind of dating show, called “Everlasting,” is so darkly cynical as to be toxic. There’s hardly a sympathetic character to be found in the show in which Constance Zimmer and Shiri Appleby stir up fake drama on a terrible dating show in order to chase ratings. This season they do something “The Bachelor” never has, choosing a black suitor, which leads to  caustic treatment of race as well. The fast-paced insults never make up for the  nearly poisonous tone, though, and “UnReal” is a series as hard to binge as arsenic.

Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals of Pittsburgh at San Jose (NBC, 8 p.m.) grabs prime time network slot. Penguins lead the series 2-1.

Already feeling nostalgic toward “Rizzoli & Isles” (TNT, 9 p.m), kicking off its seventh and final season.

Also returning tonight is the fourth season of “Devious Maids” (Lifetime, 9 p.m.), with producer Eva Longoria (now freed from her own, canceled “Telenovela”) appears in a guest role.

The 75th Peabody Awards (Pivot, 8 p.m.), taped last month, honors David Letterman, Jon Stewart, Aziz Ansari’s “Master of None,” “Black-ish” and dozens of others. Keegan-Michael Key hosts.

, The relentlessly silly cop parody “Angie Tribeca” (TBS, 9 p.m.) is back with a new batch of episodes.

Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson gets interviewed on “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee” (TBS, 10:30 p.m.).

With its kiddie focus, “So You Think You Can Dance” (Fox, 8 p.m.) is quite a different show this year.

CBS fearlessly goes with straight reruns tonight with “Mom” (CBS, 8 p.m.), “2 Broke Girls” (CBS, 8:30 p.m.) and two hours of “Scorpion” (CBS, 9 and 10 p.m.).

The new “Made by Destruction” (Science, 10 p.m.) looks at innovative recycling into new products.

The new six-part true crime series “The Vanishing Women” (Investigation Discovery, 10 p.m.) looks into the case of six missing women near a small Ohio town.

The new “Barbarians Rising” (History, 9 p.m.) covers Roman Empire heroes like Hannibal Spartacus and Attila.

On a new “Reign” (The CW, 8 p.m.), Mary visits Scotland in disguise.

“12 Monkeys” (Syfy, 9 p.m.) is all down on time travel.

Contestants on the season three premiere of “Cake War” (Food, 9 p.m.) have to mark the 75th birthday of Captain America.

A naked man says he was victim of an alien abduction on “Houdini & Doyle” (Fox, 9 p.m.).

A baby arrives on “Southern Charm” (Bravo, 9 p.m.), so: mint juleps all around.

Damien Lewis is a guest star on “Top Gear” (BBC America, 9 p.m.).

James Van Praagh meets “Monica the Medium” (Freeform, 10 p.m.).

Benedict Arnold defends himself at his court martial on “Turn: Washington’s Spies” (AMC, 10 p.m.).

“Teen Mom 2” (MTV, 10 p.m.) has a seventh season finale.

“The Real Housewives of Dallas” (Bravo, 10 p.m.) go to a lake house in Austin.

The great comic actor Marie Dressler is honored with 17 films Mondays this month on Turner Classic Movies, starting with the 1929 musical “Chasing Rainbows” (8 p.m.) with Jack Benny, “The Divine Lady” (9:30 p.m.), the silent “The Patsy” (11:15 p.m.) and, one of her most famous early works, “Tillie’s Punctured Romance” (12:15 a.m.) with Charlie Chaplin.

Baseball has Cubs at Philadelphia (ESPN2, 7 p.m.).

In soccer’s Copa America, it’s Panama vs. Bolivia (Fox Sports 1, 7 p.m.) and Argentina vs. Chile (Fox Sports 1, 10 p.m.).

Daytime Talk

Kelly Ripa: Eric Dane, Freddie Prinze Jr., D.L. Hughley. The View: David Schwimmer, Stacy London. The Talk: Shiri Appleby, Yesi Ortiz. Ellen DeGeneres: Mario Lopez. Wendy Williams: Katie Lee Ereka Vetrini. Meredith Vieira: Meagan Good, DeVon Franklin (rerun).

Late Talk

Stephen Colbert: James Corden, Scott Speedman, Death Cab for Cutie. Jimmy Kimmel: Bernie Sanders, Kyle Chandler, Frank Falcinelli, Frank Castronovo (rerun). Jimmy Fallon: Daniel Radcliffe, Mel B, Maren Morris. Seth Meyers: Jesse Eisenberg, Tatiana Maslany, Chuck Klosterman, Jon Theodore. James Corden: Geena Davis, Wayne Brady, Band of Horses, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Audra McDonald, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Jane Krakowski. Carson Daly: Tom Cavanagh, Nothing But Thieves, Kristen Gutoskie (rerun). Tavis Smiley: Sally Field. Conan O’Brien: Will Arnett, Jeb Corliss, the Kills.

 

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