Monday TV: The Monopolization of Seeds

seed-bonsall-signature-1920x830In the last 100 years, 94 percent of seed varieties have been lost, and many are still facing extinction, according to the documentary “Seed: The Untold Story,” debuting tonight on “Independent Lens” (PBS, 10 p.m., check local listings). The third in a trilogy of agricultural focused films from Taggart Siegel and Jon Betz, the makers of “Queen of the Sun” and “The Real Dirt on Farmer John,” the film argues that the cause of the loss of diversity has been the monopolization of the field by three chemical companies that include Monsanto and Dupont. The film is produced in part by Marisa Tomei.

A new four-part documentary in the new true crime style, “Killing Richard Glossip” (Investigation Discovery, 9 p.m.) concerns a death row inmate who claims innocence in the 1997 hired-gun murder of an Oklahoma City motel owner. Two episodes show tonight; the concluding two on Tuesday.

I didn’t stick with it as I did past seasons, but I generally liked what I saw of “24: Legacy” (Fox, 8 p.m.), the Keifer Sutherland-less iteration that has its first season finale tonight, probably in an a typically explosive manner.

“2 Broke Girls” (CBS, 9:30 p.m.) ends its sixth season tonight in a meta way: Preparing for the premiere of the movie based on their lives.

Mr. T is out on “Dancing with the Stars” (ABC, 8 p.m.), meaning he won’t get to take part in tonight’s Disney night. The ones with the lowest scores now are bull rider Bonner Bolton and “Bachelor” Nick Viall. Guests for tonight’s show include “Moana” star Auli’i Carvalho, Donny Osmond and Alfonso Riberio.

Playoffs begin on “The Voice” (NBC, 8 p.m.).

“Basketball Wives” (VH1, 9 p.m.) and “T.I. and Tiny: The Family Hustle” (VH1, 10 p.m.) both return for their sixth seasons. “Teen Mom OG” (MTV, 9 p.m.) returns for its seventh. The latter is followed by its own talk show at 10.

I had forgotten how purely visual much of the storytelling is on “Better Call Saul” (AMC, 10 p.m.). Tonight, Jimmy and Kim hire an assistant and

Clay meets with the president on “Quantico” (ABC, 10 p.m.).

It’s the second to last episode ever for “Bates Motel” (A&E, 10 p.m.) and Norman seems increasingly doomed.

The three part reunion of “Vanderpump Rules” (Bravo, 8 p.m.) finally winds up.

“Antiques Roadshow” (PBS, 8 p.m.) wraps up its time in Salt Lake City.

Kevin must lower his cholesterol before his wife will let him go to Mets Fantasy Gamp on “Kevin Can Wait” (CBS, 8 p.m.).

A fight on “Love & Hip Hop Atlanta” (VH1, 8 p.m.) ends up in court.

“Angie Tribeca” (TBS, 10:30 p.m.) travels to New Orleans.

Craig helps Naomie throw a fund raiser on “Southern Charm” (Bravo, 9 p.m.).

The team on “Scorpion” (CBS, 10 p.m.) is trapped in a biodome.

Competition heats up for a cash prize at “Superior Donuts” (CBS, 9 p.m.).

Jen throws a birthday party for her service dog on “Sweet Home Oklahoma” (Bravo, 10 p.m.).

Gideon is a target on “APB” (Fox, 9 p.m.).

On “Taken” (NBC, 10 p.m.), things get dangerous with a spy develops Alzheimers.

Haley and Emily are stranded in the desert on the way to L.A. on “The Twins: Happily Ever After?” (Freeform, 9 p.m.).

There is some conniving to get the kid the best first grade teacher on “Man with a Plan” (CBS, 8:30 p.m.).

I’m surprised more actors don’t do what William Daniels does when chosen to become guest programmer on Turner Classic Movies: Pick a couple of his own films. Therefore, his selection includes the musical “1776” (8 p.m.), in which he played John Adams, but also “A Thousand Clowns” (11 p.m.) in which he plays the social worker threatening to take away Jason Robards’ son. He’s not in his other choice, the 1936 “Dodsworth” (1:15 a.m.).

First rounds in the NBA Playoffs reach their second games with Indiana at Cleveland (TNT, 7 p.m.) and Memphis at San Antonio (TNT, 9:30 a.m.).

IT’s Game 3 in the first round Stanley Cup Playoffs with Washington at Toronto (NBC Sports, 7 p.m.), Ottawa at Boston (CNBC, 7 p.m.), Chicago at Nashville (CNBC, 9:30 p.m.) and Anaheim at Calgary (NBC Sports, 10 p.m.).

Baseball includes the Patriot’s Day morning start of Tampa Bay at Boston (MLB, 11 a.m.) and Pittsburgh at St. Louis (ESPN, 7 p.m.).

It’s also the day of the Boston Marathon (NBC Sports, 8:30 a.m.).

Daytime Talk

Kelly Ripa: Jennifer Hudson, Josh Lucas, Priyanka Chopra. The View: Lori Greiner. The Talk: Oprah Winfrey. Harry Connick: Jeff Probst, Brian D’Arcy James, Keisha Sharp. Ellen DeGeneres: Simone Biles, John Mayer. Wendy Williams: Ian Drew.

Late Talk

Stephen Colbert: Jennifer Hudson, Chris Hayes, Christian Borle. Jimmy Kimmel: Chris Pratt, Kurt Russell, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Michael Rooker. Jimmy Fallon: Anne Hathaway, Tony Hale, Ed Sheeran. Seth Meyers: Keri Russell, Peter Krause, J.D. Vance, Nicko McBrain (rerun). James Corden: Kumail Nanjiani, Riz Ahmed, Sabrina Carpenter. Carson Daly: Jenna Elfman, Steven Boyer (rerun). Conan O’Brien: Jack McBrayer, Chris Gethard, King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard.

 

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