Monday TV: ‘Jane’ Goodall in the Wild

jane-goodall-documentary-jane-national-geographicJane Goodall was sent to Tanzania to study chimpanzees at 26 in part because she had no scientific background and thus no preconceived notions. She was able to get close to the animals and observe how much closer they were to humans than previously thought (they used tools, she discovered).

Her solitary life in the wild changed when National Geographic send a photographer, Hugo van Hawick, whom she later married and whose found footage provides much of imagery of “Jane” (National Geographic, Nat Geo Wild, 8 p.m.), a film by Brett Morgen that is narrated by the naturalist, now an octogenarian and still an activist. The stirring images of Africa are matched by a score by Philip Glass.

A second season starts for “Mary Kills People” (Lifetime, 9 p.m.) with Des rejoining Mary after getting out of prison.

Suddenly, there’s so much singing — two hours of “American Idol” (ABC, 8 p.m.) opposite two hours of “The Voice” (8 p.m.).

Adam attempts to organize a birthday party on “Man With a Plan” (CBS, 8:30 p.m.).

“Living Biblically” (CBS, 9:30 p.m.) considers loving thy neighbor.

The life of a superstar singer is threatened on “Lucifer” (Fox, 8 p.m.).

There’s a disagreement over cancer treatment on “The Resident” (Fox, 9 p.m.). There is also a disagreement on how to proceed on “The Good Doctor” (ABC, 10 p.m.).

“DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” (The CW, 8 p.m.) travels to Memphis in 1954 to save rock ’n’ roll.

Liv eats the brains of a hopeless romantic on “iZombie” (The CW, 9 p.m.).

The killing of an Indian national in Kansas is the subject of “Divided States” (A&E, 9 p.m.), then the right wing turn in Europe at 10.

A mysterious figure reaches out to Alex on “McMafia” (IFC, 10 p.m.).

Jax celebrates his 38th birthday on “Vanderpump Rules” (Bravo, 9 p.m.); Kyle has a 35th birthday on “Summer House” (Bravo, 10 p.m.).

Spring isn’t quite here but the “Spring Baking Championship” (Food, 9 p.m.) is.

Bruce McLaren, founder of the formula one racing team that bears his name, is profiled in the documentary “McLaren” (Starz, 9 p.m.).

Crime is escalating as “Good Girls” (NBC, 10 p.m.) help Rio smuggle contraband.

The disappearance of the wife of the Scientology head is covered on “Vanity Fair Confidential” (Investigation Discovery, 8 p.m.).

Amber prepares the nursery on “Teen Mom OG” (MTV, 9 p.m.). A whole new crew is introduced on “Teen Mom: Young + Pregnant” (MTV, 10 p.m.).

Kreisler and Moore travel to Washington, D.C. on “The Alienist” (TNT, 9 p.m.).

“Love & Hip Hop” (VH1, 8 p.m.) has part two of its reunion; “Love & Hip Hop: Miami” (VH1, 9 p.m.) has part one.

Turner Classic Movies salutes Elizabeth Taylor all week with 30 films and a documentary. It starts tonight with “National Velvet” (8 p.m.), “Life with Father” (10:30 p.m.), “Little Women” (12:45 a.m.), “Lassie Come Home” (3 a.m.) and its sequel “Courage of Lassie” (4:45 a.m.).

A new set of brackets are presented on the NCAA Women’s Selection Special (ESPNU, 8 p.m.).

In the Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Games (NBC Sports, 9 p.m.) there s alpine skiing, biathlon and sled hockey.

NBA action includes San Antonio at Houston (ESPN, 8 p.m.) and Miami and Portland (ESPN, 10:30 p.m.).

Spring baseball has Washington vs. Detroit (MLB, 1 p.m.) has Cincinnati vs. Angels (MLB, 4 p.m.).

Daytime Talk

Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest: Peter Krause, Chris Sullivan, Brian Kelly. The View: Sara Haines. The Talk: Wanda Sykes, Guy Branum, Yetta Gibson. Harry Connick: Benji Aflolo, Steve Harvey: Matt LeBlanc. Ellen DeGeneres: Bill Hader, Auli’i Cravalho, Jon Dorenbos. Wendy Williams: Retta, Michael Yo, Melissa Garcia, Jerry O’Connell. The Real: Amara La Negra.

Late Talk

Stephen Colbert: Tom Brady, Sean Bean, Emmy Blotnick. Jimmy Kimmel: Lionel Richie, Yara Shahidi, Moon Taxi. Jimmy Fallon: Alec Baldwin, Billy Crudup, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats. Seth Meyers: Connie Britton, Rose Leslie, Gang of Youths, Brendan Canty. James Corden: Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling. Carson Daly: Jim Sturgess, Ashe, June Diane Raphael. Trevor Noah: Junot Diaz. Jordan Klepper: Jamal Madig. Conan O’Brien: Minnie Driver, Ron Funches.


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