Monday TV: Reconsidering Prohibition

prohibitionThe cheesy re-enactments emphasize the flappers, speakeasies, bootleggers and G-men, but the new two-part “Drinks, Crime and Prohibition” (Smithsonian, 8 p.m.) also brings out some interesting aspects about the 13 year ban of intoxicating liquors in the 1920s — mainly that it was a big anti-immigration effort. I wrote more about the series in this piece for SmithsonianMagazine.com.

Can’t imagine that marriage ceremonies at theme parks come cheap, but here’s “Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings” (Freeform, 8 p.m.), where Cinderella’s Castle can be a backdrop and, I suppose, Goofy can officiate. It’s hosted by two former competitors of “So You Think You Can Dance” (Fox, 8 p.m.), on which Los Angeles auditions continue.

With the NBA Finals wrapped up before tonight’s planned Game 5, the network returns to “The Bachelorette” (ABC, 8 p.m.), where Becca takes six dudes to a spa.

Molly Shannon shakes the family tree on “Who Do You Think You Are?” (TLC, 10 p.m.), one of at least two series tonight with big questions in their titles. The other, of course, is  “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” (CW, 9 p.m.), where Andrea Navedo and Gary Anthony Williams are guests.

The pop star gives one of his final interviews on “David Cassidy: The Last Session” (A&E, 9 p.m.).

Plum gets a writing assignment on “Dietland” (AMC, 9 p.m.), a series I don’t quite grasp yet.

“Top Gear” (BBC America, 9 p.m.) looks into aquatic automobiles.

Jim Jones is the focus of “People Magazine Investigates: Cults” (Investigation Discovery, 9 p.m.).

“Man vs. Food” (Travel, 9 p.m.) goes to Savannah, Ga.

A murder affects the inner circle on “Elementary” (CBS, 10 p.m.).

“Million Dollar Listing New York” (Bravo, 10 p.m.) returns for its seventh season.

Chocolates take over “Chopped” (Food, 10 p.m.).

“Supergirl” (CW, 8 p.m.) tries to stop Serena.

Turner Classic Movies’ month-long Monday night salute to Leslie Howard continues with “Pygmalion” (8 p.m.), “Of Human Bondage” (9:45 p.m.), “Romeo and Juliet” (11:15 p.m.), “The Scarlet Pimpernel” (1:30 a.m.) and “A Free Soul” (3:15 a.m.).

Daytime Talk

Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest: Holly Hunter, Leslie Bibb, Melissa Benoist. The View: Christopher Plummer. The Talk: Amanda Peet, Jared Eng, Toni Braxton. Harry Connick: Greg Jennings, Nyakim Gatwech, Rob Parisi (rerun). Steve Harvey: Penn & Teller, Kevin O’Leary. Ellen DeGeneres: Howie Mandel, Shaquille O’Neal, Oprah Winfrey. Wendy Williams: Mathew Knowles (rerun).

Late Talk

Stephen Colbert: Chris Matthews, Alicia Silverstone, Eels. Jimmy Kimmel: Kevin Durant, Samuel L. Jackson, Future. Jimmy fallon: Jim Parsons, Marlon Wayans, Smashing Pumpkins. Seth Meyers: Jake Tapper, Jane Krakowski, Devin Dawson, Brian Fraiser-Moore. James Corden: Hilary Duff, Sam Richardson, Sam Richardson, Shania Twain. Carson Daly: The Russo Brothers, Neck Deep, Elle Duncan (rerun). Trevor Noah: Sen. Kirsten Gellibrand, Col. Don Christensen, BriGette McCoy. Jordan Klepper: Shannon Watts. Conan O’Brien: Amanda Peet, Daniel Cormier, Steve Cropper, Benjamin Booker.

 

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