Monday TV: Imagine Dragons, Acceptance

HBObelieverDan Reynolds, frontman of the group Imagine Dragons, acts like he deserves a big pat on the back for not adhering to the discriminatory policies of the Mormon Church in which he was raised. He does the only thing he thinks rock stars can do: throws a benefit concert. He refuses, though, to renounce the church which is seen as boosting suicide rates for gay teens in Utah. And you keep hearing that song that is the documentary’s title, “Believer” (HBO, 8 p.m.).

Another documentary about a singer trying to do good, “Singing with Angry Bird” on “POV” (PBS, 10 p.m., check local listings) follows South Korea opera singer Kim Jae-chang who organizes choirs in economically depressed areas.

Surely the worst broadcast show in recent memory is “The Proposal” (ABC, 10 p.m.), which began last week with 10 women asking a man they could not see to propose, only to return in bathing suits – something the Miss America pageant has even dropped. With scant sentences passed between them, a man made his choice. Tonight ten men seek an unseen woman. Lets see if they have to get in to Speedos to do so.

The whole terrible thing with a barking studio audience as if a game show makes “The Bachelorette” (ABC, 8 p.m.) by contrast seem like a measured and considered road to a lasting relationship (even if tonight’s episode has to do with Las Vegas and Wayne Newton).

The new five part “Cultureshock” (A&E, 9 p.m.) looks at pop culture moments, beginning with the death of Michael Jackson nine years ago.

The second season starts for “Salvation” (CBS, 9 p.m.), the summer sci-fi series about a asteroid’s impending crash course with the Earth, with Santiago Cabera and Jennifer Finnigan.

A fifth season begins for “Penn & Teller: Fool Us” (CW, 8 p.m.), with Alyson Hanngan hosting.

New York auditions continue on “So You Think You Can Dance” (Fox, 8 p.m.).

Famous criminal trials are recounted on “In Defense Of” (Oxygen, 9 p.m.).

Another reality show for the month of marriages: “Wedding Cake Countdown” (Food, 7 p.m.) and “Wedding Cake Championship” (Food, 9 p.m.), hosted by Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir, of all people.

Derek Hough goes “Running Wild with Bear Grylls” (NBC, 8 p.m.) in Bulgaria.

Pam begins dating while in the final stage of the New Baptist Plan on “Dietland” (AMC, 9 p.m.).

Holmes’ former sobriety sponsor seeks help on “Elementary” (CBS, 10 p.m.).

The giant white elephant of 50 Cent’s mansion in Connecticut tries to get a push from Fredrik on “Million Dollar Listing New York” (Bravo, 9 p.m.).

A minor tries “Escaping Polygamy” (Lifetime, 10 p.m.) so she won’t be forced to marry her cousin.

“American Ninja Warrior” (NBC, 9 p.m.) has a qualifying round in Philadelphia.

On “Basketball Wives” (VH1, 9 p.m.), OG and her man have differing thoughts on marriage.

Charles Esten and Jeff Davis are guests on a new “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” (CW, 9 p.m.).

Chelsea shares big news on “Teen Mom 2” (MTV, 9 p.m.).

The crew from “Love & Hip Hop Atlanta” (VH1, 8 p.m.) get back from Texas.

The month-long Monday night salute to Leslie Howard on Turner Classic Movies concludes with “49th Parallel” (8 p.m.), “Spitfire” (10:15 p.m.), “Captured!” (12:30 a.m.), “British Agent” (2 a.m.) and “Five and Ten” (3:30 a.m.).

World Cup games today overlap, with Saudi Arabia vs. Egypt (Fox Sports 1, 10 a.m.), Uruguay vs. Russia (Fox, 10 a.m.), Iran vs. Portugal (Fox, 2 p.m.) and Spain vs. Morocco (Fox Sports 1, 2 p.m.).

Baseball includes Yankees at Philadelphia (MLB, 7 p.m.) and Cubs at Dodgers (ESPN, 10 p.m.).

Game 1 of the College World Series finals has Oregon State vs. Arkansas (ESPN, 7 p.m.).

Late Talk

Stephen Colbert: Jessica Chastain, Romesh Ranganathan, Scott Rogowsky. Jimmy Kimmel: Tiffany Haddish, DJ Khaled, Ella Mai (rerun). Jimmy Fallon: Armie Hammer, Meghan Trainor, Rupi Kaur, Bebe Rexha. Seth Meyers: Lil Rel Howery, Years & Years. James Corden: Ice Cube, Jason Sudeikis, Fallout Boy (rerun). Carson Daly: Omari Hardwick, Youngr, Matilda Lutz (rerun). Trevor Noah: J. Prince. Conan O’Brien: Thomas Middleditch, Ta’Rhonda Jones, Erin Jackson (rerun).

 

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