Monday TV: The Virgin ‘Bachelor’ Returns

BachelorColton Underwood is the first virgin at the center of “The Bachelor” (ABC, 8 p.m.). But anyone who follows the show may already be sick of him, first on The Bachelorette” and then on “Bachelor in Paradise,” where he waffled most of the summer despite a woman who wanted to get serious. Now he’s amid 30 women in sparkly gowns who think so little of their dating possibilities that they’re ready to fight more than two dozen others for the opportunity to snare the dude. Half the women seem weirder than him. Nearly every intro video is shot in gym, emphasizing the surface aspects of attraction.

The College Football National Championship pits two unbeaten teams against each other, Alabama vs. Clemson (ESPN, 8 p.m.).

A family that stood apart from the oil boom in North Dakota to stick with traditional agriculture is profiled in “My Country No More” on “Independent Lens” (PBS, 10 p.m.).

The summer hit tries a midseason variation with “America’s Got Talent: The Champions” (NBC, 8 p.m.), in which 50s act from the U.S. and international “Got Talent” competitions return before the American judges Simon Cowell, Mel B, Heidi Klum and Howie Mandel. The returnees range from Susan Boyle and ventriloquist Darci Lynne Farmer to many you have already forgotten.

The new “Cartel Crew” (VH1, 9 p.m.) follows the offspring of drug cartel operators in Miami and Columbia in what looks like a kind of “Mob Wives” vibe of in-fighting and tight dresses.

Giana De Laurentiis hosts the latest baking competition, “Winner Cake All” (Food, 10 p.m.), accompanied by a new season of “Kids Baking Championship” (Food, 9 p.m.).

Jake and Claire review their vows on “Happy Together” (CBS, 8:30 p.m.).

“Antiques Roadshow” (PBS, 8 p.m., check local listings) returns to the Detroit suburbs.

Stassi and Ariana throw a winter-themed party on “Vanderpump Rules” (Bravo, 9 p.m.).

Michaela has a calling on “Manifest” (NBC, 10 p.m.).

The new bio film “Stan and Ollie” on the big screen inspired a night of the original Laurel and Hardy with 10 of their greats: “The Music Box” (8 p.m.), “Busy Bodies” (8:45 p.m.), “Way Out West” (9:15 p.m.), “Sons of the Desert” (10:30 p.m.), “Tit for Tat” (11:45 p.m.), “Swiss Miss” (12:15 a.m.), “Pack Up Your Troubles” (1:45 a.m.), “Air Raid Wardens” (3 a.m.), “Brats” (4:15 a.m.) and “A Chump at Oxford” (4:45 a.m.)

Hockey has Los Angeles at San Jose (NBC Sports, 10:30 p.m.).

Daytime Talk

Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest: Josh Hutcherson, Miss Universe Tamara Duker Freeman. The View: Malala Yousafzai. The Talk: Keanu Reeves, Kevin Frazier, Mike Bayer. Ellen DeGeneres: Kevin Hart. Wendy Williams: Bevy Smith, Robert Verdi, Lloyd Boston, Keri Gassman. The Real: Vivica A. Fox, Nick Cannon.

Late Talk

Stephen Colbert: Ethan Hawke, Jon Glaser, Taylor Bennett. Jimmy Kimmel: Courteney Cox, Brian Tyree Henry, Mt. Joy. Jimmy Fallon: James Spader, Lindsay Lohan, Noname with Smino & Saba. Seth Meyers: Chris Hayes, Donna Missal, Charlie Hall. James Corden: Adam McKay, John David Washington, Alec Benjamin. Carson Daly: Gary Busey, Let’s Eat Grandma, Mackenzie Foy (rerun).

 

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