Monday TV: The Dark Shadow of Blackface

black-memorabiliaIt would seem a bit inappropriate to start Black History Month with an emphasis on collecting racist black memorabilia from the past. But news dominated by the Virginia governor who denied going blackface for his medical school yearbook, but admitted going blackface for a Michael Jackson costume (following high profile resignation of Megyn Kelly for saying blackface should be fine for Halloween), suddenly Chico Colvard’s film “Black Memorabilia” making its debut on “Independent Lens” (PBS, 10 p.m., check local listings), couldn’t be more timely.

The documentary looks at how the images have persisted, continue to be manufactured (in China), collected by Southern vendors clueless of their charged messages, and adapted by contemporary black artists to make us confront them.

Less racist items from black history are featured in a replay of “Antiques Roadshow” (PBS, 9 p.m., check local listings).

The third season of the Matt LeBlanc vehicle “Man with a Plan” (CBS, 8:30 p.m.) begins with the family taking up the work of house flipping.

The new “Elvis Goes There” (Epix, 10 p.m.) doesn’t feature the King, but the film critic Elvis Mitchell, who goes on location to talk with filmmakers in a four-part series. First he goes to Oakland to talk to “Black Panther” director Ryan Coogler.

On the eve of the delayed State of the Union, perhaps some context will be provided by the documentary special “Eight Days that Made Rome: The Downfall of Nero” (Smithsonian, 8 p.m.).

The remaining women on “The Bachelor” (ABC, 8 p.m.) get to see Thailand, even if they don’t get individual time with Colton, who chooses Heather for a one on one date.

Suddenly there’s an avalanche of international acts in shows like “America’s Got Talent” (NBC, 8 p.m.).

The dimmest houseguests continue to be culled from “Celebrity Big Brother” (CBS, 8 p.m.). The latest was Joey Lawrence, who famously didn’t believe in alliances.

Fauna tries to find her mysterious grandfather in Los Angeles on the next installment of “I Am the Night” (TNT, 9 p.m.).

“Bull” (CBS, 10 p.m.) navigates his new relationship with his rival.

A documentary crew shows up looking for an interview with Oliver on “Arrow” (CW, 8 p.m.).

On “The Neighborhood” (CBS, 8 p.m.), Calvin invites Dave to hang out with Malcolm and Marty for a boys’ night out.

A medical student’s life is at stake on “The Resident” (Fox, 8 p.m.).

“Grave Mysteries” (Investigation Discovery, 9 p.m.) returns for a second season.

Jax marks his first birthday on “Vanderpump Rules” (Bravo, 9 p.m.).

“America Unearthed” (Travel, 8 p.m.) goes to Roanoke, Va., and rural Pennsylvania.

Saanvi goes missing on “Manifest” (NBC, 10 p.m.).

“The Good Doctor” (ABC, 10 p.m.) is in search of a face donor.

Turner Classic Movies’ 31 Days of Oscar pits a couple of 1949 cinematography winners against each other, “Battleground” (8 p.m.) vs. “She Wore a Yellow Ribbon” (10:15 p.m.) and then a couple of Laurence Olivier Shakespeare performances, “Hamlet” (12:15 a.m.) vs. “Henry V” (3 a.m.). Earlier are Oscar nominated films about school: “These Three” (5:30 a.m.), “Cheers for Miss Bishop” (7:30 a.m.), “The 400 Blows” (9:30 a.m.), “The Children’s Hour” (11:15 a.m.), “The Corn is Green” (1:15 p.m.), “Goodbye, Mr. Chips” (3:15 p.m.) and “Blackboard Jungle” (6 p.m.).

Basketball includes Milwaukee at Brooklyn (NBA, 7:30 p.m.) and San Antonio at Sacramento (NBA, 10 p.m.).

Hockey has Los Angeles at Rangers (NHL, 7 p.m.).

Men’s college basketball includes Louisville at Virginia Tech (ESPN, 7 p.m.), N.C. Central at Florida A&M (ESPNU, 7 p.m.), Colgate at Lehigh (CBS Sports, 7 p.m.), Penn State at Northwestern (Fox Sports 1, 8 p..m.), West Virginia at Texas Tech (EPN, 9 p.m.), Iowa State at Oklahoma (ESPN2, 9 p.m.) and Mississippi Valley at Grambling (ESPNU, 9 p.m.).

Women’s games include Baylor at Texas (ESPN2, 7 p.m.).

Daytime Talk

Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest: Taraji P. Henson, Dr. Taz Bhatia. The View: Phoebe Robinson. The Talk: Kobe Bryant. Ellen DeGeneres: Alec Baldwin, Mariah Carey. Wendy Williams: Nick Cannon. The Real: B2K.

Late Talk

Stephen Colbert: Taraji P. Henson, Matt Walsh, Marie Kondo. Jimmy Kimmel: David Spade, Why Don’t We. Jimmy Fallon: Christoph Waltz, Rory McIlroy, cast of “The Band’s Visit.” Seth Meyer: Jake Tapper, Justina Machado, Marlon James, Tucker Rule. James Corden: Laura Dern, Alfonso Cuaron, Beck. Carson Daly: Alex Mendez, Cari Champion, boygenius, Harley Quinn Smith. Trevor Noah: Colin Quinn. Conan O’Brien: Jeff Goldblum.

 

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