Tuesday TV: Mishandled Murder Case

‘Behind-Closed-Doors’-How-a-13-Year-Old-Girl’s-Murder-Ignited-Class-WarfareIn the second big two-part crime documentary in as many weeks, “Behind Closed Doors” (HBO, 8 p.m.) covers the 2008 murders in India of a 13-year-old girl and a 45-year-old domestic worker found the same night, as the teen’s parents slept. Were the middle class parents, a doctor and his wife, to blame? Was it other servants?

Police were never going to find out through evidence, which was ruined when the press, neighbors and curious friends tromped through the crime scene soon after, contaminating it. Blame was then assigned due to class distinction, a metaphor for life in contemporary India in director P.A. Carter’s retelling.

Starring in its biggest series has some perks. So David Harbour, the gruff sheriff hero on “Stranger Things,” gets to do an unusual fake documentary about a man looking for his father, a TV actor who played in a televised film derived from Mary Shelley’s most famous work. Simply the title of the film, “Frankenstein’s Monster’s Monster, Frankenstein” (Netflix, streaming) gives a hint at the oddity of the piece, which also stars Kate Berlant, Alfred Molina and Alex Ozerov. After “Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese” (Netflix, streaming)  it’s the streaming service’s second fake documentary of the summer.

In the new series “Pandora” (CW, 8 p.m.), Priscilla Quintana stars as a young woman in 2199 who trains for the Earth fleet guarding against intergalactic threats.

Even though a third season is starting for “Ex on the Beach” (MTV 8 p.m.), they’re still able to trick people into thinking they’re on a tropical dating show only to find them facing their exes instead.  Maybe they thought they were going to be on “Love Island” (CBS, 8 p.m.).

It’s been 20 years since the death of the son of the 35th president, an event I thought was over-covered at the time, and continues to be with the new doc, “Biography: JFK Jr. – The Final Year” (A&E, 9 p.m.).

SharkFest continues with a report on the “Whale That Ate Jaws: Eye Witness Report” (National Geographic, 10 p.m.). It comes after two episodes of “When Sharks Attack” (National Geographic, 8 and 9 p.m.).

Tony Hale is John Mitchell and Vanessa Bayer is Martha in a Watergate-themed segment on “Drunk History” (Comedy Central, 10 p.m.).

It’s the circle of corporate synergy: Hyping the parent company’s expensive new box-office remake is the TV special “The Lion King: Can Feel the Love Tonight with Robin Roberts” (ABC, 8 p.m.).

Damon and Ricky compete to be dancers on Madonna’s tour on “Pose” (FX, 10 p.m.).

Danny and Lexi search for Farouk on “Blood & Treasure” (CBS, 10 p.m.).

Judge cuts begin on “America’s Got Talent” (NBC, 8 p.m.) and Brad Paisley is a guest judge.

They’re showing it all again: Here’s part one of “Chasing the Moon: American Experience” (PBS, 8 p.m., check local listings).

Alice tries a stand-up comedy routine on “Good Trouble” (Freeform, 8 p.m.).

A second season starts for “Food Truck Nation” (Cooking, 9 p.m.).

The reunion continues on “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” (Bravo, 9 p.m.).

Turner Classic Movies’ month-long Tuesday night space movie spotlight lands on the moon with “Destination Moon” (8 p.m.), “For All Mankind” (010 p.m.), “Countdown” (11:30 p.m.), “From the Earth to the Moon” (1:30 a.m.), “First Men in the Moon” (3:30 a.m.) and “A Trip to the Moon” (5:30 a.m.).

Earlier it’s all about Maureen O’Hara, starring in “They Met in Argentina” (7:15 a.m.), “The Fallen Sparrow” (8:45 a.m.), “This Land is Mine” (10:30 a.m.), “The Spanish Main” (12:30 p.m.), “Sinbad the Sailor” (2:15 p.m.), “A Woman’s Secret” (4:30 p.m.) and “The Wings of Eagles” (6 p.m.).

Baseball includes Dodgers at Philadelphia (MLB, 7 p.m.).

Daytime Talk

Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest: Emily Deschanel, Ally Brooke, Melody Yang. The View: Joel McHale. The Talk: Jenna Elfman. Ellen DeGeneres: Justin Hartley, Jon Doornbos (rerun). Wendy Williams: Deon Cole.

Late Talk

Stephen Colbert: Awkwafina, Donny Deutsch, the Mountain Goats. Jimmy Kimmel: Shaquille O’Neal, Fred Savage, Koffee. Jimmy Fallon: Chance the Rapper, Jennifer Lopez, David Crosby, Cameron Crowe. Seth Meyers: Dax Shepard, Nicolle Wallace, Weyes Blood, Raqhav Mehrotra. James Corden: Lucy Liu, James Marsden (rerun). Carson Daly: Steve Lemme, Kevin Heffernan, Durand Jones & the Indications, Kirby Howell-Baptiste (rerun). Trevor Noah: Nas. Conan O’Brien: Sam Richardson, Rose Matafeo (rerun).

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