Monday TV: ‘Black Narcissus’ All at Once

There seems little reason to remake Michael Powell’s 1947 Technicolor film with the same title, but the new three-part adaptation of the novel by Rumer Godden about a convent on a Himalayan mountaintop gets another stab in the limited series “Black Narcissus” (FX, 8 p.m.).

It’s got the kind of cinematography, symphonic music and especially the scenery one doesn’t usually see in a television project, and a solid enough cast that includes Gemma Arterton, Alessandro Nivola and Aisling Franciosi and — seen very briefly — Jim Broadbent and Diana Rigg, in her final role. But with so much that went into the drama, why squeeze the whole thing into one night? That’s right, all three episodes run consecutively tonight. 

The practice of forced, illegal sterilization on female prisoners in California, 40 years after it was banned, is exposed in the documentary “Belly of the Beast,” making its debut on “Independent Lens” (PBS, 10 p.m., check local listings). 

Fans were a little upset that Johnny Weir and Skai Jackson were both booted after the semifinals last week on “Dancing with the Stars” (ABC, 8 p.m.). That leaves Nelly, Kaitlyn Bristowe, Nev Schulman and Justina Machado battling it out in tonight’s finale. 

“Shawn Mendes: In Wonder” (Netflix, streaming) follows the pop star during his 2019 world tour. 

The Netflix update to the old series, “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life” (CW, 8 p.m.) first seen in 2016, makes its broadcast debut, airing nightly this week through Thursday. 

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