Critic’s corner: What’s on TV Monday night

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Olbermann 11 p.m., ESPN2

The polarizing Keith Olbermann returns to his launching pad to host a new late-night talk show that’s all sports. Or will be most of the time. “I’m not intending to talk about politics,” Olbermann told reporters at the recent Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills. “Certainly not in the partisan sense and not in the sense that I did in the last 10 years of work that I’ve done for the simple reason that it’s a sports show.” That said, he added, “If Barack Obama runs onto the field during the All-Star Game, we will have to talk about the ramifications of that during the game and perhaps for his political future. But it will not be the intent [of the show] to say, you know, ‘The Chicago White Sox moved to Vancouver, Canada, today; but, first, let’s talk about what Speaker Boehner said.’ ”

The Writers’ Room 10 p.m., Sundance


Winter is coming to this terrific new series that goes behind the scenes of some of the most buzzed about shows on the air. “Game of Thrones” executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss set a spell with Oscar-winning writer host Jim Rash (“The Descendants,” “Community”) and discuss everything from how they convinced George R.R. Martin to let them adapt his books to “sexposition,” their risque way of making exposition just a little more interesting.

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Mud Lovin’ Rednecks 8 p.m., Animal Planet

Don’t get bogged down in the details.

Get Out Alive With Bear Grylls 9 p.m., NBC

Grylls doles out $500,000.


Under the Dome 10 p.m., CBS

Barbie’s dream house starts to crumble.

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