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

Howard Cosell
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Howard Cosell

Battle of the Network Stars 8 p.m., ESPN Classic

One of my most fervent, and silliest, wishes is that this show be
revived. But until we can see the cast of “The Good Wife” challenging the cast of “Scandal” in a three-legged race or watch the gang from “Parks and Recreation” try and play “Simon Says,” these reruns of the original will have to suffice. Jump in the time machine and enjoy stars such as Gabe “Mr. Kotter’’ Kaplan and Robert “knock this
battery off my shoulder’’ Conrad lead knockdown, drag-out rounds of
vicious tug-of-war while the legendary Howard Cosell provides commentary.

The Story of Film: An Odyssey 10 p.m., TCM


Episode nine of the 15-part series aims to tell the tale of “New American Cinema.” It covers the years 1967-1979, a very fertile period
indeed. Buck Henry, who wrote “The Graduate,” discusses satire. “Taxi Driver” screenwriter Paul Schrader discusses that seminal film.
Writer Robert Towne does the same for “Chinatown.” And director Charles Burnett talks about the birth of black American cinema.

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Seduced and Abandoned 9 p.m., HBO

Toback and Baldwin do Cannes.

Hostages 10 p.m., CBS

Sister act.


Blacklist 10 p.m., NBC

Thinking inside the box.