Critic’s corner: What’s on TV Monday

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The Bachelor 8 p.m. ABC

In light of Juan Pablo’s comments last week about gays being “more pervert in a sense,” perhaps it’s time for ABC to go into damage-control overtime. I have a solution: Recast the roll of Juan Pablo. Viewers didn’t raise an eyebrow when Dick Sargent took over the role of Darrin Stephens on “Bewitched,” or when Aunt Viv was swapped out on “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.” Heck, there always seemed to be two Lionel Jeffersons on “The Jeffersons.” Suggestions? I thought you’d never ask. Wilson Bethel, Mehcad Brooks, or Colton Haynes — can any of you do a Venezuelan accent?

The Following 9 p.m. FOX


Yes, the body count on “The Following” rivals that of the Civil War Battle of Fort Donelson. But look beyond the gore (which is sometimes difficult to do) and the over-wrought dialogue, and what you’re left with is an engrossing, suspenseful thriller that gives Kevin Bacon a chance to shine. It will also leave you wishing that you had paid attention to those Edgar Allan Poe readings during sophomore English class.

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Steel Magnolias 9:30 p.m. TVGN

No explanation necessary.

Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off 8 p.m. Food Network

Any show that features Vanilla Ice, Florence Henderson, and Tiffany in a kitchen must be worth watching.


Castle 10 p.m. ABC

An assistant to a ruthless fashion editor is killed. Surprisingly, the cause of death is not frequent Starbucks runs in 4-inch Louboutins.