TV best-bets for Monday, March 18


1) “The Fix”
debut, 10 p.m. ABC. What if Marcia Clark had one more chance to
prosecute O.J. Simpson? That sort of happens in this intriguing,
10-part series -- with Clark as one of the producers. Adewale
Akinnouye-Agbaje plays a movie star – big, charismatic and
O.J.-like. When he was found not-guilty of double homicide, the
prosecutor (Robin Tunney) left town. Eight years later, he's charged
with a new murder and she's back.The result is well-crafted, with a
smart script that keeps us guessing

2) “The Inventor:
Out For Blood in Silicon Valley,” 9-11 p.m., HBO. Four years ago,
Elizabeth Holmes was soaring. She was 31, confident, charismatic ...
and had an invention to revolutionize blood-testing. Top people --
Rupert Murdoch, Henry Kissinger, George Shultz, Betsy DeVos – gave
money and/or support to her Theranos company. And then it collapsed;
the product didn't work. The story – which was also covered in an
ABC film Friday – makes a compelling documentary.

3) “The Big Bang
Theory,” 8 and 9 p.m., CBS. For the next couple Thursdays,
basketball will supplant “Big Bang.” To soothe our distress, CBS
helpfully has two reruns here. The first has a great scene, with
Professor Pluton's spirit (Bob Newhart) showing up in Sheldon's
dream. The other finds Sheldon failing to be amused when Howard
dresses as him for Halloween.

4) “American
Idol,” 8-10 p.m., ABC. With no spring version of “Dancing With
the Stars” this year, “Idol” can sprawl over Sundays and
Mondays. Here are some more auditions; “Bachelorette” will take
the Monday slot on May 6.

5) “POV,”
9-10:30 p.m., PBS (check local listings). For 67 years, Annette
Ontell lived in this New Jersey house. For 30 of them, her
grandchildren visited her every Sunday; for the final 10, they filmed
her every year. When she died, they considered the house to be a
giant archaeological dig. The result has some unneeded detours; one
-- getting her to put on an old dress -- is long and painful. Mostly,
however, this is a moving portrait of one warm and eccentric life.

-- Mike Hughes, TV
America