1) “Catherine the Great” opener, 10 p.m., HBO, rerunning at 11. Helen Mirren has been three queens – Charlotte and both Elizabeths; now it’s her turn to be a Russian empress. Catherine – previously played by Marlene Dietrich and Catherine Zeta-Jones – was 32 when her husband became the Russian emperor in 1762 … and 33 when she ousted him via a coup. She ruled for 34 years, amid modernizing and conquest. This four-part mini-series was filmed in palaces in Latvia, Lithuania and Russia.
2) ”Prodigal Son,” 9 p.m., Fox. It’s only Monday and this is the end of the week for Fox’s non-sports side. Really. From here on, it’s baseball (the World Series) or football all week. First, Fox has “9-1-1” and then this show, with a lead character – a serial killer’s son – who’s tough to like or care about. Tonight, fortunately, the focus shifts to Dani, a cop who finds her ex-love is the prime suspect. The result is a reasonably solid drama.
3) “Bob (hearts) Abishola,” 8:30 p.m., CBS. With slow charm and quiet wit, this has traced the relationship between a businessman and his Nigerian-born cardiac nurse. She’s been relucant … which leaves her startled when she has a romantic dream about him
4) “Lost Cities,” 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. ET, National Geographic. Eight centuries ago, the Knights Templar were an awesome force, They had 58 castle fortresses in the Holy Land, host Albert Lin says, and hundreds more in Europe. They were soldiers, bankers and more. Lin visits some awesome remains in Israel and uses technology to imagine details. That interesting hour debuted Sunday and reruns today, at 10 and midnight. Another search (in Micronesia) debuts in what will be the regular slot, at 9 and 11 p.m.
5) “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 11:35 p.m., ABC. For the fifth time, Kimmel is bringing his show to his old home town. That’s Brooklyn, where he spent his first nine years, before his family moved to Las Vegas. This week, his guests include Bernie Sanders (who’s from Brooklyn) and Benedict Cumberbatch (who’s not). Others are Eddie Murphy, Bruce Springsteen, Kelly Ripa , Ellie Kemper and John Kraskinski, with music from Alicia Keys, David Byrne, Paul Shaffer, the Sugarhill Gang and more.