1) “American Song Contest” debut, 8-10 p.m., NBC. For 65 years, the Eurovision contest has been big in Europe. Now we get an American version, an eight-week tourney (hosted by Kelly Clarkson and Snoop Dogg) with 56 acts –one for each state, plus five territories and D.C. Most are unknowns, but the field includes Michael Bolton (Connecticut), Macy Gray (Ohio), Jewel (Alaska), Sisqo (shown here, Maryland) and “Voice” champion Jordan Smith (Kentucky).
2) “American Idol,” 8-10 p.m., ABC. On the same day that NBC launches its Monday music show, “Idol” adds Monday as its second night. Tonight, it wraps up auditions; there’s a rerun on Saturday, but no episode Sunday (because of the Oscars). A week from today, we see the start of “Hollywood Week.”
3) “9-1-1” return, 8 p.m., Fox. After a 14-week rest, the show is back on Mondays, leading into its “Lone Stat” spin-off. There are a couple big crises here, involving a paraglider and a car that will explode if it slows, plus lots of personal bits. One firefighter left to help Maddie; another took a call-center job to spend more time as a dad. New firefighters are added … and Buck soon falls for a daring young woman.
4) “Bob (Hearts) Abishola,” 8:30 p.m., CBS. In a terrific episode last week, a commercial – complete with catchy jingle – drew attention to the family business that Bob runs. That should be a good thing, but now Bob’s mom feels he can’t handle the new demands; also, Abishola frets that he’s always working.
5) British mysteries. You can catch a good, middle-of-the-road one (a new “Chelsea Detective” movie) at www.acorn.tv. Or try two intense series on AMC: At 9 p.m., “Killing Eve” (which aired Sunday on BBC America) has Villanelle and Martens collide in intriguing ways; it’s an excellent episode, marred by some wretched torture. At 10, “Ragdoll” has a scheme to shake the serial killer … who may be too smart for this. That potently sets up the final two episodes.
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