What's On: ‘Dancing’ Hits 25, National Geo’s ‘The State,’ Colbert’s 2nd CBS Anniversary
Dancing With the Stars (8/7c, ABC): Now on its 25th trip around the ballroom floor, Dancing is pretty hard up for new tricks, which may be why Nick and Vanessa Lachey are paired up with a married couple of pros: Peta Murgatroyd and Maks Chmerkovskiy). Not exactly Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice—yet—though swinging will be involved, if they last long enough. The cast includes a grown-up Frankie (Malcolm in the Middle) Muniz and Debbie Gibson for those tuning in for nostalgia, and the usual assortment of athletes (Terrell Owens, Derek Fisher) and reality stars (Property Brothers’ Drew Scott and Shark Tank’s Barbara Corcoran, odds-on favorite to be the first casualty), with maybe a few TV stars to be born as they learn the steps. Mandy Moore choreographs the opening number, featuring the entire cast and returning judge Len Goodman. Couples will perform a salsa, foxtrot, tango or cha cha.
No eliminations in the first week, and same goes for Fox’s penultimate episode of So You Think You Can Dance (8/7c), with a showcase for the Final Four dancing for America’s vote, with a winner named next Monday.
The State (9/8c, National Geographic Channel): A terrifying look at the making of terrorists, the four-hour miniseries (concluding Tuesday) wastes no time immersing the viewer in the dark journeys of four young British men and women sneaking into Syria to pledge themselves to ISIS. Bleak and gripping, The State is less concerned with their motivations with joining this unholy war that with depicting the Islamic State’s repressive, regressive culture of violence and female subjugation. Some recruits find their faith challenged, while it’s scarily reinforced in others.
The Late Show With Stephen Colbert (11:35/10:35c, CBS): One night after hosting the Emmys, Colbert looks back at his first two years on the job for CBS with a Second Anniversary Special, featuring highlights of The Late Show’s most memorable moments. There will be a new opening, shot behind the scenes at the Emmys. Starting Tuesday, it’s back to business, with scheduled guests including Hillary Clinton and Emma Stone (Tuesday), Jeff Bridges (Wednesday), Jim Parsons and Orphan Black’s Tatiana Maslany (Thursday).
Inside Monday TV: NBC’s American Ninja Warrior (8/7c) presents the final night of the National Finals, with the top Ninjas tackling the last and most challenging stages of Mount Midoriyama. … Hell erupts in the season finale of NBC’s Midnight, Texas (10/9c), and it’s up to Manfred (Francois Arnaud) and his allies to kill the demon, close the veil and take back the town. Until next season, ratings gods willing. … Now’s the time for some popular current sitcoms to begin cable syndicated runs, including CBS’s Mom landing on TV Land with select back-to-back episodes airing weeknights at 10/9c (repeated at 1 am/12c) from the first two seasons; next week features episodes from the third and fourth years. For Nick at Nite’s repeats of ABC’s The Goldbergs, you’ll have to stay up until 1 am/12c.