Worth Watching: Oprah’s ‘After Neverland,’ ‘Night’ Finale, a Frustrated ‘Doctor’
A critical checklist of notable Monday TV:
Oprah Winfrey Presents: After Neverland (10/9c, HBO and OWN): Following the second half of the riveting HBO documentary Leaving Neverland (airing at 8/7c), Oprah Winfrey revisits the subject of sexual abuse — to which she devoted 217 episodes of her legendary talk show — in an after-show conversation simulcast on HBO and her own OWN network. She says this discussion “transcends Michael Jackson” as she speaks with Neverland’s primary subjects, Wade Robson and James Safechuck, and the film’s director, Dan Reed. The audience is comprised of survivors of sexual abuse, including actor Anthony Edwards and former Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Al Chesley.
I Am the Night (9/8c, TNT): The finale of this bizarre true-crime drama goes full Hollywood Gothic as Fauna (India Eisley) falls into the clutches of her “grandfather” George Hodel (Jefferson Mays), while disgraced journalist Jay Singletary (Chris Pine) sweats it out and takes beatings in prison. It really does seem like hell on Earth, as the Watts riots provide a backdrop to Fauna’s baroque dilemma.
The Good Doctor (10/9c, ABC): You can hardly blame Dr. Shaun Murphy (Freddie Highmore) for being upset, taken off his surgerical residency to work in pathology, at the behest of new Chief of Surgery, Dr. Han (Daniel Dae Kim), who seeks to keep him as far removed from patient interaction as possible. Not that there’s anything wrong with pathology, but Shaun is determined to get back in the OR — and when the rest of the surgical team embarks on a risky tumor procedural, calling the autistic savant for an emergency consult may be their only way to success.
Inside Monday TV: ABC’s The Bachelor (8/7c) promises a “stunning twist” as Colton jets his final three would-be soulmates to Portugal while nervously anticipating time in the Fantasy Suites. Will he still be unspoiled by the time this ordeal is over?… A new season of Smithsonian Channel’s America’s Hidden Stories (8/7c) begins with a visit to Salem, Mass., site of the notorious 17th-century witch trials… In the penultimate episode of the first season of Fox’s The Passage (9/8c), young Amy (Saniyya Sidney) is beginning to show symptoms of the monstrous virus, raising the stakes and urgency for Sykes (Caroline Chikezie) and Lila (Emmanuelle Chriqui) to perfect an antidote before things get further out of hand at Project NOAH.