On TV this Monday: TNT introduces viewers to a young William Shakespeare, ESPN hits one (or many) out of the park and Preacher reveals a secret past. Here are 10 programs to keep on your radar:
Young Shakespeare on TNT, Home Run Derby and More
Home Run Derby
Defending champ Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins and Aaron “All Rise” Judge of the New York Yankees are among this year’s longballers. (Get lineup.)
American Ninja Warrior
At the Cleveland qualifier, new obstacles include Razor’s Edge and the I-Beam Gap; Alyssa Beird, Rachel Goldstein, Jesse “Flex” Labreck, Michelle Warnky, Jon Alexis Jr., Mike Bernardo, Joe Moravsky and Jamie Rahn return.
Rachel chooses four of the six remaining bachelors to accompany her on hometown dates. (View ABC’s fall schedule.)
Simon finds himself in a dark place; Alec and the team plan to transport Valentine.
So You Think You Can Dance
Auditions resume in New York, as hopefuls try out for judges Nigel, Mary and Vanessa. (Watch opening number from The Academy.)
Series premiere (two episodes): Set in the year 1589, this period piece chronicles the lust, temptations and reckless behavior of a young William Shakespeare (played by newcomer Laurie Davidson). (Watch trailer.)
Jesse’s search for God intensifies, as Tulip’s secret past is revealed. (Which memorable line was deemed Quotes of the Week-worthy?)
Cameron stitches into the memories of a murdered prison guard to determine whether her estranged father was the killer.
Whose Line Is It Anyway?
Ryan, Colin and Wayne are joined by Star Trek: TNG alum-turned-Sheldon Cooper frenemy Will Wheaton. (Get CW fall premiere dates.)
Maxine throws everyone for a loop when she brings a guest to Kibby’s sobriety party.