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Monday on TV: 'Dancing with the Stars' is back — complete with another stupid controversy

Published March 20, 2017 1:42 pm
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There's yet another fake controversy involving "Dancing with the Stars" (7 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): — which, of course, ABC hopes will help pump up the ratings.

The controversy? Heather Morris is one of the contestants. And Morris, best known as Brittany on "Glee," is a professional dancer. So, the thinking goes, it's an unfair advantage.

That might be true if "Dancing with the Stars" was a legitimate competition. But it's not. It never has been. It's a popularity contest.

Do you really think that Donny Osmond, Amber Riley, Jennifer Grey et al. were the most talented dancers on the show?


The contestants and their dancing partners this season are:

-Bonner Bolton with Sharna Burgess

-Charo with Keo Motsepe

-Chris Kattan with Witney Carson

-David Ross with Lindsay Arnold

-Erika Jayne with Gleb Savchenko

-Heather Morris with Maksim Chmerkovskiy

-Mr. T with Kym Herjavec

-Nancy Kerrigan with Artem Chigvintsev

-Nick Viall with Peta Murgatroyd

-Normani Kordei with Valentin Chmerkovskiy

-Rashad Jennings with Emma Slater

-Simone Biles with Sasha Farber

• Also tonight, it's the beginning of a musical crossver on "Supergirl" (7 p.m., CW/Ch. 30) — but just barely. At the end of the episode, the Music Meister (Darren Criss, "Glee") shows up, but most of the musical is in Tuesday's episode of "The Flash.".

Elsewhere on TV …

• NBA (5 p.m., ROOT): Utah Jazz at Indianapolis Pacers

• "Kevin Can Wait" (7 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Kevin and Donna go online to find new couples to hang out with.

• "The Voice" (7 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Guest mentors Luke Bryan, Celine Dion, John Legend and DJ Khaled help prepare the vocalists as the battle rounds begin.

• "24: Legacy" (7 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13): Mullins and CTU search for Carter.

• "Origins: The Journey of Humankind (7 and 10 p.m., National Geographic): One invention stands out above them all — money.

• "Man with a Plan" (7:30 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Adam convinces his stubborn father to finally go to the doctor.

• "Superior Donuts" (8 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): The group decides to take up a collection to pay for Franco's medical expenses when he's hurt at work and doesn't have insurance.

• "APB" (8 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13): A murder investigation reveals Gideon is the killer's next target.

• "Jane the Virgin" (8 p.m., CW/Ch. 30): Jane runs against Petra for room mother; Rogelio tries to get information about Xo and Bruce's relationship.

• "2 Broke Girls" (8:30 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Caroline tries to understand Bobby's love of bowling.

• "Scorpion" (9 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Paige and Happy are in danger when a wire supporting the gondola they are in trying to repair a wind turbine farm snaps.

• "Quantico" (9 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): In the wake of the G20 hostage crisis, President Haas assembles an illegal joint task force.

• "Taken" (9 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Riley tries to uncover the truth behind a fatal drug given to war vets.

• "Young & Hungry" (9 p.m., Freeform): Gabi turns to her oft-married neighbor for some advice about her relationship with Josh.

• "Baby Daddy" (9:30 p.m., Freeform): Ben thinks Tucker is dating a prostitute; Brad is arrested by the FBI.

• "The Twins: Happily Ever After?" (10:02 p.m., Freeform): Oh, great. Another phony "reality show" spinoff from the phony "Bachelor." We get a look inside the lives of former hopefuls Emily and Haley Ferguson. Ugh.

• "Bates Motel" (11 p.m., A&E): Norman tries to piece together Mother's movements.

• "Humans" (11 p.m., AMC): Mattie reveals the synths' agenda and wants Max's help. (Season finale)






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