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What if William Shakespeare led an exciting life when he was in his 20s? What if you turned that into an hourlong TV series?
Well, you'd end up with "Will," a new action/drama about the completely fictionalized life of William Shakespeare before he was famous.
And it's chaotic, sometimes almost incoherent. Wildly inconsistent, it veers from dark drama to lighthearted fun.
In the first episode (7 and 9 p.m., TNT), Will arrives in London with little more than a dream and a treacherous letter. In Episode 2 (8 and 10 p.m., TNT), Will is wracked with guilt over the arrest of a rival playwright.
It's a hot mess.
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• "American Ninja Warrior (7 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Qualifying continues.
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• "Animal Kingdom" (7 and 8 p.m., TNT): Javi ratchets up the pressure on Smurf; Pope and Baz clash in the wake of the megachurch job.
• "Superhuman" (8 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13): Contestants demonstrate memorization, speed counting and facial recognition. Kal Penn hosts.
• "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (8 p.m., CW/Ch. 30): Wil Wheaton and Gary Anthony Williams are the guests.
• "Wrecked" (8:30 p.m., TBS): Owen and Florence deal with the return of a deadly foe.
• "Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge" (9 p.m., Ch. 5): Round 2 begins.
• "Shadowhunters" (9 p.m, Freeform): Simon wakes up next to a dead body.
• "Preacher" (10 p.m., AMC): Jesse dives deeper into his search for God; Tulip's secret past is revealed.
• "Stitchers" (10 p.m., Freeform): Kirsten goes against protocol and stitches into a dead guard's memory.
• "Daytime Divas" (11 p.m., VH1): Kibby throws a party to celebrate a year of sobriety.