Here are a few selected New York primetime tv offerings for Monday. February 20, 2011:
8 P.M. (WNYW Fox) HOUSE House (Hugh Laurie) breaches confidences when he shares detailed medical stories with students at a school career day. Later two fifth graders (Austin Michael Coleman and Haley Pullos) share their thoughts about House’s relationship woes with Cuddy (Lisa Edelstein) and offer a solution.
8 P.M. (HBO) REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER Political discussion in the Maher manner.
8 P.M. (WABC) THE BACHELOR Brad visits the final four women in their hometowns and meets the parents. His first stop is Seattle, where Chantal, an executive assistant, introduces Brad to her father, a former professional football player and successful businessman. In Madawaska, Me., Brad goes lobster shopping with Ashley H., a dentist living in Philadelphia, whose stepfather is concerned that Brad might get in the way of her career goals. In Chico, Calif., Brad ventures into the embalming room with Shawntel, a funeral director whose father wants her to take over the family business. And in Charlotte, N.C., Emily, a single mother, tries to decide whether she is comfortable enough to introduce Brad to her daughter, who has never met a man she has dated. Finally the women join Brad in New York for the rose ceremony. After which there are three.
9 P.M. (WNYW Fox) CHICAGO CODE How was Alderman Gibbons able to rise to power?
9 P.M. (WNET 13) JIMMY CARTER In 1980 President Carter was voted out of office after a single term, losing overwhelmingly to Ronald Reagan. Yet over the next two decades Mr. Carter became an admired statesman and humanitarian. This “American Experience” presentation chronicles his ascent from his childhood on a Georgia farm to the White House, putting into context the nature of his political leadership, the internal conflicts with his Christian religion and the role of his wife and adviser, Rosalynn. “It’s Good to Be President,” on History at 9, explores some of the perks Mr. Carter and his fellow commanders in chief might have enjoyed while in office. It also answers some pressing questions, including: Can the president order a Domino’s pizza? Is he ever alone? Does he get to drive a car? And can his daughters have a sleepover?
9 P.M. (BBC America) TOP GEAR Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May head to Albania to test-drive the luxurious Rolls-Royce Ghost, Bentley Mulsanne and Mercedes S65 AMG. Back in England, Mr. Clarkson takes a trio of high-powered hatchbacks — the Ford Focus RS500, the Prodrive Impreza CS400 and the Volvo C30 PPC — for a spin around the track. Jonathan Ross is the star in the reasonably priced car.
9 P.M. (Lifetime) AMANDA KNOX: MURDER ON TRIAL IN ITALY (2011) Hayden Panettiere (“Heroes”) plays Ms. Knox, the Seattle student studying abroad who was convicted of sexually assaulting and murdering her roommate Meredith Kercher (Amanda Fernando Stevens), in Perugia, Italy, on Nov. 2, 2007, with her boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito (Paolo Romio) and an acquaintance, Rudy Guede (Djibril Kébé). Ms. Knox was sentenced to 26 years in prison; Mr. Sollecito to 25; and Mr. Guede to 30, which was reduced to 16 on appeal. Vincent Riotta plays Ms. Knox’s Italian prosecutor, Guiliano Mignini; Marcia Gay Harden (above right, with Ms. Panettiere) is her mother, Edda Mellas. Ms. Knox and Mr. Sollecito are appealing their convictions. Their lawyers tried this month to block the showing of this movie.
10 P.M. (WNBC) HARRY’S LAW “Bangers in the House” Kathy Bates
11 P.M. (Lifetime) Beyond the Headlines: The Amanda Knox Story uses interviews with Ms. Knox’s parents and friends, as well as investigators, prosecutors and legal scholars, to go inside the Italian legal system and piece together the details of what happened to Ms. Kercher, and what Ms. Knox’s role might have been.