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What to Watch Tonight: The Premiere of Dancing With the Stars, and the Finales of So You Think You Can Dance and American Ninja Warrior

What to watch on Monday, September 14...

 

SEASON 21 PREMIERE, 8pm, ABC
Dancing With the Stars
Gary Busey, Paula Deen, Nick Carter, and Chaka Khan are among the 13 celebrities who will be shaking their proverbial moneymakers this season.

SEASON 12 FINALE, Part 2, 8pm, Fox

So You Think You Can Dance
On the less celeb-centric side of the TV dance competition universe, the winner of this season’s clash between Team Stage and Team Street will be chosen by America, or at least by the subsection of America that votes on TV dance competitions.

SEASON 7 FINALE, 8pm, NBC
American Ninja Warrior
A champion will also be crowned tonight in the corner of the TV dance competition universe that’s less about dancing and more about running obstacle courses on mountains. Only one contender will take home the $1 million purse and become the American Ninja Warrior, relegating last season’s winner to the title of American Ninja Warrior Emeritus.
8pm, ABC Family
Switched at Birth
Bay learns of Regina’s moving plans, while Kathryn and John explore product endorsements as a way of bolstering their finances. Elsewhere in “We Mourn, We Weep, We Love Again,” Daphne’s latest project is to become the dorm’s safety captain, and Angelo’s approaching birthday stirs up troubling emotions.
9pm, PBS
American Experience
Walt Disney is the subject of a two-part installment (the conclusion airs tomorrow night) that features archival footage from the House of Mouse and commentary from animators, artists, designers, biographers, and historians. Part one examines the early days, from Steamboat Williethrough Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
9pm, The CW
Whose Line Is It Anyway?
Officially no longer the co-star of his own show, Keegan-Michael Key now roams the TV landscape, lending his talents to improv comedy shows and bandit-plagued villages and the like. (This is one of the former.) (Though I suppose Whose Line could be bandit-plagued too, and I just don’t know about it.) (Look, I don’t keep up on which shows are bandit-plagued and which aren’t, Kaitlin handles the news side of things around here.)
9pm, ABC Family
Chasing Life
April is reluctant to heed an agent’s book advice in “First Person,” but a friend at Camp Hendrie helps her gain a new perspective. Meanwhile, Brenna opens up about her father.
9pm, MTV
Awkward.
As Jenna enjoys the glitz and glamour of life as a popular kid, Matty’s social fortunes head in the opposite direction. Elsewhere in “Jenna in Wonderland,” Jake woos a new classmate and Ally hosts a sex-toy shindig.
9:30pm, MTV
Faking It
A college fair has Amy doubting her prospects in “Future Tense,” though on the bright side she collected enough pens, notepads, and keychain flashlights to last the rest of her natural life. Meanwhile, Liam believes that he’s located his birth father.
9:30pm, The CW
Significant Mother
Lydia and Jimmy spur Nate to give online dating a whirl in “Get Forked,” but his potential paramours don’t exactly set Cupid’s bow into motion. In creative travails, Sam suffers writer’s block after realizing all her songs are about Nate.
10pm, ABC
#DanceBattle America
Eight teams of dancers were selected for this contest special based on their social media submissions. After spending a week training with top choreographers, they compete for the grand prize and for a trophy that is definitely authentic and not an old Home Improvement Emmy a P.A. found lying around and hastily reinscribed. Jordin Sparks and Alfonso Ribeiro host.
LATE-NITE:
– Jim Gaffigan, Chelsea Peretti, and Blackberry Smoke on Conan, 11pm, TBS
– TBD on The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore, 11:30pm, Comedy Central
– Benecio Del Toro, Jessica Alba, and Miguel on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, 11:35pm, NBC
– Emily Blunt, Justice Stephen Breyer, and The Dead Weather on Late Show with Stephen Colbert, 11:35pm, CBS
– TBD on Jimmy Kimmel Live, 11:35pm, ABC
– David Oyelowo, Twenty One Pilots, and Abe Laboriel, Jr. on Late Night with Seth Meyers, 12:35am, NBC
– Adam Scott, Wilmer Valderrama, and Marian Hill on The Late Late Show with James Corden, 12:37am, CBS

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