Monday’s TV Highlights: ‘Eddie Murphy: The Mark Twain Prize’ on PBS

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Critic’s Corner: What’s on TV Monday.

Eddie Murphy: The Mark Twain Prize (9 p.m., UNC-TV) – Actor and comedian Eddie Murphy becomes the 18th recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.Monday’s grab bag features the funny and the not so, with Eddie Murphy skewering Bill Cosby and corporate public relations firms diluting science with spin.

The big headline out of this venerable award ceremony was that Murphy did stand-up for the first time in nearly 30 years, including an impression of previous Twain honoree Bill Cosby.Those who have suffered through “Norbit” may wonder why Eddie Murphy is getting “The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize,” but his induction into the prestigious club is justified in this taped telecast with glowing tributes from Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle, as well as vintage clips, including the then 19-year-old savior of “Saturday Night Live” making his supremely confident debut on “The Tonight Show.” Stick around until the end for Murphy’s sidesplitting impression of Bill Cosby. 8 p.m. The Twain Prize has seen its share of controversy and carping over the years, but it’s hard to imagine many people would dispute the choice of Murphy, who is one of the most influential and successful performers of our age.

TPT, Ch. 2 George Clooney certainly doesn’t need anymore accolades, even after the dismal showing of “Tomorrowland,” but he deserves props for recognizing courageous journalism by directing “Good Night, and Good Luck” a decade before this year’s critical darling, “Spotlight,” hit theaters. 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 23, on KCTS. “Supergirl,” 8 p.m. (CBS): While Kara is baby-sitting Cat’s son, she must also protect the city from a series of bombings; Lucy Lane (Jenna Dewan Tatum) tries to rekindle her relationship with James. “Jane the Virgin,” 9 p.m. (The CW): Jane’s requirements make it difficult to procure a baby-sitter; Jane hopes to find a writing adviser at her graduate school’s Christmas party; Petra tries to become friends with Jane. “Major Crimes,” 9 p.m. (TNT): The team is called to investigate a follow-up attack on a victim of road rage; Flynn suffers a setback on his road to recovery; Rusty finally gets the interview that he wanted. “Minority Report,” 9:01 p.m. (Fox): The Defense Intelligence Agency zeros in on the precogs’ trail; Dash’s vision of a political assassination has a link to Vega’s personal life. “Castle,” 10:01 p.m. (ABC): Castle and Beckett find themselves trapped at sea with a killer when they investigate the murder of a cruise-ship entertainer. KTLA Dancing With the Stars The celebrities dance with their professional partners for the last time, with the season’s winner announced in Tuesday’s finale. 8 p.m. Cinemax I miss Billy Bob Thornton as much as the next “Fargo” fan, but the second season is just as satisfying, maintaining the Coen brothers’ black humor and showcasing a cast that gets to flex different muscles.

Vincent Kartheiser plays William Bradford in National Geographic Channel’s two-night movie event ‘Saints & Strangers.’ (Photo: David Bloomer, National Geographic Channel) National Geographic airs the finale to a two-part dramatization of the arrival of the Mayflower and the first Thanksgiving that promises to delve behind the greeting-card myths to the historical truths. In Jacksonville, Fla., in 2012, Jordan Davis, an unarmed black teen, was shot and killed following an altercation at a gas station with a man annoyed that Davis and his friends were playing music too loud.

ABC Another of the stars felled by health problems, the four remaining couples from last week were ushered into the two-part finale that begins tonight. For those Castle viewers who still care, let’s hope this fall finale also marks the end of the characters’ separation, a plot contrivance that seems to be separating fans from the show. ABC Independent Lens In the new documentary “Mimi and Dona,” a 92-year-old mother who cares for her 64-year-old intellectually disabled, possibly autistic daughter considers the future. 10:30 p.m. Our money, as always, is on five-time champion Derek Hough and his celebrity partner, Bindi Irwin, but no result will be a surprise. “Fashion Police,” 8 p.m. The network celebrates this comedy’s 25th anniversary with back-to-back screenings. (Image: Macaulay Culkin, the film’s star) CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND 8 p.m. on CW.

National Geographic 3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets Filmmaker Marc Silver uses the shooting death of black teenager Jordan Davis to examine Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” self-defense law in this trenchant new documentary. 9 p.m. Andre Royo (“Empire”); Diane Lane (“Trumbo”); Greg and Briana Evigan (“Once Upon a Holiday”); Ron White; Katelyn Nacon (“The Walking Dead”). (N) 7 a.m. Conway’s book, examining the history of corporate-financed public relations efforts to sow confusion and skepticism about scientific research, particularly climate change. In November 2012, Michael Dunn, a white man, argued with Jordan Davis, a black teenager, about the loud music coming from his car at a Florida gas station. Dunn is now serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole. “At the time of a fervent national debate on race and justice, part of what is impressive about ‘3½ Minutes,’” wrote Ben Kenigsberg in The Times, “is the cool temperature at which it is often served.” (Image: Lucia McBath, Mr.

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