American television has no monopoly on banality. Proof can be found on "Made in Chelsea" (8 p.m., Style, TV-14), an import from the U.K. that documents stylists and party planners in a rich London neighborhood.
As on too many Bravo series, they greet one another with air kisses (on both cheeks) and clink Champagne glasses while scheming about new parties and who will be invited and who won't. Same old tedium, different accents. I'm not ashamed to admit that 10 minutes into the proceedings, I was fantasizing about characters from "The Walking Dead" invading the neighborhood and going about their grim business.
"Park Avenue: Money, Power & the American Dream" on "Independent Lens" (10 p.m., PBS) looks at an ultra-wealthy neighborhood from a very different perspective. The film focuses on 740 Park Ave., a single building in New York that is home to the highest concentration of billionaires in America. It also looks at life on another Park Avenue -- located 5 miles away in the South Bronx -- that runs through one of the poorest
congressional districts in the United States.
The film juxtaposes these two streets with the same name to discuss the ever-increasing concentration of wealth among a tiny fraction of Americans, a trend that has accelerated over the past generation. According to a survey from 2010, the richest 400 families control more wealth than the bottom 150 million citizens. The filmmakers argue that this fact and the political dynamics that contributed to it have destroyed even the illusion of the American dream of social mobility.
---The documentary series "I Didn't Do It" (9 p.m., ID, TV-14) debuts, recounting harrowing tales of innocent suspects who were convicted and faced long sentences based on faulty evidence, unreliable eyewitness accounts and a justice system often motivated more by bureaucratic inertia than justice.
---The trans-Atlantic hype for "Skyfall" knows no limits. Richard Hammond hosts "Top Gear: 50 Years of Bond Cars" (8:30 p.m., BBC Amer-
ica). Gee, I hope they don't forget the shameless product placement for the 1974 AMC Hornet in "The Man With the Golden Gun." It was a terrible car, but the movie was worse.
---Neil Patrick Harris is a guest voice in the bizarre cartoon series "Adventure Time" (7:30 p.m.,
---The top 12 perform on "The Voice" (8 p.m., NBC).
---Brennan discovers basketball on "Bones" (8 p.m., Fox, TV-14).
---The Pittsburgh Steelers host the Kansas City Chiefs in NFL action (8:30 p.m., ESPN).
---Grace's double life takes its toll on romance on "The Mob Doctor" (9 p.m., Fox, TV-14).
---Distant kin on "Revolution" (10 p.m., NBC, TV-14).
---"Catfish: The TV Show" (11 p.m., MTV) looks at people who create phony identities on the Internet to pursue romantic entanglements. Based on an independent movie from 2010.
---Alicia Keys appears on
"Storytellers" (11 p.m., VH1).
An arms dealer (Nicolas Cage) evades capture in the 2005 drama "Lord of War" (8 p.m., IFC). Based on a true story.
---Marshall helps an old pal on
"How I Met Your Mother" (8 p.m., CBS, TV-14).
---Intimacy issues on "90210" (8 p.m., CW, TV-14).
---A temporary solution on "Partners" (8:30 p.m., CBS, TV-14).
---An Amish encounter on "2 Broke Girls" (9 p.m., CBS, TV-14).
---Blair redoubles her efforts on "Gossip Girl" (9 p.m., CW, TV-14).
---Time for a yard sale on "Mike & Molly" (9:30 p.m., CBS, TV-PG).
---A camera crew documents a murder in the rock world on "Castle" (10 p.m., ABC, TV-PG).
---Time for the bomb squad on "Hawaii Five-0" (10 p.m., CBS, TV-14).
---Bryan Cranston, a circus act and Walk the Moon appear on "Conan" (11 p.m., TBS, r).
---Martha Plimpton, Jeff Wild, Jen Kirkman and Ryan Stout are booked on "Chelsea Lately" (11 p.m., E!).
---Bradley Cooper, Robert Klein and Soundgarden appear on "Late Show With David Letterman" (11:35 p.m., CBS).
---Jay Leno welcomes Lea
Michele, Nev Schulman and Toby Keith on "The Tonight Show" (11:35 p.m., NBC).
---Chelsea Handler, Charlie Cox and Meek Mill visit "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" (12:35 a.m., NBC).
---Craig Ferguson hosts Nikki Reed and Dave Attell on "The Late Late Show" (12:35 a.m., CBS).
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