Here’s what’s happening in the TV world for Monday, April 5th. All times are eastern.
Hemingway (PBS, 8 p.m., documentary series premiere, back-to-back episodes): “When modern readers abandon the American literary canon, they probably complain at least in part about Ernest Hemingway. Hemingway’s clichés are easy to shake … To his credit, the six-hour documentation of Ken Burns and Lynn Novik Hemingway does not dispute much of this. Directors use the author’s statements, letters, photos, and other writings to test some of our worst assumptions. As cultural conversations about whether we can separate the exemplary work of an artist from their troubled personal lives over and over again, Hemingway bumps into the same muddy water and throws its anchor. ” Read the rest of Roxana Hadadi’s review.
Only foals and horses (Acorn TV, 3:01 p.m., Full US Premiere for First Season): Add this to your list of comforting TV shows to play as you fold laundry: a four-episode documentary series about an all-female team of veterinarians in Wales.
Mira, Royal Detective (Disney Junior, 5pm, season two premiere): Our current child child manager is back and as with her debut, it is not a moment too soon.