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A Shark, a Property Brother, and a Malcolm waltz into Dancing With The Stars

Dancing star Frankie Muniz and dancing Dancing With The Stars star Witney Carson (Photo: ABC/Craig Sjodin)

Here’s what’s happening in the world of television for Monday, September 18. All times are Eastern.

Top pick

Dancing With The Stars (ABC, 8 p.m.): The American Broadcasting Company’s biannual test of which celebrities can learn choreography and which would be better suited for something simpler (say, secretary of energy) begins anew with a fresh crop of famous people who may or may not have what it takes to merengue deeper into America’s hearts. Among this season’s contestants are an investor whose normal ABC gig involves sitting in an overstuffed chair, the real-estate Property Brother, and famous race-car driver Frankie Muniz, the last of whom once starred in a television comedy of some note. Both Property Brothers were asked to participate in the dancing competition’s 25th season, but Jonathan Scott had to back out due to a shoulder injury, which sounds like a pretty good excuse to renovate some houses without your sibling trying to undercut you by selling a totally new house to your potential clients.


Regular coverage

BoJack Horseman (Netflix)

Wild card

The State (National Geographic, 9 p.m.): Wolf Hall’s Peter Kosminsky seems like an odd choice to helm a reunion of the seminal sketch-comedy group that made “I wanna dip my balls in it” a household phrase, the NYU-educated wiseacres who hosed down the pope-ah with grape-ah juice-ah and went to the porcupine racetrack before launching Wet Hot American Summer and Reno 911. But then you realize that The State isn’t referring to the “$240 Worth Of Pudding” guys or the attorneys of Booger, Booger & Fartybutt, but rather the Islamic State—you know, ISIS. You see, the joke here is that we’ve mistaken one of the best sketch series of the 1990s for a U.K. drama about a terrorist organization. And that’s funny. Anything that isn’t true is funny, and anything is true isn’t funny. Here, we’ll give you an example:

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