Here’s what’s happening in the world of television for Monday, March 12. All times are Eastern.
Jane (Nat Geo Wild, NGC, 8 p.m.): There have been a number of Jane Goodall documentaries, but Brett Morgen’s Jane is the first to have a real narrative. As The A.V. Club’s Mike D’Angelo noted in his review last year, Morgen has pieced together an ersatz biopic using reels of rare footage, which were only recently rediscovered in the National Geographic archives. And he didn’t even have to go through the tricky process of finding the right actress to play the world’s foremost expert on chimpanzees. Here’s an exclusive clip of Jane; you can catch the world television premiere tonight on Nat Geo Wild or National Geographic Channel.
American Idol (ABC, 8 p.m.): If you want to wallow in other people’s blithe confidence, ABC is airing the next round of auditions for American Idol. And who knows—maybe Kanye West will show up again.