“Search Party,” starring Alia Shawkat, returns for a second season. Pink and Kelly Clarkson workforce up on the American Music Awards.
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SEARCH PARTY 10 p.m. on TBS. This comedy began out as a wandering critique of millennial angst and entitlement, as Dory (Alia Shawkat) assembled an incompetent ragtag workforce of buddies to analyze the disappearance of a faculty acquaintance, Chantal. But their sleuthing ended disastrously, prompting the present to tackle a brutally darkish tone. Season 2 follows their cover-up efforts. It’s tenser and meaner, delivered in waves of paranoid, hilarious outbursts.
AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS eight p.m. on ABC. They’re each pop megastars who concentrate on torch ballads of uplift and heartbreak, however Pink and Kelly Clarkson carry out in remarkably other ways. While Pink soars by means of the air amid pyrotechnics and hordes of dancers, Ms. Clarkson prefers to plant her toes and let the tears move. The pair will search frequent floor after they carry out collectively for the primary time to open the American Music Awards. Tracee Ellis Ross (a star of “black-ish” on ABC) will host, and provides her mom, Diana Ross, a lifetime achievement award. Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato and Niall Horan are additionally scheduled to carry out.
POLDARK 9 p.m. on PBS (test native listings). The collection wraps up its third season with Ross and Demelza’s relationship in tatters. The slimy Whitworth faces a reckoning, whereas Elizabeth turns the tables on George.
THE ROOT 100 9 p.m. on Fusion. The Root celebrates 100 African-Americans, ages 25 to 45, who’ve left an imprint on tradition and politics this 12 months. The honoree Yamiche Alcindor, a reporter for The New York Times, provides a speech, and Representative Maxine Waters of California seems by way of video to just accept a public service award.
THE PROBLEM WITH APU 10 p.m. on truTV. “I’m a comedian going after the biggest comedy show of all time,” Hari Kondabolu instructed The Times about his new documentary. In it, he wrestles along with his relationship to one among his favourite exhibits, “The Simpsons,” and one among its most problematic characters, Apu, a comfort retailer proprietor who displays lots of the stereotypes that South Asians have tried to shake for years. But the documentary goes past one cartoon character, exploring the depiction of South Asian characters as a complete and the discrimination that actors have confronted in Hollywood. Aziz Ansari, Kal Penn and others are interviewed.
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