What’s on TV
MR. MERCEDES 10 p.m. on Audience Network. Stephen King’s writing continues to find a second life onscreen. “It Chapter Two” hit theaters last week, and this crime show, based on King’s Bill Hodges trilogy, is back for a third season. The new episodes draw from “Finders Keepers,” the second book in King’s series. Detective Hodges (Brendan Gleeson) and his accomplices (played by Justine Lupe and Jharrel Jerome) are investigating the murder of a beloved local author whose unpublished novels were stolen from his home. (Spoiler alert!) While the killer of the title is no longer in the picture, his influence lingers on. Mike Hale, in his review for The New York Times, wrote that the show “may lack King’s intensity, but it holds on to a measure of the author’s dark humor.”
RODMAN: FOR BETTER OR WORSE (2019) 9 p.m. on ESPN. For better or worse, Dennis Rodman is the type of figure whose life is ripe for the documentary treatment. The retired N.B.A. star is considered one of the strongest rebounders and defenders in the history of basketball. But he has also developed a reputation as an outrageous, attention-seeking bad boy. This new film, part of ESPN’s 30 for 30 series, tries to peel back the curtain on the athlete’s difficult childhood, his rise to the Basketball Hall of Fame and his friendship with the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
GHOSTED: LOVE GONE MISSING 9 p.m. on MTV. Perhaps banking off the success of its series “Catfish: The TV Show,” about people who have fallen for strangers online only to find out they were being fooled all along, MTV has created this similar series. The hosts, Rachel Lindsay and Travis Mills, crisscross the country helping heartbroken people find former flings or lovers who have cut them out of their lives. Each episode leads to a dramatic face-to-face meeting where the forlorn confront their “ghosts” and ask that aching question: Why?
HOTEL MUMBAI (2019) Stream on Hulu. In 2008, members of the militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba killed more than 160 people in coordinated terrorist attacks across Mumbai. One of their targets was the Taj Mahal Palace & Tower Hotel. With roughly 1,500 people trapped inside, members of the hotel staff risked their lives to keep their guests safe. This nail-biter of a thriller recreates that violence with unflinching, often unsettling detail. Armie Hammer plays an American guest trying to protect his wife and newborn, while Dev Patel plays a heroic Sikh waiter. Some critics have said the film exploits the horrific event, while others praised it for putting the courageous service workers in the spotlight.
SHAMELESS Stream on Netflix. The ninth season of this long-running comedy, about the reckless Gallagher family in Chicago’s South Side, lands on Netflix, giving fans plenty of time to recap before Season 10 debuts on Showtime on Nov. 3.