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David Simon Rewrites History in HBO's The Plot Against America

ALSO: Roswell, New Mexico, 9-1-1, My Brilliant Friend, American Idol, Supernatural, and more.
  • Ben Cole and John Turturro in The Plot Against America. (HBO)
    Ben Cole and John Turturro in The Plot Against America. (HBO)

    David Simon and Ed Burns (who previously collaborated on The Wire) have assembled an impressive cast for HBO's adaptation of Philip Roth's The Plot Against America. The six-part miniseries imagines an alternate history in which Charles Lindbergh defeats Franklin D. Roosevelt in the 1940 presidential election, subsequently signing treaties with Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan, and setting the stage for increasing national isolation and growing antisemitism. Also today: Roswell, New Mexico and My Brilliant Friend return for their second seasons, American Idol expands to Mondays, and the original 9-1-1 returns. Here's what's new and noteworthy on TV this Monday:

    MINISERIES PREMIERE: With the 1940 election looming, Herman Levin (Morgan Spector) takes his family house hunting in the premiere of The Plot Against America. Though he's confident about an upcoming promotion, his wife Beth (Zoe Kazan) is uneasy with the increasing antisemitism tied to Charles Lindbergh's successful presidential campaign. Read our review. 9:00 PM ET on HBO

    SEASON PREMIERE: In the second season premiere of Roswell, New Mexico, Liz (Jeanine Mason) manages her sorrow by preparing for a move. Meanwhile, Isobel (Lily Cowles) learns to control her new powers. Watch the preview. 9:00 PM ET on The CW

    NEW EPISODE: The original 9-1-1 returns from break with a catastrophic skydiving trip, difficult medical decisions, and a loved one's unexpected return. Watch the preview. 8:00 PM ET on Fox

    SEASON PREMIERE: Returning for a second season, My Brilliant Friend: The Story of a New Name finds the distance in Lila's (Gaia Girace) marriage increasing, compelling her to see Elena (Margherita Mazzucco). Watch the preview. 10:00 PM ET on HBO

    NEW EPISODE: As it expands to two nights a week, tonight sees American Idol kicking off the start of its pre-taped Hollywood Week. How the show will handle its later live episodes in mid-April amid the coronavirus pandemic has yet to be determined. 8:00 PM ET on ABC

    NEW TIMESLOT: Dean (Jensen Ackles) and Sam (Jared Padalecki) take part in a nerve-racking rescue operation as Supernatural moves to its new night. Watch the preview. 8:00 PM ET on The CW

    NEW EPISODE: Kim and Jimmy's relationship takes an interesting turn on Better Call Saul, with the couple growing closer as they attempt to help a client. Watch the preview. 9:00 PM ET on AMC

    NEW EPISODE: Michael (Michael McKean) thrives in his new role as a dad and grandad in Breeders, but Paul (Martin Freeman) and Ally (Daisy Haggard) are having a hard time adapting to his constant  presence. Watch the preview10:00 PM ET on FX

    Mike Attebery is Senior Editor at Primetimer and the author of seven mystery thrillers. Follow him on Twitter at @mikeattebery.

    TOPICS: The Plot Against America, HBO, David Simon