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NBC's American Ninja Warrior Reinvents Itself For Pandemic Times

ALSO: Re-live Juan Pablo's Bachelor, Madagascar gets an origin series, and more.
  • American Ninja Warrior is set to smash expectations in its COVID-shortened twelfth season.  (NBC)
    American Ninja Warrior is set to smash expectations in its COVID-shortened twelfth season. (NBC)

    As with most everything else these days, tonight's Season 12 premiere of American Ninja Warrior promises to look a lot different from seasons past. Taking extensive precautions to protect its ninjas and crew, the show cancelled its national tour, cut the number of competitors to 150 (down from around 600) and has compressed its season into just eight episodes. With $100,000 at stake, however, you can bet the competition will be just as fierce. Also today: The Bachelor has mixed emotions about Juan Pablo, the Madagascar gang gets its own Hulu origin series, and Biography takes a closer look at the immortal career of Ozzy Osbourne. Here's what's new and noteworthy on TV this Monday:

    SEASON PREMIERE: Fifty top ninjas (joined by two community members each) are set to compete in a special compressed season of American Ninja Warrior, shot entirely on a closed course inside the Dome at America's Center in St Louis, MO. Watch the trailer. 8:00 PM ET on NBC

    SEASON FINALE: It's never easy to say goodbye, but The Bachelor: Greatest Seasons Ever is softening the blow with one more trip down memory lane. Of course, memory lane may be a little bumpier than usual as this week's subject is one of the more divisive bachelors in the show's history: Juan Pablo. 8:00 PM ET on ABC

    NEW EPISODE: A&E examines the twisted path of a legendary wild man in Biography: The Nine Lives of Ozzy Osbourne. The two hour special follows Osbourne's life from his childhood in Birmingham, England to the heights of global stardom. Watch the trailer. 9:00 PM ET on A&E

    SERIES PREMIERE: The gang from 2005's Madagascar get an animated origin story in Madagascar: A Little Wild. The series follows young Alex, Marty, Gloria, and Melman as they escape from the zoo to grow up on the streets of New York City. The first six episodes drop today. Watch the trailer. Streaming on Hulu

    NEW EPISODE: Lauren and Tre, Mackenzie and Connor, and Kierstan and Carrington are all at risk of being dumped from the Love Island villa. Which couple will face the music in tonight's episode? 9:00 PM ET on CBS

    SEASON PREMIERE: Hosts Keke Palmer and Joel Kim Booster return for Season 2 of Quibi's Singled Out revival, the series that turns traditional dating shows on their heads. Watch the trailer. Streaming on Quibi

    SEASON FINALE: For the conclusion of Amy Schumer Learns to Cook's second season, Amy is learning a lineup of recipes suitable for a steakhouse dinner and a down home barbecue. 10:00 PM ET on Food Network

    DOCUMENTARY: The nature film My Octopus Teacher follows the unique friendship that forms when an octopus shows a filmmaker around a South African kelp forest. Streaming on Netflix

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

    TOPICS: American Ninja Warrior, NBC