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HBO's The Investigation Is a True Crime TV Game-Changer

ALSO: Crossover time on 9-1-1 and 9-1-1: Lonestar, Matt gets serious on The Bachelor, and more.
  • Pilou Asbæk and Søren Malling in The Investigation. (Henrik Ohsten/HBO)
    Pilou Asbæk and Søren Malling in The Investigation. (Henrik Ohsten/HBO)

    HBO's new Danish language limited series The Investigation doesn't play by the established rules of true crime TV. Based on the real-life 2017 murder of Swedish journalist Kim Wall, the six-part series doesn't linger on the gruesome details of Wall's violent death, nor does it depict (or even mention by name) her murderer. In the process, it manages to tell a gripping true crime story that puts its victim at the center, rather than her killer. The show's first episode premieres tonight on HBO.

    Also today: 9-1-1 and 9-1-1: Lone Star stage their first-ever crossover event, VH1 mines the Love & Hip Hop franchise for a new date night special, and PBS looks at the real-life inspiration behind 9 to 5. Here's what's new and noteworthy on TV this Monday:

    SERIES PREMIERE: Copenhagen police officer Jens Møller (Søren Malling) leads The Investigation into the disappearance of a homemade submarine and the female journalist who set sail with the ship's eccentric inventor. Watch trailer. 10:00 PM ET on HBO

    NEW EPISODE: Matt makes it clear to the house that toxic behavior won’t fly tonight on The Bachelor, but not everyone takes his message to heart, and one woman finds herself in an emotional spiral of denial. Watch preview. 8:00 PM ET on ABC

    NEW EPISODE: The 118 race to save a man under siege by his high-tech smart home on 9-1-1. Meanwhile, Athena (Angela Bassett) hunts down a bank robber disguised by Covid protocols. 8:00 PM ET on FOX

    CROSSOVER EPISODE: In the franchise's first crossover event, 9-1-1's Buck (Oliver Stark) and Hen (Aisha Hinds) help 9-1-1: Lone Star's Owen Strand (Rob Lowe) and the rest of 126 crew as they battle a wildfire that's spreading across Texas. Watch trailer. 9:00 PM ET on FOX

    NEW EPISODE: As Primetimer's Kevin O'Keefe recently wrote, NBC's The Weakest Link revival has been an unexpected highlight in a very strange TV season. The Jane Lynch-hosted show airs its Season 1 finale tonight, but fear not — it's set to return later this year. 10:00 PM ET on NBC

    SPECIAL PRESENTATION: Couples from across the Love & Hip Hop franchise discuss their relationships and play revealing games in Love & Hip Hop: It's a Love Thing. Chris and Vanessa Spencer host. Watch preview. 8:00 PM ET on VH1

    DOCUMENTARY PREMIERE: They couldn’t kill their bosses, so they did the next best thing: they organized. 9to5: The Story of a Movement looks at the real-life group of Boston secretaries who inspired a hit and changed the American workplace. Watch trailer. 10:00 PM ET on PBS

    NEW EPISODE: Ellen DeGeneres hosts a new installment of Ellen's Game of Games in which she leads the players through rounds of "Name Dropper," "Oh Ship!," "Blindfolded Musical Chairs," and "Danger Word." 8:00 PM ET on NBC

    NEW EPISODE: Elizabeth's high expectations for her birthday fall short on Below Deck. Meanwhile, the crew grows fearful of COVID-19 as it ramps up back home. 9:00 PM ET on Bravo

    NEW EPISODE: With the first game of the season coming up on All American, Spencer (Daniel Ezra) starts to feel the pressure on and off the field. 8:00 PM ET on The CW

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

    TOPICS: The Investigation, HBO, True Crime