Fox News shuffles its prime-time lineup for the first time in years. Megyn Kelly gets her own hourlong show, "The Kelly File" (9 p.m.). That moves "Han nity" (10 p.m.) back one hour and pushes "On the Record With Greta Van Susteren" (7 p.m.) to a pre-prime time perch. "The O'Reilly Factor" (8 p.m.) has not been moved. I know we live in a post-ethnic world, but there's something about an O'Reilly-Kelly-Hannity lineup that sounds like a Boston law firm or the seating chart at Blessed Sacrament Academy, circa 1963.
In many ways, this all-Hibernian bench fits Fox quite nicely. As a Kevin and a McDonough, I know we of Irish descent like to engage in heated arguments about politics. (Or virtually anything.) And my sane wife (a Minnesotan by way of Dallas)
accuses us of just plain making stuff up when the facts don't fit our fables. And isn't "blarney" a much kinder word to use when describing the byproduct of Roger Ailes' and Rupert Murdoch's "fair and balanced" barnyard?
---Great writers from Philip Roth to Tom Wolfe have explored the idea that novels can no longer keep up with real events. The feeling that "you just can't make this stuff up" has inspired, or driven, some writers to abandon fiction entirely. The documentary "Valentine Road" (9 p.m., HBO, TV-14) includes specific situations and characters that might seem overtly contrived. But the story and the intertwined tragedy of its two main subjects were all too real.
On Feb. 12, 2008, Oxnard, Calif., junior high school students shuffled into their computer lab to complete their assignment on "tolerance." Moments later, one student, Brandon McInerney, pulled out a revolver and shot his classmate, Lawrence "Larry" King, twice in the back of the head. Two days later, on Valentine's Day, Larry was pronounced dead.
Apparently, it took only one incident to provoke this homicidal rage. Larry, a diminutive and effeminate student, had begun to dress quite provocatively in the corridors, wearing women's makeup and high heels. And, just days before Valentine's Day, he had stated he found Brandon attractive.
The film takes a sympathetic view of the boys, who were barely into their teens. Both had troubled upbringings. Larry had been living in a shelter, and Brandon's home life was filled with violence, drug abuse and easy access to weapons.
---The "POV" (10 p.m., PBS, TV-PG) documentary "Brooklyn Castle" profiles a championship chess team at a junior high in a poor New York neighborhood.
---The Big Apple beckons on "Hart of Dixie" (8 p.m., CW, TV-PG).
---Vincent's hard drive
appears to have been wiped clean on "Beauty and the Beast" (9 p.m., CW, TV-PG).
---The gang uses a
cadaver to stage a hoax on "Bones" (8 p.m., Fox, TV-14).
---The Atlanta Falcons host the New York Jets in "Monday Night Football" (8:25 p.m., ESPN).
---Ichabod flashes back to the Boston Tea Party on "Sleepy Hollow" (9 p.m., Fox, TV-14).
---The president considers changing surgeons on "Hos tages" (10 p.m., CBS, TV-14).
---Red implicates a former cohort on "The Blacklist" (10 p.m., NBC, TV-14).
---Beckett crashes an investigation on "Castle" (10 p.m., ABC, TV-PG).
---Dropouts and expelled students enroll in "Dream School" (10 p.m., Sundance, TV-14), where they are mentored by celebrities.
Director Akira Kurosawa adapts "Macbeth" into a
samurai epic in the 1957 drama "Throne of Blood"
(1 a.m., TCM).
---Ted irks Barney on "How I Met Your Mother" (8 p.m., CBS, TV-14).
---Stuart's ex wants the dog on "We Are Men" (8:30 p.m., CBS, TV-14).
---Stray cat blues on "2 Broke Girls" (9 p.m., CBS, TV-14).
---Christy mulls her first sober date on "Mom" (9:30 p.m., CBS, TV-14).
---Neil Patrick Harris, Shailene Woodley and Dan St. Germain appear on "Conan" (11 p.m., TBS, r).
---Tracy Morgan is scheduled on "Totally Biased With W. Kamau Bell" (11 p.m., FXX, r).
---James Spithill sits down on "The Colbert Report" (11:30 p.m., Comedy Central).
---Tom Hanks and Two Door Cinema Club appear on "Late Show With David Letterman" (11:35 p.m., CBS).
---Jay Leno welcomes Drew Barrymore and The Avett Brothers on "The To night Show" (11:35 p.m., NBC).
---Dylan McDermott and Paul McCartney visit "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" (12:35 a.m., NBC).
---Craig Ferguson hosts Zooey Deschanel and Ed Weeks on "The Late Late Show" (12:35 a.m., CBS).
Kevin McDonough can be reached at kevin.tvguy@g mail.com.