IT SEEMS people would rather visit fantasies than face the real thing. Some time ago, when I was a book editor, I heard of a strange unpublished book devised by a TV obsessive who was also a draftsman and amateur architect. It included fictional blueprints of the unseen back rooms of famous TV locations, such as the Ponderosa house on “Bonanza” and the bowels of the Starship Enterprise, the places presumably, where Uhuru went to get her dry cleaning done or where Scotty stored the dilithium crystals. I never heard about what became of the manuscript, or its author.
Some decades later, I heard a news report about an uptick in tourism in Tunisia. People weren’t going to visit Roman ruins or Berber settlements — they wanted to see the aging movie sets that had represented the fictional planet of Tatooine during the production of the 1977 “Star Wars” movie.
They had to see the “real thing.”
That spirit explains the appeal of “A Very Brady Renovation” (9 p.m., HGTV, TV-G), a series blending sitcom nostalgia with the nuts and bolts of room renovations.
The geniuses at HGTV bought the house that stood for the Brady domicile when the ABC show ran from 1969-74 and was nostalgically revived in movie remakes in the 1990s. The house in question was used only for exterior shots. The interiors, including the bedrooms where Marcia and Jan squabbled or the kitchen where Alice whipped up lunch and that iconic staircase, were all located in other houses and studio sets.
This act of re-creating a “real” home that resembles the images residing in fans’ memories will include surviving cast members of the show as well as familiar HGTV personalities.
Will this renovation/reconstruction series enhance “Brady” nostalgia? Or will this act of fabrication, and the sound of nails drilling drywall, dispel the magic?
• All things must pass on the series finale of “The Big Bang Theory” (9:30 p.m., CBS, r, TV-PG). Last month, it was reported that the streaming service HBO Max was willing to shell out $1.5 billion for the rights to repeats of this comedy as well as “Two and a Half Men.”
• The action resumes in the mid-1980s as “The Deuce” (9 p.m., HBO, TV-MA) enters its third and final season.
• Starz Encore spends the night with Tom Hanks movies, including some of his less-than-stellar efforts like “Joe Versus the Volcano” (7:15 p.m.), co-starring Meg Ryan.
• Monday night NFL action (7 p.m., ESPN) resumes with a battle of Gulf Coast teams as the Houston Texans visit the New Orleans Saints.
• First responders show off their musical side in the live presentation of “Lip Sync to the Rescue” (8 p.m., CBS).
• A last chance for the top four on “So You Think You Can Dance” (8 p.m., Fox, TV-14).
• Stars of forthcoming series appear on the “CBS Fall Preview Show” (9 p.m.).
• Grim conditions divide the community on “The Terror” (9 p.m., AMC, TV-14).
• The 2018 documentary “Out of Omaha” (9 p.m., Starz, TV-MA) follows twin black teenagers as they come of age in the Midwest.
• A prison guard faces a murder rap on “Bull” (10 p.m., CBS, r, TV-14).
• Identities are revealed on the season finale of “Grand Hotel” (10 p.m., ABC, TV-PG).
• In the “POV” (10 p.m., PBS, TV-PG, check local listings) documentary “Grit,” a teen activist exposes an energy company’s role in burying an Indonesian village in mud.
• Liz acquires a new business partner on “Lodge 49” (10 p.m., AMC, TV-14).
Shirley Temple stars in the 1937 adaptation of “Heidi” (8 p.m., TCM, TV-G), co-starring Jean Hersholt, best known today for the humanitarian award that bears his name given out regularly at the Oscars.
Finals move to Las Vegas on “American Ninja Warrior” (8 p.m., NBC, TV-PG) ... John Paul Jones prepares for the prom on “Bachelor in Paradise” (8 p.m., ABC, TV-PG) ... Illusionists audition on “Penn & Teller: Fool Us” (8 p.m., CW, TV-PG) ... Brad Sherwood appears on “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” (9 p.m., CW, TV-14), followed by a repeat with Carmen Electra ... “Dateline” (10 p.m., NBC, TV-PG).
Adam Scott appears on “Conan” (11 p.m., TBS, r) ... Jimmy Fallon welcomes Ashton Kutcher, Billie Lourd and Sheryl Crow featuring Jason Isbell on “The Tonight Show” (11:35 p.m., NBC) ... Kelly Clarkson, Bashir Salahuddin, Diallo Riddle, CJ Hauser and Terri Lyne Carrington stop by the set of “Late Night With Seth Meyers” (12:35 a.m., NBC).