Drenched in South Florida’s sun, sand and multicultural color, “Grand Hotel” (10 p.m., ABC, TV-PG) offers a prime-time variation on afternoon soaps.
Rich, gorgeous brats check into the place for a wedding, and family squabbles ensue. A striving waiter applies for a job and endures the humiliation of a tyrannical boss. Pretty people blackmail each other.
One of the many reasons soap operas bore me is that they are so visually innocuous. Given their rapid-fire, throwaway nature, they’re produced too quickly to indulge in interesting cinematography. Prime time should be different. This effort doesn’t rise to the splendor of a “grand hotel.” It’s more like continental breakfast at a roadside Ramada.
“The Bachelorette” (8 p.m., ABC, TV-PG) seems more real. Or at least less fake. Perhaps that’s intentional.
• The 1981 German-language film “Das Boot” made a terrific impression on audiences. It asked Americans to identify with “bad guy” characters from the losing side of World War II, trapped in submarines under continual attack, facing all-but-certain doom. It was powerful stuff. You could almost smell the diesel fumes.
Hulu streams an eight-episode adaptation of “Das Boot” and adds new elements of paranoia, entrapment, intrigue and terror. Beyond the perils faced by the young Nazi submariners, we follow furtive resistance fighters in the occupied seaport of La Rochelle, France, where the submarines are based.
A German TV series made with Sky TV, the action unfolds in subtitled French and German. The largely German cast is remarkably young, reminding us that many who fought and died in World War II were barely out of school. Not unlike Hollywood fare, the actors are uniformly good-looking. Even the prostitutes, depicted here as victims of occupation, look like fashion models.
Look for a few familiar faces, including Tom Wlaschiha (“Game of Thrones”) and Lizzy Caplan (“Masters of Sex,” “Party Down”).
• “POV” (10 p.m., PBS, TV-MA, check local listings) enters its 32nd season with “Roll Red Roll,” a 2018 film about a juvenile party that concluded with rape accusations against members of a high school football team, events that tore the social fabric of an economically beleaguered Ohio city and reverberated on social media.
• British television shows, from “Downton Abbey” to “Doc Martin” tend to use local scenery as a draw. So, it seems only natural that a U.K. channel would set up a competition for rural villages and ask a well-known actress to host. Acorn begins streaming four episodes of “Penelope Keith’s Village of the Year.” A fixture of the London stage, Keith appeared in the popular British series “To the Manor Born” and “The Good Life.”
Tonight’s other highlights
• Classic comedies don’t guarantee good sequels, as “Ghostbusters” (6 p.m., Syfy, TV-PG) and “Ghostbusters II” (8:25 p.m., TV-PG) attest. For more proof, there’s “Airplane!” (8 p.m., Sundance, TV-PG) and “Airplane II: The Sequel” (10 p.m., TV-PG) as well.
• Zachary Levi hosts the 2019 MTV Movie & TV Awards (9 p.m., MTV, MTV 2, BET, CMT, Nickelodeon, TVLand, VH1, TV-14,) an annual advertisement for upcoming summer-movie popcorn fare.
An actress (Jean Harlow) recoils when studio publicists try to control her life in the 1933 pre-code comedy “Bombshell” (8 p.m., TCM, TV-G). Ironically, this film would create a template for the public’s perception of its star. A generation later, Brigitte Bardot starred in the 1963 drama “Contempt” (9:45 p.m., TCM, TV-MA) about a beauty who loses respect for her husband when he fails to protect her from a predatory producer (Jack Palance).
On two episodes of “The Neighborhood” (8 p.m., CBS, r, TV-PG), piano lessons (8 p.m.), baby-sitting (8:30 p.m.) ... Six teams face the coconut climb on “American Ninja Warrior” (8 p.m., NBC, TV-PG) ... Jamie Foxx hosts “Beat Shazam” (8 p.m., Fox, TV-PG) ... Cat Deeley hosts “So You Think You Can Dance” (9 p.m., Fox, TV-14) ... Illusionists audition on “Penn & Teller: Fool Us” (8 p.m., CW, TV-PG).
Hell’s kitchen on “God Friended Me” (9 p.m., CBS, r, TV-PG) ... On two helpings of “Whose Line Is It Anyway” (CW, TV-14), Chris Hardwick (9 p.m.), Jonathan Mangum (9:30 p.m., r) ... Danny’s brother needs help on “Bull” (10 p.m., CBS, r, TV-14).
Patton Oswalt appears on “Conan” (11 p.m., TBS, r) ... Jimmy Fallon welcomes Keegan-Michael Key, Horatio Sanz and Perry Farrell on “The Tonight Show” (11:35 p.m., NBC) ... Kevin Bacon, Cobie Smulders, Jordan Klepper and Jessica Burdeaux visit “Late Night With Seth Meyers” (12:35 a.m., NBC) ... Tom Hanks, Gillian Anderson, David Blaine and Michelle Obama appear on “The Late Late Show With James Corden” (12:35 a.m., CBS).