Maxine Peak in "Masterpiece Mystery: Silk" on PBS.

Queen's counsel is on the case in "Masterpiece Mystery: Silk" on PBS. With Maxine Peak. (BBC / BBC / August 21, 2013)

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No stars, just folks who happen to be related putting their best feet forward, when "Dancing With the Stars'" Derek Hough hosts a "Family Dance Off." 9 p.m. ABC

She has the wig, but a female barrister (Maxine Peak) has her sights set on "Silk" — the schmancier duds reserved for those who've earned the title of Queen's Counsel — in this new series on "Masterpiece Mystery!" 9 p.m. KOCE

No sleep till Brooklyn! Kanye West, Katy Perry and Justin Timberlake are among the slated performers when the "2013 MTV Video Music Awards" emanates from that hippest of New York City boroughs. 9 p.m. MTV and VH1

Gladys Knight is among the honorees at "McDonald's 365 Black Awards." Taraji P. Henson hosts and "American Idol's" Jordin Sparks performs. 11 p.m. BET


Monumental task: Efforts to honor slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. with a statue on the National Mall are detailed in "Building the Dream." 8 p.m. KCET

After stints at MSNBC and Current TV, Keith Olbemann is back in the ESPN fold with a nightly sports-themed talk show "Olbermann." 8 p.m. ESPN2

You couldn't keep a good "Glickman" down. Marty Glickman, the Jewish-American athlete whose dream of Olympic glory was denied but who later became a sports-broadcasting pioneer, has his praises sung in this documentary. 9 p.m. HBO

That was the war that was: Former Vice President Dick Cheney, Colin Powell, et al., offer an insider's perspective on the Iraq War in "America vs. Iraq." 9 p.m. National Geographic

A Palestinian farmer records his fellow villagers' protests against Israel's construction of a security barrier in the West Bank in the Oscar-nominated documentary "5 Broken Cameras" on a new "POV." 10 p.m. KOCE

"Game of Thrones'" David Benioff and D.B. Weiss cover all things Westeros on a new edition of "The Writers' Room." 10 p.m. Sundance


Anna Kournikova, Danica Patrick and other female athletes who parlayed sex appeal into lucrative endorsement deals are featured in "Branded," the final installment of the docu-series "Nine for IX." 5 p.m. ESPN, 10 p.m. ESPN2