More Zimmerman coverage starts early Monday when Jose Baez, who defended Casey Anthony, appears on NBC's "Today." Baez is representing Chris Serino, the lead investigator into Trayvon Martin's shooting death in Sanford. Serino initially said in a report that Zimmerman should be charged with second-degree murder in Trayvon's death. But Serino later revised the report and suggested manslaughter. Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder. Baez will appear in the 7:30 a.m. half-hour of "Today," the program said.
CNN last week started "Self-Defense or Murder?" about the Zimmerman trial with Anderson Cooper hosting at 10 weeknights. The show is worth a look for the legal analysis of Mark Geragos, Sunny Hostin, Jeffrey Toobin, Danny Cevallos and Marcia Clark. CNN said the program will run the duration of the trial.
The trial is likely to come up in "The N Word," a special at 7 p.m. Monday on CNN. Rachel Jeantel, a witness for the state, used the word on the stand last week in quoting Trayvon. CNN isn't saying a lot about the program, but the stark promotion grabs the attention.
In other programming Monday:
Anyone interested in the state of the legal system should look at the documentary "Gideon's Army," premiering at 9 p.m. Monday on HBO. The program examines the tremendous challenges faced by public defenders across this country. To explore the issue, director Dawn Porter focused on three public defenders, including Brandy Alexander, who grew up in Oviedo. Certain trials make headlines, but "Gideon's Army" provides a wider look at the legal system. It's a powerful and unsettling program.
Switching gears to entertainment programming, ABC is promising an "epic-sode" of "The Bachelorette" at 8. The male hopefuls are clashing and messing up Desiree's big European trip. Of course, a rocky trip means dramatic reality TV.
"Under the Dome," CBS' hit drama from the Stephen King novel, offers its second episode at 10. The transparent globe over a small Maine town presents new challenges when a house fire erupts. The problem: The town's fire department is outside the dome.