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What to Watch on Monday: 'Hemingway & Gellhorn' vs. 'Hatfields & McCoys'

The Bachelorette (8pm, ABC) - One of the 16 remaining bachelors scores a one-on-one date with Emily that includes a private concert with country singer Luke Bryan, while another escorts her to Dollywood in Tennessee, where they are serenaded by Dolly Parton.

Hatfields & McCoys (9pm, History) - In part one of a three-part mini-series, a McCoy is murdered by a Hatfield and a forbidden love affair begins at the start of the legendary Hatfield-McCoy family feud, which nearly brought the states of Kentucky and West Virginia to a civil war in the 1880s. Stars Kevin Costner (right) and Bill Paxton. Adrienne has a review.

Hemingway & Gellhorn (9pm, HBO) - In this original HBO movie, a chance 1936 meeting between novelist Ernest Hemingway (Clive Owen) and war correspondent Martha Gellhorn (Nicole Kidman) sparks a nine-year relationship dominated by a volatile romance that nearly rivaled the combat zones into which they threw themselves in Spain, China, and World War II. It's not really as interesting as it sounds -- my review.

Gene Simmons Family Jewels (9pm, A&E) - In the seventh season opener, Shannon decides that she wants to adopt a child, which creates tension with Gene.

Independent Lens: To Hell and Back (10pm, UNC-TV) - Photojournalist Danfung Dennis chronicles the experiences of a Marine platoon battling the Taliban in 2009 in Afghanistan. The documentary details the physical and emotional challenges a wounded soldier faces upon returning home.

Witness (10pm, National Geographic Channel) - Home vidoes of military men and women surprising their loved ones with an unexpected home visit, and the stories behind the emotional reunions are featured.

Review: HBO's 'Hemingway & Gellhorn' a disappointing snooze

This tells you most of what you need to know about HBO's new "Hemingway & Gellhorn" movie (Monday at 9 p.m.): I felt a huge sense of relief when my computer crashed at work and techs told me they may need to sacrifice the half-watched screener dvd in order to get a recovery cd into the drive.

An hour and 20 minutes of this bloated two-hour-forty-minute flick was more than enough for me.

The movie, which tells the story of the tumultuous relationship between novelist Ernest Hemingway and war correspondent Martha Gellhorn, sports a certified Emmy-bait cast. For starters, Clive Owen plays Papa and Nicole Kidman plays Gellhorn. But there's also David Strathairn as writer John Dos Passos and Peter Coyote as Scribner editor Maxwell Perkins. Also on board: Parker Posey, Robert Duvall, Tony Shalhoub, Lars Ulrich and Molly Parker.

"Hemingway & Gellhorn" is beautifully shot most of the time (the frequent switches to a newsreel sepia tone were weird and distracting and didn't have the affect I'm sure the filmmakers were going for). And Kidman is captivating as Gellhorn -- particularly the glimpses we get of an elderly Gellhorn, who is narrating the film.

But the movie has big problems.

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