What’s On Tonight: The lunatic, the lover, and the TV Shakespeare adaptation are of imagination all compact

Here’s what’s happening in the world of television for Monday, July 31. All times are Eastern.

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A Midsummer’s Nightmare (Lifetime, 11:02 p.m.): The summer of fucking with the immortal bard continues, as ABC’s DOA “What if Romeo And Juliet sequel, but Shondaland?” series Still Star-Crossed and TNT’s “sexy Shakespeare” drama Will are followed by this Lifetime curiosity, which reframes one of the writer’s most beloved comedies as a horror anthology. Pitting four young lovers against dark woodland forces, it sounds a bit like Shakespeare-by-way-of-Raimi, though it’s hard to tell anything besides that, since the cable channel has only scheduled the pilot episode so far, and there’s no information about A Midsummer’s Nightmare on its press site. Dominic Monaghan was cast as the series’ equivalent of Puck last fall, a “laid-back and well-spoken proprietor of the Dreamland Retreat …

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