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Movie Week:

Age Is Just a Number

By Paul Hall
 
Being a teenager means dealing with some of life’s earliest challenges: dating, school, sports, friends and growing up in general. In the new film White Boy Rick, those aren’t the only challenges faced by one Detroit-area young man.

Richard Wershe Sr. (Matthew McConaughey) makes a living buying and selling guns on the streets of Detroit. He has taught his son Ricky Wershe Jr. (Richie Merritt) the intricacies of the world of weapons. But the teenage Ricky wants more and beginning at age 14 he became a street hustler, FBI Informant and later moved to drug kingpin — he gets so much more

While his dad dreams of opening up a number of video stores to capitalize on the burgeoning technology and rationalizes his gun sales as the means to get there, Ricky takes note of his surroundings and starts to do some business of his own.

Dealing in weapons, the two are bound to make enemies, including FBI agents Snyder (Jennifer Jason Leigh) and Byrd (Rory Cochrane). These industrious agents decide that Ricky just might be the conduit to arresting some of the biggest fish in the Detroit criminal scene. Life is about to become very different for the younger Wershe, now known in his community simply as White Boy Rick.

Based on a true story that needs to be seen to be believed, White Boy Rick delivers a dramatic vision of mid ’80s Detroit and life on the streets. From the opening scenes, we are transported to a world where it is every man and woman for themselves, and the visuals surrounding everyone are disturbingly real.

Merritt takes his first major acting job as Ricky and makes it his own. His rough and ragged style adds authenticity to the role. McConaughey, in his truly chameleon-like way, becomes Richard Sr., and you never doubt his good intentions hidden behind his illegal activity.

The story is the thing with this film — one man’s struggle to raise his kids and his 14-year-old son’s attempts to keep his dad and sister safe by doing the right thing, the wrong thing or literally any necessary thing.

It’s a stark reality, played out onscreen. Is Ricky Wershe Jr. a hero, a villain or something else? The answer may not be quite as clear as viewers would like, but White Boy Rick will put you right in the middle of the era to let you decide. Life comes at us fast; we can either make a decision or the decision makes us. Age is just a number, and Ricky embodies that in everything he does.
 
Paul’s Grade: B-
 
White Boy Rick
Rated R
Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Richie Merritt
Director: Yann Demange
 
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NEW THIS WEEK
 
Fahrenheit 11/9
Rated R
Director: Michael Moore
Director Michael Moore takes aim at the current administration and asks questions to try to determine how the Trump era came to be.
 
The House With a Clock in Its Walls
Rated PG
Stars: Jack Black, Cate Blanchett, Owen Vaccaro
Director: Eli Roth
Lewis Barnavelt wants his uncle Jonathan to teach him magic. Jonathan obliges, and once Lewis learns, the pair must find out why the mysterious clock in the house’s walls is counting down and do battle against anything that crosses their path.
 
Life Itself
Rated R
Stars: Oscar Isaac, Olivia Wilde, Annette Bening
Director: Dan Fogelman
Journey with Will and Abby through college romance to marriage and beyond as they face the peaks and valleys of life together.

Tears, Toby And Shoes: Chris Sullivan Talks Season 3 Of "This Is Us"

By Kellie Freeze

With so many tantalizing tidbits offered by series creator Dan Fogelman in the season finale of This Is Us, the show’s ravenous fans are starving to find out what’s next for the beloved show. Here Chris Sullivan (fan favorite Toby) shares the inside scoop on what’s next for the series and for his character when This Is Us returns on Tuesday.
 
At the end of Season 2, normally jovial Toby is in a profound state of depression. Where do we start the season with him?
Chris Sullivan: This season kind of picks up where we left off, and we’ll find out what is on his mind, the things he’s kind of struggling with, and the things they’re struggling with as a couple, but the story essentially picks up right where Season 2 left off, so nobody misses any of the action.
 
One of the things that we love about Toby is his ability to interject levity into any situation. How do you feel about showing your character’s vulnerabilities in Season 3?
I think that the more sides we show of each of these characters, the more the audience connects and latches on to their well-being, and the nature of all their relationships. I don’t think you really know anyone until you’ve seen their suffering or their sadness. That’s kind of the crucible with which a person is formed.
 
What was your reaction to reading the first episode of Season 3?
My jaw kind of hit the floor when I read it. There is no writers room in the city of Los Angeles that beats our writers room. They are just so good, and they continue to turn out masterpieces. … Episode 1 of Season 3 should be just as exciting and surprising as any other episode that the audience has seen so far.
 
Chrissy Metz revealed that the script of the first episode had her sobbing uncontrollably. What was your cry level while reading it?
Let’s see, on a level of 1 to Chrissy, I was probably a Sterling [Laughs].
 
Whose journey are you most excited for America to watch this season?
I’m a huge fan of Justin Hartley’s, and we saw in Season 2 just what that beautiful man is capable of, as far as his acting goes. So I’m excited to see more of that this season.
 
Toby’s fashion sense is pretty amazing. What do you think is stronger, his hat game or his shoe game?
You know, a hat is a delicate thing. There’s a right place and a wrong place for a hat. I certainly, personally, have had my own hat triumphs and hat failures, so I would say his shoe game is literally the foundation. I mean, shoes make an outfit. You build a whole outfit around a pair of shoes, so I would say Toby’s shoes.

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Tony Danza And Josh Groban Pair Up For Netflix's "The Good Cop"

By Jim Halterman

What if The Odd Couple’s Felix and Oscar solved crimes? In Netflix’s The Good Cop, premiering Sept. 21, Tony Caruso Sr. (Tony Danza) is a rule-breaking former cop, while his son/roommate, TJ (four-time Grammy nominee Josh Groban), is a by-the-book officer who won’t cross the street if a broken light is stuck on red. As TJ embarks on unraveling case-of-the-week mysteries, his dad butts in and offers (unsolicited) advice. “We made the stories as playful as our characters,” explains executive producer Andy Breckman (Monk). Danza and Groban give us the full report.

Josh, this is your first series. How’s it going?

Groban: I’ve done cameos here and there [most recently on Crazy Ex-Girlfriend] and a year on Broadway [The Great Comet], but I’ve never done anything like this. I learned a lot from Tony.

Danza: We shot in the winter in Queens. I just told Josh, “Buck up!” But from the first moment, he didn’t need advice. We were doing a scene with Josh’s stunt double — a knock-down, drag-out fight — and I’m telling you, Josh does it better than the other guy. It looked real.

We know the characters are different, but how are they similar?

Groban: They each have an innate ability to look at a crime scene and see how things could’ve gone down. And there’s light and dark in both of them. They do share the same DNA, after all.

Danza: That’s the thing that bothers TJ so much — he sees [the similarities] himself.

And they’re grieving. What can you say about the death of Tony’s wife/TJ’s mother?

Groban: She was killed in a hit-and-run. When she was lost, their world spun upside down.

Danza: It’s a great story, isn’t it?

Tony sings the show’s theme song. Josh, will you be singing too?

Groban: I thought it would be funny if TJ was tone deaf and can’t sing to save his life! He can play piano, though, so there’s some father-son accompanying.

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Magnum P.I. Premieres On CBS

By Rick Gables

On Monday, September 24, CBS will premiere its new series Magnum P.I. at 9 PM ET/PT, followed by the season premiere of Bull at 10 PM ET/PT. Magnum P.I. is a modern take on the classic series centering on Thomas Magnum, a decorated former Navy SEAL who, upon returning home from Afghanistan, repurposes his military skills to become a private investigator. A charming rogue, an American hero and a die-hard Detroit Tigers fan, Magnum, starring Jay Hernandez, lives in a guest cottage on Robin’s Nest, the luxurious estate where he works as a security consultant to supplement his P.I. business. When Magnum needs back-up on a job, he turns to his trusted buddies and fellow POW survivors. CBS’ series Bull is back for another season, starring Michael Weatherly as Dr. Jason Bull in a drama inspired by the early career of Dr. Phil McGraw, the founder of one of the most prolific trial-consulting firms of all time. Brilliant, brash and charming, Dr. Bull is the ultimate puppet master as he combines psychology, human intuition and high tech data to learn what makes jurors, attorneys, witnesses and the accused tick.

On Tuesday, September 25, Fox will air the season premieres of The Gifted at 8 PM ET/PT, followed by Lethal Weapon at 9 PM ET/PT. Set in the X-Men universe, family adventure series The Gifted tells the emotional story of a suburban couple whose ordinary lives are rocked by the sudden discovery that their teenage children possess mutant powers. Forced to go on the run from a hostile government, the family seeks help from an underground network of mutants and must fight to survive. The series stars Stephen Moyer, Amy Acker, Natalie Alyn Lind and Percy Hynes White as the Strucker family. Then, Fox’s series Lethal Weapon returns, combining action and drama with friendship and humor, as it follows Detective Murtaugh (Damon Wayans) and his colleagues in the LAPD, working a crime-ridden beat in modern-day Los Angeles.  

On Wednesday, September 26, NBC will premiere the new seasons of Chicago Med at 8 PM ET/PT, followed by Chicago Fire at 9 PM ET/PT and Chicago P.D. at 10 PM ET/PT. Chicago Med is an emotional thrill ride through the day-to-day chaos of the city’s newest state-of-the-art trauma center and into the lives of the courageous doctors, nurses and staff who hold it all together. Through it all, familiar faces from Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D. will intertwine with Chicago’s finest medical heroes. NBC’s Chicago Fire provides us with a view into the lives of everyday heroes committed to one of America’s noblest professions, with its team of firefighters, rescue squad and paramedics of Chicago Firehouse 51. NBC’s Chicago P.D. is a riveting police drama about the men and women of the Chicago Police Department’s elite Intelligence Unit, combating the city’s most heinous offenses – organized crime, drug trafficking, high-profile murders and beyond.

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Photo credit: Karen Neal/CBS

Photo caption: Jay Hernandez in Magnum P.I.

Dancing With The Stars Returns

By Rick Gables|

ABC will premiere the 27th installment of Dancing with the Stars on Monday, September 24 from 8 to 10 PM ET/PT. The competition begins with an all-new cast of celebrities who will be paired up with the show’s pro dancers and brave the dance floor for the very first time. Each week these celebrities will leave their comfort zones and endure hours of grueling rehearsals to master new dance styles and technical choreography to perform a dance, which will be judged by a panel of renowned ballroom experts as well as voted upon by viewers. In the end, only one star will rise above the rest to be crowned champion and win the coveted Mirrorball trophy. Then at 10 PM ET/PT, it’s the season premiere of ABC’s number one new drama, The Good Doctor. Dr. Shaun Murphy (Freddie Highmore), a young surgeon with autism and savant syndrome, has joined the prestigious St. Bonaventure hospital’s surgical unit. Dr. Aaron Glassman (Richard Schiff) serves as his advocate, believing that Shaun’s extraordinary medical gifts will save lives.

On Tuesday, September 25, CBS will air the season 16 premiere of NCIS at 8 PM ET/PT, followed at 9 PM ET/PT with the premiere of its new series FBI, from Emmy Award® winner Dick Wolf and the team behind theLaw & Order franchise. FBI is a fast-paced drama about the inner workings of the New York office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. This elite unit brings to bear all their talents, intellect and technical expertise on major cases, in order to keep New York and the country safe. The cast includes Missy Peregrym, Zeeko Zaki, Ebonée Noel, Jeremy Sisto and Sela Ward. Following FBI at 10 PM ET/PT is the season five premiere of CBS’ NCIS: New Orleans. Whereas the NCIS team works out of Washington D.C., this spinoff series’ local field office investigates criminal cases involving military personnel in The Big Easy.

NBC will premiere the series New Amsterdam on Tuesday, September 25 at 10 PM ET/PT. Inspired by Bellevue, the oldest public hospital in America, this unique medical drama follows the brilliant and charming Dr. Max Goodwin, the institution’s newest medical director who sets out to tear up the bureaucracy and provide exceptional care. Not taking “no” for an answer, Dr. Goodwin must disrupt the status quo and prove he will stop at nothing to breathe new life into this understaffed, underfunded and underappreciated hospital. The cast includes Ryan Eggold, Freema Agyeman, Janet Montgomery, Jocko Sims, Anupam Kher and Tyler Labine.

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Photo credit: ABC/Craig Sjodin
Photo caption: Drew Scott and Emma Slater on Dancing With the Stars

Ovation TV Will Premiere Season Three Of Versailles

By Rick Gables

In the new season, nothing can thwart King Louis XIV’s (George Blagden) ambitions. He has settled the Affair of the Poisons and won the war against Holland. Now he aims to expand his empire and impose his power on all of Europe. But his dreams come with a cost. The people are tired of paying taxes and resistance is growing. Maintenon (Catherine Walker), his new favorite, grows in influence and power within the Court. Louis becomes more dogmatic. He refuses to tolerate any disagreement, whether from his people, the Protestants or the Pope himself. And yet, a threat looms in the background. This shadow hanging over Louis is in the form of a mysterious man hiding behind an iron mask. The powerful cast also includes Alexander Vlahos, Elisa Lasowski, Jessica Clark, Evan Williams, Tygh Runyan, Stuart Bowman, Marie Askehave, Matthew McNulty and Jenny Platt.

On Monday, October 1, CBS will premiere two new comedy series. At 8 PM ET/PT, it’s The Neighborhood, starring Cedric the Entertainer, in a comedy about what happens when the friendliest guy in the Midwest moves his family to a neighborhood in Los Angeles where not everyone looks like him or appreciates his extreme neighborliness. The series also stars Max Greenfield, Sheaun McKinney, Marcel Spears and Hank Greenspan. Then at 8:30 PM ET/PT, its Happy Together, starring Damon Wayans, Jr. in a comedy about a 30-something happily married couple who begin to reconnect with their younger, cooler selves when a young pop star drawn to their super ordinary suburban life unexpectedly moves in with them. The series also stars Stephanie Weir, Victor Williams and Chris Parnell.

NBC will premiere its new sitcom, I Feel Bad. Emet is the perfect mom, boss, wife, friend and daughter. OK, she’s not perfect. In fact, she’s just figuring it out like the rest of us. Sure, she feels bad when she has a sexy dream about someone other than her husband, or when she pretends not to know her kids when they misbehave in public, or when she uses her staff to help solve personal problems. But that’s OK, right? Nobody can have it all and do it perfectly. From executive producer Amy Poehler comes a modern comedy about being perfectly OK with being imperfect. The cast includes Sarayu Blue, Paul Adelstein, Madhur Jaffrey, Brian George, James Buckley, Zach Cherry and Johnny Pemberton.

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Photo caption: George Blagden and Catherine Walker in Versailles

The 10 Greatest Westerns of All Time

By Stephen Whitty, ReMIND Magazine
 
There’s a little cowboy (or cowgirl) in all of us. “A pioneer spirit, a special American brand of courage,” as Dale Evans once said. Though most of us have traded bucking broncos for Buicks and wide-open spaces for suburban bliss, lots of Western wannabes still keep Stetsons and cowboy boots in our closets and gleefully debate which cinematic gunslinger knows his (or her) way around a six-shooter best. So, saddle up, ReMINDreaders, as we salute the Wild West in popular culture and beyond.

“You’re awful pretty when you’re mad.” “Take ’er easy there, Pilgrim.” “That’ll be the day.”

When you think about the Western, it’s hard not to hear John Wayne. Or see him, filling a doorway, his weight on one foot, that sweat-darkened Stetson dipped low. He made his first cowboy picture in 1926; his last came half a century later.
Any list of the 10 greatest Westerns has to start with him, so let’s begin with Stagecoach, the 1939 John Ford film that forever made Wayne into the star he was meant to be. And then follow that with Ford’s The Searchers from 1956 featuring Wayne at his darkest, a loner fueled by rage.

Not as tall in the saddle (but just as comfortable) was Henry Fonda, although — unlike Wayne — he was just as happy playing a villain as a hero. For example, catch him as lawman Wyatt Earp in 1946’s My Darling Clementine (with a never-better Victor Mature as the doomed Doc Holliday). Then skip ahead 22 years and shiver through his turn in Sergio Leone’s Once Upon a Time in the West.

Fonda plays one of the West’s coldest killers in that one, although he has a little competition from Jack Palance’s icy gunman in 1953’s Shane. Still, the real attractions in Shane are the cherubic Brandon De Wilde as the hero-worshipping little boy who looks up at Alan Ladd in wonder and the gorgeous landscapes director George Stevens got on the wide screen.

Westerns began to change in the ’60s, helped by the original Magnificent Seven. With that immediately iconic Elmer Bernstein score (and a story stolen from Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai), it gave us wry humor and indelible antiheroes, including Charles Bronson, Steve McQueen, Robert Vaughn, James Coburn and the cast-against-type Yul Brynner.

Even more macho — but a lot less lighthearted — were the hard cases who made up the outlaws of The Wild Bunch, among them William Holden, Ernest Borgnine and Warren Oates (with the equally hard-bitten Robert Ryan
on their trail). The 1969 movie made director Sam Peckinpah’s name a synonym for onscreen violence, but it also held its own kind of weary poetry.

By then, people were already proclaiming the death of the Western, although artists kept finding ways to renew it, like 1969’s Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, which threw the genre a curveball by turning its train robbers into a couple of comical free spirits in a modern ménage á trois. Or Clint Eastwood’s stunning High Plains Drifter, from 1973, in which his nameless Stranger finally seems to become Death himself.

That one connected with audiences, but not with John Wayne, who sent the star a letter complaining, “That isn’t what the West was all about.” (Of course, Wayne hadn’t liked High Noon, either.) So we’ll let the Duke have the last word here with his own last word — 1976’s The Shootist, his final film and the tale of a man at the end of the trail. And a legend already in progress.

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Photo Credit: Stagecoach: ©2007 Turner Classic Movies. A Time Warner Company. All Rights Reserved.

Who Made Up American Graffiti’s Star-Studded Yearbook?

By Stephen Whitty, ReMIND Magazine
 
“Where were you in ’62?” the movie posters asked. But more importantly, what did you see in ’73? Probably “American Graffiti,” one of the year’s biggest hits and a film that created plenty of stars. But who were they then and where are they now, 45 years later? Let’s pull out our yearbook …
 
Homecoming King: Ron Howard
Howard was a child star on The Andy Griffith Show, but his career had slowed when director George Lucas cast the 18-year-old as Steve. The film’s success convinced ABC to go forward with Happy Days, which then gave Howard the clout to begin a directing career with Grand Theft Auto in 1977. He’s been a busy filmmaker ever since, turning out hits like Splash and Apollo 13. His latest is Solo: A Star Wars Story, a prequel to Lucas’ amazing Star Wars saga.
 
Homecoming Queen: Cindy Williams
Williams was a busy but not famous 25-year-old actress when Lucas cast her as Steve’s sweetheart Laurie. It quickly led to bigger things: Francis Ford Coppola, who’d helped produce American Graffiti, cast her in The Conversation, and a guest spot on Happy Days led to eight seasons of Laverne & Shirley. Two follow-up sitcoms in the ’90s sputtered out, though; since, she’s mostly done TV guest spots.
 
Most Likely to Succeed: Paul Le Mat
Le Mat was already 27 (and a decorated Vietnam vet) when he was cast as the way-cool John, the reluctant babysitter of a preteen Mackenzie Phillips. A breakout star, the sweetly shy Le Mat briefly became indie cinema’s go-to guy, starring in Citizens Band and Melvin and Howard. Although his stardom seemed set, his career cooled in the ’90s; his most recent credit, a sci-fi B-movie, is from 2009.
 
Big Man on Campus: Harrison Ford
Ford had given up acting for carpentry when a casting director got the 31-year-old an audition for the role of drag racer Bob Falfa. Coppola later gave him small parts in The Conversation and Apocalypse Now, but it was Lucas who clinched the actor’s stardom when, after many auditions, he cast Ford in Star Wars. Getting the lead in the Lucas-produced Raiders of the Lost Ark didn’t hurt either. A fifth Indiana Jones movie arrives in 2020.
 
Class President: Richard Dreyfuss
Dreyfuss, 25, had been kicking around for years when he landed the part of Curt, obsessed with a mysterious blonde (played by Suzanne Somers). The next year Dreyfuss got his first lead in The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz. Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Mr. Holland’s Opus and other hits followed. Still busy, he is the only American Graffiti cast member to win an Oscar for acting (The Goodbye Girl). Ron Howard won two Oscars for A Beautiful Mind (Best Picture and Best Director).
 
Class Clown: Charles Martin Smith
It’s not easy to shine playing a guy called Toad. But the 19-year-old Smith’s role as the geeky tagalong — a stand-in, Lucas admitted, for himself — was a standout and became a major part of the sequel, More American Graffiti, in 1979. Smith later had good parts in The Untouchables and Never Cry Wolf. His busy directing career has centered on animal pictures like Air Bud, Dolphin Tale and the upcoming A Dog’s Way Home.

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Photo Credit: American Graffiti: Credit: Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images

 by Damian Holbrook

 Cheers to vet Ted Danson
.
Now that Hulu and Netflix are carrying episodes of NBC’s perfect afterlife comedy The Good Place, you have no forking excuse not to be all caught

up and ready to root for the devilishly delightful Danson on Emmy night.

Jeers to Mr. Robotfor heading into sleep mode. A yearlong wait between seasons is bad enough, but now that USA has opted to ctrl-alt-del the stellar hacker drama after its upcoming fourth season (in 2019), the idea of losing Christian Slater and Rami Malek’s (pictured) twisty dynamic already has us caught in a deep web of depression.

Jeers to Sharp Objects
for sticking it to viewers who cut out early. If you changed the channel at the end of the harrowing limited-series finale, there’s a good chance you too missed the surprise mid-credits scene that revealed who helped Amma (Eliza Scanlen, pictured) kill those Wind Gap girls. Not cool, HBO.

Cheers to Youngerfor growing up so nicely. Buoyed by the dazzling Sutton Foster (pictured, with Peter Hermann) and her to-die-for cast, the gem wrapped its best season by (mostly) shedding Liza’s faux-millennial secret and setting the stage for a Team Charles romance plagued by very adult realities. (Season 6 moves to Paramount Network.) Bring. It. On.

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Friday, Sept. 21
Dragon Pilot: Hisone and Masotan
Netflix
New Series!
This anime series follows recently stationed Air Self-Defense Force rookie Hisone Amakasu, who is chosen by a dragon concealed within Gifu Air Base to be his pilot.
 
The Good Cop
Netflix
New Series!
Tony Danza makes his return to television (again playing a character named Tony, of course) in this hourlong dramedy series. He plays Tony Sr., a disgraced former NYPD officer who never followed the rules. He lives with his son, Tony Jr. (Josh Groban), an earnest, obsessively honest NYPD detective who makes a point of always following the rules. This “odd couple” become unofficial partners as Tony Sr. offers his overly cautious son blunt, streetwise advice on everything from handling suspects to handling women.
 
Hilda
Netflix
New Series!
This animated series based on Luke Pearson’s acclaimed graphic novels follows the adventures of a fearless blue-haired girl (voiced by Bella Ramsey) as she travels from her home in a vast magical wilderness full of elves and giants to the bustling city of Trolberg, where she meets new friends and mysterious creatures who are stranger — and more dangerous — than she ever expected.
 
Maniac
Netflix
New Series!
In this limited series, Annie (Emma Stone) and Owen (Jonah Hill) are two strangers drawn to the late stages of a mysterious pharmaceutical trial, each for their own reasons. Neither of their lives has turned out quite right, and the promise of a new, radical kind of treatment — a sequence of pills inventor Dr. James K. Mantleray (Justin Theroux) claims can repair anything about the mind, be it mental illness or heartbreak — draws them and 10 other strangers to the three-day drug trial that will, they’re assured, permanently solve all of their problems.
 
Nappily Ever After
Netflix
Original Film!
Sanaa Lathan also serves as a producer of this original film in which she plays Violet Jones, a woman with a seemingly perfect life complete with a high-powered job, an eligible doctor boyfriend and a meticulously maintained, flawless hairdo. But after a life-changing event doesn’t go according to her plan, and following a hair-raising incident at the hairdresser, Violet’s life begins to unravel. Eventually, she realizes that she was living the life she thought she was supposed to live, not the one she really wanted.
 
Quincy
Netflix
Iconic musician Quincy Jones is the subject of this documentary co-directed by his daughter Rashida Jones. The film is an intimate look that threads personal vérité moments with private archival footage to reveal a legendary life like no other. Quincy will also have a limited theatrical release.
 
Elena of Avalor: Song of the Sirenas
Disney Junior, 7pm
Original Film!
In this special, one-hour animated adventure, Elena travels to Nueva Vista and reconnects with her cousin Duke Cristóbal (Javier Muñoz of Broadway’s Hamilton), who has been keeping watch over the city. While there, she encounters a group of mermaid-like sea creatures called sirenas (voiced by Gina Rodriguez, Edward James Olmos, Rita Moreno, Prince Royce and Rosario Dawson) and learns about their complicated history with humans. Elena befriends the sirenas and enlists their help to defeat evil sorceress Shuriki (voiced by Jane Fonda).
 
My Lottery Dream Home: “My Lottery Dream Stable”
HGTV, 9pm
Season Premiere!
When Jorge, Jackie and their daughter Jillian won a staggering $5 million on a Florida scratcher, they could finally buy the horse ranch that they had only dreamed about. Host David Bromstad meets up with them in Loxahatchee, Fla., to help find the perfect house, land and stables.
 
Wynonna Earp: “The Other Woman”
Syfy, 9pm
A mysterious woman who knows a little too much about the Earps arrives on the Homestead with a special mission for Wynonna (Melanie Scrofano) and Waverly (Dominique Provost-Chalkley). Meanwhile, the rest of the team must wrangle a deadly fire witch.
 
Killjoys: “Sporemageddon”
Syfy, 10pm
Season Finale!
Aneela brings the Jaqobis brothers into Greenspace to defeat the Lady.
 
Saturday, Sept. 22
Unspeakable Crime: The Killing of Jessica Chambers: “A Dying Declaration”
Oxygen, 7pm
As the trial unfolds, shocking testimony from first responders reveals that Jessica uttered a dying declaration that may spawn new leads.
 
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Federated Auto Parts 400
NBCSN, 7:30pm Live
Richmond Raceway in Virginia is the site of the Federated Auto Parts 400, the second race in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs.
 
The Shape of Water
HBO, 8pm
In the Cold War era, Elisa, a mute American woman, works in the cleaning department of a high-security government laboratory. Her life changes when she encounters a classified experiment. Stars Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon and Octavia Spencer.
 
Truly, Madly, Sweetly
Hallmark Channel, 9pm
Original Film!
Hallmark’s annual “Fall Harvest” programming stunt kicks off when Natalie (Nikki Deloach), the owner of a San Francisco food truck business selling cupcakes, and Eric (Dylan Neal), a finance manager and divorced dad with a young daughter, are brought together by the unusual bequest in a will. When Eric’s aunt, who was a longtime customer of Natalie’s, leaves them a building — the site of a once-famous bakery — they decide to renovate the bakery, and discover that they might also be baking a scrumptious romance.
 
Mind Your Business with Mahisha
OWN, 10pm
Mahisha Dellinger turned a creative idea into the multimillion-dollar hair company Curls, which makes organic hair care products for women embracing their natural textures. Now she’s helping other female entrepreneurs live out their dreams and take their small business to greater heights. In tonight’s episode, “It’s Poppin’ Off at Aunt Emma’s Popcorn,” Mahisha visits a small popcorn company with a big production problem.
 
Sunday, Sept. 23
Anne of Green Gables: Fire & Dew
PBS, 7:30pm
Anne Shirley (Ella Ballentine), the beloved heroine of L.M. Montgomery’s classic novels, is back in another film, which aired in Canada last year (where it was nominated for and won a couple of Canadian Screen Awards). In Fire & Dew, Matthew (Martin Sheen) and Marilla (Sara Botsford) face emptiness when Anne heads to school in the city. Will Anne — overwhelmed by competition, especially from Gilbert Blythe (Drew Haytaoglu) — find that the dark cloud over her life does have a silver lining?
 
Celebrity Family Feud
ABC, 8pm
Season Finale!
One of this season’s favorite games, the Kardashian family vs. the West family, will be rebroadcast. Then in a new, separate game, actress and country music star Jana Kramer competes against Academy Award nominee and author Gary Busey, along with their families.
 
9-1-1
FOX, 8pm
Season Premiere!
The first-responder ensemble drama starring Angela Bassett, Peter Krause, Oliver Stark, Aisha Hinds, Kenneth Choi and Rockmond Dunbar returns with Jennifer Love Hewitt joining the cast. “I play a woman named Maddie, who is Buck’s sister,” the actress shares. “She comes to her brother pretty broken and bothered by what’s happening in her life and needing to start over and needing a place to maybe figure out who she really is and, hopefully, help other people. She was a nurse before and, through his guidance and brilliance, becomes a 911 operator.” Tonight’s episode is the first part of a two-night premiere event. Part 2 airs tomorrow.
 
Conrad & Michelle: If Words Could Kill
Lifetime, 8pm
Original Film!
This film is based on real-life events, court testimonies and authentic texts, and follows the tragic teen romance of Michelle Carter (Bella Thorne) and Conrad Roy (Austin P. McKenzie). After Conrad, a loner, meets Michelle while on vacation, the two carry out their romance largely over the phone. But when Conrad ends his life and his text messages reveal that Michelle encouraged him to carry out the act, the legal system — and the court of public opinion — must decide if technology and texting can be blamed for suicide.
 
NFL Football: New England at Detroit
NBC, 8:20pm Live
Tom Brady and the New England Patriots are at Detroit’s Ford Field for a Week 3 Sunday Night Football meeting with Matthew Stafford and the Lions.
 
The $100,000 Pyramid
ABC, 9pm
Season Finale!
The first hour of tonight’s 2-hour season finale features the stars of ABC’s Splitting Up Together, Jenna Fischer and Oliver Hudson, followed by U.S. Olympians Johnny Weir and Gabby Douglas. In the second hour, television personality Ross Mathews competes against actress and author Vivica A. Fox, followed by author and television host Kelly Osbourne vs. actor Matt McGorry (How to Get Away With Murder).
 
Marvel’s Avengers: Black Panther’s Quest
Disney XD, 9pm
Season Premiere!
Season 5 of the Avengers’ animated adventures focuses on the character Black Panther. In the premiere episode, “Shadow of Atlantis, Part One,” Black Panther and the Avengers must defend New York City from an invasion of monsters. Part two of the season premiere follows immediately after this episode.
 
Worst Cooks in America: “Finally the Finale”
Food Network, 9pm
Season Finale!
The remaining recruits face off in one last skill drill to determine who will compete in the finale. To see how far they’ve come, the recruits re-create their baseline dishes using all the techniques they’ve learned in boot camp. Then chefs Robert Irvine and Anne Burrell teach their final two recruits how to make a three-course, restaurant-quality meal, and the two finalists put all their culinary skills to the test in order to impress a panel of culinary experts.
 
Collision Course: “Captain Sully”
REELZ Channel, 10pm
On Jan. 15, 2009, just three minutes after takeoff on a routine flight from LaGuardia Airport to Charlotte, N.C., US Airways Flight 1549 suddenly fell from the sky. Without power, veteran pilot Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger decided to ditch the Airbus A320 into the frigid waters of the Hudson River. All 155 people aboard survived. The media called it the “Miracle on the Hudson,” and Sully was celebrated as a hero for his grace under pressure. This episode looks at how Capt. Sully’s incredible instincts and skill saved all those lives.
 
Monday, Sept. 24
Ackley Bridge
Acorn TV
Season Premiere!
The school-based British drama returns for the exclusive U.S. premiere of Season 2. Set in a 50/50 multicultural school in West Yorkshire, the series offers a character-driven, gritty, funny, truthful and mischievous angle into the daily drama of the teachers, teenagers and families whose lives and cultures collide in a fictional 21st-century northern town.
 
Dancing With the Stars: “Premiere: Night 1”
ABC, 8pm Live
Season Premiere!
Your favorite dancing show is back with a new, dynamic cast of celebrities ready to hit the ballroom floor.
 
The Big Bang Theory
CBS, 8pm
Season Premiere!
Sheldon (Jim Parsons) and Amy (Mayim Bialik) begin their lives as a married couple as the long-running comedy begins its 12th and final season. Expect to see Sheldon and Amy on their honeymoon, and working on their joint theory of “super asymmetry.” After tonight’s premiere, the series moves to its regular day and time beginning Thursday.
 
The Resident: “00:42:30”
FOX, 8pm
Season Premiere!
A blackout at Chastain Memorial Hospital requires the staff to go “old school” and treat their patients without the help of technology. Dr. Bell (Bruce Greenwood) orders the staff to stop accepting new patients and transfer those on life support, but when a child is rushed to the ER, Conrad (Matt Czuchry) and Devon (Manish Dayal) go against the mandate.
 
Jane Fonda in Five Acts
HBO, 8pm
Documentarian Susan Lacy, who created PBS’ acclaimed American Masters series and directed last year’s outstanding Spielberg for HBO, is back with another fascinating profile in this two-hour-plus film about the incredible life of Oscar-winning actress Jane Fonda. Through a series of interviews with Lacy, the legend looks back on the various “acts” of her life — which have seen her be everything from sex symbol to political activist to fitness tycoon — including what the still busy and now 80-something actress calls the beginning of her last act.
 
The Voice
NBC, 8pm
Season Premiere!
Superstar coaches Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Kelly Clarkson and Jennifer Hudson search for an amazing voice in Season 15 of this singing competition.
 
Young Sheldon
CBS, 8:30pm
Season Premiere!
In the Season 2 premiere episode “A High-Pitched Buzz and Training Wheels,” after Sheldon (Iain Armitage) dismantles the refrigerator to stop an annoying hum, he gets a paper route to pay for the repairs.
 
Magnum P.I.
CBS, 9pm
New Series!
The classic 1980s series gets a modern-day update with a new, charming Thomas Magnum (Hostel’s Jay Hernandez), a decorated former Navy SEAL who, upon returning home from Afghanistan, repurposes his military skills to become a private investigator and security consultant with a very posh lifestyle. With keys to a vintage Ferrari in one hand, aviator sunglasses in the other and an Old Düsseldorf longneck chilling in the fridge, Magnum is back on the case.
 
Halloween Baking Championship
Food Network, 9pm
Season Premiere!
The competition begins with a deliciously difficult pre-heat as eight bakers weave spider-web desserts with creatures trapped inside. In the main heat, wily witch hunter John Henson challenges the bakers to create melting desserts that reveal a Halloween item inside.
 
9-1-1: “7.1”
FOX, 9pm
The two-part season premiere concludes tonight. After a massive earthquake rocks Los Angeles, the first responders rush to rescue victims from a crumbling high-rise hotel both under the rubble and high above the ground.
 
No Greater Law
A&E, 10pm
This two-hour documentary introduces viewers to the families, beliefs and primeval rejection of compromise behind an elusive and private faith-healing church known as the Followers of Christ. As an effort grows by outsiders and the local sheriff’s office to confront an issue they say puts children at risk, the conflict tests the politicians and legality of exemptions that support and protect the church’s way of life. Exploring the narrative and ideological rift with empathy for all involved, the film lays bare a cultural fracture in the American religious psyche.
 
The Good Doctor: “Hello”
ABC, 10pm
Season Premiere!
Shaun’s (Freddie Highmore) proposed treatment for a homeless patient puts him and Jared (Chuku Modu) in Andrews’ (Hill Harper) crosshairs. Meanwhile, Claire (Antonia Thomas) tries to overcome Melendez’s (Nicholas Gonzalez) reluctance to do a risky heart operation while Glassman (Richard Schiff) must overcome his personal feelings about his oncologist, Dr. Marina Blaize (guest star Lisa Edelstein), and face a difficult decision about his health.
 
Bull
CBS, 10pm
Season Premiere!
Season 3 of the legal drama begins with “The Ground Beneath Their Feet.” Following his heart attack, Bull (Michael Weatherly) returns to work with a new rich client for the firm to represent: an insurance company being sued by a dying mother for denying coverage of her liver transplant.
 
Manifest
NBC, 10pm
New Series!
This relationship drama seeks to find answers to what happened to a missing plane and all of its passengers when it returns five years later. For the people aboard, it was just a three-hour timespan, but for their families and friends, it’s been five years of grief and life changes. “I thought of this crazy idea 10 years ago driving in a minivan with my family halfway between L.A. and the Grand Canyon. And I told everybody in town about it, and everybody thought it was ridiculous, so I put it on the shelf,” says series creator Jeff Rake. “Then the Malaysia Airlines flight disappeared, and suddenly my pie?in?the?sky crazy idea didn’t feel as crazy and impossible after all. So I dusted that old idea off the shelf, and the good people at Warner Bros. and NBC thought it was worth pursuing, and here we are 10 years later.”
 
X Company: “Frontiers”
Ovation, 10pm
The team must free Faber (Torben Liebrecht) from the Polish resistance as Aurora (Evelyne Brochu) goes undercover to take on a new and disturbing job.
 
POV: “Survivors”
PBS, 10pm
Meet two Sierra Leonean healthcare workers who heroically face the Ebola epidemic in their country, chronicling their remarkable stories during one of the most acute public health crises of the modern era.
 
Tuesday, Sept. 25
Dancing With the Stars: “Premiere: Night 2”
ABC, 8pm Live
The second part of the finale airs tonight at a special time as the competition begins for its new cast members.
 
NCIS
CBS, 8pm
Season Premiere!
NCIS marks its 16th season with the premiere episode “Destiny’s Child.” One month after Director Vance (Rocky Carroll) was kidnapped, Gibbs (Mark Harmon) is assigned the role of acting director in his absence while the team searches worldwide for his whereabouts.
 
The Gifted: “eMergence”
FOX, 8pm
Season Premiere!
Season 2 premieres with the subheading “Dawn of the Mutant Age” and finds Reeva Payge (Grace Byers) purging the Inner Circle of those who disagree with her. Six months later, as Polaris (Emma Dumont) prepares for the birth of her baby and her contractions wreak havoc by magnetizing anything metal around her, she makes Andy (Percy Hynes White) promise to save the baby, no matter what.
 
The Great American Read: “Heroes”
PBS, 8pm
Follow the trials and tribulations of some of literature’s favorite protagonists. From Katniss Everdeen to Don Quixote, examine how these everyday heroes and antiheroes find their inner strength, overcome challenges and rise to the occasion.
 
FBI
CBS, 9pm
New Series!
Ever-prolific producer Dick Wolf (of the Law & Order and Chicago franchises) is back with another procedural crime drama, this one focused on New York City’s office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Missy Peregrym and Zeeko Zaki lead the cast as partners in the drama that follows the successful Wolf formula of creating stories and cases drawn from topical headlines of the day.
 
Lethal Weapon
FOX, 9pm
Season Premiere!
Seann William Scott joins the cast after the departure of series star Clayne Crawford, who played Martin Riggs alongside Damon Wayans’ Roger Murtaugh. When asked about the casting change during the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour, FOX Television Group co-chairman Gary Newman shared, “There was really no thought of plastic surgery and bringing back the same character. [Showrunner] Matt [Miller] developed a complex, layered character for Seann, which we’re excited to show the audience in September.” We’ll have to wait and see how the series chooses to handle the major cast change.
 
Life Below Zero
National Geographic, 9pm
Season Premiere!
Winter is looming near the Arctic Circle in Alaska, and the Hailstone family, Sue Aikens, Andy Bassich, Jessie Holmes, Glenn Villeneuve and the series’ newest cast member Ricko DeWilde — a native Athabascan Indian who was born and raised in the Alaskan bush and who enjoys a primitive, hermit-like lifestyle — dig in to ensure their survival. This season, the fearless Alaskans face Mother Nature’s wrathful darkness and battle whiteout snowstorms, man-eating carnivores and treacherous frozen terrain. The series will enjoy its 100th episode in early 2019.
 
This Is Us
NBC, 9pm
Season Premiere!
The beloved drama returns with new adventures for the Pearson family. Last season’s finale offered glimpses of the family one year in the future, including newlywed Kate (Chrissy Metz) helping her husband, Toby (Chris Sullivan), through a dark period of depression. We spoke to Sullivan, who is excited for fans to see another side of his normally jovial character and shares, “I don’t think you really know anyone until you’ve seen their suffering or their sadness.”
 
The Mayo Clinic: Faith – Hope – Science
PBS, 9pm
Though short (by his standards), Ken Burns’ two-hour documentary film, co-directed with Erik Ewers and Christopher Loren Ewers, is nonetheless every bit as fascinating as his previous works as it explores the history of Minnesota’s famed Mayo Clinic. Along with Burns’ familiar approach — including voice-overs from the likes of Sam Waterston and Tom Hanks placed over historical footage and images — the film also combines the past with the present as it interweaves those elements with current stories of patients who have come to Mayo looking for answers.
 
Flipping Out: “A Very Lewis Christmas”
Bravo, 10pm
The team heads to New York City; it’s Monroe's first trip, making Jeff and Gage nervous; Jeff charters a private plane and brings along Monroe’s nanny and grandparents; the team searches for real estate for Jeff’s client, Julie Grossi.
 
NCIS: New Orleans
CBS, 10pm
Season Premiere!
NCIS star Mark Harmon makes a guest appearance as Special Agent Gibbs for the Season 5 premiere episode “See You Soon.” While Pride (Scott Bakula) fights for his life in the ICU, the team scours the city for the hitwoman who attempted to assassinate him.
 
New Amsterdam
NBC, 10pm
New Series!
Inspired by the real-life Bellevue, the oldest public hospital in America, this unique medical drama follows the brilliant and charming Dr. Max Goodwin (Ryan Eggold), the institution’s newest medical director, who sets out to tear up the bureaucracy and provide exceptional care. Can he disrupt the status quo and breathe new life into this understaffed, underfunded and underappreciated hospital, and return it to the glory that originally put it on the map? Freema Agyeman, Janet Montgomery, Jocko Sims, Anupam Kher and Tyler Labine also star.
 
The Purge: “Release the Beast”
USA Network, 10pm
Jane (Amanda Warren) must leave the office. Lila (Lili Simmons) consoles Jenna (Hannah Anderson). Penelope (Jessica Garza) is thrust into the Carnival of Flesh.
 
Mr Inbetween
FX, 11:30pm
New Series!
Newcomer Scott Ryan plays Ray Shoesmith, a father, ex-husband, boyfriend and best friend who also happens to be a badass criminal for hire, in this half-hour Australian dramedy. This six-episode first season is darkly entertaining.
 
Wednesday, Sept. 26
The Goldbergs: “Sixteen Candles”
ABC, 8pm
Season Premiere!
It's Adam’s (Sean Giambrone) 16th birthday, but his parents are too distracted by Barry (Troy Gentile) and Lainey’s (A.J. Michalka) engagement and Erica’s (Hayley Orrantia) band ambitions to remember their youngest son’s big day. But the situation presents an opportunity for Adam to ask Erica to put him on the high school social map. Meanwhile, Beverly (Wendi McLendon-Covey) thinks she can scare Barry and Lainey straight with the reality of being adults.
 
Survivor: David vs. Goliath
CBS, 8pm
Season Premiere!
Survivor’s 37th season — dubbed “David vs. Goliath” — returns to the Mamanuca Islands in Fiji. This edition features 20 new castaways divided into two groups of 10 strangers. Castaways who make up the “David” tribe have overcome adversity in their lives, while the castaways on the “Goliath” tribe tend to capitalize on their individual advantages and use it against their opponents.
 
Empire: “Steal From the Thief”
FOX, 8pm
Season Premiere!
Two years after losing Empire to Eddie Barker (guest star Forest Whitaker), Cookie and Lucious are still in the midst of picking up the pieces. The Lyon family is completely dispersed, and in an effort to reclaim their position in the music industry, Cookie sets her eyes on a talented new singer and rapper named Treasure (guest star Katlynn Simone).
 
Chicago Med: “Be My Better Half”
NBC, 8pm
Season Premiere!
Season 4 of the medical drama that is part of mega-producer Dick Wolf’s Chicago franchise begins tonight.
 
American Housewife: “Mom Guilt”
ABC, 8:30pm
Season Premiere!
After spending years as a full-time mom, Katie (Katy Mixon) goes back to work as a party planner, which brings new challenges of balancing home and work life into the mix.
 
Modern Family: “I Love a Parade”
ABC, 9pm
Season Premiere!
The Pritchett-Dunphy-Tucker clan are going to be setting off more than a few fireworks when they get together at the annual Fourth of July parade where Jay (Ed O’Neill) will be acting as the grand marshal. Meanwhile, Haley’s (Sarah Hyland) goodbye with Arvin (Chris Geere) before his trip to Switzerland doesn’t go as well as she pictured it.
 
Star: “Secrets & Lies”
FOX, 9pm
Season Premiere!
The new season picks up three months after the events of the season finale, as Star returns home from touring and makes a big announcement that leaves a lot of questions unanswered.
 
Chicago Fire: “A Closer Eye”
NBC, 9pm
Season Premiere!
Casey (Jesse Spencer) tries to deal with his unsettled personal life, and the firehouse welcomes a new member. Meanwhile, Boden (Eamonn Walker) clashes with new Assistant Deputy Commissioner Jerry Gorsch (guest star Steven Boyer).
 
NOVA: “Transplanting Hope”
PBS, 9pm
Follow the patients who desperately need transplants to save their lives, see the profound decisions families face in donating the organs of loved ones who die, and learn about the critical shortage of organs and new research into “organs by design.”
 
Single Parents
ABC, 9:30pm
New Series!
This ensemble comedy follows a group of single parents as they lean on each other to help raise their 7-year-old kids and maintain some kind of personal lives outside of parenthood. In the pilot episode, the group meets Will (Taran Killam), a 30-something guy who’s been so focused on raising his daughter that he’s lost sight of who he is as a man. When the other single parents see just how “deep in the vortex” of PTA, parenting and princesses Will has gone, they band together to get him out in the world and make him realize that being a great parent doesn’t mean sacrificing everything about your own identity. Leighton Meester, Brad Garrett, Kimrie Lewis and Jake Choi also star.
 
A Million Little Things
ABC, 10pm
New Series!
They say friendship isn’t one big thing, it’s a million little things, and this emotional drama follows a group of Boston friends who believe that. These guys met, bonded and committed to a lifelong friendship after being stuck in an elevator. When one of their foursome unexpectedly dies, it’s a wake-up call to the others to start living.
 
South Park
Comedy Central, 10pm
Season Premiere!
Trey Parker and Matt Stone are back for Season 22 of Comedy Central’s ever-popular South Park. The Season 21 finale saw Cartman break up with Heidi, and President Garrison desperate and on the run after his “splatty tomato” approval rating.
 
Chicago P.D.: “New Normal”
NBC, 10pm
Season Premiere!
Bad heroin is causing overdoses in Chicago, and Intelligence is a man down with Voight (Jason Beghe) suspended. Antonio (Jon Seda) takes charge, but Ruzek (Patrick John Flueger) undermines his authority.
 
BoJack Horseman
Comedy Central, 10:30pm
Network Premiere!
Comedy Central has acquired exclusive linear TV rights to Seasons 1-4 of Netflix’s hit animated comedy BoJack Horseman, which follows washed-up ’90s sitcom star BoJack Horseman (voice of Will Arnett) as he tries to get his life together and make a career comeback. Aaron Paul, Amy Sedaris, Alison Brie and Paul F. Tompkins also star in the voice cast.
 
Thursday, Sept. 27
Grey’s Anatomy: “With a Wonder and a Wild Desire/Broken Together”
ABC, 8pm
Season Premiere!
The first half of this 2-hour premiere begins with the doctors at Grey Sloan Memorial vying for a new position. Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) struggles to stay focused, and Maggie (Kelly McCreary) finds herself the keeper of a big secret while Amelia (Caterina Scorsone) and Owen (Kevin McKidd) try to figure out their relationship. Meanwhile, Jo (Camilla Luddington) and Alex’s (Justin Chambers) honeymoon doesn’t go exactly as planned. In the second hour, new doctors continue to shake up the hospital. Meredith bonds with a patient while Jackson (Jesse Williams) struggles with the meaning behind recent experiences. After making a life-changing decision, Jo forms an unexpected alliance.
 
The Big Bang Theory: “The Wedding Gift Wormhole”
CBS, 8pm
Sheldon (Jim Parsons) and Amy (Mayim Bialik) drive themselves crazy trying to figure out what “perfect gift” Leonard (Johnny Galecki) and Penny (Kaley Cuoco) gave them for their wedding in the new episode “The Wedding Gift Wormhole.”
 
NFL Football: Minnesota at L.A. Rams
FOX & NFL Network, 8pm Live
Two teams with NFC playoff aspirations meet on Thursday Night Football as the Minnesota Vikings visit the L.A. Rams at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. It’s the first TNF game for FOX, which begins a five-year deal to air games (simulcast on NFL Network) in Weeks 4-15.
 
The Good Place
NBC, 8pm
Season Premiere!
At the end of Season 2, Michael (Ted Danson) was able to get Eleanor (Kristen Bell), Chidi (William Jackson Harper), Tahani (Jameela Jamil) and Jason (Manny Jacinto) a second chance at life on Earth. In Season 3, we’ll see if they waste it. Mike O’Malley guest-stars as the Guard in the hourlong season premiere episode.
 
Young Sheldon: “A Rival Prodigy and Sir Isaac Neutron”
CBS, 8:30pm
The new episode “A Rival Prodigy and Sir Isaac Neutron” finds Sheldon (Iain Armitage) threatened by another child genius who bonds with Dr. Sturgis (Wallace Shawn).
 
Mom
CBS, 9pm
Season Premiere!
Season 6 of the acclaimed comedy begins with “Pre-Washed Lettuce and a Mime,” in which Christy (Anna Faris) has second thoughts about law school after a tough first day, and Bonnie (Allison Janney) is plagued by an upsetting dream.
 
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
NBC, 9pm
Season Premiere!
The groundbreaking 20th season kicks off on a new night with a special two-hour premiere.
 
Murphy Brown
CBS, 9:30pm
Season Premiere!
TV’s favorite sharp-tongued newswoman, Murphy Brown (Candice Bergen), returns as CBS resurrects the beloved sitcom that ran from 1988-98. In the new incarnation, veteran journalist Brown returns to the airwaves in response to “a divided nation, chaotic national discourse and rampant attacks on the press.” And she’s not coming alone. Murphy convinces her old FYI team — lifestyle reporter Corky Sherwood (Faith Ford), investigative reporter Frank Fontana (Joe Regalbuto) and frequently exasperated producer Miles Silverberg (Grant Shaud) — to sign on for a new daytime talk show. But Murphy’s biggest on-air competitor in her new time slot is none other than Avery Brown (Jake McDorman), now all grown up and of a sociopolitical mindset that’s a far cry from his mom’s.
 
How to Get Away With Murder: “Your Funeral”
ABC, 10pm
Season Premiere!
Annalise (Viola Davis) selects students for her new legal clinic at Middleton and juggles job offers from competing firms, all while the Keating 4 attempt to move on from last semester’s turmoil. In a startling flash-forward, a new mystery is introduced that shakes things up for everyone.
 
S.W.A.T.
CBS, 10pm
Season Premiere!
A major earthquake hits Los Angeles in the Season 2 premiere “Shaky Town,” and the quake compromises the SWAT team’s operation to take down human traffickers holding children hostage.
 
Golf: Ryder Cup: Day 1
Golf Channel, 2am Live (late night)
Golf’s premier international match-play tournament, the Ryder Cup, is played this year at Le Golf National in Guyancourt, France. Captain Jim Furyk’s U.S. team includes Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, Patrick Reed, Bubba Watson, Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler and Webb Simpson. Team Europe, captained by Thomas Bjørn, includes Francesco Molinari, Justin Rose, Tyrrell Hatton and Tommy Fleetwood. The U.S. won its first Ryder Cup since 2008 with a 17-11 win in 2016. Golf Channel airs live Day 1 coverage beginning in the late night/early morning. NBC airs early morning coverage on Saturday and Sunday.
 
Friday, Sept. 28
Chef’s Table
Netflix
Season Premiere!
The Emmy-nominated series returns for Season 5, taking viewers inside the lives and kitchens of four new international chefs.
 
MacGyver
CBS, 8pm
Season Premiere!
After quitting the Phoenix Foundation and moving to Nigeria, MacGyver (Lucas Till) returns to help rescue Jack (George Eads) from a murderous dictator in the Season 3 premiere episode “Improvise.”
 
Last Man Standing
FOX, 8pm
Season Premiere!
The sitcom that ran on ABC for six seasons and was unceremoniously canceled in 2017 gets revived for Season 7 on FOX. Tim Allen stars as Mike Baxter, a happily married father of three daughters who finds himself the odd man out as he tries to maintain his manliness in a home surrounded by women. Most of the original core cast is back, including Nancy Travis, Jonathan Adams, Amanda Fuller, Christoph Sanders and Hector Elizondo. Kaitlyn Dever returns in a limited role as youngest daughter Eve, who joined the Air Force Academy. In recast roles, Molly McCook now plays Mandy, and Jet Jurgensmeyer plays Boyd.
 
The Cool Kids
FOX, 8:30pm
New Series!
This multi-camera comedy is about a rowdy, ragtag group of friends living in Shady Meadows Retirement Community who are willing to break every rule in order to have fun — because, at their age, what do they really have to lose? In the pilot episode, Hank (David Alan Grier), Charlie (Martin Mull) and Sid (Leslie Jordan) have their worlds overturned after their friend dies and brash newcomer Margaret (Vicki Lawrence) takes over his seat at their dinner table.
 
Hawaii Five-0
CBS, 9pm
Season Premiere!
The Season 9 premiere episode “Ka ??wili ??ka’i (Cocoon)” is a retelling of the original Hawaii Five-O series pilot. McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) lets himself be captured by the group he thinks is responsible for his friend’s murder and endures a torturous sensory deprivation tank to find the killer. Mark Dacascos returns as McGarrett’s nemesis, Wo Fat.
 
Wynonna Earp: “Daddy Lessons”
Syfy, 9pm
Wynonna (Melanie Scrofano) has a run-in with the Revenants that leads her to an unexpected revelation about the curse. Waverly (Dominique Provost-Chalkley) meets an important figure from her past, and Nicole (Katherine Barrell) tries to evacuate Purgatory before it’s too late. The season finale episode follows.
 
Blue Bloods
CBS, 10pm
Season Premiere!
In the Season 9 premiere episode “Playing With Fire,” Danny (Donnie Wahlberg) takes on a personal case involving a drug cartel member, Louis Delgado (guest star Lou Diamond Phillips), who Danny believes is responsible for torching his house.
 
Saturday, Sept. 29
NASCAR Xfinity Series: Drive for the Cure 200
NBCSN, 3pm Live
The NASCAR Xfinity Series playoffs continue with the Drive for the Cure 200 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
 
Major League Baseball: Detroit at Milwaukee
FS1, 7pm Live
The final weekend of Major League Baseball’s regular season has the Detroit Tigers at Miller Park in Milwaukee to face the Brewers in Game 2 of a three-game set.
 
College Football: Stanford at Notre Dame
NBC, 7:30pm Live
Two storied college football programs clash tonight at Notre Dame Stadium as the Stanford Cardinal visit the Fighting Irish in primetime on NBC.
 
All of My Heart: The Wedding
Hallmark Channel, 9pm
Original Film!
In the third film in the rom-com franchise, Jenny (Lacey Chabert), Brian (Brennan Elliott) and Emily’s Country Inn have been embraced by their local community, and almost everyone will be coming to their wedding, including the town’s wise old codger Vern (Edward Asner), who has been tapped to give away the bride. But when a woman (Pauline Egan) arrives with papers claiming she’s also an heir to the inn, Jenny and Brian struggle to raise funds to buy the inn while planning their wedding there.

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WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT BOSCH ?

Question: I am absolutely addicted to Bosch on Prime Video. The work of Titus Welliver is nothing short of perfection, and I would tune in to watch Lance Reddick read the phone book. What are your thoughts? —Rob

Matt Roush: I’ve been a fan of Michael Connelly’s book series for years and was surprised it didn’t come to TV sooner. I agree that Titus Welliver is just about perfect as Harry Bosch, and Lance Reddick makes any show better (Fringe, Lost, The Wire) with his formidable presence. It’s a solid adaptation of a terrific franchise and I look forward to each season. That said, I’m not surprised it flies under the Emmy radar. Crime dramas and procedurals, even smartly serialized ones like Bosch, tend to be ignored and/or underestimated in the current drama series boom.

In a simpler and less cluttered time, this would be a standout.

Question: How come the Mary Tyler Moore Show episodes are not in rerun? —Eleanor

Matt Roush: In today’s digital age, many shows live on through streaming rather than syndication. You can still find many episodes of this beloved series. SundanceTV appears to be the only outlet replaying the episodes on a national basis (and then in the wee hours), and the first three seasons are currently available for streaming on Hulu along with other TV classics.

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