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Tue, September 2

The Story of Frozen: Making a Disney Animated Classic

ABC, 8:00 pm ET

Characters from one of the biggest animated hits in Disney-studio history will factor into the series "Once Upon a Time" in the coming season -- likely a big reason for this new special, which offers a preview of those scenes. The hour also has plenty of material on the original movie, with voice-cast members Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel among those commenting on the production of the film. Also included: a peek at Disney's upcoming "Big Hero 6."

19 Kids and Counting

TLC, 3:00 pm ET
19 Kids and Counting

One of TLC’s highest-rated series returns as the family prepares for the first Duggar daughter wedding. Jim Bob and Michelle celebrate 30 years of marriage as Jill and Derick prepare their new home together with the help of the family and tend to Derick’s mom Cathy as she bravely battles cancer. Plus, after their first year in Washington, D.C., Josh, Anna and their three kids decide it may be time to make a few changes in their own growing family, and Jessa and Ben continue to grow closer as their courtship takes an unexpected turn.

ABC World News With David Muir

ABC, 6:30 pm ET
ABC World News With David Muir

Former weekend anchor David Muir has filled in frequently for Diane Sawyer on the weeknight edition of the broadcast, but here, it officially becomes his. He'll also be managing editor of the program, which he intends to take on the road as often as possible so he can continue such franchises as the self-explanatory "Made in America." Fridays will be especially busy for Muir, since he's also continuing as co-anchor of the newsmagazine "20/20."

NCIS

CBS, 8:00 pm ET
NCIS

With the spinoff "NCIS: New Orleans" soon to premiere, the two-part episode "Crescent City" sets it up. Part 1 introduces Scott Bakula as Dwayne Pride, an NCIS Special Agent in the Louisiana office. He and former colleague Gibbs (Mark Harmon) reunite to investigate the killing of a congressman who also used to be an NCIS operative. The case may be linked to a serial-murder probe the dead man worked on. The new show's Lucas Black also guest stars.

Arrow

CW, 8:00 pm ET
Arrow

After Roy (Colton Haynes) goes into a rage and engages in a deadly battle with a police officer, Oliver (Stephen Amell) realizes the mirakuru has taken him over completely and tries to figure out how to stop him. Sara (Caity Lotz) thinks Roy is too far gone and must be killed. Thea (Willa Holland) believes she can get through to Roy and lures him to Verdant, but he unleashes his rage on her in "Seeing Red."

Food Fighters

NBC, 8:00 pm ET
Food Fighters

"Melissa Clinton" is both the title of this episode and the name of the latest amateur contender, a high school teacher who puts her cuisine up against that of five professional chefs including Jet Tila. If Clinton's is judged to be the best, she'll leave with $100,000 -- something she'll have every right to boast to her class about. Adam Richman is the host.

The Jazz Singer

TCM, 8:00 pm ET

Born to a Jewish cantor (Warner Oland), Jakie Rabinowitz (Al Jolson) is expected to follow in his father's footsteps. With a restless spirit beating inside, Jakie challenges his fate and embarks on a journey to become a jazz singer in this 1927 musical, one of the first "talkies." Robert Osborne and Dr. Eric Goldman introduce this screening, which kicks off TCM's month-long showcase "The Projected Image: The Jewish Experience on Film."

Cuban Missile Crisis -- Three Men Go to War

PBS, 8:00 pm ET

As the title of this project indicates, the documentary explores the inside story of the events of October 1962, when the world teetered on the brink of nuclear holocaust. What's particularly notable here is the focus on the "three men" of the title: U.S. President John F. Kennedy, Cuban leader Fidel Castro and the Soviet Union's Nikita Khrushchev.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

FOX, 8:30 pm ET
Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Jake's (Andy Samberg) refusal to give up on a case eventually puts his badge on the line in "Charges and Specs." The commissioner (guest star James M. Connor) orders him to stop investigating a philanthropist (guest star Ian Roberts), which only makes Jake more determined. He seeks assistance from Amy and Captain Holt (Melissa Fumero, Andre Braugher). Gina (Chelsea Peretti) tries to lift the spirits of a troubled Boyle (Joe Lo Truglio).

Supernatural

CW, 9:00 pm ET
Supernatural

Sheriff Mills (Kim Rhodes) kills a vampire who attacked one of her prisoners (guest star Katherine Ramdeen), then calls the Winchester brothers (Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki) for help. They learn that a family of vampires has kidnapped the prisoner to use as bait for humans in "Alex Annie Alexis Ann."

Royal Pains

USA, 9:00 pm ET
Royal Pains

The hit dramedy wraps its season with "Ganging Up," which finds Hank and Evan (Mark Feuerstein, Paulo Costanzo) searching for their missing half-sister, Emma (Willa Fitzgerald). As Jeremiah (Ben Shenkman) struggles to accept the life changes Viviana (guest star Martha Higareda) is making, he realizes he needs to make some of his own. Divya (Reshma Shetty) faces more custody headaches, while Boris (Campbell Scott) fears his disease is progressing.

Rizzoli & Isles

TNT, 9:00 pm ET
Rizzoli & Isles

In the season finale, a new episode called "Burden of Proof," respected county prosecutor (guest star Jamie Bamber, "Battlestar Galactica") is arrested for murder, but as the evidence against him seems to mount, Jane (Angie Harmon) begins to believe he is innocent. Elsewhere, Angela (Lorraine Bracco) hears that Maura (Sasha Alexander) is planning to meet Jack's (Enver Gjokaj) 12-year-old daughter, so she sets out to educate Maura about the interests of children today.

Extreme Weight Loss

ABC, 9:00 pm ET
Extreme Weight Loss

A Tallahassee, Fla., drama coach who's all smiles on the outside but perpetually anxious on the inside is the focus of the new episode "Rod." Contributing to his distress that has manifested itself physically: a secret he has long kept from his father, for whom he's a caretaker. Chris Powell's formula for helping him includes a stage audition for "Chicago" while Rod is visiting New York. Carla Hall ("The Chew") provides tips on healthy cooking and eating.

New Girl

FOX, 9:00 pm ET
New Girl

Jess and Nick (Zooey Deschanel, Jake Johnson) decide to take a cruise they booked while they were still together, and they invite the whole gang to come along. It's not merely a pun to say that the voyage isn't entirely smooth sailing, especially as Cece and Winston (Hannah Simone, Lamorne Morris) try to patch up Jess and Nick's differences. Kerri Kenney ("Reno 911!") and Oscar Nunez ("The Office") guest star in "Cruise."

Houdini

HISTORY, 9:00 pm ET

In the conclusion of this two-part miniseries, Harry Houdini (Adrien Brody) conducts an epic battle against the spiritualists whose practices he found to be false and misleading. As the 20th century progresses and modernity overtakes industrial age antiquity, Houdini must come to terms with his new place in a fast-changing world.

The Fidel Castro Tapes

PBS, 9:00 pm ET

Material from various sources is compiled to profile longtime Cuban leader Fidel Castro's life and times in this new special. Media reports and rare photos and recordings recall how he first came into power, though he was unable to establish friendly relations with the United States due to communism. Among his biggest challenges were the Bay of Pigs invasion, the Cuban Missile Crisis and the end of the Soviet Union. The Elian Gonzalez matter also is considered.

The Mindy Project

FOX, 9:30 pm ET
The Mindy Project

Mindy (Mindy Kaling) believes she's met the man of her dreams when he writes in a New York newspaper about their meeting. A huge, surprising revelation awaits "Danny & Mindy." Tim Daly, soon to co-star in "Madam Secretary," guest stars. Chris Messina, Ed Weeks and Adam Pally also star.

Frontline

PBS, 10:00 pm ET
Frontline

If there's one thing known about North Korea, it's that not much is known about what transpires inside that country. "Secret State of North Korea" examines Kim Jong-un's leadership to the degree it can, largely through footage that was taken covertly and then smuggled out. Defectors from North Korea also discuss their experiences, not only confirming how strict the governing regime is, but also demonstrating how defiant civilians take big risks.

Ink Master

SPIKE, 10:00 pm ET

The tattoo reality-competition series returns for Season 5, but this time it’s personal as the show features existing tattoo artist rivalries — including convention circuit foes, a former boss vs. an ex-employee and brother vs. brother. Dave Navarro returns as host.

Sullivan & Son

TBS, 10:00 pm ET
Sullivan & Son

Melanie (Valerie Azlynn) advises Steve (Steve Byrne) on how best to impress a new woman who has caught his eye in the new episode "A Kiss Is Never Just a Kiss." Elsewhere, Hank's (Brian Doyle-Murray) doctor prescribes him testosterone, but a mishap leads to a "juiced-up" Hank.

Little People, Big World

TLC, 10:00 pm ET
Little People, Big World

The Roloff family returns for a five-episode season that finds son Jeremy trying to build up his courage to pop the question to his longtime girlfriend, Audrey. No need to sit on the edge of your seat, however: She's going to say yes, and most of these new episodes will follow the wedding preparations. Elsewhere, though, look for parents Matt and Amy trying to find ways to keep the family together in the face of many such changes, including their own separation.

Cement Heads

A&E, 10:32 pm ET
Cement Heads

In the new episode "Gone Fishin'," Chubby sets up a fishing trip after he manages to convince Billy to take a much-needed day off to decompress, but the outing turns out to be plenty stressful anyway as Billy is called on to teach Chubby the finer points of fishing. Back home, after whizzing through her own work load, Danielle tries for some quality time with her mother-in-law, Joan.

Wed, September 3

So You Think You Can Dance

FOX, 8:00 pm ET

Jenna Dewan Tatum ("Witches of East End") has more than a passing knowledge of dance, since she starred in the original "Step Up" movie -- in which her co-star was her husband, Channing Tatum, who later became "Magic Mike." That's enough to qualify her to guest-judge this show's season finale. She joins Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy as the victor is declared in (appropriately enough) "Winner Announced." Cat Deeley is the host.

Penn & Teller: Fool Us

CW, 8:00 pm ET

Though half of this series' starring team may not exactly appreciate the title of the new episode "Teller Is a Blockhead," he and his partner still are likely to appreciate the talents of the magicians who compete for a spot in their Las Vegas show. The illusionists featured here are Daniel Kramer, Gazzo, Alan Rorrison and Romany. British media star Jonathan Ross is the host.

Earthflight, A Nature Special Presentation

PBS, 8:00 pm ET

Africa is the destination of this episode of the program, with aerial cinematography providing majestic views of the continent. It's not only a perspective that the audience for this hour gets, but so do the creatures through whose eyes the trek is seen: species of birds that provide the "flight" part of the title. Their being such a major factor justifies this being under the thematic umbrella of the "Nature" series.

NOVA

PBS, 9:00 pm ET
NOVA

Rarely is an area of the world left alone for virtually a century, but "Ghosts of Machu Picchu" examines just such a region. Situated on top of a mountain, the site poses many mysteries for modern archaeologists who have questions about its structure and culture. They may find some of the answers by locating the remains of its builders, during a quest that was initiated in 1911 when Hiram Bingham discovered the so-called "Lost City of the Incas."

Criminal Minds

CBS, 9:00 pm ET
Criminal Minds

A two-part story opens with "Angels." Rossi (Joe Mantegna) and the team are in Texas investigating a series of murders in which the victims were prostitutes. They find a possible religious connection to the crimes, but as they dig deeper, they could be putting their own lives in jeopardy. Esai Morales returns as BAU Section Chief Cruz. Michael Trucco ("Battlestar Galactica," "Revenge") and Brett Cullen ("Devious Maids") guest star.

America's Got Talent

NBC, 9:00 pm ET

The season's remaining acts will be fewer by the end of this new "Results" hour from New York's Radio City Music Hall, as six of the 12 from the previous night's semifinal performances are kept in by viewers' votes. Mel B, Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel and Howard Stern continue as the on-site judges. Nick Cannon is the host.

Legends

TNT, 9:00 pm ET
Legends

The DCO manages to capture the elusive Colonel and Ana Paulanos (Necar Zadegan) when they sell Martin (Sean Bean) a briefcase of what turns out to be fake VX. One of the Colonel's followers retaliates swiftly, however, releasing real VX in a crowded bus and threatening more such attacks if the pair are not released. In a Hail Mary gambit, Martin stages a prison break, forcing the Colonel to lead him to the VX supply in the new episode "Betrayal."

The 100

CW, 9:00 pm ET
The 100

With the camp soon to be desperate for nourishment, Clarke and Finn (Eliza Taylor, Thomas McDonell) lead a mission to find food in "The Calm." Ultimately, they have other thoughts in mind, since they end up getting very close in the physical sense -- but things turn dangerous for them. Raven (guest star Lindsey Morgan) strikes a deal with Bellamy (Bob Morley). Kane (Henry Ian Cusick) reunites with Chancellor Jaha (Isaiah Washington) and Abby (Paige Turco).

Surviving Evil

ID, 9:00 pm ET
Surviving Evil

The series returns for its second season, featuring all-new stories of extraordinary women who found their lives suddenly in the hands of a coldblooded criminal but fought back against their attackers and, against all odds, survived. Returning as host is actress Charisma Carpenter.

Fool's Gold

ANIMAL, 9:00 pm ET
Fool

A team of rookie prospectors heads into the wilds of Northern Ontario on a quest for gold in this unscripted series that is making its Animal Planet debut. In the opening episode, called "A Minor Setback," group leader Todd Ryznar convinces friends and family members they can get rich finding gold in the Ontario wilderness if they quit their jobs and leave their old lives behind for eight weeks, but the cozy camp he promises them turns out to be a dump.

Modern Family

ABC, 10:00 pm ET
Modern Family

Jay (Ed O'Neill) wants an evening just for the family in "A Hard Jay's Night," but that proves easier wished than done. Phil (Ty Burrell) runs into major complications while showing Gloria's (Sofia Vergara) old apartment, Claire (Julie Bowen) is irritated over not getting recognition for extra effort, and others have concerns about the wedding-cake topper Cam's (Eric Stonestreet) father has made. Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Sarah Hyland also star.

The League

FXX, 10:00 pm ET
The League

The hit comedy about a group of friends in a fantasy football league returns for a 13-episode Season 6. While Taco hits the links, Kevin struggles with Jenny's Shiva Bowl victory. Andre's new sense of self becomes insufferable, and the group attends a funeral. Stephen Rannazzisi, Mark Duplass, Katie Aselton and Jonathan Lajoie star.

The Bridge

FX, 10:00 pm ET
The Bridge

In a new episode called "Rakshasa," as Marco (Demian Bichir) races against time, Sonya (Diane Kruger) finds herself in the cross hairs. Fausto (Ramon Franco) discovers he has a traitor hiding within his organization. Elsewhere, an unexpected rendezvous unfolds at Red Ridge View.

Graceland

USA, 10:00 pm ET
Graceland

In the new episode "Sonadora," the Graceland agents are baiting the final hooks they're planning to use against the Solano cartel when a thought belatedly dawns on them: What if Sid (Carmine Giovinazzo) has a few tricks of his own up his sleeve? Aaron Tveit, Daniel Sunjata and Vanessa Ferlito star.

Extant

CBS, 10:00 pm ET
Extant

It's said babies can have a certain power, but it wasn't meant this way. In the new episode "A New World," Molly (Halle Berry) comes to understand why Yasumoto (Hiroyuki Sanada) has taken such a keen interest in her infant. Sparks' (Michael O'Neill) second thoughts prompt Anya (guest star Jeannetta Arnette) to assume the lead in what has been his mission. Odin (guest star Charlie Bewley) treads where he shouldn't in regard to Ethan (Pierce Gagnon).

Operation Maneater

PBS, 10:00 pm ET

Canada's Hudson Bay is visited by Mark Evans in a new episode whose title clearly indicates its subject, "Polar Bear." The timing is fortuitous for him, if tragic for others: He arrives in a town shortly after an attack has resulted in injuries to two people -- and the death of a bear. In another town, Evans joins wildlife officers to survey methods of warding off such attacks, involving uses of drones and very powerful loudspeakers.

My Friends Call Me Johnny

ESQTV, 10:00 pm ET

Jean “Johnny” Pigozzi — photographer, art collector, jetsetter and heir to a European auto fortune — headlines this original series that looks to put a twist on the typical talk show. Pigozzi travels the globe to ask the most provocative questions of his famous friends, including Michael Douglas, Calvin Klein, Martha Stewart, Mario Batali and others. Legendary film producer Joel Silver serves as an executive producer of the series.

Girlfriend Intervention

LIFETIME, 10:00 pm ET
Girlfriend Intervention

Sight-unseen, this new makeover show has raised a few eyebrows with its central premise, which has four black women -- home expert Nikki Chu, fashion guru Tiffiny Dixon, beauty maven Tracy Belan and "soul coach" Tanisha Thomas -- mentoring a "white sister" who is trying to get her groove back. Sounds a little like a new spin on "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy," but with ethnic identity instead of sexual orientation at its core.

Franklin & Bash

TNT, 10:01 pm ET
Franklin & Bash

While trying to help a client win back his beachfront property from a greedy land shark, Peter and Jared (Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Breckin Meyer) land in the crosshairs of a dirty cop, so they turn to one of Peter's old flames (guest star Kat Foster) for help. Meanwhile, Stanton Infeld (Malcolm McDowell) competes against his nephew (Reed Diamond), who is now at another firm, for a high-powered piece of business in the new episode "Good Cop/Bad Cop."

Taxi Brooklyn

NBC, 10:01 pm ET
Taxi Brooklyn

The shooting of a motorcyclist becomes Cat and Leo's (Chyler Leigh, Jacky Ido) latest case in the new episode "Frenchmen Can't Jump." When attacked, the victim is en route to hand off heroin to a suspected, underworld-connected dealer (guest star Matthew Leone) who has personal reasons for engaging in his activities. Leo's suspicions about an amateur basketball tournament yield surprises. Ally Walker, Jennifer Esposito and James Colby also star.

Thu, September 4

NFL Football

NBC, 8:30 pm ET

The 2014 NFL season kicks off in the Pacific Northwest, where the Seattle Seahawks begin defense of their Super Bowl title against the Green Bay Packers. The Pack won the NFC Central last year with an 8-7-1 record, but were summarily ousted from the playoffs in the wild card game by the San Francisco 49ers and Phil Dawson's field goal as time expired.

PGA Tour Golf

GOLF, 4:00 pm ET

Part 3 of the four-tournament FedEx Cup Playoffs tees off today near Denver, where the top 70 ranked players will vie in the BMW Championship. A field expected to include Rory McIlroy, Bubba Watson, Jimmy Walker, Matt Kuchar and Jim Furyk will take aim at the par-70, 7,352-yard Cherry Hills Country Club, which last hosted a PGA Tour event in 1985 with the PGA Championship. Zach Johnson won this tournament a year ago at Conway Farms Golf Club outside Chicago.

Dirty Dancing

ABCFAM, 6:30 pm ET

Sixties hits, stirring original songs and eye-popping dance moves made this 1987 drama a hit with audiences. Jennifer Grey stars as the naive teenager who has the time of her life with a hunky dance instructor (Patrick Swayze) at a resort in the Catskills. Cynthia Rhodes, Jack Weston and a pre-"Law & Order" Jerry Orbach also star.

The Vampire Diaries

CW, 8:00 pm ET
The Vampire Diaries

Stefan (Paul Wesley) tries to distract Elena (Nina Dobrev) from obsessing over Damon (Ian Somerhalder). Jeremy and Matt (Steven R. McQueen, Zach Roerig) admit to Damon that the Traveler knife is missing. Enzo (Michael Malarkey) makes a dangerous decision that leads to a violent confrontation with Stefan. Markos (Raffi Barsoumian) asks Sloan (Caitlin McHugh) for help with a ritual to break a curse against the Travelers in "Man on Fire."

Sleepy Hollow

FOX, 8:00 pm ET
Sleepy Hollow

Actions can have unexpected results -- and that's particularly true in the case of this show. In "The Golem," Henry Parrish (guest star John Noble) becomes Ichabod's (Tom Mison) avenue of communication with Katrina (Katia Winter), but an unforeseen side effect is the revival of a terrifying threat. Nicole Beharie and Orlando Jones also star.

I Am Divine

SHO, 8:30 pm ET

This 2012 documentary by Jeffrey Schwarz ("Vito") combines feature film clips and home movie footage with new interview segments to chronicle how a chubby gay youth named Harris Glenn Milstead transformed himself into a larger-than-life drag superstar named Divine, working chiefly in collaboration with subversive filmmaker John Waters. In addition to Waters, interviewees also include Tab Hunter, Ricki Lake, Michael Musto and Bruce Vilanch.

The Millers

CBS, 8:31 pm ET
The Millers

Tom (Beau Bridges) is only too happy to announce to the family that he has a new girlfriend -- and she's much younger than he is. A red flag is raised immediately for Nathan (Will Arnett), who goes under cover to spy on his dad and make sure the woman isn't a gold digger who's gotten Tom in her clutches. Margo Martindale and Jayma Mays also star in "0072."

The Originals

CW, 9:00 pm ET
The Originals

Cami (Leah Pipes) tries an unconventional treatment on Kieran (Todd Stashwick), but it causes him to have a violent episode. After arguing with Klaus (Joseph Morgan) over how to handle the Crescent Wolves, Elijah (Daniel Gillies) visits the bayou and witnesses a terrible explosion. Marcel (Charles Michael Davis) gives Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) a surprising bit of information about her family history in "An Unblinking Death."

Rush

USA, 9:00 pm ET
Rush

As Rush (Tom Ellis) reconnects with his old flame Sarah (Odette Annable), he is surprised to notice how much she has changed in the new episode "Get Lucky." Alex (Larenz Tate) starts to worry that he is getting in over his head as he ventures deeper and deeper into the darker side of Rush's world. Manny (Rick Gonzalez), Rush's dealer, urges Eve (Sarah Habel) to take control of her life.

Elementary

CBS, 10:00 pm ET
Elementary

Mycroft Holmes (Rhys Ifans) is in a bad spot, accused of both murder and treason, in "The Grand Experiment." His only hopes of being cleared are Sherlock and Watson (Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu), but they've hit choppy waters in their partnership. Though they resolve to table those in order it help Mycroft, how successful they'll be in doing so is another story. Aidan Quinn also stars.

Married

FX, 10:00 pm ET
Married

Maybe it's true that you can't go home again, but Russ and Lina (Nat Faxon, Judy Greer) may be hoping for a little nostalgic magic as they have a date night in their old neighborhood. Elsewhere, AJ and Bernie (Brett Gelman, John Hodgman) take a detour on their way to a gentlemen's club in the new episode "The Old Date."

Satisfaction

USA, 10:01 pm ET
Satisfaction

In the new episode "Through Security," Grace (Stephanie Szostak) comes across some very upsetting information, while Neil (Matt Passmore) muses over how best to handle a decidedly ominous warning he has received. Leon Thomas, Michael Vartan and Maggie Lacey guest star; Katherine LaNasa also stars.

Fri, September 5

Stand Up to Cancer

ABCFAM, 8:00 pm ET

As they have twice before, in 2010 and 2012, many broadcast and cable networks join forces to simulcast a celebrity-filled event presenting information about -- and raising funds for -- cancer research. Gwyneth Paltrow repeats her role from the last edition as an executive producer of the special. Katie Couric remains one of the main driving forces behind the initiative, which is a year-round effort.

Jumanji

ABCFAM, 6:00 pm ET

Two children (Kirsten Dunst, Bradley Pierce) discover a mysterious board game in their new home's attic. They begin to play, only to discover each roll unleashes terrifying consequences. When a jungle-ravaged man (Robin Williams) pops out of the game, they learn he was trapped in another world during a roll of the dice 20 years earlier. They must finish the game he started to undo all the damage and put things right. Bonnie Hunt and Bebe Neuwirth also star.

Masters of Illusion

CW, 8:00 pm ET
Masters of Illusion

With the title "Chained," it's fairly easy to tell what sort of apparatus at least one of the acts in this new episode will involve. Whether a water tank -- which often goes in tandem with that, in terms of magic acts -- also will be included remains to be seen. Dean Cain plays host to illusionists Nathan Burton, Jonathan Pendragon, Hillel, Farrell Dillon, Drexus and Jan Rouven.

The Mummy

AMC, 8:00 pm ET

The classic horror tale gets an update with this special effects-laden 1999 version. Brendan Fraser stars as an adventurer enlisted by endangered siblings (Rachel Weisz, John Hannah) to lead them to the Egyptian tomb that supposedly contains a vengeful mummy (played in human form by Arnold Vosloo). Indiana Jones-style perils get in the way of their quest.

Bad Teacher

TBS, 8:00 pm ET

Educators with a good sense of humor may be among the fans of this 2011 comedy, with Cameron Diaz in the title role as someone quite self-serving in her lesson plans. Foremost among those: landing a well-funded colleague (Justin Timberlake, who used to be Diaz's real-life significant other) to replace the rich fiance she lost. Jason Segel earns some laughs as a gym teacher enamored of her, and so does Lucy Punch as another faculty member.

Bones

FOX, 9:00 pm ET
Bones

A young woman from a privileged family may be the latest person to fall prey to a serial killer in "The Nail in the Coffin." The victim's remains are found in a national park, and the team's subsequent investigation suggests she might have a connection to one of the Ghost Killer's earlier victims. FBI Deputy Director Stark (guest star Sterling Macer Jr., "Homefront") seems particularly interested in the case.

Hawaii Five-0

CBS, 9:00 pm ET
Hawaii Five-0

McGarrett and Catherine (Alex O'Loughlin, Michelle Borth) are a long way from Hawaii. They're in Afghanistan on a mission to stop the Taliban from harming a boy whose family once saved Catherine's life. Scott Caan, Daniel Dae Kim and Chi McBride also star in "Makani Olu a Holo Malie" -- Hawaiian for "fair winds and following seas."

Hellboy

BBCA, 9:00 pm ET

Don't hate him because he has the name from hell; he's a good guy. A member of an "X-Men"-like team with special powers, the title character (Ron Perlman) battles a villain (Karl Roden) who wants to tap into Hellboy's darker side and engulf Earth in evil in this visually impressive 2004 interpretation of Mike Mignola's comic book. Selma Blair portrays the firestarter Hellboy loves, with John Hurt as the paternal leader of the good guys.

Saving Mr. Banks

STARZ, 9:00 pm ET

"Mary Poppins" is a screen classic, but Walt Disney's dealings with novelist P.L. Travers in getting the movie rights to the story weren't nearly as genial. This enjoyable 2013 behind-the-scenes story draws fine performances from Tom Hanks as entertainment legend Disney and Emma Thompson as the difficult Travers, who had deeply personal reasons for being so protective of her material, explained in flashbacks that feature Colin Farrell as her father.

Kehinde Wiley: An Economy of Grace

PBS, 9:00 pm ET

Initially noted for his paintings of African-American men, New York-based artist Wiley recently began a project involving female subjects. That is the focus of this new documentary, which shows each model posing for Wiley while wearing a couture gown. Those captured in the portraits represent a wide range of backgrounds, from a prison guard to a teen mom aspiring toward an educational equivalency degree. Paris and Beijing are among the film's other locales.

American Masters

PBS, 10:00 pm ET
American Masters

"Sister Rosetta Tharpe: The Godmother of Rock & Roll" looks at the life, music and legacy of the African-American gospel singer and guitar virtuoso who was a major influence on many artists, including some of those who were prominent at the dawn of rock music. Among those she inspired: Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Isaac Hayes, Etta James, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins.

Redwood Kings

ANIMAL, 10:00 pm ET
Redwood Kings

In the new episode "Ships Ahoy," the Marine Museum of the Great Lakes in Ontario commissions the team to create three large-scale replicas of ships that sank in the lakes over the past 300 years. Each of the magnificent vessels is huge and has its own particular design that marks it to its given century. Back at the shop, John puts aside his usual whimsical bear carvings in favor of a sculpture for an upscale Los Angeles art gallery.

The Knick

MAX, 10:00 pm ET
The Knick

Edwards (Andre Holland) angers Eleanor (Maya Kazan) when he forces Thackery's (Clive Owen) hand during surgery in the new episode "Where's the Dignity." As she recovers, Abigail (Jennifer Ferrin) has time to regret some of her past choices regarding Thackery. Dr. Bertram Chickering Sr. (Reg Rogers), Bertie's (Michael Angarano) father, scolds his son for his dubious career choices. Eve Hewson also stars.

The Almighty Johnsons

SYFY, 11:00 pm ET
The Almighty Johnsons

Axl and Eva's relationship begins tentatively, but soon leads to an impetuous engagement. At a party to celebrate their betrothal, her estranged father, who is also the god Loki, is suspiciously supportive and arranges a binding ceremony at which he, Mike, Axl and Eva sign a contract written in Norse runes. Meanwhile, Ty is heartsick when he discovers he never can be with the woman he loves in the new episode "Hunting Reindeer on Slippery Rocks."

Sat, September 6

College Football

NBC, 7:30 pm ET

The Michigan Wolverines head to Notre Dame Stadium to take on the Fighting Irish in a storied rivalry that dates back to 1887. Michigan won last year’s game 41-30. The future of the series is cloudy as the schools will not play each other from 2015-19.

College Football

ABC, 3:30 pm ET

A clash of Pac-12 rivals is on tap today in Palo Alto, Calif., where Kevin Hogan and the Stanford Cardinal defend home turf from Cody Kessler and the USC Trojans. The Cardinal, ranked 11th in a USA Today preseason poll, took a big hit during the offseason, losing six starters to the NFL Draft. The No. 15 Trojans, meanwhile, are hoping new head coach Steve Sarkisian can provide some stability after a chaotic 2013 that saw the team have three coaches.

NASCAR Racing

ABC, 7:30 pm ET

The Sprint Cup series returns to Virginia's Richmond International Raceway for the Federated Auto Parts 400, the last chance drivers have to get into the 10-race championship Chase. Last year, 2012 Cup champion Brad Keselowski was eliminated from the Chase by finishing 16th on the .75-mile oval while Carl Edwards took the win.

Cedar Cove

HALLMARK, 8:00 pm ET
Cedar Cove

Will (Cameron Bancroft), Olivia's (Andie MacDowell) brother, arrives in Cedar Cove bearing news that prompts Olivia to wonder whether Grace (Teryl Rothery) is being honest with herself -- and Cliff (Sebastian Spence) -- about her feelings. Jack (Dylan Neal) considers coming clean to Olivia about his past but also struggles to get Luke (Jesse Hutch) to open up for a newspaper profile. Bruce Boxleitner also stars in the new episode "Something Wicked This Way Comes."

Coal Miner's Daughter

TCM, 8:00 pm ET

Sissy Spacek won a richly deserved Academy Award as best actress in Michael Apted's 1980 adaptation of country singer Loretta Lynn's autobiography, which chronicles the songbird's rise to stardom following a hardscrabble childhood. Tommy Lee Jones co-stars as her hard-drinking husband, while Beverly D'Angelo contributes a charming cameo as Patsy Cline.

12 Years a Slave

HBO, 8:00 pm ET

The true story of Solomon Northup -- a free man in the North who was kidnapped and became enslaved in the South -- is told in director Steve McQueen's superb 2013 telling of Northup's own book, with Chiwetel Ejiofor excellent in the central role. Co-star Lupita Nyong'o earned awards for her wrenching portrayal of another slave. Additional cast members include a chilling Michael Fassbender, Sarah Paulson and Brad Pitt ... who also was a producer of the movie.

Sophia Grace & Rosie's Royal Adventure

NICK, 8:00 pm ET

Little girls who love princesses -- which is to say, pretty much all little girls -- are sure to enjoy this new whimsical fantasy, in which cousins and Internet sensations Sophia Grace Brownlee and Rosie McClelland are dispatched by "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" to mythical Switzelvania to cover a coronation. Separated from their guardian, the girls are mistaken for cousins of the royal princesses and find themselves drawn into royal intrigue.

The Brittany Murphy Story

LIFETIME, 8:00 pm ET

Amanda Fuller ("Last Man Standing") stars in this new TV movie as the dazzling young comedy actress ("Clueless," "King of the Hill") whose bubbly public persona masked a host of deep-seated insecurities that led to eating disorders and other health issues. Despite the best efforts of her supportive mother, Sharon (Sherilyn Fenn), Murphy's struggles to cope with the pressures of stardom and her own personal demons ended in her death in 2009 at age 32.

College Football

ESPN, 8:00 pm ET

Two teams with bowl game aspirations go at it tonight in Blacksburg, Va., where Michael Brewer and the Virginia Tech Hokies welcome in Braxton Miller and the Ohio State Buckeyes. The Hokies are placing their hopes in Texas Tech transfer Brewer and his ability to grasp offensive coordinator Scott Loeffler's system. The Buckeyes, ranked sixth in the USA Today's preseason poll, have holes in their offensive line that could give Miller fits.

Iyanla, Fix My Life

OWN, 9:00 pm ET
Iyanla, Fix My Life

Best-selling author, spiritual life coach and television host Iyanla Vanzant helps people whose relationships and lives have broken down. This season, Iyanla uncovers the root cause behind the behavior of a man who has fathered 43 children, and helps a family haunted by a pattern of violence toward women that has spanned three generations.

Buying Alaska

DEST AMERICA, 9:00 pm ET
Buying Alaska

The hit travel and real estate series returns for a third season of 30 episodes, spotlighting more American families forsaking the Lower 48 to enjoy Alaska's breathtaking natural wonders, even if that means giving up some fairly basic amenities. In the season premiere, "Cabin Upgrade," a couple with two growing boys living in a dry cabin in Talkeetna, Alaska, for over a decade consider upgrading to a larger home with running water and electricity.

Six Little McGhees

OWN, 10:00 pm ET
Six Little McGhees

Adorable sextuplets — Josiah, Madison, Olivia, Issac, Rozonno Jr. and Elijah McGhee — are turning 4 and their adventures are growing, too. The new season follows the McGhee family as the six-pack of cuties develops their unique personalities and distinct opinions.

Intruders

BBCA, 10:00 pm ET
Intruders

In the new episode "Time Has Come Today," Jack (John Simm) returns home to find Amy (Mira Sorvino) in bed asleep. After offering a credible explanation for what happened in Seattle, Amy professes her love to Jack, only to ask him for a separation the very next day. Understandably, Jack fears his wife is having a mental breakdown. Meanwhile, Gary (Tory Kittles) delivers some alarming news, and Richard (James Frain) is haunted by a deal from his past.

The Chair

STARZ, 11:00 pm ET
The Chair

"Project Greenlight" executive producer Chris Moore created Starz's first unscripted series, which follows fledgling filmmakers Shane Dawson and Anna Martemucci as they each adapt a separate film adapted from the same screenplay. After production is completed, both films will be edited, marketed and released theatrically, as well as airing on Starz.

Sun, September 7

Utopia

FOX, 8:00 pm ET

Fifteen people of various ages, cities and walks of life are given one year to build their own environment and society from scratch. What possibly could go wrong? Enough to keep viewers hooked, or so the makers of this unscripted series hope as it premieres. Those behind the show, which is based on a successful Dutch program, have more than a little experience in this: Creator and executive producer John de Mol's firm also is the company behind "Big Brother."

Super Soul Sunday

OWN, 11:00 am ET
Super Soul Sunday

Oprah Winfrey interviews top thinkers, authors, filmmakers and spiritual leaders. This season, Oprah’s interviews include Paulo Coelho, best-selling author of "The Alchemist"; Madonna Badger, an ad executive and survivor of a fire that killed her three children and parents; author and actress Ali MacGraw; and Tibetan Buddhist nun Pema Chödrön.

Help Desk

OWN, 12:00 pm ET
Help Desk

Spiritual teacher Gotham Chopra and today’s top thought leaders offer free advice at a “help desk” in a busy public place. Spiritual wisdom is brought to the streets, offering life-changing answers to hard-hitting questions about relationships, health, spirituality and personal transformation.

The Specials

OWN, 2:30 pm ET
The Specials

This groundbreaking 13-part half-hour series, airing back to back today in its entirety, chronicles the daily lives of Sam, Hilly, Lucy, Lewis and Megan, all of whom are living with intellectual disabilities in England. Friends since childhood and all between the ages of 19 and 23, the quintet share a house as well as the ups and downs of life. The series originally aired in the UK in the form of 10-minute webisodes.

The ABC's of Schoolhouse Rock

ABC, 7:00 pm ET

One of television's most classic children's-programming efforts is celebrated in this new special, which recalls the shorts that aired between weekend-morning shows and offered compact lessons through animation and music. Most of the major subjects taught in school, from grammar and history to science and math, were covered. Such songs as "Conjunction Junction" and "I'm Just a Bill" became so popular, they took on lives of their own.

Wipeout

ABC, 8:00 pm ET
Wipeout

If certain college organizations are natural rivals, imagine the competition in a "Fraternity vs. Sorority Tournament of Champions." That's the theme of this new two-hour episode -- and however any player thinks he or she will fare, one never can be sure until they've made it over the Big Balls. (Which, as regular viewers know, few contestants do.) Jill Wagner monitors the action on the field while John Anderson and John Henson crack wise with their commentary.

Gator Boys

ANIMAL, 8:00 pm ET
Gator Boys

The title of the new episode "Stretched Too Thin" says it all, as the team at Gator Boys Alligator Rescue struggle to handle the workload now that Jimmy has quit. Ashley pressures the guys to try to lure him back, but when that proves impossible and work at Everglades Holiday Park starts to pile up, Paul reluctantly decides he has no choice but to find a replacement.

Rachael vs. Guy Kids Cook-Off

FOOD, 8:00 pm ET
Rachael vs. Guy Kids Cook-Off

For their mini-challenge, the young chefs sample some retro dishes their parents enjoyed as kids, then try to recreate and modernize them. The pressure is on for the main challenge, as the contestants try to create a quintessential Southern barbecue dish -- and their efforts are to be judged by an Atlanta barbecue wizard, Chef G. Garvin, in the new episode "Barbecue Bonanza."

Secrets of Westminster

PBS, 8:00 pm ET

The backgrounds of some of London's most distinctive landmarks are probed in this new special. The political intrigue of the House of Commons and the House of Lords is considered, as are some of the more questionable aspects of Westminster Abbey -- such as extortion and death. Numerous coronations and royal weddings have been staged at the Abbey, but this hour concerns itself much more with its not-so-public, less-than-glowing operations over history.

9/10: The Final Hours

NGC, 8:00 pm ET

Instead of focusing on the all-too-familiar images of death and destruction on 9/11, this new two-hour documentary focuses on the last day of normalcy and routine at the World Trade Center in New York in the hours leading up to the attacks. The film, however, also includes interviews with those who confronted terrorist mastermind Mohamed Atta during his still-unexplained detour to Portland, Maine.

MLB Baseball

ESPN, 8:00 pm ET

Two teams fighting for postseason berths clash tonight at Detroit's Comerica Park, where Miguel Cabrera and the Tigers conclude a three-game series against Buster Posey and the San Francisco Giants. After coming into the season as the AL Central favorites, the Tigers fell flat and dropped behind the Royals, sabotaged by a leaky bullpen. The Giants, too, were the pick of many in the NL West but an anemic offense has made it difficult for them to catch the Dodgers.

NFL Football

NBC, 8:20 pm ET

A reunion of sorts is on tap tonight at Sports Authority Field in Denver, where Peyton Manning and the Broncos take on Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts in Manning's first game against his old team since bolting Indy in 2012. Led by Manning, the AFC champion Broncos had the league's best offense in 2013, averaging nearly 38 points per game. Luck has proved to be no slouch in replacing Manning; he's thrown for more than 3,800 yards in 2012 and 2013.

Masterpiece Mystery!

PBS, 9:00 pm ET
Masterpiece Mystery!

The new three-part drama "Breathless" concludes as -- of all things -- a swimsuit contest sets in motion a series of events that has pronounced, lasting results for most of the 1960s-set saga's major characters. The marriage of Otto and Elizabeth (Jack Davenport, Natasha Little) takes a turn, Jean and Margaret (Zoe Boyle, Sarah Parish) make a connection, and Mulligan (Iain Glen) has a drastic incident.

Boardwalk Empire

HBO, 9:00 pm ET
Boardwalk Empire

The end of Prohibition looms as the period drama returns for an abbreviated (eight episodes) fifth and final season, which opens with Nucky (Steve Buscemi) reflecting on his pier-boy days, when the Commodore (John Ellison Conlee) first noticed him. Back in the present, Nucky joins Sally Wheet (Patricia Arquette) in Cuba to initiate ties with Bacardi Rum, while on Wall Street, Margaret (Kelly Macdonald) lands in the hot seat as her boss is investigated in the new episode "Golden Days for Boys and Girls."

Unforgettable

CBS, 9:00 pm ET
Unforgettable

As popular as matchmaking services are, working for one has a fatal result for the victim in the new episode "True Identity." Carrie and Al (Poppy Montgomery, Dylan Walsh) have an ever-expanding list of suspects as they probe the murder, since virtually every clue opens a new avenue of investigation for them to pursue. Guest stars include former "Criminal Minds" regular Lola Glaudini and Troy Garity, the son of Jane Fonda.

Oprah's Lifeclass

OWN, 9:00 pm ET
Oprah

Emmy Award-winning "Oprah’s Lifeclass" is a richly interactive worldwide social experience allowing millions of students to participate in inspiring conversations with Oprah Winfrey on-air, online and via social media. TV host and comedian Steve Harvey joins Oprah and offers humorous relationship advice.

Witches of East End

LIFETIME, 9:00 pm ET
Witches of East End

As twins Freya and Fredrick (Jenna Dewan Tatum, Christian Cooke) celebrate a milestone birthday, Tarkoff (guest star James Marsters) leans on the latter to step up his covert plan. Elsewhere, Dash and Ingrid (Eric Winter, Rachel Boston) grow closer and Wendy (Madchen Amick) gives Tommy (Ignacio Serricchio) a surprise, but Joanna (Julia Ormond) faces one of her worst fears in the new episode "Sex, Lies and Birthday Cake."

Shark Tank

ABC, 10:00 pm ET
Shark Tank

Just as there's Shark Week, there's also "Shark Tank" Week -- which gets another workout with encore episodes nightly through Friday. Here, the success of a husband and wife's knee-high boot socks business takes the Sharks by surprise. Two publicists pitch a clutch designed to hold just the essentials. Also, the Sharks hear pitches for customizable school lunchboxes and chocolate bars, and revisit a gourmet grilled-cheese sandwich business.

Reckless

CBS, 10:00 pm ET
Reckless

Jamie (Anna Wood) tries to help Vi (Kim Wayans) when her doctor ex-husband (guest star Henry Simmons, "NYPD Blue") faces a malpractice charge in the new episode "And So It Begins." The situation gets more complicated when his relationship with an ex-patient is discovered. A potential juror who may have been planted throws a wrench into Lee Anne's (Georgina Haig) case. The ties among Jamie, Roy (Cam Gigandet) and Preston (Adam Rodriguez) become more tangled.

The Strain

FX, 10:00 pm ET
The Strain

After racing to make sure his family is safe, Eph (Corey Stoll) is dismayed to discover that Kelly (Natalie Brown) is missing in the new episode "The Disappeared." Meanwhile, Gus (Miguel Gomez) has to make a very difficult decision about Felix (Pedro Miguel Arce) and Dutch (Ruta Gedmintas) reveals her role in Palmer's (Jonathan Hyde) plan.

The Leftovers

HBO, 10:00 pm ET
The Leftovers

In the season finale, "The Prodigal Son Returns," an unexpected ally helps Kevin (Justin Theroux) get out of a jam near the town of Cairo, while Mapleton is plunged into chaos by the Guilty Remnant's elaborate Memorial Day initiative. Elsewhere, Holy Wayne (Paterson Joseph) grants a final wish, Tom (Chris Zylka) copes with his new reality and Nora (Carrie Coon) makes a decision that could well change her life.

Ice Lake Rebels

ANIMAL, 10:00 pm ET
Ice Lake Rebels

In the new episode "Sink or Swim," the seasonal softening off the ice prompts the rebels to hold a community safety meeting, which proves very well-timed: Soon after that, Bryan falls through the ice, but Henry is able to rescue him. As Gary teaches Molly what to do if she falls through the ice, Randy begins work building a floating mobile home, which he looks forward to using during the summer.

Angels Among Us

TLC, 10:00 pm ET

A wife and mother from upstate New York, Rosie Cepero possesses a special gift that allows her to see, hear and converse with guardian angels. In this new 12-part series, cameras follow Rosie as she connects with angels and conveys critical — and often life-changing — messages to the people they protect on earth. See our interview on the Lifestyle page.

The Lottery

LIFETIME, 10:01 pm ET
The Lottery

Alison and James (Marley Shelton, David Alpay) share their theory about what is causing the fertility crisis with Vanessa (Athena Karkanis), who subsequently discovers that Darius (Martin Donovan) has some co-conspirators in his plot to take over the lottery in the new episode "St. Michael." The MayTwos pressure Kyle (Michael Graziadei) to compromise his relationship with Alison. Gabrielle (Shelley Conn) gives the press a look behind the scenes as lottery contestants face their psychological evaluations.

Vicious

PBS, 10:30 pm ET

Ash's (Iwan Rheon) success makes Freddie (Ian McKellen) even more upset than he was in "Episode 3." As he frets about an audition, Freddie learns that Ash scores a job immediately upon his first try for it. If Freddie was anxious before, that news makes him even more so. He may not be in a frame of mind to give advice to Violet (Frances de la Tour), who seeks it from him and Stuart (Derek Jacobi).

Mon, September 8

A Good Job: Stories of the FDNY

HBO, 9:00 pm ET

Actor and former New York City firefighter Steve Buscemi ("Boardwalk Empire") explores what it is like to work in one of the world's most demanding fire departments, where going to work each day means literally risking it all. This film by Liz Garbus ("Ghosts of Abu Ghraib") vividly conveys the monumental physical and mental toll this work takes on firefighters, yet also celebrates the strong community born out of sharing such intense responsibility.

The Meredith Vieira Show

NBC, 2:00 pm ET
The Meredith Vieira Show

Certainly no stranger to weekday television ("The View," "Today," "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire"), Vieira finally gets her own name on a program as she begins a talk show originating from New York's Rockefeller Center. Among the regular features: "The List," a top-of-the-show segment in which she discusses whatever is on her mind that day; and the weekly showcasing of a different service dog that will be given to someone at the end of that week.

NFL Football

ESPN, 7:00 pm ET

The regular-season opener of "Monday Night Football" features two games on ESPN. First up, the N.Y. Giants visit the Detroit Lions in Ford Field. The second game has the San Diego Chargers heading to University of Phoenix Stadium to take on the Arizona Cardinals.

The Big Bang Theory

CBS, 8:00 pm ET
The Big Bang Theory

Needless to say -- though we're saying it -- Sheldon (Jim Parsons) doesn't exactly define the phrase "free spirit." His move toward being more spontaneous doesn't exactly run smoothly in "The Anything Can Happen Recurrence." In fact, it has a decidedly negative impact on the relationships among Penny, Amy and Bernadette (Kaley Cuoco, Mayim Bialik, Melissa Rauch). Howard (Simon Helberg) advises Raj (Kunal Nayyar) on dating Emily (guest star Laura Spencer).

MasterChef

FOX, 8:00 pm ET

If home truly is where the heart is, the remaining competitors carry that thought into the kitchen in the new two-hour episode "Top 5 Compete/Top 4 Compete." Each person has to generate a dish with a loved one as the inspiration, and those who don't win then must prepare something less personal: a protein-based recipe. Some special guests also add spice -- figuratively -- as the contestants go through their paces here.

Rewrapped

FOOD, 8:00 pm ET
Rewrapped

Host Joey Fatone returns for another season of goofy fun as he challenges three chefs to recreate a beloved American snack product, then incorporate that product into an innovative and delicious new dish. As the title of this new episode -- "Ho Ho You Didn't!" -- suggests, competing chefs Rodney Murillo, Heather McDonnell and Brandon Harris must recreate the Hostess Ho Ho, then use it creatively. Spoiler alert: Watch for the Ho Ho-crusted duck breast!

Bachelor in Paradise

ABC, 8:00 pm ET

As summer draws to a close, so does this return stint for past "Bachelor" and "Bachelorette" contestants in the spinoff's season finale. Let's assess how well the sojourn to Mexico has fared on the franchise's traditional scale: Hookups? Check. Heartbreaks? Check. Tears? Check, double-check and triple-check. And Chris Harrison again serving as the ever-upbeat host, confidant and audience surrogate? Well, of course.

Running Wild With Bear Grylls

NBC, 8:00 pm ET
Running Wild With Bear Grylls

He may have been a running back at times, but does that mean Deion Sanders also is proficient at "Running Wild"? This new episode answers the question, as the former football and baseball player -- an NFL Hall of Famer -- joins Grylls on an outdoor adventure in a remote area of Utah. The excursion is billed as a "camping trip," but if it's survivalist Grylls' brand of that, you can bet that it will expand way beyond the typical definition.

Mom

CBS, 8:30 pm ET
Mom

Christy (Anna Faris) does her best to play peacemaker -- though her efforts ultimately may be in vain -- when her parents, Bonnie and Alvin (Allison Janney, guest star Kevin Pollak), engage in battle in "Broken Dreams and Blocked Arteries." Violet (Sadie Calvano) has concerns about attending her senior prom, given her advanced pregnancy. Nate Corddry and French Stewart also star.

Antiques Roadshow

PBS, 9:00 pm ET
Antiques Roadshow

Boston is the location of an episode that features an appropriate item, a World Series baseball signed by members of the Red Sox. Particularly in that city, it should come as no surprise that the ball's value is estimated at upwards of $25,000. Among other Beantown-themed appraisals: a Paul Revere print; Norman Rockwell paintings brought in by one of the artist's former subjects; and another painting brought to the show by then-Boston Mayor Thomas Menino.

America's Next Top Model

CW, 9:00 pm ET

In a new episode that's largely about makeovers, the title "The Guy Who Gets a Beard Weave" offers a pretty good indication of what the result will be for at least one contestant. That likely will be one of the lighter parts of the hour, since a developing love triangle also is a consideration here. So is the breakdown that one of the models eventually suffers. Tyra Banks is the host.

The Real Housewives of Orange County

BRAVO, 9:00 pm ET
The Real Housewives of Orange County

A new special called "Secrets Revealed" incorporates extensive never-before-seen footage from Season 9, including a rock-climbing session that takes a raucous turn, a painting party, and a "dirty duck dinner" in Bali, as well as a therapy session for Vicki and her boyfriend, Brooks. The special also includes additional revelations from the recent reunion of cast members.

American Ninja Warrior

NBC, 9:00 pm ET

It's the end of the road, and the contest, for the remaining contenders as the "National Finals in Vegas" conclude in the season finale. The rivals finish the four-stage course modeled on Japan's "Mount Midoriyama," with the Cannonball Incline and the Propeller Bar among the challenges they face. The winner gets the American Ninja Warrior title -- oh, and $500,000, too. Matt Iseman and Akbar Gbaja Biamila are the hosts, with Jenn Brown serving as co-host.

Dallas

TNT, 9:00 pm ET
Dallas

Ewing Global goes public, sparking a mad scramble as everyone tries to claim ownership in the new episode "Victims of Love." Bobby (Patrick Duffy) turns to an old flame (guest star Melinda Clarke) to help him regain control of the company, while Pamela (Julie Gonzalo) struggles to process the revelation that Cliff didn't really kill J.R. Meanwhile, Judith and Harris Ryland (Judith Light, Mitch Pileggi) work to fix their problems with the cartel.

POV

PBS, 10:00 pm ET
POV

The efforts by one family to deal with Alzheimer's disease are examined in "The Genius of Marian," shown at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2013. The daughter of painter Marian Williams Steele -- who also had Alzheimer's -- Pam White gets great care and affection from her grown children as she grapples with the early-onset form of the illness. Their encounters are documented by her eldest son Banker, who made the resulting film in tandem with Anna Fitch.

Under the Dome

CBS, 10:00 pm ET
Under the Dome

The population of Chester's Mill surely hasn't had it easy since the Dome lowered -- and now, the peril is the rapidly dropping temperature in the new episode "Black Ice." It's up to Sam and Rebecca (Eddie Cahill, Karla Crome) to save everyone from what has been referred to elsewhere as "the big chill." After Julia (Rachelle Lefevre) is injured, Barbie (Mike Vogel) puts his own life on the line to save hers. Dean Norris and Colin Ford also star.

Love Prison

A&E, 10:00 pm ET

You think an average first date is a lot of pressure? In each episode of this new reality series, a couple who have been dating online take a total-immersion approach to meeting in person. Stripped of many of their creature comforts, electronics and other distractions, they spend a week together sharing a house on an otherwise deserted island. The series premiere introduces us to Billy, a carefree bachelor, and Jeanne, a single mom who is avidly hoping to find "The One."

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