TODAY'S TOP TV PICKS

Best TV Picks
Fri, August 28
Sat, August 29
Sun, August 30
Mon, August 31
Tue, September 1
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Fri, August 28

NFL Preseason Football

CBS, 8:00 pm ET

The Detroit Lions visit the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field for a Week 3 preseason game on CBS. Expect both teams’ regular-season starters to see more action in this game before next Thursday’s final preseason tune-up.

The Simpsons

FXX, 6:00 pm ET
The Simpsons

FXX has a six-hour mini marathon of The Simpsons tonight. Among the highlights: Homer becomes a trucker in “Maximum Homerdrive,” the Simpsons go to China in “Goo Goo Gai Pan,” Lisa manages Bart’s baseball team in “MoneyBART,” and Homer’s pen pal from Spain visits Springfield in “YOLO.”

Shark Tank

ABC, 8:00 pm ET
Shark Tank

It's not that crime shows don't feature enough corpses, as it is but they may get a new source, thanks to one of the entrepreneurs. The person is a Tampa, Fla. scientist who has created a synthetic and realistic cadaver -- the actual purpose of which is to aid medical testing. Also, two Seattle residents put forth their idea for personalized action figures, and several Philadelphia women pose a concept for online interior design.

Defiance

SYFY, 8:00 pm ET
Defiance

As hordes of freed Omec hunt Defiance citizens, most of the community's power players -- Nolan, Amanda, Datak, Irisa (Grant Bowler, Julie Benz, Tony Curran, Stephanie Leonidas) and their friends -- undertake a potential suicide mission to end the threat once and for all in the season finale, "Upon the March We Fittest Die." Anna Hopkins and Jaime Murray also star.

Cold Justice

TNT, 8:00 pm ET
Cold Justice

In a new episode called "Trajectory," the team hopes to uncover the truth behind the mysterious death of a young man that occurred just a few years ago. Ex-prosecutor Kelly Siegler, former crime scene investigator Yolanda McClary and Detective Orlando Martinez collaborate with state police and firearm experts from across the country in their search for answers.

Masters of Illusion

CW, 8:00 pm ET
Masters of Illusion

In a new episode called "Gravity Defiers, Compactors and Transformations," host Dean Cain welcomes featured magicians Nathan Burton, Tom Burgoon, Greg Frewin, Arthur Trace, Matt Marcy, Les Arnold and Dazzle, and Tommy Wind, who show off their diverse skills ranging from interactive mind magic to more conventional comedy routines as they perform feats of magic in front of a studio audience.

Whose Line Is It Anyway?

CW, 8:30 pm ET
Whose Line Is It Anyway?

Keegan-Michael Key -- half of the popular comedy team Key & Peele -- is on hand to contribute to the humor in this episode. He joins Wayne Brady, Colin Mochrie and Ryan Stiles to add his on-the-spot creativity to the improvisational sketches and songs suggested by the studio audience ... which should be especially interesting, given the distinctive brand of amusement that Key has become known for. Aisha Tyler is the host.

Great Performances

PBS, 9:00 pm ET
Great Performances

Zubin Mehta leads one of the greatest orchestras in the world in "The Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert 2015," a new episode featuring Austrian piano virtuoso Rudolf Buchbinder as soloist. Recorded last May in the gardens of Austria's Imperial Schonbrunn Palace, the program includes Edvard Grieg's Piano Concerto in A minor, op. 16, and "Peer Gynt" Suite No. 1, as well as Jean Sibelius' symphonic poem "Finlandia."

Penn & Teller: Fool Us

CW, 9:00 pm ET

When it comes to pulling off masterful illusions, veteran magicians Penn & Teller are at the top of their game, so it's not easy to put one over on them. That's exactly what aspiring magicians Bill Cook, Wes Barker, Matt Holtzclaw and David Regal have to do, however, if any of them expects to be invited to perform with the duo at their Las Vegas casino show. The rookies do get a break, though: Penn & Teller get to see each performer's trick only once before trying to figure it out in the episode "Mission Impossi-Ball."

Gotham

FOX, 9:00 pm ET
Gotham

There's plenty of suspicion to go around the city in "Everyone Has a Cobblepot," as Gordon (Ben McKenzie) investigates Commissioner Loeb (guest star Peter Scolari) and Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett Smith) is thought to be in cahoots with Dr. Dulmacher (guest star Colm Feore). The young Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) gets a new reason to pursue his own campaign against crime. Nicholas D'Agosto (as Harvey Dent) and Nicholle Tom ("The Nanny") also guest star.

Cold Justice: Sex Crimes

TNT, 9:00 pm ET
Cold Justice: Sex Crimes

Casey and Alicia travel to Rogers, Ark., to re-open the 17-year-old unsolved investigation into the rape of a teacher on an elementary school campus. Working with local law enforcement agencies, the pair hopes they can glean enough evidence to put the man who was responsible behind bars at last in the new episode "On Sacred Ground."

Dark Matter

SYFY, 9:00 pm ET
Dark Matter

Tabor Calchek (guest star David Hewlett), the team's handler, returns in the new "Episode Twelve" to send the crew on what they expect to be a fairly routine mission to retrieve a scientist being held against his will on a distant world. As so often happens on this series, however, the assignment turns into a horrific ordeal for one team member, orchestrated by someone from out of her past. Wil Wheaton guest stars. The season finale immediately follows.

Madam Secretary

CBS, 11:35 pm ET
Madam Secretary

A request to the president (Keith Carradine) to help resolve a troublesome situation in Western Africa has surprising, not-pleasant results for Elizabeth (Tea Leoni) in an episode entitled "The Call." Oscar and Emmy winner Louis Gossett Jr. guest stars as a clergyman who's party to the diplomatic trouble. Tim Daly, Bebe Neuwirth and Zeljko Ivanek also star.

Sat, August 29

Hannibal

NBC, 10:00 pm ET

In a desperate bid to slay Francis Dolarhyde (guest star Richard Armitage), Will (Hugh Dancy) engineers a cunning ploy utilizing Hannibal (Mads Mikkelsen) in the series finale, "The Wrath of the Lamb." Upon learning of his plan, Bedelia Du Maurier (Gillian Anderson) voices concerns that Will’s actions may not only put his life in peril, but the lives of those around him. As the end draws near, Will remains unflinching in his game with Hannibal — even when it means coming face-to-face with his own darkest fears.

Little League Baseball

ABC, 12:30 pm ET
Little League Baseball

The 2015 Little League World Series comes down to the semifinal round with the International and U.S. Championship games today at Howard J. Lamade Stadium in South Williamsport, Pa. The winners advance to the championship game on Sunday. 

MLB Baseball

FS1, 4:00 pm ET

A rather odd pair of interleague match-ups is on tap tonight in this Fox Sports 1 doubleheader, which begins with Yoenis Cespedes and the New York Mets facing David Ortiz and the Boston Red Sox, the traditional AL East rivals of the crosstown Yankees. Speaking of the Bronx Bombers, Mark Teixeira and his mates are in action in the nightcap against the Mets' NL East foes -- Freddie Freeman and the Atlanta Braves.

American Ninja Warrior

NBC, 8:00 pm ET

The series' "Military Finals" showcases members of the Armed Services who placed among the 30 finalists in the program's previous episode with a similar theme. They have some obstacles they didn't face then -- including the Salmon Ladder, the Arm Rings, the Doorknob Arch and the Spider Climb. As in other finals here, the goal is to qualify for the Las Vegas Finals and a shot at the $1 million grand prize. Matt Iseman and Akbar Gbaja-Biamila are the hosts.

Cedar Cove

HALLMARK, 8:00 pm ET
Cedar Cove

In the new episode "Runaway," Paul (Colin Ferguson) opens up to Olivia (Andie MacDowell) about the real reason he left his hometown and urges her to be cautious about what may be a hidden agenda on Liz's (Emily Holmes) part. As Maryellen (Elyse Levesque) struggles to cope with her mother's nuptials, Grace (Teryl Rothery) tries to convince Cliff (Sebastian Spence) to elope. Jack (Dylan Neal) risks his job at the Seattle Courier to defend Jeri (Julia Benson). Cameron Bancroft also stars.

Cars

ABC, 8:00 pm ET

Vroom! The 2006 CGI box-office success comes to the small screen, with Owen Wilson voicing Lightning McQueen, a hotshot race car who gets stranded in a backwater town. He's revving at the engine to get back to racing, but Radiator Springs has its appeal. Additional voices include Paul Newman, Bonnie Hunt, Larry the Cable Guy, Cheech Marin and Tony Shalhoub.

Kill the Messenger

HBO, 8:00 pm ET

Jeremy Renner, also a producer on this fact-based 2014 crime thriller, stars as journalist Gary Webb, who becomes the target of a vicious smear campaign in the mid-1990s after he exposes the CIA's role in importing vast amounts of cocaine. The sale of which would generate money for Contra rebels in Nicaragua. Michael Cuesta ("Homeland") directs the fine ensemble cast, which also includes Rosemarie DeWitt ("Mad Men"), Michael Sheen, Ray Liotta, Oliver Platt and Andy Garcia.

Fatal Flip

LIFETIME, 8:00 pm ET

Alex and Jeff (Dominique Swain, "Lolita," and Michael Steger, "90210") expect nothing out of the ordinary when they hire Nate (Mike Faiola, "Awkward."), a handsome contractor, to help them repair a rundown house to sell at a profit. As the project progresses, however, Jeff and Alex realize they got more than they bargained for, because Nate comes with a very dark past. Tatyana Ali ("The Young and the Restless") also stars in this 2015 thriller.

NFL Preseason Football

CBS, 8:00 pm ET
NFL Preseason Football

Two teams expecting to make postseason runs meet tonight in this preseason tilt at San Diego's Qualcomm Stadium, where Phil Rivers and the Chargers take on Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks. The Bolts, who finished out of the playoffs with a 9-7 record last year, may be in last-hurrah mode in 2015 with Rivers at 34 and safety Eric Weddle in his contract year. The defending NFC champion Seahawks, by contrast, are once again thinking Super Bowl all the way.

Ghost Adventures

TRAVEL, 9:00 pm ET
Ghost Adventures

A new episode takes Zak Bagans and Aaron Goodwin, along with tech guys Billy Tolley and Jay Wasley, to Deer Lodge, Mont., to investigate the Old Montana State Prison, site of a deadly prison riot in 1958. Hangings at the facility commonly were performed right on the prison grounds, utilizing a mobile gallows. As the team explores the property, they experience an abundance of weird occurrences and gather evidence.

Hell on Wheels

AMC, 9:00 pm ET
Hell on Wheels

The critically acclaimed period drama reaches the midpoint of its fifth and final season with a summer finale called "False Prophets," which finds Cullen and Durant (Anson Mount, Colm Meaney) reuniting in Salt Lake City to meet with President Grant (guest star Victor Slezak) to discuss the future of the railroad. Meanwhile, on another front, the Swede (Christopher Heyerdahl) puts his plan against the Mormons into action.

Blunt Talk

STARZ, 9:00 pm ET
Blunt Talk

Walter Blunt (Patrick Stewart) misses an opportunity to cover a storm that could revitalize his career, so his staff concocts a Plan B. Meanwhile, Harry (Adrian Scarborough) — who is Walter’s manservant — must make a personal sacrifice to save Walter’s career.

Last Man Standing

ABC, 10:30 pm ET
Last Man Standing

The title "Vanessa Fixes Up Eve" pretty much spells out this episode's plot, but the result isn't as simple as it might seem. In arranging a date with one of her students for Eve (Kaitlyn Dever), Vanessa (Nancy Travis) doesn't realize her daughter already might be dating someone else. The identity of the possibly secret boyfriend intrigues Mike (Tim Allen), who thinks he might know the young man in question. Erika Alexander ("Living Single") guest stars.

America's Next Weatherman

TBS, 11:00 pm ET

This reality show competition parody from Will Ferrell's "Funny or Die" production company continues its eight-week run with a new episode called "Screaming Producers," which finds the remaining contestants trying to dodge some less-than-friendly-fire from a rageaholic station producer with whom they are forced to work. Away from the station, the teams try to teach kindergarten students about the weather and how it works. Matt Oberg hosts.

Sun, August 30

2015 MTV Video Music Awards

COMEDY, 9:00 pm ET

From the Microsoft Theater at L.A. Live in Los Angeles, Miley Cyrus hosts this annual, celebrity-packed celebration of the year's best music videos. It's Taylor Swift, however, who leads the pack of nominees, with nine nods. Audience favorite Ed Sheeran is second, with six nominations. Kendrick Lamar scored four nominations for his video "Alright," but he's also a featured performer on Swift's "Bad Blood" (seven nods) and Flying Lotus's "Never Catch Me" (two nods). In years past, the awards ceremony has been fodder for water cooler discussions including twerking, dresses made of meat, unusual duet pairings and the kiss between Madonna and Britney Spears that we will never forget. Who will shock, surprise or amaze us this year?

IndyCar Racing

NBCSN, 4:00 pm ET

The IndyCar championship is on the line tonight in Northern California, as Sonoma Raceway plays host to the season-closing GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma. Title contenders Juan Pablo Montoya, Graham Rahal, Scott Dixon, Helio Castroneves and Will Power will do battle on the scenic 2.385-mile, 12-turn natural-terrain road course that features elevation changes and varied turns that require downshifting. Dixon won here for the fourth time last year.

Bob's Burgers

FOX, 7:00 pm ET
Bob

Emmy winner Megan Mullally ("Will & Grace") supplies the guest voice of Gayle, Linda's (voice of John Roberts) sister who's distressed over a canceled date, in "The Gayle Tales." She had tickets for a show, giving her younger relatives an idea of how to get around being grounded. They vie to become her replacement date, and they have to write essays to make their case to accompany her. Another episode follows.

Hollywood Game Night

NBC, 7:00 pm ET

In the case of the episode "Mr. Smith Goes to Game Night," the "Mr." is filmmaker Kevin Smith ("Clerks"), who has shown himself to have a good grasp of movie trivia. Elisha Cuthbert ("24," "Happy Endings") is the lone female celebrity alongside Smith, Justin Long, Brandon T. Jackson, "Saturday Night Live's" Jay Pharaoh and "The Sixth Sense" alum Haley Joel Osment as they try to help two "civilians" win $25,000. Jane Lynch is the host.

The Simpsons

FOX, 8:00 pm ET
The Simpsons

The voice of veteran singer Johnny Mathis is unmistakable, and he puts it to good use by voicing his animated likeness in "Bull-E." Bart's (voice of Nancy Cartwright) encounter at a school dance sends Marge (voice of Julie Kavner) on an anti-bullying crusade, and the result is unforeseen: Homer (voice of Dan Castellaneta) gets arrested for allegedly bullying Ned Flanders (voice of Harry Shearer). Albert Brooks also supplies a guest voice.

Explorer

NGC, 8:00 pm ET
Explorer

The critically acclaimed documentary series returns to NGC. Each monthly episode of the series will go deep into a story ripped from the pages of the current issue of National Geographic magazine. In the premiere episode, Warlords of Ivory, special investigative correspondent Bryan Christy, a veteran of wildlife trafficking wars, traces the path of destruction left in the wake of Africa’s illegal ivory trade — a path rife with misery, crime and terrorism that spreads like a dark stain across the map of the world.

Show Me a Hero

HBO, 8:00 pm ET
Show Me a Hero

As this socially conscious miniseries from David Simon ("The Wire") and Paul Haggis ("Crash") wraps up, Nick Wasicsko (Oscar Isaac) starts planning his political comeback, having realized he had done the right thing on the controversial housing project. As the tenants for the project are screened and chosen, many have second thoughts about moving into hostile neighborhoods. Meanwhile, Mary Dorman (Catherine Keener) is surprised to find herself recruited to serve the incoming residents.

Secrets of Her Majesty's Secret Service

PBS, 8:00 pm ET

You thought only James Bond kept such secrets? This special delves deeply into the history of the British intelligence agency MI6, which wasn't official recognized as the operation it is until 1994. Since its existence dates back to 1909, that was a lot of time in which much information could be kept private. Some people with firsthand knowledge of the bureau's dealings then, especially those involving other nations, offer insight.

MLB Baseball

ESPN, 8:00 pm ET

Two teams with postseason aspirations square off tonight in Los Angeles, where Adrian Gonzalez and the Dodgers conclude a three-game series against Kris Bryant and the Chicago Cubs. The NL West-leading Dodgers played the wild card-hopeful Cubbies to a draw when these teams last met in June at Wrigley Field, each winning two games of a four-game series.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

FOX, 8:30 pm ET
Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Teamed on a case with a top New York police detective (guest star Garret Dillahunt, "Raising Hope"), Jake (Andy Samberg) couldn't be more thrilled in "Det. Dave Majors" -- until he learns of his new partner's interest in Amy (Melissa Fumero). Terry (Terry Crews) mulls a job offer in private security, prompting Charles and Gina (Joe Lo Truglio, Chelsea Peretti) to get him to stay at the precinct. Andre Braugher and Stephanie Beatriz also star.

Family Guy

FOX, 9:00 pm ET
Family Guy

She didn't envision becoming a model, but Meg (voice of Mila Kunis) is enlisted for that pursuit in "This Little Piggy." Some of the excitement wears off when she realizes what she's wanted for specifically: her feet. Stewie (voice of Seth MacFarlane) wants to experience the great outdoors, so Brian (also voiced by MacFarlane) takes him on a trek. Seth Green and Patrick Warburton also are in the voice cast.

Masterpiece Mystery!

PBS, 9:00 pm ET
Masterpiece Mystery!

In what may be the climactic case of his career, Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch) faces Moriarty's (Andrew Scott) diabolical plot to "get Sherlock," which begins innocently enough when the criminal mastermind breaks into the crown jewels. As the scheme unfolds, Moriarty poses the "final problem," and a tabloid reporter reveals the "shocking truth" about the great detective in "Sherlock, Series II: The Reichenbach Fall."

The Great Food Truck Race

FOOD, 9:00 pm ET

As the six remaining teams approach Flagstaff, Tyler phones them to advise that the team who sells the most there gets a one-hour head start to their next destination: Sedona, Ariz. In Sedona, the teams must make a dish incorporating the local delicacy, rattlesnake and rabbit sausage. In red rock country, the teams leave the comfort of their trucks to sell from pink jeeps in the new episode "Off-Road Eats in Arizona."

Ray Donovan

SHO, 9:00 pm ET
Ray Donovan

After Ray (Liev Schreiber) tries to force a Finney rival to sell his land, Father Romero (Leland Orser) confronts him at Fite Club and challenges him to repent of his sins in the new episode "Tulip." With the Minassians out for revenge, Mickey (Jon Voight) is forced to consider an offer of police protection in exchange for his cooperation. Finney (Ian McShane) calls Ray back into service over a complication involving Varick (Jason Butler Harner).

Married to Medicine

BRAVO, 9:00 pm ET
Married to Medicine

Dr. Heavenly is ready to launch her dating app, Piq, after several months of hard work, but her husband does not like that she will be even busier in the new episode "Mariah the Party Crasher." Jill throws a wild Prohibition Party, where things take an unpleasant turn after her husband is accused of being disrespectful to Dr. Heavenly. Dr. Simone proposes a trip to the Bahamas to help the crew repair their fractured relationships.

The Last Ship

TNT, 9:00 pm ET
The Last Ship

After retrieving the mastermind who was behind the Immune communications network, the Nathan James is trapped between a submarine and the civilian blockades set up by the Immunes in the new episode "Cry Havoc." Meanwhile, Chandler (Eric Dane) sends Dr. Scott (Rhona Mitra) and the cure off the ship under the protection of Slattery (Adam Baldwin) as the crew of the Nathan James gets battle-ready for what looks like an inevitable showdown.

Madam Secretary

CBS, 9:00 pm ET
Madam Secretary

Struggling to keep her emotions in check following the devastating attack in Iran, Elizabeth (Tea Leoni) strives to prevent an ecological disaster in the Amazon as she prepares for a national TV appearance with CBS newsman Bob Schieffer (playing himself) on "Face the Nation," also the title of this episode. Elsewhere, Elizabeth clashes with Henry (Tim Daly) over how much protection son Jason (Evan Roe) should have at his new school. Kevin Rahm also guest stars.

Fear the Walking Dead

AMC, 9:00 pm ET
Fear the Walking Dead

Now that Nick's (Frank Dillane) dealer has been infected by the zombie virus, Madison (Kim Dickens) struggles to help her son as he faces the prospect of a crippling withdrawal in the new episode "So Close, Yet So Far." Meanwhile, Travis (Cliff Curtis) sets out on a risky quest to locate his own rebellious son, Chris (Lorenzo James Henrie), before Los Angeles descends further into chaos. Alycia Debnam-Carey and Elizabeth Rodriguez also star.

The Last Man on Earth

FOX, 9:30 pm ET
The Last Man on Earth

In "Moved to Tampa," Phil (Will Forte) loves being one of the few males in the tiny pool of Tucson survivors, which definitely improves his prospects with the available women. It occurs to him, however, that in order to protect that status, he needs to retrace his earlier steps and alter those signs he put up, so no more men will show up. Unfortunately, in the process he ends up trapped on a billboard. Mary Steenburgen also stars.

Falling Skies

TNT, 10:00 pm ET
Falling Skies

Several climactic details are being kept under wraps as the sci-fi/action series wraps up its run. The story line takes the Mason family, the 2nd Mass and some new allies into what a press release describes as "the bowels of an iconic American location," where new and unpredictable challenges await them. Given that the title of this series finale is "Reborn," we're feeling optimistic about the outcome. Noah Wyle stars.

The Strain

FX, 10:00 pm ET
The Strain

In a new episode called "Intruders," Eph (Corey Stoll) must protect Zack (Max Charles) against a surprise intruder into Red Hook. Elsewhere, Gus (Miguel Gomez) convinces the Guptas to make a difficult choice, while Fet and Setrakian (Kevin Durand, David Bradley) are dismayed to discover they are not the only prospective buyers as they set out to acquire the Lumen. Mia Maestro also stars.

CSI: Cyber

CBS, 10:00 pm ET
CSI: Cyber

Going "Die Hard 2" -- in which all of an airport's flights were threatened -- one better in terms of specific targeting, "L0m1s" imperils several planes that departed from the same airport. The attack is conducted via Wi-Fi, making the case ideally suited to the skills of Avery (Patricia Arquette) and her colleagues. Jason George ("Mistresses") and Sarah Butler guest star. James Van Der Beek, Peter MacNicol and Shad Moss also star.

Breaking the Silence

TLC, 10:00 pm ET

Airing without commercial interruption, this new one-hour documentary sheds light on the challenges faced by those affected by child molestation via the deeply felt personal accounts of survivors. They include Erin Merryn, whose own harrowing abuse inspired the passage in 26 states of "Erin's Law," which mandates age-appropriate lessons on personal body safety for schoolchildren. The program also includes information on where people can turn for help, and advice from abuse prevention experts.

Vicious

PBS, 10:30 pm ET
Vicious

Feeling completely out of shape, Freddie and Stuart (Ian McKellen, Derek Jacobi) accompany Ash (Iwan Rheon) to his gym, where Theo (guest star Jack Ashton), a young trainer, persuades them to sign up for an expensive membership package. In fact, the smitten seniors invite Theo back to their flat, abandoning Ash. When he realizes Theo is just taking advantage of his two chums, however, Ash is quick to take action. Frances de la Tour and Marcia Warren also star in the new episode "Gym."

Manzo'd With Children

BRAVO, 10:30 pm ET
Manzo

Fed up with Lauren's extravagance and her immature conduct, Caroline gives her daughter a dose of tough love in a new episode called "Introducing Bridezilla." Her strategy backfires, however, shifting Lauren's worst "bridezilla" behavior into a whole new gear. While Chris tries to make amends to his mother for his own misbehavior, Albie confesses to a shocking development in his love life.

Mon, August 31

Big Blue Live

PBS, 8:00 pm ET

PBS and the BBC are producers of this remarkable three-day live event that documents the extraordinary rejuvenation of the once endangered and now thriving ecosystem of Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary in California. Some of the world’s most charismatic marine creatures — humpback whales, blue whales, sea lions, dolphins, elephant seals, sea otters, great white sharks, shearwaters and brown pelicans — convene in this once-a-year confluence.

2015 U.S. Open Tennis

ESPN, 1:00 pm ET
2015 U.S. Open Tennis

The year’s last Grand Slam returns to the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens, N.Y., with US Open early rounds beginning today. Serena Williams looks to complete a dominant Grand Slam season with a fourth straight US Open women’s singles title. Marin Cilic is the reigning men’s singles champion. ESPN takes over as the exclusive US Open broadcast partner, and the tournament returns to its traditional 14-day schedule. ESPN and ESPN2 share tournament coverage through Sept. 13.

Fashion Police

E!, 8:00 pm ET
Fashion Police

Can this series reinvent itself with Melissa Rivers taking over the host chair once held by her tart-tongued mother, Joan? You can bet many people will be watching tonight's assessment of fashions at MTV's Video Music Awards as the show returns after a long hiatus with the younger Rivers joining Giuliana Rancic and Brad Goreski, plus guest stars Margaret Cho and NeNe Leakes. "Police" was rocked last spring as Kathy Griffin, who took over as host after Joan Rivers' death, bailed after just seven episodes.

So You Think You Can Dance

FOX, 8:00 pm ET
So You Think You Can Dance

Although the dancers on this show are competitors, it gets harder every week to say goodbye to the eliminated performers, so expect emotions to run high in the new episode "Top 6 Perform and Elimination," as one dancer each is cut from Team Stage and Team Street. Judges Nigel Lythgoe, Paula Abdul and Jason Derulo don't have much voice in who those hapless hoofers will be, but they're sure to have consoling words for them.

American Ninja Warrior

NBC, 8:00 pm ET

In the new episode "The Vegas Finals," the top finishers from the regional finals face a truly daunting new challenge: a four-stage course modeled after Mount Midoriyama in Japan. In Stage One alone, that means they'll have to undertake new obstacles called the Double Shock and the Sonic Curve if they are to have any shot at that million-dollar grand prize and the title of American Ninja Warrior. Hosts Matt Iseman and Akbar Gbaja-Biamila join co-host Kristine Leahy.

2 Broke Girls

CBS, 8:00 pm ET
2 Broke Girls

It can pay to look good -- or so Max and Caroline (Kat Dennings, Beth Behrs) hope, as they become Nash's (guest star Austin Falk) managers in trying to launch his modeling career in "And the Look of the Irish." They expect that if he's successful, they'll profit, too. Sophie and Oleg (Jennifer Coolidge, Jonathan Kite) try to keep their hands off each other for the month before their wedding. Sandra Bernhard returns in her guest role.

Penn & Teller: Fool Us

CW, 8:00 pm ET

For a new episode called "Star Spangled Magic," featured magicians including Riley Siegler, Jade, Ran'D Shine and David Roth attempt to perform feats of illusion that their veteran hosts are not able to figure out after only one viewing. Any magicians who pull off that trick wins the right to perform with Penn & Teller in their show at the Rio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. British TV personality Jonathan Ross serves as host.

Rachael Ray's Kids Cook-Off

FOOD, 8:00 pm ET

After making it through the first elimination, the seven remaining young chefs must put their own spin on a fast food classic in a new episode called "Fast Food Feud." Food critic and Internet video star Daymon Patterson ("Daym Drops") joins Rachael Ray to judge the cook-off results.

A Patch of Blue

TCM, 8:00 pm ET

This 1965 film stars Elizabeth Hartman as Selina, a young blind woman. While sitting in a park, Selina meets Gordon (Sidney Poitier), a black man who takes an instant liking to her. The two become close friends as Gordon teaches her ways to be independent. Shelley Winters won an Academy Award as best supporting actress for her heart-rending performance as Selina's abusive mother, who ruins Selina's self-esteem.

The Odd Couple

CBS, 8:30 pm ET
The Odd Couple

If the aim of yoga is peace and relaxation, Felix (Thomas Lennon) clearly missed out on that information, as indicated by the episode <7>Enlightening Strikes.<8> His way of substitute-teaching such a class agitates everyone in attendance, including Emily (Lindsay Sloane) and a man named Steve (song-parody master Weird Al Yankovic, in a guest role). Regis Philbin also guest stars in a subplot about Oscar (Matthew Perry) getting trapped on the subway.

Antiques Roadshow

PBS, 9:00 pm ET
Antiques Roadshow

A "most wanted" segment from the 2013 episode "Myrtle Beach (Hour Two)" features appraiser Debra Force and a former FBI agent investigating a story about art that was stolen from South Carolina's Hobclaw Barony estate. Discoveries from the Myrtle Beach visit include an 1860 letter signed by Abraham Lincoln, a gift of crystals from Marilyn Monroe and an 1850s South Carolina sword valued at between $30,000 and $40,000.

Awkward.

MTV, 9:00 pm ET
Awkward.

With only a few weeks left of high school, Jenna (Ashley Rickards) and her friends must make the most of it as they hit senior year’s last milestone moments — senior pranks, prom and graduation. Everyone has figured out what they are going to do next year, and before the school year ends, Jenna will have to decide once and for all: Are she and Matty (Beau Mirchoff) meant to be?

Whose Line Is It Anyway?

CW, 9:00 pm ET
Whose Line Is It Anyway?

Most people know Bill Nye as "the Science Guy," thanks to his efforts to educate kids -- and the public at large, really -- about the exciting possibilities of science. In this new episode, however, we'll see whether Nye might earn a second reputation as "the Comedy Chap" when he joins cast regulars Ryan Stiles, Wayne Brady and Colin Mochrie, along with guest star Greg Proops, for some improv games. Host Aisha Tyler ("Archer") awards points and declares a winner at the end of each episode.

Scorpion

CBS, 9:00 pm ET
Scorpion

Walter (Elyes Gabel) and the rest of Team Scorpion go on a cruise ship together, but it's not for the sake of pleasure: They're trying to locate and disable some deadly rockets that have been stolen. As Valentine's Day approaches, Ralph (Riley B. Smith) turns to Happy and Toby (Jadyn Wong, Eddie Kaye Thomas) for advice on how to handle his first crush in "Love Boat." Katharine McPhee also stars.

Faking It

MTV, 9:30 pm ET
Faking It

Hester High gets turned on its head in the summer premiere, "Stripped," which sees a new principal determined to get the school back on track. Meanwhile, Karma and Amy (Katie Stevens, Rita Volk) try to repair their friendship after Karma's discovery that Amy slept with Liam (Gregg Sulkin), and Shane (Michael J. Willett) tries to keep Duke (Skyler Maxon) from finding out that Shane was the one who outed him. Bailey De Young also stars.

Significant Mother

CW, 9:30 pm ET
Significant Mother

Jimmy and Lydia's (Nathaniel Buzolic, Krista Allen) rocky romance seems to take a step back for every two steps forward, especially when Lydia's uptight mother, Gammy (guest star Linda Gray, "Dallas"), shows up unannounced. Jimmy wants a chance to prove himself, but a mix-up sends Lydia's attempts to cover up the truth spinning out of control in the new episode "Suffering & Succotash." Gammy, meanwhile, has a secret of her own. Josh Zuckerman also stars.

NCIS: Los Angeles

CBS, 9:59 pm ET
NCIS: Los Angeles

Quite possibly, "American Sniper" was the inspiration for "Field of Fire," though the story here goes its own way. An ex-Marine and skilled shooter is the quarry of the team after he leaves a hospital -- especially since he might have ties to extremists. Kensi (Daniela Ruah), a proficient sniper herself, has a hard time with some of the memories the case brings back for her. Chris O'Donnell, LL Cool J and Linda Hunt also star.

POV

PBS, 10:00 pm ET
POV

A new episode called "The Storm Makers" provides a harrowing report on Cambodia's human trafficking underworld by focusing on a 16-year-old peasant girl sold into slavery and two traffickers -- known as "storm makers" for the havoc they cause in the lives of their victims -- who move poor and illiterate people across the border. Out of roughly half a million Cambodians working outside their country, nearly a third of them become slaves, often young women forced into prostitution.

Todrick

MTV, 10:00 pm ET
Todrick

In his new weekly MTV docuseries, quadruple threat (singer, actor, choreographer and director) Todrick Hall lets fans into his creative factory and introduces them to the passionate troupe of collaborators who pour heart and soul into his successful series of YouTube videos.

The Whispers

ABC, 10:01 pm ET
The Whispers

After long weeks of speculation, Claire (Lily Rabe) and the other members on the team of heroes scramble into action as Drill's mysterious endgame finally is put into motion in the season finale, "Game Over." Notice that we said "season," not "series finale," but "The Whispers" -- which saw its audience share steadily fall throughout the summer -- wrapped production on Season 1 not knowing whether the show would be picked up. ABC allowed its options on the cast to expire, so don't expect a lot of closure.

Running Wild With Bear Grylls

NBC, 10:01 pm ET
Running Wild With Bear Grylls

Actor Michael B. Jordan has had to endure some sharply disappointing reviews for his summer movie flop "Fantastic Four," but he faces far more physical challenges in this new episode as he joins Grylls in Wales. There, they start their journey by dropping into rough waters off the coast before making their way up the coast and to the top of the mountains for their exit, battling torrents of rain and gusts of wind that force them to get creative when it comes to finding food and shelter for the night.

Girl Code Live

MTV, 10:30 pm ET

This new spin-off series from the successful "Girl Code" franchise is hosted by three familiar faces from that program -- Carly, Awkwarfina and Nessa -- who welcome musicians and other celebrity guests for a fast-paced half-hour of entertaining games and some frank girl-talk, all in front of a live studio audience. MTV has ordered 10 episodes for this first season.

Blue Bloods

CBS, 11:35 pm ET
Blue Bloods

Danny (Donnie Wahlberg) is out for justice -- and more than a touch of vengeance -- when Baez (Marisa Ramirez) is hurt by assailants while helping to transport drugs to be destroyed in "Partners." A lieutenant with a sterling professional record unexpectedly causes problems for Frank (Tom Selleck). Kirk Acevedo reprises his earlier guest role as Baez's brother. Bridget Moynahan, Will Estes and Len Cariou also star.

Tue, September 1

Drunk History

COMEDY, 10:30 pm ET

Comedy Central’s hit series Drunk History is back for a 13-episode Season 3 beginning tonight, as host and director Derek Waters takes viewers on a historical journey to New Jersey. Guest stars in tonight’s episode are Christopher Meloni, Tony Hale, Greg Kinnear, Stephen Merchant, Justin Long and Jason Ritter.

NCIS

CBS, 8:00 pm ET
NCIS

Though CSI has a cyber unit that has fueled its own series, NCIS also is deeply involved in online crime in "The Lost Boys." A case that Gibbs (Mark Harmon) and his team are working goes international with the pursuit of terrorists who recruit new, very young allies via the Internet. The situation becomes potentially more lethal with the villains' purchase of black-market weapons. Guest star Matt Jones returns as Special Agent Ned Dorneget.

America's Got Talent

NBC, 8:00 pm ET
America

The Live Semi-Finals of the competition begin as a dozen of the top 24 acts perform on the stage of New York's Radio City Music Hall for judges Howie Mandel, Mel B., Heidi Klum and Howard Stern as they try to clear another hurdle toward that $1 million grand prize. Nick Cannon hosts the new episode "Semi-Finals 1."

Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?

FOX, 8:00 pm ET
Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?

A paleontologist knows a great deal about what happened on Planet Earth millennia ago, but what about classroom lessons learned during elementary school? A contestant who specializes in that branch of science, as well as a real estate agent, pit their knowledge of subjects ranging from art to geography and math against some real grade-school students in the new episode "Adolfo/Ashley."

Fresh Off the Boat

ABC, 8:00 pm ET
Fresh Off the Boat

An episode called "Home Sweet Home School" finds Louis and Jessica (Randall Park, Constance Wu) clashing over how to run the restaurant and how to raise the kids. The boys all get straight A's in school, but that only convinces their dragon mom their classes are too easy. At work, she cracks the whip so harshly that Louis must find a way to get her to lighten up. Three other episodes of the show immediately follow.

The Flash

CW, 8:00 pm ET
The Flash

Joe (Jesse L. Martin) becomes the target of the so-called Weather Wizard (guest star Liam McIntyre), whose brother was killed by the cop, in "Out of Time." Barry (Grant Gustin) cautions Joe not to try to stop the villain on his own. Cisco (Carlos Valdes) develops suspicions about Dr. Wells (Tom Cavanagh), related to the identity of the Reverse Flash. A double date has uncomfortable results for Barry and Iris (Candice Patton).

Big Blue Live

PBS, 8:00 pm ET
Big Blue Live

Episode two of this new three-night miniseries event features an interview with a scientist who is trying to help solve the mysteries of shark migration and to study the anatomy of elephant seals and white sharks. The hour also dives into the hidden world of Monterey Bay's sea lions and sea otters.

Rizzoli & Isles

TNT, 9:00 pm ET
Rizzoli & Isles

In the mid-season finale, a new episode called simply "5:26," after a vintage watch is found inside a balloon of cocaine inside the stomach of a dead woman, figuring out its significance becomes the key to protecting Jane (Angie Harmon) and all the people she loves. Sasha Alexander, Lorraine Bracco, Jordan Bridges and Bruce McGill also star.

Hotel Impossible

TRAVEL, 9:00 pm ET
Hotel Impossible

Season 6 opens with a new episode called "Fix Your Kicks on Route 66," which finds host Anthony Melchiorri and his team boarding their tricked-out RV for a trek along the longest surviving stretch of historic Route 66, where they try to help three struggling Arizona hotels: a "luxury" inn that has fallen on hard times, a former bordello listed on the National Registry of Historic Places and, for the first time, a camping and trailer park.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

FOX, 9:00 pm ET
Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Kyra Sedgwick continues her guest role as the deputy chief in "The Mole." Before she finds out someone in the precinct is letting information leak, Holt (Andre Braugher) -- who doesn't see eye-to-eye with her anyway -- and Jake (Andy Samberg) try to put a stop to the situation. Terry and Rosa (Terry Crews, Stephanie Beatriz) try to advance the cause of their new drug task force. Melissa Fumero and Joe Lo Truglio also star.

iZombie

CW, 9:00 pm ET
iZombie

Written by Diane Ruggiero-Wright, one of the show's executive producers, "Dead Rat, Live Rat, Brown Rat, White Rat" sounds like "I Know What You Did Last Summer" revisited. Several teens are responsible for an apparent death, but as they try to conceal the mishap, the supposed victim appears and attacks one of his "killers." Liv (Rose McIver) is taken back to her high school days as she and Clive (Malcolm Goodwin) investigate.

Zoo

CBS, 9:00 pm ET
Zoo

Pursued as fugitives, Jackson (James Wolk) and the team fly to Zambia in search of leopard DNA that they hope will prove useful in manufacturing a cure for the aberrant behavior that's affecting animals around the world. Getting out of the country without detection may prove tricky, however, so they turn to animal rights activist Ray Endicott (guest star Warren Christie) for assistance. Chloe (Nora Arnezeder), meanwhile, makes the ultimate sacrifice to avoid further bloodshed in the new episode "Emotional Contagion."

In Their Own Words

PBS, 9:00 pm ET

Three new weekly episodes of this series, which profiles key historical figures by framing their life stories with their most memorable quotes, opens with "Queen Elizabeth II." The hour traces the indefatigable British monarch's life from her youth to her father's coronation as King George VI, followed by her sudden ascension to the throne and her 60-plus-year reign as queen.

The Last Man on Earth

FOX, 9:30 pm ET
The Last Man on Earth

Phil (Will Forte) is speechless with indignation, disappointment and offended male ego as he is forced to stand by and helplessly observe doughy Todd's (Mel Rodriguez) inexplicably successful courtship of the beautiful Melissa (January Jones) in "She Drives Me Crazy." Adding to the indignity, his neighbors take a vote demanding that Phil clean up his disgusting swimming pool. Kristen Schaal also stars.

Frontline

PBS, 10:00 pm ET
Frontline

Russian President Vladimir Putin is in the spotlight in "Putin's Way," providing an overall survey of his rise to power and how he has used his political heft both domestically and in relations with other countries. The KGB veteran's allegedly autocratic style has generated controversy not only during his three reigns in the presidency, but also in his two terms as prime minister. His involvement in other organizations is considered.

Extreme Weight Loss

ABC, 10:00 pm ET
Extreme Weight Loss

The new episode "Kim" follows the journey of a Honolulu fashion designer who fears her weight will prevent others from taking her professional efforts seriously. In fact, she wants to lose enough to join models in wearing her creations on the runway herself -- which is where trainers Chris and Heidi Powell come in. They aim to help Kim reach her goal of getting credit for her creativity as well as her revised appearance.

Tyrant

FX, 10:00 pm ET
Tyrant

The fate of Jamal (Ashraf Barhom) and his extended family is unclear as a new day dawns in the season finale, "Pax Abuddin." Recognizing that the situation is ripe for positive change, Barry (Adam Rayner) urges Rami (Keon Alexander) to stay and oversee the transition. Leila (Moran Atias), meanwhile, cooperates with the Arab League, hoping to secure a position for Ahmed (Cameron Gharaee) and herself in the new world order.

NCIS: New Orleans

CBS, 10:00 pm ET
NCIS: New Orleans

The enemy known as Baitfish returns -- and makes matters personal for the team -- in "How Much Pain Can You Take." Someone close to the agents is murdered, evidently by Baitfish, who wants to bait Pride (Scott Bakula). The subsequent, fury-fueled pursuit of the villain also involves Police Captain Messier, played again by guest star Dylan Walsh ("Unforgettable"). Lucas Black, Zoe McLellan and CCH Pounder also star.

Public Morals

TNT, 10:00 pm ET
Public Morals

In the new "Family Is Family," Kay O'Bannon (Michele Hicks) asks her nephew Muldoon (Edward Burns, who also wrote and directed this episode) to find out who killed her husband. Meanwhile, the victim's son, Sean (Austin Stowell), starts a romance with Deirdre (Lyndon Smith), the sister of his best friend, Duffy (Keith Nobbs). Bullman (Michael Rapaport), takes Jimmy Shea (Brian Wiles), a Public Morals rookie, to a private, illegal casino. Brian Dennehy and Neal McDonough) also star.

Hollywood Game Night

NBC, 10:01 pm ET
Hollywood Game Night

Two "civilian" contestants lead teams of three celebrities apiece in a series of party games to win a $25,000 grand prize. Stars in the game pool for the new episode "Everything's Coming Up Jonas" include singer-actor Joe Jonas, comic Jeff Dye, Cheryl Burke ("Dancing With the Stars"), Jenna Elfman, Seth Green and Michelle Trachtenberg. Jane Lynch hosts.

Outlaw Chronicles: Hells Angels

HISTORY, 10:03 pm ET
Outlaw Chronicles: Hells Angels

George Christie, a former president of this motorcycle club, breaks ranks to spill confidential info on the inner workings of this infamous gang. The new episode "Making Money" charts how the club grew from a ragtag collection of outlaws and misfits into a multimillion-dollar empire. During the psychedelic haze of the 1960s, the Angels discovered there was a fortune to be made peddling high-grade LSD to participants in the booming drug culture, while developing strategies for evading arrest.

Blue Bloods

CBS, 11:35 pm ET
Blue Bloods

The split-up of a police team causes Danny and Baez (Donnie Wahlberg, Marisa Ramirez) to get different partners, too, in "Burning Bridges." After an officer is outed, reassignments result when his partner refuses to ride with him. Frank (Tom Selleck) runs into related complications. Jamie and Eddie (Will Estes, Vanessa Ray) try to even the score with a detective who unjustly claimed a case as his. Bill Irwin and Heather Burns guest star.

Wed, September 2

Big Kenny and Family

TLC, 10:01 pm ET

With a style that’s part pirate, part Renaissance man and a good bit of rock ’n’ roll country boy, Kenny Alphin, a.k.a. “Big Kenny” of Big & Rich, ditched farm life in Virginia to pursue his dream of making music in Nashville. Fueled by faith, authenticity and plenty of heart, this special follows Kenny, his wife Christiev, and their sons, Dakota, Lincoln, Christopher and Cameron, at home with Kenny on a break from his whirlwind tour. Fans will enjoy getting an inside peek at simple things like family dinners, yard work, date nights and more. 

America's Next Top Model

CW, 8:00 pm ET

The contestants on this show are among the most strikingly beautiful people in the world, which only serves to make some of them more insecure about their appearance. That's certainly the case in a new episode called, somewhat provocatively, "The Guy Who Gets a Hickey," wherein the men and women must appear in a photo shoot for which there will be no retouching of the finished photos. Meanwhile, a huge blow-up happens as romance blossoms among some of the models.

America's Got Talent

NBC, 8:00 pm ET

The 12 very nervous acts who performed last night return to the stage of Radio City Music Hall to learn which five have been selected by the American viewing audience to move on to the finals. Viewers have one last chance to send their favorite act forward via Google Instant Save in the new episode "Semi-Finals Results 1." Host Nick Cannon also welcomes some special guest performances during the hour.

The Middle

ABC, 8:00 pm ET
The Middle

Frankie (Patricia Heaton) wants Mother's Day to be different than usual for her in "Mother's Day Reservations." Mike (Neil Flynn) tries to meet her desire for a special meal, but his efforts to set it up online prove problematic. He also tries to ensure that Axl, Sue and Brick (Charlie McDermott, Eden Sher, Atticus Shaffer) get Frankie gifts that she'll truly enjoy. Guest star Marsha Mason returns as Frankie's mom.

MasterChef

FOX, 8:00 pm ET

In the newest Mystery Box challenge, the top five cooks must prepare a dish with pear, blue cheese, tomato, portobello mushroom and ... chocolate? That's what makes a potential MasterChef apparently, in the new episode "Return of the Champions." As that title suggests, former "MasterChef" winners also return to help the winner of that challenge prepare the baskets of ingredients for the pressure test.

Big Blue Live

PBS, 8:00 pm ET
Big Blue Live

The conclusion of this new three-night miniseries event follows the research team onto the water and into the sky as they search for the giant of the sea, the blue whale. The hour also includes a virtual trip inside that whale with comparative anatomist Dr. Joy Reidenberg and an intense journey to get up close to these giants in their underwater environment with Dr. M. SanJayan ("Earth A New Wild").

The Goldbergs

ABC, 8:30 pm ET
The Goldbergs

Though Matthew Broderick had the title part in "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," Charlie Sheen also was in it, and "Barry Goldberg's Day Off" trades on that as Sheen guest stars as "Dude in Police Station." Basically, it's an older version of the role he played in the movie. Barry (Troy Gentile) follows the fictional Ferris' lead by blowing off responsibilities for a day, and it doesn't work out too well for him. AJ Michalka also guest stars.

Kevin From Work

ABCFAM, 8:30 pm ET
Kevin From Work

In the new episode "Roommates From Work," after Kevin (Noah Reid) tries to get Roxie (Jordan Hinson) to be more responsible at home, she rebelliously moves in with her improbable new BFF Patti (Punam Patel) and Audrey (Paige Spara). Audrey quickly finds she can't deal with Roxie, either, forcing her to look for another place to live. On another front, Kevin worries that something is going on between Roxie and her much older co-star, Roger (guest star Fred Willard). Matt Murray also stars.

NOVA

PBS, 9:00 pm ET
NOVA

And you thought "Jurassic Park" was fiction: Made in association with National Geographic, "Bigger Than T. Rex" surveys the attempt to reconstruct a Spinosaurus -- its skeleton, at least -- from fossil bones found fairly recently in Morocco. Others that were located many years earlier were destroyed in the tumult of World War II. Terrifying jaws and claws are traits of the carnivore being reassembled by a team that includes paleontologists.

Ghost Hunters

SYFY, 9:00 pm ET
Ghost Hunters

The TAPS team gets a sweet assignment worth savoring when the august Culinary Institute of America commissions them to investigate a part of their facility that previously was a seminary to determine whether spirits of Jesuit priests still roam there in a new episode called "Too Many Apparitions in the Kitchen."

Modern Family

ABC, 9:00 pm ET
Modern Family

Excited to be named valedictorian, Alex (Ariel Winter) has to take the bitter with the sweet when she learns she has to share the title with a rival in "Patriot Games." Just as each of them wants the position solely, their respective parents want that -- and the decision-maker is a foot race between the two graduates-to-be. Gloria's (Sofia Vergara) studying for a citizenship test is impacted by Javier's (guest star Benjamin Bratt) visit.

Extant

CBS, 9:00 pm ET
Extant

In a bid to stop the Humanichs, Molly (Halle Berry) has to make a painful visit to her past in the new episode "Zugzwang," written by series creator Mickey Fisher. Accompanied by Richter and Ethan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Pierce Gagnon), she seeks John's ex-colleague, who may know just what to do to circumvent the threat. Julie (Grace Gummer) takes a risk of her own in trying to determine who controls Lucy (Kiersey Clemons). Tyler Hilton guest stars.

A Wicked Offer

CW, 9:00 pm ET
A Wicked Offer

Mike and Sylvia, an engaged couple from Palatine, Ill., can accelerate their timeline for getting married and setting up housekeeping, as long as they are willing to subject some of their friends and family members to some wicked pranks. In a new episode called "Wurst Taste Scenario," host Matthew J. O'Connor presents Mike and Sylvia with a couple of scandalous tasks to perform -- and their reward depends on how far they're willing to take things with their loved ones.

Wahlburgers

A&E, 9:30 pm ET
Wahlburgers

In the new episode "Matchmaker Mark," Mark grabs some high-tech audio gear and plays Cyrano de Bergerac by secretly feeding Big A some effective sweet talk via a hidden earpiece while the latter is on a lunch date with a pretty lady. Back at the restaurant, Paul challenges his children Ethan and Madison to create an appealing new burger of the month.

blackish

ABC, 9:31 pm ET
blackish

Concerned that Andre Jr. (Marcus Scribner) has no idea of the meaning of "The Nod" -- also the title of this episode -- Dre (Anthony Anderson) tries to finesse the demographics of the crowd his son is hanging out with. Rainbow (Tracee Ellis Ross) wants to have a similar influence on Diane (Marsai Martin), so she takes her daughter along to her job at the hospital ... but things don't turn out as hoped. Laurence Fishburne also stars.

Last Comic Standing

NBC, 10:00 pm ET
Last Comic Standing

To winnow the top 10 contenders into the season's five finalists, the comics are randomly divided into pairs for five sets of head-to-head faceoffs in a new episode called "The Showdowns." Judges Roseanne Barr, Norm Macdonald and Keenen Ivory Wayans decide which performer from each pair will be among the final five to compete for the title. Anthony Jeselnik is host.

Criminal Minds

CBS, 10:00 pm ET
Criminal Minds

Veteran actor and multiple Emmy winner Edward Asner guest stars as Hotch's (Thomas Gibson) father-in-law, whose Alzheimer's diagnosis prompts a reunion between the men, in "A Place at the Table." The team's case involves a family found slain at their dining-room table in Maryland, sparking an investigation of the victims' friends and other relatives. Shemar Moore, Jennifer Love Hewitt and Matthew Gray Gubler also star.

Paranormal Witness

SYFY, 10:00 pm ET
Paranormal Witness

The "Scream" and "Nightmare on Elm Street" movie franchises made for chilling entertainment, but in the new episode "Nightmare on Chestnut Street," three real-life college girls claim they are being terrorized by a female demon who is intent on tearing their lives apart.

Celebrity Wife Swap

ABC, 10:00 pm ET
Celebrity Wife Swap

Expect just about anything in the season finale of this unscripted series, which in this new episode finds the spouses of actor Robert Carradine and football star Terrell Owens swapping residences for a week. Owens has grabbed the spotlight for some controversial comments and actions both on and off the field, while Carradine -- a member of an acting dynasty that includes father John, daughter Ever and brothers David and Keith -- spent much of his formative years as part of a large, dysfunctional family.

Million Dollar Listing: Los Angeles

BRAVO, 10:00 pm ET
Million Dollar Listing: Los Angeles

Josh Flagg, Josh Altman and Brits David Parnes and James Harris return for Season 8 in a market that's a "seller's paradise" of skyrocketing prices and limited inventory. Flagg seeks to take advantage of the situation to honor his late grandmother's memory by becoming the top agent in the L.A. market. Altman, meanwhile, has pledged to his new bosses that he'll sell $1 million in real estate every day, even though fiancee Heather expects him to devote some time and energy to rebuilding their relationship.

Earth: A New Wild

PBS, 10:00 pm ET

The focus is on "Oceans" in this episode, which demonstrates how people from various pursuits are trying to protect and restore many of mankind's major waterways. Scientists and engineers are putting their skills to the task, but so are fishermen whose livelihood depends on the denizens of the sea. Series host and conservation scientist M. Sanjayan puts himself into the situation very directly, helping a lemon shark that's about to give birth.

The Jim Gaffigan Show

TVLAND, 10:00 pm ET
The Jim Gaffigan Show

In a new episode, Jeannie (Ashley Williams) is happy for Jim (Jim Gaffigan) when Time Out New York magazine hails him as a "Superdad" in a glowing cover story. She can't help being hurt, however, that the article didn't even mention her, a sensitive situation Jim is determined to put right, whatever it takes.

Donnie Loves Jenny

A&E, 10:01 pm ET
Donnie Loves Jenny

When the NKOTB tour takes Donnie to New Orleans, leaving Jenny back home in Chicago to plan Evan's 13th birthday party, Big Easy performer and old friend Big Freedia encourages Donnie to do whatever it takes to make it back home for his stepson's big day. Meanwhile, an unexpected accident sends Evan to the hospital in the new episode "Birthday Blues."

Impastor

TVLAND, 10:30 pm ET
Impastor

Buddy (Michael Rosenbaum) starts to fret that his comfortable masquerade is about to be blown out of the water by the arrival of a new family in town, in a new episode called "Bingo Tell It on the Mountain." Dora (Sara Rue), however, needs his help with overcoming a decidedly bizarre addiction. Elsewhere, Schmidt (David Rasche) has a forbidden rendezvous with Ashlee (guest star Lindsa\ey Gort, "The Carrie Diaries").

Blue Bloods

CBS, 11:35 pm ET
Blue Bloods

Shunned as a turncoat after she testifies against her partner, an officer (guest star Tonya Glanz) gets a new patrol mate in volunteer Jamie (Will Estes) -- who also finds himself an outcast for supporting her -- in "Forgive and Forget." Even Eddie (Vanessa Ray) turns against him. Football veteran Boomer Esiason appears as himself, asking Frank (Tom Selleck) for a favor. Guest star Eric Laneuville also directed the episode.

Thu, September 3

Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll

FX, 10:00 pm ET

Not exactly thrilled by the predatory older types who are sniffing around his beautiful daughter, Johnny (Denis Leary) sets up Gigi (Elizabeth Gillies) on a date with a boy her own age in the new episode "Hard Out There for a Pimp." Meanwhile, Bam Bam and Rehab (Robert Kelly, John Ales) are excited by their apparent discovery of a whole new music genre. John Corbett and Elaine Hendrix also star.

The This Old House Hour

PBS, 8:00 pm ET
The This Old House Hour

As Norm and Kevin explore the stunning transformation that has been wrought on the 1966 Garrison Colonial, designer Michele Kelly shows Richard some clever technological features built into the new kitchen. Homeowner Jody and her brother, a designer, show Kevin how he customized spaces over the garage to reflect each daughter's personality. Interior designer Robin Gannon shows Norm how she updated the older parts of the house.

The Big Bang Theory

CBS, 8:00 pm ET
The Big Bang Theory

Some special-effects technicians were banned from the ranch -- which was what they named their own firm after George Lucas ordered them out of his headquarters -- and Leonard and Sheldon (Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons) might do well to heed that in "The Skywalker Incursion." They try to visit Lucas' Skywalker Ranch while en route to a speaking engagement. Howard and Bernadette (Simon Helberg, Melissa Rauch) have a feud involving "Doctor Who."

Beauty and the Beast

CW, 8:00 pm ET
Beauty and the Beast

Cat and Vincent's (Kristin Kreuk, Jay Ryan) search for Liam (Jason Gedrick) could be helped by information about a "Patient X" -- which also happens to be the title of this episode. J.T. (Austin Basis) is assisted by Tess (Nina Lisandrello) in determining all the facts about his current condition. Nicole Gale Anderson also stars.

Food Fighters

NBC, 8:00 pm ET
Food Fighters

In the season finale, "This Soccer Mom Sizzles," a stay-at-home mother of three from Washington tries to win $100,000 by pitting her kitchen skills against those of some versatile culinary experts, then faces off against celebrity chef, molecular gastronomist and "Top Chef" bad boy Marcel Vigneron. Adam Richman is the host.

BOOM!

FOX, 8:00 pm ET
BOOM!

No engaged couple should count on being able to use the potential explosive in "It's the Wedding Cake Bomb!" for their nuptials. The confection and its contents are primed to slime anyone nearby, as contestants have to answer questions correctly or risk detonating the cake. Host Tom Papa stands by as the participants try to avoid leaving the game covered in icing ... and, in this case, perhaps a bride-and-groom ornament as well.

Beyond the Tank

ABC, 8:00 pm ET
Beyond the Tank

What happens after those who pitch ideas on "Shark Tank" get the support they seek? That series has shown some of the results, but this show deals exclusively with them. Sharks including Mark Cuban, Lori Greiner and Robert Herjavec traverse America to offer more of their expertise in helping the entrepreneurs make new business ideas work. It's not entirely altruistic for the Sharks, since they want to profit from their investments.

Mom

CBS, 8:31 pm ET
Mom

Being unable to keep their feuding under wraps doesn't do much for Christy and Bonnie (Anna Faris, Allison Janney) on the social scene in "Patient Zero and the Chocolate Fountain." They prove to be so ornery with each other, no one else really wants to be around them -- and it takes some time for the mother and daughter to get that message. Guest stars Octavia Spencer, Jamie Pressly and David Krumholtz reprise their earlier roles.

Bones

FOX, 9:00 pm ET
Bones

Collecting cookie jars seems like an innocuous hobby, but someone who has practiced it falls prey to a killer in "The Woman in the Whirlpool." The team investigates others with similar collections in an effort to solve the murder. Personal matters also have an impact, since Brennan (Emily Deschanel) wants Booth (David Boreanaz) to move out because of his gambling, and Aubrey (John Boyd) takes an interest in a "squintern."

Beyond Scared Straight

A&E, 9:00 pm ET
Beyond Scared Straight

As this harrowing but well-intentioned series wraps up its run with a final episode called, appropriately enough, "Lights Out!," a series of clips helps viewers review memorable moments from the past nine seasons of a program that ultimately reached more than 550 troubled teens.

Mistresses

ABC, 9:00 pm ET
Mistresses

The drama's third season concludes with "Goodbye Girl," as Joss (Jes Macallan) is released and looks forward to being reunited with Harry (Brett Tucker) ... who may not be around much longer, thanks to a professional opportunity. April (Rochelle Aytes) has to come to terms with her emotions. Vivian's (Sonja Bennett) health impacts Karen (Yunjin Kim). Danger may be in store for Joss, signaled by her receipt of an unusual gift. Jennifer Esposito also stars.

Arrow

CW, 9:00 pm ET
Arrow

Another DC Comics character steps into live action as guest star Doug Jones plays the sinister Deathbolt in "Broken Arrow." His process of using energy bolts against his targets prompts Oliver (Stephen Amell) to seek help from Ray (Brandon Routh), alias the Atom, in ending the threat. At the same time, Oliver has to worry about attention from Lance (Paul Blackthorne), who wants to put the Arrow out of business. Emily Bett Rickards also stars.

PBS Previews -- The Best of Fall 2015

PBS, 9:00 pm ET

A preview of fall 2015 programs, including ``Walt Disney: American Experience,'' ``Indian Summers on Masterpiece,'' `` Gorongosa Park,'' ``American Epic,'' ``Earth's Natural Wonders,'' ``NOVA,'' ``Nature,'' and ``I'll Have What Phil's Having.''

Rookie Blue

ABC, 10:00 pm ET
Rookie Blue

The police drama ends Season 6 with "74 Epiphanies" and a big event: the wedding of Andy McNally and Sam Swarek (Missy Peregrym, Ben Bass). At least, that's what's supposed to happen, since Andy runs into a series of complications en route to the ceremony -- as Sam worries about his bride-to-be's whereabouts. Traci and Gail (Enuka Okuma, Charlotte Sullivan) probe a murder that Chloe (Priscilla Faia) ends up being particularly helpful in solving.

Under the Dome

CBS, 10:00 pm ET
Under the Dome

It s no surprise the dome is coming down -- CBS' entertainment chief confirmed it for television critics recently -- and that process continues in the new episode "Incandescence." It could have a major cost to those still inside, though, since they may be suffocated. Julia (Rachelle Lefevre) tries to help Barbie (Mike Vogel) rescue his child from the The Kinship. Hektor's (Eriq La Salle) concerns cause alarm for Big Jim (Dean Winters).

Dominion

SYFY, 10:00 pm ET
Dominion

Claire (Roxanne McKee) makes a call that threatens Vega's security, as Alex, Noma and Michael (Christopher Egan, Kim Engelbrecht, Tom Wisdom) encounter a roadblock on the journey home. Arika and Gates (Shivani Ghai, Nic Bishop) weigh the cost of survival, while Julian (Ndoni Khanyile) changes strategy in his efforts to break Gabriel (Carl Beukes) in the new episode "The Seed of Evil."

Married

FX, 10:30 pm ET
Married

Lina (Judy Greer) bails on her Mother’s Day brunch in the new episode “Mother’s Day.” Nat Faxon also stars.

Geeks Who Drink

SYFY, 11:00 pm ET
Geeks Who Drink

Actor Rob Kazinsky ("True Blood") and his team "Cocktails & Screams" challenge former "Lost" and "Lord of the Rings" star Dominic Monaghan and his "Lost Island Iced Teas" teammates to a showdown of team challenges, trivia queries and bar games. Zachary Levi hosts this new episode.

Blue Bloods

CBS, 11:35 pm ET
Blue Bloods

Though his intentions always are good, Jamie (Will Estes) sometimes experiences unfortunate fallout, as is the case in "Loose Lips." When he breaks up a domestic dispute, the man in question isn't happy about it, so he sets his sights on Jamie as his next target. Henry's (Len Cariou) trademark candor causes problems via his comments made on a tape sent to the media. James Carpinello and daytime-drama veteran Colleen Zenk ("As the World Turns") guest star.

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