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Wed, September 17

Red Band Society

FOX, 9:00 pm ET

Red is the color of the wristbands worn by young patients in the pediatric ward of a Los Angeles hospital in this new drama series from executive producers including Steven Spielberg. Oscar winner Octavia Spencer ("The Help") portrays a nurse who shows the youths -- including a comatose one played by Griffin Gluck ("Back in the Game") -- great compassion as they also get support from one another. Dave Annable ("Brothers & Sisters") also stars.

Hell's Kitchen

FOX, 8:00 pm ET

Recipes can be found in unusual places -- but how about on someone's back? The contestants get their marching, or cooking, orders that way in this new episode. The guidelines are shown on their jackets, and those who win the challenge will enjoy a day at Venice Beach (Calif.). And as for those who don't? They'll spend their day grinding coffee beans ... lots and lots of them. Wendy Williams guest stars as one of those served dinner by the rivals.

America's Got Talent

NBC, 8:00 pm ET

The ninth cycle of ABC’s smash summer talent competition comes to a close with a brand-new act claiming the million-dollar grand prize.

Penn & Teller: Fool Us

CW, 8:00 pm ET

Who knew certain clothing could be magical? Chances are good that this show's title team did, but the new episode "The Magic of Polyester" makes it apparent to all who watch ... and suggests that cotton had better catch up. Two teams -- Brynolf & Ljung, and Keelan Leyser & Charlotte Marie -- are among the illusionists vying for slots in a Penn & Teller show in Las Vegas. Colin McLeod and Etienne Pradier also perform. Jonathan Ross is the host.

The Roosevelts: An Intimate History

PBS, 8:00 pm ET

Illness leaves the political future -- and life -- of FDR (voice of Edward Herrmann) in jeopardy as the new Ken Burns miniseries continues with Part 4, "The Storm (1920-1933)." Polio takes its toll on him, and while wife Eleanor (voice of Meryl Streep) supports him in multiple ways, she also begins to forge her own destiny. After serving as New York's governor, Franklin makes a run at the presidency ... and becomes an assassination target.

The Goldbergs

ABC, 8:30 pm ET
The Goldbergs

Murray (Jeff Garlin) is invited to attend a banquet celebrating the breaking of his high-school free-throw record, but the event doesn't turn out the way he expected. Barry (Troy Gentile) throws a party that also doesn't go as planned, since the attention isn't on him, in "Livin' on a Prayer." AJ Michalka guest stars. Wendi McLendon-Covey, Sean Giambrone and George Segal also star.

Criminal Minds

CBS, 9:00 pm ET
Criminal Minds

A member of the BAU team departs by the end of "Demons," the conclusion of a two-part story. Rossi (Joe Mantegna), Hotchner (Thomas Gibson) and the other agents continue a murder probe in Texas, with evidence of related corruption eventually surfacing. Garcia (Kirsten Vangsness) goes above and beyond in her attempt to save a colleague. Esai Morales returns as BAU Section Chief Cruz. Guest stars also include Michael Trucco ("Killer Women") and Brett Cullen.

Modern Family

ABC, 9:00 pm ET
Modern Family

Mitch and Cam (Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet) are ready to tie the knot, but a series of crises puts their wedding planner, Pepper (Nathan Lane), to the test. Jay and Gloria (Ed O'Neill, Sofia Vergara) host Cam's family. Phil (Ty Burrell) goes in for an eye procedure before the big day. Claire (Julie Bowen) relishes her role as "best woman" in "The Wedding, Part 1." The second half of the episode follows immediately.

Million Dollar Listing: Los Angeles

BRAVO, 9:00 pm ET

In the new episode "Flagg v. Serhant," Josh Flagg manages to beat New York real estate agent Ryan Serhant when Ryan's client makes an offer on Josh's "flip property." Elsewhere, Josh Altman must contend with his lifelong rivalry with Matt as he double-ends a deal with his brother. David and James are stunned by their client's response when they bring her multiple bids on her Venice property.

Legends

TNT, 9:00 pm ET
Legends

After a shootout with the smuggling crew, Martin (Sean Bean) takes Kyle Dobson into custody, but when Dobson is wounded, Martin has to get him medical attention at a Houston hospital. That task is complicated by Dobson's mysterious employers, who send a team of professional hitmen to retrieve him in the new episode "Gauntlet."

The 100

CW, 9:00 pm ET
The 100

In the series' first-season finale, "We Are Grounders -- Part II," it's largely up to Bellamy (Bob Morley) to ensure total devastation doesn't occur. Clarke (Eliza Taylor) begs him to do whatever it takes toward that end, prompting him to make a forceful appeal to Octavia (Marie Avgeropoulos). Other factions also are at work, with Jasper and Raven (Devon Bostick, guest star Lindsey Morgan) going their own way, and Finn (Thomas McDonell) doing the same.

American Grilled

TRAVEL, 9:00 pm ET
American Grilled

The new episode "The Bluegrass Grillers" finds four expert grillers in Louisville, Ky., who are eager to battle it out for bragging rights as their town's reigning grill master, not to mention a cool $10,000 in prize money. Their challenge requires them to use such local ingredients as Kentucky smoked cheese, Bluegrass soy sauce and juicy cuts of bison.

Restaurant: Impossible

FOOD, 10:00 pm ET
Restaurant: Impossible

The new episode "Military Impossible" finds chef Robert Irvine in Fort Bragg, N.C., the largest U.S. Army installation in the world, where he is on a mission to breathe new life into one of the only full-service restaurants on the post, the Green Beret Club. It's an eatery that puts a premium on tradition, yet is also is badly in need of a facelift both in its appearance and menu.

Franklin & Bash

TNT, 10:00 pm ET
Franklin & Bash

Jane Seymour reprises her recurring guest role as Peter's (Mark-Paul Gosselaar) mother in the new episode "Dance the Night Away," which finds her bringing the boys a case involving an injured stripper. In order to help their client and her fellow exotic dancers, Peter and Jared (Breckin Meyer) help unionize the girls. Meanwhile, Damien Karp (Reed Diamond) rejoins the firm. Kevin McKidd and James Remar guest star.

Nashville

ABC, 10:00 pm ET
Nashville

With Will Lexington's (Chris Carmack) album climbing the charts, Rayna (Connie Britton) goes to work with Teddy (Eric Close) on planning a free concert at LP Field to publicize her Highway 65 debut. Gunnar, Zoey and Avery (Sam Palladio, Chaley Rose, Jonathan Jackson) rock out at a charity benefit. Avery's attempt to serenade Juliette (Hayden Panettiere) with a song he wrote doesn't go as planned in "On the Other Hand."

The Bridge

FX, 10:00 pm ET
The Bridge

In a new episode called "Boulder," Marco (Demian Bichir) finds himself at a crossroads in his relationship with Fausto (Ramon Franco), while Sonya (Diane Kruger) squares off with Eleanor (Franka Potente). Elsewhere, Eva and Linder (Stephanie Sigman, Thomas M. Wright) discuss their future, while Frye and Adriana (Matthew Lillard, Emily Rios) uncover a rift between agencies.

Extant

CBS, 10:00 pm ET
Extant

Halle Berry started this show in a spacesuit, and she's destined to finish its maiden run in one, too. The season finale, "Ascension," puts her character Molly back in orbit -- literally -- to try to keep lethal spores from reaching Earth. Back on terra firma, John (Goran Visnjic) tries to protect Ethan (Pierce Gagnon) upon learning what Odin (guest star Charlie Bewley) has in mind for the youngster. Series creator Mickey Fisher wrote the story.

Top Chef Duels

BRAVO, 10:00 pm ET

"Top Chef" fans hate it when favorite chefs are sent home before their time, and tonight's new episode features two of them: Jen Carroll and Nyesha Arrington. The mini-duels find both chefs exploiting the known weaknesses of their rival, as Jen tests Nyesha on opening and preparing sea urchin, while Nyesha challenges Jen to master bacon and eggs, which previously brought her to grief. The main duel finds both chefs preparing a meal for the "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" cast.

Girlfriend Intervention

LIFETIME, 10:00 pm ET
Girlfriend Intervention

The new episode "Emily, Zero Sense of Self" finds the Sisterhood trying to help a young mother who never has had the chance to figure out who she really is. Tanisha, Tracy, Tiffiny and Nikki provide advice on how to find her voice, dress her age and enter the workforce.

The Mysteries of Laura

NBC, 10:01 pm ET
The Mysteries of Laura

After her runs in "Will & Grace" and "Smash," Emmy winner Debra Messing returns to NBC in a role that she says meets her wish for a character both humorous and serious. The premiere introduces her as Laura, a New York homicide detective with young twin sons and a soon-to-be ex-husband (Josh Lucas, "The Firm") -- who happens to be named her new boss, a development that understandably doesn't please her much. Laz Alonso co-stars as Laura's partner.

Thu, September 18

7 Deadly Sins

SHO, 11:00 pm ET

Documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock explores another deadly sin, telling us, “With ‘Sloth,’ we found a physician who basically will now surgically implant a patch on your tongue so painful that you don’t eat. So rather than exercise, you’ll get this patch put on your tongue so it’s too painful to swallow, and you just won’t even eat. Your body will start to eat itself over time and you’ll just lose weight. So we found, the beauty of the series is, we will always be able to find things that represent each of these [sins] in ways that you normally wouldn’t imagine.”

College Football

ESPN, 7:30 pm ET

A pair of teams with bowl-game aspirations clash tonight in Manhattan, Kan., where the Kansas State Wildcats welcome in the Auburn Tigers. The Wildcats, ranked 21st in the USA Today poll, hope junior college recruits can plug holes at wide receiver, running back and safety. The No. 6 Tigers lost Tre Mason from a top-ranked running game, but return senior quarterback Nick Marshall.

Grey's Anatomy

ABC, 8:00 pm ET
Grey

As the staff bids farewell to Cristina (Sandra Oh), Seattle is rocked by what appears to be a terrorist attack at a shopping mall, plunging the hospital into chaos. Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) makes a life-altering decision, and one of the doctors gets some unexpected news in "Fear (of the Unknown)." Patrick Dempsey, Justin Chambers, Chandra Wilson and James Pickens Jr. also star.

The Vampire Diaries

CW, 8:00 pm ET
The Vampire Diaries

Stefan and Elena (Paul Wesley, Nina Dobrev) find themselves in a remote location after escaping from Markos' (Raffi Barsoumian) control. Liv and Luke (Penelope Mitchell, Chris Brochu) hatch a new plan for protecting the doppelgangers. Matt and Jeremy (Zach Roerig, Steven R. McQueen) help Damon (Ian Somerhalder) set a trap for Markos. Bonnie (Kat Graham) admits she's been hiding the truth about the Other Side in "Promised Land."

Sleepy Hollow

FOX, 8:00 pm ET
Sleepy Hollow

Ichabod and Abbie (Tom Mison, Nicole Beharie) make a shocking discovery about George Washington's death in the pages of his Bible. Irving (Orlando Jones) makes a life-changing decision for his family's sake, altering his own future in the process. The battle between good and evil comes to an explosive climax in "The Indispensable Man/Bad Blood," the two-hour episode that concluded the series' first season. John Noble guest stars.

The Roosevelts: An Intimate History

PBS, 8:00 pm ET

The New Deal is a major element of American political history, and President Franklin Roosevelt's (voice of Edward Herrmann) implementation of it to stop the Great Depression is recalled in "The Rising Road (1933-1939)," Part 5 of the new Ken Burns miniseries. FDR's wife Eleanor (voice of Meryl Streep) is hardly a silent first lady, ruffling some feathers by expressing her views quite vocally. Adolf Hitler is a White House concern as the 1930s draw to a close.

NFL Football

CBS, 8:25 pm ET

Two NFC South teams with something to prove this season come to loggerheads tonight at the Georgia Dome, where Matt Ryan leads the Atlanta Falcons against Josh McCown and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Falcons are trying to rebound from a nightmare 4-12 season in 2013, done in by injuries and subpar performances. The Bucs, too, hope to put a 4-12 '13 season behind them with new coach Lovie Smith directing a rebuilt defense.

Project Runway

LIFETIME, 9:00 pm ET

The new episode "The History of the American Girl" compels the remaining designers to channel their inner kid as they visit the American Girl Store, where they are tasked with creating fashionable and age-appropriate looks for young models, based on the line of American Girl historical characters. Elisabeth Moss ("Mad Men") is a guest judge.

Scandal

ABC, 9:00 pm ET
Scandal

The Originals

CW, 9:00 pm ET
The Originals

Klaus and Elijah (Joseph Morgan, Daniel Gillies) have a plan to collect the sacred stones that Genevieve (Elyse Levesque) needs to change the fates of Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) and the werewolf community. Marcel (Charles Michael Davis) realizes that Klaus' plan could spell the end of all the French Quarter vampires, so he rallies an army to take control of the city back from the Mikaelsons in the aptly titled "The Battle of New Orleans."

Rush

USA, 9:00 pm ET
Rush

Rush (Tom Ellis) struggles unsuccessfully to escape the ghosts of his past as he tries to make a fresh start with Sarah (Odette Annable) in the new episode "Bitter Sweet Symphony." Elsewhere, Eve (Sarah Hable) tries to cope with fallout from her last encounter with J.P. (guest star Warren Christie), while Steffi (guest star Tiffany Hines) makes a shocking proposal to Alex (Larenz Tate).

Dating Naked

VH1, 9:00 pm ET
Dating Naked

A couple who met on the reality dating show "Dating Naked" will say “I do” before friends, family and fellow "Dating Naked" contestants. Other than the obvious question, “Who found love on a naked TV show?,” we’ve also got to wonder if the nuptials will be in the nude.

Haven

SYFY, 10:00 pm ET
Haven

In a new episode called "Speak No Evil," as aftershocks from the recent multiple tragedies continue, Dwight (Adam Copeland) is forced to shoulder most of the responsibility for holding Haven together while Duke (Eric Balfour) struggles to process the reality of Jennifer's death and Nathan (Lucas Bryant) looks in vain for some vestiges of Audrey within Mara's cruel personality.

Scandal

ABC, 10:00 pm ET
Scandal

"The Price of Free and Fair Elections" could be particularly high in the drama's third-season finale, a literally explosive episode. The latest plot against President Grant (Tony Goldwyn), engineered by Olivia's (Kerry Washington) mother (guest star Khandi Alexander), doesn't go as planned. In the aftermath, Sally (Kate Burton) tries to look presidential, while Cyrus (Jeff Perry) comes clean about his role in the scheme. Scott Foley also stars.

Beat Bobby Flay

FOOD, 10:00 pm ET
Beat Bobby Flay

In a new episode called "Smile Now, Cry Later," actor and comedian Judah Friedlander ("30 Rock") and chef Michael Symon team up to find a competitor to beat Bobby Flay. California's Jason Fullilove dukes it out against New York's Billy Oliva for that privilege. Guest judges are Leah Cohen, Dominique Crenn and George Mendes.

Fri, September 19

The Roosevelts: An Intimate History

PBS, 8:00 pm ET

Winning a third presidential term, FDR (voice of Edward Herrmann) tackles World War II -- bringing along America, not all of which is sold on the idea -- in "The Common Cause (1939-1944)," the sixth part of Ken Burns' new miniseries. The attack on Pearl Harbor sways many former opponents to reconsider Roosevelt's stance, but he must deal with new health concerns. Wife Eleanor (voice of Meryl Streep) visits injured military personnel in the Pacific.

Last Man Standing

ABC, 8:00 pm ET
Last Man Standing

Neighborliness is tested in "Stud Muffin," as a nearby resident informs the Baxters that their dog has put his in -- uh, the family way. Vanessa (Nancy Travis) learns that Chuck and Carol (guest stars Jonathan Adams and Erika Alexander) are having marital problems, and she appeals to Mike (Tim Allen) to help put them back on track. Mandy (Molly Ephraim) wants it a secret that she hit a car, but the note Eve (Kaitlyn Dever) leaves doesn't help that.

Masters of Illusion

CW, 8:00 pm ET
Masters of Illusion

A new episode titled "Under Water" doesn't leave much room for guesswork when it comes to the type of acts to be performed during the half-hour. It's also not hard to deduce at least one of them will echo one of the legendary Harry Houdini's most famous stunts. Dean Cain plays host to illusionists Rob Lake, Nathan Burton, Eric Buss, Johnny Ace Palmer and Spencer Horsman ... some of whom likely require more towels after their turns than is usual for this show.

Whose Line Is It Anyway?

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

Several football veterans have proven themselves adept at dancing on another show, but how is one at generating on-the-spot humor? The New England Patriots' Rob Gronkowski -- aka "Gronk" -- tests his mettle in that area in this episode, joining guest comedian Jonathan Mangum and cast regulars Ryan Stiles, Wayne Brady and Colin Mochrie. Aisha Tyler hosts as the players improvise skits, songs and scenes based on suggestions from the studio audience.

Hawaii Five-0

CBS, 9:00 pm ET
Hawaii Five-0

Grover (Chi McBride) is thrust into a tough spot in "O ka Pilo 'Ohana Ka 'Oi" (Hawaiian for "Family Comes First"), as his daughter (Paige Hurd) is abducted by an old enemy who forces him to help steal $100 million in exchange for her safe return. McGarrett (Alex O'Loughlin) knows something's up, but he can do only so much without Grover's cooperation. Five-0 has another concern, and a very familiar one: Wo Fat (Mark Dacascos), who succeeds in a prison break.

Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives

FOOD, 10:00 pm ET
Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives

Guy buckles up and hits the road in search of home-style cooking in unexpected places, such as a funky neighborhood joint in Boston that specializes in Southern favorites such as chicken and waffles and off-the-hook tater tots. Far across the country, in Jackson, Wyo., an eatery housed in a century-old log cabin is home to an eclectic menu that includes pork ramen made from scratch. It's all on offer in a new episode called "Cross-Country Classics."

Blue Bloods

CBS, 10:00 pm ET
Blue Bloods

When a supposed suicide appears to have some unsavory links to some members of the force, Frank (Tom Selleck) turns to Inspector General Kelly Peterson (guest star Bebe Neuwirth) for help getting at the truth in "Exiles." As the investigation proceeds, Frank is dismayed to learn just how close to his office the situation hits. Erin (Bridget Moynahan) develops concerns about a superior's ethics. Donnie Wahlberg and Will Estes also star.

Mysteries at the Museum

TRAVEL, 10:00 pm ET
Mysteries at the Museum

In the new episode "Circling the Skies, Lady & the Panda, 12 Years a Slave," history explorer Don Wildman reviews footage of a high-flying stunt that changed the history of aviation, recounts the story of a panda who was rescued by an unlikely heroine and examines a very old document that tells the story of a man's epic quest for freedom.

Tanked

ANIMAL, 10:00 pm ET
Tanked

Shaquille O'Neal wants an aquarium built in a semi-truck's front end; the guys help a Vegas illusionist recreate an old Houdini escape trick with fish.

The Knick

MAX, 10:00 pm ET
The Knick

In the new episode "Start Calling Me Dad," Thackery and Bertie (Clive Owen, Michael Angarano) vow to reverse a series of operating theater mishaps following success with a new procedure. Assisting Speight (David Fierro) leaves Cornelia (Juliet Rylance) with a high that takes the shine off her impending status as a bride. Everett (Eric Johnson) helps Eleanor (Maya Kazan) with her grief. Andre Holland and Jeremy Bobb also star.

Z Nation

SYFY, 10:00 pm ET
Z Nation

In a new episode called "Fracking Zombies," the gallant crew slowly making its way across country runs out of fuel, forcing them to take their lives in their hands as they try to find an alternate power source. Meanwhile, Cassandra's (Pisay Pao) past comes back to haunt her. Harold Perrineau, Tom Everett Scott and DJ Qualls also star.

Sat, September 20

On the Run Tour: Beyoncé and Jay Z

HBO, 9:00 pm ET

Taped earlier this month in Paris, this new concert special follows the married artists as they perform during their first collaborative tour. The program includes more than 40 songs performed by the couple together and individually.

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

HBO, 7:00 pm ET

As both star and director, Ben Stiller takes on a mighty challenge -- and succeeds in a very entertaining way -- with this 2013 update of James Thurber's story, also the source of a Danny Kaye screen classic, about a milquetoast who's an adventurous hero in his own mind. The modern Mitty's fantasy life meshes with his real one when a quest takes him to such locales as Iceland and Afghanistan. Kristen Wiig, Adam Scott and (as Mitty's mother) Shirley MacLaine co-star.

NCIS

CBS, 8:00 pm ET
NCIS

Well, this is awkward. The NCIS team's current murder investigation uncovers a link between the victim, who was a Marine, and the man who's dating Diane Sterling (guest star Melinda McGraw). She happens to be the ex-wife of both Gibbs and FBI agent T.C. Fornell (Mark Harmon, Joe Spano) ... thus, the "awkward" part. Ellie Bishop (Emily Wickersham) adjusts to her new position on Gibbs' team in "Devil's Triad."

Cedar Cove

HALLMARK, 8:00 pm ET
Cedar Cove

Olivia (Andie MacDowell) is surprised by Rebecca's (guest star Cindy Busby) reluctance to accept a deal that could save the young assistant district attorney's career in the new episode "Secrets and Lies." Meanwhile, Jack (Dylan Neal) battles a bad case of writer's block as he works on his first article for the Seattle Courier, and Grace (Teryl Rothery) feels threatened by Cliff's (Sebastian Spence) beautiful ranch hand, Alex (guest star Rebecca Marshall).

The Roosevelts: An Intimate History

PBS, 8:00 pm ET

The new Ken Burns miniseries concludes its seven-part run with "A Strong and Active Faith (1944-1962)," focusing largely on Eleanor Roosevelt (voice of Meryl Streep) after husband Franklin's (voice of Edward Herrmann) health erodes rapidly during his fourth presidential term. Eleanor proves a vastly impressive stateswoman for America, taking up such causes as civil rights and the United Nations ... and earning the unofficial title "First Lady of the World."

The Assault

LIFETIME, 8:00 pm ET

Makenzie Vega ("The Good Wife") stars in this 2014 TV movie premiere as a cheerleader who is forced to fight for justice after members of the high-school football team sexually assault her. After she overcomes her initial shame, she's able to use evidence from the social media firestorm that ensues to piece together the events of that night, which she has trouble remembering. Khandi Alexander, Malik Yoba, Gary Weeks and Amy Bruckner also star.

Tigress Blood

DISCOVERY, 8:00 pm ET
Tigress Blood

This is a coming-of-age story (a nature version) about a gang of four tigresses — sisters Mona, Geeta, Lara and Sonam — who battle each other for dominance over their homeland in Central India. Desperate and starving, the four sisters make a startling choice. They join forces to hunt as a pack and take on dangerous prey, culminating in a never-before-filmed hunt of a tiger family taking down a sloth bear.

Perfect on Paper

HALLMARK, 9:00 pm ET

An idealistic young book editor (Lindsay Hartley, "All My Children") searches for Mr. Right while working with a high-maintenance author (Morgan Fairchild) on her latest romance epic. The fractious diva's demands constantly have her editor struggling to maintain her integrity, but on a happier note, she meets two very diverse romantic candidates who teach her that the best choice in love isn't always the one who looks "perfect on paper." Drew Fuller also stars in this TV movie premiere.

Network

TCM, 9:45 pm ET

Written by Paddy Chayefsky, this 1976 film tells the story of Howard Beale (Peter Finch), an aging news anchor who goes over the edge and lashes out at his network. Faye Dunaway is terrifying as Beale's spiritually bankrupt colleague. The movie's premise is no longer shocking -- today, few would blink at a show combining news and psychic predictions -- but the film's vicious exuberance is still a pleasure. Chayevsky, Dunaway and Finch all won Oscars for their work.

48 Hours

CBS, 10:00 pm ET
48 Hours

The circumstances surrounding the 2012 murder of a Weight Watchers executive are examined by Troy Roberts in "A Raging Son." The body of Danielle Thomas was found in a bathtub, with ice bags used in an apparent effort to preserve it. Her live-in boyfriend, a Wall Street attorney, was arrested and charged -- but his lawyer linked his alleged actions to trauma caused by his having been abused, neglected and ultimately abandoned by his mother.

Sun, September 21

Madam Secretary

CBS, 8:30 pm ET

He doesn't appear in the show -- at least not yet -- but Morgan Freeman is an executive producer of this new political drama, giving a sense of its gravitas. The series "Pilot" introduces Tea Leoni as America's new secretary of state, an ex-CIA analyst hurriedly thrust onto the stage of international diplomacy after taking the job at the behest of the president (Keith Carradine). Tim Daly, Bebe Neuwirth and Geoffrey Arend ("Body of Proof") also are in the cast.

Roots

BET, 9:00 am ET

One of television's true milestones and airing today in a marathon, the 1977 miniseries based on Alex Haley's novel about his ancestors remains one of the most honored projects in the medium's history. It follows the journey of Kunta Kinte (LeVar Burton), a slave whose rebellious spirit prompts his several tries at escape. The superb cast also includes Ben Vereen, Georg Stanford Brown, Leslie Uggams, Edward Asner and Robert Reed.

NASCAR Racing

ESPN, 2:00 pm ET

The Chase for the Sprint Cup moves onto Week 2 today at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, where the likes of Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski will do battle in the Sylvania 300. Chase competitors Keselowski, Matt Kenseth and Denny Hamlin are all dangerous on the 1.058-mile oval, each owning a win plus multiple top-fives and top-10s over the past three years. Kenseth is this race's defending champ, while Keselowski won here in July.

Masterpiece Mystery!

PBS, 8:00 pm ET
Masterpiece Mystery!

One of Agatha Christie's signature characters is back -- again played by Julia McKenzie ("Cranford") -- in "Miss Marple, Season 7: A Caribbean Mystery," the first of three newly produced puzzlers about the sly spinster sleuth. Miss Jane Marple has many people to investigate during a stay at a posh island resort where another guest suddenly dies. The tale has been filmed before, in versions starring Helen Hayes and Joan Hickson.

Once Upon a Time

ABC, 8:00 pm ET
Once Upon a Time

"There's No Place Like Home" concluded a two-part episode as well as the fantasy-drama series' third season. Trying to get back to Storybrooke proves quite complicated for Emma and Hook (Jennifer Morrison, Colin O'Donoghue) since in doing so, they have to be careful not to do anything that alters history. If they do, it'll drastically affect this saga's two worlds and the inhabitants of both. Ginnifer Goodwin and Josh Dallas, now real-life spouses, also star.

Rachael vs. Guy Kids Cook-Off

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

The season finale, a new episode called "Food Fest Showdown," tests how well mentors Rachael Ray and Guy Fieri have taught their charges this season, as the contestants host a Food Festival where they perform a live demo of their signature dish for the hungry crowd. At the conclusion, chef Curtis Stone will crown the winner, with input from guest judges Brian Malarkey ("Top Chef") and actress-singer Haylie Duff.

The Hazing Secret

LMN, 8:00 pm ET

Shenae Grimes-Beech ("90210") stars in this 2014 thriller as Megan Harris, a young woman haunted by nightly dreams of a college hazing ritual that goes horribly wrong. Her shrink (Keegan Allen, "Pretty Little Liars") tries to help her crack why there are several gaping holes in her dream "memory," but a college reunion only serves to rip the emotional scabs off old wounds and send her into a steep downward spiral.

NFL Football

NBC, 8:20 pm ET

Sunday Night Football heads to Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C., as the Pittsburgh Steelers take on Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers. Ben Roethlisberger faces a difficult challenge on the road when he leads the Steelers against the Panthers defense, featuring linebacker Luke Kuechly.

The Great Food Truck Race

FOOD, 9:00 pm ET

In the new episode "Shrimpin' Ain't Easy," Tyler challenges the three remaining teams to "cook locally" as they roll into Mobile, Ala. After enduring some frigid temperatures, one team walks away from a local wholesaler with nearly 100 pounds of free shrimp. After the teams add a brunch dish to their menu, local chef Pete Bloeme helps Tyler decide which two teams will move on to the grand finale.

Boardwalk Empire

HBO, 9:00 pm ET
Boardwalk Empire

In the new episode "What Jesus Said," Chalky (Michael Kenneth Williams) changes course after taking stock of his latest partnership, while Nucky (Steve Buscemi) plays host to a prospective major partner from Boston. Luciano and Siegel (Vincent Piazza, Michael Zegen) encounter some unexpected resistance during a meeting with Narcisse (Jeffrey Wright) in Harlem. Kelly Macdonald also stars.

Oprah's Lifeclass

OWN, 9:00 pm ET
Oprah

Conscious parenting expert Dr. Shefali Tsabary discusses her revolutionary belief that parents should celebrate the “ordinariness” of their children as a way of raising kids with high self-esteem instead of raising highly competitive, praise-craving, perfection-seeking children.

Resurrection

ABC, 9:00 pm ET
Resurrection

Arcadia is at critical mass with returnees, forcing Bellamy (Omar Epps) to ask for outside help. When Sheriff Fred (Matt Craven) tries to implement his own agenda, a siege ensues -- ultimately involving armed guards -- in the drama's first-season finale, "Torn Apart." Frances Fisher, Devin Kelley, Samaire Armstrong, Mark Hildreth, Sam Hazeldine and Kurtwood Smith also star.

Witches of East End

LIFETIME, 9:00 pm ET
Witches of East End

The title of this new episode -- "The Fall of the House of Beauchamp" -- doesn't seem to augur well for the main characters as Joanna (Julia Ormond), devastated by Tarkoff's (James Marsters) treachery, resorts to desperate measures. Elsewhere, Dash's (Eric Winter) dark secrets start to come out, while Wendy (Madchen Amick) and Joanna try to reconnect with their father. Rachel Boston and Jenna Dewan Tatum also star.

The Good Wife

CBS, 9:30 pm ET
The Good Wife

How did Alicia (recent Emmy winner Julianna Margulies) answer when Eli (Alan Cumming) ended the previous season by asking her to run for the office of State's Attorney? That becomes clear early in the drama's sixth-year premiere, "The Line." As usual, Alicia has other concerns, since a problem from within threatens to tear apart her current law firm just as Diane (Christine Baranski) is thinking of joining it. Michael J. Fox returns as Louis Canning.

Revenge

ABC, 10:00 pm ET
Revenge

Any viewers of this show knows the two women never have been friends, but Emily and Victoria (Emily VanCamp, Madeleine Stowe) are determined to destroy each other -- even if the consequences are deadly -- in the Season 3 finale, "Execution." Without revealing any spoilers, we can confirm that things get pretty physical for a number of characters before the hour is over. Henry Czerny and Josh Bowman also star.

Cutthroat Kitchen

FOOD, 10:00 pm ET
Cutthroat Kitchen

Any show with Alton Brown is bound to get pretty zany every now and ... OK, most of the time, but the new episode entitled (seriously) "Crabs of Steel" finds one chef forced to work on a traditional Japanese tea table, while another must make a crab cake while holding a toy crab claw in one hand. As if that isn't enough insanity, a chef also has to work from a hammock. Jet Tila is guest judge.

The Strain

FX, 10:00 pm ET
The Strain

In the new episode "The Third Rail," Setrakian (David Bradley) leads Eph, Fet and Nora (Corey Stoll, Kevin Durand, Mia Maestro) on a potentially deadly quest to find the lair of the Master (Robin Atkin Downes). Meanwhile, Zack (Ben Hyland) risks his safety for Mariela's (Anne Betancourt) sake after he is left behind at the pawnshop with her.

Ice Lake Rebels

ANIMAL, 10:02 pm ET
Ice Lake Rebels

When the Ice Lake Rebels say they're moving, they're not kidding. Allyce and Stephan are forced to hoist up their home to dislodge some ice that is pushing them toward shore, and Pike Mike also wants Stephan's help in relocating his own home to a quieter part of the lake. Later, Randy gets his cabin-sized raft stuck on a sheet of ice in the river in this new episode called "The Big Move."

Mon, September 22

Gotham

FOX, 8:00 pm ET

Earlier days of many fixtures of the Batman saga are traced as this stylish adventure series premieres. Young detective James Gordon, who eventually will become Gotham City's police commissioner, is at the heart of the "Pilot" as played by Ben McKenzie ("Southland"). Donal Logue also stars as his ethically murky partner. The villains include precursors of the Riddler and the Penguin, but an instant standout is Jada Pinkett Smith as a spicy crime vixen.

Celebrity Name Game

CW, 7:30 pm ET
Celebrity Name Game

A hilarious new daily game show pairs celebrities and contestants together to figure out famous names — actors, singers, athletes, even cartoon characters — based on improvised clues. Funnyman Craig Ferguson hosts and celebrity guest stars include executive producers Courteney Cox and David Arquette, as well as Tom Arnold, Yvette Nicole Brown, Peter Facinelli, Billy Gardell, Lisa Kudrow, Kevin McHale, Karina Smirnoff, Nicole Sullivan, Scott Wolf and Constance Zimmer.

Inside the Actors Studio

BRAVO, 8:00 pm ET
Inside the Actors Studio

Host James Lipton welcomes Emmy winner Mariska Hargitay ("Law & Order: Special Victims Unit") in this new episode. While the actress is best known for her current role as Olivia Benson on the long-running NBC police drama, she also opens up about her late parents, Jayne Mansfield and Mickey Hargitay, and working with George Clooney and Anthony Edwards on "ER."

Antiques Roadshow

PBS, 8:00 pm ET
Antiques Roadshow

A new three-part program taped in Knoxville, Tenn., begins with an emphasis on Appalachian culture as host Mark L. Walberg and appraiser Ken Farmer survey related musical instruments. However, there's also room for the appraisal of a Tiffany vase that was bought for $75 ... and now has a value of up to $12,000. Also considered is a shoe that belonged to Robert Wadlow, who may not be a household name but has a place in history: He was the tallest person ever.

The Big Bang Theory

CBS, 8:00 pm ET
The Big Bang Theory

The sitcom will return to Thursdays once CBS' run of NFL football on that night ends, but it temporarily moves back to Mondays to start its eighth season with back-to-back episodes. "The Locomotion Interruption" finds Leonard and Amy (Johnny Galecki, Mayim Bialik) retrieving Sheldon (Jim Parsons, recently an Emmy winner again) in Arizona. Then, "The Junior Professor Solution" finds Howard (Simon Helberg) a student in a class that Sheldon is teaching.

The Voice

NBC, 8:00 pm ET

The seventh season of the singing competition begins with "The Blind Auditions, Premiere," as two notable newcomers -- Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams -- join returning coach/judges Adam Levine and Blake Shelton. Stevie Nicks, Alicia Keys, Little Big Town and Gavin Rossdale (Stefani's husband) are slated to be among the advisers to the aspiring talents who vie to win a record contract and $100,000. Carson Daly, also a producer of the show, continues as host.

Rewrapped

FOOD, 8:00 pm ET
Rewrapped

Chefs Francesco Palmieri, Jennifer Cole and Timothy Witcher are the competitors in a new episode called "Let Them Eat Koffee Kake," in which one of the dishes during the Innovate round is -- and we are not making this up -- Wagyu steak with a Tastykake Koffee Kake Junior beurre blanc sauce. Yum? Judges are Marc Summers, Shelley McDonnough and Grace Choi.

NFL Football

ESPN, 8:15 pm ET

Two teams with postseason aspirations do battle tonight at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., where Geno Smith and the New York Jets welcome in Jay Cutler and the Chicago Bears. After a surprising 8-8 season the Jets hope Smith, with a year's experience under his belt, can become a force to be reckoned with. The Bears, also 8-8 in 2013, added ex-Jet Santonio Holmes to an elite receiver corps, but a questionable secondary could prove to be an Achilles' heel.

America's Next Top Model

CW, 9:00 pm ET

Someone who's quite familiar with unscripted series, "America's Got Talent" host Nick Cannon, turns up in the new episode "The Girl Who Got Five Frames." His presence has a purpose, since he's launching an advertising campaign - and he gives the models an opportunity to be the star of it. The contestants also have a potentially bad hair day when they get only five photo frames in which to look "perfect," while wind is whipping their follicles around.

Dallas

TNT, 9:00 pm ET
Dallas

Season three wraps with two new back-to-back episodes, starting with "Endgame," in which Christopher (Jesse Metcalfe) desperately races to find Elena (Jordana Brewster), even as the cartel is double-crossing Bobby (Patrick Ewing). Elsewhere, Nicolas (Juan Pablo Di Pace) tries to prove himself to Elena with a gesture that puts both him and John Ross (Josh Henderson) in grave danger. The season finale, "Brave New World," immediately follows.

Sleepy Hollow

FOX, 9:00 pm ET
Sleepy Hollow

The reimagining of Washington Irving's tale starts Season 2 with "This is War," which begins where the first round left off -- with much still to be resolved. Ichabod (Tom Mison) remains buried alive while Katrina (Katia Winter) is in the clutches of the Headless Horseman, and Abbie (Nicole Beharie) is stuck in purgatory as Jenny (Lyndie Greenwood) becomes a car-accident victim. Henry's (John Noble) true identity is a huge factor in all of the crises.

Scorpion

CBS, 9:00 pm ET
Scorpion

Misfit geniuses work with a federal agent (Robert Patrick) to stop high-tech crimes as this loosely fact-inspired drama series premieres. Katharine McPhee ("Smash") has a non-singing role as a waitress whose young son also has special gifts, with Elyes Gabel and Eddie Kaye Thomas ("American Pie") as members of the brainy group. There's still room for action, though: Just witness the well-staged car-and-plane stunt at the end of this "Pilot."

POV

PBS, 10:00 pm ET
POV

The very colorful mayor of New York from 1978 to 1989 is profiled in the theatrically released documentary "Koch" ... which, ironically, had its public debut on the day he died in 2013. The Big Apple poses challenges for any of its leaders, and Ed Koch faced more than his share, not the least of which were the crime rate and the metropolis' financial health -- or, rather, lack thereof. Former Wall Street Journal reporter Neil Barsky directed the film.

Under the Dome

CBS, 10:00 pm ET
Under the Dome

Is there actually a way out of the Dome? If so, the residents of Chester's Mill probably will be kicking themselves for not knowing, with all they've gone through. The second-season finale, "Go Now," poses that possibility -- and not a moment too soon, since the potential for everyone inside to be crushed remains a very real and present threat. Mike Vogel, Rachelle Lefevre, Dean Norris and Eddie Cahill star.

The Blacklist

NBC, 10:00 pm ET
The Blacklist

The mystery series -- remaining on Mondays for now, but moving to Thursdays later in the season -- opens its second year with "Lord Baltimore," giving Red (James Spader) a new opponent as well as a reunion with someone from his past, played by guest star Mary-Louise Parker ("Weeds"). Liz (Megan Boone) also has remnants of her past to deal with. Guest stars also include Krysten Ritter and Peter Stormare. Diego Klattenhoff and Harry Lennix also star.

Jersey Belle

BRAVO, 10:00 pm ET
Jersey Belle

In the season finale, a new episode called "The Lake House," Danielle and Bart get still more downbeat news about their chances of her getting pregnant. She and Jaime bond over their mutual frustration when Arden invites the ladies to her family's lake house. Luci confides to Scarlett and Haley that she is still flirting with Jeff. Bad news from work leads to tension between Jaime and Luci. Everyone lets down their hair over moonshine at a juke joint.

Forever

ABC, 10:01 pm ET
Forever

Medical examiner Henry Morgan (Ioan Gruffudd) has a knack for staying alive ... for 200 years so far and counting. This new fantasy-drama series revolves around his immortality, and around his new partnership with a police detective ("Law & Order" alum Alana De La Garza) who knows there's something different about him, but she can't quite put her finger on it. Veteran actor Judd Hirsch also stars as a friend who's aware of Henry's unusually long existence.

Tue, September 23

NCIS: New Orleans

CBS, 9:00 pm ET

The Big Easy is indeed the setting of this new second spinoff of the parent show, with Mark Harmon an executive producer. Scott Bakula returns to weekly television work as Special Agent Dwayne Pride, probing military-related crimes in the title city (where the show is filmed on location). Lucas Black and Zoe McLellan play members of his team, with CCH Pounder as a local coroner. David McCallum appears in his "NCIS" role as Ducky in "Musician Heal Thyself."

NCIS

CBS, 8:00 pm ET
NCIS

It's a race against time for Gibbs and McGee (Mark Harmon, Sean Murray) when their mission to bring an intel-knowledgeable computer engineer back from Russia attracts enemies in "Twenty Klicks," the drama's 12th-season opener. Foreign mercenaries pursue them, forcing them to move covertly to get back to America safely -- while their colleagues in Washington, D.C., do what they can to help them. Michael Weatherly and Pauley Perrette also star.

Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

PBS, 8:00 pm ET
Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

One of the country's best-known advocates and practitioners of genealogy returns with a second season of his series that helps people delve into their respective family histories. They're often very famous people, too -- as is the case in the first new episode, "In Search of Our Fathers," which puts iconic horror novelist Stephen King on such a search. Gates also assists actors Gloria Reuben and Courtney B. Vance in unlocking their personal pasts.

Arrow

CW, 8:00 pm ET
Arrow

Oliver (Stephen Amell) has been fighting his killer instincts for the past year, but when Slade (Manu Bennett) kidnaps someone close to him, he realizes he might have to take a drastic step. Diggle (David Ramsey) takes on Amanda Waller (Cynthia Addai-Robinson). Thea (Willa Holland) seeks help from Roy (Colton Haynes) in "Unthinkable."

Supernatural

CW, 9:00 pm ET
Supernatural

Metatron (Curtis Armstrong) makes his move against the human race, and shocking consequences await Sam, Dean and Castiel (Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins) as they take him on. Dean is beginning to feel the effects of the First Blade in "Do You Believe in Miracles," the episode that concluded the series' ninth season.

New Girl

FOX, 9:00 pm ET
New Girl

"There's an app for that," including ...dating? Evidently, since Jess (Zooey Deschanel) gets lessons from Schmidt (Max Greenfield) in making very personal connections that way in the new episode "Dice." Winston (Lamorne Morris) is determined to make a favorable mark with fellow police cadets at a party -- a plan that quickly goes out the window with the arrival of Nick, Cece and Coach (Jake Johnson, Hannah Simone, Damon Wayans Jr.).

Dance Moms

LIFETIME, 9:00 pm ET
Dance Moms

Always a big event under any circumstances, Abby's Annual Dance Concert takes on additional resonance because of its theme, an emotional tribute to her mother. With Nationals looming, Abby gives each of the girls 45 seconds to prove that she deserves a solo. Christi begins to worry (with good reason) about the security of Chloe's place at Nationals when Abby has Kamryn dance in Chloe's place in the new episode "45 Second Solos."

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

ABC, 9:00 pm ET
Marvel

Hayley Atwell doesn't get her own "Marvel's Agent Carter" series until midseason, but she and the character turn up here in the second season premiere, "Shadows." She factors in as Coulson (Clark Gregg) and his team stay on the run, a flight complicated by the presence of some new S.H.I.E.L.D. agents. Former television "Xena" Lucy Lawless joins the show's cast, and another guest star is notable: George Stephanopoulos, who's listed as playing "self."

The Boomer List: American Masters

PBS, 9:00 pm ET

Filmmaker Timothy Greenfield-Sanders turns his approach from such previous projects as "The Black List" toward so-called baby boomers in this new documentary. Each of the 19 interviewees represents the year he or she was born -- and it's quite a famous group, ranging from Billy Joel to Erin Brockovich. Others offering comments include Deepak Chopra, Samuel L. Jackson, computer guru Steve Wozniak, playwright Eve Ensler, Maria Shriver and Rosie O'Donnell.

The Mindy Project

FOX, 9:30 pm ET
The Mindy Project

Four-time "Cheers" Emmy winner Rhea Perlman guest stars as Danny's (Chris Messina) visiting mother in the new episode "Annette Castellano Is My Nemesis." Since Annette is the mom, it's a foregone conclusion that the "nemesis" is Mindy (Mindy Kaling), whose efforts to win her over don't go too well. Morgan (Ike Barinholtz) tries to assert himself with Tamra (Xosha Roquemore). Max Minghella ("The Social Network") also guest stars.

Sons of Anarchy

FX, 10:00 pm ET
Sons of Anarchy

The world of this series usually finds the members of the motorcycle club trying to present a united front against rival gangs, but in this new episode, SAMCRO takes advantage of an opportunity to secure an important alliance. What could go wrong? Given that the episode title is "Playing With Monsters," we're guessing the answer is: plenty. Charlie Hunnam and Katey Sagal star.

Chopped

FOOD, 10:00 pm ET
Chopped

Risotto is tricky enough even in a non-competitive environment, and in the new episode "Ultimate Champions: Grand Finale," it's only the first round hurdle, as the chefs are challenged to either transform or enhance it. The entree round basket contains a big surprise that fails to thrill some contestants, while the dessert round includes booze and baked goods. Host Ted Allen welcomes judges Alex Guarnaschelli, Scott Conant and Geoffrey Zakarian.

Chicago Fire

NBC, 10:00 pm ET
Chicago Fire

An explosion has a major impact on Firehouse 51's members in the drama's Season 3 opener, "Always." In the aftermath, Boden (Eamonn Walker) tries to get everyone back in the proper frame of mind to do their jobs effectively. Casey (Jesse Spencer) tries to locate the missing Severide (Taylor Kinney). Newhouse (Edwin Hodge) has surprising information involving Mills (Charlie Barnett). Jon Seda and Amy Morton cross over in their "Chicago PD" roles.

Kim of Queens

LIFETIME, 10:00 pm ET
Kim of Queens

In a new episode called "Kiss My Grits!" Allisyn goes behind Kim's back to bring Marah back to Pageant Place for training. Addison, meanwhile, risks being booted unless she buckles down and starts to get serious. Meanwhile, Kim takes on a tomboy with a bow and arrow.

Planet Earth: Human Planet

BBCA, 10:00 pm ET

An episode called "Mountains: Life in Thin Air" explores some of the extraordinary ways in which some people have adapted to living at high altitudes, where nature is utterly unforgiving. In a segment that looks like something out of a fantasy, dwellers in the Altai Mountains of Western Mongolia have formed an uncanny bond with golden eagles, which do their hunting for them.

Awkward.

MTV, 10:00 pm ET
Awkward.

As Jenna and her friends anxiously await college admission verdicts, they try to contain senioritis and relish their remaining time together. The sense of time running out heightens all of Jenna and Matty’s interactions as they try to figure out if they are meant to be just friends or more than that.

Person of Interest

CBS, 10:01 pm ET
Person of Interest

The names may change, but the characters remain the same as the mystery's fourth season opens with "Panopticon." Trying to avoid being located and possibly eliminated by the insidious system Samaritan, Reese (Jim Caviezel) and the other team members adopt new identities. It can be hard to escape your past, though, since The Machine retains elements of who they were -- and Samaritan could track those. Michael Emerson, Sarah Shahi and Amy Acker also star.

Pioneers of Television

PBS, 10:30 pm ET
Pioneers of Television

"Carol Burnett & the Funny Ladies" is a self-explanatory title for this episode culled from the recurring series about home-screen history. Through her long-running comedy-variety series, Burnett surely set a standard for women with a knack for humor in their television work. However, she always has acknowledged Lucille Ball -- also seen here -- as a major influence and inspiration. Mary Tyler Moore also is among the performers highlighted.

Faking It

MTV, 10:33 pm ET
Faking It

This season, everyone faces a dilemma that forces him or her to tell the truth or keep a secret. Best friends Amy and Karma struggle with figuring out their relationship after Amy revealed her true feelings for Karma.

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