All Times Eastern.
Saturday, Sept. 3
ABC, CBS, ESPN, ESPN2 & FS1, beginning at 7:30am Live
It’s the first full Saturday of the 2016 college football season, and the schedule is packed with top matchups, including Georgia Tech vs. Boston College in Ireland (ESPN2), Oklahoma vs. Houston at NRG Stadium (ABC), Hawaii at Michigan (ESPN), UCLA at Texas A&M (CBS), LSU vs. Wisconsin at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis. (ABC), Georgia vs. North Carolina at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta (ESPN), USC vs. Alabama at AT&T Stadium in Texas (ABC), Clemson at Auburn (ESPN) and Arizona vs. BYU at University of Phoenix Stadium (FS1).
“Ninja Warrior” Marathon
Esquire Network, beginning at 7am
The original obstacle-course competition series from Japan — which inspired American Ninja Warrior — returns to American screens during a Labor Day weekend marathon on Esquire. The series captures the devotion, creativity and strength of everyday competitors from around the world as they compete against insane obstacles in an effort to defeat the infamous Mt. Midoriyama. The marathon, which runs through Labor Day Weekend, will include 26 Sasuke tournaments and seven Women of Ninja Warrior (Kunoichi) tournaments.
When a woman poses as a potential buyer to help her boss close real estate transactions, she discovers he will resort to anything to close a deal — even murder. Stars Josie Davis, Brittany Underwood, Micah Alberti, Kevin Spirtas, Brad Lee Wind and Amanda Musso.
Ken (Brian F. O’Byrne) and Emma (Emma Dumont) reconcile, but Emma wants to find Charlie (Gethin Anthony). Another new episode follows.
Discovery Channel, 10pm
This is a rip-roarin’ countdown through the 20 most amazing motorcycles of all time. A killer lineup of bike experts and Discovery Motor Mondays cast members will take viewers on an action-packed ride to find the bikes that have left the biggest marks on the motorcycle industry.
Sunday, Sept. 4
“Golden Girls” Labor Day Marathon
TV Land, beginning at 9am
See the best of Dorothy (Bea Arthur), Blanche (Rue McClanahan), Rose (Betty White) and Sophia (Estelle Getty) in this Labor Day Golden Girls marathon featuring 14 episodes on Sunday and 18 episodes on Monday.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Bojangles’ Southern 500
NBC, 6:15pm Live
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers in the hunt for a berth in the Chase playoffs look for a strong finish tonight at the Bojangles’ Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway in South Carolina. The field of 16 drivers in the Chase for the Sprint Cup will be set following next week’s race at Richmond.
TV One, 7pm
TV One continues its foray into original programming with this film about an undefeated boxer as he prepares for a game-changing fight while being taunted by his outrageous, belt-holding opponent and his corrupt former manager. Tyler Lepley, Tequan Richmond and Sevyn Streeter star.
College Football: Notre Dame at Texas
ABC, 7:30pm Live
A rare Sunday college football matchup has the Notre Dame Fighting Irish heading down to Austin to face the Texas Longhorns in primetime on ABC.
Building Star Trek
Smithsonian Channel, 8pm
Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the iconic sci-fi series Star Trek (which debuted on NBC on Sept. 8, 1966), this two-hour special looks at the lasting influence that the show has had on science and technology. The special also follows the conservation team from the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum as they attempt to restore and conserve the original 11-foot, 250-pound model of the USS Enterprise from the original series. Also profiled are a new generation of engineers and scientists who are making Star Trek’s visionary technology real.
Fear the Walking Dead: “Do Not Disturb”
Travis (Cliff Curtis) struggles to connect with Chris (Lorenzo James Henrie) while searching for shelter. Meanwhile, Alicia (Alycia Debnam-Carey) meets a lonely woman with a bloody past.
BrainDead: “Six Points on the New Congressional Budget: The False Dichotomy of Austerity vs. Expansionary Policies”
In this new episode, Luke (Danny Pino) and Laurel (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) rush to uncover Red’s (Tony Shalhoub) secret agenda, which is buried in a massive new budget bill. Also, Gareth (Aaron Tveit) inadvertently witnesses an unsettling bug encounter in Red’s office.
Haunted Case Files: “This Isn’t a Game”
Destination America, 10pm
In Rhode Island, a couple calls in investigator Joe Cetrone after their flirtation with the occult unleashes a demonic spirit they cannot control. Then, in Massachusetts, a ghost hunter disturbs an ancient evil spirit that will stop at nothing to get revenge. Finally, in Ohio, investigator Karlo Zuzic captures startling proof of a haunting in a historic building.
Monday, Sept. 5
College Football: Ole Miss vs. Florida State
ESPN, 8pm Live
A Monday night college football clash on ESPN has the Ole Miss Rebels against the Florida State Seminoles at Camping World Stadium in Orlando.
So You Think You Can Dance: “The Next Generation: Top 4 Perform”
FOX, 8pm Live
In an elimination-free week, the final four dancers try to impress the judges with incredible dances.
Harley and the Davidsons
Discovery Channel, 9pm
This three-part miniseries, airing through Wednesday, tells the story of how the iconic Harley-Davidson cycle and brand came to be during a time of great social and technological change at the turn of the 20th century. Michiel Huisman, Robert Aramayo, Bug Hall, Stephen Rider, Jessica Camacho and Annie Read headline the cast.
15 Septembers Later
This new special leads History’s week of 9/11 15th-anniversary commemorative programming, which also includes two other original primetime documentaries and a series of digital shorts. The program examines 9/11 through the lens of stories and information uncovered over the last 15 years, offering a new perspective on the historic events of that day. Also included is a new, rare interview with President George W. Bush, as well as new interviews with several other government officials, journalists and eyewitnesses.
Rizzoli & Isles
Friendship, family and murder investigations come to an end as Rizzoli and Isles hang up their badge and scalpel. The final hour will feature one last case for Detective Jane Rizzoli (Angie Harmon) and her best friend, medical examiner Maura Isles (Sasha Alexander), to unravel. “It’s a small case, basically about love,” executive producer Jan Nash previews. “We don’t spend a lot of time solving it, but it gives our characters places to walk to while they’re talking about their feelings. We felt it was important for the audience to have an opportunity to say goodbye to these characters in a real and emotional way.” The series finale could in fact see the end of the drama’s central relationship: Jane recently revealed that she has decided to leave Boston and move to the D.C. area to work at Quantico. “Announcing the decision [prior to the finale] allowed us to challenge these characters with big questions and react to the decision,” Nash says. Jane isn’t the only one with a new experience in her future. “The entire episode is one big life-changing thing after another, right down to the last moment,” teases Nash. But fans should be assured that the finale is “not a cliffhanger. It ends with laughter and tears and with a sense that it’s an end.” After spending 105 episodes with their characters, the actors were given the chance to leave their mark on the story’s conclusion. “They took the scene we’d written and added to it in a way that I found to be very delightful and true to what the show was,” Nash says. “The show ends not with words that were written by writers, but words that were ad-libbed by actors.” A true partnership indeed.
Mistresses: “Back to the Start”
As April (Rochelle Aytes) wonders how to tell Marc (Rob Mayes) she’s pregnant, he gets great news about his career. Karen (Yunjin Kim) meets Adam’s (David Sutcliffe) parents, even as the Lydia (Alanna Masterson) situation rears its ugly head one last time — with devastating consequences. Kate (Tabrett Bethell) finds out the truth about what happened with Scott (Justin Hartley). A new episode also airs tomorrow night.
Comedy Central Roast of Rob Lowe
Comedy Central, 10pm
Comedian and actor David Spade served as Roast Master for the Comedy Central Roast of Rob Lowe, which was taped Aug. 27 at Sony Studios in Los Angeles.
Mary + Jane
The weed delivery service of pot-repreneurs Jordan (Scout Durwood) and Paige (Jessica Rothe) is popular with foodies, celebs and hipsters, but the women have to find creative ways to keep their clients and their buzzes. The best parts of the millennial-targeted comedy are the hilariously outlandish restaurants the women frequent.
Running Wild With Bear Grylls: “Lindsey Vonn”
Olympic gold medalist Lindsey Vonn joins Bear on a harrowing journey along the Corsica coastline.
POV: “The Birth of Saké”
Go behind the scenes at Japan’s Yoshida Brewery, where a brotherhood of artisans — ranging in age from 20 to 70 — spends six months in nearly monastic isolation following an age-old process to create saké, the nation’s revered rice wine.
Loosely, Exactly Nicole
Nicole Byer stars as a semiautobiographical version of her hilarious self, a comedian trying to live the Hollywood dream. As she tries to find her voice as a performer, she struggles through humiliating auditions, unpaid bills, friendship ups and downs, and other millennial drama with friends Veronica (Jen D’Angelo) and Devin (the scene-stealing Jacob Wysocki) by her side.
Tuesday, Sept. 6
Martin Freeman and Adam Brody star in this slick and steamy drama. When a brilliant financier (Brody) looks to invest his father’s ill-gotten money, he and two other unlikely entrepreneurs fund a tech company while forming ties with a Haitian gang. But there’s an unscrupulous FBI agent (Freeman) after them — and their cash.
Bachelor in Paradise
Thanks to that Us Weekly cover, we already know that Andi Dorfman’s former fiancé Josh Murray and single mom Amanda Stanton have entered into real-world domestic bliss in California, and franchise creator Mike Fleiss has hinted another wedding looms. What other surprises await as Paradise comes to an end? Find out in tonight’s Season 3 finale.
Dance Moms: “Girl Talk Part 3”
The girls talk, but the dads dance. To kick off Season 6B of Dance Moms, Jai Rodriguez and the ALDC dancers are back to reveal the latest on Abby and the team, and debut some new routines. Also on the docket: Dance Moms super fans get up close and personal with the girls, the newest member of the Mini Team is introduced — and the dads of Dance Moms make an appearance to talk about their daughters and show off their own moves.
America’s Got Talent: “Semifinals 2”
NBC, 8pm Live
The semifinals continue at the world-famous Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, with contestants vying for a chance to win $1 million.
9/11 Inside the Pentagon
As incredible as it may seem, this year marks the 15th anniversary of the devastating Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks that changed America and the world. This hourlong documentary reveals new, firsthand accounts of the attack that took place at the heart of the United States’ military headquarters, during which nearly 200 people inside the building and onboard American Airlines Flight 77 perished.
Season 4 has smooth sailing and rough waters for the crew as they navigate love triangles, difficult clientele above deck and clashing personalities below deck. Capt. Lee is keeping a close eye on recently promoted Kelley, who is eager for redemption. Chef Ben is excited to jump back into his personal and professional relationship with Kate. Nico and Kelley approach the charter looking for a “boatmance,” while Trevor focuses less on love and more on fitting in with his new colleagues.
Season 2 of Zoo comes to an end with back-to-back episodes “Pangaea” and “Clementine.” Mitch (Billy Burke) and Jamie (Kristen Connolly) hatch a daring plan to undermine the Noah Objective once and for all, and the team reunites on the Island of Pangaea where the final pieces of the cure are put in place. CBS has renewed Zoo for Season 3.
Game of Homes
Discovery Family Channel, 9pm
In this eight-episode series, host Cameron Mathison guides four teams of amateur home renovators as they attempt to save dilapidated houses that are marked to be torn down and revive them room by room into their dream homes. Prior to the competition, the houses were picked up off their foundation and ceremoniously transferred to massive barges located in the Game of Homes arena. Here, the teams will completely renovate the run-down structures while living inside their slowly improving homes, where they must cope with small budgets, tight deadlines and even tighter living spaces.
Dance Moms: “Abby’s New Beginning”
The second half of Season 6 begins with Abby Lee promising to no longer overlook the remaining dancers now that the Zieglers have moved on. Hurray! Peace at the ALDC, right? No. When Abby assigns Brynn and Kendall head-to-head duets with boy partners, Brynn struggles with the pressure. And when Jess calls out Abby’s favoritism for Brynn, Ashlee’s had enough.
Inside the NFL
Mistresses: “The Show Must Go On”
Fast-forward several months to two sets of newlyweds: Joss (Jess Macallan) and Harry (Brett Tucker), and April (Rochelle Aytes) and Marc (Rob Mayes). Both couples are also raising their bundles of joy, and while Marc proves a tightly wound, overly attentive parent, Harry is more hands-off as he gets a grip on how to be a dad — a situation complicated by the return of someone from his past.
Halt and Catch Fire: “Rules of Honorable Play”
Donna (Kerry Bishé) and Cameron (Mackenzie Davis) have a hard time coming to a mutual agreement on their acquisition. Gordon (Scoot McNairy) discovers the importance of teamwork through laser tag.
9/11: As We Watched
American Heroes Channel, 10pm
Produced with ABC News, this special recounts Sept. 11, 2001, through the eyes of that news organization, as the late, legendary Peter Jennings, along with Diane Sawyer, George Stephanopoulos and dozens of other journalists rushed to the scene of the chaos and embarked upon what would be 83 hours of live coverage.
The Renovation King
Discovery Family Channel, 10pm
Barry Du Bois works with homeowners to renovate their humble bedrooms, bathrooms, balconies, playrooms, kitchens — even a school staff room — into practical and beautiful spaces. In the premiere episode, “Family Kitchen,” Barry helps bring an outdated kitchen into the 21st century.
In this new comedy, Donald Glover (Community) plays Earn, a smart but aimless young man who sees an opportunity when his cousin’s (Brian Tyree Henry) music career appears to be taking off. Keith Stanfield, Zazie Beetz and Chris Greene also star.
Better Late Than Never: “Seoul Brothers”
The Asian adventure continues as the guys arrive in South Korea with one mission in mind — to rediscover their youth. This includes a stop at a K-pop school where young hopefuls learn how to be Korean pop stars. There the guys learn fun dance moves from the hit K-pop band Girls’ Generation and shoot a music video with them.
OWN kicks off its new soulful character drama with a two-night premiere before it moves into its regular Wednesday night time slot. Award-winning filmmaker Ava DuVernay (Selma) directs the first episode, which introduces us to Charley (Dawn-Lyen Gardner, Unforgettable), a savvy wife and manager of a professional basketball star living an upscale Los Angeles lifestyle who returns to her family home — an 800-acre sugarcane farm in the heart of Louisiana — after her father suffers a stroke. There, she reunites with her estranged siblings Nova (Rutina Wesley, True Blood), a world-wise journalist and activist, and Ralph Angel (Kofi Siriboe, Awkward), a formerly incarcerated young father in search of redemption.
America by the Numbers: “The New Deciders”
In this 2016 election special about power and politics, demographics and democracy, learn how Asian-American, black millennial, Arab-American and Latino evangelical voters are exerting their growing strength and influence.
A Season With Florida State Football
Following the success of last year’s intimate look into Notre Dame’s football family, Showtime now turns the camera on Florida State University. For the first time in its storied history, Florida State is granting unparalleled access to its Division I world-class football program, players and coaching staff. From preparations for each week’s matchup, to the intensity of game day and the rigors of balancing athletics with classwork during the season, viewers will bear witness to the dedication of the Garnet and Gold, led by coach Jimbo Fisher in their bid for gridiron glory.
Wednesday, Sept. 7
MasterChef: “Family Drama/Critics Choice”
Chef, restaurateur and cookbook author Richard Blais reveals the seventh Mystery Box challenge and serves as a guest judge. Then, after a shocking elimination, the four remaining contestants must prepare either a halibut or duck entrée for VIP food critics.
UP TV, 8pm
UP TV premieres Season 9 of the family drama, the longest-running one-hour drama in Canadian history. The network will premiere 18 episodes in the U.S., with three episodes airing every Wednesday, before the show starts airing once weekly later this fall. In the new season, change is in the air for the Bartlett-Fleming family as new love interests, new career paths and new challenges threaten life as they know it. Among other highlights, viewers will see Ty (Graham Wardle) and Amy (Amber Marshall) adjusting to their new life together after getting married last season.
American Gothic: “Madame X/Whistler’s Mother”
In the season finale episodes “Madame X” and “Whistler’s Mother,” a killer is taunting the Hawthornes and Brady (Elliot Knight) needs Garrett’s (Antony Starr) help to solve the case. Alison (Juliet Rylance) prepares for the election and is rocked by a shocking discovery about her family and the unexpected return of an old friend. Also, as the family gathers for Election Day, they attempt to identify the killer in their midst, but one of them won’t make it out alive.
The Incredible Food Race
Discovery Family Channel, 9pm
This six-part series awards its winner with free groceries for a year. In each episode, two different families battle it out in a super-charged race full of fun food challenges and a main event: a family vs. family cook-off in the ultimate outdoor stadium. One ticking clock, two eager families and a kid-approved meal prepared in front of a live and hungry audience all culminate in the ultimate prize for the entire family.
Suits: “The Hand That Feeds You”
USA Network, 9pm
To protect Mike, Harvey considers putting Gallo back on the streets; Jessica and Rachel get Bailey’s case re-opened, but winning it is no slam-dunk; and Louis deals with his anxiety over Tara.
Capturing Bin Laden
American Heroes Channel, 10pm
This documentary tracks the rise and fall of Osama Bin Laden, the man who spent the decade following the 9/11 attacks at the top of America’s Most Wanted list.
Running Wild With Bear Grylls: “Mel B”
Former Spice Girl Mel B joins Bear on an adventure along the Welsh coastline.
Queen Sugar: “Evergreen”
In the second hour of the two-night series premiere, the Bordelon siblings must work together to plan their father’s funeral. Tensions rise between Charley (Dawn-Lyen Gardner) and Nova (Rutina Wesley) as they each seek to honor their father in very different ways. Ralph Angel (Kofi Siriboe) argues with Aunt Violet (Tina Lifford) over whether or not it’s appropriate to invite his young son Blue (Ethan Hutchison) to the service. Charley struggles with the fallout of the shocking news surrounding her husband and also learns there are many things they did not know about the state of their father’s farm.
Mr. Robot: “eps2.8_h1dden-pr0cess.axx”
USA Network, 10pm
Elliot starts to wonder if Mr. Robot has been lying to him; Darlene tries to do the right thing; Dom and the FBI get closer.
Thursday, Sept. 8
NFL Football: Carolina at Denver
NBC, 8:30pm Live
The 2016 NFL regular season begins tonight in Denver with a Super Bowl 50 rematch between the Carolina Panthers and the Broncos. The Broncos’ defense led the way to a 24-10 victory in quarterback Peyton Manning’s final game.
Beauty and the Beast: “No Way Out”
The CW, 9pm
When Vincent (Jay Ryan) is interrogated about an impending attack, he struggles to contain his inner beast.
Finding Prince Charming
Lance Bass, best known as a member of the boy band NSYNC, hosts television’s first reality dating competition featuring an all-gay cast. Thirteen bachelors move into one house and compete to win the heart of an eligible heartthrob.
Co-created by Pamela Adlon and Louis C.K., this new adult comedy is inspired by Adlon’s real life as a divorced mom of three, and her career performing cartoon voices and the occasional live-action project.
Friday, Sept. 9
Stand Up to Cancer
Various Networks, 8pm Live
The Hollywood community is once again uniting to support Stand Up to Cancer (SU2C), which will stage its fifth televised fundraising special on Friday. ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, many cable networks and streaming services will air the one-hour broadcast live from The Music Center’s Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. Ben Affleck, Matthew McConaughey, Emma Stone, Anna Kendrick, Josh Gad, Niecy Nash, Eric Stonestreet, Alison Sweeney, Ken Jeong, Marcia Cross, Greg Grunberg, Danielle Campbell, Charlie Wilson, Brittany Daniel and SU2C cofounder Katie Couric will all appear in the inspiring broadcast. In addition, celebrated recording artists Céline Dion and Keith Urban with Little Big Town will perform moving tributes in honor of all those standing up to cancer.
College Football: Louisville at Syracuse
ESPN2, 8pm Live
This Friday night college football matchup on ESPN2 has the Louisville Cardinals visiting the Syracuse Orange in an ACC game at the Carrier Dome.
10th Annual ACM Honors
Music superstars Jason Aldean, Kelsea Ballerini, The Band Perry, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Cam, Dan + Shay, Alicia Keys, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris, Cole Swindell, Keith Urban and Chris Young perform at the 10th Annual ACM Honors, taped Aug. 30 at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. Aldean receives the ACM Triple Crown Award and Lambert receives the Merle Haggard Spirit Award.
Bring It!: “Wigging Out”
Coach D’s decision to include 30 new dancers in a football field competition puts the team in serious jeopardy. And things aren’t much better in the viewing room, where simmering tensions between Selena and some of the moms escalate into a hair-raising fight.
Live From Lincoln Center: “Simple Gifts: Chamber Music Society at Shaker Village”
The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center performs inspired American selections amid the bluegrass countryside of Kentucky.
Based on the novels by Max Allan Collins, this eight-episode, gritty new drama tells the story of Mac Conway (played by a mesmerizing Logan Marshall-Green), a Marine who returns home to Memphis from Vietnam in 1972 and finds himself shunned by those he loves and demonized by the public he fought for. While struggling with the nightmarish experiences he witnessed and took part in, Conway is unwillingly drawn into a network of killing that spans the length of the Mississippi River.
Saturday, Sept. 10
ABC, CBS, ESPN, ESPN2, FS1 & NBC, beginning at 12pm Live
Saturday college football action features Central Michigan at Oklahoma State (FS1), Wyoming at Nebraska (ESPN2), Tulsa at Ohio State (ABC), Nevada at Notre Dame (NBC), Kentucky at Florida (CBS), Western Kentucky at Alabama (ESPN2), SMU at Baylor (FS1), Tennessee vs. Virginia Tech at Bristol Motor Speedway (ABC), Texas Tech at Arizona State (FS1) and Virginia at Oregon (ESPN).
A Chef’s Life: “Onions and Avetts”
Spring onions kick off the season as Vivian takes a break from penning her first cookbook to prepare dinner for beginner farmers. Though the Avett Brothers make an appearance, the underdog spring onion steals the show, playing both star and support.
College Football: BYU at Utah
FOX, 7:30pm Live
In-state rivals the BYU Cougars visit the Utah Utes for a matchup dubbed the “Holy War.” Gus Johnson provides play-by-play and Joel Klatt offers analysis of the action while Shannon Spake reports from the sidelines.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Federated Auto Parts 400
NBCSN, 7:30pm Live
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Federated Auto Parts 400 night race at Richmond International Raceway is the final race before the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup 10-race playoff, and drivers on the bubble will look to get into the field of 16 who will be eligible for the championship.
Girl in the Box
This dark psychological drama is based on the true story of Colleen Stan, a young woman kidnapped and held for over half a decade. In 1977, the then-22-year-old was hitchhiking when a young couple, Cameron and Janice Hooker, offered her a ride, taking the girl hostage when she accepted. For the next seven years, Stan is imprisoned in a coffin-sized box hidden beneath the couple’s bed for up to 23 hours a day, only allowed out to serve as the couple’s slave, babysitter and victim of Cameron’s extreme sexual fantasies. Girl in the Box stars Addison Timlin (That Awkward Moment), Zane Holtz (The Perks of Being a Wallflower) and Zelda Williams (Dead of Summer), daughter of the late Robin Williams.
Aquarius: “Mother Nature’s Son”
Hodiak (David Duchovny) decides to take matters into his own hands and shows up on the doorstep of the mysterious serial killer who has been sending him obscene pictures. The season finale, “I Will,” follows.