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Wednesday, Sept. 7: Tensions Rise in OWN’s Queen Sugar

Queen Sugar © 2016 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc / Courtesy of OWN. Credit: Andrew Dosunmu

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Wednesday, Sept. 7

Queen Sugar: “Evergreen”
OWN, 10pm
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.

MasterChef: “Family Drama/Critics Choice”
FOX, 8pm
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.

Heartland
UP TV, 8pm
Season Premiere!
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”
CBS, 9pm
Season Finale!
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
New Series!
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”
NBC, 10pm
Former Spice Girl Mel B joins Bear on an adventure along the Welsh coastline.

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
Logo, 9pm
New Series!
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.

Better Things
FX, 10pm
New Series!
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
CBS, 9pm
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”
Lifetime, 9pm
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”
PBS, 9pm
The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center performs inspired American selections amid the bluegrass countryside of Kentucky.

Quarry
Cinemax, 10pm
New Series!
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


College Football
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”
PBS, 3:30pm
Season Premiere!
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
Lifetime, 8pm
Original Film!
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”
NBC, 9pm
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.