All Times Eastern.
Wednesday, Sept. 14
Before moving to its regular, earlier time slot next Wednesday, NBC’s sophomore hit kicks off its new season tonight. Speaking to the new time slot, creator/executive producer Martin Gero told reporters recently, “We don’t want it to be the type of show where if you haven’t seen the first season and you start watching because we’re on early … that it will be just as fun for you. We want to reward our loyal viewers and not alienate our casual ones.” And those loyal viewers will be rewarded right off the bat, as Gero explained that “not only are you going to find out Jane’s first name in the first episode, you’re going to find out what Orion is, who Shepard is, what’s the plan of this organization, who Jane really is, outside of her name.” Former The Good Wife costar Archie Panjabi joins the cast this season, and she said she loves playing a more action-oriented role. For those Good Wife fans who miss Kalinda’s boots, don’t worry — Panjabi said that she does wear a pair of knee-high boots on Blindspot.
With help from some familiar home cooks, the final three contestants have 60 minutes to prepare an amazing appetizer dish. Then, in Part Two of the season finale, the contestants have one hour to create entrees and an hour to create a dessert before host/judge Gordon Ramsay and judge Christina Tosi reveal the winner and that deserving home cook walks away with a MasterChef trophy, a book deal and the $250,000 grand prize.
Forces of Nature
This four-part series, coproduced with the BBC, explores the fundamental forces that shape our very existence — from the ways that gravity manifests itself, to the weird and wonderful properties of light and color and how they make life possible, and more.
The Million Dollar Duck
Animal Planet, 9pm
This delightful film takes a look at the long-running annual competition to create the Federal Duck Stamp — a stamp purchased by hunters, with proceeds going toward procuring and preserving national wetlands (you may recall this contest as a subplot featured in the 1996 film Fargo). Ever since the ’30s, artists have vied to have their duck portrayals on the stamp in what has become known as “the Olympics of wildlife art.” The documentary follows six artists competing during the 2013 Duck Stamp competition, and it is a quirky lot, all with different reasons, passions and dreams for wanting to win.
Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition
Food Network, 9pm
Do celebrities really cook for themselves? Well, in case they do want to break out the pots and pans, mentors Anne Burrell and Rachael Ray take yet another group of cooking-averse famous folks through a rigorous culinary boot camp. The ladies only have eight weeks to turn these kitchen disasters into kitchen masters — and in the end, one special student will earn $50,000 for the charity of their choice.
NOVA: “School of the Future”
In a new age of information, rapid innovation and globalization, how can we prepare our children to compete? Discover how the new science of learning can help us reimagine the future of education for all children.
USA Network, 9pm
Jessica and Rachel fight to save Leonard Bailey’s life. Meanwhile, Harvey and Louis must keep P.S.L.’s clients from abandoning ship by convincing their oldest and most loyal client to stay.
The World’s Greatest Tribute Bands
AXS TV, 10pm Live
Season 7 of the weekly live concert series kicks off tonight with a special 90-minute tribute to Prince. Katie Daryl produces and hosts the series, which airs from the Whisky A Go Go in Hollywood.
Don’t Be Tardy
Brushes with death are often followed by a new lease on life, and the former Real Housewives of Atlanta star Kim Zolciak-Biermann is no exception. After her second dance on Dancing With the Stars, she suffered a mini-stroke, which in turn led to major heart surgery. As a result of that ordeal, this mother of six is ready to take on any challenge, including a new addition to the family. While her hubby Kroy Biermann may have gotten snipped after the twins, Kim is hopeful that a little one-two-switcharoo could put them back in the baby-making fast lane. As for the rest of her clan, both daughter Brielle and Kim’s personal chef Tracey are single and spend most of their time swiping left and right all over the internet. Ariana is finishing up eighth grade while the four little ones spend their days terrorizing their big siblings. Kim loves her ever-expansive, crazy brood and doesn’t see any harm in adding one more fresh face into the mix.
American Horror Story
Ryan Murphy and Co. finally answer the summer’s biggest question: Will cryptic posters, purposely misleading trailers and an overall aura of maddening secrecy draw viewers to the anthology drama for Season 6?
This is serious stuff. Really! The Bill Hader/Fred Armisen mockumentary series Documentary Now! returns for Season 2 with “The Bunker,” a parody of The War Room, an acclaimed 1993 film that trailed Democratic campaigners James Carville and George Stephanopoulos as they helped win the presidency for Bill Clinton.
Queen Sugar: “Thy Will Be Done”
Charley (Dawn-Lyen Gardner), Nova (Rutina Wesley) and Ralph Angel (Kofi Siriboe) learn the contents of their father’s will and explore the idea of running their newly inherited farm together as a family. Though Ralph Angel fights to fulfill his late father’s dream, he faces resistance from his siblings. The pressure on Ralph Angel pushes him to his limit when someone attempts to repossess one of his late father’s belongings.
Legends of Chamberlain Heights
Comedy Central, 10:30pm
This new animated comedy series, rife with social commentary, centers on three high-school freshman basketball benchwarmers who always stay positive in the face of failure. The series has already been renewed for a second season.
Thursday, Sept. 15
College Football: Houston at Cincinnati
ESPN, 7:30pm Live
ESPN’s Thursday night American Athletic Conference college football matchup has the Houston Cougars at the Cincinnati Bearcats from Nippert Stadium.
NFL Football: N.Y. Jets at Buffalo
CBS & NFL Network, 8:25pm Live
Thursday Night Football makes its regular-season debut tonight on CBS, NFL Network and Twitter (yes, Twitter) as the N.Y. Jets visit the AFC East rival Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium.
Beauty and the Beast: “Au Revoir”
The CW, 9pm
Vincent (Jay Ryan) and Cat (Kristin Kreuk) are willing to make the ultimate sacrifice to rid the world of beast makers once and for all.
Project Runway is back in style! After a lackluster 14th season, Tim Gunn promises a return to form for the fashion design competition’s latest round. “The designers [from Season 14] were not hungry enough,” says the Emmy-nominated mentor. “They just didn’t have the fire. It drove me to despair. For Season 15, we’re back!” The premiere kicks off with the designers — who range in age from 22 to 55 — scrambling to put together looks using only materials found at what they thought was just a Season 15 launch party. Throughout the competition, they’ll have to impress some A-list talent: Priyanka Chopra, Nina Dobrev and Savannah Guthrie all help judge the runway looks alongside Heidi Klum, Nina Garcia and Zac Posen. For Gunn, Runway’s backstage glimpse at the creative process is what keeps fans coming back even after 15 seasons: “And that’s what keeps me so enthusiastic about it.”
Time for School: 2003-2016
Meet five children from five countries, struggling to get what Americans take for granted: a basic education. Combining current-day footage with material shot over more than a decade, the film reveals who made it through, despite daunting obstacles.
Better Things: “Period”
In the new episode “Period,” Sam (Pamela Adlon) has to deal with … um … you know … lady stuff.
Friday, Sept. 16
ESPN & ESPN2, beginning at 8pm Live
Friday night college football features the Baylor Bears at the Rice Owls (ESPN) and the Arizona State Sun Devils at the UTSA Roadrunners at the Alamodome in San Antonio (ESPN2).
Season 3 debuts tonight with a two-hour movie, before the series moves to its regular, later airtime next Friday. Actually taking place during Season 2, this movie finds the gang protecting the town against a new enemy.
Penn & Teller: Fool Us: “Can Penn & Teller Fool Penn & Teller”
The CW, 9pm
Magicians Anthony Asimov, Angela Funovits, Ivan Amodei and Vince Charming try to stump Penn & Teller and earn the right to perform with the celebrated duo in their show at the Rio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
Art in the Twenty-First Century
Join host Claire Danes for access to creative minds at work in contemporary art. Each episode, set in a different city, presents four artists creating works that engage with the world around us and allow us to see it in new ways. Tonight’s back-to-back episodes visit artists Nick Cave, Chris Ware, Theaster Gates and Barbara Kasten in Chicago and Damián Ortega, Pedro Reyes, Minerva Cuevas and Natalia Almada in Mexico City.
Quarry: “Figure Four”
Things get even darker in Cinemax’s new series that is based on the novels by Max Allan Collins. In tonight’s episode, Mac (Logan Marshall-Green) looks to pay down a debt, as Joni (Jodi Balfour) is queried by detectives following the death of a coworker.
Based on a web series of the same name, this scripted comedy follows “The Guy” (Ben Sinclair), a Brooklyn pot dealer who makes deliveries by bicycle and runs into some of the city’s most eccentric characters.
Saturday, Sept. 17
The Beatles: Eight Days a Week — The Touring Years
Ron Howard directs and produces this documentary look at the first part of the Beatles’ career (1962-66), when the iconic band was touring and performing in front of fevered crowds before concentrating later on more studio-based work.
ABC, CBS, ESPN, FOX, FS1 & NBC, beginning at 12pm Live
Saturday features a full slate of college football action from around the country. Highlights include Florida State at Louisville (ABC), Iowa State at TCU (FS1), Oregon at Nebraska (ABC), Alabama at Ole Miss (CBS), Pittsburgh at Oklahoma State (ESPN), Michigan State at Notre Dame (NBC), Ohio State at Oklahoma (FOX) and USC at Stanford (ABC).
Based on the internationally acclaimed stage play of the same name, the film features an impressive cast headlined by Jacki Weaver (Silver Linings Playbook), Stana Katic (Castle), Jess Weixler (The Good Wife), Michelle Trachtenberg (Gossip Girl) and Troian Bellisario (Pretty Little Liars), and tells the story of four estranged sisters who reunite to mourn their mother’s passing, only to discover a secret that could tear them apart. The movie also stars Amy Smart (Justified), Tom Everett Scott (Scream: The TV Series), Emmy nominee Alfred Molina (The Normal Heart) and Kaia Gerber in her acting debut.