All Times Eastern.
Wednesday, Aug. 30
The CW, 8pm
This 2-hour animated adventure introduces DC Comics’ female crime fighter Vixen. Originally from Africa, Mari McCabe’s (voiced by Megalyn Echikunwoke) parents were killed by local greed, corruption, and wanton violence. But the orphaned Mari refuses to succumb to the terrors surrounding her. Inheriting her family’s Tantu Totem, Mari can access the powers of animals — anything from the super-strength of a gorilla to the speed of a cheetah. As Vixen, she fights valiantly to protect the world from the threats like those that claimed her family.
— CW Seed (@cwseed) August 27, 2017
MasterChef: “A Mexican Tag Team Challenge/The Great Outdoors”
In this week’s mystery box challenge, the top nine must create a dish using Nutella as the key ingredient. The challenge’s losers must pair up for a Mexican-themed tag-team challenge. Then, the top eight head to Big Bear Lake to cook fresh fish.
Salvation: “Coup de Grace”
In the new episode “Coup de Grace,” Grace (Jennifer Finnigan) and Darius (Santiago Cabrera) seek answers from the president (guest star Tovah Feldshuh), while Harris (Ian Anthony Dale) discovers deadly secrets.
Marlon: “Project Kids”
Feeling that Marley (Notlim Taylor) and Zack (Amir O’Neil) don’t appreciate everything they have, Marlon (Marlon Wayans) teaches them a lesson by recreating the projects from his childhood. Another new episode follows.
USA Network, 9pm
Currently in its seventh season, USA’s hit drama celebrates its 100th-episode milestone tonight, an installment directed by costar Patrick J. Adams (who plays Mike).
Snowfall: “Story of a Scar”
Franklin (Damson Idris) suffers the cost of his business in the new episode “Story of a Scar.” As Teddy’s (Carter Hudson) situation deteriorates, so does his mental state.
The Sinner: “Part V”
USA Network, 10pm
The discovery of a body in the woods leads to more questions for everyone.
Thursday, Aug. 31
College Football: Ohio State at Indiana
ESPN, 8pm Live
The Big Ten Conference has more games on Friday nights and in primetime this season, and fans won’t have to wait until October for conference rivals to line up against each other. This Week 1 matchup has the Ohio State Buckeyes at the Indiana Hoosiers at Memorial Stadium in Bloomington.
Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman
Discovery Channel, 9pm
Based on Miriam Horn’s book, this documentary was an official selection of the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. Narrated by Tom Brokaw and directed by Emmy winners Susan Froemke and John Hoffman, the film crosses the country to chronicle families who work the land and sea, and who are crossing political divides to find unexpected ways of protecting the natural resources vital to their livelihoods.
The Night Shift: “Resurgence”
A shooting at a nearby college sends TC (Eoin Macken), Jordan (Jill Flint), Drew (Brendan Fehr) and Amira (guest star Rana Roy) into the field, where they assist Rick (guest star Luke Macfarlane) with a deadly situation.
Queen of the South: “La Última Hora Mata”
USA Network, 10pm
Destinies and desires collide in a final showdown between Teresa (Alice Braga) and Camila (Veronica Falcón), forcing them to accept one absolute truth: There can only be one queen.
Friday, Sept. 1
This is the exclusive U.S. premiere of the 1995-96 British drama starring Janet McTeer as Helen Hewitt, the first woman put in charge of Barfield, a maximum-security prison that had been nearly destroyed by a disastrous riot. Despite being greeted with open hostility by inmates and little enthusiasm by prison staff, she is determined to clean up the place. Oscar nominee Sophie Okonedo (Hotel Rwanda), Eamonn Walker (Chicago Fire) and Idris Elba (in one of his first roles) are among the guest stars.
In Season 3, now that the hunt for Pablo Escobar has ended, the DEA turns its attention to the richest drug-trafficking organization in the world: the Cali Cartel. Led by four powerful godfathers, this cartel operates much differently from Escobar’s, preferring to bribe government officials and keep its violent actions out of the headlines.
The Killjoy militia has everything they need to go to war, but as the battle begins, Aneela (Hannah John-Kamen) changes the entire game.
The USA Network series (currently airing Tuesdays) starring Ryan Phillippe was based on this 2007 film starring Mark Wahlberg as a former Marine Corps sniper who leaves the military after a mission goes bad. After he is reluctantly pressed back into service, Swagger (Wahlberg) is double-crossed again. With two bullets in him and the subject of a nationwide manhunt, Swagger begins his revenge, which will take down the most powerful people in the country. The film also stars Kate Mara, Danny Glover and Michael Peña.
College Football: Utah State at Wisconsin
ESPN, 9pm Live
College football’s kickoff weekend continues with this Friday night matchup in Madison, Wis., as the Utah State Aggies visit the Wisconsin Badgers on ESPN.
Hachi: A Dog’s Tale
Based on a true story, this film tells of the bond between a professor and a lost puppy he discovers on a train platform and eventually adopts. Stars Richard Gere, Joan Allen and Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa.
American Masters: “Richard Linklater”
Take an unconventional look at Richard Linklater, the Oscar-nominated filmmaker of Boyhood, Slacker and Dazed and Confused, and at the fiercely independent filmmaking style that emerged from Austin, Texas, in the late 1980s-90s. Features never-before-seen footage and interviews.
Saturday, Sept. 2
ABC, ESPN & FOX, beginning at 3pm Live
The first Saturday of the college football season features South Carolina vs. NC State in Charlotte, N.C. (ESPN); Florida vs. Michigan in Arlington, Texas (ABC); UTEP at Oklahoma (FOX), Alabama vs. Florida State in Atlanta (ABC); Louisville vs. Purdue in Indianapolis (FOX); and LSU vs. BYU in New Orleans (ESPN).
The Essentials: “2001: A Space Odyssey”
Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 science-fiction classic leads off a night of TCM programming dedicated to “rogue computers.” And they don’t come much more “rogue” than this film’s murderous HAL 9000.
Oprah’s Master Class: Steve Harvey
Comedian and popular TV host Steve Harvey sits down with Oprah for an intimate conversation where he discusses his successes, failures, triumphs, disappointments, heartbreaks and more.
Sunday, Sept. 3
The Bobby and Damaris Show
Food Network, 12:30pm
Fast friends since they met on Food Network Star, Bobby Flay and Damaris Phillips are never at a loss for words when it comes to their passion for food and beverage trends and tasty classics. In this new series, the foodie friends cook together, test quirky food ideas and entertain their friends.
ABC & FOX, beginning 7pm Live
The opening weekend of the 2017 college football season concludes with a battle at the Rose Bowl on FOX, as the Texas A&M Aggies visit the UCLA Bruins. Gus Johnson provides play-by-play of the matchup, with Joel Klatt providing gameplay analysis and Jenny Taft reporting from the sidelines. On ABC, West Virginia plays Virginia Tech at FedExField in Landover, Md.
Psycho Wedding Crasher
Glee’s Heather Morris stars as Jenna, a wedding dress designer at her abusive aunt Daisy’s (Joan Van Ark) shop. Envious of the brides buying her gowns, Jenna longs for a happily-ever-after of her own. When bride-to-be Marci (Fiona Vroom, Bates Motel) and her boyfriend Glenn (Jason Cermak, Zoo) come to the shop, Jenna decides Glenn was meant for her and will stop at nothing — including murder — to have him.
Chesapeake Shores: “Buried Treasures”
Hallmark Channel, 9pm
Nell discovers a treasure map that Bree made as a teen, leading Bree and Kevin to hunt for a family time capsule in the backyard. Trace is in Nashville fighting his producer to keep Leigh on an upcoming album. Abby meets a handsome widower in the PTA.
Masterpiece: Endeavour: “Lazaretto”
Whispers of a cursed hospital ward and a seemingly innocuous death begin a chain of events that leads to Endeavour’s investigation of the hospital, staff and patients. Meanwhile, he must confront his own ghosts as he discovers a chilling secret.
Smithsonian Channel, 9pm
Some of the world’s most iconic and impressive locomotives, from vintage and luxury to high-speed and revolutionary, are profiled in this series. Mighty Trains takes viewers on a train ride across spectacular landscapes and gives a behind-the-scenes look at the engineering and design of these remarkable vehicles.
Tragedy befalls the St. Patrick family. Ghost (Omari Hardwick) and Tommy (Joseph Sikora) are out for revenge, and it’s up to Tasha (Naturi Naughton) to prevent further disaster.
There’s no business like show business — just ask Miles (Chris O’Dowd), Get Shorty’s two-bit gangster turned fledgling movie producer. Keeping his Tinseltown identity separate from his criminal one will prove tricky — especially when clueless coproducer Rick (Ray Romano) unwittingly gets Miles into hot water with their financial backer, vicious mob boss Amara (Lidia Porto). Still, the biggest threat looming on the horizon for Miles may be his own ego, as nascent film project The Admiral’s Mistress begins to pick up steam and build industry buzz.
Deadline: Crime With Tamron Hall
Investigation Discovery, 10pm
The Season 5 premiere looks at the case of young father Terrance Williams, whose disappearance on Florida’s Gulf Coast has a curious connection to another man who went missing from the same town.
Monday, Sept. 4
Biography: “Biggie: The Life of Notorious B.I.G.”
A&E brings back the Biography franchise with a look at the life and death of the rapper Notorious B.I.G. In the three-hour special, the late artist — born Christopher Wallace — tells his life story through archival footage and never-before-heard audio recordings. Plus, the people who knew Biggie best — including his widow, Faith Evans; his mother, Voletta Wallace; his friends and fellow Junior M.A.F.I.A. crew; collaborators and his contemporaries Sean “Diddy” Combs, Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter and Nas — share revealing and intimate interviews.
Jerry Lewis Tribute Movie Marathon
In celebration of the life and career of legendary actor and comedian Jerry Lewis, who passed away Aug. 20, Turner Classic Movies airs several of his iconic films (it’s fitting that the marathon airs on Labor Day, given how associated with the holiday Lewis became given the nearly 50 years he spent hosting The Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon). Tonight’s programming tribute kicks off with 1963’s The Nutty Professor.
CBS Fall Preview
CBS series stars Iain Armitage (Young Sheldon), David Boreanaz (SEAL Team), Mark Feuerstein (9JKL), Shemar Moore (S.W.A.T.), Bobby Moynihan (Me, Myself & I) and Jeremy Piven (Wisdom of the Crowd) introduce their new shows with a mix of behind-the-scenes moments, cast interviews and select scenes from the premiere episodes.
Road to 9/11
This unprecedented six-hour series brings together for the first time the scattered pieces of the events that led to 9/11 — the deadliest terrorist attack in U.S. history. The story is told by the men and women who started to understand the threat and warned of it, but were ultimately unable to foil Osama bin Laden’s deadly plot.
UP TV, 9pm
Just in time for Labor Day, this intimate special follows three couples as they document their pregnancy journeys. Without the help of producers or camera crews, these expectant parents share their highs and lows, culminating with one of life’s biggest moments.
Game of Homes
Discovery Family Channel, 10pm
In this fun competition series hosted by Dave Salmoni, teams of skilled amateur home renovators compete for the chance to trade their skills for the prize of a lifetime. The teams save run-down houses slated for demolition, renovate them room by room and transform them into dream homes.
Midnight, Texas: “Angel Heart”
A bounty hunter (guest star Breeda Wool) from Joe’s (Jason Lewis) past arrives in Midnight to punish him for leaving the angelic fold. Manfred (François Arnaud) takes charge with a plan to lead Fiji (Parisa Fitz-Henley), Olivia (Arielle Kebbel), Bobo (Dylan Bruce) and Lem (Peter Mensah) to stop this dangerous, nearly immortal foe from killing Joe and Chuy (guest star Bernardo Saracino), as well as destroying Midnight.
POV: “The Grown-Ups”
In a school for individuals with Down syndrome, four middle-aged friends yearn for a life of greater autonomy in a society that marginalizes them as disabled. Get a humorous, and at times tragic, look at the limbo of these adults.
Tuesday, Sept. 5
After ending his Chicago-based talker Steve Harvey after five seasons, Steve Harvey has relocated production to L.A. — where he hosts ABC’s Celebrity Family Feud and Steve Harvey’s FUNDERDOME, NBC’s Little Big Shots, the syndicated game show Family Feud, and his popular radio program The Steve Harvey Morning Show — and has renamed it Steve.
America’s Got Talent: “Live Show 4”
NBC, 8pm Live
Semifinalists perform for the chance to win $1 million and be named the most talented act in America.
This season, action takes place aboard the 154-foot mega-yacht Valor. As Capt. Lee Rosbach and his veteran crew — Kate Chastain (chief stewardess) and Nico Scholly (senior deckhand) — navigate the choppy waters off the coast of St. Maarten, they must bring the rest of their inexperienced staff up to speed while catering to the demands of their charter yacht’s wealthy clients.
Road to 9/11: “Part 2: The Bin Ladens (1995-2000)”
Part 2 moves from New York to Washington, D.C., where the CIA and Clinton administration officials are trying to understand and react to the rise in jihadi terror.
Dance Moms: “Stamina, Stamina, Stamina”
Laurieann Gibson is back and even more determined to win, which has proven harder than she thought. Tasked with two duets and a group routine, the girls struggle with stamina — and their new leader’s cutthroat attitude. And when Laurieann loses her patience with the moms at the competition, an explosive face-off results.
American Horror Story: Cult
Ryan Murphy’s creepy anthology series returns and tackles the 2016 presidential election … and clowns. Season 7 was inspired by the cult of personality surrounding figures like Charles Manson, David Koresh and Jim Jones. Murphy revealed that Lena Dunham would be appearing in this season. Other announced cast members include Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Billie Lourd, Billy Eichner, Cheyenne Jackson, Alison Pill, Colton Haynes and Adina Porter.
Investigation Discovery, 10pm
In the baffling murder investigations chronicled in this series, police are forced to reconstruct the life of the victim piece-by-piece to uncover the shocking truth.
So Sharp: “Senioritis”
It’s senior night for the Ladybirds as they debut their Jazz Nationals routine, but will Kayla’s knee injury stop her from performing on game day — or worse, stop her from going to Nationals altogether? Plus, Todd’s attachment to the seniors leaves him emotional, and technical difficulties threaten the performance, forcing the team to scramble and regroup.
Hollywood Game Night: “A RuPaul Awakening”
Nancy Grace, Tyson Beckford, RuPaul Charles, Weird Al Yankovic, Daymond John and Margaret Cho are the celebrities competing in tonight’s episode. The season finale airs tomorrow night.
Shooter: “That’ll Be the Day”
USA Network, 10pm
Bob Lee (Ryan Phillippe) tries to draw Solotov (Josh Stewart) into the open, but realizes the Chechen holds the upper hand. Flashbacks reveal the origins of Solotov, while Isaac (Omar Epps) is courted by his creator in the present.
Wednesday, Sept. 6
America’s Got Talent: “Live Results 4”
NBC, 8pm Live
Only five of the previous night’s performers will move on to the finals. Tonight, viewers will have one last chance to send their favorite performer to the next round.
MasterChef: “Chopsticks & Pasta/Pop-Up Restaurant”
In the first of this week’s all-new episodes, the mystery box challenge forces the top seven home cooks to create a chopstick-centric dish, and in the elimination challenge, the cooks must use their noodles to make pasta. Then, the top six split up in teams and cook in a vineyard’s pop-up restaurant.
Salvation: “All In”
In the new episode “All In,” Grace (Jennifer Finnigan) and Harris (Ian Anthony Dale) must forge an alliance when their children’s lives are in jeopardy.
The new season features eight one-hour episodes that give viewers an exclusive look inside the evolving professional careers, romances and family lives of Nikki and Brie Bella. This season follows Nikki and John Cena as they temporarily relocate to Phoenix, Ariz., to help Brie and Daniel Bryan through their first pregnancy. The season kicks off with Nikki and John’s in-ring return to WWE, and also follows Nikki on her road to WrestleMania as she prepares for her dream tag-team match alongside John.
Road to 9/11: “Part 3: The Days of Terror (2000-2003)”
The final episode in the docuseries explores how the Sept. 11 terror attack came to be, with a portrait emerging of the true mastermind of the attack, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.
Marlon: “Hospital Party”
Marlon (Marlon Wayans) and Ashley (Essence Atkins) have very different ways of coping when Zack (Amir O’Neil) needs surgery. Another new episode follows.
USA Network, 9pm
Mike (Patrick J. Adams) proposes a power move to boost business, but Harvey’s (Gabriel Macht) past complicates matters. Rachel (Meghan Markle) is surprised when her dad offers a chance to join forces. Louis (Rick Hoffman) mentors Brian.
Eric & Jessie
A lot has changed over the last three years for the Deckers. Country singer/songwriter Jessie and her NFL wide receiver husband Eric are now parents to two toddlers, daughter Vivianne and son Eric Jr., and are busier than ever with bustling careers and new business ventures. This season finds Jessie juggling her music career, hosting duties and expanding her businesses when Eric unexpectedly changes football teams and signs with the Tennessee Titans. The Deckers discuss what the future holds as they embark on this new journey and focus on laying their roots in Nashville.
You’re the Worst
Season 4 of FXX’s hit relationship comedy starts tonight with a one-hour premiere. Stars Chris Geere, Aya Cash, Desmin Borges and Kether Donohue return. New guest stars in Season 4 include Lou Diamond Phillips as himself and Zosia Mamet (Girls) as Gretchen’s (Cash) estranged childhood friend.
Growing Up Supermodel: “Mama Bears”
When Cairo tries to renew her relationship with her estranged father, Beverly’s lack of support opens up new wounds in their relationship. Shanna wastes no time in confronting Andrea over her disapproval of Atiana. JD gets involved in Arissa’s personal business. And when Faith continues her reckless spending, Cambrie takes matters into her own hands to teach her sister some responsibility.
Blood Drive: “Finish Line”
Arthur (Alan Ritchson), Grace (Christina Ochoa) and Slink (Colin Cunningham) attack Heart Enterprises, but their deepest fears are waiting for them.
The Sinner: “Part VI”
USA Network, 10pm
As Ambrose (Bill Pullman) begins to waver, Cora (Jessica Biel) convinces him to take his greatest risk yet for the case.
Thursday, Sept. 7
NFL Football: Kansas City at New England
NBC, 8:30pm Live
The 2017 NFL regular season kicks off tonight at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass., as the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots host the Kansas City Chiefs on NBC.
Sony Movie Channel, 8:50pm
Based on a true story. A young FBI agent with a Native American background and his cynical veteran partner are assigned to a murder investigation on a poverty-stricken reservation. Stars Val Kilmer, Sam Shepard and Graham Greene.
Zoo: “Cradles and Graves”
In the new episode “Cradles and Graves,” the team is trapped inside the plane by toxic spores surrounding them, while complications arise during the delivery of Clementine’s (Gracie Dzienny) baby.
Ice Road Truckers: “Helter Melter”
A sudden warmup threatens to derail the ice road season just as it kicks into high gear. Art Burke finds himself battling some of the scariest and slickest roads of his life, while Lisa Kelly is forced to ask her former boss, Mark Kohaykewych, for financial help after her truck sustains severe damage.
Friday, Sept. 8
Tig Notaro’s semiautobiographical dark comedy returns for Season 2.
Season 4 of the quirky animated series again has Will Arnett voicing the title character, a legendary failed ’90s sitcom star from the family comedy Horsin’ Around. He has been trying to find his way through a muddle of self-loathing, whiskey and failed relationships. Now, with his human sidekick Todd (Aaron Paul) and his feline agent and ex-paramour Princess Carolyn (Amy Sedaris), BoJack remains primed for his comeback.
EIF Presents: XQ Super School Live
ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, 8pm Live (tape-delayed for MT & PT)
For the past 100 years, America’s high schools have remained virtually unchanged for some, while the world around us has transformed dramatically. What if we turned the spirit of ingenuity toward our high schools and came together as a nation to give our students the education they deserve? That’s the premise behind this live event where the biggest names in comedy, music, television and movies join students, parents, educators and more for a must-see, live television event.
MTV Unplugged: “Shawn Mendes”
MTV revives its acoustic performance series — and, gasp, actually plays music — with a set from artist Shawn Mendes. The series, which debuted in 1989, has delivered stripped-down performances from Nirvana, Jay-Z, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Miley Cyrus, Tony Bennett, Mariah Carey, Katy Perry, Lil Wayne, Adele, Florence and the Machine, and many others.
Broke and Famous
This series of hourlong specials looks at what happens when the money runs out for celebrities like 50 Cent, Tori Spelling, Johnny Depp and others.
American Masters: “Tyrus Wong”
Discover the art, life and enduring impact of Tyrus Wong, the renowned Chinese-American painter known for his work on the films Bambi and Rebel Without a Cause, via new and never-before-seen interviews, movie clips and art. Wong once exhibited with Picasso and Matisse.
US Weekly’s Famous Feuds
Drake/Chris Brown, Madonna/Elton John and Paris Hilton/Nicole Richie are among the celebrity feuds explored in this hourlong series.
The Dark Files
This investigative special chronicles former CIA operative and novelist Barry Eisler, award-winning journalist Steve Volk and filmmaker Chris Garetano’s exploration into the mythologies, conspiracies and accusations that surround an abandoned military base known as Camp Hero in Montauk, Long Island. After World War II it is known that the United States government engaged in a pattern of covert behavior that saw it experiment on its own citizens in such programs as the Tuskegee Experiments and MK Ultra. Could Camp Hero — with its rumors of mind-control experiments, acid tests, child abduction and time travel — be another top-secret example of these actions?
Saturday, Sept. 9
ABC, CBS, ESPN, ESPN2, FOX & NBC, beginning at 3:30pm Live
College football Saturday action includes Pittsburgh at Penn State (ABC), Fresno State at Alabama (ESPN2), TCU at Arkansas (CBS), Nebraska at Oregon (FOX), Auburn at Clemson (ESPN), Georgia at Notre Dame (NBC), Oklahoma at Ohio State (ABC) and Stanford at USC (FOX).
Tennis: US Open, Women’s Final
ESPN, 4pm Live
ESPN airs the women’s singles final match from Arthur Ashe Stadium at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens, N.Y.
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Federated Auto Parts 400
NBCSN, 7:30pm Live
The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Federated Auto Parts 400 night race at Richmond International Raceway is the final race before the playoffs begin, and drivers on the bubble will look to get into the field of 16 who will be eligible for the championship.
The Essentials: “Bullitt”
Peter Yates’ classic 1968 thriller stars Steve McQueen as a San Francisco police detective out to find the criminals who murdered the witness he was assigned to protect. Jacqueline Bisset also stars in this film, which features one of filmdom’s great car chases.
Oprah’s Master Class: LL Cool J
One of the forefathers of pop rap, as well as an actor and an author, LL Cool J sits down with Oprah for an intimate conversation where he discusses his successes, failures, triumphs, disappointments, heartbreaks and more.
The series returns to look behind the headlines of real-life murder cases that copy memorable slayings seen in Hollywood movies.
Mysteries of the Missing
Science Channel, 10pm
This new series exposes the theories behind what happened on the fateful day of disappearances and what science can now tell us about what really transpired. Investigators, scientists and experts use cutting-edge technology to decode the unexplainable and seek answers to some of the most puzzling unresolved cold cases in history. The series features prominent vanishing acts including the three Alcatraz escapees who managed to flee the island fortress in 1962; the lost Roanoke Colony in North Carolina; the unexplained cause of a 1908 explosion, said to have been the equivalent of a thousand atom bombs, in an extremely remote part of Siberia; and the notorious Bermuda Triangle.