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Tuesday, Sept. 5
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.
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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.
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.