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All Times Eastern.
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.
32 teams. 1 goal.
— NFL (@NFL) September 7, 2017
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.
Sunday, Sept. 10
Tennis: US Open, Men’s Final
ESPN, 4pm Live
The US Open men’s singles final match takes place today at Arthur Ashe Stadium at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens, N.Y.
Following the conclusion of FOX’s NFL doubleheader and The OT, catch the first part of the series premiere of Seth MacFarlane’s live-action comedy set 400 years in the future that follows the adventures of the Orville, a midlevel exploratory spaceship. Its crew, both human and alien, face the wonders and dangers of outer space, while also dealing with the familiar, often humorous, problems of everyday life.
The time-traveling Starz bodice-ripper returns for a third season with a pregnant Claire (Caitriona Balfe) back in the 1940s with Frank (Tobias Menzies), thinking her true love Jamie (Sam Heughan) is no more. “I think this season in particular feels very strong,” says Heughan. “Each episode has its own individual sort of theme or feeling to it — and the characters, they grow up. They change. I’m enjoying growing up with Jamie over these last four years.”
2018 Miss America Competition
ABC, 9pm Live
The Bachelor’s Chris Harrison and ESPN’s Sage Steele return as hosts of the long-running beauty pageant.
Fear the Walking Dead
Nick’s stringy hair and Jeremiah Otto were both goners in the Fear midseason finale, and showrunner Dave Erickson promises even more mega-casualties in the back half of Season 3, as Madison (Kim Dickens), Nick (Frank Dillane) and Alicia (Alycia Debnam-Carey) must adapt to both their new family dynamic and a power shift on the ranch. And is a reunion between Salazar (Rubén Blades) and daughter Ofelia (Mercedes Mason) in the offing?
Chesapeake Shores: “Grand Openings”
Hallmark Channel, 9pm
As the nightclub opening nears, Trace (Jesse Metcalfe) spends late nights practicing with Leigh (Brittany Willacy) and his band, while Mick (Treat Williams) fights city hall to receive a live music permit. Abby (Meghan Ory) receives a promotion at work, but it leaves her with less time to spend with the family and Trace.
James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal headline this gritty character study about the downtrodden inhabitants of a seedy Times Square neighborhood in the 1970s, as the legalization of the sex industry led to a battle for turf, power and control of the billion-dollar trade’s purse strings — and the men and women caught in its web.
Top of the Lake: China Girl
Jane Campion’s atmospheric Down Under drama returns with a new storyline. This time, Detective Robin Griffin (Elisabeth Moss) heads home to Sydney to nurse a broken heart and broken spirit — and to possibly reconnect with the daughter she gave up as a teen. As Griffin takes the case of a pregnant young Asian woman whose body washed ashore in a suitcase, her personal and professional lives are complicated by chauvinistic colleagues and a trio of equally complex women.
Monday, Sept. 11
From the team behind the international hit Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries comes this new Aussie legal drama. Claudia Karvan stars as a suburban solicitor (lawyer) who attempts to return to her briefly glorious career at the Bar.
TV One, 9am Live
A panel of four female hosts — Quad Webb-Lunceford, Syleena Johnson, Rashan Ali and Kiana Dancie — headline this new daily, hourlong news and lifestyle series designed to empower and inspire African-American women.
ESPN, beginning at 7pm Live
ESPN’s Monday Night Football kicks off its season with a Week 1 doubleheader featuring the New Orleans Saints at the Minnesota Vikings, followed by the newly relocated L.A. Chargers at the Denver Broncos.
I Am Frankie
Frankie Gaines (Alex Hook) looks like any other human girl, but harbors a big secret — she’s actually a high-tech computer. After escaping from a tech company to avoid being used for evil purposes, Frankie enrolls in high school in an attempt to pass as a typical teenager. While she keeps her true identity a secret, Frankie navigates best friends, mean girls, homework, boy crushes and other teen drama.
So You Think You Can Dance: “Top 6 Perform”
The top six dancers perform for the judges and America’s votes in the hopes of moving on in the competition and ultimately being named America’s favorite dancer.
The trio prepares for a whole new life, but Jesse (Dominic Cooper) questions the path before them. Meanwhile, Tulip (Ruth Negga) uncovers a dangerous secret, and Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun) grapples with a difficult truth.
Hooten & the Lady: “The Caribbean”
The CW, 9pm
Alex (Ophelia Lovibond) puts her wedding in jeopardy when she follows Hooten (Michael Landes) to an idyllic island in the Caribbean to hunt for the long-lost pirate treasure.
The baby-making juggernaut that is the Duggar family returns for a third season with Joe courting, Joy Anna planning a wedding, Jill on the move and — of course — more babies.
Meet the Putmans
The super-sized Putman family (Bill and Barb, their four adult children and their spouses, and 15 grandchildren) live together under one roof and share one bank account — and two bathrooms! This season, the tight-knit family begins construction on a massive family compound with room for everyone, and welcomes the 26th member of the Putman clan.
POV: “My Love, Don’t Cross That River”
Spouses 89-year-old Kang Gye-yeol and 98-year-old Jo Byeong-man have shared a home for 76 years. While they spend every day together like a newlywed couple, they now must face the reality of their aging romance.
Tuesday, Sept. 12
The Mindy Project
The sixth and final season of the comedy finds Mindy (Mindy Kaling) wondering if “having it all” is really all she ever wanted in the wake of her impulsive elopement with boyfriend Ben (Bryan Greenberg). The series also stars Ed Weeks, Ike Barinholtz, Beth Grant, Xosha Roquemore and Fortune Feimster.
Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Harvey Relief
ABC, CBS, CMT, FOX and NBC, 8pm Live
Members of the entertainment community, including George Clooney, Jamie Foxx, Tori Kelly, Karlie Kloss, Beyoncé, Matt Lauer, Rob Lowe, Matthew McConaughey, Dennis Quaid, Julia Roberts, Kelly Rowland, Adam Sandler, Ryan Seacrest, Michael Strahan, Blake Shelton, George Strait, Barbra Streisand, Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon and more, come out to help raise funds for those devastated by Hurricane Harvey.
Face Off: Game Face: “Stone Cold Superheroes”
The artists must create beautiful plant-human hybrids, superheroes inspired by Marvel’s Infinity Stones, and bogeymen based on their own childhood fears.
Frontline: “Abacus: Small Enough to Jail”
Hear the little-known story of the only U.S. bank prosecuted after the 2008 financial crisis. Director Steve James (Hoop Dreams, The Interrupters) chronicles the Chinese immigrant Sung family’s fight to clear their names.
Chrisley Knows Best
USA Network, 10pm
Season 5 of USA’s reality hit picks up with new episodes tonight. USA has also added 18 additional episodes to the season, bringing its total to 26 episodes that will culminate in a two-part Christmas special later this year. Directly following tonight’s new episode will be the debut of a new Chrisley after-show, According to Chrisley.
Wednesday, Sept. 13
This documentary shows how legendary boxer George Foreman underwent an unparalleled personal transformation from reviled street bully to beloved teddy bear, especially after his in-the-ring comeback in 1994 at the age of 45. The film is directed by Chris Perkel (Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives) and executive produced by Gary Cohen (Catching Hell).
MasterChef: “Something Fishy/The Semi-Finals”
In this week’s mystery box challenge, the top six home cooks get a special treat as their family members join them in the MasterChef kitchen. The contestants will then have to cook a dish inspired by their families before competing in an elimination test that will send one or more of them home. Then, the remaining home cooks will face a series of skills tests that will determine who will make it to the season finale.
Salvation: “The Wormwood Prophecy”
In the new episode “The Wormwood Prophecy,” Grace (Jennifer Finnigan), Harris (Ian Anthony Dale) and Darius (Santiago Cabrera) join forces to prove the president was murdered.
The first season of Marlon Wayans’ semiautobiographical comedy series ends with two back-to-back episodes tonight.
USA Network, 9pm
Mike (Patrick J. Adams) and Harvey’s (Gabriel Macht) power move is countered, putting their backs up against the ropes. Rachel (Meghan Markle) fears her father’s judgment is clouded by the past. Louis (Rick Hoffman) aids Alex (Dulé Hill) when his client comes under fire.
Comedy Central, 10pm
After South Park’s 20th season spoofed the election of President Trump with Mr. Garrison’s rise to the highest office in the land, expect Season 21 to return to the show’s roots and rely less on topical humor. As co-creator Trey Parker told the Los Angeles Times, “That’s the bread and butter of South Park: kids being kids and being ridiculous and outrageous, but not ‘Did you see what Trump did last night?’ Because I don’t give a @#$% anymore.”
The Sinner: “Part VII”
USA Network, 10pm
Cora (Jessica Biel) journeys into the past, finally remembering the night in question.
Comedy Central, 10:30pm
The fourth season of Broad City finds Abbi (Abbi Jacobson) and Ilana (Ilana Glazer) experiencing New York City in the dead of winter, getting new jobs, celebrating their “friendiversary,” receiving a visit from Abbi’s mom, tripping on mushrooms, discovering their witchdom and traveling to Florida.
Thursday, Sept. 14
Streaming service Sundance Now has acquired this 10-part U.K. series, a thriller that debuted there to impressive numbers. Set in the south of France, it stars Julia Stiles (the Bourne movie series) as a woman newly married to a billionaire. When he is killed in a yacht explosion, she is shocked to learn that his fortune is tainted with dishonesty, double-dealing, crime and, ultimately, murder. Lena Olin, Iwan Rheon and Anthony LaPaglia also star in the series, which comes from Oscar winner Neil Jordan (The Crying Game, The Borgias).
Teams of two race against the clock and each other to identify hit songs and then, one team faces off against the song identification app Shazam. Tonight, Jamie Foxx hosts a mother-son team from Los Angeles, music teachers from Maryland, and Massachusetts lunch ladies in an episode that features the music of Elton John and Shakira.
NFL Football: Houston at Cincinnati
NFL Network, 8:25pm Live
Thursday Night Football heads to Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati as J.J. Watt and the Houston Texans take on Andy Dalton and the Bengals.
Love Connection: “Secret Billionaire”
Singleton (and billionaire) Sergio Rizzuto keeps his family’s immense wealth a secret from his three dates — a store manager, a content creator and a charity manager — until it’s revealed to them on the show. Also, driver and waitress Jessica-Lee Korkes dates a P.E. teacher, a bartender and a business analyst in her search for a love connection.
Kevyn Aucoin: Beauty & the Beast in Me
This documentary chronicles renowned celebrity makeup artist Kevyn Aucoin, who fought his way from rural Louisiana to become the most sought-after artist of his time. The film includes plenty of never-before-seen archival footage, shot by Aucoin himself throughout his life and career. Intimate and uncensored moments with celebrated paragons of ’80s and ’90s fashion and culture include Naomi Campbell, Cher, Cindy Crawford, Whitney Houston, Janet Jackson and many others.
Zoo: “West Side Story”
In the new episode “West Side Story,” Dariela (Alyssa Diaz) and Tessa (guest star Hilary Jardine) set out on a rescue mission to save the team after their plane suffers a catastrophic accident in the hybrid zone.
The misadventures of single mom and working actor Sam Fox (Pamela Adlon) return for Season 2 tonight.
Friday, Sept. 15
This true-crime satire explores the aftermath of a costly high-school prank that leaves 27 faculty cars vandalized with phallic images. Over the course of eight half-hour episodes, an aspiring sophomore documentarian investigates the controversial and potentially unjust expulsion of troubled senior Dylan Maxwell (Jimmy Tatro).
This documentary chronicles the arc of a family from the racial segregation of the Jim Crow South to the promise of New York City, and into the maelstrom of an unexpected, violent death. When William Ford Jr., a young black teacher, was killed by Mark Reilly, a young white man, in 1992, Ford — though unarmed — somehow became the prime suspect in his own murder. This film asks what one can do when the grief of loss is entwined with historical injustice.
First They Killed My Father
Angelina Jolie directed this original film that also hits select theaters the same day as its Netflix debut. It’s an adaptation of Cambodian author and human rights activist Loung Ung’s memoir of surviving the deadly Khmer Rouge regime from 1975-78. The story is told through her eyes, from the age of 5, when the Khmer Rouge came to power, through the age of 9, as her family struggled to stay together during those brutal years.
The Quick and the Dead
Sony Movie Channel, 8pm
A female gunfighter returns to a frontier town in order to avenge her father’s death by entering a dueling tournament. Stars Sharon Stone, Gene Hackman and Russell Crowe.
11th Annual ACM Honors
Kelsea Ballerini, Vince Gill, Toby Keith, Little Big Town, Maren Morris, Brad Paisley, Thomas Rhett, Hillary Scott and George Strait are among the performers taking to the stage at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium for this special honoring winners from the 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards.
Two Degrees: The Point of No Return
This special presentation explores Earth’s increasing temperatures. As the planet’s average temperature rises each year, experts warn that we are nearing a fatal tipping point. If the temperature rises two degrees Celsius above the norm, it will set into motion a cascade of natural disasters that will devastate America and the world. From raging fires to epic superstorms, volcanic blasts and rising seas, will human existence be pushed to the brink?
Saturday, Sept. 16
ABC, ESPN, CBS & FOX, beginning at 12pm Live
Highlights of Week 3 of the college football season include Notre Dame at Boston College (ESPN), Tennessee at Florida (CBS), Army at Ohio State (FOX), Miami at Florida State (ABC) and Texas at USC (FOX).
Major League Baseball: Kansas City at Cleveland
FS1, 4pm Live
FS1’s Saturday MLB game has the Kansas City Royals at the Cleveland Indians in the third game of a four-game set at Progressive Field.
JFK Declassified: Tracking Oswald
History, beginning at 8pm
In 2017, the final government documents from the JFK assassination will be declassified. More than 2 million files have already been released. No one has analyzed them until now. In this series, 21-year CIA veteran Bob Baer and former police Lt. Adam Bercovici launch an independent investigation into Lee Harvey Oswald to find out, once and for all, if he had accomplices who aided his mission to murder the president. Tonight History presents three new hourlong back-to-back episodes (the last of which is the season finale). The first episode, “Oswald Goes Dark,” finds Bob and his team focusing their efforts on Louisiana, where Oswald lived in the months prior to Kennedy’s murder.
The Essentials: “The Band Wagon”
Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse headline Vincente Minnelli’s 1953 musical comedy about an aging musical star (Astaire) who hopes a Broadway show will revitalize his career.
Oprah’s Master Class: Shaquille O’Neal
Basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal sits down with Oprah for an intimate conversation.