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Saturday, Sept. 1: Wall-to-Wall College Football Saturday

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Saturday, Sept. 1

College Football
ABC, CBS, ESPN, FOX & NBC, beginning at 12pm Live

It’s the first full Saturday of the college football season, and there’s no shortage of great matchups: Oregon State at Ohio State (ABC), Ole Miss vs. Texas Tech (ESPN), Florida Atlantic at Oklahoma (FOX), Austin Peay at Georgia (ESPN), Washington vs. Auburn (ABC), Tennessee vs. West Virginia (CBS), North Carolina at California (FOX), Cincinnati at UCLA (ESPN), Michigan at Notre Dame (NBC), Louisville vs. Alabama (ABC) and BYU at Arizona (ESPN).

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Labor Day Weekend Comedy Movie Marathon
IFC, beginning at 6am

Celebrate the Labor Day holiday with your favorite comedies all weekend long. Enjoy classic films, starting with Elf and continuing with many more, including Billy Madison, There’s Something About Mary, Airplane! and Wayne’s World.

My Cat From Hell
Animal Planet, 8pm
Season Premiere!

Jackson Galaxy is back traveling the country to get up close and personal with all-new families with all-new stories as he tries to rehabilitate felines with behavioral issues and the cat owners who don’t understand them. One of the stories this season finds Jackson facing one of his greatest cat challenges when an old friend and animal welfare expert enlists his help to create a community movement and to recruit a new generation of volunteers to save feral cats in Philadelphia.

Pink Collar Crimes: “The Queen of Coupons”
CBS, 8pm

The outrageous true crime series about felonious females continues tonight with “The Queen of Coupons.” A housewife takes couponing to a whole new level when she orchestrates the largest and most lucrative fake coupon scam in U.S. history.

I’ll Be Watching
Lifetime, 8pm

After narrowly escaping the clutches of a deadly stalker, a beautiful young woman (Janel Parrish) flees to a remote, anonymous town where she rebuilds her life and finds the man of her dreams — until the man of her nightmares tracks her down. Also stars Rob Estes and Michael Welch star. Based on the novel The Purple Rose by Christi R. Walsh.

Fatal Vows: “The Bad Apple”
Investigation Discovery, 10pm

Francis “Nicky” Nicolosi and his devout new wife Eleanor are living out the perfect retirement. But when one is found dead in an apple orchard, police discover that there’s more to this seemingly frail and religious couple than anyone imagined.

Sunday, Sept. 2

Verizon IndyCar Series: Grand Prix of Portland
NBCSN, 3pm Live

After an 11-year absence, IndyCar racing is back in Oregon for the Grand Prix of Portland, contested on the 12-turn road course at Portland International Raceway. Scott Dixon, Alexander Rossi, Josef Newgarden, Will Power and Ryan Hunter-Reay look to come out with a win in the season’s penultimate race.

Snapped: Notorious: “The BTK Serial Killer”
Oxygen, 6pm

Over the course of 17 years, the infamous “BTK Killer” Dennis Rader murdered 10 people and ridiculed police and press. In an exclusive interview, Rader speaks about what drove him to murder and the secrets he kept hidden for 30 years. This two-hour special also includes interviews with the journalists he tormented years ago.

College Football: Miami vs. LSU
ABC, 7:30pm Live

Enjoy some Sunday night college football before the NFL takes over next week. In one of the season’s biggest nonconference matchups, the Miami Hurricanes play the LSU Tigers in the AdvoCare Classic at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Air Warriors: “F-4 Phantom”
Smithsonian Channel, 8pm

It’s called Double Ugly, the Rhino, and MiG Killer, but to the Navy, Air Force, Marines, and even NASA, the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom is known for being one of the greatest frontline fighters of all time. Witness the remarkable story of an aircraft that was built for the Cold War, chased rockets to advance the Space Race, and transformed itself to serve in Vietnam and Iraq. It’s a tale that spans six decades, beginning with a supersonic bang and ending in a blaze of glory.

Married to Medicine
, 8pm
Season Premiere!

They have the healing touch — at least when it comes to romance. On Season 6 of this docuseries about MDs, both Dr. Jacqueline Walters and Dr. Simone Whitmore have patched things up with their husbands. Now if they could just get along with the women in their social circle …

Major League Baseball: L.A. Angels at Houston
ESPN, 8pm Live

Sunday Night Baseball heads to Minute Maid Park in Houston as the L.A. Angels visit the Astros in the finale of a four-game series.

OBJECTified: “Jaclyn Smith”
FOX News Channel, 8pm
Season Finale!

We’ve seen Pamela Anderson dissect her first Playboy cover and Kris Jenner wax nostalgic about her kids’ baby clothes. Now the series that showcases celebs’ prized possessions asks Jaclyn Smith to share her treasures. Among them? A cherished statue created by her late Charlie’s Angels costar Farrah Fawcett, an antique bed frame — purchased with her first paycheck — and a pair of old ballet slippers representing her early love for dance.

He’s Watching
Lifetime, 8pm
Original Film!

Angela’s perfect-seeming life gets derailed when her ex-boyfriend reappears and they begin a steamy affair. Although he initially seems like the sweet man she once loved, she soon discovers that something sinister lurks beneath the surface, and her fiancé, friends and career are all in jeopardy. Stars Linsey Godfrey and Tilky Jones.

Fear the Walking Dead: “Weak”
AMC, 9pm
Things on Fear the Walking Dead are about to heat up — literally. For a weakened Althea, a.k.a. AI (Maggie Grace), and distraught June (Jenna Elfman), who’ve been separated from the rest of the apocalypse survivors in the wake of a hurricane, undead walkers may be the least of their worries. On tonight’s episode, directed by cast member Colman Domingo (the mysterious Victor Strand), food, water and medicine are in short supply. Oh, and Althea is about to be struck by an intense fever.

Monday, Sept. 3

Major League Baseball
ESPN, beginning at 1pm Live

ESPN has a Labor Day doubleheader of MLB games with the Boston Red Sox at the Atlanta Braves and the N.Y. Yankees at the Oakland A’s.

Adventure Time
Cartoon Network, 6pm
Series Finale!

The acclaimed, fan-favorite animated series comes to an end tonight as beloved characters Finn (Jeremy Shada), Jake (John DiMaggio), Princess Bubblegum (Hynden Walch) and more say farewell.

College Football: Virginia Tech at Florida State
ESPN, 8pm Live

College football gets a rare Monday night primetime game on ESPN as the Virginia Tech Hokies visit the Florida State Seminoles at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee.

So You Think You Can Dance: “Top 4 Perform”
FOX, 8pm Live

No one will be eliminated this week, but the competition is fiercer than ever as the final four fight to be named “America’s Favorite Dancer.”

His Perfect Obsession
Lifetime, 8pm
Original Film!

Seventeen-year-old Abigail Jones lost her eyesight 11 months ago, and after the sudden death of her great-aunt, Abigail and her mother Allison return to her mom’s hometown for the funeral. While there, Allison meets Bart, her aunt’s strange (and psychotic) accountant who carries a long obsession for Allison, and Abigail must use her newly acute senses to save her mother and herself from Bart. Stars Arianne Zucker and Ali Skovbye.

Elementary: “The Geek Interpreter”
CBS, 10pm

In the new episode “The Geek Interpreter,” Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) and Watson (Lucy Liu) race to locate a missing woman when Harlan Emple (guest star Rich Sommer), Holmes’ friend and “Irregulars” mathematics expert, becomes the prime suspect in her disappearance.

CMT Crossroads: Meghan Trainor and Brett Eldredge
CMT, 10pm

CMT closes out the summer with an all-new Crossroads mashup featuring Grammy Award-winning pop superstar Meghan Trainor and platinum-selling singer/songwriter Brett Eldredge. The one-hour special features hits including Trainor’s “All About That Bass” and current single “Let You Be Right.” The two friends also collaborate on Eldredge’s “Drunk on Your Love,” “Wanna Be That Song,” “Haven’t Met You” and the classic Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton duet “Islands in the Stream.”

Food Network, 10pm
New Series!
When carb-loving comedian Tom Papa isn’t doing standup, he is probably eating, thinking about or making bread (his specialty is sourdough). In this new show he takes his passion for baked goods to the next level. In his mission to find the country’s best breads and pastries, Tom hits cities from coast to coast to shine a light on how local bakeries make life a little sweeter.

Twisted Sisters
Investigation Discovery, 10pm
New Series!

Sisterhood gets sinister in this six-part series — which boasts Khloé Kardashian, one of America’s most well-known sisters, as an executive producer — that goes inside the most shocking crimes ever committed by the unlikeliest of pairs. Each hourlong episode investigates how and why this pair, bonded by blood, descended into darkness. In the premiere, religion and violence collide in small-town Oregon when a coldblooded murder occurs in a devout prayer group, shocking the community.

POV: “Voices of the Sea”
PBS, 10pm

Follow a 30-something Cuban mother of four longing for a better life. The tension between wife and husband — one desperate to leave, the other content to stay — builds into a family drama after the woman’s brother and the couple’s neighbors escape.

Tuesday, Sept. 4

E! News
E!, 7pm & 11pm

The E! news team welcomes back Giuliana Rancic as she returns to her familiar role. Beginning tonight she will be cohosting the show with Jason Kennedy.

Model Squad
E!, 8pm
New Series!

This two-week event takes you inside New York’s Fashion Week. The series follows nine high-profile supermodels — Daniela Braga, Olivia Culpo, Hannah Ferguson, Ping Hue, Nadine Leopold, Caroline Lowe, Ashley Moore, Shanina Shaik and Devon Windsor — as they prepare for the fall fashion season, navigate the cutthroat world of high fashion, and juggle relationships, friendships and hardships.

The Bobby Brown Story
BET, 9pm
New Miniseries!

BET had a critical and popular hit on its hands with last year’s biopic miniseries The New Edition Story, which chronicled the rise and fall of the famed R&B group. Now, the network narrows its focus even further with a two-night miniseries that looks at the life of one of the most renowned members of that group, Bobby Brown. Woody McClain reprises his role as Brown, from the earlier miniseries, with other notable casting including Gabrielle Dennis as Whitney Houston and Donshea Hopkins as Bobbi Kristina Brown. Part 2 airs tomorrow night.

Castaways: “A Cry for Help”
ABC, 10pm

Matt finds two other castaways, Sawyer and Richard, on another part of the island. The three must figure out how to split their resources evenly. Tim feels guilt as he decides whether to stay in a new camp or return to his injured friend, Krichelle.

Mayans M.C.
FX, 10pm
New Series!

The next chapter in Kurt Sutter’s award-winning Sons of Anarchy saga is set in a post-Jax Teller world, where Ezekiel “EZ” Reyes (JD Pardo) is fresh out of prison and a prospect in the Mayans M.C. charter on the California/Mexico border. EZ must carve out his new identity in a town where he was once the golden boy with the American dream in his grasp.

Making It: “Happily Ever Crafter”
NBC, 10pm
Season Finale!

On the season finale, the last three makers must create use their crafting skills to create a beautiful wedding experience for one happy couple, whose ceremony will be officiated by none other than host Nick Offerman!

Ex Libris — The New York Public Library
PBS, 10pm

Go inside one of the great knowledge institutions of the world. The New York Public Library is accessible and open to everyone, and exemplifies the deeply rooted American belief in the individual’s right to know and be informed.

Wrecked: “Last Meal”
TBS, 10pm

This season, the gang finds themselves shipwrecked on a mysterious billionaire’s private island, where they’re forced to hunt each other to the death in a basic-cable battle royale. In tonight’s episode, on the eve of the hunt, Martha offers the survivors one last meal of their choosing — as long as they can all decide together.

The Purge
USA Network, 10pm
New Series!

Based on the popular movie franchise, this thrilling series revolves around a 12-hour period when all crime, including murder, is legal during America’s Purge. As the clock winds down, each character is forced to reckon with their past and determine if they will be purging or purged upon.

Wednesday, Sept. 5

Born This Way: “Our Best Friend’s Wedding”
A&E, 8pm
Season Finale!

In the two-hour Season 4 finale, as Cristina and Angel’s wedding date quickly approaches, a nervous Cristina reaffirms her commitment to Angel by surprising him with a gift, while Angel takes lessons on being a good husband and prepares to move in with Cristina.

Back to School Just for Laughs
The CW, 9pm

While performing at the Montreal Just for Laughs festival, comedians including John Mulaney, Dave Chappelle, Jon Stewart and Eric Andre share their hilarious educational experiences.

Ancient Invisible Cities: “Cairo”
PBS, 9pm

See how 3D scanning can be used to explore Egypt’s ancient treasures, including the Great Pyramid of Giza and the first pyramid ever built, a hidden Roman fortress, and a well deep in the rock below the Arab citadel of Saladin.

Suits: “Coral Gables”
USA Network, 9pm

Harvey (Gabriel Macht) helps Samantha (Katherine Heigl) settle an old score. Louis (Rick Hoffman) faces a hurdle on the path to fatherhood.

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
FXX, 10pm
Season Premiere!

At the end of Season 12, Dennis (Glenn Howerton) moved to North Dakota to be a dad, so while the gang might be without him for most of Season 13, you can still expect Charlie (Charlie Day), Mac (Rob McElhenney), Dee (Kaitlin Olson) and Frank (Danny DeVito) to go all out celebrating the Philadelphia Eagles’ Super Bowl victory.

The Sinner: “Part VI”
USA Network, 10pm

Vera (Carrie Coon) reveals Mosswood’s past to Ambrose (Bill Pullman), leading to a turn in Julian’s (Elisha Henig) case.

Thursday, Sept. 6

Tennis: US Open: Women’s Semifinals
ESPN, 7pm Live

The US Open women’s singles semifinal matches take place tonight at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens, N.Y.

NFL Football: Atlanta at Philadelphia
NBC, 8:15pm Live

The 2018 NFL regular season kicks off tonight at Lincoln Financial Field, home of the Super Bowl LII champion Philadelphia Eagles, as they take on the Atlanta Falcons. The Eagles narrowly beat the Falcons 15-10 in an NFC divisional playoff game last season.

Match Game
ABC, 9pm

Tonight’s celebrity panelists are Mario Cantone, Sandra Bernhard, Oliver Hudson, Caroline Rhea, Adam Rodriguez and Eva Marcille.

Bite Club
Food Network, 9pm
New Series!

Tyler Florence brings together five of a city’s most talented chefs to battle it out in a restaurant they’ve never cooked in before. Through a game of chance, two of these local chefs become the judges and the other three compete to become the hometown champ.

Queen of the South: “Justicia”
USA Network, 9pm

Teresa (Alice Braga) tries to free a friend from his cage and comes face-to-face with her sworn enemy.

Take Two: “It Takes a Thief”
ABC, 10pm

When a priceless painting is stolen in a daring heist, Sam (Rachel Bilson) and Eddie (Eddie Cibrian) are hired to try to recover it before it goes up for auction in the new episode “It Takes a Thief.”

Jordin Sparks: A Baby Story
Lifetime, 10pm

This one-hour special follows singer Jordin Sparks and her husband Dana Isaiah as they adjust to newlywed life, balance their successful careers and prepare for the birth of their son.

Rachel Hunter’s Tour of Beauty
Ovation, 10pm
Season Premiere!

In Season 2, supermodel Rachel Hunter embarks on a search throughout the Americas for the secrets to lasting beauty and a complete sense of well-being. From the ancient Incan citadel of Machu Picchu in Peru to the body-conscious beaches of Miami and beyond, she explores landscapes as varied and diverse as the people and cultures that inhabit them.

Shooter: “Patron Saint”
USA Network, 10pm

As Bob Lee (Ryan Phillippe) finds himself torn between justice and family, Atlas pivots to a new game plan. Isaac (Omar Epps) and Nadine (Cynthia Addai-Robinson) investigate an overlooked Jack Long thread. Harris (Jesse Bradford) meets with a powerful ally.

Friday, Sept. 7

Marvel’s Iron Fist
Season Premiere!

As the martial arts character from the Marvel comics (Finn Jones) embarks on his second season, he faces two new villains: Davos/Steel Serpent (Sacha Dhawan) and Mary Walker/Typhoid Mary (Alice Eve).

Sierra Burgess Is a Loser
Original Film!

This original film is a modern rom-com retelling of the classic Cyrano de Bergerac story, set in high school. The story centers on the titular Sierra (Shannon Purser), an intelligent teen who does not fall into the shallow definition of “high school pretty” but, in a case of mistaken identity that results in unexpected romance, must team with the popular girl (Kristine Froseth) in order to win her crush.

Tennis: US Open: Men’s Semifinals
ESPN, 4pm Live

The US Open men’s singles semifinal matches take place today at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens, N.Y.

Stand Up to Cancer
Various Networks, 8pm Live

The entertainment community again comes together for the Entertainment Industry Foundation’s (EIF) sixth biennial televised fundraising special aimed toward making an impact on groundbreaking cancer research. Actor Bradley Cooper returns as a co-executive producer of the event, now marking 10 years since its first telecast. The special will be simulcast on broadcast networks ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC, and across many cable networks, standard and premium.

American Masters: “Elizabeth Murray”
PBS, 9pm

Take an intimate look at artist Elizabeth Murray. This film, featuring Meryl Streep, chronicles Murray’s remarkable journey from an impoverished child to an artistic maverick and reconsiders her place in contemporary art history.

The Killer Closer: “The Last Straw”
Investigation Discovery, 10pm
Season Finale!

LAPD homicide detective Lindy Gligorijevic investigates when a man calls 911 after shooting his girlfriend. Following an hours-long standoff and an attempt to rescue the victim, Gligorijevic must prove the shooter had intent to kill.

American Masters: “Andrew Wyeth”
PBS, 10pm

Uncover the hidden depths and complex inner life of the iconic artist Andrew Wyeth. With his life’s work as a background, examine his wide range of influences, including modern artists, war, film and the African-American community.

Saturday, Sept. 8

College Football
ABC, CBS, ESPN, FOX & NBC, beginning at 12pm Live

Week 2 of the college football season features Mississippi State at Kansas State (ESPN), UCLA at Oklahoma (FOX), Colorado at Nebraska (ABC), Georgia at South Carolina (CBS), Ball State at Notre Dame (NBC), Iowa State at Iowa (FOX), Clemson at Texas A&M (ESPN), Penn State at Pittsburgh (ABC), USC at Stanford (FOX) and Michigan State at Arizona State (ESPN).

Tennis: US Open: Women’s Final
ESPN, 4pm Live

The US Open women’s singles champion is crowned today at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens, N.Y.

Her Boyfriend’s Secret
Lifetime, 8pm
Original Film!

When home renovator Melissa Davis strikes up a relationship with her client, she believes she’s found the guy of her dreams. But when his ex appears with a grave warning, Melissa discovers that her dream man has a dark secret that he’ll kill to protect. Stars Kelly Sullivan, Maiara Walsh and Mark Famiglietti.

Bake It Like Buddy
Discovery Family, 9pm
New Series!

“Cake Boss” Buddy Valastro hosts this brand-new competition series featuring America’s best baking families. Each week, two talented duos face off against each other in a fun head-to-head bake-off at Carlo’s Bakery in Hoboken, N.J. The contestants will have four hours to create a cake masterpiece before it will be judged on design, flavor, technique, finish and interpretation of the week’s theme — which will range from unicorns to sci-fi, 3D to Halloween, and more — by Buddy, his family and his staff. At stake is the chance to win a cash prize, professional baking supplies and bragging rights.

Wedding of Dreams
Hallmark Channel, 9pm
Original Film!

Debbie Gibson, a pop sensation herself back in the ’80s, appropriately plays a former pop star named Debbie in this latest of Hallmark’s many wedding-themed romantic comedies. This Debbie has left the glitz and glam of her singing career to teach music at a high school and is set to marry her boyfriend, Noah (Robert Gant). But when she’s asked to sing her new single on a hit TV show, Debbie wows the audience and is invited to sing in the show’s finale — just three days before her wedding. Noah wonders if Debbie’s heart is still with him or with her music.

John Ritter: Behind Closed Doors
REELZ Channel, 9pm

Through personal stories told by his closest friends and costars — including his Three’s Company costars Suzanne Somers and Joyce DeWitt, along with Henry Winkler, Peter Bogdanovich, Jimmy Kimmel and Kaley Cuoco — this special reveals intimate details of beloved comedic actor John Ritter. The program explores Ritter’s undeniable talent, his legacy of laughter and his family’s determination to save lives by raising awareness of the condition that caused his death from an undiagnosed aortic aneurysm at age 54.