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Saturday, Sept. 8: Serena Williams vs. Naomi Osaka in US Open Tennis Final

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Saturday, Sept. 8

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. Serena Williams will face No. 20 seed Naomi Osaka, a 20-year-old who is the first Japanese woman to reach a Grand Slam final. Williams is playing for her seventh US Open championship and her 24th major title, which would tie the record owned by Margaret Court.

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).

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.

Sunday, Sept. 9

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

The year’s final Grand Slam comes to a conclusion at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens, N.Y., with the men’s singles final match.

FOX, 8pm Eastern/5pm Pacific (after football game)
New Series!

In this multi-camera sitcom based on his life, Lil Rel Howery plays Rel, a Chicago husband and father who finds out his wife has been sleeping with his barber. When his ex and their kids move to Cleveland, Rel must rebuild his life as a long-distance single dad. Helping him pick up the pieces are his brother (Jordan L. Jones), his best friend (Jessica Moore), his dad (Sinbad) and his pastor (also played by Howery).

The Bad Seed
Lifetime, 8pm
Original Film!

Rob Lowe directs, executive produces and stars in this remake of the classic 1956 psychological thriller as a father who begins to suspect that his beloved daughter may not be who he thought she was after a horrible tragedy takes place at her school. Patty McCormack, who at the time was the youngest actor ever nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Oscar when she played the “bad seed” in the original film, is cast here as a psychiatrist who treats the girl.

Dr. K’s Exotic Animal ER
Nat Geo Wild, 8pm
Season Premiere!

There is no such thing as a boring day at Dr. Susan Kelleher’s South Florida exotic animal emergency room, where she and her staff treat unusual animals from big cats to hedgehogs, birds, reptiles, rabbits and any other animal imaginable. “Your ‘strange’ is my normal,” laughs Dr. K.

NFL Football: Chicago at Green Bay
NBC, 8:15pm Live

Sunday Night Football kicks off its 2018 season in Green Bay, Wis., as Mitch Trubisky and the Chicago Bears take on Aaron Rodgers and the Packers in an NFC North rivalry game at Lambeau Field.

The 2019 Miss America Competition
ABC, 9pm Live

The 2019 Miss America Competition airs live from Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J., and this year’s show has a new mission: to highlight women from all walks of life who are advancing the message of female empowerment. “We are no longer a pageant. Miss America will represent a new generation of female leaders focused on scholarship, social impact, talent and empowerment,” says Gretchen Carlson, chair of the Miss America Organization board of trustees. The 51 competitors will no longer be judged on physical appearance — there’s no more swimsuit category, and the former evening gown competition has been revamped — but the talent portion of the contest remains.

The Deuce
HBO, 9pm
Season Premiere!

The nine-episode second season returns to the world of 1977 — the Golden Age of Porn — capturing Times Square at its most garish and volatile. James Franco reprises his roles as both Vincent Martino, a successful manager of several mob-backed nightspots, and his twin brother, Frankie Martino, whose own business ventures are more fraught. Maggie Gyllenhaal’s Candy is now a rising director of ambitious porn films. Joining the cast is Luke Kirby (Rectify) as an incoming Koch administration official bent on reform, with Jamie Neumann (The Looming Tower) reprising her role as Ashley, a former sex worker turned activist.

The Miniaturist
PBS, 9pm
New Miniseries!

See what happens when a teen bride’s new husband gives her an extraordinary wedding gift: a cabinet that is a miniature replica of their home — and seems to predict and unravel the future with unsettling precision.

The Last Ship
TNT, 9pm
Season Premiere!

In the fifth and final season, the world is finally recovering from the deadly virus that devastated the population, but global political unrest remains. Tom Chandler (Eric Dane) has retired from the Navy, and his former crew has scattered. Sasha Cooper (Bridget Regan), Lt. Danny Green (Travis Van Winkle), Wolf Taylor (Bren Foster) and Sgt. Azima Kandie (Jodie Turner-Smith) are on a covert mission in Panama. When they are wrongly blamed for an attack on the Panamanian president, the consequences for the United States are dire.

E!, 10pm
New Series!

For much of their lives, musicians Ashlee Simpson and Evan Ross have been in the spotlight. The series follows the couple as they juggle their lives as soul mates, parents, musicians and artists.

Lifetime, 10pm
New Series!

Penn Badgley stars in this adaptation of Caroline Kepnes’ bestselling thriller as a bookstore employee whose chance encounter with a beautiful and struggling writer (Elizabeth Lail) turns into a dark obsession. The former Gossip Girl star reveals that he was hesitant to take on the role, and instead of dwelling on the nefarious acts of his gentleman stalker, he tries to focus on the good within the character. He reveals, “The only thing that I can say that I love about him, or that I can admire in him, or that I became transfixed by playing him, was his curiosity, his deep, longing curiosity to know others and to connect with them.”

Showtime, 10pm
New Series!

Jim Carrey stars as Jeff Pickles, better known to young TV viewers as Mr. Pickles from the long-running series Mr. Pickles’ Puppet Time. Mr. Pickles is an icon of children’s television and a beacon of kindness and wisdom to America’s impressionable young minds. But when Jeff’s family life implodes, he finds no fairy tale, fable or puppet will guide him through this crisis, which advances faster than his means to cope. The result: A kind man in a cruel world faces a slow leak of sanity as hilarious as it is heartbreaking. Frank Langella, Catherine Keener and Judy Greer also star.

Monday, Sept. 10

Jack Irish
Acorn TV
Season Premiere!

Guy Pearce is back for another six-part stint as the titular antihero of Peter Temple’s novels. This time, the apparent suicide of a foreign student triggers a chain of events that will see Irish risking his life to uncover the truth as he stumbles into the world of manipulative pharmaceutical companies, corrupt educational institutions aimed at international students, and fatal clinical trials.

NFL Football
ESPN, beginning at 7:10pm Live

It’s the regular-season debut of ESPN’s Monday Night Football, featuring a twin bill of the N.Y. Jets at the Detroit Lions and the L.A. Rams at the Oakland Raiders. Play-by-play voice Beth Mowins, analyst Brian Griese and sideline reporter Laura Rutledge are the broadcast team for the game in Detroit, while ESPN’s new MNF announcing team of Joe Tessitore, Jason Witten, Booger McFarland and Lisa Salters calls the Rams-Raiders game.

So You Think You Can Dance: “Finale”
FOX, 8pm Live
Season Finale!

Tonight, find out who the nation has awarded the title of “America’s Favorite Dancer” for Season 15 of the dance competition series.

American Ninja Warrior
NBC, 8pm
Season Finale!

The Season 10 winner is determined in tonight’s finale.

I Am Frankie
Nickelodeon, 8pm
Season Premiere!

The adventures continue for Frankie Gaines (Alex Hook), a cutting-edge, experimental android who is attempting to live as a teenage girl. This season, Frankie has acclimated to life at Sepulveda High with the help of her best friend Dayton (Nicole Alyse Nelson) and their tightknit group of confidantes. But when a new android arrives at school and the world discovers that androids exist, Frankie struggles to keep her identity a secret.

Days That Shaped America: “September 11th”
History, 9pm

The new installment of this anthology series looking at momentous events in American history looks back at the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, through the memories of those caught in the middle of the horror. Among these recollections, hear the harrowing experiences of a trader who worked in the World Trade Center, a firefighter, a Port Authority officer, an ER doctor, an NYPD rescue worker and a news reporter who were at Ground Zero.

Elementary: “Fit to Be Tied”
CBS, 10pm

In “Fit to Be Tied,” the first episode of a two-part season finale, Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) and Watson’s (Lucy Liu) deadly conflict with Sherlock’s former friend Michael (Desmond Harrington) intensifies when their newest victim looks to be the serial killer’s latest prey.

Swiped: Hooking Up in the Digital Age
HBO, 10pm

Swipe right if you like him. Swipe left if you don’t. With more than 40 million Americans currently engaging in online and app dating, this $2.5 billion industry is rapidly changing the rules of dating, while expanding access to potential mates for everything from “hookups” to long-term relationships. This documentary looks at this industry and offers candid insights from 20-somethings and experts in the field.

X Company: “One for the Moon”
Ovation, 10pm

With all of France about to be occupied by the Nazis, the team tries to rally a nation. Meanwhile, Faber’s (Torben Liebrecht) transfer to Poland could cost them their most prized asset.

Amanpour and Company
PBS, 10pm
New Series!

Tonight, the series kicks off with a special primetime episode, followed by a second new episode in the show’s regular time slot. Legendary journalist Christiane Amanpour will anchor the daily news show — which will air Monday through Friday — from London. Joining her from a New York studio will be bestselling author Walter Isaacson; weekend host of NPR’s All Things Considered, Michel Martin; Bustle contributing editor and host of the Latina to Latina podcast, Alicia Menendez; and PBS NewsHour Weekend anchor Hari Sreenivasan.

Tuesday, Sept. 11

The Great American Read: “Fall Kick-off”
PBS, 8pm

Join host Meredith Vieira in the search for America’s best-loved novel. The voting is underway, and the competition is heating up — any book could win.

Below Deck Mediterranean: “Reunion Part 1”
Bravo, 9pm

The crew looks back on bad decisions while joined by an unexpected guest during Part 1 of the Season 3 finale.

9/11: Escape From the Towers
History, 9pm

Each original World Trade Center tower consisted of 110 floors, and each floor had a story. In this two-hour special, survivors from two of those floors — many speaking publicly for the first time — tell their harrowing stories of being there on the fateful day of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks. Focusing on one floor in the North Tower and one floor in the South, this film provides a never-before-achieved intimacy with what it was really like to be inside the Twin Towers on 9/11.

Castaways: “My True Rescue”
ABC, 10pm

Robbie and Kenzi are convinced Eric is on their island and wonder if he is looking for a companion. Krichelle struggles with her infection and contemplates leaving the island early, which in turn would leave Tim alone. All of the castaways begin to question their true motivations and why they should stay.

Mayans M.C. “Escorpión/Dzec”
FX, 10pm

In the second episode of Kurt Sutter’s Sons of Anarchy follow-up, “EZ” Reyes (JD Pardo) continues to try to earn the club’s trust as their newest prospect. The Mayans seek answers from a local crew as the Galindo cartel’s worlds — north and south of the border — collide.

Frontline: “Left Behind America”
PBS, 10pm

Intimate stories of one Rust Belt city’s struggle to recover in the post-recession economy. Frontline and ProPublica report on the economic and social forces shaping Dayton, Ohio — a once-booming city where nearly 35 percent of the residents now live in poverty.

The Purge: “Take What’s Yours”
USA Network, 10pm

Jane (Amanda Warren) considers the morality of the Purge, while Miguel (Gabriel Chavarria) searches for Pete the Cop.

Flipping Out
Bravo, 10:15pm
Season Premiere!

In Season 11, baby Monroe is calling the shots and throwing the lives of house flipper and new-ish father Jeff Lewis and his staff at Jeff Lewis Design into a tailspin. Now that family takes priority, Jeff’s goals are to take on fewer clients and to flip properties more efficiently, but employee turnover keeps everything in flux, and Jeff must lean on his partner Gage Edward and executive assistant Jenni Pulos for help.

Wednesday, Sept. 12

Hold the Sunset
New Series!

British streaming service BritBox brings this sitcom over from across the pond, where it aired on BBC One earlier this year. It follows two retired neighbors, Edith (Alison Steadman) and Phil (British comedy legend John Cleese, of Monty Python and Fawlty Towers fame). With their former spouses no longer around, the old flames now plan to start a new life together abroad. Their plans are thwarted, however, when Edith’s middle-aged son Roger (Jason Watkins) moves back into his mother’s home after walking out on his family.

Born This Way Presents: Deaf Out Loud
A&E, 8pm

Marlee Matlin, the only deaf performer to date to have won an Oscar, is an executive producer of this documentary special that follows three predominantly deaf families as they raise their children in a hearing world. Though there are many differing opinions about how deaf children should be raised, these families work to forge their own paths forward and combat the daily social stigmas many deaf people face.

MasterChef: “Battle of the Beef/The Semi Final”
FOX, 8pm

In the first of the night’s back-to-back episodes, the remaining home chefs face a series of skills tests that use beef as the protein. Then, the final four contestants are split into pairs and must prepare incredible entrees for the judges’ mentors: chefs Daniel Boulud, Jonathan Waxman and Lidia Bastianich. At stake are a trio of spots in the season finale.

Raising Tourette’s: “Finding Courage/Celebration”
A&E, 9pm
Season Finale!

Two back-to-back episodes round out the season. In “Finding Courage,” Kristin faces her worst nightmare as Sam prepares to open up publicly about his Tourette’s. Then, in the season finale episode “Celebration,” Kristin gears up for graduation, Kaden tunes up his cello for his big performance, Charlie finds a reprieve from her tics onstage and Colton gets the surprise of a lifetime.

World of Dance
NBC, 9pm
Season Finale!

The Season 2 winner is crowned in a two-hour finale.

Ancient Invisible Cities: “Istanbul”
PBS, 9pm
Season Finale!

Take an extraordinary journey through ancient Istanbul, the crossroads of Europe and Asia. Professor Darius Arya uses the latest 3D imaging technology to see the city and its treasures as no human eye ever could.

Suits: “Motion to Delay”
USA Network, 9pm

An old foe backs the firm into a corner, while Samantha (Katherine Heigl) and Alex (Dulé Hill) try to broker a peace between clients.

Crisis on Wall Street: The Week That Shook the World
CNBC, 10pm

This original documentary presents the definitive televised account of the most tumultuous days of the historic 2008 financial crisis. Ten years later, through gripping interviews with the Wall Street titans and government officials who struggled to save some of the nation’s largest banks from collapse, author and CNBC anchor Andrew Ross Sorkin reports on how close we came to a global economic catastrophe.

American Horror Story: Apocalypse
FX, 10pm
Season Premiere!

Jessica Lange is back for the eighth season of Ryan Murphy’s horror franchise, this one being a crossover between Murder House and Coven. Lange resurfaces as Constance and Sarah Paulson as Cordelia. Adding to the terror is the devil’s spawn, of which Paulson warns: “It ain’t pretty.”

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

Heather (Natalie Paul) and Ambrose (Bill Pullman) search for Julian (Elisha Henig).

Thursday, Sept. 13

Sony Crackle
Season Premiere!

This season, the action in the Rupert Grint-starring series based on the 2000 comedic crime caper film takes place on Spain’s Costa del Sol and follows the Hill Gang on the lam.

The Oslo Diaries
HBO, 8pm

In 1992, with Israeli-Palestinian relations at an all-time low and any communication between the two sides punishable by jail time, a small group of Israelis and Palestinians gathered secretly in Oslo for a series of meetings that came to be known as the Oslo Accords. This documentary shares their story through readings of the participants’ diaries and exclusive interviews with key players.

Match Game
ABC, 9pm
Season Finale!

Host Alec Baldwin welcomes Sugar Ray Leonard, Pamela Anderson, Ali Wentworth, Tisha Campbell-Martin, Adam Carolla and Mark Duplass to the season finale.

Queen of the South: “El Mundo”
USA Network, 9pm
Season Finale!

Reeling from a surprise attack, Teresa (Alice Braga) makes a bold move to seize the throne.

Take Two: “One to the Heart”
ABC, 10pm
Season Finale!

Still wrestling with the emotional reverberations of sleeping together, Sam and Eddie take a case involving a serial con man who victimizes wealthy women. But their plan goes awry when they discover they’re not the only ones after the con man and may be stepping into a trap.

Shooter: “Red Light”
USA Network, 10pm
Season Finale!

Bob Lee (Ryan Phillippe) attempts to put an end to Atlas, all while trying to save his marriage and tie up the remaining threads from his past. Isaac (Omar Epps), Nadine (Cynthia Addai-Robinson) and Harris (Jesse Bradford) find new roles for themselves in D.C.

Friday, Sept. 14

The First
New Series!

Sean Penn and Natascha McElhone star in this drama about a group of astronauts striving to become the first humans on Mars. This marks Penn’s first regularly starring foray into scripted series television.

BoJack Horseman
Season Premiere!

The animated cult hit boasting Will Arnett, Aaron Paul and Amy Sedaris among its voice cast returns for Season 5.

The Dragon Prince
New Series!

Aaron Ehasz, of Avatar: The Last Airbender fame, is behind this animated fantasy series about two human princes who forge an unlikely bond with the elfin assassin sent to kill them. Ultimately, they embark on an epic quest to bring peace to their warring lands.

Season Premiere!

Kate del Castillo is back as Emilia Urquiza, ex-first lady on the run. In Season 2, she becomes a true revolutionary leader and realizes that corruption is not only found in her country, but also within her own family.

Sunday’s Best: Celebrating 40 Years of “CBS Sunday Morning”
CBS, 8pm

Jane Pauley anchors this special, which features CBS Sunday Morning’s award-winning lineup of correspondents delivering insightful reporting on issues that matter to Americans; profiling top entertainment figures; taking an in-depth look at the world of art, design and architecture; and much more.

The Wrong Friend
LMN, 8pm
Original Film!

When Riley (Li Eubanks) meets Chris (Jared Scott), she thinks he is basically perfect. But after a party at his house, she sees that he has a darker side. When his adoration turns to obsession, and her dream into a nightmare, Riley must figure out what Chris is after. Vivica A. Fox plays a school principal in the film and is also a producer.

American Masters: “Basquiat”
PBS, 9pm

Discover the anonymous graffiti artist turned rock star of the early ’80s New York art scene whose work ultimately commanded millions. It took less than a decade for the accountant’s son from Brooklyn to rise to dizzying heights.

Wynonna Earp: “Undo It”
Syfy, 9pm

History keeps repeating itself when Wynonna (Melanie Scrofano) has to make an impossible choice. Waverly (Dominique Provost-Chalkley) and Nicole (Katherine Barrell) visit a jeweler, and a familiar face returns to Purgatory.

Mexico Untamed
Nat Geo Wild, 10pm
New Miniseries!

Situated at the crossroads of the Americas, Mexico has been a magnet for animal species, and this three-part miniseries event journeys through the country’s diverse landscapes — from the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea to mountains, deserts and tropical forests — to discover that incredible array of creatures.

Killjoys: “The Kids Are Alright”
Syfy, 10pm

Team Awesome Force sneak onto the RAC to rescue Westerly’s stolen children. Meanwhile, Zeph (Kelly McCormack) and Pip (Atticus Mitchell) grow closer.

Haunted Live
Travel Channel, 10pm Live
New Series!

This live interactive series features the paranormal investigative team the Tennessee Wraith Chasers, who take viewers to a secret haunted location every week (via live-streaming social feeds), where viewers can monitor the activity and help guide the investigation in real time.

Saturday, Sept. 15

College Football
ABC, CBS, ESPN, FOX, FS1 & NBC, beginning at 12pm Live

Top college football matchups this Saturday include Kent State at Penn State (FS1), Vanderbilt at Notre Dame (NBC), LSU at Auburn (CBS), Houston at Texas Tech (FOX), Alabama at Ole Miss (ESPN), USC at Texas (FOX), Ohio State at TCU (ABC), Washington at Utah (ESPN) and Fresno State at UCLA (FS1).

Major League Baseball
FOX & FS1, beginning at 1pm Live

The MLB regular season is winding down, and FOX and FS1 combine for a Saturday doubleheader. Viewers will see either the Detroit Tigers at the Cleveland Indians or the L.A. Dodgers at the St. Louis Cardinals in an afternoon regional game on FOX. Then in primetime, FS1 airs the Minnesota Twins at the Kansas City Royals.

Unspeakable Crime: The Killing of Jessica Chambers
Oxygen, 7pm
New Series!

This docuseries takes a deep dive into the December 2014 murder of Jessica Chambers, a Mississippi teen who was doused with gasoline and set on fire, and the investigation into the horrific crime. The five-part series is inspired by the reporting of BuzzFeed News’ investigative reporter Katie J.M. Baker and directed by Emmy Award-winning and Academy Award-nominated Joe Berlinger. It explores Chambers’ murder, the trial of Quinton Tellis — a local black man accused of the crime — and the tense racial divide that split their small Mississippi town.

Love in Design
Hallmark Channel, 9pm
Original Film!

Familiar Hallmark movie staple Danica McKellar is back, this time playing Hannah, who hosts a TV renovation series called Love in Design, in which she modernizes outdated spaces. With the show’s ratings slipping, Hannah’s boss wants her to host the show from her hometown of Lewisburg, a quaint community Hannah says doesn’t do modern. Tasked with renovating the town’s historic manor into a B&B, Hannah is up for the challenge but not ready to work with the architect overseeing the project — her ex-boyfriend Jeff (Andrew W. Walker).

Nat Geo Wild, 10pm
New Series!

This tail-wagging three-part miniseries follows renowned “dogtographer” Kaylee Greer as she photographs the silly side of man’s best friend. In addition to snapping ad campaigns for major brands and pics of pampered pooches for private clients, Kaylee loves to pluck shelter dogs from obscurity and transform them into canine supermodels in the hopes of helping them find forever homes.