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Tuesday, Sept. 25
This Is Us
The beloved drama returns with new adventures for the Pearson family. Last season’s finale offered glimpses of the family one year in the future, including newlywed Kate (Chrissy Metz) helping her husband, Toby (Chris Sullivan), through a dark period of depression. We spoke to Sullivan, who is excited for fans to see another side of his normally jovial character and shares, “I don’t think you really know anyone until you’ve seen their suffering or their sadness.”
— This Is Us (@NBCThisisUs) September 4, 2018
Dancing With the Stars: “Premiere: Night 2”
ABC, 8pm Live
The second part of the finale airs tonight at a special time as the competition begins for its new cast members.
NCIS marks its 16th season with the premiere episode “Destiny’s Child.” One month after Director Vance (Rocky Carroll) was kidnapped, Gibbs (Mark Harmon) is assigned the role of acting director in his absence while the team searches worldwide for his whereabouts.
The Gifted: “eMergence”
Season 2 premieres with the subheading “Dawn of the Mutant Age” and finds Reeva Payge (Grace Byers) purging the Inner Circle of those who disagree with her. Six months later, as Polaris (Emma Dumont) prepares for the birth of her baby and her contractions wreak havoc by magnetizing anything metal around her, she makes Andy (Percy Hynes White) promise to save the baby, no matter what.
The Great American Read: “Heroes”
Follow the trials and tribulations of some of literature’s favorite protagonists. From Katniss Everdeen to Don Quixote, examine how these everyday heroes and antiheroes find their inner strength, overcome challenges and rise to the occasion.
Ever-prolific producer Dick Wolf (of the Law & Order and Chicago franchises) is back with another procedural crime drama, this one focused on New York City’s office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Missy Peregrym and Zeeko Zaki lead the cast as partners in the drama that follows the successful Wolf formula of creating stories and cases drawn from topical headlines of the day.
Seann William Scott joins the cast after the departure of series star Clayne Crawford, who played Martin Riggs alongside Damon Wayans’ Roger Murtaugh. When asked about the casting change during the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour, FOX Television Group co-chairman Gary Newman shared, “There was really no thought of plastic surgery and bringing back the same character. [Showrunner] Matt [Miller] developed a complex, layered character for Seann, which we’re excited to show the audience in September.” We’ll have to wait and see how the series chooses to handle the major cast change.
Life Below Zero
National Geographic, 9pm
Winter is looming near the Arctic Circle in Alaska, and the Hailstone family, Sue Aikens, Andy Bassich, Jessie Holmes, Glenn Villeneuve and the series’ newest cast member Ricko DeWilde — a native Athabascan Indian who was born and raised in the Alaskan bush and who enjoys a primitive, hermit-like lifestyle — dig in to ensure their survival. This season, the fearless Alaskans face Mother Nature’s wrathful darkness and battle whiteout snowstorms, man-eating carnivores and treacherous frozen terrain. The series will enjoy its 100th episode in early 2019.
The Mayo Clinic: Faith – Hope – Science
Though short (by his standards), Ken Burns’ two-hour documentary film, co-directed with Erik Ewers and Christopher Loren Ewers, is nonetheless every bit as fascinating as his previous works as it explores the history of Minnesota’s famed Mayo Clinic. Along with Burns’ familiar approach — including voice-overs from the likes of Sam Waterston and Tom Hanks placed over historical footage and images — the film also combines the past with the present as it interweaves those elements with current stories of patients who have come to Mayo looking for answers.
Flipping Out: “A Very Lewis Christmas”
The team heads to New York City; it’s Monroe’s first trip, making Jeff and Gage nervous; Jeff charters a private plane and brings along Monroe’s nanny and grandparents; the team searches for real estate for Jeff’s client, Julie Grossi.
NCIS: New Orleans
NCIS star Mark Harmon makes a guest appearance as Special Agent Gibbs for the Season 5 premiere episode “See You Soon.” While Pride (Scott Bakula) fights for his life in the ICU, the team scours the city for the hitwoman who attempted to assassinate him.
Inspired by the real-life Bellevue, the oldest public hospital in America, this unique medical drama follows the brilliant and charming Dr. Max Goodwin (Ryan Eggold), the institution’s newest medical director, who sets out to tear up the bureaucracy and provide exceptional care. Can he disrupt the status quo and breathe new life into this understaffed, underfunded and underappreciated hospital, and return it to the glory that originally put it on the map? Freema Agyeman, Janet Montgomery, Jocko Sims, Anupam Kher and Tyler Labine also star.
The Purge: “Release the Beast”
USA Network, 10pm
Jane (Amanda Warren) must leave the office. Lila (Lili Simmons) consoles Jenna (Hannah Anderson). Penelope (Jessica Garza) is thrust into the Carnival of Flesh.
Newcomer Scott Ryan plays Ray Shoesmith, a father, ex-husband, boyfriend and best friend who also happens to be a badass criminal for hire, in this half-hour Australian dramedy. This six-episode first season is darkly entertaining.
Wednesday, Sept. 26
The Goldbergs: “Sixteen Candles”
It’s Adam’s (Sean Giambrone) 16th birthday, but his parents are too distracted by Barry (Troy Gentile) and Lainey’s (A.J. Michalka) engagement and Erica’s (Hayley Orrantia) band ambitions to remember their youngest son’s big day. But the situation presents an opportunity for Adam to ask Erica to put him on the high school social map. Meanwhile, Beverly (Wendi McLendon-Covey) thinks she can scare Barry and Lainey straight with the reality of being adults.
Survivor: David vs. Goliath
Survivor’s 37th season — dubbed “David vs. Goliath” — returns to the Mamanuca Islands in Fiji. This edition features 20 new castaways divided into two groups of 10 strangers. Castaways who make up the “David” tribe have overcome adversity in their lives, while the castaways on the “Goliath” tribe tend to capitalize on their individual advantages and use it against their opponents.
Empire: “Steal From the Thief”
Two years after losing Empire to Eddie Barker (guest star Forest Whitaker), Cookie and Lucious are still in the midst of picking up the pieces. The Lyon family is completely dispersed, and in an effort to reclaim their position in the music industry, Cookie sets her eyes on a talented new singer and rapper named Treasure (guest star Katlynn Simone).
Chicago Med: “Be My Better Half”
Season 4 of the medical drama that is part of mega-producer Dick Wolf’s Chicago franchise begins tonight.
American Housewife: “Mom Guilt”
After spending years as a full-time mom, Katie (Katy Mixon) goes back to work as a party planner, which brings new challenges of balancing home and work life into the mix.
Modern Family: “I Love a Parade”
The Pritchett-Dunphy-Tucker clan are going to be setting off more than a few fireworks when they get together at the annual Fourth of July parade where Jay (Ed O’Neill) will be acting as the grand marshal. Meanwhile, Haley’s (Sarah Hyland) goodbye with Arvin (Chris Geere) before his trip to Switzerland doesn’t go as well as she pictured it.
Star: “Secrets & Lies”
The new season picks up three months after the events of the season finale, as Star returns home from touring and makes a big announcement that leaves a lot of questions unanswered.
Chicago Fire: “A Closer Eye”
Casey (Jesse Spencer) tries to deal with his unsettled personal life, and the firehouse welcomes a new member. Meanwhile, Boden (Eamonn Walker) clashes with new Assistant Deputy Commissioner Jerry Gorsch (guest star Steven Boyer).
NOVA: “Transplanting Hope”
Follow the patients who desperately need transplants to save their lives, see the profound decisions families face in donating the organs of loved ones who die, and learn about the critical shortage of organs and new research into “organs by design.”
This ensemble comedy follows a group of single parents as they lean on each other to help raise their 7-year-old kids and maintain some kind of personal lives outside of parenthood. In the pilot episode, the group meets Will (Taran Killam), a 30-something guy who’s been so focused on raising his daughter that he’s lost sight of who he is as a man. When the other single parents see just how “deep in the vortex” of PTA, parenting and princesses Will has gone, they band together to get him out in the world and make him realize that being a great parent doesn’t mean sacrificing everything about your own identity. Leighton Meester, Brad Garrett, Kimrie Lewis and Jake Choi also star.
A Million Little Things
They say friendship isn’t one big thing, it’s a million little things, and this emotional drama follows a group of Boston friends who believe that. These guys met, bonded and committed to a lifelong friendship after being stuck in an elevator. When one of their foursome unexpectedly dies, it’s a wake-up call to the others to start living.
Comedy Central, 10pm
Trey Parker and Matt Stone are back for Season 22 of Comedy Central’s ever-popular South Park. The Season 21 finale saw Cartman break up with Heidi, and President Garrison desperate and on the run after his “splatty tomato” approval rating.
Chicago P.D.: “New Normal”
Bad heroin is causing overdoses in Chicago, and Intelligence is a man down with Voight (Jason Beghe) suspended. Antonio (Jon Seda) takes charge, but Ruzek (Patrick John Flueger) undermines his authority.
Comedy Central, 10:30pm
Comedy Central has acquired exclusive linear TV rights to Seasons 1-4 of Netflix’s hit animated comedy BoJack Horseman, which follows washed-up ’90s sitcom star BoJack Horseman (voice of Will Arnett) as he tries to get his life together and make a career comeback. Aaron Paul, Amy Sedaris, Alison Brie and Paul F. Tompkins also star in the voice cast.
Thursday, Sept. 27
Grey’s Anatomy: “With a Wonder and a Wild Desire/Broken Together”
The first half of this 2-hour premiere begins with the doctors at Grey Sloan Memorial vying for a new position. Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) struggles to stay focused, and Maggie (Kelly McCreary) finds herself the keeper of a big secret while Amelia (Caterina Scorsone) and Owen (Kevin McKidd) try to figure out their relationship. Meanwhile, Jo (Camilla Luddington) and Alex’s (Justin Chambers) honeymoon doesn’t go exactly as planned. In the second hour, new doctors continue to shake up the hospital. Meredith bonds with a patient while Jackson (Jesse Williams) struggles with the meaning behind recent experiences. After making a life-changing decision, Jo forms an unexpected alliance.
The Big Bang Theory: “The Wedding Gift Wormhole”
Sheldon (Jim Parsons) and Amy (Mayim Bialik) drive themselves crazy trying to figure out what “perfect gift” Leonard (Johnny Galecki) and Penny (Kaley Cuoco) gave them for their wedding in the new episode “The Wedding Gift Wormhole.”
NFL Football: Minnesota at L.A. Rams
FOX & NFL Network, 8pm Live
Two teams with NFC playoff aspirations meet on Thursday Night Football as the Minnesota Vikings visit the L.A. Rams at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. It’s the first TNF game for FOX, which begins a five-year deal to air games (simulcast on NFL Network) in Weeks 4-15.
The Good Place
At the end of Season 2, Michael (Ted Danson) was able to get Eleanor (Kristen Bell), Chidi (William Jackson Harper), Tahani (Jameela Jamil) and Jason (Manny Jacinto) a second chance at life on Earth. In Season 3, we’ll see if they waste it. Mike O’Malley guest-stars as the Guard in the hourlong season premiere episode.
Young Sheldon: “A Rival Prodigy and Sir Isaac Neutron”
The new episode “A Rival Prodigy and Sir Isaac Neutron” finds Sheldon (Iain Armitage) threatened by another child genius who bonds with Dr. Sturgis (Wallace Shawn).
Season 6 of the acclaimed comedy begins with “Pre-Washed Lettuce and a Mime,” in which Christy (Anna Faris) has second thoughts about law school after a tough first day, and Bonnie (Allison Janney) is plagued by an upsetting dream.
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
The groundbreaking 20th season kicks off on a new night with a special two-hour premiere.
TV’s favorite sharp-tongued newswoman, Murphy Brown (Candice Bergen), returns as CBS resurrects the beloved sitcom that ran from 1988-98. In the new incarnation, veteran journalist Brown returns to the airwaves in response to “a divided nation, chaotic national discourse and rampant attacks on the press.” And she’s not coming alone. Murphy convinces her old FYI team — lifestyle reporter Corky Sherwood (Faith Ford), investigative reporter Frank Fontana (Joe Regalbuto) and frequently exasperated producer Miles Silverberg (Grant Shaud) — to sign on for a new daytime talk show. But Murphy’s biggest on-air competitor in her new time slot is none other than Avery Brown (Jake McDorman), now all grown up and of a sociopolitical mindset that’s a far cry from his mom’s.
How to Get Away With Murder: “Your Funeral”
Annalise (Viola Davis) selects students for her new legal clinic at Middleton and juggles job offers from competing firms, all while the Keating 4 attempt to move on from last semester’s turmoil. In a startling flash-forward, a new mystery is introduced that shakes things up for everyone.
A major earthquake hits Los Angeles in the Season 2 premiere “Shaky Town,” and the quake compromises the SWAT team’s operation to take down human traffickers holding children hostage.
Golf: Ryder Cup: Day 1
Golf Channel, 2am Live (late night)
Golf’s premier international match-play tournament, the Ryder Cup, is played this year at Le Golf National in Guyancourt, France. Captain Jim Furyk’s U.S. team includes Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, Patrick Reed, Bubba Watson, Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler and Webb Simpson. Team Europe, captained by Thomas Bjørn, includes Francesco Molinari, Justin Rose, Tyrrell Hatton and Tommy Fleetwood. The U.S. won its first Ryder Cup since 2008 with a 17-11 win in 2016. Golf Channel airs live Day 1 coverage beginning in the late night/early morning. NBC airs early morning coverage on Saturday and Sunday.
Friday, Sept. 28
The Emmy-nominated series returns for Season 5, taking viewers inside the lives and kitchens of four new international chefs.
After quitting the Phoenix Foundation and moving to Nigeria, MacGyver (Lucas Till) returns to help rescue Jack (George Eads) from a murderous dictator in the Season 3 premiere episode “Improvise.”
Last Man Standing
The sitcom that ran on ABC for six seasons and was unceremoniously canceled in 2017 gets revived for Season 7 on FOX. Tim Allen stars as Mike Baxter, a happily married father of three daughters who finds himself the odd man out as he tries to maintain his manliness in a home surrounded by women. Most of the original core cast is back, including Nancy Travis, Jonathan Adams, Amanda Fuller, Christoph Sanders and Hector Elizondo. Kaitlyn Dever returns in a limited role as youngest daughter Eve, who joined the Air Force Academy. In recast roles, Molly McCook now plays Mandy, and Jet Jurgensmeyer plays Boyd.
The Cool Kids
This multi-camera comedy is about a rowdy, ragtag group of friends living in Shady Meadows Retirement Community who are willing to break every rule in order to have fun — because, at their age, what do they really have to lose? In the pilot episode, Hank (David Alan Grier), Charlie (Martin Mull) and Sid (Leslie Jordan) have their worlds overturned after their friend dies and brash newcomer Margaret (Vicki Lawrence) takes over his seat at their dinner table.
The Season 9 premiere episode “Ka ʻōwili ʻōka’i (Cocoon)” is a retelling of the original Hawaii Five-O series pilot. McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) lets himself be captured by the group he thinks is responsible for his friend’s murder and endures a torturous sensory deprivation tank to find the killer. Mark Dacascos returns as McGarrett’s nemesis, Wo Fat.
Wynonna Earp: “Daddy Lessons”
Wynonna (Melanie Scrofano) has a run-in with the Revenants that leads her to an unexpected revelation about the curse. Waverly (Dominique Provost-Chalkley) meets an important figure from her past, and Nicole (Katherine Barrell) tries to evacuate Purgatory before it’s too late. The season finale episode follows.
In the Season 9 premiere episode “Playing With Fire,” Danny (Donnie Wahlberg) takes on a personal case involving a drug cartel member, Louis Delgado (guest star Lou Diamond Phillips), who Danny believes is responsible for torching his house.
Saturday, Sept. 29
NASCAR Xfinity Series: Drive for the Cure 200
NBCSN, 3pm Live
The NASCAR Xfinity Series playoffs continue with the Drive for the Cure 200 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Major League Baseball: Detroit at Milwaukee
FS1, 7pm Live
The final weekend of Major League Baseball’s regular season has the Detroit Tigers at Miller Park in Milwaukee to face the Brewers in Game 2 of a three-game set.
College Football: Stanford at Notre Dame
NBC, 7:30pm Live
Two storied college football programs clash tonight at Notre Dame Stadium as the Stanford Cardinal visit the Fighting Irish in primetime on NBC.
All of My Heart: The Wedding
Hallmark Channel, 9pm
In the third film in the rom-com franchise, Jenny (Lacey Chabert), Brian (Brennan Elliott) and Emily’s Country Inn have been embraced by their local community, and almost everyone will be coming to their wedding, including the town’s wise old codger Vern (Edward Asner), who has been tapped to give away the bride. But when a woman (Pauline Egan) arrives with papers claiming she’s also an heir to the inn, Jenny and Brian struggle to raise funds to buy the inn while planning their wedding there.