ALSO SEE: NFL 2019 TV Schedule
All Times Eastern.
Sunday, Sept. 15
Ken Burns’ latest documentary film is an eight-part, 16-hour look at the history of country music. The series features never-before-seen footage and photographs, plus interviews with more than 80 country artists. Tonight’s series premiere, “The Rub (Beginnings-1933),” shows how what was first called “hillbilly music” started to reach new audiences through phonographs and radio, and follows the genre’s first big stars, the Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgers.
The CW, 8pm
This two-hour presentation is actually a 10-part series consisting of 10-minute episodes. In the contemporary samurai saga, Wendy Ohata (Emily Piggford) has just made three startling realizations: She has a twin brother; she’s a kami-jin — a descendant of an ancient Japanese people who can turn paper into deadly weapons; and there’s a kami-jin warrior hunting her down for reasons she doesn’t understand.
The Masked Singer: Super Sneak Peek
Before TV’s biggest guessing game returns next week, host Nick Cannon and panelists Ken Jeong, Jenny McCarthy, Nicole Scherzinger and Robin Thicke reflect on the success of the show’s first season, and Season 1 winner T-Pain returns to the stage for a special appearance. Plus, viewers will be formally introduced to the Season 2 characters and get the first clues about the costumed celebs’ identities.
Beach Hunters: “Connecticut Coastline; Oak Harbor”
A Connecticut couple is ready to make their dream of owning a beach house a reality. Then, a family of three from Washington is looking for a property on Whidbey Island.
Transfer student Autumn (Kayla Wallace) goes undercover as a cheerleader to do an exposé on the cruel culture of the squad for her school paper. But when someone begins viciously attacking cheerleaders, she starts to fear for her own life.
Loch Ness Monster: New Evidence
Travel Channel, 8pm
In this two-hour special, Dr. Neil Gemmell of the University of Otago in New Zealand travels to the Scottish highlands to explore the legendary Loch Ness in search of the creature that has been reported to dwell in its depths for centuries. On his high-tech monster hunt, Gemmell uses cutting-edge techniques, interviews eyewitnesses and more.
NFL Football: Philadelphia at Atlanta
NBC, 8:15pm Live
Carson Wentz and the Philadelphia Eagles are at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium to face Matt Ryan and the Falcons on Sunday Night Football.
Married to Medicine: “Stirring the Teapot”
Contessa’s pursuit of higher education continues to drive a wedge between her and Scott. Toya tries to put on a brave face and be there for her family after a devastating loss. As the Twitter war between Simone and Heavenly comes to a fever pitch, Jackie throws an “Emergen-Tea” party to set everything right.
Mystery 101: Words Can Kill
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 9pm
When a guest at the college book festival is killed, Amy (Jill Wagner) and Travis (Kristoffer Polaha) clash after he arrests an unlikely person for the murder. Amy must fight to prove he has the wrong person behind bars.
Caribbean Life: “Maine to Puerto Rico; Falling in Love With St. Croix”
A man from Maine convinces his wife to make Vieques, Puerto Rico, their forever home. Then, a Michigan woman is ready to embrace island life in St. Croix.
Comedy Central Roast of Alec Baldwin
Comedy Central, 10pm
Will & Grace’s Sean Hayes is the Roast Master for Comedy Central’s annual celebrity-skewering special, this year setting its sights on Alec Baldwin. Among those taking their shots at Baldwin are Robert De Niro, Blake Griffin, Caitlyn Jenner, Joel McHale, Debra Messing, Chris Redd and Jeff Ross.
Hawaii Hunters: “Investing in the Future and Hawaii Homecoming”
Young, busy professionals seek a vacation home that can double as an investment property in Maui. Then, a couple whose son is getting older wants to move closer to her family in Oahu.
Monday, Sept. 16
The Mel Robbins Show
Motivational speaker, author and self-help guru Mel Robbins brings her straight-shooting, action-focused brand of inspiration into homes to help people get on track to achieving the lives they want and deserve.
Dancing With the Stars
ABC, 8pm Live
With a lineup of celebrities including a supermodel, a former White House press secretary, a Bachelorette, pro athletes from the NFL and NBA, a Supreme, and a TV icon, to name a few, the 28th season of the enduring reality show premieres tonight.
NFL Football: Cleveland at N.Y. Jets
ESPN, 8pm Live
Quarterback Baker Mayfield leads the Cleveland Browns into MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., to face Sam Darnold and the N.Y. Jets on Monday Night Football.
So You Think You Can Dance
FOX, 8pm Live
In this live, two-hour season finale, the final four dancers perform before one is named this season’s winner and earns the title of “America’s Favorite Dancer.”
American Ninja Warrior: “Las Vegas National Finals Night 4”
For the first time in four years, a winner will be crowned on the finale of American Ninja Warrior. A select group of competitors move forward in the competition to face Stage 3, which features seven daunting obstacles, three that are new to the course this year: Battering Ram, Curved Iron Maiden and Dynamic Pole Grasp. The elite few who conquer Stage 3 move on to Stage 4, a final climb up Mt. Midoriyama, which they must complete in 30 seconds or less.
Country Music: “Hard Times (1933-1945)”
Nashville becomes the heart of the country music industry as the genre grows in popularity during the Great Depression and World War II, when America falls in love with singing cowboys, Texas Swing and the Grand Ole Opry’s Roy Acuff.
A&E, 9pm Live
Hosted by veteran journalist Ashleigh Banfield, the second season continues to follow firefighters, paramedics and EMTs from across the country as they bravely put their lives on the line responding to emergency rescue calls.
Below Deck Mediterranean: “Sweet White Glove o’ Mine”
The charter guests request a White Party for their final dinner, and Ben goes to great lengths in creating a menu for the theme. João’s ego gets him in hot water with Capt. Sandy, while Jack enlists the crew to help him ask Aesha to be his girlfriend. And Hannah’s leadership skills are questioned after Sandy calls out the interior crew for a subpar performance in service.
A Very Brady Renovation: “Here’s the Second Story”
The teams wind back the clock to Day 1 and take on four more iconic rooms. Hidden Potential’s Jasmine Roth teams up with Barry Williams (Greg) to create Mike Brady’s den out of three spaces in the original house. Then the stars of HGTV’s Good Bones work with Susan Olsen (Cindy) and Mike Lookinland (Bobby) on the kids’ bedrooms and the Jack and Jill bathroom.
A Little Late With Lilly Singh
NBC, 1:35am (late-night)
The first late-night talk show to be hosted by a woman on a broadcast network since Joan Rivers’ FOX series over 30 years ago features actress, producer and writer Lilly Singh at the helm. Singh will conduct in-studio interviews on the half-hour series, as well as create and star in pre-taped comedy sketches and signature segments.
Tuesday, Sept. 17
CFB 150: The American Game
Two new ESPN docuseries debut this month as part of the network’s College Football 150 initiative, celebrating the sesquicentennial of the popular sport. One of them is this 11-episode docuseries that explores not only the history of college football, but also how it became such a cultural phenomenon.
The CW, 8pm
Ralen (Ben Radcliffe) is on trial for his life after being accused of having sabotaged the Tereshkova. But even Jax (Priscilla Quintana) has her doubts about Ralen’s veracity when his wife arrives from Zatar to defend him.
America’s Got Talent: “Live Finals”
NBC, 8pm Live
The final acts perform for the judges and viewers at home.
Country Music: “The Hillbilly Shakespeare (1945-1953)”
The bluegrass sound spreads in post-war America, while honky-tonk star Hank Williams creates songs of surprising emotional depth that are derived from his troubled and tragically short life.
This groundbreaking new special uncovers the frightening world of digital addiction and the dramatic impact it has on those who battle it. Following Matthew, a video game-addicted teen, and Gina, a social media-addicted mother, this special highlights the often-ignored crippling compulsions and dangerous behaviors that present themselves through these various digital dependencies.
Bring the Funny: “The Finale Results”
The first ever winner of Bring the Funny is crowned. Also, former contestants and surprise guests celebrate the season in brand-new comedy performances and skits.
Flipping Exes: “Our Flippin’ Anniversary!”
Nina and Michael rehab a flip that Michael bought at auction. When Michael literally busts down the front door, the graffiti-covered interior is a shocker. Michael and the team take a rare break from work and throw Nina a surprise party for Flipping Exes’ three-year business anniversary.
Wednesday, Sept. 18
The top three home cooks are ready to tackle the biggest culinary challenge of their lives: a three-course meal for judges Gordon Ramsay, Joe Bastianich and Aarón Sánchez that will determine this season’s winner. At stake is the opportunity to learn hands-on in each judge’s restaurant and a $250,000 prize.
America’s Got Talent: “Live Results Finale”
NBC, 8pm Live
The Season 14 winner is determined.
Country Music: “I Can’t Stop Loving You (1953-1963)”
In Memphis, Sun Studios artists Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley usher in the era of rockabilly. Elsewhere, Ray Charles crosses America’s racial divide by recording a country album, while Patsy Cline shows off Music City’s smooth new Nashville Sound.
The Real Housewives of Dallas: “Donde Esta Margarita”
D’Andra blows off a big business meeting with Travis because of a “hair emergency.” LeeAnne gets creative in order to afford her uber-expensive couture wedding gown. The women all travel to Careyes, Mexico, for some fun in the sun at Kary’s resort-like villa, but things quickly take a turn when tensions rise between Kary and LeeAnne.
American Horror Story
The ninth season of Ryan Murphy’s horror anthology series, called American Horror Story: 1984, is set at Camp Redwood and pays homage to classic slasher films. The cast includes Emma Roberts, Gus Kenworthy, Angelica Ross, Matthew Morrison, Cody Fern, Leslie Grossman, Billie Lourd and John Carroll Lynch.
A Little Late With Lilly Singh: The Primetime Special
Two days after the premiere of Lilly Singh’s new late-night show, this hourlong special airing much earlier will introduce viewers who are not night owls to Singh as she takes part in sketches, interviews and games, and interacts with the audience.
Thursday, Sept. 19
CFB 150: The Greatest
This 11-episode series airing as part of ESPN’s College Football 150 initiative features a wide range of Top 11 lists related to the sport, from ranking the all-time best uniforms to the top rivalry games and more.
The Outpost: “Nothing Short of Heroic”
The CW, 8pm
Garret (Jake Stormoen) runs into Talon (Jessica Green), now a Prime Order captive as Gwynn’s (Imogen Waterhouse) lost relation has a claim to the throne. Meanwhile, Janzo (Anand Desai-Barochia) becomes desperate to find a plagueling cure. Lastly, a devastating Prime Order weapon is revealed.
Return to Downton Abbey: A Grand Event
This hourlong special is hosted by Emmy-winner Derek Hough and filmed at the historic Highclere Castle in England. It features interviews with the cast of the new Downton Abbey theatrical film debuting in theaters on Sept. 20, who talk about what made the original series so unique and appealing, as well as how it easily segues into the feature film.
NFL Football: Tennessee at Jacksonville
NFL Network, 8:20pm Live
Marcus Mariota leads the Tennessee Titans into Jacksonville’s TIAA Bank Field to face the Jaguars in this Week 3 Thursday Night Football game.
Mixtape: “REO Speedwagon’s Kevin Cronin & Dave Amato”
AXS TV, 8:30pm
REO Speedwagon frontman Kevin Cronin reflects on how the Beatles’ groundbreaking performance on The Ed Sullivan Show drove him to a career in rock. He also performs REO Speedwagon’s hit “Keep Pushin’” with bandmate Dave Amato.
The Last Days of Phil Hartman
This ABC News special takes a look at the final days before the tragic death of Phil Hartman and how his loss is still felt today.
The Parent Trip
Each episode of this series follows a thrill-seeking celebrity as he or she takes a parent or child on a bucket list adventure. Celebs including Jennie Garth, Jaleel White, Keshia Knight Pulliam, Monica Potter and James Maslow take part in adventures ranging from zip lining across the Niagara Gorge to shark fishing in the Atlantic.
Two Sentence Horror Stories: “Trilogy”
The CW, 9pm
The finale pulls three stories into one — “Ma,” about a young woman’s new romance, her Chinese mother and the lengths she will take to keep her “perfect” daughter home; “Guilt Trip,” a hitchhiker horror tome following a good Samaritan who is forced to rethink her decision; and “Singularity,” centered on a biohacker tapping into more than just the internet.
The Paley Center Salutes “The Good Place”
A week before the acclaimed comedy The Good Place begins its final season, this hourlong special looks back at the series through highlights and behind-the-scenes footage as well as interviews with cast members and executive producers.
Friday, Sept. 20
Between Two Ferns: The Movie
Zach Galifianakis stars in this adaptation of his cult web series created for Funny or Die. Scott Aukerman, co-creator of the series, cowrote the film with Galifianakis and also directed.
Matt Groening’s (The Simpsons) animated satire of fantasy stories returns for Season 2. Abbi Jacobson, Eric Andre and Nat Faxon return with voice roles.
“Rambo” Double Feature
The only thing more awesome than 1980s-era Sylvester Stallone is oiled-up ’80s Stallone in a headband. Catch First Blood and Rambo: First Blood Part II.
A&E, 9pm Live
Hosted by Dan Abrams with analysis from Tom Morris Jr. and Sgt. Sean “Sticks” Larkin, this series showcases the policing of America, following diverse police departments from across the country in real time as they patrol their communities. Using dashcams along with fixed rig and handheld cameras, the show captures the work of a varied mix of urban and rural police forces on a typical Friday and Saturday night.
ESPN2 & FS1, beginning at 9pm Live
A pair of college football games are on tonight’s schedule as Air Force is at Boise State on ESPN2 and Utah is at USC on FS1.
Great Performances: “Now Hear This”
Each episode of this four-part fine-arts documentary miniseries is dedicated to a famed classical composition and proves how each piece remains relevant to today’s culture. Series host Scott Yoo journeys across Europe to discover how composers Bach, Vivaldi, Scarlatti and Handel created their timeless masterworks.
VOCES: “The Pushouts”
Meet Victor Rios, a high school dropout and former gang member turned award-winning professor, author and expert on the school-to-prison pipeline, who works with young people who have been “pushed out” of school for reasons beyond their control.
Killjoys: “Last Dance”
Dutch (Hannah John-Kamen) uses Khlyen (Rob Stewart) to bait The Lady and finds herself in the middle of a final, epic showdown.
Saturday, Sept. 21
College Football: Michigan at Wisconsin
FOX, 12pm Live
Big Ten rivals do battle at Madison’s Camp Randall Stadium as the Michigan Wolverines visit the Wisconsin Badgers on FOX.
Escaping the NXIVM Cult: A Mother’s Fight to Save Her Daughter
This ripped-from-the-headlines film tells of a mother’s fight to save her child from a dangerous cult. After actress Catherine Oxenberg (Andrea Roth) and her daughter India (Jasper Polish) attend a leadership meeting led by the extremely enigmatic Keith Raniere (Peter Facinelli), India is drawn into the cult of NXIVM. She soon joins a secret sorority, led by actress Allison Mack (Sara Fletcher), where female members are branded, ordered to maintain a restricted diet and told to recruit other women as sex slaves.
Beyond the Headlines: Escaping the NXIVM Cult With Gretchen Carlson
Gretchen Carlson investigates the shocking and twisted world of NXIVM, a purported self-help group that targeted and trapped young women. The group’s former leader, Keith Raniere, was found guilty of racketeering, sex trafficking and other crimes. A cult deprogrammer shares insight about how the cult rose to power, and actress Catherine Oxenberg shares her story of trying to get her daughter out of the cult.