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Wednesday, Sept. 18: FX Takes a Stab at ‘American Horror Story: 1984’

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All Times Eastern.

Wednesday, Sept. 18

American Horror Story
FX, 10pm
Season Premiere!

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.

FOX, 8pm
Season Finale!

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
Season Finale!

The Season 14 winner is determined.

Country Music: “I Can’t Stop Loving You (1953-1963)”
PBS, 8pm

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”
Bravo, 9pm

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.

A Little Late With Lilly Singh: The Primetime Special
NBC, 10pm

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
ESPN, 7pm
New Series!

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
NBC, 8pm

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
ABC, 9pm

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
BYUtv, 9pm
New Series!
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
Season Finale!

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”
NBC, 9pm

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
Original Film!

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.

Season Premiere!

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
AMC, 8pm

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.

Live PD
A&E, 9pm Live
Season Premiere!

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.

College Football
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”
PBS, 9pm
New Miniseries!
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”
PBS, 10pm

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”
Syfy, 10pm
Series Finale!

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
Lifetime, 8pm
Original Film!

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
Lifetime, 10pm

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.