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Tuesday, Sept. 24
This Is Us
The hit drama returns for its fourth season amid the Pearson family undergoing major life transitions. “We’ve got Randall and Beth’s move to Philadelphia and both of them embarking on new careers. We have Kate and Toby with a brand-new baby. And we have Kevin juggling his career, trying to figure out his romantic life, and of course trying to answer his eternal question of what is going to fulfill him in this life,” teases co-showrunner and executive producer Isaac Aptaker. He also shares, “Our [season] premiere is one of the most ambitious episodes we’ve ever done and we’re expanding our show in a huge way.”
— This Is Us (@NBCThisisUs) August 31, 2019
The Conners: “Preemies, Weed and Infidelity”
In the wake of Emilio’s (Rene Rosado) deportation, Jackie (Laurie Metcalf) steps into the role of a paternal figure and creates a meticulous birth plan for Becky (Lecy Goranson). Meanwhile, Darlene (Sara Gilbert) is tangled in a complex love triangle with David (Johnny Galecki) and Ben (Jay R. Ferguson), and — like her mother — Harris (Emma Kenney) is caught up in a problem of her own.
In the 17th season premiere, Ziva (Cote de Pablo) surprises Gibbs (Mark Harmon) with a cryptic warning, prompting him to question why she remained underground for years while being presumed dead by family and friends.
The Resident: “From the Ashes”
Big changes are in store in Season 3 as Red Rock Mountain Medical takes over the hospital and the doctors of Chastain are surrounded by new rules and doctors, including a hotshot neurosurgeon played by Morris Chestnut. And when construction on the hospital’s new neurosurgery center causes a gas explosion, Conrad (Matt Czuchry) finds himself in danger.
Country Music: “Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way? (1973-1983)”
During a vibrant era of country music, Dolly Parton finds mainstream success, Hank Williams Jr. and Rosanne Cash emerge from their famous fathers’ shadows, and Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings launch the “Outlaw” movement.
Bless This Mess: “459”
Mike (Dax Shepard) and Rio (Lake Bell) host the big event of college football season — the town’s Huskers kickoff party. But no one in Bucksnort believes they can pull it off. They might be right when Rio loses Portia, the pig that’s been selected for the lucky pig race. Beau (David Koechner) and Kay (Lennon Parham) frantically try to hide the fact that they’ve split up, with mixed results.
This black-ish spinoff recounts the unusual childhood of Rainbow Johnson (Tracee Ellis Ross) in the mid ’80s. Twelve-year-old Rainbow (Arica Himmel) and her family move to the suburbs after being forced out of their hippie commune. Bow and her siblings have to adjust to life in mainstream America, which hasn’t fully embraced the idea of a mixed-race family. Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Tika Sumpter, Gary Cole and Christina Anthony also star.
FBI: “Little Egypt”
After a bomb detonates at a restaurant in Queens, the case becomes personal for OA (Zeeko Zaki), but what initially seems like a terrorist attack reveals itself to be more complex.
Empire: “What Is Love”
In the premiere of the musical drama’s sixth and final season, Lucious (Terrence Howard) is a wanted fugitive and on the run from the Feds. Meanwhile, Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) focuses on her brand outside of Empire, which now includes a daytime talk show and a community center.
black-ish: “Pops the Question”
Summer was a season of change for the Johnsons. The twins are headed into eighth grade, and Junior (Marcus Scribner) is out on his own managing social media for Migos. Meanwhile, Pops (Laurence Fishburne) reveals that he is getting married.
When Police Chief Jo Evans (Allison Tolman) finds a young child near the scene of a mysterious accident with no memory of her name or what happened, she’s pulled into a conspiracy that threatens the life of the child and everyone Jo loves, and her notion of what it means to “protect and serve.”
NCIS: New Orleans: “Judgement Call”
On the sixth season premiere, Pride (Scott Bakula) must cut his vacation short when Hannah (Necar Zadegan) is suspended for breaking protocol during a joint investigation with the FBI.
The staff of the hospital deals with the aftermath of the ambulance accident.
Wednesday, Sept. 25
The Goldbergs: “Vacation”
Before Erica (Hayley Orrantia) and Barry (Troy Gentile) go off to college, Beverly (Wendi McLendon-Covey) insists the family take a road trip to go on vacation to Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif. But things do not go as planned as they travel across the country.
Season 39 finds prior winners Boston Rob Mariano and Sandra Diaz-Twine returning to the series, but as mentors rather than contestants. When this season’s castaways visit the former Sole Survivors on the “Island of the Idols,” they’ll try to learn from Mariano and Diaz-Twine’s prior success and strategies.
The Masked Singer
Last winter’s surprise hit returns with a two-hour season premiere and a fresh crop of celebs who are ready to show off their vocal talents, but not their faces. In each episode, celebrities present their best vocal performances while clad in outrageous costumes. After several clues are revealed about the costumed celeb’s identity, judges Ken Jeong, Jenny McCarthy, Nicole Scherzinger and Robin Thicke offer their best guess of each masked singer’s identity.
In the Season 5 premiere, Will (Nick Gehlfuss) and Natalie (Torrey DeVitto) face the aftermath of a horrific car accident and are left to battle for their lives. An investigation is launched following the suspicious death of Cornelius Rhodes, Dr. Rhodes’ (Colin Donnell) father. Maggie (Marlyne Barrett) receives life-changing news. Dr. Charles (Oliver Platt) cuts his honeymoon short to tend to a young patient he suspects might have schizophrenia.
Country Music: “Don’t Get Above Your Raisin’ (1984-1996)”
“New Traditionalists” like Reba McEntire, George Strait, Randy Travis and the Judds help country music stay true to its roots in a time that also sees both the rise of superstar Garth Brooks and the return of an aging Johnny Cash to the industry he helped create.
Schooled: “Dangerous Minds”
The summer is over. On the first day of school, Lainey (AJ Michalka) is excited to be back at William Penn Academy, but Mellor (Bryan Callen) warns her that being a pal to her students is not a good idea. Meanwhile, Principal Glascott (Tim Meadows) introduces the newest science teacher to the faculty, but CB (Brett Dier) is skeptical of her no-nonsense approach.
Modern Family: “New Kids on the Block”
Haley (Sarah Hyland) is determined to follow the advice in her parenting books with the twins, but Phil (Ty Burrell) and Claire (Julie Bowen) think their old methods are better. Meanwhile, Manny (Rico Rodriguez) is set to direct Jay’s (Ed O’Neill) dog bed commercial in the hopes of winning his ex-girlfriend back.
This revealing documentary follows Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and author Buzz Bissinger as he experiences a sexual awakening while collaborating with Caitlyn Jenner on her tell-all memoir.
In the Season 8 premiere, the mattress factory fire spirals out of control, and truck and squad lay it all on the line in hopes of getting the trapped victims out alive.
USA Network, 9pm
The popular and acclaimed drama comes to an end after nine seasons.
Single Parents: “Summer of Freedom”
It looks like summer is a bust with Will (Taran Killam) doing all the things on the “Angie and Will’s List of Summer Fun” with Tracy Freeze (Jama Williamson); Angie (Leighton Meester) obsessing over writing the world’s longest email to her ex; and Douglas (Brad Garrett) inexplicably ghosting Poppy (Kimrie Lewis) on their first date.
Based on the graphic novels, this series follows Dex Parios (Cobie Smulders), a military veteran with a gambling debt, PTSD and a dark view of the world, who decides to become a private investigator — all while taking care of her brother with Down syndrome with help from her friend Grey (Jake Johnson).
Comedy Central, 10pm
Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s South Park is back for a 23rd season of unbelievably immediate and ruthless responses to news and pop culture events as told through the misadventures of foulmouthed youngsters Cartman, Stan, Kyle and Kenny.
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
The gang — yes, even Dennis (Glenn Howerton) — is back for a 14th season as Mac (Rob McElhenney), Charlie (Charlie Day), Dee (Kaitlin Olson) and Frank (Danny DeVito) concoct brand-new schemes.
When Kelton is found murdered, Voight’s (Jason Beghe) grudge against the mayor-elect puts him under suspicion. Upton (Tracy Spiridakos) and Halstead (Jesse Lee Soffer) are eager to prove their sergeant’s innocence, but the more evidence they gather, the closer they come to doing the opposite. After making bail, Ruzek (Patrick John Flueger) searches for a missing Antonio (Jon Seda).
Thursday, Sept. 26
Grey’s Anatomy: “Nothing Left to Cling To”
Meredith (Ellen Pompeo), Richard (James Pickens Jr.) and Alex (Justin Chambers) must deal with the consequences after Bailey (Chandra Wilson) fires them from Grey Sloan for insurance fraud. After disappearing in the fog, Jackson (Jesse Williams) helps a man in a dangerous situation, as his relationship with Maggie (Kelly McCreary) comes to a new crossroad. Meanwhile, Tom (Greg Germann) gets new responsibilities at the hospital that throw the doctors for a loop.
Young Sheldon: “Quirky Eggheads and Texas Snow Globes”
As the hit comedy returns for its third season, Mary (Zoe Perry) worries about the mental health of Sheldon (Iain Armitage).
NFL Football: Philadelphia at Green Bay
FOX & NFL Network, 8pm Live
Thursday Night Football is at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis., as Carson Wentz and the Philadelphia Eagles face Aaron Rodgers and the Packers.
Amy (America Ferrera) tries to help her employees cope with Mateo’s (Nico Santos) immigration detention with the introduction of a new robot coworker that makes them fear they could be replaced.
Mixtape: “Rick Springfield”
AXS TV, 8:30pm
Chart-topping rocker Rick Springfield explains how the Rolling Stones inspired him to collect obscure rock albums.
Walton Goggins (Vice Principals, Justified) stars as a charming, sought-after widower — a “unicorn” in the social media dating world — in this delightfully entertaining new comedy.
Disgraced former Princeton music professor Arthur Cochran (Bradley Whitford) is in his late wife’s Kentucky hometown when he encounters a ragtag church choir that could use some serious vocal lessons. Arthur soon discovers that he needs this choir as much as they need him. Anna Camp, Tymberlee Hill, Rizwan Manji and Will Greenberg also star.
A Million Little Things: “Coming Home”
When Delilah (Stephanie Szostak) goes into labor, Eddie (David Giuntoli) feels compelled to tell Katherine (Grace Park) the truth about being the baby’s father. Meanwhile, Gary (James Roday) and Maggie (Allison Miller) struggle with living together post-cancer, and Rome (Romany Malco) and Regina (Christina Moses) continue to be at odds about having a baby of their own.
Mom: “Audrey Hepburn and a Jalepeño Pepper”
In the seventh season premiere, Bonnie (Allison Janney) struggles to enjoy her perfect honeymoon with Adam (William Fichtner), while Christy (Anna Faris) makes some questionable changes at the bar.
The Outpost: “This Is Our Outpost”
The CW, 9pm
The Prime Order attacks the Outpost. Talon (Jessica Green) risks everything with a bold plan, as Garret (Jake Stormoen) seeks his revenge. Meanwhile, Gwynn (Imogen Waterhouse) has to decide the fate of someone she held dear and once trusted.
The Good Place
As the fourth and final season begins, with Eleanor (Kristen Bell) assuming the role of the architect, the group adapts to the challenges facing them when four test subjects inhabit a new neighborhood under their supervision.
Carol’s Second Act
This new comedy stars Patricia Heaton (The Middle, Everybody Loves Raymond) as Carol, a middle-aged divorcée who has finally accomplished her dream of becoming a physician. Carol experiences triumphs and tribulations as she deals with being “the old intern” among peers her children’s age. Ashley Tisdale, Kyle MacLachlan, Lucas Neff and Sabrina Jalees also star.
This new single-camera comedy stars Kal Penn as Garrett Modi, a disgraced former New York City councilman whose indiscretions went viral. An attempt to cash in on his infamy turns into his accepting a job — and a chance at redemption — helping a group of immigrants pass their naturalization tests. Kiran Deol, Diana Maria Riva, Samba Schutte and Moses Storm also star.
How to Get Away With Murder: “Say Goodbye”
Annalise (Viola Davis) struggles with the personal toll that Laurel (Karla Souza) and Christopher’s (Jasmyne and Adrianna Jones) disappearance has taken on everyone. Meanwhile, Oliver (Conrad Ricamora), Frank (Charlie Weber) and Bonnie (Liza Weil) disagree on the possible reasons behind Laurel’s disappearance.
This psychological mystery drama examines the origins of evil along the dividing line between science and religion. The series focuses on a skeptical female psychologist who joins a priest-in-training and a carpenter as they investigate the Church’s backlog of unexplained mysteries, including supposed miracles, demonic possessions and hauntings.
Law & Order: SVU
The series enters its 21st season, surpassing Gunsmoke and the original Law & Order to become the longest-running primetime live-action series in TV history. In the premiere episode, when an actress accuses a high-powered media mogul of attempted rape, Benson (Mariska Hargitay) finds herself in a high-stakes game of cat and mouse. Meanwhile, changes in the squad room put Carisi (Peter Scanavino) between a rock and a hard place. Ian McShane, Peter Gallagher, Zuleikha Robinson and Jamie Gray Hyder guest star.
Friday, Sept. 27
Transparent Musicale Finale
Amazon Prime Video
As the Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning series comes to an end, the cast and crew present a musical episode as its final bow. After the sudden death of Maura Pfefferman (Jeffrey Tambor), ex-wife Shelly (Judith Light) embarks on creating a play that represents her family. As the Pfeffermans deal with grief in their own ways, they come together for a joyful celebration of transformation.
Ryan Murphy’s (American Horror Story) first production under his recent Netflix deal is this dark satire about what it takes to make a politician. Ben Platt plays wealthy student Payton Hobart. Payton has known since age 7 that he’s going to be president of the United States. But first, he’ll have to navigate the most treacherous political landscape of all: Saint Sebastian High School. Gynweth Paltrow, Jessica Lange and Zoey Deutch also star.
This German drama is set in Frankfurt, where a young and gifted hip-hop producer gets the chance of a lifetime when he signs with Skyline Records. But the worlds of music, organized crime and high finance collide when the label owner’s gangster brother returns from exile to claim his share.
American Housewife: “The Minivan”
As the Otto family ushers in a new era, Katie (Katy Mixon) and Greg (Diedrich Bader) make the emotional decision to sell the family minivan. Meanwhile, Oliver (Daniel DiMaggio) suffers a setback that forces him to rethink how to accomplish his goals.
The hit drama returns for its 10th season.
Fresh Off the Boat: “Help Unwanted?”
After Brandi Chastain scores the World Cup-winning goal against China and rips off her jersey to celebrate, Evan (Ian Chen) gets his first case of “the tingles,” and Louis (Randall Park) and Eddie (Hudson Yang) must team up to give him the talk. Meanwhile, Jessica (Constance Wu) and Honey (Chelsey Crisp) learn what it means to be best friends.
Magnum P.I.: “Payback for Beginners”
While Magnum (Jay Hernandez) waits for Higgins (Perdita Weeks) to decide if she’ll officially become his partner, he takes the case of a missing wife who witnessed her boss’ murder during a bank robbery.
Great Performances: “Now Hear This: The Riddle of Bach”
Travel to Germany and France to explore Bach’s sonatas and partitas for solo violin. Host Scott Yoo and his wife, leading flutist Alice Dade, discover a melodic similarity with Vivaldi and a riddle hidden in Bach’s portrait.
Blue Bloods: “The Real Deal”
In the 10th season premiere, Danny (Donnie Wahlberg) and Baez (Marisa Ramirez) grapple with a year-old homicide investigation brought to their attention by a medium who previously helped them solve a case.
VOCES: “Adios Amor — The Search for Maria Moreno”
See how the discovery of lost photographs sparks the search for a hero that history forgot — Maria Moreno, an eloquent migrant mother of 12 who became an outspoken leader for farmworker rights.
In Season 4, the first of four vampire elders has been freed, and legend has it that when their four totems are combined, the Dark One will be resurrected. Now, it’s a race against time as Vanessa Van Helsing (Kelly Overton) and her ragtag group of heroes face off against the forces of darkness.
Saturday, Sept. 28
College Football: Virginia at Notre Dame
NBC, 3:30pm Live
The Virginia Cavaliers are at Notre Dame Stadium for a Saturday afternoon college football clash with the Fighting Irish.
Trapped: The Alex Cooper Story
This film is based on the memoir Saving Alex and follows 15-year-old Alex (Addison Holley), who, after she revealed that she was gay, was sent by her devoutly Mormon parents to a conversion therapy home intended to cure her homosexuality. After facing horrible punishments and beatings, Alex realized that she needed to submit in order to survive. And when she was eventually allowed to attend school, she was put into contact with an attorney (Wilson Cruz), who later helped orchestrate her escape.
The Illustrated Man
REELZ Channel, 9pm
This hourlong documentary explores how celebrities and fashion icons have helped reimagine tattoos from their stereotypical associations with sailors and criminals into a celebration of mainstream pop culture, fashion trends, branding and social influence.
Saturday Night Live
NBC, 11:30pm Live
As the late-night institution begins its 45th season, Woody Harrelson (starring in the October theatrical release Zombieland: Double Tap) returns for his fourth appearance as host. He is joined by Billie Eilish, who is making her first appearance as musical guest in the wake of her bestselling debut studio album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?