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Friday, Sept. 10
Rise and Fall: The World Trade Center
Through a unique architectural and engineering lens, this two-hour documentary takes a chronological look at the conception, construction and destruction of the World Trade Center towers. Witness the evolution of this innovative sky-high complex from early designs to overcoming technical challenges to its heart-wrenching collapse. The film covers the first terrorist attack on the WTC during the 1993 bombing and unpacks, in vivid detail, a timeline of how and why the building fell after terrorists flew commercial airliners into them on 9/11.
Amazon Prime Video
This four-part docuseries offers a deep dive into the ups and downs of the notorious multilevel-marketing company LuLaRoe, known for its over-the-top leggings.
Amazon Prime Video
In this erotic thriller, when Pippa (Sydney Sweeney) and Thomas (Justice Smith) move into their dream apartment, they notice that their windows look directly into the apartment opposite — inviting them to witness the volatile relationship of the attractive couple across the street. But when they attempt to anonymously intercede in their lives, they unwittingly set in motion a chain of events that will lead to disaster.
Come From Away
This is a filmed version of the Tony-winning musical set in the immediate aftermath of the events of Sept. 11, 2001.
Shock Docs: “The Curse of Lizzie Borden”
In this new Shock Docs special, Dave Schrader and a team of other paranormal experts investigate whether a dark family curse led to the most infamous axe murders of all time. With new evidence that Lizzie Borden’s ghost resides in the house where the murders took place, the team conducts a séance to unearth the truth.
SparkShorts: “Twenty Something”
This short film from Pixar Animation Studios’ SparkShorts program is about the insecurities of “adulting” and how we all just fake it till we make it.
Feature Film Exclusive!
Director James Wan, architect of the Conjuring universe, returns to his horror roots with this film about a woman (Annabelle Wallis) who is paralyzed by shocking visions of grisly murders. Her torment worsens as she discovers that these waking dreams are, in fact, terrifying realities. The film also debuts in theaters today, and streams on HBO Max for 31 days from today.
Pretty Hard Cases
This fun and irreverent buddy-cop drama from Canada follows two radically different 40-something female detectives (Meredith MacNeill and Adrienne C. Moore) who team up to take down a drug-dealing Toronto street gang.
Magnolia Network on discovery+
Married duo Brooke and Brice Gilliam flip the script on traditional home renovation roles, and as more clients seek out their work, they take a leap of faith to launch a home remodeling business.
After she is poisoned, a ruthless assassin (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) has less than 24 hours to exact revenge on her enemies and in the process forms an unexpected bond with the daughter of one of her past victims. Woody Harrelson also stars.
In the sixth and final season of the popular drama, the devil himself, Lucifer (Tom Ellis), has become God … almost. Why is he hesitating? And as the world starts to unravel without a God, what will he do in response? Netflix advises fans to “bring tissues” for this bittersweet goodbye to Lucifer, Chloe (Lauren German), Amenadiel (D.B. Woodside), Maze (Lesley-Ann Brandt), Ella (Aimee Garcia), Linda (Rachael Harris) and Dan (Kevin Alejandro).
Metal Shop Masters
Sparks fly and tensions flare in this fierce and fiery six-episode competition between seven of America’s top welding legends, hosted by Jo Koy. These iron men and women race against the clock in challenging builds ranging from epic, one-of-a-kind grills to futuristic vehicles, all judged on both form and function.
Days of Our Lives: Beyond Salem
The first original Days of Our Lives special limited event series concludes as its fifth and final episode drops today.
9/11: The Legacy
More than 72 million children woke up the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, to what seemed like an ordinary Tuesday; by the end, eight had lost their lives and more than 3,000 had lost their parents. This poignant hourlong documentary shares extraordinary stories of resilience and healing from the children impacted on 9/11 — their lives and legacy 20 years later. It encapsulates the tragic event through these now young adults, who describe what they thought it meant then versus now, and how the experience altered their lives forever.
This original series marks the return of the globally renowned characters to television for the first time since the original series ended in 1989 and follows Papa Smurf, Smurfette, Brainy, Hefty, Clumsy and the other inhabitants of Smurf Village on all-new adventures, packed with humor, heart and high-stakes action. In the premiere episode, “Smurf-Fu,” when Smurfette rescues Brainy from a giant snake, the other Smurfs ask her to teach them “Smurf-Fu.”
Bury the Past
Alice was married to a deranged, abusive man — a police officer who was regarded as a pillar of the community but was secretly a monster. After Alice killed him in self-defense, and fearing her story would never be believed, she fled and went into hiding. But now an old police buddy of her dead husband is on her porch. He has tracked her down and wants money to keep silent. Stars Sarah Allen, Damon Runyan and Matt Wells.
Return of the Taliban: A Vice Special Report
This hourlong special looks at the current Taliban takeover in Afghanistan. Correspondents Hind Hassan, Ben Solomon, Seb Walker and Isobel Yeung report from the ground in Afghanistan and surrounding areas — including exclusive footage and interviews captured before and after the takeover — and provide a deeper look at the militant group that seized control of the country in 11 days, following the U.S. military withdrawal.
TCM, beginning at 8pm
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It’s a night of literal cult classics on TCM as the network airs four horror movies with stories involving groups of fanatical devotees to various sinister causes. First is The Seventh Victim (1943), one of the terrific supernatural-themed suspense films that Val Lewton produced in the 1940s and ’50s. Kim Hunter, in her film debut, plays a young woman who stumbles upon a secret cult of devil worshippers in Greenwich Village while searching for her missing sister. As with most of Lewton’s horror productions, this one very effectively relies largely on quieter, unseen psychological horror and a moody, shadowy ambiance versus outright shocking scenes, evidenced best in a creepy shower scene that anticipated Psycho by nearly 20 years. One director who mastered that sort of understated horror while working on some Lewton-produced classics was Jacques Tourneur, and he directed tonight’s next film, the superb Curse of the Demon (1957). Dana Andrews stars as an American psychologist who travels to England to investigate a satanic cult suspected in some deaths. The doctor’s skepticism about the existence of supernatural evil is put to the test when he finds himself targeted by a curse put upon him by the cult’s leader (a terrific Niall MacGinnis). Although a special effects-created demon was forcibly inserted into a few shots against Tourneur’s wishes, it doesn’t detract too much from the intensifying horror that viewers feel, along with the hero, as he races to stop the curse before its deadline arrives. The evening ends with two TCM premiere movies. In Cult of the Cobra (1955), servicemen returning home to the States after running afoul of an Asian snake cult that worships a cobra goddess begin experiencing mysterious “accidents.” Finally, Christopher Lee, Barbara Steele and Boris Karloff, in one of his final roles, lead The Crimson Cult (1968, aka Curse of the Crimson Altar), about an old witchcraft cult that is found to still be active.
Selling the Big Easy
New Orleans native and resident real estate expert Brittany Picolo-Ramos helps families find the house of their dreams by showing them high-end homes with the right amount of history and charm. She also helps clients stage and sell their homes for top dollar in the city’s vibrant real estate market.
This documentary unpacks the mysteries surrounding the young American man, John Walker Lindh, found on the battlefield in Afghanistan alongside the people who were supposed to be his enemy. The story reveals how society views the “enemy from within” and the shifting allegiances during the war on terror. Drawing on unique access to the world of intelligence and special operations, the film pieces together the defining yet barely remembered origin story of post-9/11 America. From the battlefield to the courtroom, it confronts the unresolved issues at the heart of Lindh’s case, including his role in the uprising that led to the first American casualty of the war in Afghanistan, CIA officer Johnny Micheal Spann.
The Hunt for Bin Laden
Smithsonian Channel, 9pm
In 2011, Osama bin Laden, the mastermind behind the 9/11 bombings, was killed by American special forces, marking an end to the longest, most expensive manhunt in American history. Witness the 20-year search for the most wanted man on Earth, as counter-terrorism experts in the White House, the CIA and the FBI divulge their firsthand accounts. This inside story reveals the presidential frustrations, missed opportunities and vicious turf wars that tainted the operation right up until the night Navy SEALs ended Bin Laden’s reign of terror.
These Woods Are Haunted
Travel Channel, 9pm
Enjoy more spooky episodes of the series that looks at paranormal incidents that reportedly took place in the woods or other wilderness locations.
SurrealEstate: “White Wedding”
Susan (Sarah Levy) works to keep a dream wedding from becoming a nightmare. Meanwhile, the Donovan House strikes back.
The Alaska Triangle
Travel Channel, 10pm
In tonight’s episode, “The Dark Pyramid and Violent Nature,” a top-secret government facility beneath the Alaskan wilderness may be hiding an extraterrestrial pyramid, and strange forces within the Alaska Triangle are making wildlife more aggressive toward humans.
Saturday, Sept. 11
Last Night of the Proms 2021
North American Exclusive Premiere!
This annual British music festival returns with audiences finally invited back to the Royal Albert Hall for a night of music and merriment. This year’s grand classic musical event will be conducted by Sakari Oramo, chief conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, who is scheduled to perform, in Last Night tradition.
ABC, CBS, ESPN, ESPN2, FOX, FS1 & NBC, beginning at 12pm Live
Highlights of Saturday’s college gridiron action include Pittsburgh at Tennessee (ESPN), Oregon at Ohio State (FOX), Tulsa at Oklahoma State (FS1), Florida at South Florida (ABC), Toledo at Notre Dame (NBC), UAB at Georgia (ESPN2), Texas A&M vs. Colorado in Denver (FOX), Air Force at Navy (CBS), Iowa at Iowa State (ABC), Texas at Arkansas (ESPN), Washington at Michigan (ABC), Utah at BYU (ESPN) and Stanford at USC (FOX).
Sweet Smell of Success
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Many films have taken hard looks at human greed, corruption and cruelty, but rarely have they been so viscerally presented as in this 1957 film noir masterpiece, director Alexander Mackendrick’s brutal and cynical look at Broadway’s underbelly. BAFTA Award nominee Tony Curtis stars as opportunistic and unprincipled press agent Sidney Falco, who enters into a power struggle with J.J. Hunsecker, an all-powerful, totally corrupt newspaper gossip columnist portrayed by Burt Lancaster. The two clash menacingly in the midst of a stylish Manhattan nightclub, as reputations are bought and sold and Falco’s whole life hangs in the balance. Along with the intense performances, the film’s masterfully structured script by Clifford Odets, Ernest Lehman and an uncredited Mackendrick (based on Lehman’s novella Tell Me About It Tomorrow!); its stunning neon cityscapes captured by cinematographer James Wong Howe; and a jazzy musical score by Elmer Bernstein and Chico Hamilton really bring audiences into the darker side of 1950s Manhattan.
2020 Tokyo Paralympics Games
NBC & Peacock, 3pm
Take a look back at great moments from the recently concluded 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games with this two-hour highlights show.
Tennis: US Open: Women’s Singles Final
ESPN, 4pm Live
The US Open’s two remaining women’s singles players compete for the title at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens, New York.
Major League Baseball: N.Y. Yankees at N.Y. Mets
FOX, 7:30pm Live
Aaron Judge and the N.Y. Yankees are at Citi Field for Game 2 of a three-game Subway Series against Pete Alonso and the N.Y. Mets.
NASCAR Cup Series: Federated Auto Parts 400 Salute to First Responders
NBCSN, 7:30pm Live
The .75-mile, D-shaped oval at Virginia’s Richmond Raceway is the site of this primetime race, the second of three races in the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs Round of 16.
9/11: Four Flights
Four flights — American 11, United 175, American 77 and United 93 — took off the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, unaware of the life-changing events to follow and the fate that would forever intertwine them. Through the powerful and personal narratives from family and friends, this two-hour documentary tells the riveting and emotional human stories of those aboard each doomed jetliner. Looking at all four flights for the first time in one program, the film unveils a saga of surprising connections, strange coincidences and detrimental decisions.
Great Performances: “Verdi’s Requiem: The Met Remembers 9/11”
PBS, 8pm Live
The Metropolitan Opera commemorates the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks with this special live performance of Giuseppe Verdi’s “Requiem,” the first concert at the Metropolitan Opera House since is closure in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Hosted by world-renowned ballerina Misty Copeland from the nearby site of the 9/11 Memorial & Museum, the special also includes footage from the archives of the museum as well as New York City’s Tribute in Light, a commemorative public art installation featuring two beams of light that reach up to 4 miles into the sky, echoing the shape and orientation of the Twin Towers, every year from dusk to dawn on the night of Sept. 11.
Say Yes to the Dress
LaQuesha wants two dresses fit for her royal highness, while Jessica is convinced she is too picky to even say yes to a dress at all. Plus, will Isabella’s final look come together just days before her wedding?
Hallmark Channel, 9pm
Country music fan Callie (Lauren Alaina) is determined to continue her late grandfather’s legacy. While TV director Luke (Tyler Hynes) is in town, he teaches her that sometimes it’s best to look forward instead of back.
Destination Fear: “Villisca Axe Murder House and Malvern Manor”
Travel Channel, 9pm
In an unprecedented move, Dakota takes the team to not one, but two locations — at the same time. Combined, it will make for an exploration of one of the most gruesome events in American history. A family was brutally murdered in the now-infamous Villisca Axe Murder House, and many believe that a dark and nefarious entity haunts the home. But it’s the seemingly paranormal connection to a hotel 40 miles away that has intrigued Dakota, and he and the team are the first to explore it.
9/11: I Was There
This is an intimate portrayal of the events of Sept. 11, 2001, captured by ordinary people who chose to pick up their video cameras on that day. Over two hours, previously unseen video and unheard audio — offered without interview or commentary — tells a unique story of their journey from confusion to comprehension, terror and relief.
Sunday, Sept. 12
90 Day: Bares All
In Season 2, host Shaun Robinson invites special guests to the set of 90 Day: Bares All, getting to the truth of hot topics and dramatic moments that have happened both on- and off-camera. Nothing is off limits and no stone will be left unturned, giving superfans the deepest, most intimate look ever at all the stories, drama and secrets behind the 90 Day franchise.
2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games
Relive some of the most thrilling moments from the recently concluded 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games in this 90-minute taped-highlights show.
Tennis: US Open: Men’s Singles Final
ESPN, 4pm Live
The US Open men’s singles final is decided today at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens, New York.
Love in Translation
Linguistics Ph.D. student Julie (Michelle Argyris) can speak almost every language, and she is a big believer that languages are best learned when doing fun activities like taking a painting class, hiking or visiting a museum. Things turn upside down for Julie, however, when handsome Dan (Corey Sevier), the curator at the museum she dreams of working at, contacts her to get some French classes, and is all about doing it the fun way. As Julie and Dan get into all the fun activities that Julie usually plans for her students, sparks soon fly.
Celebrity Family Feud
In this hilarious new episode, actors Fran Drescher and Charles Shaughnessy from the beloved Nanny series reunite and battle it out for their chosen charities. In the next game, country music star Jessie James Decker, her husband, Eric Decker, and their family take on NBA basketball star Chris Bosh and his family and friends.
The Masked Singer & Alter Ego Sneak Peek
This special reveals the final costume for the upcoming sixth season of The Masked Singer. Plus, Alter Ego’s Nick Lachey shows viewers how motion-capture technology transforms singers into their dream characters for the new competition series.
Oscar-winning director Barbara Kopple’s (Harlan County U.S.A.) documentary feature tells the story of the United States’ failed attempt at rescuing American hostages being held at the American embassy in Tehran, Iran, in 1980. The film features interviews with senior members of President Jimmy Carter’s administration, including Carter and late Vice President Walter Mondale, as well as journalist Ted Koppel, former hostages, members of the Delta Force team involved in the rescue attempt, and Iranian hostage-takers and witnesses.
MTV Video Music Awards
MTV & The CW, 8pm Live
The always-entertaining awards show airs live from the Barclays Center in New York City, with nominees such as Lil Nas X, The Weeknd, Doja Cat, Cardi B, Megan Thee Stallion and more.
Lucy Worsley’s Royal Myths & Secrets
In tonight’s episode, “The Romanovs & the Russian Revolution,” host Lucy Worsley explores the real story of the revolution that swept the Russian czar from power in 1917. Contrary to the common belief that it was only Lenin and the Bolsheviks who took down the czar in October 1917, followed by the birth of communism, Worsley reveals that a group of women workers actually started the revolution in February of that year. She also looks at how the Romanov family has made a remarkable comeback in recent decades, with the czar and his family now venerated as martyrs, and the revolution and Lenin more marginalized.
A small startup hires a young male intern. When he starts staying late to help a new female project manager, they have a one-night stand. Embarrassed by the incident, she apologizes and breaks things off quickly, but the intern isn’t ready to let go and stalks her day and night. Worried the incident may get her fired, she keeps it quiet for a while, but the danger level increases and hits a deadly boiling point when she gets a new boyfriend. Stars Emmanuelle Vaugier, Madison Smith, Eva Day, Jason Tremblay and Erika Bruci.
Star of the Month: Paul Robeson
TCM, beginning at 8pm
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Three more films starring acclaimed actor and singer Paul Robeson continue Turner Classic Movies’ Sunday night Star of the Month celebration tonight. Robeson’s legendary bass-baritone singing voice is on display in the first film, Show Boat (1936), the second film adaptation of Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II’s 1927 stage musical, itself based on Edna Ferber’s 1926 novel. Robeson isn’t a lead here, but he does give a definitive rendition of the song “Ol’ Man River,” delivering it with a world-weary yet determined beauty despite the ugliness of the composition’s sometimes racist lyrics (the film has other racist elements in it, as well, including a blackface number). Robeson also sings, with costars Hattie McDaniel and Helen Morgan, another famous Show Boat number, “Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man” (a song that is problematic in its own right). The next film, Sanders of the River (1935), takes Robeson from Show Boat’s Mississippi River backdrop to an African river-set story, with the actor playing a literate and educated tribal chief in colonial Nigeria who is an ally to a white colonial district commissioner. The drama may be worth seeing for Robeson’s performance, but if the actor had had his way, it wouldn’t be seen in its current incarnation at all. Upon learning that the film’s message had been changed during editing — with a message now seeming to support continued colonial rule in Africa and with his character changed from a proud leader to a servile lackey of the colonial administration — a furious Robeson attempted to buy back all prints of the film to prevent it from being shown, but was unsuccessful. Tonight’s last Robeson film — which again shows off his singing as well as his acting — is the TCM premiere of the 1937 British musical drama Big Fella. Based on Harlem Renaissance writer Claude McKay’s novel Banjo, it stars Robeson as Banjo, a streetwise and honest dockworker in Marseilles who struggles with issues of integrity and human values.
NFL Football: Chicago at L.A. Rams
NBC, 8:20pm Live
Khalil Mack and the Chicago Bears are on the road in Week 1 to take on Aaron Donald and the L.A. Rams at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California.
Fantasy Island: “The Big Five Oh”
Airing on a special night, the new episode “The Big Five Oh” features a Melrose Place reunion as Laura Leighton, Josie Bissett and Daphne Zuniga guest-star as friends who come to the island to celebrate their 50th birthdays, but their fantasies expose cracks in their relationship.
The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City
Returning for Season 2 are housewives Lisa Barlow, Mary Cosby, Heather Gay, Meredith Marks, Whitney Rose and Jen Shah. The ladies are joined by new housewife Jennie Nguyen.
Scenes From a Marriage
Adapted from Ingmar Bergman’s 1973 Swedish classic, developed, written and directed by Hagai Levi (HBO’s In Treatment). Starring Oscar Isaac (HBO’s Show Me a Hero) and Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty), it reexamines the show’s iconic depiction of love, hatred, desire, monogamy, marriage and divorce through the lens of a contemporary American couple.
Redemption in Cherry Springs
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 9pm
After a fallout from a story, reporter Melanie (Rochelle Aytes) goes home to Cherry Springs for a break. When a friend disappears, she uses her skills to get to the truth, to the local detective’s (Keith Robinson) dismay.
The dark-humored drama concludes with back-to-back episodes tonight. In Episode 3, suspicions fly between Jake (Jamie Sives), Angie (Ruth Bradley), Max (Mark Bonnar) and Sheila (Ellie Haddington). Who is hiding what? Then, in Episode 4, the series finale, as the coverup verges on collapse, Max tries a desperate gamble.
Chapelwaite: “Legacy of Madness”
Charles (Adrien Brody) continues to hear rats behind the walls, despite assurances there are none. His search for answers leads to an insane asylum where his worst fears are realized.
Jeff Daniels plays a complicated chief of police in a Pennsylvania Rust Belt town, where he lets his love for a local woman (Maura Tierney) compromise his line of duty. Based on Philipp Meyer’s celebrated novel, it’s this season’s most compelling new thinker.
Countdown Bin Laden
FOX News Channel, 10pm
FOX News Sunday anchor Chris Wallace presents this special program of how U.S. intelligence operatives located and tracked al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden. On Aug. 27, 2010, three CIA officers met with Director Leon Panetta about a courier with deep al-Qaida ties and a connection to a mysterious three-story compound at the end of a dead-end street in Abbottabad, Pakistan. Wallace takes viewers through the 247-day countdown from that meeting until bin Laden is killed. The special is also available to stream on FOX Nation beginning Sunday.
Monday, Sept. 13
In this British comedy/drama, Keeley Hawes plays Alice, whose partner of 20 years, Harry (Jason Merrells), dies after falling down the stairs when they move into their newly finished dream home. Harry designed the house, so it’s weird, wonderful and impractical, and one more disorientation for Alice. She discovers there was a darker side to Harry, and his sudden and accidental death kicks up a storm of secrets, debt, suspicion and criminality that Alice is forced to confront in order to survive. All six episodes are available today.
Y: The Last Man
FX on Hulu
This drama series based off of the graphic novel series by Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra introduces a world where every mammal with a Y chromosome is mysteriously killed in a major world event — except for one man and his pet monkey. The series follows the survivors as they try to figure out what happened and create a better world. The cast includes Diane Lane, Ben Schnetzer, Amber Tamblyn, Olivia Thirlby, Ashley Romans, Elliot Fletcher and Juliana Canfield. The first two episodes are available today; subsequent new episodes are available Mondays.
This 2-D-animated children’s show explores the world through the eyes of a hilarious and unpredictable 7-year-old Ellen DeGeneres.
The Emmy-nominated daytime talk show hosted by psychologist and lifestyle strategist Dr. Phil McGraw returns for Season 20.
The Drew Barrymore Show
Season 2 of Drew Barrymore’s daytime show kicks off with the host taking the show on the road to her hometown of Hollywood for Part 1 of a two-week-long premiere event celebrating hometown pride. The show will film outside on the Paramount lot with a live studio audience. The premiere event then continues when Barrymore heads back to her new hometown of New York City to celebrate everything the five boroughs have to offer. Also featured will be viewers who share their hometown pride of what makes their communities so special and unique.
Jerry Springer returns to preside over a third season of his daytime show in which “Judge” Springer rules on all-new outrageous court cases. When the show was first renewed for Season 3 earlier this year, executive producer Kerry Shannon promised that “we’re bringing story-driven cases and outrageous characters that our audiences will love to court this season.”
The Kelly Clarkson Show
Kelly Clarkson’s Daytime Emmy-winning show is back for Season 3, welcoming the return of a live in-person audience and guest panel. The show is filming on location for a week in New York City before returning to its home base at Universal Studios Hollywood. The premiere week features the show’s signature panel of celebrity guests and everyday heroes doing extraordinary things in their communities. Star-studded surprises and new signature show segments include Kelly showing up to visit unsuspecting past guests, such as entrepreneurs who were featured on the show during the pandemic and invited her to stop by. Clarkson will also honor Good Samaritans who are making a positive impact on their communities.
In this arbitration-based reality court show, Judge Rhonda Wills oversees family disputes. Her goal is to resolve litigants’ legal complaints and to work toward bringing families back together in the process. Relative Justice is the first nationally syndicated TV show to be taped in Kentucky.
Hell’s Kitchen: Young Guns
In tonight’s two-episode Season 20 finale, the two remaining chefs compete in their final dinner service, after which the last chef standing will win the grand prize title of head chef at Gordon Ramsay Steak at Paris Las Vegas.
American Ninja Warrior: “National Finals 3”
The National Finals conclude in Las Vegas as the remaining competitors move on to Stage 2 and beyond for their chance to win $1 million and become the next American Ninja Warrior.
Newman in the ’60s
TCM, beginning at 8pm
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As legendary actor Paul Newman became more solidified as a bankable big-screen presence in the 1960s, so too did his status as an epitome of masculine cool in the eyes of many filmgoers. You can see some of that on display in tonight’s four-film selection of Newman classics from the early ’60s on Turner Classic Movies. The lineup begins with his iconic, Best Actor Oscar-nominated portrayal of pool shark “Fast” Eddie Felson in the Best Picture Oscar-nominated 1961 drama The Hustler. Next, Newman leads the cast of the 1960 epic Exodus, based on Leon Uris’ novel and chronicling the founding of the state of Israel. Then, Newman plays a drifter alongside Best Actress Oscar nominee Geraldine Page as a faded movie star in the 1962 drama Sweet Bird of Youth, based on Tennessee Williams’ 1959 play. The evening concludes with a fairly deep cut from Newman’s work — the 1964 Western The Outrage, which is a remake of Akira Kurosawa’s 1950 classic Rashomon. Laurence Harvey, Claire Bloom, Edward G. Robinson and William Shatner in an early role also star.
NFL Football: Baltimore at Las Vegas
ABC & ESPN, 8:15pm Live
The regular-season premiere of Monday Night Football has Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas to face Derek Carr and the Raiders.
Halloween Baking Championship
Food Network, 9pm
This season pays tribute to 1980s classic slasher movies, kicking off with host John Henson welcoming the competitors to Camp Devil’s Food Lake, where only their baking skills will help them survive. Each week the bakers must create killer cakes, creepy cupcakes and more to showcase their skills in challenges that pay homage to quintessential horror films. Judges Stephanie Boswell, Carla Hall and Zac Young determine whose devilishly delicious desserts earn $25,000 and the title of Halloween Baking Champion!
American Experience: “Sandra Day O’Connor: The First”
Discover the story of the Supreme Court’s first female justice, Sandra Day O’Connor. A pioneer who both reflected and shaped an era, she was the deciding vote in cases on some of the 20th century’s most controversial issues — including race, gender and reproductive rights.
Season 1 of this series that cracks open the case files of master thieves and the investigators who doggedly pursue them concludes.
The Wall: “Ted and Hayden”
Ted, a youth-sports coach, and Hayden, who is in sales, are a father and son from Akron, Ohio, who have hopes of walking away with millions.
Back to Life
Miri (Daisy Haggard) continues to reconcile with her past while trying to assimilate and make a new life for herself post-incarceration.
Ultra City Smiths
This new stop-motion animated comedy — in which the characters are all baby dolls — is set in sleazy Ultra City. Rookie detective David Mills (voice of Jimmi Simpson) and partner Gail Johnson (voice of Da’Vine Joy Randolph) must cut through the corruption, crime, prostitutes and youth gang turf wars to find mayoral candidate Carpenter K. Smith (voice of Kurtwood Smith), the “Last Bright Hope” for the city. The six-part series debuts with the first two episodes tonight.
The Daily Show With Trevor Noah
Comedy Central, 11pm
The Daily Show unveils a brand-new look and feel when it returns tonight.
Tuesday, Sept. 14
Jack Whitehall: Travels With My Father
In Season 5 of this British series, jovial comic Jack Whitehall and his stuffy father, Michael, take unusual and amusing trips to foreign lands in an attempt to strengthen their bond.
You vs. Wild: Out Cold
In this standalone interactive adventure, after a plane crash leaves Bear Grylls with amnesia, he must make choices to save the missing pilot and survive.
Major League Baseball: Cleveland at Minnesota
FS1, 7:30pm Live
Jorge Polanco and the Minnesota Twins host Jose Ramirez and the Cleveland Indians in Game 2 of a three-game set at Target Field in Minneapolis.
In the Season 2 finale episode “Master Build — Day & Night,” the three remaining teams are given the freedom to build anything their minds can envision. The twist is that the build needs to have different looks for day and night. The winning duo gets $100,000, the LEGO trophy and the title of LEGO Masters.
America’s Got Talent: “Finale”
NBC, 8pm Live
As Season 16 of the talent competition nears its end, finalists compete for the judges, with results determined live tomorrow night.
Back on Campus
TCM, beginning at 8pm
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It’s back to school for many this month, including the characters in tonight’s lineup of Turner Classic Movies films set in the world of education. First on the syllabus is The Paper Chase (1973), a comedy/drama about a first-year student (Timothy Bottoms) at Harvard Law School. John Houseman won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for what remains his most recognizable role, as Professor Charles W. Kingsfield Jr., a character he reprised for four seasons when The Paper Chase was adapted into a TV series starting in 1978. Next, June Allyson and Peter Lawford star in Good News, a 1947 musical set at a fictional college, with Lawford as the school’s football star who falls for a student (Allyson) from a poor background. Following that, and making its TCM premiere, is the 1970 comedy/drama Getting Straight, which is centered upon student politics at a university. Elliott Gould, Candice Bergen, Jeff Corey and Harrison Ford in an early role star. The Affairs of Dobie Gillis, a 1953 musical comedy, stars Bobby Van, Debbie Reynolds and Bob Fosse (making his movie acting debut) in a song-filled story set at a fictional Midwestern university. Finally, Robert Taylor plays the titular character in A Yank at Oxford (1938); he’s a cocky American athlete who receives a scholarship to go across the pond and attend Oxford University. Lionel Barrymore, Maureen O’Sullivan and Vivien Leigh also star.
Season 2 of Tyler Perry’s drama about a first family comes to an end tonight.
Supergirl: “Mxy in the Middle”
The CW, 9pm
Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) and team must stop Nyxly (Peta Sergeant) from vanquishing a familiar face from Supergirl’s past — Mr. Mxyzptlk (guest star Thomas Lennon). Mxy returns and explains Nyxly’s dark history to the super team in the best way he knows how — in song form. Meanwhile, Lena (Katie McGrath) visits her mother’s birthplace in Ireland, eager to dig into her past, but is shocked by the small town’s icy reception toward her.
Fantasy Island: “The Romance & the Bromance”
In the new episode “The Romance & the Bromance,” a bookworm goes back in time to meet her favorite author, and a competitive survivalist is faced with an ultimate challenge for which he isn’t trained.
Good Bones: “Eclectic Artistry in Garfield Park”
Garfield Park is a haven for artists, so Mina Starsiak Hawk and Karen E Laine think it’s the perfect place for an art-filled renovation. Between the house’s nightmarish texture and their tight budget, they’ll need some creativity to turn this home into an eclectic dreamscape.
My Big Fat Fabulous Life
Whitney and her friends begin to doubt the Frenchman’s intentions after a shocking revelation at the big girls’ retreat forces her to acknowledge the similarities between him and a man in her past. She must decide if she will give him a chance or not.
In this thriller, an entitled and racist white woman (Taryn Manning) pulls out all the stops to rid her neighborhood of a peaceful Black couple (Cory Hardrict and Jasmine Burke) who just moved in next door. Gregory Alan Williams, Lorenzo Cromwell and V. Bozeman also star.
Family Game Fight!: “The Sanchez Family vs. the Chow Family”
Hosts Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard are “adopted” into a family of four to compete in a series of fun-filled and larger-than-life games. The competing families play Pie Rollers, Sound Bites, Between the Sheets, Air Heads and Brain Freeze. The winning family moves on to play Spin Cycle for a chance to win $100,000.
Miracle Workers: Oregon Trail
Season 3 of the Daniel Radcliffe and Steve Buscemi comedy comes to the end of its trail tonight.
Wednesday, Sept. 15
In Season 6, home bakers with a terrible track record take a crack at re-creating edible masterpieces for a cash prize.
With the full support of Michael Schumacher’s family, this film about the legendary Formula One racecar driver features rare interviews and previously undisclosed footage to draw a sensitive yet critical portrait of the seven-time world champion.
Too Hot to Handle: Latino
In this reality series, a group of singles from across Latin America and Spain are challenged to give up sex for a chance to win $100,000 in U.S. dollars. The first three episodes are available today.
Press Your Luck
In “May the Odds Be Ever in Your Favor,” host Elizabeth Banks is joined by contestants Tracy Brown (hometown: Oakland, California), Lee Paschen (Edwards Air Force Base, California) and Debbie Weiser (Los Angeles).
The MasterChef: Legends season concludes with a two-episode finale tonight. Chef Curtis Stone returns as a guest judge for the semifinals as three chefs battle in the appetizer round. Chef Michael Cimarusti is the guest judge as the two finalists compete for the title with entrée and dessert dishes.
Family Game Fight!: “The Alongi Family vs. the Lam Family”
Hosts Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard are “adopted” into a family of four to compete in a series of fun-filled and larger-than-life games. The competing families play Pie Rollers, Fruit Flies, Taste Buds, Deep Dish Dash and Brain Freeze. The winning family moves on to play Spin Cycle for a chance to win $100,000.
First Day of Hispanic Heritage Month Movie Marathon
TCM, beginning at 8pm
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Turner Classic Movies kicks off Hispanic Heritage Month, which takes place Sept. 15-Oct. 15, with five films this evening that feature notable stars with Hispanic backgrounds. The lineup includes the 1945 war film Back to Bataan (starring Anthony Quinn; of Mexican descent, Quinn was born Manuel Antonio Rodolfo Quinn Oaxaca); the 1941 romantic comedy The Strawberry Blonde (starring Rita Hayworth; born Margarita Carmen Cansino, Hayworth was half Spanish from her father’s side); the 1949 crime drama Intruder in the Dust (starring Juano Hernández, a Black Hispanic man who was born in San Juan to a Puerto Rican father and Brazilian mother); the 1940 comedy/drama Susan and God (starring Hayworth); and the 1947 drama Tycoon (starring Quinn).
The $100,000 Pyramid
This week, it’s Mario Cantone vs. Laura Benanti and Joe Tessitore vs. Bridget Everett.
Danny “The Count” Koker and the crew at his car shop are back for Season 10. In the season premiere episode, “Alice Cooper Returns,” the rock icon — who left his prized 1963 Studebaker Avanti in the hands of the Count’s Kustoms crew to receive their special treatment — comes back for the reveal. Will he like the epic upgrade?
America’s Got Talent: “Finale Results”
NBC, 9pm Live
Based on last night’s performances, the winner of the talent competition’s 16th season will be determined.
NOVA: “Bat Superpowers”
Bats have been implicated in deadly epidemics like COVID-19 and Ebola, yet scientists are discovering evidence that these creatures may hold a key to a longer and healthier life. From caves in Thailand and Texas to labs around the globe, NOVA meets the experts who are decoding the superpowers of the bat.
Court will be dismissed after tonight’s episode of the series that finds experts ruling on a wide range of financial disputes concludes its first season. Shark Tank investor Kevin O’Leary, veteran trial attorney Katie Phang and former judge Ada Pozo preside over the cases.
Counting Cars: Under the Hood
Danny “The Count” Koker and his crew as seen in Counting Cars also headline this spinoff series. In the premiere, “Corvette Kings,” Corvettes take center stage when the team spots one of Danny’s favorite cars on the road. Will Danny and his crew be able to make a deal on these classic beauties? This is followed by another half-hour episode, “Cadillac Men,” in which the crew is tasked with restoring two Cadillacs — a 1962 Caddy and a 1969 deVille. But will the high price of bringing these classics back to life be too much for the guys to handle?
Future of Work: “Changing Work, Changing Workers”
Do businesses need offices? Is a 9-5 workday valid? Does the nation need a drastic rethinking of the social safety nets? As jobs change, does America face a “post-work” era, or will it see increased inequalities in how we make our livings?
Marvin Gaye: Life, Death & Money
Singer-songwriter Marvin Gaye had a golden voice that brought him fame and fortune, but his shocking murder by his own father revealed an estate in disarray, as Gaye died without a will and $9 million in debt. This special looks at Gaye’s career as well as the multimillion-dollar fight his family waged after his death that would make music copyright history.
TV Land, 10pm
The comedy about Liza Miller (Sutton Foster), a talented editor who lied about her age to land her dream job, wraps up after seven seasons with the series finale episode “Older.”
Thursday, Sept. 16
Tiny Food Fight
Comedian and social media star Mamrie Hart hosts the world’s biggest tiny food competition as three talented cooks compete in tiny food-themed challenges where they must pack the most flavor into a single bite of food using miniature appliances and utensils. Chef Darnell Ferguson serves as the lead judge, reviewing dishes based on creativity, taste, presentation and how well the dish fits the theme. The contestant with the best small bites in both rounds will walk away with a tiny trophy and a tiny $5,000 check.
FX on Hulu
Created and hosted by B.J. Novak, this five-episode comedy series uses humor to deal with the major issues of the modern era. It features a massive group of actors and collaborators, including Tracee Ellis Ross, Ben Platt, Daniel Dae Kim, Lola Kirke, Lucas Hedges, Kaitlyn Dever, Jon Bernthal, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Ed Asner, George Wallace, Boyd Holbrook, Beau Bridges and more. The first two episodes are available today; subsequent new episodes are available Thursdays.
The Harper House
This 10-episode adult animated comedy follows an overconfident female head of a household as she struggles to regain a higher status for herself and for her family of oddballs after losing her job and moving from the rich side to the poor side of a small town in Arkansas. To save money, they’ve moved into their inherited Victorian fixer-upper. The voice cast features Rhea Seehorn, Jason Lee, Tatiana Maslany, Ryan Flynn, Gabourey Sidibe, Gary Anthony Williams, Nyima Funk, VyVy Nguyen and Lance Krall. All episodes are available today.
This home renovation series empowers kids to take charge of their family’s backyard to rebuild it and create an awesome new space for the entire family. They have to balance the fun of their imaginations with the responsibility of their family’s needs, with the design 100% up to the kids. Jonathan Kidder and outdoor design expert Sana Garner host. All 11 episodes are available today.
Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol
Based on author Dan Brown’s bestselling novel of the same name, this dramatic thriller that was originally developed for NBC follows the early adventures of young Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon (introduced in Brown’s novel Angels & Demons, portrayed here by Ashley Zukerman), who must solve a series of deadly puzzles to save his kidnapped mentor and thwart a chilling global conspiracy. Ron Howard, who directed the feature-film versions of Angels & Demons and another of Brown’s Langdon novels, The Da Vinci Code, is an executive producer here. Valorie Curry, Sumalee Montano, Rick Gonzalez, Eddie Izzard and Beau Knapp also star. Episodes are available Thursdays.
Cheyenne & Lola
U.S. Premiere Series!
This dramedy/modern-day Western series from France focuses on the titular female characters, who ripen into a ruthless duo after 30-something ex-con Cheyenne (Veerle Baetens) witnesses 20-something Lola (Charlotte Le Bon) killing her lover’s wife. With this murder tying their fates together, the two women find themselves dragged into a threatening game of fraud and betrayal. All eight episodes are available today.
Coroner: “Back to the Future”
The CW, 8pm
After a gruesome discovery at a body farm, Jenny (Serinda Swan) and Donovan (Roger Cross) unearth a small town’s tragic secrets. Meanwhile, Gordon (Nicholas Campbell) continues to court a mysterious woman, and River (Kiley May) finds an admirer.
TCM Spotlight: The Greatest Stories Ever Rolled
TCM, beginning at 8pm
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Turner Classic Movies laces up the skates once again for another evening of films featuring roller-skating in some way. First, in the 1955 musical It’s Always Fair Weather, after evading gangsters by dashing into a roller-skating rink, Gene Kelly’s main character skates out onto the streets of Manhattan, then dances in the skates as he sings the tune “I Like Myself” in what some fans consider to be the last great solo dance of Kelly’s film career. Donald O’Connor has a memorable “roll” himself in the next film, the 1953 musical I Love Melvin, which features a scene in which he tap dances while wearing roller skates. Following that is Funny Girl, the 1968 musical biopic of actress/comedian Fanny Brice (portrayed by Best Actress Oscar winner Barbra Streisand). At one point, Brice’s early efforts to get into show business find her getting a part in a vaudeville roller-skating act, and the scene features her singing “Roller Skate Rag” while in her skates. Finishing the evening very late is Unholy Rollers, a 1972 action comedy from American International Pictures, whose films during that era may have been low in budget, but were usually high in fun. Former Playboy model Claudia Jennings stars as a woman who enters the cutthroat world of roller derby.
NFL Football: N.Y. Giants at Washington
NFL Network, 8:20pm Live
The N.Y. Giants visit FedExField in Landover, Maryland, for an NFC East rivalry game against the Washington Football Team on NFL Network’s Thursday Night Football.
After eight seasons across two networks, the acclaimed Andy Samberg-led cop comedy comes to an end with the hourlong episode “The Last Day.”
Flipping 101 With Tarek El Moussa: “Gambling With the Rules”
Tarek El Moussa will help a couple of Las Vegas flippers tackle the high-end L.A. housing market. Accustomed to less complicated makeovers, the team learns their flip needs major work to bring it up to snuff for L.A. home buyers. Meanwhile, Tarek and Heather find a great house with a beach view, but it will require significant changes to turn it into their ultimate dream home.
Little Women: Atlanta: “What Would Minnie Do?”
Monie struggles with a big proposal from Morlin; Abira puts her relationship with Bumpman to the test; Amanda shifts her focus onto starting a family; and Tamera offers Andrea an exciting career opportunity.
The Hustler: “Who’s Twitchy Here?”
Five new competitors join host Craig Ferguson in this mind-bending and enigmatic game show where the MTV Movie Awards, superglue and actor John Hamm are all clues to discovering the identity of the Hustler.
What We Do in the Shadows: “The Casino”
In the new episode “The Casino,” the vampires take a road trip to Atlantic City, a voyage from which they may never return.
In Season 3, Chief Terry McConky (Kevin Heffernan), Capt. Eddie Penisi (Steve Lemme) and the whole Station 24 crew deal with quarantines, prank wars, the annual pickleball tournament and upgrades to the station.
Dark Side of the ’90s
In the final episode, “Internet 1.0: Don’t Believe the Hype,” explore how the surge of internet-exclusive companies captured the dreams and greed of American investors.
Friday, Sept. 17
Do, Re & Mi
Amazon Prime Video & Amazon Kids+
This animated series for preschoolers centers on the musical adventures of three best birdie buddies voiced by Kristen Bell, Jackie Tohn and Luke Youngblood, with Bell and Tohn also executive producers. Featuring delightful escapades and toe-tapping original songs spanning multiple genres, the series takes little ones on a journey where they will discover new sounds and melodies, move to the beat and see how music helps solve every problem.
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie
Amazon Prime Video
Feature Film Exclusive!
Inspired by true events, this film, which was originally scheduled for theatrical release, is an adaptation of the award-winning hit musical from London’s West End. It follows Jamie New (Max Harwood), a teenager in a blue-collar English town with a dream of a life onstage. While his classmates plan their livelihoods after graduation, Jamie contemplates revealing his secret career ambition to be a fabulous and proud drag queen.
The Mad Women’s Ball
Amazon Prime Video
Feature Film Exclusive!
This French thriller based on the novel Le Bal des folles by Victoria Mas is cowritten and directed by, and stars, Mélanie Laurent (Inglourious Basterds). Set near the end of the 19th century, it tells the story of young, radiant and passionate Eugénie (Lou de Laâge), who discovers that she has the special power to hear the dead. After her family discovers her secret, she is forced into a Paris clinic run by pioneer in neurology Dr. Charcot (Grégoire Bonnet), where women diagnosed with hysteria, “craziness,” egomania, epilepsy and other types of mental or physical diseases are committed. Her destiny becomes entwined with that of Geneviève (Laurent), a nurse at the hospital whose life is passing her by. Their encounter will change both their futures as they prepare for the annual “Bal des folles” organized by Dr. Charcot at the hospital.
Uprising/Black Power: A British Story of Resistance/Subnormal: A British Scandal
Amazon Prime Video
Three new documentaries executive-produced, and in one instance codirected, by Oscar-winning filmmaker Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave) are available on Amazon today. Uprising, directed by McQueen and James Rogan, is comprised of three hourlong episodes and examines three intertwining 1981 events impacting race relations in the United Kingdom: the New Cross Fire that killed 13 Black youths; the Black People’s Day of Action, the first organized mass protest by Black British people; and the Brixton riots. Black Power: A British Story of Resistance, directed by George Amponsah, is a searing 90-minute account of the Black Power movement in Britain. Subnormal: A British Scandal, directed by Lyttanya Shannon, is an hourlong look at one of the biggest scandals in the history of British education, where Black children in the 1960s and ’70s were disproportionately sent to schools for the so-called “educationally subnormal.”
The Morning Show
Picking up after the explosive events of Season 1, the new season finds the Morning Show team emerging from the wreckage of Alex (Jennifer Aniston) and Bradley’s (Reese Witherspoon) actions. Returning cast members also include Steve Carell, Billy Crudup, Marcia Gay Harden and others. New this season are Julianna Margulies as Laura Peterson, a UBA news anchor; Holland Taylor as Cybil Richards, the savvy chairwoman of the UBA board; Greta Lee as Stella Bak, a tech world wunderkind who has joined the UBA executive team; Ruairi O’Connor as Ty Fitzgerald, a smart and charismatic YouTube star; Hasan Minhaj as Eric Nomani, a new member of the Morning Show team; Tara Karsian as Gayle Berman, a news producer; and Valeria Golino as Paola Lambruschini, a documentary filmmaker.
The short film from Pixar Animation Studios’ SparkShorts program introduces the title character, a grandmother caught between trying to watch her favorite wrestling show while also trying to watch her 5-year-old granddaughter.
Feature Film Exclusive!
Director/producer Clint Eastwood also stars in this uplifting drama based on the book of the same name. Eastwood plays a one-time rodeo star and washed-up horse breeder who, in 1979, takes a challenging journey during which the world-weary horseman finds unexpected connections and his own redemption. The film is also releasing in theaters today, and it will stream for 31 days on HBO Max’s $14.99 per month Ad-Free plan.
Chicago Party Aunt
Chris Witaske adapts his popular Twitter account into this half-hour adult animated comedy that follows Diane Dunbrowski (voice of Lauren Ash), aka the Chicago Party Aunt, as she stays true to her mantra, “If life gives you lemons, turn that @#$% into Mike’s Hard Lemonade.” Rory O’Malley, RuPaul Charles, Jill Talley, Ike Barinholtz, Jon Barinholtz, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Katie Rich and Witaske are also among the voice cast.
The teen comedy/drama about a socially awkward high school student (Asa Butterfield) who lives with his sex therapist mother (Gillian Anderson) returns for Season 3. The series reportedly picks up after a bit of a time jump following events of the Season 2 finale. Jemima Kirke joins the cast, playing the school’s new headmistress.
ESPN & FS1, beginning at 7:30pm Live
The UCF Knights are at the Louisville Cardinals on ESPN, and a Big Ten matchup on FS1 has the Maryland Terrapins at the Illinois Fighting Illini.
Burden of Truth: “Standing by Peaceful Waters”
The CW, 8pm
With her legal career seemingly over, Joanna (Kristin Kreuk) begins to chart a new path for the future. Billy (Peter Mooney) gets some unexpected help in his pursuit of a new client. With Dee’s (Victoria Turko) legal case at a dead end, Luna (Star Slade) is unsure where to turn.
My Husband’s Secret Brother
Jackie, the heiress to her husband’s fortune after his death, finally finds love again with a plastic surgeon, Kevin. As tragedy continues to strike around her, secrets about Kevin and her late husband’s family nefariously come to light, placing Jackie and her daughter in fear for their lives, and casting doubt on who Kevin claims to be. Stars Samantha Cope, Matthew Lawrence, Charleston Lawrence, Andrew Lawrence, Adrienne Thomas, Jolene Kim, Jennifer Taylor, Robert Davi and Joey Lawrence.
Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team
With more auditions and contestants than ever before, the competition is stiff and the pressure remains at an all-time high as the candidates work to perfect new technically challenging routines to impress longtime coaches Kelli Finglass (director of cheerleading) and Judy Trammell (DCC head choreographer) to earn an esteemed spot on the field.
Cash in the Attic
In the first of two back-to-back episodes, a husband and wife with dreams of decluttering and renovating the family home they’ve acquired is overwhelmed with the collectibles that fill each room. Courtney Tezeno and an expert appraiser will need to sort through and sell some of the items so the couple can start restoring the house and bringing it back to life.
Great Performances: “The Red Shoes”
Experience Hans Christian Andersen’s dark fairy tale from acclaimed director/choreographer Matthew Bourne with this Olivier Award-winning stage adaptation starring Ashley Shaw, Adam Cooper, Dominic North and Michela Meazza.
Tha God’s Honest Truth With Lenard “Charlamagne” McKelvey
Comedy Central, 10pm
This weekly late-night series features Lenard “Charlamagne Tha God” McKelvey’s culturally fluent take on social issues in a variety of deep dives, sketches and social experiments that deftly unpack the most pressing topics permeating politics and culture. Redemptively comedic, refreshingly unfiltered and unapologetically Black, nothing is off limits.
The Proof Is Out There
The investigative series returns with host Tony Harris analyzing the most jaw-dropping and significant UFO footage of the last 70 years — like that 2019 U.S. Navy encounter.
In the Season 1 finale, “The House Always Wins,” the Donovan House confronts Luke (Tim Rozon) and the team with their deepest losses and greatest regrets.
TCM, 12:15am (late-night)
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Director John Huston’s 1961 drama was the final completed film for Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe, who both delivered some of their finest performances in a story written by Monroe’s then-husband, playwright Arthur Miller (the couple’s disintegrating marriage during filming did add to some of the production’s headaches). Monroe plays divorced and disillusioned Roslyn Tabor, who befriends a group of “misfits” in northern Nevada, including an aging cowboy (Gable), a heartbroken mechanic (Eli Wallach) and a worn-out rodeo rider (Montgomery Clift). Through their live-for-the-moment lifestyle, Roslyn experiences her first taste of freedom, exhilaration and passion. But when her innocent idealism clashes with their hard-edged practicality, Roslyn must risk losing their friendship and the only true love she’s ever known.
Saturday, Sept. 18
Extreme Salvage Squad
Any job, any time. Enter the high-stakes world of marine recovery and rescue by following a team based in the Whitsunday region of North Queensland in Australia, who tackle time-critical, dangerous salvage missions where one mistake could mean serious injury or financial disaster.
Reno My Rental
HGTV’s reigning Design Star: Next Gen champion, interior designer and social media influencer Carmeon Hamilton hosts this series. In each episode, Carmeon will help renters make their place feel like home by transforming the spaces with personalized improvements that don’t compromise the structure of the property. In addition, Carmeon will access the products and services of local design vendors and artisans to create the breathtaking, unique designs.
America’s Top Dog
Season 3 of the canine competition series in which dogs, alongside their handlers, face off on a massive obstacle course to test their speed, agility, teamwork and trust returns with four back-to-back, hourlong episodes.
ABC, CBS, ESPN, ESPN2, FOX, FS1 & NBC, beginning at 12pm Live
A full Saturday slate of college football features Virginia Tech at West Virginia (FS1), Nebraska at Oklahoma (FOX), Purdue at Notre Dame (NBC), Alabama at Florida (CBS), USC at Washington State (FOX), South Carolina at Georgia (ESPN), Auburn at Penn State (ABC), Tulane at Ole Miss (ESPN2), Oklahoma State at Boise State (FS1) and Arizona State at BYU (ESPN).
Catch a Classic!
This gripping 1983 sci-fi thriller was produced and directed by Douglas Trumbull, the Oscar-nominated visual effects pioneer whose first major work was on the legendary 2001: A Space Odyssey, and who later supervised the effects for other classics like Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Star Trek: The Motion Picture and Blade Runner. Christopher Walken and Louise Fletcher star as research scientists Michael Brace and Lillian Reynolds, who create an astonishing new device that can record peoples’ sensory experiences for others to enjoy. But when the machine captures a tragic death and the government wants to use it as a weapon, Brace fights to keep his invention out of military hands. Trumbull was not able to be as ambitious with the film’s look during its virtual reality scenes as he had originally planned — he had wanted to use a new 70mm cinematic process he developed — because the studio backed out of financing it, Brainstorm is still impressive-looking given the early ’80s technology that was available to bring its high-concept premise to life. The film also marks the final film role for Natalie Wood, who tragically died at age 43 during a break in the film’s production in November 1981. She had filmed all of her major scenes at the time, but production was still nearly shut down. It eventually went on, and the finished movie carries the dedication credit, “To Natalie.”
NASCAR Cup Series: Bass Pro Shops Night Race
NBCSN, 7:30pm Live
NASCAR Cup Series stars return to the short track at Tennessee’s Bristol Motor Speedway for the final race in the Round of 16 playoffs. The field of championship-eligible drivers is cut down to 12 for next week’s race in Las Vegas.
Business partners Luke Caldwell and Clint Robertson will renovate homes for growing families in Boise, Idaho, who need more space.
Hanna Brooks (Nia Sioux) is the new girl in town who is looking to find her place and fit in at Lakewood High School, which was rocked a couple of years earlier by the shocking drug overdose of a popular student. Hanna suffers from an anxiety disorder, and the move to a new school is especially stressful for her. While trying to fit in with the “it” crowd, she finds herself pulled between two boys — a bad boy with a heart of gold, and an alluring, popular rich kid who is not as straight of an arrow as he seems. Her relationship with them sweeps her into a dangerous situation that her mother, Deborah (Sherri Shepherd), must fight to save her from.
Raise a Glass to Love
Hallmark Channel, 9pm
Master sommelier Jennifer Huether consults and appears in a cameo role in Hallmark’s newest romance. The film follows aspiring master sommelier Jenna (Laura Osnes), who returns to her family vineyard to study and is intrigued by the natural methods of the handsome new Argentinian winemaker, Marcelo (Juan Pablo Di Pace).
Trouble in Suburbia
Amber’s worst nightmare comes true when her teenage daughter, Charlie, begins hanging out with the wrong crowd at school. As Charlie’s drug addiction puts a strain on their relationship, Amber must decide how best to save her daughter from herself and the toxic environment she’s found herself in. Inspired by a true story. Stars Lora Burke, Elizabeth Adams, Nick Smyth and Kadrian Enyia.