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Thursday, Sept. 23: Stars Pay Tribute to a Legend in ‘Kenny Rogers: All in for the Gambler’ Special

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Thursday, Sept. 23

Kenny Rogers: All in for the Gambler
CBS, 9pm

Filmed before the passing of country music legend Kenny Rogers, this star-studded concert special at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville features onstage tributes and inspiring songs performed in front of the icon himself, as he bid farewell to performing and announced his retirement. Guests and performers include Chris Stapleton, Idina Menzel, Lady A, Lionel Richie, Little Big Town, Reba McEntire and Dolly Parton.

Doom Patrol
HBO Max
Season Premiere!

Each member of the Doom Patrol suffered a horrible accident that gave them superhuman abilities, but also left them scarred and disfigured. Part support group, part superhero team, the Doom Patrol is a band of superpowered freaks who fight for a world that wants nothing to do with them. The unlikely heroes are back for Season 3. Matt Bomer, Brendan Fraser, Diane Guerrero, April Bowlby, Joivan Wade and Michelle Gomez star.

The Croods: Family Tree
Hulu & Peacock
New Series!

Following the events in the hit animated 2020 feature film The Croods: A New Age, this series follows two very different families as they join forces to create a new community — an us-against-the-world caveperson co-op on the most amazing farm in the history of prehistory.

Code 404
Peacock
Season Premiere!

In Season 2 of this British crime-fighting comedy set in the near future, having cracked a high-profile case with his long-suffering partner Detective Inspector Roy Carver (Stephen Graham), the resurrected DI John Major (Daniel Mays) has finally reached his potential as the top cop in the Special Investigation Unit. But it came at a price. At last realizing that his best friend had shacked up with his wife Kelly (Anna Maxwell Martin) while he was “away” (and a bit before), their partnership is over, and the pair go their own ways. But when a 20-year-old cold case is reopened, the pair find themselves back together and thrown into the action.

Creepshow
Shudder
Season Premiere!

The third season of the horror anthology series based on George A. Romero and Stephen King’s 1982 cult classic film will feature new stories and new guest stars including Michael Rooker, James Remar, Johnathon Schaech, Reid Scott and Hanna Fierman.

Little Women: Atlanta: “The Reunion Special”
Lifetime, 8pm

The ladies of Little Women: Atlanta reunite with host Terra Jolé to take a look back and discuss Season 6.

Secret Life of a Student
LMN, 8pm
Original Film!

High school teacher Lauren Blois finds her life upside down. Her job, the custody of her adopted daughter and her safety are jeopardized when an angry student falsely claims to have had an affair with her. But when the teen turns out to be innocent, Lauren realizes the real threat is closer than she ever suspected. Stars Rhonda Dent, Carlo Marks, Poppy Darch, Tegan Moss and Kaden Connors.

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
NBC, 8pm
Season Premiere!

Season 23 of the record-holding crime drama (SVU will celebrate its 500th episode later this season) begins with a two-hour premiere; the series moves to its regular time slot an hour later starting next week. The new season picks up mere hours after the Season 22 finale in which the squad celebrated the canceled marriage (but still happy couple) of Sgts. Fin Tutuola (Ice-T) and Phoebe Baker (Jennifer Esposito). ADA Carisi (Peter Scanavino) is called to a late-night meeting where a key player in a housing-for-sex scheme is willing to flip on her co-conspirators in exchange for a deal with federal prosecutors. Meanwhile, Benson (Mariska Hargitay) is involved in a scary car accident — or was it intentional?

TCM Spotlight: The Greatest Stories Ever Rolled
TCM, beginning at 8pm
Catch a Classic!

Turner Classic Movies’ Thursday night salute to movies featuring roller-skating rolls to a stop after tonight’s lineup. The first film is Rollerball, a 1975 sci-fi production set in the then-far-off future of 2018. James Caan headlines as Jonathan, the star of a brutal sport combining roller derby, rugby, hockey and motorcycle racing, and operated by one of the ruling corporate conglomerates as a way to keep citizens placated. When Jonathan’s popularity with fans threatens the conglomerate, he finds his life in jeopardy, and he must clean up the game before it kills him. John Houseman, Maud Adams and Moses Gunn also star. Next, Raquel Welch leads the cast of the 1972 sports drama Kansas City Bomber. It’s a fictionalized inside look at Roller Games, a then-popular real-life sports entertainment league that was a more theatrical, WWE-esque version of roller derby. After that is the cult classic Roller Boogie (1979), a romantic musical drama that effectively captures two of the biggest elements of late-’70s pop culture: disco and roller skating. Linda Blair and Jim Bray (a former competitive artistic skater) star as young people who fall in love while engaging in the titular pastime of boogie skating to disco music. While preparing to compete in a Boogie Contest at their favorite skating rink, they must also find time to stop a mob developer from getting his hands on that business. The evening concludes very late with a film similar to the one that began it with Solarbabies (1986), a bizarre tale from executive producer Mel Brooks set in a postapocalyptic future where incarcerated orphans play a rough sport combining lacrosse and roller hockey. When a group of these teenagers encounters a benevolent force from another planet that encourages them to escape their dismal lives, they find hope. Jami Gertz, Jason Patric (in his first film role) and Lukas Haas are among the cast of youngsters in the film.

NFL Football: Carolina at Houston
NFL Network, 8:20pm Live

Thursday Night Football’s Week 2 matchup has Christian McCaffrey and the Carolina Panthers at Houston’s NRG Stadium for a clash with Brandin Cooks and the Texans.

Flipping 101 With Tarek El Moussa: “101 Graduates Take on Studio City”
HGTV, 9pm

Having ended their romantic relationship but remaining business partners, two Flipping 101 graduates are chasing their biggest profit yet with a sizable home in the Studio City neighborhood of L.A.. Tarek El Moussa returns to help them keep their project and partnership on the rails.

The Hustler
ABC, 10pm
Season Finale!

In “A Little of This, a Little of That,” five new competitors join host Craig Ferguson in this mind-bending and enigmatic game show where coffee beans, sausage and the Goo Goo Dolls are clues to discovering the Hustler.

What We Do in the Shadows: “The Chamber of Judgement”
FX, 10pm

The Season 3 adventures of vampires Nandor (Kayvan Novak), Nadja (Natasia Demetriou), Laszlo (Matt Berry) and Colin Robinson (Mark Proksch) continue in the new episode “The Chamber of Judgement.”

Law & Order: Organized Crime
NBC, 10pm
Season Premiere!

Season 2 picks up three months after the Season 1 finale and the arrest of Richard Wheatley (Dylan McDermott) and his family. While Bell (Danielle Moné Truitt) and her wife (Keren Dukes) have welcomed a baby son into the world, Stabler (Christopher Meloni) hasn’t seen his family in a while, as he is deep undercover. Their new target is the K-O — a powerful crime family trying to dominate the city’s illegal cocaine trade. McDermott returns this season, along with Tamara Taylor as Wheatley’s ex-wife, Angela, and Ainsley Seiger as Jet, an expert hacker and Bell’s right-hand woman. New recurring faces include Guillermo Diaz as Bell’s former boss; Ron Cephas Jones as a powerful congressman; and Vinnie Jones as a K-O enforcer.

Friday, Sept. 24

Birds of Paradise
Amazon Prime Video
Original Film!

Two dancers (Kristine Froseth and Diana Silvers) at an elite Paris ballet academy find their friendship tested when they compete for a contract to join a prestigious dance company. Jacqueline Bisset also stars.

Goliath
Amazon Prime Video
Season Premiere!

The entire eight-episode fourth and final season of Billy Bob Thornton’s drama is available today. Billy McBride (Thornton) returns to his Big Law roots after Patty (Nina Arianda) takes a job at a prestigious white-shoe law firm in San Francisco. Together, they try to take down one of America’s most insidious Goliaths: the opioid industry. As Billy deals with his own chronic pain and Patty can’t shake the feeling she’s being used, their loyalties will be tested, putting their partnership on the line.

Foundation
Apple TV+
New Series!

This first onscreen adaptation of sci-fi master Isaac Asimov’s iconic, award-winning novel series is a 10-episode saga of sweeping scope and scale from showrunner/executive producer David S. Goyer (Batman Begins, Man of Steel). When revolutionary Dr. Hari Seldon (Jared Harris) predicts the impending fall of the Empire, he and a band of loyal followers venture to the far reaches of the galaxy to establish the Foundation in an attempt to rebuild and preserve the future of civilization. Enraged by Hari’s claims, the ruling Cleons — a long line of emperor clones — fear their grasp on the galaxy may be weakening. Lee Pace, Lou Llobell, Leah Harvey, Laura Birn, Terrence Mann and Cassian Bilton also star. The first two episodes are available today; subsequent new episodes are available Fridays.

Wolfboy and the Everything Factory
Apple TV+
New Series!

Inspired by the work of visual artist Toff “Wirrow” Mazery and executive produced by Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Mr. Corman), the 10-episode animated kids series follows Wolfboy (voiced by Kassian Akhtar), an imaginative oddball who discovers a strange realm at the center of the Earth where fantastical beings called Sprytes create things for the natural world on the surface — clouds, trees, rabbits, dreams, hiccups, memories, time … everything. With his newfound Spryte friends, Wolfboy learns that not only can he use the creative energy of the Everything Factory to make his wild imagination come to life, but also that he is destined to play a central role in an age-old battle between the forces of creation and destruction.

An American Story
discovery+
New Series!

This anthology series celebrates remarkable people hidden in the fabric of America and reveals the inspirational stories they have to share.

Curse of the Chippendales
discovery+
New Miniseries!

This four-part docuseries goes back to the 1980s to explore the many scandalous true-crime stories surrounding the Chippendales, the famed men’s exotic-dance troupe.

Point of View: A Designer Profile
discovery+
Season Premiere!

The anthology series returns with a second season of offering a behind-the-curtain look into the mind of interior designers, letting viewers in on their creative processes and introducing the inspirations and influences that shape their designs.

SparkShorts: “A Spark Story”
Disney+

This feature-length documentary looks at the filmmaking process for Pixar Animation Studios’ SparkShorts program.

Midnight Mass
Netflix
New Series!

Mike Flanagan, who developed Netflix’s creepy hit series The Haunting of Hill House and Bly Manor, continues down a new dark horrific path, this time in a story about an isolated island community that experiences supernatural events after the arrival of a mysterious priest. Zach Gilford, Kate Siegel and Hamish Linklater lead the cast.

My Little Pony: A New Generation
Netflix
Feature Film Exclusive!

The pony world of Equestria has lost its magic, and Earth Ponies, Unicorns and Pegasi are living in fear and mistrust of each other. Sunny (voice by Vanessa Hudgens), an idealistic Earth Pony, and Izzy (Kimiko Glenn), a curious Unicorn, must embark on an epic adventure that will take them to faraway lands to make new friends out of old enemies. James Marsden, Sofia Carson, Liza Koshy, Elizabeth Perkins, Jane Krakowski, Ken Jeong and Michael McKean are also among the voice cast.

Golf: Ryder Cup: Day 1
Golf Channel, 8am Live

Golf’s premier match-play tournament, pitting the best players in the U.S. against the best of Europe, begins today at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wisconsin. Steve Stricker is captain of the U.S. Team, which includes players Daniel Berger, Patrick Cantlay, Bryson DeChambeau, Harris English, Tony Finau, Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Collin Morikawa, Xander Schauffle, Scottie Scheffler, Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas. The European Team, captained by Padraig Harrington, has players Paul Casey, Matt Fitzpatrick, Tommy Fleetwood, Sergio Garcia, Tyrell Hatton, Viktor Hovland, Shane Lowry, Rory McIlroy, Ian Poulter, Jon Rahm, Bernd Wiesberger and Lee Westwood. Golf Channel and NBC air the event through Sunday.

A Hard Day’s Night
TCM, 6:15pm
Catch a Classic!

This 1964 classic starring the Beatles was the Fab Four’s first film and is a fun and influential romp through a fictionalized day in their life during the frenzied height of Beatlemania, and earned Oscar nominations for its screenplay and its adapted musical score by the group’s producer, George Martin. Directed by Richard Lester, the film is a perfect vehicle for John, Paul, George and Ringo, drawing on the cheeky humor and pure fun the group often brought to its songs. The first megastar boy band at the time of filming — and still quite young — the Beatles are comfortably charming in the movie, even while frequently pursued by obsessed fans. The film’s other big star is its fantastic soundtrack, including the title tune and other classics like “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “She Loves You,” “And I Love Her” and “If I Fell.” The innovative way these songs are cut into visual sequences surely had some influence on later music videos. With A Hard Day’s Night and its frantically fun combination of songs and comedy, the Beatles — as they did with their records — set a new and high bar for what a music film could be. And, whether meaning to or not, they and Lester also created an enduringly enjoyable time capsule of one particularly fab moment in time.

College Football: Wake Forest at Virginia
ESPN2, 7pm Live

Friday night college football action on ESPN2 has an ACC battle between the Wake Forest Demon Deacons and the Virginia Cavaliers tonight at Scott Stadium in Charlottesville.

Dynasty
The CW, 8pm

In “You Vicious, Miserable Liar,” the first hour of a two-hour Dynasty block, Fallon (Elizabeth Gillies), Sam (Rafael de la Fuente) and Kirby (Maddison Brown) take a trip to Los Angeles in the hopes of settling the unsettled, resulting in some very bad ideas. Adam (Sam Underwood) presents his research to the board, which is impressed, but there is more in store for him. Meanwhile, Jeff (Sam Adegoke) remains annoyed that Dominique (Michael Michele) is nowhere to be found, and exhibits disturbing behavior. Next, in “Affairs of State and Affairs of the Heart,” Blake (Grant Show) considers dropping out of the senatorial race and Culhane (Robert C. Riley) is devasted by what this would mean to the schools. Alexis (Elaine Hendrix) confronts Dominique about her secret and proposes a deal. Fallon and Liam (Adam Huber) get away for a weekend together, but things don’t end up as either one thought they would.

Gold Rush
Discovery Channel, 8pm; also streams on discovery+
Season Premiere!

Discovery Channel’s highest-rated series is back for Season 12. The gold-mining season is about to begin in the Klondike wilderness, and this year means war. With the price of gold holding near record highs, each miner is battling to find and mine the best ground. But with most of the good ground tied up, they are forced to dig deeper and go further into the wilderness in search of the mother lode.

Aly Raisman: Darkness to Light
Lifetime, 8pm

This special follows Aly Raisman, the three-time Olympic gold medalist, as she advocates for sexual abuse survivors while sharing personal accounts and coping strategies that have helped on her own journey of healing. Raisman meets with individuals who have suffered abuse, revealing the trauma that lasts from childhood to adulthood and the triggers that affect them — and her — physically and emotionally. By sharing their stories and insights gleaned along the way, their experiences are validated, and survivors are reminded that they are never alone in their journey, and that there is hope.

Cash in the Attic
HGTV, 9pm

In the first of back-to-back episodes, “Home Run for a House,” two New Jersey newlyweds are excited to buy their first home together, but the bride is hoping to minimize their collection of sports memorabilia before they move. Courtney Tezeno steps in to help the groom part with some cherished items to hit their $10,000 down-payment goal. Then in “Making Room for Baby,” a Long Island couple with a new baby hopes to cash in on some family heirlooms that have been gathering dust around the house. Courtney Tezeno steps in to help them raise $10,000 so that they can turn their jam-packed garage into a yoga oasis.

Dateline
NBC, 9pm
Season Premiere!

NBC News’ long-running and popular newsmagazine returns with more true-crime stories for its 30th season.

Saturday, Sept. 25

Golf: Ryder Cup: Day 2
Golf Channel & NBC, beginning at 8am Live

Day 2 of the Ryder Cup match-play tournament between the U.S. and European teams takes place at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wisconsin.

America’s Top Dog
A&E, beginning at 12pm
Season Finale!

The final four hourlong Season 3 episodes culminate in “One Top Dog Left Standing,” in which the series determines the canine that has the speed, skills and smarts to bring home the $20,000 prize and title of America’s Top Dog.

College Football
CBS & FOX, beginning at 12pm Live

Highlights of Saturday’s college football action include the Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. the Wisconsin Badgers at Chicago’s Soldier Field (FOX) and the Boise State Broncos at the Utah State Aggies (CBS).

Frankie Drake Mysteries: “Music at Midnight”
Ovation, 7pm

Ahead of the detective series’ fourth season premiere next Saturday, this Frankie Drake Mysteries concert special — coproduced by Ovation and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and filmed on the series’ set — features performances by series stars Chantel Riley and Sharron Matthews, alongside the show’s composer Robert Carli and the TSO.

Deadly Debutante
Lifetime, 8pm
Original Film!

The annual debutante ball is an important event for the upper crust, and every family wants their daughter to be chosen the Belle of the Ball. This year Anna Phillips seems likely to win — old-money family, well connected, every advantage. That is, until Sophia Martinez shows up. She’s not from a prominent family, but her mother recently passed away, and now the betting odds say that sympathy will assure Sophia victory. But not if Anna has anything to say — or do — about it. Stars Angelina Boris, Natalia De Mendoza, Angela Baumgardner, Revell Carpenter, Leah N.H. Philpott and Christina Simone Patterson.

Joan Crawford Double Feature
TCM, beginning at 8pm
Catch a Classic!

Legendary actress Joan Crawford made plenty of films whose titles are iconic, but the movies in tonight’s double feature devoted to the star on Turner Classic Movies may not be on the tip of most fans’ tongues, which makes it a refreshing chance to enjoy films one may not have seen before, or at least not as often as, say, something like Mildred Pierce or What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? In this evening’s first film, the 1947 romantic drama Daisy Kenyon, based on Elizabeth Janeway’s novel, Crawford plays the title character, who finds herself in a love triangle with two men (portrayed by Dana Andrews and Henry Fonda). Ruth Warrick costars in the movie, which was directed by Otto Preminger. Crawford also plays the title character in the second half of tonight’s double feature, the 1950 film noir Harriet Craig, based on George Kelly’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Craig’s Wife. That character is a neurotic, manipulative and controlling woman, whose obsession with perfection — or at least the appearance of perfection — begins driving away her friends and family. Wendell Corey costars in the film, which was Crawford’s second of three collaborations with director Vincent Sherman.

Say Yes to the Dress
TLC, 8pm
Season Finale!

Some brides dream about their wedding their whole life. With expectations this high, there’s bound to be some shocking moments while searching for their dress. Randy takes a look back at some of the best surprises to happen this season!

Taking the Reins
Hallmark Channel, 9pm
Original Film!

A writer (Nikki DeLoach) goes back to the family ranch to write an article about her passion for horses and discovers what ended her marriage and why she stopped riding. Also stars Corbin Bernsen and Janine Turner.

Sunday, Sept. 26

Golf: Ryder Cup: Day 3
NBC, 12pm Live

The U.S. and European teams compete in 12 singles matches on the third and final day of the Ryder Cup match-play tournament at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wisconsin.

I Married a Witch
TCM, 1pm
Catch a Classic!

Veronica Lake casts a seductive spell as Jennifer, a charmingly vengeful sorceress, in this 1942 supernatural screwball classic directed by innovative French filmmaker René Clair. Three hundred years after cursing the male descendants of the Salem puritan who sent her to be burned at the stake, this blonde bombshell with a broomstick finds herself drawn to one of them — a prospective governor (Fredric March) who is about to marry a spoiled socialite (Susan Hayward). The delightful romantic fantasy is a comic confection bursting with playful special effects and sparkling witticisms, and received an Oscar nomination for Roy Webb’s musical score.

NTT IndyCar Series: Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach
NBCSN, 3:30pm Live

The NTT IndyCar Series season finale takes place on the 1.968-mile, 12-turn temporary street circuit in scenic Long Beach, California.

Romance in the Wilds
UPtv, 7pm
Original Film!

Deep in the Rocky Mountains, lightning strikes a mining site, sparking a deadly wildfire and igniting an unexpected romance between a forest ranger and a geologist as they race to escape the flames.

Celebrity Wheel of Fortune
ABC, 8pm
Season Premiere!

Hosted by pop culture legends Pat Sajak and Vanna White, Celebrity Wheel of Fortune welcomes celebrity contestants to come spin the world’s most famous wheel to win up to $1 million for charity.

The Simpsons
FOX, 8pm
Season Premiere!

Guest star Kristen Bell provides Marge’s singing voice in the Season 33 premiere musical episode “The Star of the Backstage.”

A Professor’s Vengeance
LMN, 8pm
Original Film!

When Nicole Atkins returns to graduate school, a previous affair with a married professor is the last thing on her mind. But someone else on campus has his eye on Nicole, someone who knows all her secrets and is hell-bent on making sure she pays for her transgressions. Stars Lindsey Dresbach, Ross Jirgl, Crystal Day, Bryan Bachman, Ariel Iman and Kate Dailey.

NFL Football: Green Bay at San Francisco
NBC, 8:20pm Live

Aaron Rodgers leads the Green Bay Packers into Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California, to duel with Jimmy Garoppolo and the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday Night Football.

The Great North
FOX, 8:30pm
Season Premiere!

The Alaskan adventures of single dad Beef Tobin (voice of Nick Offerman) and his family continue in Season 2 of the animated comedy.

Supermarket Sweep
ABC, 9pm
Season Premiere!

The series returns for Season 2, where three teams of two battle it out using their grocery shopping skills and knowledge of merchandise to win big cash prizes.

The Tony Awards Present: Broadway’s Back!
CBS, 9pm; also streams on Paramount+

This special brings the excitement of Broadway to viewers through a concert event featuring superstar entertainers and Tony Award winners reuniting onstage to perform beloved classics and celebrate the joy and magic of live theater.

Wellington Paranormal: “Mobots”
The CW, 9pm
Season Finale!

Officer Minogue (Mike Minogue) meets Officer O’Leary’s (Karen O’Leary) mom when they use “Mrs. Mom’s” (Lynda Topp) house for a stakeout to investigate why a mass quantity of obsolete electronics go missing.

Chapelwaite: “The Prophet”
EPIX, 9pm

The mysterious Jakub (Christopher Heyerdahl) lures Charles (Adrien Brody) to Jerusalem’s Lot, where Charles discovers that his madness is connected to an ancient book. Meanwhile, the children are stunned and betrayed when Loa (Sirena Gulamgaus) finds Rebecca’s (Emily Hampshire) secret writings about the Boone family.

Bob’s Burgers
FOX, 9pm
Season Premiere!

Bob and Linda Belcher (voices of H. Jon Benjamin and John Roberts) and their three kids are back for Season 12 of the hit animated comedy.

One Summer
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 9pm
Original Film!

Based on the New York Times bestselling book by David Baldacci, the film follows Jack (Sam Page), who takes his son and daughter to his late wife’s (Amanda Schull) beachside hometown hoping to heal and become closer. The summer brings visions of the past that could forge a new path forward.

BMF
Starz, 9pm
New Series!

BMF (aka Black Mafia Family) is inspired by the true story of two brothers who rose from the decaying streets of southwest Detroit in the late 1980s and gave birth to one of the most influential crime families in the country. The brothers’ unwavering belief in family loyalty would be the cornerstone of their partnership and the crux of their eventual estrangement. This is a story about love, family and capitalism in the pursuit of the American dream.

Family Guy
FOX, 9:30pm
Season Premiere!

Seth MacFarlane’s irreverent animated comedy about the Griffin family begins its 20th season tonight.

The Rookie
ABC, 10pm
Season Premiere!

After watching the heart-racing Season 3 finale, millions of viewers are still waiting to see Angela (Alyssa Diaz) and Wesley (Shawn Ashmore) walk down the aisle after their big day was interrupted by none other than Sandra De La Cruz, aka La Fiera (Camille Guaty).

Monday, Sept. 27

People Puzzler
GSN, 6pm
Season Premiere!

Actress Leah Remini is back to host the second season of this game show based on the crossword puzzles found in People magazine. In each episode, three contestants put their pop-culture knowledge to the test to complete crosswords. The player who has won the most points after three rounds moves on to the Fast Puzzle Bonus Round, where they can win a cash prize. The series airs weeknights.

9 Years to Neptune
BYUtv, 7:30pm
New Series!

In this workplace comedy for the whole family starring two humans and a cast of puppets, an eccentric billionaire decides to fund a mission to Neptune, but he insists on doing it on the cheap. He assembles a ragtag group of mismatched misfit puppets, who must learn life lessons while working together to reach the distant planet.

Roswell, New Mexico: “Angels of the Silences”
The CW, 8pm

Liz (Jeanine Mason) and Max (Nathan Dean) race to find Heath (guest star Steven Krueger) in the hopes that he can help find a way to get Jones out of Max’s body. Meanwhile, Michael (Michael Vlamis) and Isobel (Lily Cowles) try to get through to Dallas (guest star Quentin Plair).

9-1-1: “Desperate Times”
FOX, 8pm

The 118 springs into action when a citywide blackout and a record heatwave cause mayhem in Los Angeles in the new episode “Desperate Times.”

The Voice: “The Blind Auditions, Part 3”
NBC, 8pm

The Season 21 blind auditions continue for a third night as coaches Ariana Grande, Kelly Clarkson, John Legend and Blake Shelton vie to discover and mentor the next singing phenomenon.

The Big Leap: “Classic Tragic Love Triangle”
FOX, 9pm

In the new episode “Classic Tragic Love Triangle,” auditions begin for the lead roles in Swan Lake, but tensions rise as the contestants all vie for the same parts.

Help! I Wrecked My House: “Help! I’m a Demo Addict”
HGTV, 9pm

After a renovation fail that resulted in an exposed gas line, a frustrated wife has issued a stop-work order on her husband’s DIY projects. Jasmine Roth aims to deliver a kitchen, bathroom and living room that will make this family give up amateur renos for good.

Detective Diaries
Investigation Discovery, 9pm
New Series!

This series goes inside the investigative minds of five American detectives as they reexamine the harrowing cases that defined their careers. In the premiere, “Twist in the Wind,” former police chief Clay Bryant is given the chance to solve a cold case that his late father was powerless to fight and has haunted him since childhood, when he catches a new case that could bring justice to a town and closure to an entire family.

American Experience: “Citizen Hearst, Episode One”
PBS, 9pm
New Miniseries!

This two-part, four-hour documentary (concluding tomorrow night) explores the colorful life and times of William Randolph Hearst, one of the most powerful men of the 20th century. The model for Orson Welles’ Citizen Kane, Hearst controlled the largest media empire in the country by the 1930s and used his communications stronghold to achieve political power unprecedented in the industry, then ran for office himself. Tonight’s first episode traces Hearst’s early life and rise to power.

Ten Steps to Disaster: “Deepwater Horizon”
Smithsonian Channel, 9pm

Discover 10 critical errors that took place before, during, and after the Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill. See how ignored warnings, poor planning and a coverup led to the catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. Investigative reports and expert testimony reveal how an oil rig accident turned into an 87-day environmental disaster.

The Good Doctor
ABC, 10pm
Season Premiere!

Will a wedding be in store this season between Dr. Shaun Murphy (Freddie Highmore) and Lea (Paige Spara)?

Ordinary Joe: “Requiem”
NBC, 10pm

With the anniversary of 9/11 approaching, all three Joes grapple with the emotions that come with the day. Cop Joe and Amy pursue a romance, but Music Joe and Amy’s marriage is clouded by a big secret. Nurse Joe and Jenny have a breakthrough.

Malcolm X
TCM, 10:15pm
Catch a Classic!

Denzel Washington justly earned an Oscar nomination for his passionate portrayal of famed Black activist Malcolm Little, better known as Malcolm X, in this acclaimed 1992 biographical drama from director and cowriter Spike Lee (Lee also costars as Shorty, Malcolm’s close friend from childhood). The epic biopic runs well over three hours as it traces the famed orator’s personal odyssey from zoot suit-wearing gangster to prison inmate to Nation of Islam spokesman and political lightning rod. The biopic’s large and exceptional cast also includes Angela Bassett as Malcolm’s wife and fellow activist Betty Shabazz; Delroy Lindo as West Indian Archie, a Harlem gangster who takes young Malcolm under his wing; and Al Freeman Jr. as Nation of Islam leader Elijah Muhammad. The movie also features a climactic cameo from Nelson Mandela, and actor and activist Ossie Davis provides voice-over narration during the closing sequence, reading the eulogy he had originally given at the funeral for the real Malcolm X.

Tuesday, Sept. 28

Ada Twist, Scientist
Netflix
New Series!

Barack and Michelle Obama’s Higher Ground Productions is behind this animated preschool series based on the award-winning books by Andrea Beaty and illustrator David Roberts (who are also producers) and developed by Doc McStuffins creator Chris Nee. It follows the adventures of 8-year-old Ada Twist, a pint-sized scientist with a giant-sized curiosity, who aspires to discover the truth about absolutely everything. With her two best friends, Ada explores helping people through scientific discovery, collaboration and friendship. The series will also include real scientists to inspire young viewers.

Attack of the Hollywood Clichés!
Netflix

Rob Lowe hosts this special that examines the Hollywood clichés filmmakers can’t help but use — time and time again. With the help of Tinseltown A-listers, screenwriters, academics and critics, the program analyzes the origins and evolutions of every overused movie trope, from “Walking Away From an Explosion” to the “Meet-Cute” and “Women Running in Stilettos,” and more. There’s even a “Wilhelm Scream” montage for real movie buffs.

Major League Baseball: Philadelphia at Atlanta
FS1, 7pm Live

Freddie Freeman and the Atlanta Braves begin their final homestand of the regular season at Truist Park with Game 1 of a three-game series against Rhys Hoskins and the Philadelphia Phillies.

The Resident: “No Good Deed”
FOX, 8pm

When one of the doctors is found unconscious in an elevator, the hospital staff frantically retraces his steps to figure out the cause in the new episode “No Good Deed.”

The Voice: “The Blind Auditions, Part 4”
NBC, 8pm

The Season 21 blind auditions continue for a fourth night as coaches Ariana Grande, Kelly Clarkson, John Legend and Blake Shelton vie to discover and mentor the next singing phenomenon.

In Their Own Words: “Jimmy Carter”
PBS, 8pm

Hear the inspiring story of former President Jimmy Carter, a long-shot outsider who fought his way to the top office in the world, beat the odds against him again and again, and never looked back in his quest to better the lives of millions.

Ned Beatty Memorial Tribute
TCM, beginning at 8pm
Catch a Classic!

Acclaimed and beloved actor Ned Beatty achieved a long and distinguished career across movies and television before he passed away June 13 at age 83. Tonight, Turner Classic Movies remembers Beatty’s film work with a number of titles that represent his wide range of performances. The evening begins with Network (1976), screenwriter Paddy Chayefsky’s Oscar-winning, prescient and very dark satire about the TV industry. Beatty portrays network chairman Arthur Jensen, and though he only appears in one scene for a few minutes, the incredible speech about the “primal forces” of corporations and the economy that he delivers to Peter Finch’s Howard Beale in the scene — a speech that took up about four pages of the screenplay — is delivered by Beatty with such brilliant intensity and almost religious fervor that it comes across simultaneously frightening and humorous, even if the chuckles it elicits might be nervous laughter. As brief as that scene was, it was impactful enough to earn Beatty his first and only Oscar nomination, for Best Supporting Actor. Following that are the 1979 drama Promises in the Dark, starring Marsha Mason and featuring Beatty as the father of a dying cancer patient; the TCM premiere of Hear My Song, a 1991 comedy with Beatty in a Golden Globe-nominated performance as legendary Irish tenor Josef Locke (but with someone else providing the singing voice); Silver Streak, the 1976 Gene Wilder/Richard Pryor-led buddy comedy with Beatty as an undercover FBI agent posing as a vitamin salesman aboard the titular train; and Chattahoochee, a 1989 drama also making its TCM debut, led by Gary Oldman and with Beatty as a doctor in a story inspired by true events in the 1950s that led to reforms in Florida’s mental health system.

Vanderpump Rules
Bravo, 9pm
Season Premiere!

Returning for Season 9 are Lisa Vanderpump and her current and former SURvers: Ariana Madix, Charli Burnett, James Kennedy, Katie Maloney-Schwartz, Lala Kent, Raquel Leviss, Scheana Shay, Tom Sandoval and Tom Schwartz. Brock Davies also joins the cast.

Our Kind of People: “My Mother, Myself”
FOX, 9pm

In the new episode “My Mother, Myself,” Angela (Yaya DaCosta) is trying to land a spot for Eve’s Crown in the Franklin incubator program when she uncovers a devastating secret about her mother.

Good Bones
HGTV, 9pm
Season Finale!

In “Historic Cottage for First Time Flippers,” a pair of first-time flippers is in over their heads renovating a historic cottage. They enlist Mina Starsiak Hawk and Karen E Laine’s help to navigate working with the local historical association and to prevent this new project from becoming a historic flop.

La Brea
NBC, 9pm
New Series!

In this thriller, a massive sinkhole swallows multiple blocks in Los Angeles, where hundreds tumble in and are assumed to be dead. Those who were swallowed deep into the earth awake in a dangerous primeval world with dinosaur-like creatures. They have no choice but to band together to survive. All of the world desperately seeks to understand what happened. In the search for answers, one family torn apart by this disaster (a mother and her son are separated from her husband and daughter) will have to unlock the secrets of this inexplicable event to find a way back to each other. Natalie Zea, Eoin Macken, Karina Logue, Zyra Gorecki, Jack Martin and Jon Seda star.

American Experience: “Citizen Hearst, Episode Two”
PBS, 9pm
Miniseries Finale!

In the final installment of this documentary looking at the life of William Randolph Hearst, follow Hearst’s expansion into Hollywood and his romance with actress Marion Davies. During the Depression, Hearst initially throws his empire behind FDR and the New Deal. His politics then begin turning more to the right; this puts him increasingly out of touch with the working-class readers of his papers, and circulation numbers begin to drop. In 1941, with the premiere of Orson Welles’ Citizen Kane — with its main character modeled on Hearst — a furious Hearst forbids any of his papers from mentioning the film.

The Profit
CNBC, 10pm
Season Finale!

In the Season 8 finale, “Raise the Roof,” a home construction business that’s trying to revolutionize the way houses are built is struggling to keep up with demand for their innovative homes. With options to grow in both the residential and commercial market, the owners are also facing a bit of an identity crisis. Host Marcus Lemonis must show them the importance of laying a firm foundation first, if they’re going to cash in on their potential.

New Amsterdam: “We’re in This Together”
NBC, 10pm

Max (Ryan Eggold) advises a young student at a science fair but encounters legal complications with her brilliant invention; Bloom (Janet Montgomery) encourages Dr. Shinwari (Shiva Kalaiselvan) to be more aggressive in the ED; Iggy (Tyler Labine) gets a lesson in humility; and Brantley (Debra Monk) has a surprise for the staff.

Malverde: El Santo Patrón (Malverde: The Patron Saint)
Telemundo, 10pm; new episodes stream next day on Peacock
New Series!

Based on real events, this high-octane Spanish-language production centers around “Mexican Robin Hood” Jesus Malverde (Pedro Fernández), one of the biggest and most controversial Mexican figures of the last 150 years — an outlaw who ultimately became a legendary figure, a religious icon and protector of the innocent, poor and dispossessed. This series, set in the early 1900s, tells the story of the man behind the legend, letting viewers determine whether he was, in fact, a saint or a bandit.

Wednesday, Sept. 29

The Circle
Netflix
Season Finale!

The third season winner of this reality competition series is determined.

Sounds Like Love
Netflix
Original Film!

Based on Elísabet Benavent’s bestselling romantic comedy novel series about fashion assistant Maca (María Valverde), who has finally gotten her life together after a devastating breakup when Leo (Álex González), the man who broke her heart, returns. Seeking support from her best friends, they all learn that love can be complicated.

National Silent Movie Day
TCM, beginning at 6:15am
Catch a Classic!

Happy National Silent Movie Day! Each year on Sept. 29, this annual day is set up to encourage people to celebrate and enjoy silent films. Turner Classic Movies has your silent movie party covered with a daylong schedule of not only many classic productions from the silent era, but also some documentaries about influential people and movies from that time. Some of today’s notable highlights include Flesh and the Devil (1926), starring Greta Garbo and John Gilbert; The Wind (1928), starring Lillian Gish in one of MGM’s last silent productions; Battleship Potemkin (1925), the influential Soviet film directed by Sergei Eisenstein; the romantic comedy City Lights (1931), one of the greatest films from Charlie Chaplin, who produced, wrote, directed, stars (as his Little Tramp character) and even composed the musical score; Within Our Gates (1920), produced, written and directed by pioneering Black filmmaker and distributor Oscar Micheaux; The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928), from France; The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921), which turned little-known actor Rudolph Valentino into a star; The Freshman (1925), the famous Harold Lloyd-led comedy; French filmmaker Georges Méliès’ iconic and influential A Trip to the Moon (1902); Sherlock, Jr. (1924), the comedy classic from star/director Buster Keaton; and Sparrows (1926), starring and produced by Mary Pickford.

The Goldbergs: “Horse Play”
ABC, 8pm

Adam is ready to leave the struggles of his high school years behind him, but is distraught to discover he’s been waitlisted at NYU while his girlfriend Brea has been accepted, along with his mom Beverly — who surprises everyone by admitting she applied to the same school. Adam courts the NYU dean of admissions, hoping she will change her mind on his deferral. Meanwhile, Erica, Geoff, Barry and Joanne create their own plan to convince Geoff’s dad, Lou, that Erica had nothing to do with a past incident involving his prized porcelain horses.

Riverdale: “Chapter Ninety-Four: Next to Normal”
The CW, 8pm

Refusing to accept what’s going on around her, Alice (Mädchen Amick) creates an imaginary musical fantasy world in which the Coopers are one big happy family again. But as her mother continues to spiral, Betty (Lili Reinhart) does her best to pull her back to reality. Meanwhile, Tabitha (Erinn Westbrook) ropes Jughead (Cole Sprouse) into a family dinner with her parents, and Veronica (Camila Mendes) and Archie (KJ Apa) make a big decision about their future.

The Masked Singer: “Group B Premiere”
FOX, 8pm

Meet the next batch of costumed singers and find out which one will be unmasked in the new episode “Group B Premiere.”

Chicago Med: “To Lean in, or to Let Go”
NBC, 8pm

Vanessa (Asjha Cooper) and Archer (Steven Weber) disagree on how to handle the victim of a motorcycle accident; Dylan (Adam Poss) and Charles (Oliver Platt) deal with a UNICEF negotiator with repressed trauma; and Stevie (Kristen Hager) and Will (Nick Gehlfuss) treat a high schooler with Addison’s disease and a clingy mother.

In Their Own Words: “Elon Musk”
PBS, 8pm

See how Elon Musk went from bullied boy to young innovator to self-taught rocket scientist, ultimately becoming one of the richest men in the world.

The Wonder Years: “Green Eyed Monster”
ABC, 8:30pm

While Dean reckons with his first taste of heartbreak and betrayal, the adults in his life are overly empathetic and assume his grief is from mourning current events. Dean milks the special treatment and uses it to his advantage — and his family shows their support for him in their own unique ways; Kim invites him to join her at a local activist rally, while Bill and Dean bond during a fishing trip.

The Conners: “Education, Corruption and Damnation”
ABC, 9pm

After Ben declines Darlene’s proposal, she starts to ponder why she tends to be so negative in life, prompting her to start a journey of self-discovery which leads to Pastor Phil. Meanwhile, newly appointed City Councilman Don Blansky puts Jackie in a tough position as she and Neville are ready to open the new and improved Lunch Box.

Alter Ego: “The Auditions Night 3”
FOX, 9pm

The world’s first avatar singing competition series continues as more performers are added in the new episode “The Auditions Night 3.”

Houses With History
HGTV, 9pm
New Series!

Fascinating details about some of America’s oldest homes and subsequent renovations come together as history buff Mike Lemieux, carpenter Rich Soares and designer Jen Macdonald save centuries-old properties from demolition in one of America’s first hometowns, Plymouth, Massachusetts.

Chicago Fire: “Head Count”
NBC, 9pm

A video of Casey (Jesse Spencer) from the roof rescue goes viral; Mouch (Christian Stolte) sets up a Little Free Library at Firehouse 51; and Herrmann (David Eigenberg) breaks protocol.

NOVA: “The Cannabis Question”
PBS, 9pm

Explore the story of cannabis in the United States, as 55 million Americans say they currently use cannabis, and that number is expected to grow with voters pushing for legalization in more and more states. From the criminalization that has disproportionately harmed communities of color to the latest medical understanding of the plant, see what risks cannabis may pose to the developing brain, how much we know about its potential medical benefits and the race to understand its long-term health consequences.

Home Economics: “Chorizo With Mojo Verde and Chicharrón, $45”
ABC, 9:30pm

Things get a little hot in the kitchen when Tom considers ghostwriting a memoir for a celebrity chef. Connor starts dating a woke friend of Sarah and Denise’s who makes a surprising impact on him.

A Million Little Things: “Not the Plan”
ABC, 10pm

Gary takes steps forward with Darcy and continues to distance himself from anything involving Peter. Rome makes an effort to distract Regina from her job search, which may be looking up after all. Maggie adjusts to a new work environment, while Katherine entertains a new friend; and Eddie makes progress in more ways than one.

Chicago P.D.: “Rage”
NBC, 10pm

Burgess (Marina Squerciati) fights for her life as the team scrambles to find her kidnapper; Miller (Nicole Ari Parker) is desperate to find her son’s killer; Voight (Jason Beghe) and Upton (Tracy Spiridakos) deal with the aftermath of their deadly decision; and Ruzek (Patrick John Flueger) struggles with the pressure of the situation.

Rhodes to the Top
TNT, 10pm
New Series!

Cameras go inside the lives of Cody and Brandi Rhodes as they navigate their growing family while building AEW’s global wrestling empire. Each 30-minute episode takes viewers behind the scenes as the powerhouse couple manage their ever-busier lives inside and outside the ring, all the while surrounded by a colorful and often hilarious motley crew of wrestlers, family and friends who both support and test them at every turn. Two back-to-back episodes air tonight.

Thursday, Sept. 30

The Problem With Jon Stewart
Apple TV+
New Series!

This new current affairs series from acclaimed host, writer, producer, director and advocate Jon Stewart takes a deep dive on the issues affecting us most. The program is a multiple-season, single-issue series with Stewart in discussion with the people who are impacted by the issue — as well as those who have a hand in creating the impact. Together, they will explore tangible steps that can lead to solutions and a path forward.

The Not-Too-Late Show With Elmo
HBO Max
Season Premiere!

Sesame Street’s Elmo is back for Season 2 of his talk show.

The Way Down
HBO Max
New Series!

This five-part documentary series explores the Tennessee-based Remnant Fellowship Church and its charismatic leader Gwen Shamblin Lara, author and founder of the Christian weight loss program The Weigh Down Workshop. The series explores Lara’s rise to fame and power as a diet guru and church leader, revealing the truth behind her carefully curated image and detailing the controversial practices of the church, including stories of abuse and exploitation as told by former members and others who were personally impacted. The first three episodes are available today.

Yabba-Dabba Dinosaurs!
HBO Max
New Series!

This animated spinoff of The Flintstones primarily follows the lives of a grown-up Pebbles Flintstone (voice of Jessica DiCicco) and Bamm-Bamm Rubble (Ely Henry), who are joined by pet dinosaur Dino (Eric Bauza) on adventures. Fred (Jeff Bergman), Wilma (Tress MacNeille), Barney (Kevin Michael Richardson), Betty (Grey Griffin), the Great Gazoo (Bauza) and even Captain Caveman (Tom Megalis) will also be on hand.

Unidentified With Demi Lovato
Peacock
New Miniseries!

This immersive, four-part docuseries follows singer/actress Demi Lovato, skeptical best friend Matthew and sister Dallas as they search for the truth about UFOs. While consulting with leading experts, the trio investigate recent eyewitness encounters, uncover secret government reports and conduct tests at known UFO hotspots. As a true believer, Lovato hopes to convince friends, family, and social fans and followers that not only do extraterrestrials exist, but also that they are already on Earth. All episodes are available today.

Good Grief
Sundance Now
New Series!

This is the North American streaming premiere of the New Zealand comedy about two millennial sisters in a small town who inherit a funeral home from their grandfather. Unsure what to do with it — or the oddball staff that keeps the place running — the women are thrust into a world of embalming, emceeing and embarrassment. By staring death in the face every day, the sisters begin to confront the realities of their own lives, and what they want to make of them. The series makes it North American linear channel debut Oct. 4 on IFC.

Deborah Kerr 100th Birthday
TCM, beginning at 6am
Catch a Classic!

Famed British actress Deborah Jane Trimmer, better known as Deborah Kerr, would have turned 100 today (she was born in Glasgow Sept. 30, 1921; she died at age 86 on Oct. 16, 2007). Although nominated six times for the Best Actress Oscar throughout her career, Kerr never won, and she holds the record for most nominations in the category without a win. Despite not winning any hardware from the Academy, Kerr still gave indelible performances, and you can watch several of them all day today on Turner Classic Movies as the network remembers the actress on her special day. The full lineup, in order, features: The Hucksters (1947), I See a Dark Stranger (1946), Marriage on the Rocks (1965), Dream Wife (1953), The Innocents (1961), Tea and Sympathy (1956), Black Narcissus (1947), An Affair to Remember (1957), The Grass Is Greener (1960), From Here to Eternity (1953, Best Actress Oscar nominee) and Quo Vadis (1951).

College Football: Virginia at Miami
ESPN, 7:30pm Live

A Thursday primetime clash in the ACC has the Virginia Cavaliers in South Florida to face the Miami Hurricanes.

Station 19
ABC, 8pm
Season Premiere!

The firefighters serving Seattle return for Season 5, which is almost guaranteed to be full of twists and breathtaking rescues.

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: “I Thought You Were on My Side”
NBC, 8pm

In this crossover episode with Law & Order: Organized Crime, Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and Rollins (Kelli Giddish) must contend with the FBI and the Organized Crime bureau when a rape victim identifies a dangerous mobster as her assailant. Christopher Meloni and Danielle Moné Truitt guest star.

NFL Football: Jacksonville at Cincinnati
NFL Network, 8:20pm Live

Rookie quarterback Trevor Lawrence leads the Jacksonville Jaguars into Cincinnati’s Paul Brown Stadium for a Thursday Night Football matchup against Joe Burrow and the Bengals.

Grey’s Anatomy
ABC, 9pm
Season Premiere!

After a finale full of weddings — Maggie (Kelly McCreary) and Winston (Anthony Hill) — proposals and even a successful adoption for Jo (Camilla Luddington), Season 18 promises to deliver all of the drama we expect from the series.

“The Price Is Right” Celebrates 50 Years
CBS, 9pm

This special primetime celebration of The Price Is Right’s 50th season features a look back at the biggest winners, never-before-seen outtakes and a salute to former host Bob Barker. Plus, contestants will come on down to play iconic pricing games for extravagant luxury cars and big cash prizes.

The Outpost: “The Betrayer”
The CW, 9pm

Talon (Jessica Green) and Luna (Maeve Courtier-Lilley) return to the Outpost with a dubious ally. Garret (Jake Stormoen) and Zed (Reece Ritchie) attempt to make a descent on the Outpost. Meanwhile, Janzo (Anand Desai-Barochia) and Wren (Izuka Hoyle) devise a plan to save the Kahvi, and Talon learns about Aster’s (guest star Gerrard Miller) true plan.

Flipping 101 With Tarek El Moussa
HGTV, 9pm

A couple who has been flipping for 13 years is still struggling to make enough money to support their four kids. After discovering that their new property shares a driveway with a laundromat, Tarek El Moussa must teach them to look at flipping in a whole new way.

Law & Order: Organized Crime: “New World Order”/“The Outlaw Eddie Wagner”
NBC, 9pm

In a two-episode installment, Stabler’s (Christopher Meloni) loyalty is put to the test at work, and again at home when his mother (guest star Ellen Burstyn) unexpectedly shows up. Meanwhile, as Jet (Ainsley Seiger) steps into the field to secure necessary intel for the team, Bell (Danielle Moné Truitt) considers a proposition from Congressman Kilbride (guest star Ron Cephas Jones), and Stabler and Benson (guest star Mariska Hargitay) air some long-standing grievances.

Big Sky
ABC, 10pm
Season Premiere!

Will Jenny (Katheryn Winnick) survive being shot? And what’s up with the mysterious syndicate? Season 2 should bring answers to all of fans’ questions.

What We Do in the Shadows: “The Escape”
FX, 10pm

The saga of Staten Island vampires Nandor (Kayvan Novak), Nadja (Natasia Demetriou), Laszlo (Matt Berry) and Colin Robinson (Mark Proksch) continues in the new episode “The Escape.”

Friday, Oct. 1

All or Nothing: Toronto Maple Leafs
Amazon Prime Video
New Series!

This latest installment of the All or Nothing sports documentary franchise offers an inside view of the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs, including on-the-ice action and unparalleled behind-the-scenes access to the 2020-21 season, during which the Leafs competed in the first all-Canadian division in NHL history.

My Name Is Pauli Murray
Amazon Prime Video

Fifteen years before Rosa Parks refused to surrender her bus seat, and a full decade before the U.S. Supreme Court overturned separate-but-equal legislation, Pauli Murray was already knee-deep fighting for social justice. A pioneering attorney, activist, priest and memoirist, Murray shaped landmark litigation — and consciousness — around race and gender equity, and both her personal path and her tireless advocacy foreshadowed some of the most politically consequential issues of our time. Told largely in Pauli’s own words, this documentary film is a candid recounting of her extraordinary journey.

Welcome to the Blumhouse
Amazon Prime Video
Season Premiere!

This anthology series of original thriller/horror films from Blumhouse Productions (Paranormal Activity and The Purge franchises) returns for a second season of four films, with two films premiering the first two Fridays in October. Films available today are Bingo Hell and Black as Night; titles available on Oct. 8 are Madres and The Manor.

Mr. Corman
Apple TV+
Season Finale!

Creator/producer/writer/star Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s new drama concludes its first season.

Ghost Adventures: Goldfield Hotel
discovery+

In this two-hour special, the Ghost Adventures crew is headed back to Goldfield, Nevada, to settle once and for all a mysterious evil feud that’s been cast over this town. In a highly personal and emotionally charged investigation, Zak Bagans, Aaron Goodwin, Billy Tolley and Jay Wasley revisit the haunted town where their journey began — and venture back inside the infamous Goldfield Hotel, a landmark with a bloodied past.

In With the Old
discovery+
New Series!

Designers, builders and old-home enthusiasts in small towns and big cities across America reimagine and transform abandoned structures by preserving their historical integrity while giving them new purpose.

LEGO Star Wars Terrifying Tales
Disney+

This frightfully fun LEGO Star Wars animated Halloween adventure takes place at Darth Vader’s castle on Mustafar, where Vader’s servant, Vaneé (voice of Tony Hale), shares three creepy stories linked to ancient artifacts and iconic villains from all eras of the galaxy’s history. The voice cast also includes Jake Green as Poe Dameron, Raphael Alejandro as Dean, Dana Snyder as Graballa the Hutt, Christian Slater as Ren, Trevor Devall as Emperor Palpatine, Mary Elizabeth McGlynn as NI-L8 and Matt Sloan as Darth Vader.

The Many Saints of Newark
HBO Max
Feature Film Exclusive!

The highly anticipated prequel story of HBO’s landmark crime drama The Sopranos finally makes its debut on both HBO Max and in theaters. Michael Gandolfini steps into his father’s (the late James Gandolfini) role as a young Anthony, who is navigating the streets and mobsters of New Jersey. Vera Farmiga stars as Livia Soprano. Other cast members include Ray Liotta, Alessandro Nivola, Leslie Odom Jr., Jon Bernthal, Corey Stoll, Billy Magnussen, Joey Diaz and Nick Vallelonga. Streams for 31 days from its theatrical release today.

Diana: The Musical
Netflix

This live stage recording of a musical about Diana, Princess of Wales, premieres on Netflix ahead of its Broadway debut later this year (a few preview performances had taken place before the Great White Way closed down due to the pandemic, and previews will resume on Broadway starting Nov. 2). The musical has book and lyrics by Joe DiPietro, and music and lyrics by David Bryan, both of whom won Tony awards for Memphis.

Forever Rich
Netflix
Original Film!

In this first Dutch Netflix film, a rising rap superstar spirals out when a humiliating video goes viral and pushes him into a battle for redemption over the course of one long night.

The Guilty
Netflix
Original Film!

Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) directed this thriller that takes place over the course of a single morning in a 911 dispatch call center. Operator Joe Baylor (Jake Gyllenhaal) tries to save a caller in grave danger — but he soon discovers that nothing is as it seems, and facing the truth is the only way out.

Maid
Netflix
New Series!

Inspired by the New York Times bestselling memoir Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive by Stephanie Land, this comedy/drama follows the story of Alex (Margaret Qualley), a single mother who turns to housecleaning to — barely — make ends meet as she escapes an abusive relationship and overcomes homelessness to create a better life for her daughter, Maddy. The series features Margot Robbie as an executive producer, and also stars Nick Robinson, Anika Noni Rose, Andie MacDowell, Tracy Vilar and Billy Burke.

Paik’s Spirit
Netflix
New Series!

Celebrity chef Paik Jong-won shares Korean tradition, culture, food and liquor with famous guests who open up about life, people — and whatever the alcohol leads them to talk about next.

Scaredy Cats
Netflix
New Series!

In this spooky but family-friendly series, Willa Ward turns 12 and inherits a beautiful charm necklace that belonged to her mother, who was a witch. Willa soon learns that two bad witches, Wilma and Wanda, are after her locket so they can have ultimate power. Willa and her friends Scout and Lily turn into cats to escape, and they must learn to use the necklace and her witch powers to defeat the bad witches and save their town.

Seinfeld
Netflix
Streaming Exclusive!

Netflix is now the streaming master of the Seinfeld domain, having picked up all 180 episodes of the classic 1989-98 sitcom in a five-year deal made in 2019. The series had streamed on Hulu until June of this year. The entire Emmy-winning series, which stars Jerry Seinfeld, Jason Alexander, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Michael Richards, is available starting today.

Swallow
Netflix
Original Film!

Nigerian actor/filmmaker Kunle Afolayan directed this dramatic thriller set amid the burgeoning drug-trafficking trade of 1980s Lagos. It follows the story of a naive secretary (Niyola) who, after a series of career setbacks, considers a drug-trafficking offer from her roommate (Ijeoma Grace Agu).

TCM Morning & Afternoon Movies: “Pre-Code Horror”
TCM, beginning at 6am
Catch a Classic!

Welcome to October, the month that is best suited for fans of spooky movies as the days lead up to Halloween. Turner Classic Movies will certainly be doing its part with a number of great horror movies airing throughout October, and things kick off today with a morning and afternoon lineup of scary titles that were made in the years before Hollywood’s Motion Picture Production Code took effect in 1934. Lasting until 1968, this code featured guidelines for the self-censorship of film content from major studios, but that did not apply to the films airing on TCM today, which had the freedom to feature some scenes and themes that likely would have been altered under the code — if the movies were allowed to be released at all. The Pre-Code Horror lineup starts with the iconic 1933 monster movie King Kong, and continues with The Most Dangerous Game (1932); The Vampire Bat (1933); the German crime thriller The Testament of Dr. Mabuse (1933), from cowriter/director Fritz Lang; White Zombie (1932), headlined by Bela Lugosi; Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931), starring Best Actor Oscar winner Fredric March in both title roles; The Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933); and Doctor X (1932). The lineup concludes with Tod Browning’s infamous Freaks (1932), which has proven to be shocking or offensive to audiences before, during and after the Code — it was banned in the U.K. for 30 years, for example — given that its title characters are portrayed by actual sideshow performers with disabilities. But that title notwithstanding, these characters are generally treated sympathetically, and after decades of reappraisals, Freaks stands as a recognized horror classic and has been included in the National Film Registry. — Jeff Pfeiffer

The Most Magical Story on Earth: 50 Years of Walt Disney World
ABC, 8pm

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World Resort, ABC takes viewers on a historical journey spanning half a century and beyond at Walt Disney World in Florida. The two-hour special is filled with musical performances and interviews with iconic actors, athletes who share their favorite memories of Walt Disney World, along with Disney Imagineers who share behind-the-scenes details.

S.W.A.T.
CBS, 8pm
Season Premiere!

In the Season 5 premiere episode “Vagabundo,” Hondo (Shemar Moore) retreats to a quiet town in Mexico to reassess his life and professional future, only to find himself reluctantly drawn into one local family’s fight for justice.

Penn & Teller: Fool Us
The CW, 8pm
Season Premiere!

Aspiring magicians are invited to perform their best trick to try to fool the world-famous team of Penn & Teller. Anyone who succeeds wins the right to perform with Penn & Teller in their celebrated show at the Rio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The live studio audience and the TV audience watch along with Penn & Teller as they try to figure out the secrets.

Under Wraps
Disney Channel, 8pm
Original Film!

The contemporary comedic remake of the 1997 Halloween classic of the same name follows three 12-year-old friends, Marshall (Malachi Barton), Gilbert (Christian J. Simon) and Amy (Sophia Hammons). They happen upon and awaken a mummy, which they affectionately name Harold, and must rush to return him to his resting place before midnight on Halloween. Along the way, the team narrowly escapes a nefarious group of criminals intent on selling the mummy to the highest bidder. When Harold is inevitably captured, Marshall, Gilbert and Amy must band together to stand up to the criminals, face their fears and rescue their new — but rather “ancient” — friend.

Magnum P.I.
CBS, 9pm
Season Premiere!

As Magnum (Jay Hernandez) tries to keep his new relationship a secret and handles cases solo while Higgins (Perdita Weeks) is away, he is tasked with finding a single mom being hunted by two very dangerous gangs in the Season 4 premiere “Island Vibes.”

Dynasty
The CW, 9pm
Season Finale!

In the season finale, “Filled With Manipulations and Deceptions,” Blake (Grant Show) and Cristal (Daniella Alonso) work together on the new obstacles threatening Blake’s senatorial campaign. Fallon (Elizabeth Gillies) turns to Amanda (guest star Eliza Bennett) for help regarding Liam (Adam Huber) and their marriage. Sam (Rafael de la Fuente), Culhane (Robert Christopher Riley) and Kirby (Maddison Brown) work on the finishing touches for the opening of the Sahara Club, as Sam gets advice from an unexpected source. Alexis (Elaine Hendrix) continues her scheming as Dominique (Michael Michele) worries about Jeff’s (Sam Adegoke) health. Adam (Sam Underwood) finds himself in yet another precarious position.

Selling the Big Easy
HGTV, 9pm
Season Premiere!

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.

The Ghost and Molly McGee
Disney Channel, 9:40pm
New Series!

This animated comedy series follows the odd-couple friendship that forms between grumpy ghost Scratch (voice of Dana Snyder) and joyfully optimistic tween Molly McGee (voice of Ashly Burch). After tonight’s special premiere, new episodes air Saturday mornings beginning tomorrow. Disney Channel has already ordered a second season.

Eli Roth’s History of Horror
AMC, 10pm
Season Premiere!

Season 3 continues with the series’ winning combination of insightful interviews with masterfully edited clips from films that have seared themselves into popular culture. The season kicks off with “Sequels That Don’t Suck.” Fans of films like A Nightmare on Elm Street 3, Psycho II, The First Purge, Bride of Chucky, Scream 2 and Gremlins 2: The New Batch say sometimes sequels are as good or even better than the originals.

Blue Bloods
CBS, 10pm
Season Premiere!

In the Season 12 premiere episode “Hate Is Hate,” Danny (Donnie Wahlberg) consults a psychic to solve the murder of a young boy, and Frank (Tom Selleck) is at odds with the mayor (Dylan Walsh) over the city’s uptick in crime following a high-profile shooting.

Saturday, Oct. 2

The Haunted Museum
discovery+
New Series!

The creepy collection of haunted artifacts housed inside Zak Bagans’ (Ghost Adventures) Haunted Museum in Las Vegas is getting the spotlight in this new horror anthology series produced in collaboration with horror film master Eli Roth, with the series presenting the frightening and hellish tales behind the spooky relics on display. Bagans is opening his museum vaults and sharing the secrets and stories behind a curated selection of his most prized haunted items by way of scripted shorts produced by Roth and his accredited team, and with featured commentary from Bagans himself. The first two episodes are available today.

The Ghost and Molly McGee: “Howlin’ Harriet/The (Un)natural”
Disney Channel, 9am

The new animated comedy series continues with “Howlin’ Harriet,” in which Molly (voice of Ashly Burch) goes on a Wilder Scouts camping trip. Scratch (voice of Dana Snyder) helps Molly’s softball team get out of a slump in “The (Un)natural.”

Frankie Drake Mysteries
Ovation, 7pm
Season Premiere!

The ladies of Drake Detective Agency — Frankie (Lauren Lee Smith), Trudy (Chantel Riley), Mary (Rebecca Liddiard) and Flo (Sharron Matthews) — are back for a fourth season of mystery-solving. While busy with their professional lives, the team also finds time for personal pursuits. This season, Frankie has a European racecar-driving beau, Trudy’s dreams for a home are closer than ever, Mary falls for the wrong guy and Flo starts a family. In the season premiere, “Scavenger Hunt,” a player is murdered while the women are on a spirited scavenger hunt.

iHeartRadio Music Festival Night 1
The CW, 8pm

Tonight is Night 1 of a two-night event. Performers include Billie Eilish, Cheap Trick, Coldplay, Dua Lipa, Florida Georgia Line and more.

Outgrown: “Growing Into a Childhood Home”
HGTV, 8pm

Parents of three active boys bought the dad’s childhood home, and while the house has great memories and plenty of space for growing kids, it needs a major update. Luke Caldwell and Clint Robertson step in to make this home more open, welcoming and livable for a family of five.

The Good Father: The Martin MacNeill Story
Lifetime, 8pm
Original Film!

Based on actual events, The Good Father tells the story of Dr. MacNeill (Tom Everett Scott) and the incredible life he led with his former beauty queen wife, Michele (Charisma Carpenter), and their eight children. A pillar of the community, he was respected and loved by all, especially by his daughter, Alexis (Anwen O’Driscoll), who adored him and even wanted to follow in his footsteps to become a doctor. But everything soon changes after Dr. MacNeill convinces Michele to have plastic surgery, ultimately leading to her drowning while on prescription medication. Just a few short weeks after his wife’s suspicious death, Dr. MacNeill brings home Gypsy Willis, a new live-in “nanny” for his children who is in actuality his mistress. Shocked by her father’s actions, Alexis begins to question everything she has known about him and discovers the depth of his lies, including his bogus medical credentials, falsified military records, and that the man and good doctor she once revered was capable of murder.

Fleischer Animation 100th Anniversary
TCM, beginning at 8pm
Catch a Classic!

Tonight, Turner Classic Movies celebrates the 100th anniversary of the founding of Fleischer Studios — the pioneering animated film production company formed by brothers Max and Dave Fleischer in 1921. Though the company became defunct as its own entity in 1942, when it was acquired by and absorbed into Paramount Pictures, many of the classic cartoons and cartoon characters created by Fleischer Studios remain beloved parts of pop culture — including the original characters created by the studio like Koko the Clown, Betty Boop and Bimbo, as well as the company’s famed adaptations of other source material, like their shorts based on the Popeye the Sailor comic strip and the Superman comic books. The evening begins with Cartoon Carnival, a 90-minute documentary charting the birth of the American cartoon through the silent era until the arrival of Walt Disney. The film features interviews with animation historians and is supported by archival clips as it shines a light on a forgotten, but pioneering, part of film history of which the Fleischers were a key part. Following this documentary are blocks of Fleischer cartoons: The first hour highlights some of their notable productions of the silent era (early to mid 1920s), and the second hour-plus features great Fleischer cartoons from the sound era (early to mid 1930s), including Betty Boop and Popeye shorts. — Jeff Pfeiffer

Love Strikes Twice
Hallmark Channel, 9pm
Original Film!

Workaholic lawyer Maggie is having marriage issues. She wishes for a do-over and awakens 15 years in the past. Will Maggie choose college boyfriend Rick, or will she stay with husband Josh? Starring Katie Findlay, Wyatt Nash and Marshall Williams.

Saturday Night Live
NBC, 11:30pm Live
Season Premiere!

The iconic late-night sketch comedy/music series will return for Season 47 tonight. Owen Wilson hosts with musical guest Kacey Musgraves.