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SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 21, 2014


Once Upon a Time
8 p.m. on ABC

"There's No Place Like Home" concluded a two-part episode as well as the fantasy-drama series' third season. Trying to get back to Storybrooke proves quite complicated for Emma and Hook (Jennifer Morrison, Colin O'Donoghue) since in doing so, they have to be careful not to do anything that alters history. If they do, it'll drastically affect this saga's two worlds and the inhabitants of both. Ginnifer Goodwin and Josh Dallas, now real-life spouses, also star.

Masterpiece Mystery!
8 p.m. on PBS

One of Agatha Christie's signature characters is back - again played by Julia McKenzie ("Cranford") - in "Miss Marple, Season 7: A Caribbean Mystery," the first of three newly produced puzzlers about the sly spinster sleuth. Miss Jane Marple has many people to investigate during a stay at a posh island resort where another guest suddenly dies. The tale has been filmed before, in versions starring Helen Hayes and Joan Hickson.

Rachael vs. Guy Kids Cook-Off
8 p.m. on FOOD

The season finale, a new episode called "Food Fest Showdown," tests how well mentors Rachael Ray and Guy Fieri have taught their charges this season, as the contestants host a Food Festival where they perform a live demo of their signature dish for the hungry crowd. At the conclusion, chef Curtis Stone will crown the winner, with input from guest judges Brian Malarkey ("Top Chef") and actress-singer Haylie Duff.

Madam Secretary
8:30 p.m., 10:30 p.m. on CBS

He doesn't appear in the show - at least not yet - but Morgan Freeman is an executive producer of this new political drama, giving a sense of its gravitas. The series "Pilot" introduces Tea Leoni as America's new secretary of state, an ex-CIA analyst hurriedly thrust onto the stage of international diplomacy after taking the job at the behest of the president (Keith Carradine). Tim Daly, Bebe Neuwirth and Geoffrey Arend ("Body of Proof") also are in the cast.

Resurrection
9 p.m. on ABC

Arcadia is at critical mass with returnees, forcing Bellamy (Omar Epps) to ask for outside help. When Sheriff Fred (Matt Craven) tries to implement his own agenda, a siege ensues - ultimately involving armed guards - in the drama's first-season finale, "Torn Apart." Frances Fisher, Devin Kelley, Samaire Armstrong, Mark Hildreth, Sam Hazeldine and Kurtwood Smith also star.

The Great Food Truck Race
9 p.m. on FOOD

In the new episode "Shrimpin' Ain't Easy," Tyler challenges the three remaining teams to "cook locally" as they roll into Mobile, Ala. After enduring some frigid temperatures, one team walks away from a local wholesaler with nearly 100 pounds of free shrimp. After the teams add a brunch dish to their menu, local chef Pete Bloeme helps Tyler decide which two teams will move on to the grand finale.

Boardwalk Empire
9 p.m. on HBO

In the new episode "What Jesus Said," Chalky (Michael Kenneth Williams) changes course after taking stock of his latest partnership, while Nucky (Steve Buscemi) plays host to a prospective major partner from Boston. Luciano and Siegel (Vincent Piazza, Michael Zegen) encounter some unexpected resistance during a meeting with Narcisse (Jeffrey Wright) in Harlem. Kelly Macdonald also stars.

Witches of East End
9 p.m. on LIFE

The title of this new episode - "The Fall of the House of Beauchamp" - doesn't seem to augur well for the main characters as Joanna (Julia Ormond), devastated by Tarkoff's (James Marsters) treachery, resorts to desperate measures. Elsewhere, Dash's (Eric Winter) dark secrets start to come out, while Wendy (Madchen Amick) and Joanna try to reconnect with their father. Rachel Boston and Jenna Dewan Tatum also star.

The Good Wife
9:30 p.m. on CBS

How did Alicia (recent Emmy winner Julianna Margulies) answer when Eli (Alan Cumming) ended the previous season by asking her to run for the office of State's Attorney? That becomes clear early in the drama's sixth-year premiere, "The Line." As usual, Alicia has other concerns, since a problem from within threatens to tear apart her current law firm just as Diane (Christine Baranski) is thinking of joining it. Michael J. Fox returns as Louis Canning.

Cutthroat Kitchen
10 p.m. on FOOD

Any show with Alton Brown is bound to get pretty zany every now and ... OK, most of the time, but the new episode entitled (seriously) "Crabs of Steel" finds one chef forced to work on a traditional Japanese tea table, while another must make a crab cake while holding a toy crab claw in one hand. As if that isn't enough insanity, a chef also has to work from a hammock. Jet Tila is guest judge.

The Strain
10 p.m. on FX

In the new episode "The Third Rail," Setrakian (David Bradley) leads Eph, Fet and Nora (Corey Stoll, Kevin Durand, Mia Maestro) on a potentially deadly quest to find the lair of the Master (Robin Atkin Downes). Meanwhile, Zack (Ben Hyland) risks his safety for Mariela's (Anne Betancourt) sake after he is left behind at the pawnshop with her.

Revenge
10:01 p.m. on ABC

Any viewers of this show knows the two women never have been friends, but Emily and Victoria (Emily VanCamp, Madeleine Stowe) are determined to destroy each other - even if the consequences are deadly - in the Season 3 finale, "Execution." Without revealing any spoilers, we can confirm that things get pretty physical for a number of characters before the hour is over. Henry Czerny and Josh Bowman also star.


MONDAY SEPTEMBER 22, 2014

The Big Bang Theory
8 p.m. on CBS

The sitcom will return to Thursdays once CBS' run of NFL football on that night ends, but it temporarily moves back to Mondays to start its eighth season with back-to-back episodes. "The Locomotion Interruption" finds Leonard and Amy (Johnny Galecki, Mayim Bialik) retrieving Sheldon (Jim Parsons, recently an Emmy winner again) in Arizona. Then, "The Junior Professor Solution" finds Howard (Simon Helberg) a student in a class that Sheldon is teaching.

The Voice
8 p.m. on NBC

The seventh season of the singing competition begins with "The Blind Auditions, Premiere," as two notable newcomers - Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams - join returning coach/judges Adam Levine and Blake Shelton. Stevie Nicks, Alicia Keys, Little Big Town and Gavin Rossdale (Stefani's husband) are slated to be among the advisers to the aspiring talents who vie to win a record contract and $100,000. Carson Daly, also a producer of the show, continues as host.

Antiques Roadshow
8 p.m. on PBS

A new three-part program taped in Knoxville, Tenn., begins with an emphasis on Appalachian culture as host Mark L. Walberg and appraiser Ken Farmer survey related musical instruments. However, there's also room for the appraisal of a Tiffany vase that was bought for $75 ... and now has a value of up to $12,000. Also considered is a shoe that belonged to Robert Wadlow, who may not be a household name but has a place in history: He was the tallest person ever.

Gotham
8 p.m. on FOX

Earlier days of many fixtures of the Batman saga are traced as this stylish adventure series premieres. Young detective James Gordon, who eventually will become Gotham City's police commissioner, is at the heart of the "Pilot" as played by Ben McKenzie ("Southland"). Donal Logue also stars as his ethically murky partner. The villains include precursors of the Riddler and the Penguin, but an instant standout is Jada Pinkett Smith as a spicy crime vixen.

Inside the Actors Studio
8 p.m. on BRAVO

Host James Lipton welcomes Emmy winner Mariska Hargitay ("Law & Order: Special Victims Unit") in this new episode. While the actress is best known for her current role as Olivia Benson on the long-running NBC police drama, she also opens up about her late parents, Jayne Mansfield and Mickey Hargitay, and working with George Clooney and Anthony Edwards on "ER."

Rewrapped
8 p.m. on FOOD

Chefs Francesco Palmieri, Jennifer Cole and Timothy Witcher are the competitors in a new episode called "Let Them Eat Koffee Kake," in which one of the dishes during the Innovate round is - and we are not making this up - Wagyu steak with a Tastykake Koffee Kake Junior beurre blanc sauce. Yum? Judges are Marc Summers, Shelley McDonnough and Grace Choi.

NFL Football
8:15 p.m. on ESPN

Two teams with postseason aspirations do battle tonight at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., where Geno Smith and the New York Jets welcome in Jay Cutler and the Chicago Bears. After a surprising 8-8 season the Jets hope Smith, with a year's experience under his belt, can become a force to be reckoned with. The Bears, also 8-8 in 2013, added ex-Jet Santonio Holmes to an elite receiver corps, but a questionable secondary could prove to be an Achilles' heel.

Scorpion
9 p.m. on CBS

Misfit geniuses work with a federal agent (Robert Patrick) to stop high-tech crimes as this loosely fact-inspired drama series premieres. Katharine McPhee ("Smash") has a non-singing role as a waitress whose young son also has special gifts, with Elyes Gabel and Eddie Kaye Thomas ("American Pie") as members of the brainy group. There's still room for action, though: Just witness the well-staged car-and-plane stunt at the end of this "Pilot."

Sleepy Hollow
9 p.m. on FOX

The reimagining of Washington Irving's tale starts Season 2 with "This is War," which begins where the first round left off - with much still to be resolved. Ichabod (Tom Mison) remains buried alive while Katrina (Katia Winter) is in the clutches of the Headless Horseman, and Abbie (Nicole Beharie) is stuck in purgatory as Jenny (Lyndie Greenwood) becomes a car-accident victim. Henry's (John Noble) true identity is a huge factor in all of the crises.

America's Next Top Model
9 p.m. on CW

Someone who's quite familiar with unscripted series, "America's Got Talent" host Nick Cannon, turns up in the new episode "The Girl Who Got Five Frames." His presence has a purpose, since he's launching an advertising campaign - and he gives the models an opportunity to be the star of it. The contestants also have a potentially bad hair day when they get only five photo frames in which to look "perfect," while wind is whipping their follicles around.

Dallas
9 p.m. on TNT

Season three wraps with two new back-to-back episodes, starting with "Endgame," in which Christopher (Jesse Metcalfe) desperately races to find Elena (Jordana Brewster), even as the cartel is double-crossing Bobby (Patrick Ewing). Elsewhere, Nicolas (Juan Pablo Di Pace) tries to prove himself to Elena with a gesture that puts both him and John Ross (Josh Henderson) in grave danger. The season finale, "Brave New World," immediately follows.

Under the Dome
10 p.m. on CBS

Is there actually a way out of the Dome? If so, the residents of Chester's Mill probably will be kicking themselves for not knowing, with all they've gone through. The second-season finale, "Go Now," poses that possibility - and not a moment too soon, since the potential for everyone inside to be crushed remains a very real and present threat. Mike Vogel, Rachelle Lefevre, Dean Norris and Eddie Cahill star.

The Blacklist
10 p.m. on NBC

The mystery series - remaining on Mondays for now, but moving to Thursdays later in the season - opens its second year with "Lord Baltimore," giving Red (James Spader) a new opponent as well as a reunion with someone from his past, played by guest star Mary-Louise Parker ("Weeds"). Liz (Megan Boone) also has remnants of her past to deal with. Guest stars also include Krysten Ritter and Peter Stormare. Diego Klattenhoff and Harry Lennix also star.

POV
10 p.m. on PBS

The very colorful mayor of New York from 1978 to 1989 is profiled in the theatrically released documentary "Koch" ... which, ironically, had its public debut on the day he died in 2013. The Big Apple poses challenges for any of its leaders, and Ed Koch faced more than his share, not the least of which were the crime rate and the metropolis' financial health - or, rather, lack thereof. Former Wall Street Journal reporter Neil Barsky directed the film.

Jersey Belle
10 p.m. on BRAVO

In the season finale, a new episode called "The Lake House," Danielle and Bart get still more downbeat news about their chances of her getting pregnant. She and Jaime bond over their mutual frustration when Arden invites the ladies to her family's lake house. Luci confides to Scarlett and Haley that she is still flirting with Jeff. Bad news from work leads to tension between Jaime and Luci. Everyone lets down their hair over moonshine at a juke joint.

Forever
10:01 p.m. on ABC

Medical examiner Henry Morgan (Ioan Gruffudd) has a knack for staying alive ... for 200 years so far and counting. This new fantasy-drama series revolves around his immortality, and around his new partnership with a police detective ("Law & Order" alum Alana De La Garza) who knows there's something different about him, but she can't quite put her finger on it. Veteran actor Judd Hirsch also stars as a friend who's aware of Henry's unusually long existence.


TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 23, 2014

NCIS
8 p.m. on CBS

It's a race against time for Gibbs and McGee (Mark Harmon, Sean Murray) when their mission to bring an intel-knowledgeable computer engineer back from Russia attracts enemies in "Twenty Klicks," the drama's 12th-season opener. Foreign mercenaries pursue them, forcing them to move covertly to get back to America safely - while their colleagues in Washington, D.C., do what they can to help them. Michael Weatherly and Pauley Perrette also star.

Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
8 p.m. on PBS

One of the country's best-known advocates and practitioners of genealogy returns with a second season of his series that helps people delve into their respective family histories. They're often very famous people, too - as is the case in the first new episode, "In Search of Our Fathers," which puts iconic horror novelist Stephen King on such a search. Gates also assists actors Gloria Reuben and Courtney B. Vance in unlocking their personal pasts.

Arrow
8 p.m. on CW

Oliver (Stephen Amell) has been fighting his killer instincts for the past year, but when Slade (Manu Bennett) kidnaps someone close to him, he realizes he might have to take a drastic step. Diggle (David Ramsey) takes on Amanda Waller (Cynthia Addai-Robinson). Thea (Willa Holland) seeks help from Roy (Colton Haynes) in "Unthinkable."

NCIS: New Orleans
9 p.m. on CBS

The Big Easy is indeed the setting of this new second spinoff of the parent show, with Mark Harmon serving as an executive producer. Scott Bakula returns to weekly television work as Special Agent Dwayne Pride, for whom military-related crime cases are personal since he's a native of the title city (where the show is being filmed on location). Lucas Black and Zoe McLellan play members of his team, with CCH Pounder as a coroner they work with.

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
9 p.m. on ABC

Hayley Atwell doesn't get her own "Marvel's Agent Carter" series until midseason, but she and the character turn up here in the second season premiere, "Shadows." She factors in as Coulson (Clark Gregg) and his team stay on the run, a flight complicated by the presence of some new S.H.I.E.L.D. agents. Former television "Xena" Lucy Lawless joins the show's cast, and another guest star is notable: George Stephanopoulos, who's listed as playing "self."

The Boomer List: American Masters
9 p.m. on PBS

Filmmaker Timothy Greenfield-Sanders turns his approach from such previous projects as "The Black List" toward so-called baby boomers in this new documentary. Each of the 19 interviewees represents the year he or she was born - and it's quite a famous group, ranging from Billy Joel to Erin Brockovich. Others offering comments include Deepak Chopra, Samuel L. Jackson, computer guru Steve Wozniak, playwright Eve Ensler, Maria Shriver and Rosie O'Donnell.

New Girl
9 p.m. on FOX

"There's an app for that," including ...dating? Evidently, since Jess (Zooey Deschanel) gets lessons from Schmidt (Max Greenfield) in making very personal connections that way in the new episode "Dice." Winston (Lamorne Morris) is determined to make a favorable mark with fellow police cadets at a party - a plan that quickly goes out the window with the arrival of Nick, Cece and Coach (Jake Johnson, Hannah Simone, Damon Wayans Jr.).

Supernatural
9 p.m. on CW

Metatron (Curtis Armstrong) makes his move against the human race, and shocking consequences await Sam, Dean and Castiel (Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins) as they take him on. Dean is beginning to feel the effects of the First Blade in "Do You Believe in Miracles," the episode that concluded the series' ninth season.

Dance Moms
9 p.m. on LIFE

Always a big event under any circumstances, Abby's Annual Dance Concert takes on additional resonance because of its theme, an emotional tribute to her mother. With Nationals looming, Abby gives each of the girls 45 seconds to prove that she deserves a solo. Christi begins to worry (with good reason) about the security of Chloe's place at Nationals when Abby has Kamryn dance in Chloe's place in the new episode "45 Second Solos."

The Mindy Project
9:30 p.m. on FOX

When she runs into problems with taxes, Mindy (Mindy Kaling) gets creative - drawing Cliff (guest star Glenn Howerton) into her scheme - to protect the practice in the new episode "Crimes & Misdemeanors & Ex-BFs." Peter and Jeremy (Adam Pally, Ed Weeks) covertly compete for Lauren's (guest star Tracey Wigfield) affections. Chris Messina and Ike Barinholtz also star.

Chicago Fire
10 p.m. on NBC

An explosion has a major impact on Firehouse 51's members in the drama's Season 3 opener, "Always." In the aftermath, Boden (Eamonn Walker) tries to get everyone back in the proper frame of mind to do their jobs effectively. Casey (Jesse Spencer) tries to locate the missing Severide (Taylor Kinney). Newhouse (Edwin Hodge) has surprising information involving Mills (Charlie Barnett). Jon Seda and Amy Morton cross over in their "Chicago PD" roles.

Chopped
10 p.m. on FOOD

Risotto is tricky enough even in a non-competitive environment, and in the new episode "Ultimate Champions: Grand Finale," it's only the first round hurdle, as the chefs are challenged to either transform or enhance it. The entree round basket contains a big surprise that fails to thrill some contestants, while the dessert round includes booze and baked goods. Host Ted Allen welcomes judges Alex Guarnaschelli, Scott Conant and Geoffrey Zakarian.

Sons of Anarchy
10 p.m. on FX

The world of this series usually finds the members of the motorcycle club trying to present a united front against rival gangs, but in this new episode, SAMCRO takes advantage of an opportunity to secure an important alliance. What could go wrong? Given that the episode title is "Playing With Monsters," we're guessing the answer is: plenty. Charlie Hunnam and Katey Sagal star.

Kim of Queens
10 p.m. on LIFE

In a new episode called "Kiss My Grits!" Allisyn goes behind Kim's back to bring Marah back to Pageant Place for training. Addison, meanwhile, risks being booted unless she buckles down and starts to get serious. Meanwhile, Kim takes on a tomboy with a bow and arrow.

Person of Interest
10:01 p.m. on CBS

The names may change, but the characters remain the same as the mystery's fourth season opens with "Panopticon." Trying to avoid being located and possibly eliminated by the insidious system Samaritan, Reese (Jim Caviezel) and the other team members adopt new identities. It can be hard to escape your past, though, since The Machine retains elements of who they were - and Samaritan could track those. Michael Emerson, Sarah Shahi and Amy Acker also star.

Pioneers of Television
10:30 p.m. on PBS

"Carol Burnett & the Funny Ladies" is a self-explanatory title for this episode culled from the recurring series about home-screen history. Through her long-running comedy-variety series, Burnett surely set a standard for women with a knack for humor in their television work. However, she always has acknowledged Lucille Ball - also seen here - as a major influence and inspiration. Mary Tyler Moore also is among the performers highlighted.


WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 24, 2014

Survivor
8 p.m. on CBS

It's "Blood vs. Water" again as the series that put reality competitions on the television map starts its 29th season. Host Jeff Probst initiates two-person teams of loved ones into the game, and the concept of blood being thicker than water is put to the test as one person is sent to Exile Island - and the winner's teammate has to pick someone else from their tribe to go along with the loser. Former baseball player John Rocker is among the contestants.

The Mysteries of Laura
8 p.m. on NBC

Laura (Debra Messing) sets herself up to lure a killer who found his victim via online dating in the new episode "The Mystery of the Dead Date." Billy (Laz Alonso) oversees Laura's efforts to flush out the felon, which takes her deep into the New York nightlife scene. She's only playing at it initially, but Jake's (Josh Lucas) signing of their divorce papers makes her consider pursuing it for real. Soap-opera veteran Ricky Paull Goldin guest stars.

The Middle
8 p.m. on ABC

Season 6 opens with "Unbraceable You," with Frankie (Patricia Heaton) unprepared for a new school year - which she thought started a week later than it did. Sue and Brick (Eden Sher, Atticus Shaffer) feel the impact in turn, having to make up quickly for the days they've missed. At the same time, Sue celebrates a milestone when her braces are taken off. Mike (Neil Flynn) isn't quite as happy when Axl (Charlie McDermott) beats him at basketball.

Penguins: Spy in the Huddle, A Nature Special Presentation
8 p.m. on PBS

A new three-part miniseries on the title birds begins with "The Journey," in part tracing a peril-fraught trek by emperor penguins to make their way across a frozen waterway. Rockhoppers don't have it much easier once they've reached shore, since they have to make their way up a 300-foot cliff - mostly by hopping. Humboldt penguins are seen negotiating different kinds of danger, trying to avoid becoming direct targets of sea lions and vampire bats.

Hell's Kitchen
8 p.m. on FOX

The end of one of this show's seasons is a graduation of sorts, but a literal graduation takes place on the show for the first time in the new episode "15 Chefs Compete." Students of a culinary school are those who finish their formal education, and the cooks here have to get breakfast ready for them and their loved ones. The team to complete the mission first goes to San Francisco to meet Chef Dominique Chen ... and the other team gets to grind meat.

Penn & Teller: Fool Us
8 p.m. on CW

One last set of would-be magicians gets the chance to impress Penn & Teller enough to be in their Las Vegas show in the season finale, "Teller Sucks ... Helium." That title implies an interesting result, since Teller famously stays silent, and the sound of one's voice usually is one of the humorous effects of helium. Shawn Farquhar, Manuel Martinez, Martin Daniels and Chris Dugdale are the episode's novice illusionists. Jonathan Ross is the host.

The Goldbergs
8:30 p.m. on ABC

A musical message ends up in the wrong hands as the comedy's second season begins with "Love Is a Mixtape." Adam (Sean Giambrone) assembles songs to indicate his feelings to Dana (guest star Natalie Alyn Lind), but Beverly (Wendi McLendon-Covey) finds it and thinks it's for her. Barry (Troy Gentile) is too boastful about his new fake ID, which soon is removed from his possession - leaving him unable to fulfill promises. David Spade guest stars.

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
9 p.m. on NBC

Another new chapter begins for Benson (Mariska Hargitay), in multiple ways, as the crime drama starts its 16th season with "Girls Disappeared." Balancing her police duties with her responsibilities as a foster parent doesn't come easy, especially since a prostitution case is related to the birth mother of the baby Benson is now caring for. A newly arrived detective (guest star Peter Scanavino) ruffles some feathers almost immediately. Ice-T also stars.

NOVA
9 p.m. on PBS

The word "hacker" has become common in daily vocabulary, often with a connotation that's none too pleasant. The new episode "Rise of the Hackers" probes the power that cybercriminals exhibit in stealing personal information and wreaking havoc on companies - and even countries. The program isn't only a profile of the "bad guys," though: It also considers those who are using computer skills to try to stay ahead of the next attack via bit and byte.

Red Band Society
9 p.m. on FOX

An unforeseen development in Jordi's (Nolan Sotillo) surgery leaves Leo (Charlie Rowe) distraught in the new episode "Sole Searching." Kara's (Zoe Levin) relatives are so caught up in trying to arrange for a new heart for her, they fail to recognize what she needs most at the moment. Griffin Dunne, Wilson Cruz ("My So-Called Life") and Andrea Parker ("The Pretender") guest star. Octavia Spencer and Dave Annable also star.

Million Dollar Listing: Los Angeles
9 p.m. on BRAVO

In the new episode "Hard Cold Cash," Josh Altman is forced to stash another agent in a freezer when a client comes close to blowing his stack during a negotiation. Tyga, a hip hop artist, checks out James and David's ultimate bachelor pad in the Hollywood Hills, which just happens to be across the street from Altman's house. Elsewhere, Josh Flagg goes back in time, figuratively speaking, to sell a 1919 Beverly Hills tear-down that cannot be torn down.

Legends
9 p.m. on TNT

Following the dramatic events in Houston, Martin (Sean Bean) returns to DCO and is presented with a case involving an anticipated assassination attempt as a Saudi prince visits Los Angeles. Martin's subsequent investigation with Rice (Morris Chestnut) leads them to a beautiful women's rights activist whose loyalties are somewhat hazy in the new episode "Quicksand."

Big Brother
9:30 p.m. on CBS

It'll be another nine months or so until host Julie Chen gets to look in on housemates again - on television, at least - so she'd better make the most of this finale of the unscripted show's 16th round. After all the challenges, alliances and double-dealings, it all comes down to one person who has managed to stay in the Big Brother House and outwit everyone else. For those keeping track, this has been the longest edition of the series' U.S. version yet.

black-ish
9:31 p.m. on ABC

Want to see Laurence Fishburne smile? This new comedy series gives him a number of reasons to, since he's an executive producer as well as one of its stars. He plays the father of a man (Anthony Anderson, an executive producer of the show as well) who worries his personal and professional success has taken him far from his roots, so he tries to merge his heritage with his current life - to mixed results. Tracee Ellis Ross ("Girlfriends") portrays Anderson's wife.

Hud
9:45 p.m. on TCM

It's son versus father in this 1963 Western starring Paul Newman as Hud Bannon, a reckless, devil-may-care cowboy. Dad (Melvyn Douglas) disapproves of Hud's womanizing ways, while the son thinks his father is uptight and strict. Both men must learn to set aside their differences when disease strikes the cattle herd. Patricia Neal, who earned an Oscar for her performance, and Brandon de Wilde co-star.

Chicago PD
10 p.m. on NBC

The "Chicago Fire" spinoff starts its second season with "Call It Macaroni," which finds Internal Affairs keeping an eye on Voight (Jason Beghe) as a murder probe proceeds. That's not his only problem: He gets into a car accident while following an armored vehicle whose passengers include Ruzek (Patrick Flueger). Lindsay (Sophia Bush) has a reunion with her mother (guest star Markie Post). Jon Seda, Elias Koteas and Jesse Lee Soffer also star.

Nashville
10 p.m. on ABC

Live performances - staged for both the East and West Coasts - are highlights of the Season 3 opener, "That's Me Without You." Florida Georgia Line will take the stage, as will series regulars Charles Esten and Chris Carmack. As for the hour's dramatic content, Rayna (Connie Britton) has to decide on her personal and professional options, and Juliette (Hayden Panettiere) pursues a movie role while trying to set things right with Avery (Jonathan Jackson).

Secrets of the Dead
10 p.m. on PBS

The series resumes with the new episode "Resurrecting Richard III," recalling a 2011 archaeological expedition to locate the bones of one of England's most notorious rulers. King Richard III's hunchback has led to plentiful theorizing on how he could have been such a fully engaged warrior in spite of that deformity. Scientists hope to provide at least some answers by being able to examine his physiology very directly.

Restaurant: Impossible
10 p.m. on FOOD

Not even the Borgias had such complicated family dynamics! The new episode "Drama at Mamma's‘ takes Robert Irvine to Bellefonte, Pa., where Mamma Lucrezia's restaurant is hemorrhaging thousands of dollars a month. Two feuding sisters, Stefania and Maria, own the decade-old eatery, which must compete with a new Italian restaurant across the street that is owned by - mamma mia! - their brother. There's nothing wrong with the food, so Robert focuses on the personal issues causing the problems.

The Bridge
10 p.m. on FX

In the new episode called "Quetzalcoatl," Marco (Demian Bichir) becomes Fausto's (Ramon Franco) ticket to freedom. Meanwhile, Sonya (Diane Kruger) struggles to find the key to interpreting Eleanor's (Franka Potente) ledger, and Frye and Adriana (Matthew Lillard, Emily Rios) assist the EPPD investigation.

Franklin & Bash
10:01 p.m. on TNT

Jared (Breckin Meyer) experiences mixed feelings of excitement and horror when he wakes up in bed with the mother (Jane Seymour) of his partner, Peter (Mark-Paul Gosselaar), in the new episode "Honor Thy Mother". That awkward situation goes on the back burner, though, once the boys hear that their beloved diner is being bought out by a competitor. Meanwhile, Pindar (guest star Kumail Nanjiani) returns from his travels. Carmen Electra guest stars.


THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 25, 2014

The Biggest Loser
8 p.m. on NBC

The contestants face two challenges in the aptly titled new episode "Double Header." First, they have to show how much they know - or don't - about nutrition, with every wrong answer causing food to be consumed by their trainers. Then, the competitors have to demonstrate their endurance, with a trip to "Comeback Canyon" resulting in certain cases. The trainers include Jessie Pavelka, Dolvett Quince and Jennifer Widerstrom. Alison Sweeney is the host.

Grey's Anatomy
8 p.m. on ABC

Oscar winner Geena Davis hasn't done series television in a while, but that changes as she joins the medical drama's cast in the Season 11 premiere, "I Must Have Lost It on the Wind." Not surprisingly, she plays a surgeon. Kelly McCreary ("Emily Owens, M.D.") also makes her debut as another new doctor at the hospital. Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) tries to keep things status quo, but Derek (Patrick Dempsey) wants to move. Co-star Kevin McKidd directed the tale.

Bones
8 p.m. on FOX

Booth (David Boreanaz) is behind bars as Season 10 of the mystery series opens with "The Conspiracy in the Corpse." His colleagues try to clear him and secure his release by probing the matter that put him in prison, a man's death 16 years earlier. Booth has to face vengeful convicts he helped put away - and he might not have it much easier once he's out, thanks to an FBI man (guest star John Boyd, "Argo") who's eager to prove himself. Emily Deschanel also stars.

The Vampire Diaries
8 p.m. on CW

In the wake of an unexpected tragedy, Damon (Ian Somerhalder) forces himself to hold it together and pushes Bonnie (Kat Graham) to stop the disintegration of the Other Side. Caroline (Candice Accola) steps in when Liv (Penelope Mitchell) rebuffs Elena's (Nina Dobrev) plea for help. Armed with new information from Sheriff Forbes (Marguerite MacIntyre), Damon comes up with a plan that has a literally explosive outcome in "Home."

Glena
8 p.m. on SHOW

Filmmaker Allan Luebke used Kickstarter to help fund this character-driven 2013 documentary, which follows 30-something single mom Glena Avila as she embarks on an uphill battle to become a mixed martial artist. Luebke originally planned to do only a short film, but the project ballooned to feature length over the next three years. The finished film has received several film festival awards as well as warm critical praise for its celebration of tenacity and courage in the face of long odds.

Haven
8 p.m. on SYFY

In a new episode called "Spotlight," as the public mood turns increasingly nasty, Nathan (Lucas Bryant) is forced into making a desperate play to protect Mara from the furious citizens of Haven. Unfortunately, that leaves only Dwight and Duke (Adam Copeland, Eric Balfour) to deal with still another deadly menace that threatens to burn the town to the ground.

NFL Football
8:25 p.m. on CBS

A pair of NFC East rivals coming off down seasons clash tonight in Landover, Md., where the Washington Redskins defend home turf from the New York Giants. After going 7-9 (after an 0-6 start), the G-Men revamped their secondary and receiver corps, but their fortunes, as usual, will ride on the arm of inconsistent Eli Manning. The 'Skins, meanwhile, hope to keep their franchise quarterback, Robert Griffin III, healthy and avoid another 3-13 season.

Scandal
9 p.m. on ABC

What happened after Olivia and Jake (Kerry Washington, Scott Foley) flew off to presumed happiness? As confirmed by the fourth season premiere, "Randy, Red, Superfreak and Julia," it's probably no surprise things didn't turn out quite as planned. Fitz (Tony Goldwyn) starts his second term determined to generate more positive results for America, aided by Cyrus (Jeff Perry). Portia De Rossi joins the cast in the episode written by executive producer Shonda Rhimes.

The Originals
9 p.m. on CW

Klaus and Elijah (Joseph Morgan, Daniel Gillies) search for Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin). Francesca (Peta Sargent) meets with Oliver and Jackson (Chase Coleman, Nathan Parsons) to discuss the werewolves' future in New Orleans. After Marcel (Charles Michael Davis) and his vampires are attacked, Davina and Cami (Danielle Campbell, Leah Pipes) join forces against Klaus, who makes a desperate, heartbreaking decision in the first-season finale, "From a Cradle to a Grave."

Don't Be Tardy...
9 p.m. on BRAVO

In the season finale, a new episode called "Off the Bench," Kim throws Kroy a surprise party attended by his closest friends from all over before he heads off to training camp. The gathering marks the end of extended quality time with his family as Kroy, who has spent most of the season benched with a torn Achilles tendon, braces himself to return to the gridiron.

Project Runway
9 p.m., 10:31 p.m. on LIFE

The designers hit the streets of New York in search of a stranger who can serve as their creative muse. Once found, they have to convince the person in question to undergo a Mary Kay makeover as part of the look they want to design for them. Model Asha Leo and actress Michelle Monaghan ("True Detective") are guest judges for the new episode "Find Your Muse."

Parenthood
10 p.m. on NBC

The drama's sixth and final season begins with "Vegas," a title that indicates the setting of much of the story. Indeed, Sarah (Lauren Graham) takes Zeek (Craig T. Nelson) there on a birthday getaway, but the trip has unexpected consequences. Amber (Mae Whitman) has a hard time coping with growing up. The rest of the family pitches in to help Adam and Kristina (Peter Krause, Monica Potter) prepare to open their charter school. Erika Christensen also stars.

How to Get Away With Murder
10 p.m. on ABC

In a real rarity, one producer - Shonda Rhimes - gets to "own" all of one network's primetime lineup on one night weekly as this new drama joins her ongoing "Grey's Anatomy" and "Scandal." Viola Davis ("The Help") stars as an attorney and law professor who encourages students to expand beyond classroom lessons, sometimes questionably, in mounting defenses for clients. Cast regulars also include Alfred Enoch, Katie Findlay, Jack Falahee and Liza Weil.

Beat Bobby Flay
10 p.m. on FOOD

Simon Majumdar and Donatella Arpaia - both notoriously tough judges on "Iron Chef America" - bring their knowledge about Bobby Flay's strengths and weaknesses as they decide whether Stephen Durley or Tim Wiechmann would be the chef more likely to kick Bobby off his throne. Guest judges April Bloomfield, Scott Gerber and Maureen Pstrosky render their verdict on the face-off between the ordained challenger and Bobby in the new episode "Ruling With an Iron Fist."


FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 26, 2014

The Amazing Race
8 p.m. on CBS

And they're off, again: On the heels of its latest Emmy win, the reality competition series begins its 25th season with 11 new teams vying for the $1 million prize at the end of an around-the-globe contest. Notable among the competitors: surfer Bethany Hamilton and her husband, Adam Dirks; two Boston firefighters; and professional wrestlers Robbie E. Strauss and Brooke Adams (who is not to be confused with the actress by the same name). Phil Keoghan continues as host.

Masters of Illusion
8 p.m. on CW

An episode titled "Evil Met His Match" suggests things won't necessarily stay cheery throughout the half-hour. Host Dean Cain probably would be wise to keep his distance from those practicing the magic here, though he faced enough evil when he wore the costume and cape as television's Superman. Jarrett & Raja, Murray SawChuck, Tom Burgoon, Rick Thomas, Michael Giles, David & Dania, Matt Marcy and Michael Turco are the illusionists on hand.

Hawaii Five-0
9 p.m. on CBS

The prominence of drones has been on the rise steadily, and the devices cause problems for Five-0 in the crime drama's fifth-season premiere, "A'ohe kahi e pe'e ai" (Hawaiian for "Nowhere to Hide"). Panic erupts on Oahu when an unknown assailant begins aiming armed drones at ordinary citizens, forcing the island into lockdown. McGarrett and Danny (Alex O'Loughlin, Scott Caan) prove to be not the most agreeable subjects for a psychological evaluation.

Live From Lincoln Center
9 p.m. on PBS

In a rare television performance, Oscar winner Emma Thompson plays Mrs. Lovett - the vengeful schemer who conspires with the title character (Bryn Terfel) to create a very special kind of meat pie - in " ‘Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street' in Concert With the New York Philharmonic." This new offering of the Stephen Sondheim musical was recorded at New York's Avery Fisher Hall last March. Christian Borle ("Smash") also stars.

Blue Bloods
10 p.m. on CBS

Danny (Donnie Wahlberg) is out for justice - and more than a touch of vengeance - when Baez (Marisa Ramirez) is hurt by assailants while helping to transport drugs to be destroyed in "Partners," the police drama's fifth-season opener. A lieutenant with a sterling professional record unexpectedly causes problems for Frank (Tom Selleck). Kirk Acevedo reprises his earlier guest role as Baez's brother. Bridget Moynahan, Will Estes and Len Cariou also star.

Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives
10 p.m. on FOOD

Host Guy Fieri finds a "Worldwide Flavorfest" in a new episode that takes him to Cincinnati, where he samples the trademark jerk chicken and spicy snapper served at a jumping Jamaica joint. Next, a Boston eatery may serve only lunch, but it makes that meal count with truly Italian fare like porcini cascioni and rosettes. Finally, a Bangkok burrito and a dynamite lamb curry are Thai-based highlights at a restaurant in - wait for it - Duluth, Minn.

The Knick
10 p.m. on MAX

Thackery and Edwards (Clive Owen, Andre Holland) are forced to take action as racial tensions rise in the aftermath of a white cop's stabbing by a black man in the new episode "Get a Rope." Everett (Eric Johnson) finds a much-changed operating room when he returns to work. Barrow (Jeremy Bobb) worries about Junia's (Rachel Korine) safety, while Cornelia (Juliet Rylance) is struck by Edwards' ingenuity. Eve Hewson also stars.

Z Nation
10 p.m. on SYFY

In a new episode called "Philly Feast," the survivors struggling to make their way across country reach Philadelphia, only to be confronted by a dangerous band of psychotic outlaws. As the tense encounter plays out, however, a connection between the two parties comes to light. Harold Perrineau, DJ Qualls and Tom Everett Scott star.

20/20
10:01 p.m. on ABC

David Muir certainly is busy with his newest job at ABC News - as the weeknight anchor of "ABC World News Tonight" - but he also intends to continue as an anchor of this newsmagazine as it starts a new season here. The extended pieces on the program service Muir's desire to get out from behind the desk and into the field, and it wouldn't be a surprise to see him front reports on the same subjects on both of his shows.


SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 27, 2014

Cedar Cove
8 p.m. on HALL

In the new episode "Stand and Deliver," Olivia (Andie MacDowell) worries that Jack (Dylan Neal) is struggling with the pressures of his new job, and her fears are well founded: He's secretly drinking again. Shelly (guest star Hayley Sales) breaks up for good with Eric (Tom Stevens), prompting him to vent his anger at Rebecca (guest star Cindy Busby). Meanwhile, Peggy (Barbara Niven) comes face to face with the man from her past whom she most fears.

Riddick
8 p.m. on HBO

A movie with this title only can mean Vin Diesel is back for another round as the brawny antihero he first played more than a decade before in "Pitch Black." With writer-director David Twohy in charge again, Riddick is in another nightmare scenario, stranded on a dangerous planet where bounty hunters seek to claim his head. Literally. One is portrayed by Katee Sackhoff ("Longmire"). Karl Urban ("Star Trek") also stars in the 2013 sci-fi adventure.

Midnight Masquerade
9 p.m. on HALL

This 2014 Halloween-themed romance stars the aptly named Autumn Reeser as Elyse, a beautiful young businesswoman who inherits a billion-dollar candy company. At a costume ball, she falls in love with a handsome "prince" who is really a sorely beset young attorney. When the latter discovers his abusive boss plans to swindle Elyse, this Prince Charming must find the courage to intervene. Christopher Russell and Richard Burgi also star.

The Revenant
9 p.m. on SYFY

Best known for playing baddies on shows such as "Alias," David Anders tackles a decidedly different character in this 2009 horror comedy, which has become a minor cult hit. Anders stars as Second Lt. Bart Gregory, who dies under shady circumstances in Iraq, then finds himself reanimated as a zombie. He needs blood to survive, but he's unwilling to kill innocents, so Bart and his slacker buddy Joey (Chris Wylde) seek out the dregs of the Los Angeles underworld to feed his undead hunger. Louise Griffiths also stars.

Superbad
9:04 p.m. on COM

For what looked to be a crass, "National Lampoon"-type movie, this 2007 comedy scored surprisingly good reviews. Seth and Evan (Jonah Hill, Michael Cera) have no social life to speak of, so they decide that as high-school seniors, the time has come to lose their virginity. Tomfoolery and ineptitude ensue. Christopher Mintz-Plasse is hilarious as the buddy known as "McLovin'." Martha MacIsaac, Emma Stone, Kevin Corrigan and Seth Rogen also star.

The Apartment
9:45 p.m. on TCM

Could it be that the subtle art of brown-nosing is a timeless human trait? This movie, starring Jack Lemmon as Bud Baxter, takes a light hearted look at the unscrupulous tactics of the Manhattan corporate world. Though released in 1960, the actions of Baxter as he panders his way up to upper management are all too recognizable today. Billy Wilder, who earned best director, had previously teamed up with Lemmon in ("Some Like It Hot") and took advantage of his great improvisational skills. Shirley MacLaine, who was nominated for best actress, co-stars as Baxter's love interest.

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