All Times Eastern. PBS programming varies regionally.
Sunday, Sept. 4
This captivating and powerful documentary dives deep into the life of tennis great John McEnroe, who rose to world No. 1 for four consecutive years, all while battling intense bouts of perfectionism and self-doubt. McEnroe takes viewers inside the mind of one of the most controversial tennis players in the history of the sport as he traverses the streets of New York City over the course of a single night, retracing his life in previously unseen archival footage.
The series returns for Season 3, offering more rare and intimate glimpses into the lives of artists, the inner workings of their creative spirit and how personal faith influences them and their art.
To Be or Not to Be
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Ernst Lubitsch’s classic 1942 dark comedy is a bold combination of political satire, romance, slapstick and wartime espionage that began production before the United States entered World War II, and hit theaters about two months after America had joined the conflict, bringing audiences a timely artistic attack on the fascist powers the nation was now at war with. Jack Benny and Carole Lombard (in her final film role; she perished at age 33 in a plane crash about a month before this film’s release) are terrific as husband-and-wife actors in Nazi-occupied Warsaw who, with their acting troupe, become embroiled in a spy plot using their skills at dressing up and posing as other people. Lubitsch’s film successfully walks the fine line of being a hilarious satire of Nazi ideology that also does not minimize its threat, a fact that wasn’t necessarily recognized when the film was first released, but which viewers have come to appreciate in the ensuing decades.
NTT IndyCar Series: Grand Prix of Portland
NBC, 3:30pm Live
NTT IndyCar Series drivers compete in the season’s penultimate race, the Grand Prix of Portland at Oregon’s Portland International Raceway.
NASCAR Cup Series: Cook Out Southern 500
USA Network, 6pm Live
The NASCAR Cup Series playoffs Round of 16 begins tonight at South Carolina’s Darlington Raceway for the Cook Out Southern 500 on USA Network.
MLB Baseball: San Diego at L.A. Dodgers
ESPN, 7pm Live
The San Diego Padres and L.A. Dodgers finish a three-game series at Dodger Stadium tonight on Sunday Night Baseball.
Love, Bubbles & Crystal Cove
Skye (Stephanie Bennett) is preparing for another great year with her bath-and-body business Lather & Luxury when her childhood sweetheart Gavin (Jesse Hutch) arrives in town to help improve her business model. As they spend more time together, sparks fly, and they find that the true luxury of life is falling in love.
College Football: Florida State vs. LSU
ABC, 7:30pm Live
College football’s opening weekend continues with the Florida State Seminoles facing the LSU Tigers in the Allstate Louisiana Kickoff at Caesars Superdome in New Orleans.
Biography: WWE Legends
“WrestleMania 1,” the Season 2 finale of this docuseries about some of the WWE’s most memorable legends and events, tells the story of the making of the first WrestleMania, when Madison Square Garden was taken over.
The Boleyns: A Scandalous Family: “Desire”
A more sophisticated Anne Boleyn (Rafaëlle Cohen) returns to England from France, having grown into a real beauty who dazzles the Tudor court of Henry VIII while her family plays the long game to catch a king.
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 9pm
When museum curator Lily discovers a painting that looks just like her, she travels to Ireland to search for the artist. There, she meets William, a charming man who joins her quest and also seems to know more about the portrait’s origins than he’s letting on. Stars Aubrey Reynolds and Richard McWilliams.
The first season of this series that explores Rome’s famous and ancient Colosseum concludes with “The Pagan.” By the fourth century, a divided Roman Empire is rocked by devastating earthquakes, fires, barbarian invasions and deep religious divides. As Rome declines, the Colosseum, which once stood as a proud symbol of the Empire’s glory, lies empty. To restore the empire, one man, a devout worshipper of the Rome’s old Gods, turns to the arena. Can staging elaborate and expensive games there reverse the decline?
How It Really Happened With Jesse L. Martin: “Kobe Bryant”
On Jan. 26, 2020, NBA superstar Kobe Bryant’s helicopter crashed, killing all nine people onboard including Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna. The shocking news left the world reeling and searching for answers. How could a simple flight, piloted by an industry pro, go so terribly wrong? This special two-part episode, beginning tonight with “Red Flags” and concluding tomorrow (Sept. 5) at the same time with “What Went Wrong?,” looks into the incident. Aviation experts revisit the accident and share what exactly happened, while interviews with close friends, colleagues and basketball insiders offer details and anecdotes about Bryant, many never before shared on television.
Evil Lives Here: Shadows of Death
Investigation Discovery, 9pm; also streams on discovery+
The true-crime docuseries returns for Season 4, beginning with “No Body.” In 2005, a woman failed to show up at a Mötley Crüe concert and was never seen again. To this day, her friends and family wait for her killer to visit her secret grave.
Guilt: “Episode 3”
Max (Mark Bonnar) and Erin’s (Sara Vickers) relationship grows ever more complicated, as the pressure on Max from his police handler Jackie (Sandy McDade) steadily increases, and he has a surprising meeting.
Season 5 of the coming-of-age drama series centered on a group of residents on Chicago’s South Side comes to an end with “I Am the Blues.” Jacob Latimore, Alex Hibbert and Yolonda Ross star.
Ghosts of Devil’s Perch: “Monster in the Mine”
Travel Channel, 9pm; also streams on discovery+
Dave Schrader, Cindy Kaza and K.D. Stafford rush to an opulent stone mansion after two witnesses report an encounter with a ghostly intruder. The team is threatened by spirit voices as they uncover a history of murder and madness, but what lies beneath the home is even more troubling.
Season 1 concludes with “Stephanie McMahon vs. Brie Bella,” recognizing how their onscreen rivalry inspired a revolution in sports entertainment.
History’s Crazy Rich Ancients
History, beginning at 10pm
The series’ first season finishes up with back-to-back half-hour episodes. First, in “Sick Rides,” discover how the mega-rich have always flaunted their wealth by buying luxury vehicles, even when the only types to buy were boats, chariots and horse-drawn carriages. Then, the season finale episode “We Built This City” shows how some of the richest people who have ever lived harbored ambitions way beyond building a dream house — they used their resources and power to create entire cities from scratch.
On the Case With Paula Zahn
Investigation Discovery, 10pm; also streams on discovery+
Journalist Paula Zahn returns for Season 25 of her true-crime newsmagazine, and tonight’s season premiere, “From Zero to Murder,” marks the series’ 350th episode. Police investigating the brutal murder of a young woman ask themselves a chilling question: Was the ambush-style shooting that ended Alisha Canales-McGuire’s life actually a terrifying case of mistaken identity? Zahn sits down with investigators who cracked the case, along with the victim’s sister Amanda, who was the intended target, to get to the bottom of one of the most bizarre murder investigations to rock the quiet suburb of Everett, Washington.
Project Artemis — Back to the Moon
Smithsonian Channel, 10pm
Meet the teams of brilliant engineers and bold explorers behind NASA’s latest moon mission: Project Artemis. Witness the intense training and innovative technologies involved in NASA’s latest mission to put humans back on the moon.
WWE Smack Talk
The Season 1 finale does a deep dive into WrestleMania 1 and the heated rivalry between Stephanie McMahon vs. Brie Bella.
Rick and Morty
Adult Swim, 11pm
The cult-favorite adult animated sci-fi sitcom that follows sociopathic genius scientist Rick Sanchez and his timid grandson Morty (both characters voiced by Justin Roiland) on dangerous adventures across the universe kicks off Season 6 with “Solaricks.”
Monday, Sept. 5
Recipes for Love and Murder
Filmed in South Africa and Scotland, this colorful and quirky mystery drama is based on Sally Andrews’ bestselling A Tannie Maria Mystery book series. Maria Doyle Kennedy plays Tannie Maria (“Auntie Maria” in the Afrikaans language), who lobbies to take on the role of advice columnist when the local newspaper cuts her recipe column. Things take an unexpected turn when a correspondent who writes to Maria about her abusive husband is found dead. Maria’s worlds collide as she begins working through her own mysterious past trying to solve the case. She joins forces with risk-taking rookie journalist — and sometimes rival — Jessie September (Kylie Fisher) to investigate the murder and catch the killer before the police find more victims. But will they make too many enemies in the process and risk the perpetrator catching them first? Meanwhile, Maria also continues to comfort her readers by blending experiential advice with soothing recipes. Two new episodes are available Mondays starting today.
The Great Wolf Pack: A Call to Adventure
This original animated film features the Great Wolf cast of characters on an incredible adventure as they explore vibrant new worlds and encounter exotic creatures. The story follows five unlikely woodland friends — Wiley Wolf, Violet Wolf, Oliver Raccoon, Sammy Squirrel and Brinley Bear — who are magically transported via the Great Wolf Geyser to whimsical worlds where adventure awaits. They will help those in need by harnessing the power of the Pack and joining together in friendship. By combining their unique talents and flaws, they will face and overcome any challenges that come their way.
Wild West MOVIES!
MOVIES!, beginning at 6am
Catch a Classic!
Spend your Labor Day enjoying a lineup of 10 great Westerns on MOVIES!: Pride of the West (1938), starring William Boyd in one of his many appearances as Hopalong Cassidy, alongside beloved and frequent Western character actor George “Gabby” Hayes; The Oregon Trail (1959), led by Fred MacMurray; Buck and the Preacher (1972), the feature film directorial debut of Sidney Poitier, who also stars alongside Harry Belafonte and Ruby Dee; director John Ford’s Wagon Master (1950), starring Ben Johnson, Harry Carey Jr., Joanne Dru and Ward Bond, and the inspiration for the later TV series Wagon Train; Garden of Evil (1954), led by Gary Cooper, Susan Hayward and Richard Widmark; The Bravados (1958), with Gregory Peck and Joan Collins; Broken Lance (1954), starring Spencer Tracy and Robert Wagner; Escape From Fort Bravo (1953), set during the Civil War and featuring William Holden, Eleanor Parker and John Forsythe; Jubal (1956), with Glenn Ford, Ernest Borgnine and Rod Steiger; and Colorado Territory (1949), directed by Raoul Walsh (remaking his own 1941 film High Sierra) and headlined by Joel McCrea, Virginia Mayo and Dorothy Malone.
“The Andy Griffith Show” Labor Day Marathon
TV Land, beginning at 12pm
Enjoy eight hours featuring 16 episodes from the classic 1960-68 sitcom The Andy Griffith Show, led by Andy Griffith, young Ron (aka “Ronny”) Howard, Emmy winners Don Knotts and Frances Bavier, and a cast of several others portraying the memorably quirky characters who make up the fictional North Carolina community of Mayberry.
Roswell, New Mexico
The CW, 8pm
The sci-fi drama and reimagining of Roswell about Liz Ortecho (Jeanine Mason) and the aliens she encounters after returning to her hometown of Roswell, New Mexico, finishes its run with the Season 4 finale.
College Football: Clemson vs. Georgia Tech
ESPN, 8pm Live
Week 1 of the college football season concludes with the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game between the Clemson Tigers and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
Don’t Forget the Lyrics!: “Mom’s Rock!”
Two single moms, a school bus driver and a U.S. Marine, try to sing their way to $1 million in the new episode “Mom’s Rock!”
The Bad Seed Returns
Mckenna Grace returns as Emma Grossman, a psychopathic teenager who solves problems by any means necessary — including murder. This sequel to the 2018 film was written by Grace herself and her father during the quarantine and follows Emma as she now lives with her aunt (Michelle Morgan) and attempts to navigate the social norms of high school.
American Ninja Warrior
This two-hour ANW special introduces the inaugural Family Championship competition.
The Family Chantel
In “The End of Forever,” Pedro finally finds Chantel, leading to a fiery argument between the two. Chantel returns from vacation and has Winter and Karen move into the house. Pedro hits his breaking point and makes the decision to file divorce papers.
In the Dark
The CW, 9pm
The crime drama about vigilante detective, drug front proprietor and woman-on-the-run Murphy Mason (Perry Mattfeld) comes to an end with the Season 4 finale. Will her ex Josh (Theodore Bhat) accomplish his goal of putting Murphy back behind bars?
Teams try to identify the hit songs and claim the $1 million prize in the Season 5 finale “Shake Your Pom Poms!”
Love It or List It
In the season opener, “Moms at Odds,” April and Mia, a couple married for 16 years with twin teen sons and two dogs, are at odds over their house, which is in desperate need of a makeover. Mia is attached to the house for sentimental reasons and wants to stay in the area, while April is tired of the tight space and desires an updated home with more land. With Hilary Farr on her side, Mia believes they can improve the layout and renovate the outdated kitchen and dining room to create their forever home. April disagrees and can’t wait for David Visentin to find their family a new perfect house.
People Magazine Investigates
Investigation Discovery, 9pm; also streams on discovery+
In the true-crime series’ Season 6 finale, “Candy and Betty,” when neighbors find a young teacher axed to death on Friday the 13th, a sleepy suburb fears a psychopath is loose. But the bloody crime scene leads police to a most unlikely suspect.
Shock Docs: “The Visitors”
Travel Channel, 9pm
In this latest Shock Docs special, author Whitley Strieber agrees, for the first time nearly 40 years, to return to the cabin where in 1985 he reportedly had a terrifying encounter with aliens, afterward presenting his harrowing tale of abduction, experimentation and mind control in the bestselling book Communion. Investigative journalist Melissa Tittl and UFO researcher Jeff Belanger join Strieber at the site to conduct a paranormal investigation.
Real Girlfriends in Paris
This 10-episode docuseries follows six young women who are American expats experiencing wild adventures in the City of Light. As the women live their best lives and chase their ultimate dreams, they find themselves navigating careers, romantic rendezvous and unavoidable conflicts as they discover who they are meant to be and exactly what they want from life.
Edge of the Unknown With Jimmy Chin
Nat Geo, beginning at 9:30pm
Oscar-winning filmmaking duo Jimmy Chin and E. Chai Vasarhelyi (Free Solo) are executive producers of this 10-part half-hour series that uses intimate interviews and self-shot archival footage to go inside the minds of top adventure athletes. The series begins tonight with back-to-back episodes featuring mountain climber Alex Honnold and big-mountain freestyle skier Angel Collinson, before moving to its regular Tuesday night time slot starting tomorrow.
Claim to Fame: “A Blind Dog in a Meatshed”
After a dramatic Guess Off, the remaining four housemates grapple with loyalty, betrayal and their moral compasses while inching closer to victory. The challenge tests the contestants’ knowledge about the celebrity relatives with clues pointing to their nicknames, careers, celebrity romances and TV appearances. For a second week in a row, the winner does not receive immunity but does receive the final wine room clue. The final Guess Off before the finale is an emotional one in the penultimate episode.
No Ordinary Life
In this documentary, Emmy- and Peabody Award-winning director Heather O’Neill focuses a lens on the trailblazing female photojournalists who brought the world to our screens, covering everything from Tiananmen Square and the Arab Spring to Sarajevo and South Africa, and beyond. O’Neill’s film profiles Jane Evans, Maria Fleet, Margaret Moth, Mary Rogers and Cynde Strand, who broke news, bucked stereotypes and built an enduring sisterhood in a field dominated by men.
POV: “Love & Stuff”
Peabody Award-winning filmmaker Judith Helfand uses her signature first-person style and gallows humor to face a gut-wrenching reality: imagining life without her mother, who is poised to die from terminal cancer much sooner than later. While time is not on Helfand’s side, 25 years’ worth of archival family footage turned cinematic portal is, and in the wake of her mother’s death, it becomes a way to link the love to the stuff, and one generation to the next.
Season 17 of this animated comedy continues to chronicle the life of super patriotic CIA agent Stan Smith (voice of Seth MacFarlane) and his unconventional family. Guest stars this season include Terry Crews, Jared Harris, Laurie Metcalf, Jason Isaacs and Patti Harrison.
Tuesday, Sept. 6
In a region of the southeast United States lies a martial arts hotspot known simply as “the Blackbelt Byway.” There are dojos on nearly every corner welcoming kids of all backgrounds to train to be black belts. But in an area where every dojo claims to be the best and every parent wants their kid to train with the top sensei, the competition is fierce. For the families whose children participate in martial arts, it’s more than an after-school activity and much more than a sport — it’s a way of life. This series follows some of the rivalries and long-standing feuds among the sensei, parents and students in this area. The first three episodes are available today; new episodes drop Tuesdays.
Bee and PuppyCat
This animated kids series is set on a charming magical island, where the impulsive Bee and her furry pal PuppyCat get into all sorts of adventures while working for an intergalactic temp agency.
Get Smart With Money
Financial advisers share their simple tips on spending less and saving more in this documentary for people looking to take control of their funds and achieve their goals.
The final film of this sports docuseries’ second season is “The Race of the Century,” which offers a chronicle of the thrilling 1983 America’s Cup, a classic underdog story. It tells the tale of the scrappy group of Australians who banded together to dethrone the New York Yacht Club and break the longest-running winning streak in history — 132 years — in the world’s most prestigious sailing competition. Key members of the 1983 U.S. and Australian crews sit down for interviews sharing their experience of this ultimate race to victory.
This latest entry in the “Stories From the Beautiful Game” collection of soccer documentaries on Paramount+ follows journalist Guillem Balagué’s travels through Europe as he chronicled the 2021-22 UEFA Champions League, offering an exclusive and intimate look into one of the world’s most prestigious club soccer tournaments. Off the pitch, Balagué also peels back the curtain for a look into how many of Europe’s elite teams were not only managing radical changes within their clubs but were also forced to confront social, economic and political strains within their communities, and the continent’s largest armed conflict in decades.
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Tamron Hall, who recently won her second Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Informative Talk Show Host for her self-titled daytime talk show, returns to discuss and dissect more topical issues in Season 4. “On the heels of the exciting and humbling Daytime Emmy win,” Hall says, “[and] coming off recent record ratings, I can’t wait to continue our amazing conversations with unforgettable guests. Our audience keeps growing, and I’m so honored to spend this golden hour with the Tam Fam every day.”
Knute Rockne, All American & Brian’s Song
MOVIES!, beginning at 1:30pm
Catch a Classic!
If your mind is on football with the NFL kicking off its new season this week, and college football already underway, MOVIES! has another outlet for your passion with two classic gridiron-themed films airing this afternoon. Up first is Knute Rockne, All American (1940), the biopic about the life of legendary Notre Dame football coach Knute Rockne (portrayed by Pat O’Brien), who led the Fighting Irish between 1918-30, before his untimely death in a plane crash. The film famously features Ronald Reagan as player George Gipp, who, while on his deathbed with a fatal illness, asks his coach to tell the team to “win one for the Gipper.” Today’s lineup moves to pro football for its next film, another fact-based story: Brian’s Song (1971). Originally aired as an ABC Movie of the Week, this tear-jerking drama is a cut above a standard made-for-television production thanks in large part to its two leads: James Caan and Billy Dee Williams, both of whom received Emmy nominations for their performances. The movie recounts the life of Brian Piccolo (Caan), who played for the Chicago Bears for four years before he lost his life to a terminal cancer at age 26 in 1970. Piccolo’s story is told through his friendship with teammate Gale Sayers (Williams), based on Sayers’ account of that relationship in his 1970 autobiography I Am Third. Among the 11 Emmy nominations Brian’s Song received, it won five, including Outstanding Single Program — Drama or Comedy and Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in Drama for Jack Warden as Coach George Halas. And, of course, it always ranks high whenever a list of “guy-cry” movies is put together.
Teen Mom: The Next Chapter
This reimagining of the Teen Mom franchise unites the cast of the original series and Teen Mom 2. The 15-episode docuseries will explore the lives and experiences of Amber, Ashley, Briana, Cate, Cheyenne, Jade, Leah and Maci while focusing on the unique bond the group shares as they face the reality of parenthood and adulting. The moms enter the next phase of life together and experience different stages of motherhood.
America’s Got Talent: “Qualifiers 5”
NBC, 8pm Live
Eleven performers take the stage live from the Pasadena Civic Auditorium as judging is turned over to the viewing audience to vote their favorite performers into next week’s final round. Viewers can vote by using the AGT official app or going to NBC.com. Also performing tonight is the winning act selected to fill the America’s Wildcard spot, as selected by viewer voting in early August. The four acts that were in contention for this year’s America’s Wildcard spot are Auzzy Blood, Ben Waites, Debbii Dawson and Jordan Conley.
The award-winning drama series from creator and executive producer Ava DuVernay returns for its seventh and final season following three siblings who run their family’s sugarcane farm in rural Louisiana. For seven seasons and 88 episodes, the contemporary drama has been directed by women filmmakers, an initiative set forth by DuVernay from the start.
Good Bones: Risky Business
Good Bones renovation dynamo Mina Starsiak Hawk takes on the biggest, riskiest renovation challenge of her career in this spinoff series. The six-episode series will feature Mina boldly going solo to purchase the historic Sanders House in the Indianapolis neighborhood of Fountain Square. More than a century old, the 7,000-square-foot property, which includes the main home and a carriage house, will be the largest project Mina has ever tackled in terms of size and budget, and will require precise restoration to return it to its former glory.
“Lies, Politics and Democracy,” a two-hour installment of the investigative news program, looks at the political leaders and the choices they made that have undermined and threatened American democracy, and shows how officials fed lies about the 2020 election and embraced rhetoric that led to political violence.
Reasonable Doubt: “Murder Without Motive”
Investigation Discovery, 10pm
Retired homicide detective Chris Anderson and criminal defense attorney Fatima Silva reexamine the case of Russell Holbrook, who, after a 10-year investigation, was convicted of murdering Melissa Howard but is fighting to reclaim his innocence.
Edge of the Unknown With Jimmy Chin: “Fight or Die” & “Return to Life”
Nat Geo, beginning at 10pm
This epic series that gets into the minds of some of the world’s top adventure athletes moves to its regular Tuesday time slot this evening with back-to-back half-hour episodes. “Fight or Die” follows professional whitewater kayaker Gerd Serrasolses, who shares how nearly drowning after running a 50-foot waterfall forced him to reevaluate risk. In “Return to Life,” climber Conrad Anker recounts his astonishing self-rescue after suffering a heart attack while hanging from the side of a Himalayan peak at an altitude of 20,000 feet.
Wednesday, Sept. 7
Tell Me Lies
Emma Roberts is an executive producer of this drama based on Carola Lovering’s novel, which follows a tumultuous but intoxicating relationship as it unfolds over the course of eight years. When Lucy Albright (Grace Van Patten) and Stephen DeMarco (Jackson White) meet at college, they are at that formative age when seemingly mundane choices lead the way to irrevocable consequences. Although their relationship begins like any typical campus romance, they quickly fall into an addictive entanglement that will permanently alter not only their lives, but the lives of everyone around them. The first three episodes are available today; new episodes drop on Wednesdays.
Chef’s Table: Pizza
This new entry in the Chef’s Table franchise focuses on pizza pie. From Portland to Phoenix, Italy to Japan, go inside the kitchens of chefs whose creativity elevates this ordinary dish to an art form via their unique flavors, inspiring backgrounds and passion for creating the perfect slice.
The tattoo competition series is back with a new host, Good Charlotte lead vocalist Joel Madden, and 10 tattoo artists from previous seasons competing for a $250,000 grand prize and the title of Ink Master. The show’s judges — industry icons and tattoo experts Ryan Ashley, Nikko Hurtado and Ami James — are also new. Returning competitors are: Angel Rose (Seasons 11 & 13), Bob Jones (Season 13), Chris Shockley (Season 11), Creepy Jason (Season 12), Deanna James (Season 10), Gian Karle (Season 8), Hiram Casas (Season 13), Holli Marie (Season 12), Katie McGowan (Seasons 6 & 9) and Pon (Season 12).
101 Scariest Horror Movie Moments of All Time
In this eight-episode series from the producers of Eli Roth’s History of Horror, master filmmakers and genre experts celebrate and dissect the most terrifying moments of the greatest horror films ever made, exploring how these scenes were created and why they burned themselves into the brains of audiences around the world. New episodes are available Wednesdays.
Elia Kazan Birthday Celebrations
TCM, beginning at 7am
MOVIES!, beginning at 12:45pm
Catch a Classic!
Today, Turner Classic Movies and MOVIES! are both featuring movie marathons to celebrate the birth of acclaimed and influential filmmaker Elias Kazantzoglou — better known as Elia Kazan — who was born Sept. 7, 1909, in Constantinople (modern-day Istanbul) in the no-longer-extant Ottoman Empire (he died in New York City Sept. 28, 2003, at age 94). TCM’s six-title lineup begins early in the morning and kicks off with the 1941 film noir/musical Blues in the Night, one of the very few films featuring Kazan just as an actor. The lineup then continues with classics from his directorial work: Splendor in the Grass (1961), the romantic drama led by Best Actress Oscar nominee Natalie Wood and Warren Beatty; the Spencer Tracy- and Katharine Hepburn-led Western The Sea of Grass (1947), one of Kazan’s earliest films as a director; one of his last films, The Arrangement, a 1969 drama starring Kirk Douglas and Faye Dunaway that Kazan also wrote, adapting his own novel; East of Eden (1955), the James Dean-led drama that earned Kazan a Best Director Oscar nomination; and the Best Picture Oscar-nominated adaptation of Tennessee Williams’ play A Streetcar Named Desire (1951), which also netted the director an Oscar nomination and stars Best Actress winner Vivien Leigh, Best Actor nominee Marlon Brando, Best Supporting Actor winner Karl Malden and Best Supporting Actress winner Kim Hunter. The four-film Kazan celebration on MOVIES! begins in the early afternoon with A Face in the Crowd (1957), a powerful and still timely drama about a drifter (Andy Griffith) who rises to become an influential media demagogue. That is followed by Wild River (1960), a drama led by Montgomery Clift and Lee Remick; Panic in the Streets, a 1950 film noir starring Richard Widmark; and Gentleman’s Agreement (1947), the Best Picture-winning drama that won Kazan a Best Director Oscar with his first nomination and earned a Best Supporting Actress win for Celeste Holm, who costars with Best Actor nominee Gregory Peck, Best Actress nominee Dorothy McGuire and Anne Revere, who also received a Supporting Actress nod.
Music’s Greatest Mysteries: “Choppers, Moonwalks and Lennon’s 215”
AXS TV, 8pm
Among the music-themed mysteries explored in this installment of the investigative docuseries are John Lennon’s connection to the number nine and how Kris Kristofferson’s theft of a helicopter launched his career.
Tales From the Explorers Club
Discovery Channel, 8pm
Following its premiere last week, this series hosted by Josh Gates (Expedition Unknown) settles into its regular time slot. In the program, Gates takes viewers inside the headquarters of the legendary Explorers Club to relive the epic adventures of members who have pushed the bounds of human possibility by venturing to Earth’s highest peaks, deepest ocean trenches, the North and South Poles, and even into outer space. With exclusive access to the club’s archives, the series profiles daring explorers like Ernest Shackleton, Gertrude Bell and more.
MasterChef: Back to Win: “Semi Finals/Finale Part 1 — Special Guest Graham Elliot”
Two new episodes of MasterChef: Back to Win air tonight. In “Semi Finals,” the top five are faced with two separate elimination challenges: a baked Alaska and an intricate lobster tortellini. Then in “Finale Part 1 — Special Guest Graham Elliot,” the chefs who advance to the finals prepare an appetizer and entree in front of a live audience with the support of former MasterChef judge Graham Elliot.
America’s Got Talent: “Qualifiers 5 Results”
NBC, 8pm Live
Find out which two acts from last night’s show will move on to next week’s final round of competition.
MLB Baseball: Arizona at San Diego
FS1, 8:30pm Live
The Arizona Diamondbacks are at San Diego’s Petco Park to wrap up a three-game series against the Padres tonight.
The Real Housewives of Dubai
The second of a two-part reunion special finds host Andy Cohen sitting down with the cast while the ladies unwrap their feelings and exchange gifts to show each other what they think about one another. Also, Caroline Stanbury and Lesa Milan dig their heels in the sand and hash out their issues, and Chanel Ayan reveals more of herself as she opens up about her childhood trauma.
Farmhouse Fixer: “English Charm”
Jonathan Knight and Kristina Crestin restore a 1790s farmhouse with a design inspired by the fairy tale cottages of England. The team updates the kitchen with 200-year-old pine floorboards found in the attic, and gives the home a mudroom and a true English garden.
Jay Leno’s Garage
Over eight episodes in Season 7, host Jay Leno brings viewers into the groundbreaking world of electric vehicles and alternative fuel sources, while featuring new technology, exclusive rides and celebrity car heads. Actress Brie Larson kicks off the season premiere with the newly released Nissan Z and teaches Leno how to fly.
Investigation Discovery, 10pm; also streams on discovery+
The true-crime missing-persons docuseries begins its 10th season with “Vanished in the Night.” On Jan. 2, 2021, surveillance cameras recorded young Kirsten Brueggeman fighting with her friends outside a bar in Indianapolis; two hours later, the cameras then caught her walking by herself in a parking lot before disappearing into the night. Desperate for answers, Kirsten’s family shares her story and their plight to find her in the hopes that more people who know her story will be able to come forward with new information.
On a stressful election day, Jayden (Jordan Carlos), Jessie (Nneka Okafor) and Michael (Moses Storm) work on trying to secure votes in “Election Night Is Trash,” the Season 1 finale of this comedy based on the book by star/writer/executive producer Phoebe Robinson.
Thursday, Sept. 8
Cars on the Road
Sept. 8 is Disney+ Day, and the popular streaming service celebrates with a number of high-profile series, specials and movies debuting today, including Cars on the Road. Disney/Pixar’s popular Cars animated feature film franchise hits the small screen in this nine-episode series that follows Lightning McQueen (voice of Owen Wilson, reprising his film role) and his best friend, Mater (Larry the Cable Guy), as they head east from Radiator Springs on a cross-country road trip to meet up with Mater’s sister. The voice cast also includes Bonnie Hunt and Cheech Marin.
Dancing With the Stars: The Pros’ Most Memorable Dances
Starting with its 31st season, which kicks off Sept. 19, Dancing With the Stars will no longer be broadcast on ABC, and will exclusively be available to livestream on Disney+. Ahead of that, this special looks back at the 20 most memorable dances from the previous 30 seasons of the competition series as chosen by the pro dancers. Derek Hough, Kym Johnson-Herjavec, Cheryl Burke and Brandon Armstrong host the countdown.
Epic Adventures With Bertie Gregory
This series follows 29-year-old National Geographic Explorer and filmmaker Bertie Gregory as he immerses himself in animals’ lives to capture the untold stories of iconic creatures living in some of the harshest environments on our planet, from the biggest gathering of whales ever filmed in Antarctica to buffalo-hunting lions in Zambia.
Frozen & Frozen II Sing-Alongs
New sing-along versions of Disney animated hits Frozen and Frozen II are available today, allowing subscribers to fully immerse themselves in the music with onscreen lyrics.
Brie Larson is a creator of this innovative half-hour hybrid docuseries that explores the challenges, triumphs and complexities of adolescence through 10 compelling coming-of-age stories. The series uses narrative, experimental and documentary filmmaking to follow one casted individual, ages 18-22 and representing a wide range of lived experiences, as they tell the story of their path toward self-discovery and acceptance.
Obi-Wan Kenobi: A Jedi’s Return
This documentary uses never-before-seen behind-the-scenes footage, colorful personal stories from the cast and crew, and more to showcase how the latest live-action Star Wars series, Obi-Wan Kenobi, was brought to life.
Robert Zemeckis directs this live-action/CGI retelling of the 1940 Disney animated classic about wooden puppet Pinocchio (voice of Benjamin Evan Ainsworth), who embarks on an adventure to become a real boy. Tom Hanks plays Geppetto, the woodcarver who builds Pinocchio; Cynthia Erivo portrays the Blue Fairy, who brings the puppet to life; and Luke Evans is the Coachman, the owner/operator of Pleasure Island. Lending their voices along with Ainsworth are Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Jiminy Cricket, Keegan-Michael Key as deceptive fox “Honest” John and Lorraine Bracco as Sofia the Seagull.
Thor: Love and Thunder
Feature Film Exclusive!
Following its July theatrical debut, this latest big-screen entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe makes its streaming debut on Disney+ Day. The film finds Thor (Chris Hemsworth) on a journey unlike anything he’s ever faced — one of self-discovery. But his efforts are interrupted by a galactic killer known as Gorr the God Butcher (Christian Bale), who seeks the extinction of the gods. To combat the threat, Thor enlists the help of King Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), Korg (voiced by director Taika Waititi) and ex-girlfriend Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), who, to Thor’s surprise, now inexplicably wields his magical hammer, Mjolnir, as the Mighty Thor. Also available today is a new episode of Marvel Studios Assembled, which looks at the making of Love and Thunder.
American Horror Stories
Season 2 of this anthology series spinoff of American Horror Story concludes with another chilling tale.
An eight-episode blend of romantic comedy and action thriller, this genre-busting series follows Katie (Rosa Salazar) and Stefan (Gavin Drea), who meet at a wedding and begin an affair, despite Katie already having a fiancé. At her wedding two months later, her new husband and his entire family are murdered. The police suspect Stefan, he suspects Katie, and no one knows for sure what the truth is. All episodes are available today.
The Anthrax Attacks
This BBC Studios production uses a combination of interviews and scripted reenactments (led by Clark Gregg as Dr. Bruce Ivins) based on emails and FBI field notes to tell the story of the 2001 anthrax attacks on the United States and one of the largest and most complex FBI investigations in the history of law enforcement. Five Americans were killed and at least 17 fell ill in what became one of the worst biological attacks in U.S. history, which followed one week after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Unfolding across America and beyond, the documentary feature presents an incredible scientific tale of deadly poison, obsession and paranoia, all told against the backdrop of the war on terror, and also shares shocking and heartbreaking stories from investigators, survivors and the families of those who were infected.
The Good Fight
The 10-episode sixth and final season of this legal-drama spinoff of The Good Wife has Diane (Christine Baranski) feeling like she’s going crazy and struggling with an uneasy sense of déjà vu, with everything from Roe v. Wade to voting rights and Cold War aggressions returning. Meanwhile, the lawyers of Reddick & Associates wonder if the violence they see all around them points to an impending civil war. Returning with Baranski are Audra McDonald, Sarah Steele, Michael Boatman, Nyambi Nyambi and Charmaine Bingwa. Andre Braugher and John Slattery join the cast for the new season, which will also include guest appearances from Carrie Preston, back in her Seasons 1-2 role as lawyer Elsbeth Tascioni, and Alan Cumming, reprising his role as Eli Gold from The Good Wife. New episodes are available Thursdays.
Star Trek Day Celebration
Paramount+, beginning at 3pm Live
On the day that the original Star Trek series debuted in 1966, fans around the world can take part in this free, two-hour livestream (start time subject to change, per Paramount+) that features back-to-back, in-person conversations with cast members from the Trek franchise that initial series launched, along with announcements and reveals throughout. Among the cast members slated at presstime to be featured in conversations are Jeri Ryan and Michelle Hurd from Star Trek: Picard; Rebecca Romijn, Jess Bush, Christina Chong and others from Star Trek: Strange New Worlds; and more. Other planned programming includes a tribute to original series costar Nichelle Nichols, who passed away July 30; a behind-the-scenes set tour of Star Trek: Discovery led by costar Wilson Cruz; a runway featuring fans displaying their finest Trek cosplay; and more. A current schedule and other info on the event can be found at startrek.com/day.
This limited-series (five episodes, all available today) drama is based on Alex Scarrow’s thriller of the same name, which tells the story of a dispersed family fighting to survive and find each other in a world that has been suddenly thrown into chaos following a disruption in the world’s oil supply. Matthew Fox, Joanne Froggatt, Alyth Ross and Taylor Fay lead the cast.
The Roku Channel
Each week in this series hosted by chef Emeril Lagasse, a different football-obsessed city and home team superfan will be profiled and surprised with a trip to Emeril’s New Orleans kitchen to learn a new tailgate dish that will wow their friends and family.
Tennis: US Open: Women’s Semifinals
ESPN, 7pm Live
The four remaining women’s singles players compete at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens, New York, to advance to Saturday’s final match.
Star of the Month: Humphrey Bogart: “Super Sleuth”/“Bogart Does Comedy”/“Out on the Range”
TCM, beginning at 8pm
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Get ready for lots of Bogie as this installment of Turner Classic Movies’ monthlong Thursday night salute to film icon Humphrey Bogart airs 13 of the star’s films grouped into three themes, a lineup that runs nearly 24 hours from tonight into early tomorrow evening. The first six titles feature Bogart in mystery films of various types (even a sci-fi/horror title, a genre with which the actor is not often associated): Dead Reckoning (1947), All Through the Night (1942), Marked Woman (1937), The Big Shot (1942), Isle of Fury (1936) and The Return of Doctor X (1939). After that come four comedy and/or musical films that show the star’s lighter side: Brother Orchid (1940), Thank Your Lucky Stars (1943, appearing as himself), It All Came True (1940) and Swing Your Lady (1938). The lineup concludes with three Bogart films set out West: the 1941 film noir High Sierra, cowritten by frequent collaborator John Huston; the Errol Flynn-led Western Virginia City (1940), featuring the actor as an outlaw; and The Oklahoma Kid (1939), another Western with Bogie as a baddie, this time going up against James Cagney’s titular gunslinger.
NFL Football: Buffalo at L.A. Rams
NBC, 8:15pm Live
The 2022 NFL regular season kicks off tonight at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California, as Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills visit Matthew Stafford and the Super Bowl LVI champion L.A. Rams.
General contractor Russell J. Holmes helps clients faced with tight budgets and big disagreements get creative and find compromise to make their ambitious home renovation dreams a reality.
Ghost Adventures: “Cecil Hotel”
Travel Channel, 9pm
This two-hour special based on the paranormal series makes its linear cable debut tonight. For decades, Los Angeles’ Cecil Hotel has been haunted by serial killers, suicides, devil worship and unexplained deaths. Now, for the first time ever, the landmark is allowing cameras inside for a paranormal investigation of ghostly proportions.
True Crime Story: It Couldn’t Happen Here: “Pocomoke City, MD”
After a young single mother disappears without a trace, an investigation suggests she abandoned her children, while her family spends years proving she was murdered and finding her killers.
Friday, Sept. 9
In Season 3 of the animated musical comedy, as Bitsy (voice of Stanley Tucci) continues her relentless pursuit to buy the park, Owen (Leslie Odom Jr.) embarks on a new promotional campaign to make more people fall in love with it, while Paige (Kathryn Hahn) finds herself busier than ever when she lands her first book deal. Guest voices this season will include Ike Barinholtz, Ron Funches, Jack McBrayer, Amber Ruffin, Yvette Nicole Brown, Craig Robinson, Tim Meadows, David Alan Grier and more. Season 3 will add over 40 new original songs to the series’ celebrated catalog. The first three episodes drop today; new episodes are available Fridays.
Hillary and Chelsea Clinton’s bestseller The Book of Gutsy Women is adapted into this eight-part docuseries that finds the mother and daughter embarking on a thought-provoking journey to speak with pioneering women artists, activists, community leaders and everyday heroes who have made an impact on their community and on the world, including Kim Kardashian, Megan Thee Stallion, Dr. Jane Goodall, Gloria Steinem, Wanda Sykes, Amy Schumer, Goldie Hawn, Kate Hudson and many more.
Following the shocking results of the All Valley Tournament, Season 5 finds Terry Silver (Thomas Ian Griffith) expanding the Cobra Kai empire and trying to make his “No Mercy” style of karate the only game in town. With Kreese (Martin Kove) behind bars and Johnny (William Zabka) setting karate aside to focus on repairing the damage he’s caused, it’s up to Daniel (Ralph Macchio) and rival-turned-friend Chozen Toguchi (Yuji Okumoto, reprising his role from 1986’s The Karate Kid Part II) to stop Terry’s plan.
End of the Road
In this high-octane action thriller, a cross-country road trip becomes a highway to hell for Brenda (Queen Latifah), her two kids and her brother, Reggie (Chris “Ludacris” Bridges). After witnessing a brutal murder, the family finds themselves in the crosshairs of a mysterious killer. Now alone in the New Mexico desert and cut off from any help, Brenda is pulled into a deadly fight to keep her family alive. Beau Bridges costars.
In this South Korean crime drama inspired by actual events, an ordinary entrepreneur finds himself having to risk his life by joining a secret mission to help government agents capture a Korean drug lord operating in Suriname.
This documentary follows everyday people who found themselves in the midst of a global tragedy when two Boeing 737 Max planes crashed only five months apart in 2018 and 2019. The story is told through the perspective of affected family members, their legal teams, whistleblowers and Pulitzer Prize-winning Seattle Times journalist Dominic Gates.
Making the Cut
The Season 3 winner of Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn’s fashion-design competition series is determined as the season’s final two episodes drop today.
The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power
Following its special series premiere last Thursday night, this epic fantasy drama set in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth and thousands of years before events in The Lord of the Rings begins regularly dropping new episodes early on Fridays starting today.
The Tiny Chef Show
Social media sensation and herbivore Tiny Chef stars in this culinary series where he introduces and cooks new recipes for the world’s tiniest plant-based dishes from his tree-stump home. Each episode welcomes a celebrity guest to talk food, friendship and more. RuPaul is the voice announcer and guests include Kristen Bell, Josh Gad, RZA and Tabitha Brown. Tiny Chef makes pancakes in “Pancakes/S’Mores,” the series premiere.
Tennis: US Open: Men’s Semifinals
ESPN, beginning at 3pm Live
ESPN airs both semifinal matches to determine which men’s singles players will square off in Sunday’s final at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens, New York.
College Football: Louisville at UCF
ESPN2, 7:30pm Live
The Louisville Cardinals and UCF Knights battle in “The Bounce House” for a college football clash at FBC Mortgage Stadium in Orlando, Florida.
Secret Celebrity Renovation: “Shaquille O’Neal”
Basketball Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal heads to Orlando, Florida, to surprise his uncle with a home renovation.
Capital One College Bowl
NBC, beginning at 8pm
Peyton Manning and Cooper Manning are back to host the sophomore season of this update of the classic game show that pits students from the nation’s top colleges and universities against one another in a battle of the brains. Each episode this season will feature multiple schools from among the new crop of 16 elite teams, with the competition infused with brand-new rounds of gameplay. Back-to-back hourlong episodes kick off the new season tonight.
TCM Special Theme: The Idea of America
TCM, beginning at 8pm
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Starting tonight, and continuing the next two Friday evenings, Turner Classic Movies highlights immigrants’ perceptions of the United States and what it means to be American, through the lens of the American movies they watched when they were young. Over the course of the three weeks, each night encompassing a three-film programming block, a total of nine immigrants will join TCM host Ben Mankiewicz to discuss the movies that shaped their idea of the U.S. before they moved here. Tonight’s lineup begins with the 1955 war film To Hell and Back, starring Audie Murphy as himself, which is introduced by Hemrani Vyas, who explains how the movie inspired her father, Ajay Vyas, to move from Kenya to the U.S. and join the Army (even joining the same regiment as Murphy). Next is the 1949 Robert Mitchum- and Janet Leigh-led romantic comedy Holiday Affair, which guest Vera Petrovic says inspired her holiday traditions in America when she moved here from former Yugoslavia. Finally, Ali Estefam introduces the classic 1967 prison drama Cool Hand Luke, headlined by Paul Newman, and explains how the film instilled the idea of American persistence in her while a college student in Brazil.
My Lottery Dream Home: “Must Love Goats”
Through difficult circumstances, a single man gets an unexpected windfall and now he’s ready to find his dream home. David Bromstad searches California’s Central Valley to find a peaceful place where he can host guests, settle down and maybe start his own family.
Ukrainian Freedom Orchestra at the Kennedy Center
The final performance of the Ukrainian Freedom Orchestra’s European and American tour concluded with an Aug. 20 performance at New York City’s Kennedy Center, which was filmed for this broadcast. The orchestra was comprised of recent Ukrainian refugees and other artists in a gesture of solidarity with the victims of the war in Ukraine. Under the leadership of Canadian-Ukrainian conductor Keri-Lynn Wilson, the orchestra performs a program that includes Ukrainian composer Valentyn Silvestrov’s Symphony No. 7; Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2, with Ukrainian virtuoso Anna Fedorova; and Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9 (aka “From the New World” symphony). Leading Ukrainian soprano Liudmyla Monastyrska will also perform Leonore’s aria “Abscheulicher! Wo eilst du hin?” from Beethoven’s opera Fidelio, a paean to humanity and peace in the face of violence and cruelty.
CMT Campfire Sessions
“Covers,” the Season 2 finale of this music series, features each artist from the season sharing a favorite cover song.
Super Sized Salon
WE tv, 10:30pm
In “Pain Into Power,” the Season 1 finale of this series about the first beauty salon in the U.S. that caters to the plus-size community, the Babydolls are united in support of Jamie when she finally stands up to Demarco.
Saturday, Sept. 10
ABC, CBS, ESPN, FOX & NBC, beginning at 12pm Live
A packed Saturday schedule of college football action features Alabama at Texas (FOX), South Carolina at Arkansas (ESPN), Ohio at Penn State (ABC), Marshall at Notre Dame (NBC), Tennessee at Pittsburgh (ABC), Colorado at Air Force (CBS), Washington State at Wisconsin (FOX), Kentucky at Florida (ESPN) and USC at Stanford (ABC).
Tennis: US Open: Women’s Final
ESPN, 4pm Live
The US Open’s two remaining women’s singles players compete for the title at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens, New York.
FOX, 7pm Live
Saturday regional MLB action on FOX offers either the Cleveland Guardians at the Minnesota Twins or the L.A. Angels at the Houston Astros.
Marry Go Round
Hallmark Channel, 8pm
Years after Abby has split from her high school sweetheart, Luke, her life seems perfect. She is set for a new life in Paris with her soon-to-be husband. However, the arrival of an unexpected letter throws her off course, and Abby must decide what her heart really wants. Stars Amanda Schull and Brennan Elliott.
House of Chains
A seemingly normal, suburban family have hidden their dark secrets for years. Parents Laura (Mena Suvari) and Tye (Greyston Holt) keep their six children separated from the outside world. As the children grow older and begin to ask questions, Laura and Tye’s authoritarian ways grow stronger, leading them down a path of child abuse, neglect and imprisonment. The older children band together and risk a harrowing escape.
Catch a Classic!
In Sidney Lumet’s scathing 1976 satire of the business of television that continues to seem ever more prescient each year, over-the-hill newsman Howard Beale’s (Peter Finch) televised rant (which spawned the iconic quote, “I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore!”) after being summarily dismissed from the anchor desk because of his age immediately transforms him into a prophet-like media figure and the focus of a new sensationalized broadcast concocted by the cynical programmers at his network. Nominated for 10 Oscars, including Best Picture, and Best Director for Lumet, the film won four: Best Actor for Finch, who became the first posthumous winner in an acting category, having passed away a few months before the ceremony; Best Actress for Faye Dunaway; Best Supporting Actress for Beatrice Straight; and Best Original Screenplay for Paddy Chayefsky. Best Actor Oscar nominee William Holden, Best Supporting Actor nominee Ned Beatty and Robert Duvall costar.
Help! I Wrecked My House: “No Right Angles”
How do you square a house with no right angles? Full of confidence from renovating their former cottage, retirees Jimmy and Susie take on a more complicated home reno. Faced with quirky angular walls, six flights of winding, narrow stairs, and an accidental indoor waterfall, their DIY hopes are dashed. It’s the most difficult layout Jasmine Roth has faced, and she has exactly $200,000 to seamlessly fit Susie’s eclectic, beachy style into a functional kitchen and living room while also updating their rooftop deck with spectacular views.
This hourlong NFL Films docuseries celebrating the biggest names in the history of professional football is back for an eight-episode second season, kicking off tonight with a biography of NFL coaching and broadcasting legend John Madden. Learn how Madden’s love of Vince Lombardi set his path toward coaching, where he shaped the identity of the Oakland Raiders. The episode also follows Madden’s climb to a Super Bowl title, his growth as the voice of pro football on TV, his influence in video games and more. Rich Eisen narrates.
First Home Fix: “100-Year-Old Fixer”
Raisa Kuddus and Austin Coleman tackle their biggest renovation yet when helping Nicole and Matt remodel their first home, a 100-year-old house badly in need of reconfiguration. Their efforts to check all the boxes on the couple’s wish list stretches the team to its design limits.