“Austin City Limits”(PBS, 9 p.m., check local listings) begins its 38th (!) season with a full hour from Radiohead, taped at the show’s new home, the Moody Theater, featuring new old and obscure and unreleased tracks as well among the 11-song set.
It kicks off a season that will include Bon Iver next week, Bonnie raitt with Mavis Staples Oct. 20 and The Shins with Dr. Dog Oct. 27.
Broadcast primetime is all about college football, with West Virginia at Texas (Fox, 7 p.m.), Miami at Notre Dame (NBC, 7:30 p.m.) and Nebraska at Ohio State (ABC, 8 p.m.).
Aunjanue Ellis stars as the woman who figured out on her own, after being raised in Bridgeport, Conn., that she had been abducted as a baby from a New York City hospital in “The Carlina White Story” (Lifetime, 8 p.m.).
They could have called it “BirdCam.” But instead a two hour special with footage provided by cameras strapped to birds is called “Winged Planet” (Discovery, 8 p.m.).
The ghosts of “Bedlam” (BBC America, 10 p.m.) begin a second season.
Jason Segel’s reboot of “The Muppets” (Starz, 9 p.m.) certainly comes at an opportune time, as one of Jim Henson’s creations has been elevated into national debate. Also on cable tonight: Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen in “50/50” (Showtime, 8 p.m.), the Disney cartoon “The Princess and the Frog” (ABC Family, 7 and 9 p.m.) and Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried in “In Time” (Cinemax, 10 p.m.).
Baseball playoffs begin today with Oakland at Detroit (TBS, 6 p.m.), and Cincinnati at San Francisco (TBS, 9:30 p.m.).
But it will will be outnumbered by college football games — Navy at Air Force (CBS, 11:30 a.m.), Northwestern at Penn State (ESPN, noon), Arkansas at Auburn (ESPN2, noon), Kansas at Kansas State (FX, noon), Connecticut at Rutgers (ESPNU, noon), Boston College at Army (CBS Sports, noon), Virginia Tech at North Carolina (Fox, 12:30 p.m.), Towson at James Madison (NBC Sports, 1 p.m.), Wake Forest at Maryland (ESPNU, 3:30 p.m.), Arizona at Stamford (Fox, 3:30 p.m.), Oklahoma at Texas Tech (ABC, 3:30 p.m.), LSU at Florida (CBS, 3:30 p.m.), Georgia Tech at Clemson (ESPN, 3:30 p.m.), Illinois at Wisconsin (ESPN2, 3:30 p.m.), Tulsa at Marshall (CBS Sports, 3:30 p.m.), Georgia at South Carolina (ESPN, 7 p.m.), Texas A&M at Mississippi (ESPNU, 7 p.m.), Florida State at North Carolina State (ESPN2, 8 p.m.), Hawaii at San Diego State (CBS Sports, 8 p.m.) and Washington at Oregon (ESPN, 10:30 p.m.).
Here’s an interesting subcategory on Turner Classic Movies: Directors who have acted in other directors’ films: So: Francois Truffaut in Steven Spielberg’s “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” (8 p.m.), John Huston in John Milius’ “The Wind and the Lion” (10:30 p.m.), L.Q. Jones in Sam Peckinpah’s “The Wild Bunch” (12:45 a.m.) and Woody Allen in Martin Ritt’s “The Front” (3:15 a.m.).
He stars in “Cowboys & Aliens” (HBO, 8 p.m.) and later hosts “Saturday Night Live” (NBC, 11:30 p.m.) for the first time, with musical guest Muse.