Monday TV: Christiane Takes Over the Hour

ChristianeShe’s been a part of the fill-in since Charlie Rose was yanked from his long-running hour for sexual misconduct. Now Christiane Amanpour inherits the entire hour on the new “Amanpour & Company” (PBS, 10 p.m., check local listings), in which the program, co-produced by CNN International, where it is also shown, adds arts and cultural programming to her usual wide-ranging news coverage with an eye toward global events.

Dating these days is worse than you ever imagined it, according to the documentary “Swiped: Hooking Up in the Digital Age” (HBO, 10 p.m.).

A winner is crowned after the final four compete on the 15th season finale of “So You Think You Can Dance” (Fox, 8 p.m.).

A brother and sister team flip homes in Hawaii on the new “Aloha Builds” (DIY, 10 p.m.).

Awaiting hurricane season on “Bachelor in Paradise” (ABC, 8 p.m.).

“The CBS Fall Preview Show” (CBS, 8:30 p.m.) won’t exactly fill you with anticipation for the new season, though it will have the first glimpse at the revived “Murphy Brown.”

Mike puts a plan into motion for Gus on “Better Call Saul” (AMC, 9 p.m.).

Larry divulges secrets of the Lodge to Ernie on “Lodge 49” (AMC, 10 p.m.).

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Sunday TV: Jim Carrey’s New ‘Kidding’

KiddingNormally I’d be cheering another collaboration between Jim Carrey and director Michel Gondry, whose “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” remains a favorite movie. But in the new series “Kidding” (Showtime, 10 p.m.), Carrey plays a sad sack children’s TV entertainer (a job that doesn’t really exist any more), with a broken marriage who can’t get over the death of a son.

The cast is exceptional, with Judy Greer, Catherine Keener, Frank Langella and Justin Kirk. But the tone is dour, t the flights of fancy for Gondry limited to the kiddie show set and Carrey’s character a little stalky and less than universally beloved. I’m willing to see if it gets better, though. It accompanies the return of the network’s most popular show by far, “Shameless” (Showtime, 9 p.m.), which returns for season 9 with Frank in trouble with the PTA.

You might look at the season 2 premiere of “The Deuce” (HBO, 9 p.m.) and think it was season 3 or 4. After moving so slowly in season one, it all jumps ahead to the late 70s, with Maggie Gyllenhaal’s Candy a successful filmmaker, and James Franco running a hit disco backed by the mob (the twin brother Franco also plays in’t doing as well). Because it’s 1977 New York, punk rock begins to rear its head as well.

Lifetime is not a stranger to stalker stories but the new series “You” (Lifetime, 10 p.m.) ups the quality and entertainment considerably. One of several series on air by Greg Berlanti (“Riverdale” is one of them), it’s based on Caroline Kepnes’ book, it glides along on the personality of narrator played by the charming Penn Badgley of “Gossip Girl.” One would think he merely has a thing for a customer in his bookstore (Elizabeth Lail), but it’s clear in the pilot he’s gone too far in finding out about her, first through all the available channels of social media, and then by breaking into her house. Its creepiness comes from another angle and feels uncomfortably up to date.

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Saturday TV: Remembering Burt, ‘Smokey’

Burt-Reynolds-Smokey-and-the-Bandit-722x406To mark the passing of Burt Reynolds Thursday at 82, there is a replay of the 2016 documentary “The Bandit” (CMT, noon), about one of his best-known films by the actor, “Smokey & the Bandit”

Also, “Fast N’ Loud” (Discovery, 9 a.m.) will rebroadcast a two hour episode that featured Reynolds, in which Richard Rawlings and his Gas Monkey crew rebuild an iconic ’77 Trans Am like the one that was featured in “Smokey and the Bandit.”

Onetime pop star Debbie Gibson continues her ride on the Hallmark romance film train with the made for TV “Wedding of Dreams” (Hallmark, 9 p.m.), a sequel to the 2016 “Summer of Dreams,” in which she plays a musician moves back to her small town and finds love. Robert Gant and Pascale Hutton co-star.

Hugh Jackman’s “The Greatest Showman” (HBO, 8 p.m.) which had a better received soundtrack than it was a movie, makes its premium cable debut.

College football dominates prime time TV with Penn State at Pittsburgh (ABC, 8 p.m.) and California at Stanford (Fox, 8:30 p.m.), in addition to all the games listed below.

A second season starts for “Top Chef Junior” (Universal Kids, 6 p.m.).

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Friday TV: Standing Up for Cancer Again

KATIE COURIC, KATHY BATESThe sixth annual “Stand Up 2 Cancer” (ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, Bravo, HBO, Showtime, TNT, WGN America, Smithsonian Channel, Discovery Life, E!, Reelz,  8 p.m.) brings out stars in order to raise a lot of money. The succinct telethon, which probably led to the demise of the MDA Labor Day event, this year features Jason Bateman, Jennifer Garner, Bradley Cooper, Matthew McConaughey, Jon Hamm, Katie Couric, Kathy Bates, Keanu Reeves and more. Stevie Wonder, Little Big Town and Charlie Wilson will perform.

The slate of high school rom coms on Netflix grows with the addition of the “Cyrano” adaptation “Sierra Burgess is a Loser” (Netflix, streaming) starring Shannon Purser (Barb from “Stranger Things”) with RJ Cyler and Kristine Froseth.

In the film “The Most Assassinated Woman in the World” (Netflix, streaming) a 1930s actress is stalked.

In the animated feature “Next Gen” (Netflix, streaming) a lonely girl aligns with a top- secret robot, one who is not featured on “BattleBots” (Discovery, 8 p.m.).

A new documentary series, “City of Joy” (Netflix, streaming) looks at a healing center for woman sexually brutalized in war-torn Congo.

How does jail time change an inmate? The documentary series “First and Last” (Netflix, streaming) endeavors to find out by filming the incarcerated at Gwinnett County Jail on their first day and on their last.

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Thursday TV: Jordin Sparks Has a Baby

JordinSomething other than a song from “American Idol” winner Jordin Sparks, is the story of having a baby son last May in “Jordin Sparks: A Baby Story” (Lifetime, 10 p.m.). Camera teams followed Sparks and her husband, Dana Isaiah before the birth of Dana Isaiah Thomas Jr. in Los Angeles. Days before, she was walking a red carpet. Cameras roll as her water breaks.

A three-night British miniseries, “Save Me” (Starz in Black, 9:30 p.m.) about a man seeking his daughter, who has been gone a decade. Lennie James of “The Walking Dead” stars.

Is it too soon for Sarah Silverman to save the divided country? She tries anyway, on the second season premiere of “I Love You, America” (Hulu, streaming).

The football season kicks off in earnest with Atlanta at Philadelphia (NBC, 8:30 p.m.). It’s preceded by an hour-long special, “NFL Kickoff 2018: From Philadelphia” (NBC, 7:30 p.m.) with a performance by Shawn Mendes.

Chicago chefs tackle alligator meat on the new “Bite Club” (Food, 9 p.m.) where local chefs go head to head. Tyler Florence hosts.

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Wednesday TV: ‘It’s Always Sunny’s 13th

always-sunnyIt’s remarkable that the raucous “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” (FXX, 10 p.m.) has reached its 13th season. Next year it will tie “Ozzie & Harriet” as TV’s longest running live action sitcom. But it doesn’t come without change. Mindy Kaling guest stars as a new member of the gang, who wants to organize projects to make the bar more successful, but it’s hard working with the famously dim gang, now down a member now that Dennis is gone – Glenn Howerton is working on his network sitcom “A.P. Bio” and will only occasionally appear this season. Tonight, he is replaced by a sex doll.

There have been some other changes. Rob McElhenny’s character, who famously spent season seven fat, is now overly buff and has fully come out of the closet last season. But the show still is full of surprise, as in the upcoming episode when Mac comes out to his dad. Also upcoming, an all female reboot of one of the most beloved episodes, trying to break Wade Boggs’ record of beer drinking on a coast to coast flight, en route to a women’s march.

Comedians riff on their early education on “Back to School Just for Laughs” (CW, 9 p.m.), culled from the Montreal Just for Laughs festival.

Tragedies compound on the concluding half of “The Bobby Brown Story” (BET, 9 p.m.).

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Tuesday TV: More Bikes, Different Accent

mayans-MCHis first TV project since “Sons of Anarchy,” “The Bastard Executioner,” only lasted one season. So Kurt Sutter is back to writing a series about a Southern California motorcycle gang, this time concentrating on the Latin gang in “Mayans MC” (FX, 10 p.m.). JD Sardo stars as the new prospect to the storied crew, running drugs for a cartel and making use of a well-appointed tunnel to Tijuana.

Among the familiar faces in the series is Edward James Olmos, Michael Irby and the occasional glimpse of the Sons of Anarchy club, including Katie Segal, for a moment, tonight. The 97-minute premiere comes with a few establishing twists. But like the earlier series, this one relies on classical themes of father and son, a lot of riding, and a penchant for particularly sadistic torture.

Another new series springs from the line of horror movies. “The Purge” (Syfy, USA, 10 p.m.) is about trying to survive the latest day when crime is legal.

Because last year’s “The New Edition Story” (BET, 7 p.m.) was such a hit, there’s a new two night miniseries on one its most notorious members in “The Bobby Brown Story” (BET, 9 p.m.). Woody McClain plays the part, and with Brown himself as adviser, some of it, particularly her stormy relationship with his wife Whitney Houston is glossed over.

The new “Model Squad” (E!, 8 p.m.) hopes to find a new Victoria Secret model through a competition.

After three hours of it Monday, if you can stand another two hours of “Bachelor in Paradise” (ABC, 8 p.m.), there is a twist: The couple who go on a date has have to take a baby along.

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Monday TV: The Notorious ‘RBG’ on CNN

RBGThe popular theatrical documentary on Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, “RBG” (CNN, 8 p.m.) finds its widest audience yet on a cable news network, capping the national holiday. The story of the rise of the justice by filmmakers Betsy West and Julie Cohen is also one about the triumph of women in the field of law

Another documentary tonight follows Mariela Mora Quintana, a Cuban woman in her 30s yearns for a better life, though her husband is content to stay on “Voices of the Sea,” a film by Kim Hopkins making its debut on “POV” (PBS, 10 p.m., check local listings).

After becoming the longest running show on Cartoon Network – 10 years – the imaginative and fanciful “Adventure Time” (Cartoon Network, 6 p.m.), the training ground for a number of other creative cartoonists, will present its final episode in a one hour finale.

Ernie prepares for the Sovereign Protector Ceremony on “Lodge 49” (AMC, 10 p.m.).

On a three hour (!) “Bachelor in Paradise” (ABC, 8 p.m.) a couple splits up and each splits the South of the Border vacation spot.

Kim drives a hard bargain on “Better Call Saul” (AMC, 9 p.m.).

There’s a second night of the Las Vegas Finals on “American Ninja Warrior” (NBC, 8 p.m.).

The final four perform on “So You Think You Can Dance” (Fox, 8 p.m.).

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Sunday TV: Some More College Football

LSUPrime time college football doesn’t stop this weekend with Miami vs. LSU (ABC, 7:30 p.m.). Other college football today — unusual for a Sunday — includes Prairie View A&M vs. North Carolina Central (ESPN2, noon) and Washington vs. Auburn (ESPNU, 7 p.m.).

So much happened last episode of “Big Brother” (CBS, 8 p.m.) with the return of Scottie to the house that there wasn’t time to show the head of household competition. The winner shows up tonight to nominate two more for eviction.

If you haven’t heard, the documentary series “America to Me” (Starz, 10 p.m.) is very good.

Molly unloads on her shrink on “Insecure” (HBO, 10:30 p.m.).

“60 Minutes” (CBS, 7 p.m.) looks at the Facebook data scandal.

Contessa struggles with being a stay at home mom on the sixth season premiere of “Married to Medicine” (Bravo, 8 p.m.).

“Power” (Starz, 8 p.m.) reacts to the big death on last week’s episode.

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Saturday TV: John McCain’s Memorial

Joint Efforts Supports Dignified TransferThere will be far less soaring gospel singing at the John McCain Memorial (CSPAN, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, 10 p.m.) than there was at Aretha Franklin’s epic-length home going Friday. But there will be twice as many Presidents — Barack Obama and George W. Bush at the National Cathedral (while Bill Clinton spoke at Aretha’s funeral). It can’t possibly be as long as the Detroit event. But at least it will be widely televised (Aretha’s was largely online). And Neil Simon and Robin Leach won’t have TV funerals at all apparently.

A news special “John McCain: For Whom the Bell Tolls” (CNN, 9 p.m.) quotes the late senator’s favorite author in the title, Ernest Hemingway.

But here’s a sweet way to remember the senator: a replay of the October 2002 “Saturday Night Live” (NBC, 11:30 p.m.) that he hosted, when the White Stripes were musical guest.

College football comes from out of nowhere to completely takeover the full day of programming including just about all of prime time, with Louisville vs. Alabama (ABC, 8 p.m.), Michigan at Notre Dame (NBC, 7:30 p.m.) and Akron at Nebraska (Fox, 8 p.m.). Plus there are dozens of other games on cable, listed below. But isn’t this weird: A whole Saturday night without one scripted offering, new or in rerun?

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