TV column for Monday, Sept. 17


TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE:
Emmy awards, 8 p.m. ET, NBC.

The Emmys have
always been important, but haven't always been fun. This time, we're
hopeful: Lorne Michaels is in charge, with Colin Jost and Michael Che
(his “Saturday Night Live” anchors) hosting.

The broadcast
networks have only one drama nominee (“This Is Us”) , facing past
winners “Game of Thrones” and “Handmaid's Tale,” plus “The
Crown,” “The Americans,” “Westworld” and “Stranger
Things.” Their only comedy (“Black-ish”) faces “Atlanta,”
“Barry,” “GLOW,” “Silicon Valley,” “Curb Your
Enthusiasm,” “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” and “The Unbreakable
Kimmy Schmidt.”

TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE
II: “Salvation” season-finale, 9 p.m., CBS.

Tonight's kinda-big
problem involves Grace (Jennifer Finnigan). Harris is ready to marry
her today ... but she just had passionate sex with Darius, who's
about to go on a suicide mission to save the world.

And the bigger
problem? Darius' uncle (the terrific John Noble) has just kidnapped
him. He doesn't want the world saved, he wants the asteroid to kill
most people, leaving only a few well-secured survivors ... including
him. That wraps up the second season, which may also be the last.

TONIGHT'S
ALTERNATIVE: “Supergirl” and “Arrow,” 8 and 9 p.m., CW.

Every TV wedding
seems to have interruptions, but never quite like this: Villains from
Earth-X attack the ceremony, intent on destroying everyone.

Fortunately, the
couple is good at these things; Barry is The Flash, Iris is the
co-leader of Team Flash. More fortunately, lots of cool people have
been invited to the ceremony. They include Supergirl, Green Arrow,
White Canary, The Ray and, of course, Citizen Cold. This four-hour
rerun – a good one – concludes with Tuesday's episodes of “The
Flash” and “Legends of Tomorrow.”

Other choices
include:

“Star Wars”
shows, all day, TNT and TBS. First is a double-feature on TNT --
“Revenge of the Jedi” (1983) at 2 p.m. and “The Force Awakens”
(2015) at 5. Then switch to TBS; at 8:30, it has an hour-long “Star
Wars” take-off on “Family Guy.”

Emmy previews, E and
NBC. The red-carpet coverage starts at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBC ... but
much sooner on E. There's an Emmy preview at 4:30, with red-carpet
interviews at 6.

“Inside the Manson
Cult: The Lost Tapes,” 8-10 p.m., Fox. This was culled from more
than 100 hours of footage, Fox says. It has new and old interviews,
including Catherine “Gypsy” Share and Dianne “Snake” Lake,
plus a prosecutor, a profiler and a prison interview with Bobby
Beausoleil.

“Castaways,” 8
and 9 p.m., ABC. As resources dwindle, emotions grow and some of the
castaways consider going elsewhere. That sets up Tuesday's finale.

“Elementary”
season-finale, 10 p.m., CBS. Last week, Sherlock's former friend
Michael was the prime suspect in a murder case. That sets up tonight,
with the Holmes-Watson partnership teetering.

“The Good Doctor,”
10 p.m., ABC. After a distraction during surgery, Shaun's job is at
risk.

ALSO: Turner Classic
Movies has a triple-feature of early Martin Scorsese films -- “Alice
Doesn't Live Here Anymore” (1974) at 8 p.m. ET, “Mean Streets”
(1973) at 10 and “Taxi Driver” (1976) at 12:15 a.m. That's on a
night stuffed with 8 p.m. crowdpleasers. It's “Ghostbuster”
(2016) on FX, “Wonder Woman” (2017) on HBO and “Terminator”
(1984) on Sundance.