“Building Star Trek,” 8-10 p.m., Smithsonian; repeats at 11.
It was 50 years ago
on Sept. 8 that “Star Trek” debuted on NBC. The show would limp
through three seasons of so-so ratings and modest budgets ... then,
in different ways, would live forever.
special visits a world with distinguished “Trek” fans. The
National Air and Space Museum restores the original Engerprise model,
so it can take its place next to the crafts of Lindbergh and the
astronauts. A pop-culture museum in Seattle gathers artifacts. And
scientists keep trying to create real-life versions of tractor beams,
invisibility cloaks, laser guns, warp speed and more.
II: “BrainDead,” 10 p.m., CBS.
The summer's best
show hasn't drawn the attention it deserves. Now, a week before its
two-hour finale, there's still time to join in.
As a new Senate
aide, Laurel (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) has had some success; last
week, her video prevented a war. So far, however, she's convinced few
people of the real threat: Key officials in Washington – led by
Sen. Red Wheatus (Tony Shalhoub) -- have alien bugs that invaded
their brains. Now Laurel and her brother, a senator, search a massive
budget bill, to find Red's secret agenda.
ALTERNATIVE: “ABC Fall preview,” 7 p.m., ABC (after football on
the West Coast).
Networks like to
have cheery specials, telling us that their new fall shows are
terrific. Now ABC strikes first ... and is partly telling the truth.
It does, indeed,
have the best new network show -- “Designated Survivor,” with
Kiefer Sutherland as a lowly official, thrust into the presidency. It
has a sharp “Secrets and Lies” mini-series, a promising
crime/court show (“Conviction”) ... and several shows that are
merely ordinary. Here's a sampling.
Racing, 6 p.m. ET,
NBC. On the final Sunday before the pro-football season begins, NBC
has NASCAR's Southern 500, from Darlington, S.C.
7 and 8 p.m., Fox. The first rerun flashes back to when the Simpson
and Flanders families vacationed in the Grand Canyon. The second has
Selma and Patty attempt a conversion: After all those years of
puffing cigarettes, they've learned that their dad died of lung
Football, 7:30 p.m.
ET, ABC. A college game on a Sunday night? That's a rarity, but ABC
is taking advantage of the last chance before the pros take over.
Notre Dame (ranked No. 10) visits Texas.
Nine-Nine,” 8:30 p.m., Fox. This rerun finds the Nine-Nine linking
with a neighboring precinct. That puts Jake (Andy Samberg) with his
old police partner (Damon Wayans Jr.).
Secretary,” 9 p.m., CBS. As the Pakistan government wobbles in this
rerun, the U.S. considers a drastic step – going into the country
to seize and secure its nuclear weapons.
“Fear the Walking
Dead,” 9 p.m., AMC, and more. Yes, some cable channels are sticking
with reruns during the holiday weekend. Still, 9 p.m. has new
episodes here and on USA (“The Last Ship”), Hallmark (“Chesapeake
Shores”) and Starz (“Power”). And “The Strain” looms at 10
p.m. on FX.
“Last Man on
Earth,” 9:30 p.m., Fox. With a lot of spare time on her hands –
there are, after all, only a few people still alive -- Gail (Mary
Steenburgen) has been drinking a lot of wine. Now the others confront
her. Also, Todd mayhave extra duties in the propagation of the
“Murder in the
First,” 10 p.m., USA. The season concludes, in an hour that adds a
grisly new murder.