Pro football season-opener. 7:30 and 8:30 p.m. ET, NBC.
Each year, the NFL
gets its season off to a flashy start. It has a pre-game show with
music –this time, Dierks Bentley and OneRepublic – and then a
This one has the
Super Bowl teams – with a major exception. The Carolina Panthers –
who had lost only one game before dtropping the Super Bowl – are
back, again with Cam Newton at quarterback. Denver is also back, but
Peyton Manning has retired. Champions are led by Trevor Siemian, who
was the 250th man chosen in the 2015 draft, then had
exactly one play (a kneel-down) all season.
II: “Better Things” debut, 10 p.m., FX; reruns at 11:06 p.m. and
Louis C.K.'s “Louie”
is a revelation – a set of wonderfully understated slices from the
life of a single dad with two daughters and a show-business career.
Now Pamela Adlon, his co-writer, has her own quiet gem, with C.K. as
her co-producer and co-writer.
We see a single mom
with three daughters and a career as an actress and cartoon voice.
That fits Adlon, who voiced Bobby on “King of the Hill.” She
finds humor in big moments – a teen asks her mom to buy pot – and
small. There's something funny about two people alternately
ALTERNATIVE: “Star Trek,” 8:30 p.m. ET, BBC America.
At 8:30 p.m. on
Sept. 8, 1966, NBC hesitently debuted the long-shot “Trek”
series. So exactly 50 years later, BBC reruns that first episode.
Then – one per 70 minutes (to allow for increased commercials and
promos these days) – it shows the others in order.
That continues –
pausing only from 3-6 a.m. daily – until 3 a.m. Monday. Flashing
before us is a classic that was often limited by a shortage of money,
but never by a shortage of imagination.
movies, all day, Syfy. “Generations” (1994) -- the OK movie that
linked the old and new “Trek” casts – airs at 8 a.m. and 3 and
11 p.m. “First Contact” (1996) -- with Alice Krige as the
powerful Borg Queen – is 10:30 a.m., 6 p.m. and 1:30 a.m. “Star
Trek IV” (1986) – the lightest and brightest of the films – is
at 1 and 8:30 p.m.
Trek,” 6-8 p.m., Smithsonian. Here's a reruns of a delightful
documentary, jumping between preparations for “Trek” exhibits and
scientists trying to match the show's fictional feats.
Pyramid,” 8-10 p.m., ABC. Here are reruns of four battles. It's
actor Alfonso Ribeiro and chef Mario Batali, “Shark Tank”
financiers Barbara Corcoran and Damond Johns, actors Steve Schirripa
(of “Sopranos”) and Melissa Peterman and actors Teri Polo and
“The Big Bang
Theory,” 8 p.m., CBS. After tonight, “Big Bang” will be in
exile for a while, moving to Mondays to make room for five football
games. So enjoy this fairly good episode, with Howard having second
thoughts about the business arrangement and Raj having confusion
about his girlfriends.
“Beauty and the
Beast,” 9 p.m., CW. Next Thursday, this emotional show ends its
four-season run. For now, as usual, there's a crisis. Vincent is
being secretly interrogated about an impending attack and may be near
the breaking point; next week, he and/or Cat may have to pay the
9:59 p.m., CBS. Last week, the show reran the episode introducing
Boris Kodjoe as the ER and OR chief who's supposed to keep an eye on
the budget. Tonight, he surprises Grace by asking her out; also,
Christa must set aside her feelings about Grace, when they treat a
“Queen of the
South,” 10 p.m., USA. With the season-finale coming next Thursday,
we see Camila take more steps to take over Epifanio's drug empire.
Also, Teresa and Brenda try some daring extortion.