“Empire,” 9 p.m., Fox.
After missing three
weeks (two of them for baseball), “Empire” is back and big. The
opening minutes ripple with energy and danger, focusing on Shine
(played by Xzibit) and his talented sister Nessa.
Shine has linked
with Lucious in the old crime days and the recent music days. But in
the previous episode, Lucious and his son Trai gave him a beating;
now Shine is back with guns and thugs. There's much more, as youngest
son Hakeem battles one brother (Jamal) over music and another (Trai)
over Nessa. That peaks with a live-stream concert that's both wildly
unlikely and thoroughly entertaining.
“Military Medicine: Beyond the Battlefield,” 10 p.m., PBS.
Alongside the horror
of recent wars, there have been medical miracles. Among the severely
wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan who reached combat hospitals, this
special says, 96 per cent survived. Within four days, the average one
was back in the U.S., where more innovations awaited.
hour is reported by Bob Woodruff, who barely survived a bomb in Iraq.
Now, a decade later, he shows us advances in prosthetics, robotics,
wheelchairs, tourniquets and more.
ALTERNATIVE: “Jay Leno's Garage” season-opener, 10 p.m. ET, CNBC.
Deep emotions seem
to link people and their vehicles, Leno finds. He takes a sentimental
ride with wrestler Bill Goldberg, goes camping in one of the
Volkswagen buses collected by comedian Gabriel Iglesias and hits the
racetrack with a Ferrari collector.
Leno also sees the
1967 Corvette that Joe Biden loves ... and arranges a race between
Biden and Colin Powell. This reruns at 1 a.m., with previous episodes
rerunning at 8, 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. and midnight.
p.m., CBS. It's time for the first individual-immunity challenge.
Meanwhile, the tribes are starting to even out: “Gen X” had four
of the first five ousters, but “Millenials” have had two straight
– Jessica Figueroa, 23, a bartender, and then Michaela Bradshaw,
25, who does vacation-club sales.
p.m., PBS. When felines went from Asia to the Americas, they found a
world where they can be the top predator. Many – from the jaguar to
the Canadian lynx – rule the wilderness, but some are at our
doorstep; a classic photo showa a mountain lion near the “Hollywood”
sign. Wrapping up a terrific two-parter, this also shows the
development and dominance of the house cat.
“Nova,” 9 p.m.,
PBS. This hour focuses on metals – and the chance to touch history.
One person examines the wrought-iron strength of a discarded piece of
the Eiffel Tower. Another was bumped slightly while examining a
Chinese sword; he became the first person cut by it in 2,400 years.
Backed by strong visuals, this hour takes us from gold to
laboratory-made creations with special strengths.
9 p.m., ABC. Jay has always savored his refuge ... but now his
son-in-law Phil may become a member. Meanhile, Cam isn't giving
Mitchell the full scope of what his play is about.
“Code Black,” 10
p.m., CBS. A college student regains consciousness, unwaware that
she's been raped. Also, Richard Lewis plays a comedian who collapsed
onstage; Annabeth Gish plays the mother of a terminally ill teen-ager
who wants to die on her own terms.
p.m., Sundance. Trying to adjust after 19 years in prison, Daniel
finds life more difficult with his new roommate. Also, his sister
(Abigail Spencer of “Timeless”) meets a former classmate.
More cable drama, 10
p.m. This has become cable's strongest hour, including “America
Horror Story” on FX and “Sugar” on the Oprah Winfrey Network.
“Horror” reruns at 11 p.m. and 1 a.m.; “Sugar” reruns at 1
a.m. ... with previous episodes from 7-10 p.m., plus 11 p.m. and