Football opener, 8:30 p.m. ET, NBC; with pre-game at 7:30.
It took judicial
intervention, but NBC now launches the pro season properly – with a
showdown between top quarterbacks. Tom Brady – spared by the courts
(at least for now) from his suspension – leads the Super Bowl
champion Patriots, hosting Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh
tends to have a party atmosphere, including a concert during the
pre-game show. This year, however, the NFL is already pointing its
season-finale: Tonight's concert (with Train and Ellie Goulding) will
be in San Francisco, which will be the site of the 50th
II: “Under the Dome” finale, 10 p.m., CBS.
For three seasons,
“Dome” has delivered something unexpected – a big-budget,
Steven Spielberg production in the summertime. Now it ends with the
dome finally crumbling.
That causes new
problems, though. Our heroes – Dale “Barbie” Barbara, Julie and
Big Jim – scramble to keep those infected by the aliens from
getting loose. That includes Junior (Big Jim's son), Joe and Dawn –
the spawn of Barbie and alien Eva, suddenly full-grown and heralded
as the new queen.
ALTERNATIVE: “Longmire” season-opener, any time, Netflix.
For three steady
seasons, Walt Longmire (Robert Taylor) trudged ahead as a quiet
Wyoming sheriff. He solved cases, alongside his talkative deputy
(Katee Sackhoff), his friend (Lou Diamond Phillips) and his
daughter, a lawyer. Ratings were high, reviews were favorable ... but
the average viewer was old.
So the A&E
network dumped its most-watched show. Fortunately, this streaming
service stepped in, at a pivotal point: Finally knowing who's
responsible for his wife's death, Walt eyes revenge.
“Beauty and the
Beast,” 8 p.m., CW. Liam wants to expose the fact that Vincent is
The Beast; Vincent and Cat try to destroy him first.
“The Big Bang
Theory,” 8 p.m., CBS. After tonight, football will nudge “Big
Bang” to Mondays. This rerun has the first meeting of the guys'
mismatched moms: Sheldon's (Laurie Metcalf) is a religious
conservtive; Leonard's (Christine Baranski) is a cooly distant
psychiatrist and author.
p.m., CBS. Just before this show begins its two-month break, let's
re-savor the episode that wrapped up a great season. Christy's son
wants to live with his dad; naturally, she blames her mom.
“The Civil War,”
9-11 p.m., PBS. On the fourth night of this five-night masterpiece,
Sherman advances on Atlanta. We also get profiles of the two
commanders – Ulysses Grant and Robert E. Lee.
9 p.m., NatGeo Wild. Here's a rerun of the excellent Aug. 30
documentary, which traced an elephant's dangerous, 200-mile trek
through the Kalahari desert, leading her family to water.
Just Being Honest,” 10 p.m., Epix. Fifteen years ago, when Ferguson
was unknown to many Americans, he wrote the movie “Saving Grace.”
It would draw praise, leading to a series (“Doc Martin”) ... and
to a chance to write a script with Mick Jagger. Ferguson recalls the
experience with wit and detail. What started as a so-so comedy
special ends as a delight.
p.m., FX. Billed as a comedy, this episode is surprisingly short on
laughs, but strong on well-crafted drama. Russ and Lena ponder who
would take their kids if they died; they soon realize that their
friends are having trouble.