1) “Country Music,” 8 p.m., PBS, rerunning at 10. By the late 1960s, country music – like America itself – was filled with extremes. George Jones and Tammy Wynette created achingly beautiful songs and lived achingly painful lives. Kris Kristofferson (shown here) was their opposite – a long-haired Rhodes Scholar with a poet’s flair. Johnny Cash fit both extremes and more – a hard-scrabble country boy who stood up for the oppressed. This chapter beautifully profiles them and others.
2) “The Voice” season-opener, 8-10 p.m., NBC. For its first 16 editions, this has been dominated by coaches Blake Shelton and Adam Levine. Now Levine has left; stepping in (alongside Kelly Clarkson and John Legend) is Gwen Stefani. She’s familiar to viewers (it’s her fourth time) and to Shelton (they’ve been a couple for four years). Other season-openers: CBS’ “The Neighborhood” and Fox’s “9-1-1” at 8 p.m., ABC’s “The Good Doctor” and CBS’ “Bull” at 10.
3) “Bob (hearts) Abishola,” 8:30 p.m., CBS. Chuck Lorre has built some of his best comedies around people who brazenly admit their sins. That includes Bonnie on “Mom” and … well, everyone on “Two and a Half Men.” Here’s the opposite – a slow, sweet tale. Bob (Billy Gardell) is a sock manufacturer, in love with his cardiac nurse (Folake Olowofoyeku). She’s a Nigerian native, living with her parents. They have nothing in common, but both are instantly likable.
4) “All Rise” debut, 9 p.m., CBS. Lola is a new judge, idealistic and optimistic. Maybe she should know better. As a former assistant district attorney, she knew cases would be rushed past her by ill-prepared lawyers; she probably didn’t know that even a court official would be dangerous. This opener is quick and slick; it stretches credibility, but is a bridge from the comedies at 8 p.m. to “Bull” at
5) “Bluff City Law” debut, 10 p.m., NBC. Here’s a law firm with the generation gap flipped. The dad (Jimmy Smits) is the idealist, fighting for the little guy; the daughter (Caitlin McGee) has been using her immense skill to enrich corporations. Now they’re together, in an adequate opener for a show that has potential. Also new is “Prodigal Son,” at 9 p.m. on Fox. It’s the dark tale of a criminal psychologist who reluctantly confers with an expert – his father (Michael Sheen), a convicted serial killer.