1) “Planet Earth: A Celebration” (shown here), 8-9:25 p.m. ET today, BBC America and IFC, 8-9:25 p.m. ET/PT AMC and Sundance. Consider this as an end-of-summer bonus. Picking through two great series (“Planet Earth II” and “Blue Planet II”), this chose eight gorgeous segments and added new music. There are hilarious moments, as pink flamingos parade … and horrifying ones, as racer snakes chase baby iguanas. And ones that let us marvel at leaping fish, gulping whales and a camouflaging octopus.
2) “Transplant” debut, 10 p.m. Tuesday, NBC. Bashir (Hamza Haq) is working at a Middle Eastern restaurant in Canada, when a tragedy strikes. Suddenly, there are life-and-death moments there and at a hospital. Then … well, we won’t say much. “Transplant” parcels out information slowly, which is the best way to watch this excellent opener. By the end of the hour, you’ll be hooked. Scottish star John Hannah, first seen in the restaurant, is the only familiar actor, but the cast – especially Haq – is terrific.
3) “Tough as Nails” finale, 9-11 p.m. Wednesday, CBS. The team prize was handed out last week, but now an individual wins $200.000 and a truck. Starting with 12 people, “Nails” has its final five. There are two women – Linda Goodridge, 29, a deputy sheriff; and Callie Cattell, 28, a fisherman – and three men. Danny Moody, 33, is a drywaller; Miles Pak, 28, is a forestry tech; “Murph” Murphy, 47, is a Marine veteran. Phil Keoghan, who created this with his wife, hosts “Nails,” which has been renewed..
4) “Power Book II” debut, 9 p.m. Sunday, Starz. For six seasons, “Power” offered raw intensity, as “Ghost” ran a drug empire, amid sex, schemes and murder. He was killed and his wife Tasha was arrested. She didn’t do it, viewers know, but wanted to; her son Tariq got there first, killing his dad. Now Tariq is in college – a requirement to inherit his dad’s fortune – and a new chapter starts. Courtney Kemp – the main “Power” creator – gives it a female focus, with Mary J. Blige as the new drug boss.
5) “The Bachelor: The Greatest Seasons – Ever!,” 8-11 p.m. today, ABC. Nick Viall seems to live in ABC’s universe. He was runner-up on “The Bachelorette” – twice, in 2014 and 2015. Then he had his chance as “The Bachelor.” There’s been “Bachelor in Paradise,” “Dancing With the Stars” and now this. One of 11 children in a Waukesha, Wis., family, Viall was state champion in the 800-meter run. He captained the track team at University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, then became a professional bachelor.
6) “Being the Queen,” 9 p.m. today, National Geographic. Here’s another splendid, end-of-summer bonus. In one busy hour, it gives us 94 years of a life, using archival film and voice recordings. We even hear the aide who got the phone call during a Kenya tour: King George VI was dead; Elizabeth, 25, must be awakened and told that she’s the Queen. We see more crises, including the aftermath of Lady Diana’s death. The Queen, her former mother-in-law, walks amid a cascade of flowers and grief.
7) “America’s Got Talent,” 8-10 p.m. Tuesday, NBC, repeating Friday. There are five spots left in the 20-act semi-finals and 11 acts competing for them. That includes acrobatic sisters from Italy and puppeteers from Romania. It includes three singers (two of them teen-agers) and a vocal trio. It also includes a 12-year-old dancer, a comedian, a spoken-word poet and two spectacular groups – the C.A. Wildcats cheerleaders and the Divas & Drummers of Compton. Viewers vote, with results Wednesday.
8) “Holey Moley,” 8 p.m. Thursday, ABC. Yes, there’s an abundace of reality shows now. Thursday also has the the season finales of “Cannonball” (8 p.m. on USA, rerunning at 11 on USA, then 7 p.m. Sunday on NBC) and “The Real Housewives of New York City” (9 p.m., Bravo, preceded by reruns of the entire season. And “Moley” fills the final spot in next week’s $250,000 championship. Contestants this week range from a law student to a pageant queen, from a musician to a former pro football player.
9) Streaming swarm. There’s lots of reality, but what about new, scripted shows? For now, we need the streaming services. On Thursday, Peacock has a new season of “A.P. Bio” (the former NBC comedy) … Acorn has “The Sounds,” a New Zealand thriller … and HBO Max has “Raised by Wolves,” a sci-fi series from Ridley Scott. On Friday, another sci-fi show, “The Boys,” starts its second Amazon season; Netflix has “Away,” which is sci, but not fantasy; Hilary Swank plays the leader of a Mars mission.
10) College football season-openers, 1, 4:30 and 8 p.m. ET Saturday, ESPN. This is later and much smaller than originally planned. Still, it’s a start; barring late changes, it will be Eastern Kentucky at Marshall … then Southern Methodist at Texas Tech … and then Arkansas at Memphis. The next week has a Monday game (Brigham Young at Navy) and then the start of the pro season. There’s more sports this week – the Kentucky Derby (2:30 p.m. ET Saturday, NBC), plus basketball, baseball and hockey.