1) Emmy awards, 8-11 p.m. ET, 5-8 p.m. and 8-11 p.m. PT, ABC. The sheer size of the TV world makes this a challenge. Producers have sent camera kits to 130 nominees around the country (plus Tel Aviv, Berlin and more). There will be humor (Jimmy Kimmel, shown here, does the opening monolog) and music, with H.E.R. singing during the “In Memoriam” segment. And others will help, including Oprah Winfrey, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Patrick Stewart, Anthony Anderson, Bob Newhart, Mindy Kaling, RuPaul, an alpaca named Isobel and a Muppet named Count Von Count.
2) “60 Minutes” season-opener, 7 p.m. ET (or later, with football overrun), CBS. A TV giant returns for its 53rd year. Once forced to sit out every football season, “60 Minutes” became a powerhouse. It was the most-watched show in 1979-80, in 1982-83, for three straight years starting in 1991 … and in six of the weeks last season. Opening interviews are Gen. H.R. McMaster (Trump’s former national security advisor) and LSU football coach Ed Orgeron, plus a look at Pennsylvania’s new mail voting system.
3) “Masterpiece: Van der Valk,” 9 p.m., PBS. Amsterdam provides a rich backdrop for this movie-length story, which takes us inside the splendor of an old library, a convent and more. The story isn’t quite as good as last week’s opener (or next week’s finale), tangling into some bizarre identity details. Still, it’s a sharp, smart mystery … and follows the 8 p.m. season-opener of “Last Tango in Halifax.”
4) Football, 8:20 p.m. ET, NBC, with pre-game show at 7. The Patriots try to keep their post-Brady record flawless. Last week, with Cam Newton as their new quarterback, they beat the Dolphins, 21-11. (Their old quarterback, Tom Brady, lost his opener with Tampa Bay, falling to New Orleans, 34-23.) Now the Pats visit the Seahawks, which beat the Falcons last week, 38-20.
5) “Inside Out” (2015), 9:50 p.m., Freeform. This witty look inside our psyches provides a peak point for an animation marathon. That starts with the “Cars” films at 8 (2006) and 10:30 a.m. (2011), then has “The Emperor’s New Groove” (2000) at 1:05 p.m., “Tarzan” (1999) at 3, “Up” (2009) at 5:05, “Ratatouille” (2007) at 7:10 and, later, “Meet the Robinsons” (2007) at 11:55 p.m.