1) “The Voice” season-opener, 8-10 p.m., NBC. Yes, there is a real TV season trickling in. And now we have one of the ratings leaders, starting with two nights and four hours of auditions. Blake Shelton will be there, as usual; he’s already had seven winners in 18 seasons. But Kelly Clarkson (shown here) has had three winners just five seasons. The others are John Legend (one win in three seasons) and Gwen Stefani, Shelton’s life partner, with no wins in four seasons.
2) “Dancing With the Stars,” 8-10 p.m., ABC. This show battles “Voice” with the best weapon it has – Derek Hough’s popularity. As a dancer on the show, Hough won six championships in 14 editions. He left, became a judge on NBC’s “World of Dance,” then was lured back. Now, in his first times since becoming a “Stars” judge, he’ll dance on the show; it’s a duet with his fiancee, Hayley Erbert.
3) Football, 5 p.m. ET, Fox, and 8:15 p.m. ET, ESPN. Here’s an unexpected windfall for sports fans. The ESPN game – Arizona (3-2) at Dallas (2-3) – was on the schedule, but the Fox one is a bonus, rescheduled from last Thursday: Kansas City visits Buffalo, with both teams 4-1 and leading their divisions. That starts an all-sports week for Fox, with the World Series beginning Tuesday.
4) “Filthy Rich,” 9 p.m., Fox. On the surface, this looks like a cheery house party – two groups spending the weekend at Margaret’s mansion. Actually, the air is full of schemes and fear, much of it based on the premature assumption that her husband is dead. As usual, much of this is soapy and overwrought. Still, the final minutes – backed by a gorgeous folk song, beautifully sung by Broadway star Corey Cott, as Margaret’s son – does have an oddly haunting quality.
5) And more. At 9 p.m., CBS has two more episodes of the moderately likable “One Day at a Time” reboot. At 10, PBS’ “Independent Lens” has “Feels Good Man,” a fascinating film about the artist who created Pepe the Frog, then saw him co-opted by hate groups. And any time on www.acorn.tv is “Darkness: Those Who Kill.” An intense Danish mini-series (with English sub-titles), it has an earnest cop, on his own time, continuing the six-month search for a teen girl.