1) “CMT Giants: Charley Pride,” 9-10:30 p.m., CMT. Pride (shown here) was country music’s first (and, often, only) Black superstar. He had 30 No. 1 country hits and was Entertainer of the Year in 1971. Pride died of COVID at 86, last December; now his music will be performed by Garth Brooks, George Strait, Gladys Knight, Alan Jackson, Wynonna, Darius Rucker, Lee Ann Womack, Mickey Guyton, Jimmy Allen and Luke Combs (with Robert Randolph and Reyna Roberts), plus Dion Pride, Charlie’s son.
2) “Archer” season-opener, 10 p.m., FXX. The team saved the world, but failed to get credit or compensation. (We’ll blame faulty public-relations.) Now it has no money for the such details as bullets or a phone. It tries a job that only pays the winner … and includes a high-tech, high-class firm. The result is a sharp blend of action and comedy. It’s a strong start to the animated show’s 12th season, the last one with Jessica Walter – who died in March, at 80 – voicing Sterling’s mom and boss.
3) “American Horror Story” debut, 10 p.m., FX. Producer Ryan Murphy is going for quicker scares now. Last month, he had a two-part spin-off story (under the “American Horror Stories” banner) on Hulu; now this show splits its 10 episodes into two separate stories. The first, a six-parter, borrows the “Shining” notion: A struggling writer (Finn Wittrock) takes his family to a tourist spot (Provincetown, Mass.), then turns creepy. The scary locals include Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters and Frances Conroy.
4) “Good Trouble,” 10 p.m., Freeform. This oft-excellent show is dragged down now by so-so stories. Davia reverts to her eating disorder … Gael introduces his parents to the woman who is bearing his child after a one-night stand … Mariana is an underling at the start-up she co-founded … And Callie’s court case takes unlikely twists. Stick with it; this has been much better, before finding bad troubles.
5) ALSO: The overcrowded 10 p.m. slot also has ABC’s “Superstar” profile of John Ritter, the terrific comedy actor who died in 2003 at 54, after a sudden aorta dissection. Earlier, you might try NBC (an “America’s Got Talent” results show at 8 p.m., “Family Game Fight” at 9) or CW (new episodes of “Riverdale” and “In the Dark” at 8 and 9.