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SUNDAY 5 p.m. on 26.1 KMPH The 71st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards
The final season of “Game of Thrones” leads the pack of nominees as the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences airs its annual primetime awards ceremony for television excellence from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. The HBO blockbuster has 14 nods going into tonight’s race, but factoring in its nominations from the earlier Creative Arts Awards, the show shatters a 25-year-old record for most nominations (32) for a comedy or drama series in a single year. The TV academy will follow the recent Oscars format and present tonight’s Emmys without a celebrity host.
5:15 p.m. on 24.1 KSEE NFL Football
A battle of young quarterbacks ensues as Jared Goff and the Los Angeles Rams visit Baker Mayfield and the Cleveland Browns. Goff led the Rams to the Super Bowl last year, leaving high expectations on the table for this season. In Cleveland, making the playoffs is considered the next big step as the Browns try to put quality personnel around Mayfield, including veteran receiver Odell Beckham Jr., who continues to struggle to stay healthy.
8 p.m. on SHOW The Circus: Inside the Wildest Political Show on Earth
Co-hosts John Heilemann, Alex Wagner and Mark McKinnon return with eight new episodes of their fourth season, which will focus on the unprecedented slate of Democratic presidential candidates as they barnstorm key states in the runup to the early primaries that start next February in Iowa. On the GOP side, incumbent President Donald Trump will hold multiple rallies to rev up his Republican base in the face of multiple looming international crises and the growing threat of impeachment.
9 p.m. on 30.1 KFSN The $100,000 Pyramid
In the Season 4 finale, the first round finds former “Saturday Night Live” player and voice actor Bobby Moynihan teaming with a civilian contestant to compete against satirical comic Hasan Minhaj (“Patriot Act With Hasan Minhaj”) and his partner in this popular word-association game, hoping to make it into the winner’s circle and an ultimate prize of $100,000. The second round pits TV journalist and author Katie Couric and a partner against a team led by actor and comic Mario Cantone. Michael Strahan is the host.
9 p.m. on FOOD Worst Cooks in America
The episode title “Two Cooks, One Prize” signals that this season’s competition has reached its finale, wherein the two finalists attempt impressive dishes that demonstrate their new skills, as their moms secretly watch from the next room. Then, chefs Anne Burrell and Bobby Flay demonstrate how to prepare a restaurant-quality three course meal, which their recruits then must recreate. Judges Vivian Chan, Martina McBride and Donal Skehan pick the winner in a blind taste test to determine who takes home the $25,000 grand prize.
10 p.m. on 30.1 KFSN To Tell the Truth
Actors Oliver Hudson, Rita Moreno and Craig Robinson, along with comic Chris D’Elia, make up the celebrity panel for the Season 4 finale of this classic game show reboot. This quartet must use its collective powers of discernment to grill three guest trios — each containing two imposters — and pick out which member of each group is the costume designer of “Black Panther,” a former Playboy centerfold and a forensic psychopathologist. Anthony Anderson is the host.
10:05 p.m. on AMC Preacher
The Masada compound is abuzz with excitement as the Messiah (Tyson Ritter) has finally arrived in the new episode “Overture.” Meanwhile, as the clock ticks down to Armageddon, Jesse (Dominic Cooper) and his fellow heroes undertake one last, desperate assault, a final Hail Mary play to forestall the end of the world. Unfortunately, God (Mark Harelik) uses every devious trick in His all-seeing arsenal to keep His opponents divided and off their game. Elsewhere, Eugene (Ian Colletti) gets out of prison.
MONDAY 9 p.m. on 47.1 KGPE All Rise
Simone Missick played a New York police detective in the Netflix series “Luke Cage,” but for this new courtroom drama, she’s moving up to the role of newly appointed Judge Lola Carmichael, who isn’t reluctant to push a few envelopes in terms of how she runs her court. Marg Helgenberger also stars as Supervisory Judge Lisa Benner, who’s helping Lola transition into her new position. Two Tony Award-winning Broadway musical stars, Lindsay Mendez and Ruthie Ann Miles, co-star along with Wilson Bethel, Jessica Camacho and J. Alex Brinson.
9 p.m. on FOOD Halloween Baking Championship
John Henson kicks off Season 5 of this annual holiday-themed baking competition with a premiere called “Halloween Invasion,” which opens with a challenge for the eight bakers to create scary skeleton desserts. The main heat cranks up the monster madness to level 10, as the bakers must conjure up monster-under-thebed creations. Carla Hall, Katie Lee and Zac Young make up the judges panel.
9:01 p.m. on 26.1 KMPH Prodigal Son
Co-created by Chris Fedak (“Chuck”), this new high-concept crime drama stars Tom Payne (“The Walking Dead”) as gifted criminal psychologist Malcolm Bright, whose qualifications for helping the New York Police Department solve crimes include a real humdinger: His own father is a serial killer known as “The Surgeon.” He has a manipulative mom as well, but his TV journalist sister Ainsley (Halston Sage, “The Orville”) is a staunch ally. Michael Sheen, Bellamy Young (“Scandal”) and Lou Diamond Phillips also star.
10 p.m. on 24.1 KSEE Bluff City Law
After the death of her mother, headstrong attorney Sydney Strait (Caitlin McGee) warily accepts an invitation from her estranged father, Elijah (Jimmy Smits), to rejoin his prestigious Memphis law firm in this new legal drama, which follows the pair as they try to reconnect as father and daughter while simultaneously meshing their dramatically different courtroom styles. Scott Shepherd, Barry Sloane, Michael Luwoye, MaameYaa Boafo, Stony Blyden and Jayne Atkinson also star.
10 p.m. on 30.1 KFSN The Good Doctor
The Season 3 premiere picks up the day after Shaun and Carly’s (Freddie Highmore, Jasika Nicole) first date, which was, from his perspective, a “Disaster” (which is also the episode title). Trying to shake off his disappointment, Shaun turns to the case of a newlywed who, in his judgment, needs a radical surgery to save her life. Meanwhile, Morgan and Alex (Fiona Gubelmann, Will Lee) compete to operate on an elderly cancer patient. Tamlyn Tomita and Karin Konoval guest star.
11:34 p.m. on 24.1 KSEE The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
No significant changes in format or tone are anticipated as Jimmy Fallon opens his seventh season as host of this long-running latenight entertainment franchise. That means serving largely as counterprogramming to other shows in the crowded late-night arena, relying on lighthearted games and celebrity guests instead of the edgier social and political fare currently favored by CBS time-slot rival Stephen Colbert and NBC colleague and erstwhile “Saturday Night Live” cast-mate Seth Meyers. How that plays in what promises to be a contentious presidential election year remains to be seen.
TUESDAY 8 p.m. on 26.1 KMPH The Resident
Did Nic (Emily VanCamp) lose a loved one in the Season 2 finale? Fans will find out what happened in the opening moments of the Season 3 premiere, “From the Ashes,” although most of this new episode finds Conrad (Matt Czuchry) and his colleagues chafing under all the newly imposed rules and policies imposed by Red Rock Mountain Medical, the conglomerate that took over Chastain at the end of last season. Bruce Greenwood, Manish Dayal, Jane Leeves and Malcolm-Jamal Warner also return.
8 p.m. on 47.1 KGPE NCIS
When Ziva (former series regular Cote de Pablo, here in a guest appearance) surprises Gibbs (Mark Harmon) by delivering a cryptic warning, that reunion compels him to question why she has remained underground for years, allowing friends, colleagues and loved ones to presume she was dead. Even more to the point, he also wonders what drove her to resurface as this hit procedural opens Season 17 with “Out of the Darkness.” Sean Murray and Emily Wickersham also star.
9 p.m. on 24.1 KSEE This Is Us
Young lovers Jack and Rebecca (Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy More) have a rocky road ahead of them — yes, another one — as Season 4 of this Emmy-winning drama opens. She’s frustrated by uncertainty over where her music career is going, while he is struggling to find a place for himself — a solidly blue-collar guy — in the rarefied world of Rebecca’s family. Meanwhile, in the present, Randall and Beth (Sterling K. Brown, Susan Watson) also confront challenges in their new Philadelphia neighborhood.
9 p.m. on 30.1 KFSN mixed-ish
This second spinoff to “black-ish” (after “grown-ish”) is a new prequel, which chronicles the early years of Rainbow“Bow” Johnson (Arica Himmel) growing up in a mixed-race household in the 1980s after moving from a counterculture commune to a middle-class suburb. Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Tika Sumpter co-star as Paul and Alicia, Bow’s parents. Gary Cole, Christina Anthony, MykalMichelle Harris and Ethan Childress also are featured. Tracee Ellis Ross, who plays Bow on “black-ish,” narrates the series.
9 p.m. on 47.1 KGPE FBI
An investigation into a bomb that exploded at a popular restaurant in Queens feels personal for OA (Zeeko Zaki), who has fond memories of eating there with his family while he was growing up, in the Season 2 premiere, “Little Egypt.” While initial evidence suggests that the violent incident was the work of terrorists, however, the case soon reveals itself to be something far more complex, so OA goes undercover to ensure a second bomb attack isn’t imminent. Missy Peregrym also stars.
10 p.m. on 30.1 KFSN Emergence
Frequent partners Tara Butters and Michele Fazekas (“Agent Carter”) created this new thriller starring Allison Tolman (“Fargo”) as Jo Evans, a recently divorced police chief and mother to a teenage daughter, Bree (Ashley Aufderheide). While investigating a plane crash, Jo finds a young survivor named Piper (Alexa Skye Swinton), who has no memory of what happened or even who she is. After Jo takes the girl into her home, she discovers Piper is at the heart of an expanding mystery. Clancy Brown, Donald Faison and Owain Yeoman co-star.
WEDNESDAY 8 p.m. on 26.1 KMPH The Masked Singer
The clues are tougher in Season 2 of this breakout game show, but math prodigies may find it helpful to know that, collectively, this season’s undercover celebrities have racked up 69 Emmy nominations, 42 Grammy
Award nods, credits in 22 Broadway shows, three books on the New York Times best-seller list, plus two mentions on Time magazine’s list of most influential people. In tonight’s two-hour premiere, the first eight incognito stars perform for panelists Ken Jeong, Jenny McCarthy, Nicole Scherzinger and Robin Thicke. Nick Cannon hosts.
9 p.m. on 24.1 KSEE Chicago Fire
Fans of this ensemble drama may want to brace themselves for the Season 8 premiere, which showrunner Derek Haas cautions is “as brutal as we’ve done” and is only a prologue to some lingering fallout. Back together, Stella and Severide (Miranda Mayo, Taylor Kinney) offer strong support to each other during this trying period, and Casey (Jesse Spencer) is too distracted to obsess over Brett’s (Kara Killmer) unexpected engagement to Chaplain Kyle Sheffield (Teddy Sears).
9 p.m. on 30.1 KFSN Modern Family
The Emmy-winning comedy blockbuster opens its 11th and final season with “New Kids on the Block,” which finds new mom Haley (Sarah Hyland) slavishly trying to follow advice in her parenting books, although Phil and Claire (Ty Burrell, Julie Bowen) keep advocating for their own time-tested child-rearing strategies. Meanwhile, Manny (Rico Rodriguez) prepares to direct Jay’s (Ed O’Neill) dog-bed commercial, somehow convinced it will help him win back an old flame. Sofia Vergara also stars.
10 p.m. on 30.1 KFSN Stumptown
Actress Cobie Smulders gets to show surprising new range in this new series adaptation of graphic novels by Greg Rucka, which revolves around Dex Parios (Smulders), a sharp-witted former Marine now making ends meet as a private eye in Portland, Ore. It’s gritty work, but Dex doesn’t mind getting her hands dirty as she takes care of a younger brother (Cole Sibus), struggles to pay off a gambling debt and juggles a love life that’s ... complicated. Jake Johnson, Tantoo Cardinal and Camryn Manheim costar.
THURSDAY 8 p.m. on 30.1 KFSN Grey’s Anatomy
ABC ordered two more seasons of this long-running medical drama last May, but ironically Meredith, Richard and Alex (Ellen Pompeo, James Pickens, Justin Chambers) all face an uncertain future in “Nothing Left to Cling To,” the Season 16 premiere. They’re all weighing their somewhat limited options, now that Bailey (Chandra Wilson) has fired them from the hospital for insurance fraud. Elsewhere, Jackson (Jesse Williams) — whose relationship with Maggie (Kelly McCreary) is reaching a crossroads — helps a man in jeopardy. Debbie Allen guest stars.
8:30 p.m. on 24.1 KSEE Perfect Harmony
Bradley Whitford (“The West Wing”) stars in this new character-driven ensemble sitcom from Lesley Wake Webster (“Go On”), which casts the Emmy-winning actor as former Princeton music professor Arthur Cochran, who stumbles into a new pastime in a small-town church. The choir there has musical promise, but their quirky personalities are often out of tune with one another. Arthur and his new comrades soon find a shared benefit as they make music together. Anna Camp (“Pitch Perfect”), Will Greenberg (“Wrecked”) and Paul Vogt (“MADtv”) also star.
8:31 p.m. on 47.1 KGPE The Unicorn
Walton Goggins (“Justified”) stars in this promising new sitcom as Wade, who has thrown himself wholeheartedly into being dad to his two daughters (Ruby Jay, Makenzie Moss) since his wife’s death a year ago. In the series premiere, Wade warily ponders re-entering the dating pool, much to the delight of his friends (Rob Corddry, Michaela Watkins, Omar Miller, Maya Lynne Robinson). To his shock, Walt discovers he is a rare treasure — a “unicorn” — with women as an employed, handsome, eligible guy with a commitment-friendly attitude.
9:01 p.m. on 30.1 KFSN A Million Little Things
When Delilah (Stephanie Szostak) goes into labor, Eddie (David Giuntoli) finally realizes he must admit to Katherine (Grace Park) that he’s the baby’s father in the Season 2 premiere, “Coming Home.” Elsewhere, Rome and Regina (Romany Malco, Christina Moses) continue at loggerheads over whether to have a child themselves, while Maggie and Gary (Allison Miller, James Roday) struggle to adjust to life together in a post-cancer reality.
9:30 p.m. on 47.1 KGPE Carol’s Second Act
Network TV is a real jungle these days, but Patricia Heaton has had two long-running successes with “Everybody Loves Raymond” and “The Middle.” This new sitcom casts the double Emmy winner as Carol Kenney, a recent divorcee with emptynest syndrome who takes a leap of faith to pursue her long-deferred dream of becoming a doctor. She’s well into middle age, though, putting her out of sync with her fellow interns. Kyle MacLachlan, Jean-Luc Bilodeau and Ashley Tisdale also star.
FRIDAY 8 p.m. on 30.1 KFSN American Housewife
The Otto clan moves to a new Friday time period with the Season 4 premiere “The Minivan,” which takes its title from a family mainstay Katie and Greg (Katy Mixon, Diedrich Bader) are considering selling. As they ponder the move, they look back on some nostalgic moments the vehicle has helped provide. Meanwhile, Oliver (Daniel DiMaggio) suffers a setback in his life plan that forces him to reassess how to achieve his goals. Meg Donnelly and Julia Butters also star.
8 p.m. on 47.1 KGPE Hawaii Five-0
When a lethal assassin starts targeting mob bosses on the island, a new ally steps up to assist McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) and his team in the Season 10 premiere, “Ua ’eha Ka ’ili I Ka Maka O Ka Ihe,” which is Hawaiian for “The Skin Has Been Hurt By the Point of the Spear.” On a more emotional note, the members of Five-0 bid goodbye to one of their own. Katrina Law (“Arrow”) joins the cast; Rob Morrow guest stars.
9 p.m. on 47.1 KGPE Magnum P.I.
As Higgins (Perdita Weeks) keeps Magnum (Jay Hernandez) hanging with her decision whether she’ll officially become his partner, he accepts the case of a missing wife who saw her boss murdered during a bank robbery in the Season 2 premiere, “Payback for Beginners.” Elsewhere, Rick (Zachary Knighton) makes a really significant decision about the future of his career. Stephen Hill, Tim Kang and Amy Hill also star; Michael Patrick Thornton and Sonya Balmores guest star.
10 p.m. on 47.1 KGPE Blue Bloods
Danny and Baez (Donnie Wahlberg, Marisa Ramirez) have their hands full with a year-old homicide investigation that was brought to their attention by Maggie Gibson (guest star Callie Thorne), a medium who helped them solve an earlier case, in the Season 10 premiere “The Real Deal,” which also is the 200th episode of this police series. Elsewhere, Frank (Tom Selleck) tries to find a way to help Lenny Ross (recurring guest star Treat Williams), his ex-partner, after Lenny’s daughter is arrested.
10 p.m. on 59.1 KFRE Masters of Illusion
Season 6 draws to a close with the finale “Game Show Magic, Money Fun Box, and Breaking the Chain,” in which Dean Cain welcomes another diverse slate of magicians from various disciplines of this genre. Acts include Michael Turco, Chipper Lowell, Naathan Phan, Murray SawChuck, Tommy Wind, Andi Gladwin, Francis Menotti and Greg Gleason.
10 p.m. on SYFY Van Helsing
With the critically important amulet in hand, Vanessa (Kelly Overton) and Lily (recurring guest star Julie Lynn Mortensen), her great-grandmother, manage to escape from Elder Sam (Christopher Heyerdahl) and return to the real world as Season 4 opens with a premiere called “Dark Destiny.” Watch for guest appearances by Tricia Helfer as Dracula (!) this season; Richard Harmon, Nicole Munoz, Keeya King and pro wrestler Big Show also join the cast in undisclosed roles.
SATURDAY 8 p.m. on BET Movie: Always a Bridesmaid
Actress Yvette Nicole Brown (“Community”) makes her screenwriting debut with this 2019 romantic comedy that stars Javicia Leslie as Corina James, who has had enough of playing a supporting role in the nuptials of other people. As she re-enters the modern dating world however, she discovers it’s even more challenging than she expected. Brown, who originally wrote the screenplay several years ago with herself in mind for the lead, instead co-stars as an acerbic pastor. Jordan Calloway and Brandon Micheal Hall also star.
8 p.m. on LIFE Movie: Trapped: The Alex Cooper Story
In this grim yet fact-based 2019 drama, after Mormon teenager Alex Cooper (Addison Holley) comes out as a lesbian, her devout parents ship her off to a conversion camp, where the rigid procedures frequently cross the line into outright abuse. After submitting to the facility’s rules as a matter of survival, Alex meets a sympathetic friend who puts her in touch with a supportive attorney. Sarah Booth, Ian Lake and Wilson Cruz co-star.
8 p.m. on HBO Movie: Isn’t It Romantic
Plagued with low self-esteem, architect Natalie (Rebel Wilson) developed an aversion to romantic comedies early in life, so when she’s knocked unconscious during an attempted mugging, she’s horrified to wake up and find herself somehow trapped in just such a cliché-filled love story. Complicating matters, the people Natalie knows in her “real” life have changed into Hollywood stereotypes. A fine supporting cast that includes Liam Hemsworth, Adam Devine, Priyanka Chopra and Betty Gilpin (the Netflix series “GLOW”) further enhances director Todd Strauss-Schulson’s fizzy comedy.
8 p.m. on STARZ Movie: Holmes & Watson
Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly team up for the fourth time in this 2018 buddy-comedy take on famous London sleuth Sherlock Holmes (Ferrell) and his faithful sidekick, Dr. John Watson (Reilly), a film that originally was conceived as a vehicle for Sacha Baron Cohen as Holmes, with Ferrell playing Watson. The story follows the pair as they try to find out who is behind a threat at Buckingham Palace. Rebecca Hall, Rob Brydon, Steve Coogan and Ralph Fiennes also star.
8:29 p.m. on 24.1 KSEE Saturday Night Live
Woody Harrelson, whose horror sequel “Zombieland: Double Tap” is due in cinemas this weekend, takes the spotlight as host for the fourth time to open Season 45 of this venerable late-night comedy series. Billie Eilish, whose summer hit “bad guy” hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, is the musical guest. Returning cast members include Emmy winner Kate McKinnon and Kenan Thompson, the longest-running cast member in “SNL” history.
Dominic Cooper stars in “Preacher” Sunday on AMC.
Arica Himmel stars in “mixed-ish” Tuesday on ABC.
Tom Payne stars in “Prodigal Son” Monday on Fox.
Cobie Smulders stars in “Stumptown” Wednesday on ABC.
Bradley Whitford stars in “Perfect Harmony” Thursday on NBC.
Kelly Overton stars in “Van Helsing” Friday on Syfy.
Woody Harrelson is the guest host of “Saturday Night Live” on NBC.