This Week in TV: 'Murphy Brown,' 'Empire' and a Ton of Premiere Week Debuts

MURPHY BROWN - Candice Bergen as Murphy Brown - CBS Publicity-H 2018
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The term "premiere week" may not carry the same weight it did 10 or 20 or 30 years ago, but it's still a big deal. Big enough, at least, that in the week of Sept. 24, even Netflix is backing off (slightly): The streaming service will debut new seasons of a couple of movies, kids' shows and foreign series during the week, but no live-action, U.S.-based programs. Cable is similarly light on premieres in the face of more than 50 shows debuting on the broadcast networks.

Below is The Hollywood Reporter's rundown of some of the coming week's highlights. It would be next to impossible to watch everything, but THR can point the way to some worthy options. All times are ET/PT unless noted.

On broadcast …

The Big Four broadcast networks are rolling the majority of their lineups out this week. The most-anticipated new(-ish) show is arguably CBS' Murphy Brown revival (9:30 p.m. Thursday), a teaser for which is below. Following that, a full rundown of the premiere week schedule; links are to THR reviews.


Monday: Magnum, PI (CBS, 9 p.m.), Manifest (NBC, 10 p.m.)
Tuesday: FBI (CBS, 9 p.m.), New Amsterdam (NBC, 10 p.m.)
Wednesday: Single Parents (ABC, 9:30 p.m.), A Million Little Things (ABC, 10 p.m.)
Thursday: Murphy Brown (9:30 p.m., CBS)
Friday: The Cool Kids (8:30 p.m., Fox)
Sunday: God Friended Me (CBS, 8:30 p.m.), Rel (Fox, 9:30 p.m., time-period premiere)


Monday: The Big Bang Theory (8 p.m., CBS), Dancing With the Stars (8 p.m., ABC), The Resident (8 p.m., Fox), The Voice (8 p.m., NBC), Young Sheldon (8:30 p.m., CBS), 911 (9 p.m., Fox, time-period premiere), Bull (10 p.m., CBS), The Good Doctor (10 p.m., ABC)
Tuesday: The Gifted (8 p.m., Fox), NCIS (8 p.m., CBS), Lethal Weapon (9 p.m., Fox), This Is Us (9 p.m., NBC), NCIS: New Orleans (10 p.m., CBS)
Wednesday: Chicago Med (8 p.m., NBC), Empire (8 p.m., Fox), The Goldbergs (8 p.m., ABC), Survivor (8 p.m., CBS, 90 minutes) American Housewife (8:30 p.m., ABC), Chicago Fire (9 p.m., NBC), Modern Family (9 p.m., ABC), Star (9 p.m., Fox), Chicago PD (10 p.m., NBC). The Big Brother finale airs at 9:30 p.m. on CBS.
Thursday: The Big Bang Theory (8 p.m., CBS, time-period premiere), The Good Place (8 p.m., NBC, one hour), Grey's Anatomy (8 p.m., ABC, two hours), Thursday Night Football (8 p.m., Fox), Young Sheldon (8:30 p.m., CBS), Law & Order: SVU (9 p.m., NBC, two hours), Mom (9 p.m., CBS), SWAT (10:05 p.m., CBS)
Friday: Last Man Standing (8 p.m., Fox), MacGyver (8 p.m., CBS), Hawaii Five-0 (9 p.m., CBS), Hell's Kitchen (9 p.m., Fox) Blue Bloods (10 p.m., CBS), Dateline (10 p.m., NBC)
Saturday: 48 Hours (9 p.m., CBS), Saturday Night Live (11:30 p.m. ET/8:30 PT, NBC)
Sunday: America's Funniest Home Videos (7 p.m., ABC), 60 Minutes (7:30 p.m. after NFL doubleheader, CBS), The Simpsons (8 p.m., Fox), Bob's Burgers (8:30 p.m., Fox), Family Guy (9 p.m., Fox), Poldark (PBS, 9 p.m.) NCIS: Los Angeles (9:30 p.m., CBS)

On cable …

New: HBO's documentary Jane Fonda in Five Acts (9 p.m. Monday) has the actress and activist looking back on her life and career, from her childhood as the daughter of a Hollywood star to her anti-Vietnam War stance to her long and lauded career onscreen.

Also: The debut of Australian drama Mr. Inbetween (11 p.m. Tuesday, FX); new seasons of Life Below Zero (9 p.m. Tuesday, Nat Geo) and South Park (10 p.m. Wednesday, Comedy Central); season three of Tracey Ullman's Show (midnight Friday, HBO).

On streaming …

New: A contemporary (and considerably shortened) version of Shakespeare's King Lear debuts Friday on Amazon. The cast includes Anthony Hopkins in the title role, along with Emma Thompson, Emily Watson, Florence Pugh, Jim Broadbent and Tobias Menzies. What's left out may disappoint Shakespeare devotees, per THR's review, but there's "undeniable joy" in watching Hopkins tear into the part.

Also: Netflix debuts the fifth season of Chef's Table and the second season of Jack Whitehall: Travels with My Father on Friday.

In case you missed it …

Rashida Jones directed Quincy, a biography about her dad, legendary music producer Quincy Jones. THR says Rashida may (naturally) be a little too close to her subject to give a fully rounded portrait, but it's nonetheless an "effortlessly engaging" one. Quincy is streaming on Netflix.