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The week of Sept. 17 brings the end of summer, both on the calendar (Saturday is the first day of fall) and in the TV universe. The Emmy Awards and a couple of early broadcast premieres signal the fall season is about the start in earnest. A couple of cable premieres and a new series from outside the big three streaming services are also of note.
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 Emmys: TV’s biggest awards are on NBC, and on Monday night so as not to interfere with the network’s Sunday-night NFL commitments. Saturday Night Live‘s Michael Che and Colin Jost host the awards; Game of Thrones and SNL are the leading trophy-winners after the Creative Arts ceremonies. The ceremony airs at 8 p.m. ET/5 PT.
New: Following the finale of America’s Got Talent, NBC will preview its new comedy I Feel Bad with a pair of episodes (10 and 10:30 p.m. Wednesday). The show stars Sarayu Blue (No Tomorrow) as a woman who’s coming to terms with the idea that “having it all” is a fiction and, yes, she feels bad about one thing or another pretty much all the time. The show moves to its regular time period, 9:30 p.m. Thursday, starting Oct. 4.
Returning: Fox’s biggest new show of 2017-18, 911, gets a big platform to open its second season: It will follow the network’s NFL doubleheader at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT Sunday with the first of a two-parter to open the season (part two airs in its regular time slot, 9 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24). The premiere finds the first responders dealing with multiple incidents across Los Angeles on one of the hottest days of the year.
On cable …
Returning: CNN will debut the final season of Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown at 9 p.m. ET/6 PT Sunday, Sept. 23. One episode, a visit to Kenya with United Shades of America host W. Kamau Bell, was finished, including with Bourdain’s narration, at the time of his death in June. Four more (Indonesia, West Texas, the Asturias region of Spain and Manhattan’s Lower East Side) were completed by the directors of those installments. Two specials will also be part of the final run.
Also returning: New seasons of Tosh.0 and The Jim Jefferies Show debut at 10 and 10:30 p.m. Tuesday on Comedy Central.
New: Tom Arnold is on a mission … to bring down President Trump. Viceland’s series The Hunt for the Trump Tapes (10:30 p.m. Tuesday) details the one-time Trump pal’s quest to find and reveal what he says are recordings of Trump using racial slurs while filming The Apprentice and the alleged tape of Trump in a Moscow hotel room with — y’know.
On streaming …
New: Not much is known about Maniac, a Netflix series that debuts Friday. What is known: It’s a remake of a 2014 Norwegian series about a pharmaceutical trial that goes sideways; it has a stacked cast including Emma Stone, Jonah Hill, Sally Field and Justin Theroux; and its creative team includes writer Patrick Somerville (The Leftovers) and director Cary Fukunaga (True Detective).
Two more newcomers: Sorry for Your Loss (Facebook Watch, Tuesday) stars Elizabeth Olsen as a young widow trying to figure out a way forward in her life and, per THR‘s review, puts Facebook Watch “officially on the board as a potential destination for quality content.” The Good Cop (Friday, Netflix) comes from Monk creator Andy Breckman and promises similarly lighthearted crime-solving as it tells the story of a formerly incarcerated, corrupt — but also charming! — detective (Tony Danza) and his straitlaced-but-skilled son (Josh Groban), also an NYPD detective.
In case you missed it …
Director Nicole Holofcener (Enough Said, Friends with Money) premiered her latest film, The Land of Steady Habits, at the Toronto International Film Festival, and it debuted on Netflix just a few days later. It stars Ben Mendelsohn as a man who has a vague sense of wanting to change his life, and the actor “delivers a beautifully unpredictable portrait of someone flailing to right himself, infuriating friends, family and strangers along his stumbling way.” Edie Falco, Connie Britton and Thomas Mann also star.
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