Next Week in TV 9/9: A Mission to Mars

By DRWHO42, Mario Wario, and Alyssa

September is in full swing which means the return of regular season football. We are extremely excited since many of us will be tuning in today and Monday, to support our favorite teams and our fantasy football players as well. So, good luck to everyone during this first exciting week of action!

As we look ahead to this week in TV, there are a few season premieres to mark on your calendar beginning with the return of FX’s American Horror Story. Each season has always been unique thanks to its bizarre story lines, and from what we have seen in the latest teasers, we can expect another outlandish season. Also on the plate this week, we have the fifth season premiere of The Last Ship on TNT, as well as Showtime’s Shameless which will be celebrating its ninth season tonight. Yet this new season will be bittersweet for the Gallaghers and their fans, thanks to the news of Emmy Rossum’s departure from the series.

This week will also see the television return of a certain comic legend, as well as an interplanetary mission to Mars which should be dandy to watch. The highlight for this week is The First on Hulu, staring Sean Penn and Natascha McElhone. The series focuses on a few astronauts who must endure the long (dangerous) journey to the Red Planet, while their families must cope with the emotional stress of not having their love ones nearby. Another new series to add to your list is Showtime’s Kidding which stars the funnyman himself, Jim Carrey.

We will also say adiós to a few television series this week which includes Power and Castle Rock. Each one is wrapping their first seasons, but have no fear, both shows will be back for a second run. Shooter, meanwhile, wraps up its third season yet this could it for the series due to it being cancelled by USA Network.

And finally in TV news, fans of Designated Survivor were thrilled to hear that their beloved series was saved by Netflix! This company continues to be the ‘Superman’ for many cancelled shows.

So, as we draw a close to this week’s article, we would like to take a moment to reflect on the magic of television. For instance, it can offer a great escape from our daily lives and inspire us to do more by providing a spark. If you wonder how it can, how about reading the latest article done by Mlgagne who details how the series Preacher affected her life. We highly recommend that you do check it out, which you can do so by clicking here. Enjoy reading fantastic work and we will see you all next week!

DRWHO42’s picks:
New: NFL, The First, Firing up Hulu, Amazon Prime, & Netflix.
On-going: Fear the Walking Dead, Mr. Mercedes, Outcast, Castle Rock, Better Call Saul
Binge / Stack: Hawaii 5-0, Elementary, Voltron, Luke Cage, The Magicians, Supernatural, iZombie, Lost in Space (finished and re-watching)

Mario Wario’s picks:
New: American Horror Story.
On-going: Jack Ryan, FTWD, and Dragon Ball Super (Dub).
Binge / Stack: Altered Carbon, Voltron (S07) Castle Rock, and Luke Cage (Season 2).

Alyssa’s picks for cord cutters:
Watching Amazon Prime & Hulu: Jack Ryan, Castle Rock, Sneaky Pete and The Tick.
Other carriers in wait, NETFLIX, CBSAA, AMC, etc: The Purge, Preacher, Legion, Badlands, Santa Clarita Diet, Atlanta, Lost in Space, Krypton, Magicians, Deception, Good Girls, Luke Cage, Altered Carbon, Iron Fist and Star Trek Discovery.

Editor’s note: all times listed below are Eastern and Nerd/Geek interest are highlighted in PINK.

Sunday, September 09, 2018
1:00 pm
FOX/CBS Week 1 NFL Kickoff Games [Click Here for the full Week 1 NFL Schedule]
7:00 pm
NBC Football Night in America
8:00 pm
STARZ Power: When This is Over [5th Season Finale]
FOX Rel: Pilot [Series Premiere – Special Night & Time]

Inspired by the comedy of Lil Rel Howery (“Uncle Drew,” “Get Out,” “The Carmichael Show”), REL is a multi-camera comedy starring Howery as a successful, hardworking father and husband on the West Side of Chicago, whose life is perfectly on track. That is, until he finds out his wife is having an affair with his own barber – the worst person for your wife to sleep with, because as hard as it is to find love, it’s even harder to find a good barber. Click here for more information.

8:15 pm
NBC Sunday Night Football: Chicago Bears @ Green Bay Packers
9:00 pm
ABC The 2019 Miss America Competition [2-Hour Special Presentation]
HBO The Deuce: Our Raison D’etre [2nd Season Premiere]
TNT The Last Ship: Casus Belli [5th Season Premiere]
PBS The Miniaturist: Part One [Series Premiere]

In 1686, 18-year-old Nella Oortman (Anya Taylor-Joy, Split, The Witch) arrives in Amsterdam to meet her wealthy merchant husband Johannes Brandt (Alex Hassell, Genius: Picasso), but is instead met by his sister Marin (Romola Garai, Churchill’s Secret, The Hour). When Johannes appears, he presents her with a wedding gift: a cabinet that is a miniature replica of their home, to be furnished by an elusive Miniaturist, whose tiny creations mirror what is happening within the house in unexpected ways and seem to be predicting and unraveling the future with unsettling precision. Click here for more information.

SHOWTIME Shameless: Are You There Shim? It’s Me, Ian. [9th Season Premiere]
10:00 pm
SHOWTIME Kidding: Green Means Go [Series Premiere]

In his first series regular role in over two decades, Jim Carrey stars as Jeff, aka Mr. Pickles, an icon of children’s television and a beacon of kindness and wisdom to America’s impressionable young minds and the parents who grew up with him. But when this beloved personality’s family begins to implode, Jeff finds no fairy tale, fable or puppet will guide him through the crisis, which advances faster than his means to cope. The result: a kind man in a cruel world faces a slow leak of sanity as hilarious as it is heartbreaking. Click here for more information.

Monday, September 10, 2018
7:10 pm
ESPN Monday Night Football: New York Jets @ Detroit Lions [49th Season Premiere – Special Time]
8:00 pm
NBC American Ninja Warrior: Las Vegas Season Finale [10th Season Finale]
NICK I am Frankie: I am…Planning an Escape [2nd Season Premiere]
FOX So You Think You Can Dance [15th Season Finale]
8:30 pm
CBS The CBS Fall Preview Show [Special Presentation]
9:00 pm
HISTORY Days That Shaped America: September 11th [2-Hour Special Presentation]
10:00 pm
HBO Swiped: Hooking Up in the Digital Age [Special Presentation]
10:15 pm
ESPN Monday Night Football: Los Angeles Rams @ Oakland Raiders

Tuesday, September 11, 2018
3:01 am
NETFLIX The Resistance Banker [Feature Film Special Presentation]

Risking his family and future, a banker in occupied Amsterdam slows the Nazi war machine by creating an underground bank to fund the resistance. Click here for more information.

8:00 pm
PBS The Great American Read: Fall Kick Off [Series Premiere]

Join host Meredith Vieira in the search for America’s best-loved novel. The voting is underway, and the competition is heating up-any book could win. Click here for more information.

9:00 pm
HISTORY The 9/11 Floors [Two-Hour Special Presentation]
SHOWTIME Inside the NFL: 2018 Week 1 [40th Season Premiere]
VICELAND King of the Road: The Finale [3rd Season Finale]
10:01 pm
NBC Special: Brooklyn 99 Presents NBC Fall 2018 [1-Hour Special Presentation]

Wednesday, September 12, 2018
3:01 am
HULU Castle Rock [1st Season Finale]
NETFLIX Life [Complete First Season/Series Premiere]

At Korea’s top university medical center, ideals and interests collide between a patient-centered ER doctor and the hospital’s newly-appointed CEO. Click here for more information.

NETFLIX On My Skin [Feature Film Special Presentation]

Arrested in Rome for a drug-related offense, Stefano Cucchi endures a harrowing week in custody that changes his family forever. Based on true events. Click here for more information.

9:00 pm
NBC World of Dance: World Final [2nd Season Finale]
10:00 pm
FX American Horror Story: The End [8th Season Premiere]

Thursday, September 13, 2018
3:01 am
SONY CRACKLE Snatch [Complete Second Season Premiere]
8:20 pm
NFLN Thursday Night Football: Baltimore Ravens @ Cincinnati Bengals
9:00 pm
ABC Match Game: Adam Carolla, Pamela Anderson, Mark Duplass, Ali Wentworth, Sugar Ray Leonard, and Tisha Campbell-martin [3rd Season Finale]
USA Queen of the South: El Mundo [3rd Season Finale]
10:00 pm
USA Shooter: Red Light [3rd Season Finale – Cancelled by USA, yet Paramount Television is looking at other networks]
ABC Take Two: One to the Heart [1st Season Finale]

Friday, September 14, 2018
3:01 am
NETFLIX American Vandal [Complete Second Season Premiere]
NETFLIX Bojack Horseman [Complete Fifth Season Premiere]
NETFLIX The Dragon Prince [Complete First Season/Series Premiere]

An extraordinary discovery inspires two human princes and an elven assassin to team up on an epic quest to bring peace to their warring lands. Click here for more information.

HULU The First [Complete First Season/Series Premiere]

Sean Penn leads an ensemble cast in this near-future drama about a crew of astronauts attempting to become the first humans on Mars. Under the direction of visionary aerospace magnate Laz Ingram (Natascha McElhone), the crew contends with peril and personal sacrifice as they undertake the greatest pioneering feat in human history. Click here for more information.

NETFLIX Ingobernable [Complete 2nd Season Premiere]
NETFLIX Bleach [Feature Film Special Presentation]

When high schooler Ichigo is suddenly given reaper abilities, he really wants to give the powers back. But he’ll have to reap some souls first. Click here for more information.

NETFLIX The Angel [Feature Film Special Presentation]

As his country prepares for war, top Egyptian official Ashraf Marwan makes contact with Israel and wades into a shadowy game of high-stakes espionage. Click here for more information.

NETFLIX The Land of Steady Habits [Feature Film Special Presentation]

After leaving his wife and his job to find happiness, Anders begins a clumsy, heartbreaking quest to reassemble the pieces of his fractured life. It stars Ben Mendelsohn (Rogue One, Ready Player One). Click here for more information.

NETFLIX Boca Juniors Confidential [Special Presentation]

Players, fans and staff of soccer powerhouse Boca Juniors provide an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at Argentina’s legendary club. Click here for more information.

NETFLIX Last Hope [Special Presentation]

After causing the near extinction of mankind seven years ago, genius scientist Leon Lau must now fight the ecological disaster he unwittingly created. Click here for more information.

NETFLIX Super Monsters: Monster Party: Songs [Special Presentation]
8:00 pm
CBS Sunday’s Best: Celebrating 40 Years of CBS Sunday Morning [1-Hour Special Presentation]
8:30 pm
PBS Breaking Big: Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz [1st Season Finale]
9:00 pm
FACEBOOK Sacred Lies [1st Season Finale]

Saturday, September 15, 2018
8:00 pm
CBS Pink Collar Crimes [1st Season Finale]

Mario Wario

Scott is a Spidey/Funko/video game fanatic, yet going to a pop culture convention is always his goal. Yes, he is also a fan of Mario and Wario. Follow him on Twitter: @ScottyTheWise