Sunday, September 8th
Boardwalk Empire, season premiere at 9pm on HBO
– From Terence Winter, Emmy Award-winning writer of ‘The Sopranos,’ and Academy Award-winning director Martin Scorsese, ‘Boardwalk Empire’ is set in Atlantic City during Prohibition, when the sale of alcohol became illegal throughout the United States. The undisputed ruler of Atlantic City is Enoch “Nucky” Thompson, (Steve Buscemi) a political fixer and backroom dealer who is equal parts politician and gangster and equally comfortable in either role. Because of its strategic location on the seaboard, the town is a hub of activity for rum-runners, minutes from Philadelphia, hours from New York City and a day’s drive from Chicago. And Nucky Thompson takes full advantage.Nucky has carved out a niche for himself as the man to see for any illegal alcohol. He is an equal opportunity gangster, doing business with Arnold Rothstein (Michael Stuhlbarg), Lucky Luciano, (Vincent Piazza) Al Capone (Stephen Graham), and Johnny Torrio (Greg Antonacci).
Monday, September 9th
The View, season premiere at 11am on ABC
– The View is ABC’s popular morning talk and entertainment program, featuring a team of dynamic women of different ages, experiences and backgrounds discussing the most exciting events of the day. The View features ABC News correspondent Barbara Walters – who appears on average three days a week – moderator Whoopi Goldberg, comedian Joy Behar, and actress/comedian Sherri Shepherd. The View consists of hot topics in the news, the best experts in their field, celebrity interviews and general entertainment.
The Talk, season premiere at 2pm on CBS
– Speaking of…is there a vaccine to protect me from this week’s spilling-secrets theme? I’m still suffering from post-no-makeup-day-traumatic stress disorder.
The Million Second Quiz, series premiere at 8pm on NBC
– Apparently, Ryan Seacrest found himself with a couple of free weeks, so what did he do? He signed up to host a 12-night, live game how where contestants answer questions from an hourglass shaped structure. Dude, one word: vacation.
Tuesday, September 10th
Snake Salvation, series premiere at 9pm on Nat Geo
– In the hills of Appalachia, Pentecostal pastors Jamie Coots and Andrew Hamblin struggle to keep an over-100-year-old tradition alive: the practice of handling deadly snakes in church. Jamie and Andrew believe in a bible passage that suggests a poisonous snakebite will not harm them as long as they are anointed by God’s power. If they don’t practice the ritual of snake handling, they believe they are destined for hell. Hunting the surrounding mountains for deadly serpents and maintaining their church’s snake collection is a way of life for both men. The pastors must frequently battle the law, a disapproving society, and even at times their own families to keep their way of life alive.
Wednesday, September 11th
The X Factor, season premiere at 8pm on FOX
– The award-winning international phenomenon The X Factor is back. In Season three of the hit competition series hosted by Mario Lopez, the judges will travel the nation searching for talent 12 years old or over – both solo artists and vocal groups; who are willing to brave the panel for a chance to make their dreams of becoming a superstar come true. Contestants audition in front of the judges’ panel: Simon Cowell, Demi Lovato, Kelly Rowland, Paulina Rubio, and an audience of thousands. This will be the ultimate test to prove they have the vocal ability, charisma and stage presence it takes to become a global superstar or breakout music act and win a recording contract with Syco/Sony Music. Those contestants who survive the first auditions will be divided into four categories: Boys, Girls, Over 25s and Groups. Each category will be mentored by one of the show’s judges. Not only is it a competition between the hopefuls to stake their claim for the coveted win, but it’s also a showdown among the judges as to whose acts will dominate the competition and make it to the finals. The judges may have their say in how the competition progresses, but it will be up to America to decide who ultimately has The X Factor.
Friday, September 13th
Haven, season premiere at 10pm on Syfy
– Syfy’s one-hour drama series Haven, starring Emily Rose (Jericho, Brothers and Sisters) is based on the novella The Colorado Kid from renowned author Stephen King. The series follows the shrewd and confident FBI agent Audrey Parker (Rose) as she arrives in the small town of Haven, Maine on a routine case. Before long, her natural curiosity lands her in the epicenter of activity in this curious enclave, which turns out to be a longtime refuge for people that are affected by a range of supernatural afflictions. The truth about Audrey’s mysterious past (which she can’t fully remember) starts to come out as well. As the townspeople’s dormant abilities begin to express themselves, Audrey helps keep these forces at bay while discovering the many secrets of Haven — including one surrounding her own surprising connections to this extraordinary place.
Saturday, September 14th
The 17th Annual Prism Awards, awards show from 3 to 4pm on FX
– Claire Danes, Bradley Cooper, and Denzel Washington are among the nominees for tonight’s awards show, which honors accurate depictions of mental-health and substance-abuse issues.
Raising McCain, series premiere at 10pm on Pivot
– This genre-busting docu-talk series follows Meghan McCain, the outspoken daughter of Senator John McCain, on the road talking to unexpected experts, regular people and members of her generation. In her travels, Meghan explores the most important and unusual questions of the day framed by her personal experiences. The series explores topics ranging from Bullying and Feminism to Sex Overload and the Death of Romance, among many other themes.