Shark Tank, 2-hour season premiere at 8pm on ABC
– The critically-acclaimed business-themed show, Shark Tank, has the Sharks continuing the search to invest in the best businesses and products that America has to offer. The Sharks – tough, self-made, multi-millionaire and billionaire tycoons – will once again give budding entrepreneurs the chance to make their dreams come true and potentially secure business deals that could make them millionaires. They are: billionaire Mark Cuban, owner and chairman of AXS TV and outspoken owner of the 2011 NBA championship Dallas Mavericks; real estate mogul Barbara Corcoran; “Queen of QVC” Lori Greiner; technology innovator Robert Herjavec; fashion and branding expert Daymond John; and venture capitalist Kevin O’Leary.
Dateline NBC, season premiere at 8pm on NBC
– Dateline NBC, premiered for NBC News in primetime in 1992. Since then, this multi-night franchise has included frequent specials, investigative reporting and uses its news anchors as more than just news-readers. With Stone Phillips and Ann Curry anchoring, the broadcast also features Tom Brokaw, Katie Couric and Maria Shriver, each of whom contributes to and anchors some of the editions. The flexibility of ‘Dateline NBC’ allows for both multipart features and full hour documentaries devoted to single subjects and reports. Dateline has delivered in-depth coverage of breaking news, including the funeral of Princess Diana, the national manhunt for Andrew Cunanan, the crash of TWA Flight 800, the Unabomber investigation, the Oklahoma City bombing, the O.J. Simpson trials, the Los Angeles earthquake and fires, and the latest floods, hurricanes and worldwide disasters
The Amazing Race, season premiere at 8pm on CBS
– Race is returning to its roots for its 25th go-round: New York City. When the show originally kicked of in Central Park nobody knew what the hell they were doing. This time around, contestants travel to locations such as St. Thomas and Malta. While they’re still keeping challenge close to the vest, co-creator Bertram van Munster, lets one microspoiler slip: “We have a little stunt in Singapore that is quite extraordinary.”
Hawaii Five-0, season premiere at 9pm on CBS
– The hit procedural is commemorating its 100th episode with a special story line that exec producer Peter Lenkov calls “The Wizard of Oz meets Sliding Doors meets Hawaii Five-0.” It’s a thinking man’s episode. Season 5 will also feature a visit from music legend Frankie Valli alongside Carol Burnett, who returns as McGarrett’s aunt.
Blue Bloods, season premiere at 10pm on CBS
– Bloods shakes things up for the Reagans with an interim DA (Holt McCallany) who’s previously shown a romantic interest in ADA Erin (Bridget Moynahan). There’s also a new boss in town. So Danny Reagan (Donnie Wahlberg), white Irish rogue cop, is going to have a formidable black woman (LaTanya Richardson Jackson) as a boss.
20/20, season premiere at 10pm on ABC
– The ABC News primetime news magazine 20/20 has distinguished itself as one of the most esteemed programs in broadcast journalism. Celebrating its 36th anniversary this season, 20/20 continues to combine hard-hitting investigative reports, newsmaker interviews and compelling human interest and feature stories. The program is anchored by award-winning journalists Elizabeth Vargas and David Muir. For over three decades 20/20 has offered viewers reports and stories that have changes lives.
Transparent, series premiere streaming on Amazon
– The premise of this remarkable new bingeable dramedy doesn’t reveal itself until the pilot’s halfway mark. It plays like a twist, but we’re spoiling it anyway: Mort, father to three myopic yet endearing adult children, is transgender, beginning a new life as a woman, Maura, around the time most people are looking toward the end of it. We ruin this because you deserve to watch Jeffrey Tambor’s sweet, aching performance with full appreciation of what he’s playing. The kids, desperately needing reinvention themselves, are richly portrayed too, with Gaby Hoffmann making an especially strong impression. People get naked, emotionally and physically; people get sloppy (emotionally and with barbecue sauce); people get beautifully real, thanks largely to writer-director Jill Soloway’s pursuit of authenticity. Neither fully a comedy nor a drama, Transparent is simply transcendent.