This is a good week to have HBO (or access to someone’s HBO GO password). Network TV, not so much; things start to get busier next week. And as usual, there’s worthwhile stuff on PBS.
Monday, September 8
A Good Job: Stories of the FDNY (9-10 pm, HBO)
Steve Buscemi, who was a New York City firefighter before becoming an actor, co-produced this documentary in which he interviews members of his former engine company.
Tuesday, September 9
Adam DeVine’s House Party (10:30-11 pm, Comedy Central)
DeVine’s been a bit of a chameleon on TV the past couple of years, appearing as gonzo office drone Adam in Comedy Central’s Workaholics and as Gloria and Jay’s super-sweet and earnestly nerdy nanny Andy on Modern Family. In a really strong group of original shows on CC (Key & Peele, Inside Amy Schumer, Broad City, Review, Nathan for You, Kroll Show, Drunk History) the first season of this stand-up showcase remained under the radar; perhaps tonight’s second-season premiere, airing in prime time before moving to its regular time slot Thursday nigh/Friday morning after @Midnight, will help him draw a bigger audience.
Also tonight: the supersized premiere of the seventh and final season of Sons of Anarchy (10-11:45 pm, FX). When TV episodes run as long as feature films, maybe it is time to wrap things up.
Wednesday, September 10
NOVA (8-9 pm, PBS)
Everything you always wanted to know about vaccines.
Thursday, September 11
Next Stop Wonderland (8-9:45 pm, Flix)
Hey, it’s a Boston movie that was actually filmed in Boston and is decent. Hope Davis stars as Erin, a nurse who has bad luck with men. It’s from the late ‘90s but it’s an enjoyable story, directed by Brad Anderson (Session 9, Transsiberian, The Machinist).
Friday, September 12
Bill Maher Doubleheader (9-11 pm, HBO)
Maher hosts a live episode of Real Time live from Washington, DC with a panel including Nancy Pelosi and Jerry Seinfeld, immediately followed by a new standup special, also live.
Also tonight: the premiere of Z Nation (10-11 pm, Syfy), yet another zombie show, this one about a man who may hold the key to curing the zombie plague within his own body. Yep, that’ll work out just fine.
Saturday, September 13
Maximum Overdrive (8-9:40 pm, Encore)
Stephen King directed this dreadful pile of trash (which he has described as a “moron movie”) and adapted the screenplay from one of his short stories, in which machines come to life and attack humans. (Look for Yeardley Smith, the voice of Lisa Simpson.)
Sunday, September 14
The Roosevelts: An Intimate History (8-10 pm, PBS)
Few American families could be considered worthy of a 14-hour Ken Burns documentary, but the Roosevelts, with two cousins who became president 32 years apart, certainly qualify. Further installments will air every night through Saturday the 20th from 8-10 pm.
More Ken Burns
Somehow I missed The Civil War (1990) and Baseball (1994), but both are available to stream on Netflix. (The Civil War is nine episodes; Baseball is nine episodes plus a two-part “tenth inning.”)
(Note: this information is accurate as of publication time, but programming is subject to change at the discretion of channels and networks. All times listed are Eastern time.)