Fox typically starts its fall season a week ahead of the other broadcast networks due to its coverage of the baseball playoffs, but they have only two returning sitcoms and one new show scheduled during this week.
Monday, September 15
Terror at the Mall (9-10 pm, HBO)
I thought this was a bad horror movie but unfortunately it’s all too real; part of HBO’s Monday documentary series, this is about the attack by Somali militants on the shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya last September.
Tuesday, September 16
New Girl and The Mindy Project (9-10 pm, Fox)
Fox’s Tuesday sitcoms are its first returning shows of the new TV season. New Girl had an iffy third season, but its creators are promising simplified stories with an emphasis on being funny; Mindy Project starts season three with Mindy and Danny trying to balance their relationship and work.
Wednesday, September 17
Red Band Society (9-10 pm, Fox)
Focused on the patients and caregivers in the pediatric ward of a Los Angeles hospital, the premise for this new dramedy (Fox’s word choice) seems like one that would be better suited to a miniseries or movie, mainly because hospital patients tend to either get well and go home or succumb to their ailments, making it challenging to keep a group of core characters ill enough to remain hospitalized but well enough to, um, not die. The cast is headlined by Octavia Spencer and Dave Annable.
Thursday, September 18
Requiem for a Dream (10-11:45 pm, Flix)
I recently mentioned Darren Aronofsky’s Pi; this movie, from 2000, is his second full-length feature. It’s a heavy, deeply disturbing but expertly rendered look at the damage wrought by drug addiction, with powerful performances from Jared Leto, Ellen Burstyn, Marlon Wayans, and Jennifer Connelly.
Friday, September 19
Fashion Police (8-9:30 pm, E!)
The show pays tribute to the late Joan Rivers.
Saturday, September 20
Beyoncé Jay Z On the Run (9-11:30 pm, HBO)
This live concert performance was recorded in Paris just last weekend.
Sunday, September 21
Madam Secretary (8:30-9:30 pm, CBS)
Do you like “prestige” dramas? Do you watch The Good Wife? If so, then CBS is betting you will enjoy this new series, which is why they have paired it with TGW. Tèa Leoni (hey, where’ve you been?) stars as Elizabeth McCord, a former CIA employee who is now a college professor, but in the wake of an accident is asked by the President to become his Secretary of State. The cast includes Zeljko Ivanek, Bebe Neuwirth, Tim Daly, Geoffrey Arend, and Keith Carradine as the President. (Note that the late start time is due to an NFL doubleheader, and could end up starting even later. The season six premiere of The Good Wife follows.)
This twisty legal thriller features a standout performance by Glenn Close as ruthless litigator Patty Hewes. As Patty takes a mentoring interest in young attorney Ellen Parsons (Rose Byrne), each season is structured around one main case. Damages ran for three seasons on FX before being canceled and resurrected by DirecTV for two additional seasons. (59 episodes total.)
(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.)