What to watch on Friday, September 27...
The Legend of Korra
In “Civil Wars, Part 2,” Korra is thrust into the midst of the inter-tribe intrigue when her parents are wrongfully accused in the plot against Unalaq.
SEASON 5 PREMIERE, 8pm, CBS
It’s a head honcho tag team when Twin Peaks CEO Randy Dewitt infiltrates his sports bar and grill chain and recruits franchise owner (and former Hooters CEO) Coby Brooks to dress in disguise and act as an unruly patron. My, but those extremely wealthy and powerful rascals do have fun harassing overstressed, underpaid service industry workers for kicks, don’t they!
SEASON 4 PREMIERE, 9pm, CBS
“Aloha ke kahi I ke kahi*” introduces the show to its new night with McGarrett and Wo Fat’s daring escape from maximum security. But when an assault on Five-0 headquarters ends in Catherine’s abduction, McGarrett’s rescue mission puts him on the other side of the law—and on the bad side of SWAT Captain Lou Grover (Chi McBride).
Great Performances: The Hollow Crown
Jeremy Irons dons the crown of the king and Tom Hiddleston is his loutish heir, Prince Hal, in this production of Shakespeare’s Henry IV, Part 1. Downton Abbey devotees may also enjoy Michelle Dockery’s turn as Kate Percy.
Wander Over Yonder
Wander’s Samaritan-like ways wind up biting him in the heinder in “The Good Deed,” inspiring him to try to repair the damage he inadvertently caused.
SEASON 4 PREMIERE, 10pm, CBS
Reagan family Jenga night gets a mite awkward in “Unwritten Rules,” after Erin drops the charges against an armed robber and cop killer due to insufficient evidence.
“Bad Blood” finds Nathan on the trail of a fiend that leaves its victims entirely exsanguinated. Duke, meanwhile, has his hands full coaxing his half-brother to get out of town while the getting’s good.
Incognito Stonebridge and Scott track ill-gotten goods to Russia and discover the latest quirk in Al-Zuhari’s scheme. Elsewhere, Kamali’s cover is on thin ice.
– Gloria Estefan, Paula Patton, and Anson Mount on The Arsenio Hall Show, Syndicated, check local listings
– Sandra Bullock, Keegan-Michael Key & Jordan Peele, and Gregory Porter on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, 11:35pm, NBC
– Steve Martin, Kathleen Madigan, and The Kruger Brothers on Late Show with David Letterman, 11:35pm, CBS
– Julianna Margulies, Michael Sheen, and Superchunk on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, 12:37am, NBC
– Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Phil Palisoul on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, 12:37am, CBS
What to watch on Saturday, September 28...
Sam & Cat
With Sam gone for the day, her cherished chopper up and vanishes in "#MotorcycleMystery." Naturally, Cat will get to the bottom of this case with her steel-trap memory and razor-sharp deductive logi… no, wait, never mind, she doesn’t know bupkis.
The Haunted Hathaways
Miles gives Taylor a ghost dog as a birthday gift in “Haunted Dog,” which is a real bummer for Taylor, who was actually hoping for the Blu-ray of her favorite Forest Whitaker movie.
The White Queen
Paranoia grips Anne Neville’s family, but considering this episode is called “Poison and Malmsey Wine,” maybe exercising a little extra caution isn’t the least rational course of action in the world?
Hell on Wheels
Gen. Grant’s deadline is closing in fast, and a gang of riders assaulting Cheyenne only compounds the trouble in “Fathers and Sins.” Meanwhile, Cullen and Elam drop in on Durant, and since the episode's logline doesn’t go into many details, let’s assume it’s for a cordial spot of tea and some neighborly catching-up.
SEASON 39 PREMIERE, 11:30pm, NBC
Saturday Night Live
Host Tina Fey reclaims the reins at 30 Rockefeller, six new featured players introduce themselves, Cecily Strong joins Seth Meyers behind the Weekend Update desk, and musical guest Arcade Fire performs the song you’ll be hearing in Google Chrome ads for the next four months.
Tune in again on Sunday for a special edition of What to Watch Tonight that’s bursting at the seams with so many shows, we couldn’t fit them all in this post. New seasons, new series, the Ninth Doctor, the epic conclusion of Breaking Bad, and more!