What to watch on Friday, September 13...
SEASON 2 PREMIERE, 7pm, Nickelodeon
The Legend of Korra
Book 2 picks up six months after the events of Book 1 with “Rebel Spirit” and “The Southern Lights.” The Avatar is adept at airbending, Mako’s walking a police beat, Bolin struggles with his new pro-bending team, and Asami steers the ship at Future Industries. A group visit along with Tenzin to the Southern Water Tribe gives Korra the chance to see her waterbending uncle Unalaq in action.
SEASON 2 FINALE, 8pm, Disney
On a trip back to Texas, Jessie introduces the Ross brood to her dad and the military base where she grew up in “G.I. Jessie.” But the homecoming is dampened by the news that her dad is engaged to the mother (Molly Shannon) of her high school nemesis.
Phineas and Ferb
Candace is over the moon when she learns a neighbor (Goldie Hawn) has borne witness to every one of the boys’ shenanigans—and is willing to spill the beans to Mom. Elsewhere in “Thanks But No Thanks,” Carl uses Monty and Vanessa’s clandestine relationship as an opportunity to gain some validation from Maj. Monogram. Also, Gordon Ramsay figures in somewhere, most likely in a cooking/berating capacity.
SEASON 4 PREMIERE, 10pm, Syfy
“Fallout” finds Audrey missing six months after the devastating meteor storm. How will her new life and new identity away from Haven be impacted by the mysterious stranger who comes calling in need of a favor?
Still reeling from a sudden reversal, Section 20 is confronted by a new danger when two adversaries team up. And as Scott pursues an old acquaintance and Stonebridge buddies up to a new one, Locke brings Kamali deeper into the fold.
Comedy Bang! Bang!
Casey Wilson belts out a number or two in this week’s musically inclined installment. Will fellow guests Thomas Lennon and Paul F. Tompkins also show off their potent pipes?
– Angela Bassett and Emblem3 on The Arsenio Hall Show, Syndicated, check local listings
– Zooey Deschanel, Terry Crews, and Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, 11:35pm, NBC
– Dr. Phil McGraw and Tom Dreesen on Late Show with David Letterman, 11:35pm, CBS
– Scarlett Johansson and Drake on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, 12:37am, NBC
– Seth Green, Andi Osho, and Johnnyswim on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, 12:37am, CBS
What to watch on Saturday, September 14...
SEASON 26 PREMIERE, 8pm, Spike
The longtime Fox institution leaps to Spike for the start of its second quarter-century on the air. Officers deal with an uncooperative driver after a moving violation, give chase when a suspect flees the scene of a fight, and make a drug collar after responding to a domestic complaint. Pretty standard Cops-ing, really.
Part crocodile. Part machine. All water-park-terrorizing, teenager-gobbling, Syfy-caliber beastie. ROBOCROC.
Hell on Wheels
Disease ravages Hell on Wheels, sending Cullen on a desperate search for fresh water in “Cholera.” I don’t know why reading that title makes me immediately want to stick an exclamation point on it, thus making it a musical (“Cholera!”). But I do, and I won’t apologize for that.
The White Queen
York and Lancaster meet on the field of battle in “War at First Hand,” deepening the bad blood among Queen Elizabeth, Anne Neville, and Margaret Beaufort.
SERIES PREMIERE, 10pm, Pivot
Meghan McCain tackles the topics roiling the millennial generation through chats with average citizens and experts alike. In the opener, she and co-host Michael Moynihan examine the ins and outs of privacy in the digital age. As someone who's right on the border between Gens X and Y, I am within my rights to shake my fist and grouse about these kids today and their fancy new cable networks.
What to watch on Sunday, September 15...
SERIES PREMIERE, 8pm, Disney
Liv and Maddie
Debuting in its regular slot after airing a preview back in July, the adventures of the eponymous twins resume with “Team-A-Rooney.” After earning the mantle of basketball team captain, Maddie finds out the principal is about to slash the program’s budget.
SEASON 7 PREMIERE, 9pm, PBS
Intrigue and espionage are afoot as “The Eternity Ring” kicks off Season 7 (which aired as Series 8 in the U.K., for those keeping score at home). Freshly returned from America, Foyle is enlisted by MI5 to investigate possible Soviet infiltration of London. Meanwhile, a now-wedded Sam and Adam prepare for Adam’s Parliament run, and Frank Shaw has a rough time adjusting to home after his stint as a prisoner abroad.
SEASON 2 PREMIERE, 9pm, CNN
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown
The globetrotting gourmand heads to Jerusalem in the season premiere. There, he meets with chefs, writers, foodies, and more locals who contribute to the culture and cuisine of Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza.
This episode’s name is “Ozymandias,” king of the 9pm time slot. Look upon its epically info-free logline—“Everyone copes with radically changed circumstances”—and despair.
Sadly, we all know that Dexter does not love us enough to live up to the literal promise of the title “Monkey in a Box.” But with only one more episode to go, will it serve up a confrontation between Dex and the Brain Surgeon? Or will the Bay Harbor Butcher scoop up Hannah and Harrison and say sayonara to South Beach once and for all?
Van Alden is dispatched to scout Capone’s activities in “Resignation,” which takes him to a boisterous Cicero political rally. Up the road a spell, Harrow has unfinished business in Milwaukee. In D.C., Agent Knox cozies up to J. Edgar Hoover, while in A.C., the arrival of Harlem nabob Dr. Valentin Narcisse (Jeffrey Wright) proves anything but cozy for Chalky and Nucky.
SEASON 2 FINALE, 10pm, HBO
As America heads to the 2012 polls (no spoilers!) in “Election Night, Part 2,” Reese has a decision of his own to make about ACN’s future. Will and Charlie wait on that with bated breath while Don and Rebecca talk legal strategy, Jim tries to mend fences with Lisa and pushes Maggie to do likewise, and Sloan discovers who snapped up her book at auction.
10pm, BBC America
With New York in turmoil following President Lincoln’s assassination, Corcoran strives to stay a step ahead of Tammany Hall’s fixer, “Wild Bill” Eustace (William Baldwin). Meanwhile in “Beautiful Dreamer,” Eva’s freedom is on the line.
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