Happy belated fall equinox—and a warm welcome to fall weather (Whenever you want to fully arrive, I’m here for you, brisk air and earlier sunsets) and fall television.
Besides an onslaught of scripted shows, which are things some people apparently watch, the week has a lot of nonfiction entertainment coming our way.
Here come the big shows!
So You Think You Can Dance ends a strong 14th season (Fox, Monday, Sept. 25, at 8) and then we get the return of four big network shows:
- The Voice, fresh off its fourth Emmy win, returns with Miley Cyrus back as a coach and Oscar-winner and American Idol finalist Jennifer Hudson joins the coaching team (NBC, Mondays and Tuesdays at 8).
- Survivor Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers returns in its likely permanent location with another season of arbitrary tribe divisions (CBS, Wednesdays at 8).
- Shark Tank leaves the Friday home where it grew into a hit and adds Bethenney and several other guest sharks (ABC, Sundays at 9).
- Hell’s Kitchen (Fox, Fridays at 8) airs its first-ever all-star season; the prize is working at Gordon Ramsay’s new Hell’s Kitchen restaurant at Caesars Palace Las Vegas.
Also debuting this week
- Millennials compete in the ’90s House (MTV, Tuesdays at 11), which will have a $90,000 prize and no modern devices.
- Two baking competitions: Halloween Baking Championship (Food Network, Mondays at 9) and Best Baker in America (Food Network, Wednesdays at 10), which will have Food Network Star winner Jason Smith as a judge.
- Four episodes of a new documentary series follow seniors at an American High School (National Geographic, Tuesdays at 9).
- The obstacle-course-in-the-desert competition Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge is back for season five (CMT, Tuesdays at 10).
- Each episode of Active Shooter: America Under Fire (Showtime, Fridays at 9) looks at a different mass shooting in the U.S.
- The Peabody Award-winning series Craft In America turns 10 this year, and returns Friday on PBS with two episodes, “Borders” and “Neighbors,” that each focus on the relationships between American and Mexican craftspeople.
- The Toy Box (ABC, Sundays at 7) returns with its obnoxious children: the kid judges will rotate, except Noah will be in every episode, because someone thought that was a good idea.
- Animals get makeovers on My Big Fat Pet Makeover (Animal Planet, Saturdays at 10).
- A family works on their homestead in Alaska: The Final Frontier (Discovery, Sundays at 9)
And there are other shows debuting, too!
Immigrants + health care
Tonight’s HBO documentary is about a clinic in Philadelphia run by volunteers that treats uninsured, undocumented Latinos. Clínica de Migrantes (HBO, Monday at 10) “goes beyond the politicized rhetoric to show the faces of real people in the middle of the immigration debate,” according to HBO, exploring how “[u]nderserved, undocumented immigrants with medical issues often end up in emergency rooms as a costly last resort, and can be charged thousands of dollars for little more than an aspirin.”