Empire on Fox at 8:00pm ET. Fourth season premiere. I watched the whole first season of this show and really enjoyed it and then promptly lost interest about three episodes into the second season. I suspect that the very clear narrative arc of the first season (loosely based on The Lion in Winter) kept me engaged, and then when it became clear that Terrence Howard wasn’t actually going to die, I was just angry with them for getting my hopes up like that.
Seal Team on CBS at 9:00pm ET. Series premiere. The new Star Trek, which has a generations-deep fan base, built up over decades, as well as fresh name recognition thanks to the movie series, is relegated to a pay-per-view streaming service, but their new military procedural gets prime real estate. I think CBS knows exactly who they want their audience to be. Anyway, this is what David Boreanez is up to now that Bones finally ended. If you’ll recall, he was a former Army Ranger in that show, so I guess his particular variety of scruffy, square jaw just screams “military service” to casting directors.
Channel Zero: No-End House on SyFy at 10:00pm ET.
Criminal Minds on CBS at 10:00pm ET. 13th season premiere. We’re down to three original cast members hanging in with Reid, Garcia, and JJ sticking around. Neither Rossi nor Prentice were part of the first season, and everyone else has been added in the last two years. I get that ensemble shows can do things like this, but I always start to wonder who the linchpin of the show is. I feel like it’s Matthew Gray Gubler, but I can’t deny the strong possibility that if Kristen Vangsness goes, the whole thing comes down.
Liar on Sundance at 10:00pm ET. Series premiere.