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What to watch on TV for the week of September 10 - September 16: Seth MacFarlane in space, Outlander and Cartman return, and much more

September 10, 2017 Updated: September 10, 2017 at 9:42 am
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Sunday 
“The Orville” (6 p.m., Fox, Series Premiere) - “Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane brings a new sci-fi comedy-drama to Fox. You can read my review right here

“Outlander” (6 p.m., Starz, Season Premiere) - Season three begins with Jamie at the mercy of unforgiving British victors following the Battle of Culloden. Meanwhile, a pregnant Claire attempts to adjust to life in 1940s Boston with Frank. 

“The 2018 Miss America Competition” (8 p.m., ABC) - After watching “The Orville” and “Outlander,” switch gears to the 97th Miss American pageant, hosted by Chris Harrison and Sage Steele. 

Monday 
“Bachelor in Paradise” (7 p.m., ABC, Season Finale) - In the fourth season finale a rescued woman seeks another date with her savior; a man received the unwelcome news that he’s viewed only as an acquaintance (Ouch!); and a two-timer breaks a woman’s heart as he seeks a second chance with the love he lost (probably Dean). 

“Preacher” (7 p.m., AMC, Season Finale) - In the season two finale the trio prepare for a new life as Jesse questions the path ahead. 

Tuesday
“The Mindy Project” (Hulu) - The sixth and final season begins with Mindy adjusting to married life with Ben (Bryan Greenberg). Jeremy (Ed Weeks) tries to take things to the next level with Anna (Rebecca Rittenhouse), while Tamra (Xosha Roquemore) makes a life-changing decision.  

“Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief” (7 p.m., ABC/CBS/NBC/Fox) - A telethon to aid those affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma includes a performance from George Strait. Also scheduled to appear are George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Adam Sandler and many others. 

Wednesday 
“South Park” (8 p.m., Comedy Central, Season Premiere) - The 21st season of “South Park” begins tonight. Hopefully you’ve been catching up on the previous 254 episodes during the recent “South Park” eight day marathon Comedy Central had. 

“Broad City” (8:30 p.m., Comedy Central, Season Premiere) - The season four premiere depicts how Abbi and Ilana met for the first time on a spring day in 2011. 

Thursday 
“American Ninja Warrior” (7 p.m., NBC) - The top competitors from the Denver City Qualifier compete. 

“Better Things” (8 p.m., FX, Season Premiere) - Here’s how my DVR describes this episode, “In the season two premiere, Sam has people over.” That sounds exactly like an episode description written by Louis CK, who’s one of the executive producers of the show.

Friday 
“Open Range” (5:55 p.m., Showtime West) - Kevin Costner directed and stars in this underrated western that co-stars Robert Duvall and Annette Benning. This movie should get you ready for…

“The 11th Annual ACM Honors” (8 p.m., CBS) - Special honorees and off-camera-category winners from the 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards are recognized. Vince Gill, Alan Jackson, Toby Keith, Little Big Town, and Brad Paisley are a few of the scheduled performers. 

Saturday 
“La La Land” (6 p.m., HBO) - Struggling actress Mia (Emma Stone) and aspiring jazz pianist Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) begin a whirlwind romance as they both pursue their dreams in Los Angeles. However, their relationship is challenged when their careers pull them in different directions. 

“Sign O’ the Times” (7 p.m., Showtime) - This rarely seen Prince concert film will air on television today for the first time in more than a decade. Created as a companion to the 1987 album of the same name, “Sign O’ the Times” features live performances of some of Prince’s most well known songs. 

Gazette media columnist Terry Terrones is a member of the Television Critics Association and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association. You can follow him on Twitter at @terryterrones.

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