Here's everything you need to know about the world of television for Monday, September 23rd, 2019. I'm writing this from the Twin Cities, where AllYourScreens HQ is running on coffee....lots of coffee.
Here's a rundown of the crazy amount of television and streaming stuff premiering today:
1) Black-ish Season Six Premiere (ABC)
Summer was a season of change for the Johnsons. The twins are headed into eighth grade, and Junior is out on his own managing social media for Migos. Meanwhile, Pops reveals that he is getting married.
2) Bless This Mess Season Two Premiere (ABC)
Mike and Rio host the big event of college football season: the town’s Huskers kickoff party. But no one in Bucksnort believes they can pull it off. They might be right when Rio loses Portia, the pig that’s been selected for the lucky pig race. Beau and Kay frantically try to hide the fact that they’ve split up, with mixed results.
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3) Diego Maradona (HBO)
"Diego Maradona" spotlights the life of the legendary footballer, who enthralled onlookers across the globe, inspired a generation of Neapolitans and incited controversy. In addition to Maradona’s video archives and personal photos, the film utilizes decades-old news footage and interviews with historians and journalists for this definitive documentary portrait. Maradona arrived in Naples on July 5, 1984, for a world-record fee. The world’s most celebrated football icon, and the most passionate -- but dangerous -- city in Europe were a perfect match for each other. For seven years, all hell broke loose. On the pitch, Maradona was a genius. Off the pitch, he was treated like a god. The charismatic Argentine loved a fight against the odds and led Napoli to its first league title. But there was a price. Maradona could do as he pleased while performing miracles on the field, but as time passed, darker days closed in. This the story of his life, the wild and unforgettable story of an unrivalled talent. He was a rebel, cheat, hero and god. Diego Maradona is a tale of glory, despair and betrayal, of corruption and, ultimately, of redemption.
4) Empire Season Six Premiere (Fox)
In the episode entitled "Got On My Knees To Pray," while Lucious is still on the run, Cookie confronts Damon about why he lied to her. Andre, who is dealing with his own personal trauma, is suddenly forced to grapple with an unforeseen family complication. Meanwhile, Becky and Giselle try to get the star power they need out of their first Bossy Media artist and Tiana tries to help Devon find his sound.
5) Emergence Series Premiere (ABC)
Beyond explanation … beyond understanding … lies the truth. This character-driven genre thriller follows a police chief who takes in a young child she finds near the site of a mysterious accident who has no memory of what has happened. The investigation draws her into a conspiracy larger than she ever imagined, and the child’s identity is at the center of it all
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6) FBI Season Two Premiere (CBS)
In the episode entitled "Little Egypt," after a bomb detonates at a restaurant in Queens, the case becomes personal for OA, who grew up eating there. But what initially seems like a terrorist attack reveals itself to be more complex, and OA goes undercover to prevent another incident.
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7) Jeff Dunham: Beside Himself (Netflix)
Jeff Dunham takes the stage in Dallas with his old pals Peanut, Walter, Jose Jalapeno, Bubba J and Achmed to poke fun at himself and American culture.
8) Life Below Zero Season Premiere (NatGeo)
"Life Below Zero" captures the extreme lifestyles of tough Alaskans living off the grid. For more than 100 episodes, these individuals have battled whiteout snowstorms, unpredictable frozen terrain and man-eating carnivores in one of the most isolated regions in the world. Since its debut in 2013, the series has received 11 Primetime Emmy nominations - including three in 2019 - and has won four Emmys for cinematography and picture editing.
9) Mixed-ish Series Premiere (ABC)
A young Rainbow Johnson recounts her experience growing up in a mixed-race family in the ‘80s, and the dilemmas they face to acclimate in the suburbs while staying true to themselves. Bow’s parents, Paul and Alicia, decide to move from a hippie commune to the suburbs to better provide for their family. Their experiences illuminate the challenges of finding one’s own identity when the rest of the world can’t decide where you belong.
10) Murder By The Lake Series Premiere (MHz Choice)
With three nations – Germany, Switzerland and Austria – sharing its shores, Lake Constance inevitably has stories to tell. For German homicide inspector Micha Oberländer and his Austrian partner, Hannah Zeiler – this is their beat.
11) NCIS Season Seventeen Premiere (CBS)
In the episode entitled "Out Of The Darkness," Ziva surprises Gibbs with a cryptic warning, prompting him to question why she remained underground for years while being presumed dead by family and friends, and what lead to her return.
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12) NCIS New Orleans Season Six Premiere (CBS)
In the episode entitled "Bad Apple," Pride travels to New York City after new DNA evidence links to 20-year-old cold case from his time at the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's office
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13) New Amsterdam Season Two Premiere (NBC)
In the Season Two premiere, Max works to find a new normal three months after the catastrophic accident and the birth of his daughter. Kapoor grapples with the stigmas of aging, and Iggy has a successful day that inspires a life-changing idea. Meanwhile, Reynolds deals with an unreliable new intern.
14) The Connors Season Two Premiere (ABC)
In the wake of Emilio’s deportation, Jackie steps into the role of a paternal figure and creates a meticulous birth plan for Becky; but as the Conners know, nothing ever goes according to plan. Meanwhile, Darlene is tangled in a complex love triangle with David and Ben, and – like her mother – Harris is caught up in a problem of her own.
15) The Resident Season Three Premiere (Fox)
In the episode entitled "Flesh Of My Flesh," Cain tries to recruit Bell and Kit to join him on a dangerous surgery, with the intent of garnering publicity for the hospital. Meanwhile, the Raptor finds himself with an emotional attachment to a patient whose life is put in his hands and Mina’s friend, Adaku (guest star Erinn Westbrook), arrives at the hospital with shocking news. Also, Devon rotates out of the ER and Nic plans a surprise for Conrad.
16) This Is Us Season Three Premiere (NBC)
What should you expect? NBC isn't saying much other than "Jack meets Rebecca’s parents. New characters are introduced."
17) Undercover Billionaire Season Finale (Discovery)
Billionaire Glenn Stearns still believes in the American Dream. In order to prove that anybody in this country can be successful with the right knowledge, he’s attempting a monumental challenge that most would claim is impossible. With just $100 in his pocket, Glenn ditched his private jet and yacht and headed to Erie, Pa., where he assumed the alias "Glenn Bryant" – a regular guy who’s spent the last 30 years in corporate America but always dreamed to have a business of his own. To make things fair, he won’t use his real name, contacts or wealth – just the principles, methods and process that made him the billionaire he is today. Along the way, he’ll share practical tips and the knowledge on how to build a fortune from his three decades in business. But in order to succeed, Glenn will need to come up with a million-dollar idea and find a team to help him build it.
For a rundown of all the new episodes of television premiering tonight, click here.
TOO MUCH TV REALLY IS A THING
This newsletter is called "Too Much TV" because....well, it's hard to keep track of all the new television premiering everyday. To help you prioritize your viewing, click here to see our list of more than 400 upcoming television premieres, movies and finales. You'll find listings from more than 70 networks, as well as streaming services and web shows.
And if you're a glutton for punishment (or just want to know what you've missed), check out this list of all the shows that have premiered so far in 2019.
I'll be back with another one tomorrow. If you have any feedback, send it along to Rick@AllYourScreens.com and follow me on Twitter @aysrick.