Here's everything you need to know about the world of television for Tuesday, September 10th, 2019. I'm writing this from the Twin Cities, where AllYourScreens HQ is running on Diet Rite and crockpot potatoes.
FRAUDS INVOLVING THE LOCH NESS MONSTER? I'M (NOT) SHOCKED
On Sunday, September 15th, the Travel Channel is airing a two-hour special entitled "Loch Ness Monster: New Evidence." Now while I'm skeptical that actual "new" evidence will be presented, I do have to admit that I've always had a soft spot for stories about this extremely unlikely beast.
Ahead of the the special, the network released a list of the "Top Six Most Jaw-Dropping Loch Ness Monster Scandals of All Time." Here is my personal favorite:
In 1933, Marmaduke Wetherell, a big-game hunter, was hired by the Daily Mail to find the Loch Ness monster. Wetherell claimed he found large footprints on the shore that were 20 feet long and belonged to Nessie. After zoologists from the Natural History Museum inspected the finding, it was established the tracks were identical to an ashtray with a hippopotamus leg as its base. Many believe Wetherell created the tracks in desperation.
THE FALL BROADCAST TV SEASON OFFICIALLY BEGINS NEXT WEEK:
It's not too soon to set that DVR for all of the new shows and old favorites that begin new seasons starting next week. In preparation, we'll be highlighting some of them every day this week.
Premiering on Thursday, September 26th, Garrett Modi (Kal Penn) was living the American Dream. As the youngest New York City Councilman ever, he was rubbing elbows with the political elite, attending star-studded parties and was the pride of Queens. But instead of spending his time in ofﬁce helping the people that got him elected, he lost his way amidst the power and glamour of politics. When his downward spiral got him busted for public intoxication (and downright stupidity), it was all caught on tape and ended his career. Now, Garrett’s crashing with his sister, Mallory, and wondering where it all went wrong. That is, until he’s hired by a diverse group of hopefuls who dream of becoming American citizens and believe he can help – giving him a new sense of purpose and a chance for redemption, as long as he remembers where he came from. Click here to see a photo gallery of photos from the episode.
WHAT'S NEW ON TV TONIGHT:
Here's a rundown of the large amount of television and streaming stuff premiering today:
1) Battle Of The Ages Season Two Premiere (BYUtv)
The comedic game show "Battle of the Ages" pits two multi-generational family teams against each other in mental and physical challenges. With the opportunity to pick a competitor from the opposing team and test their knowledge on a specific era, this game show will get families talking and laughing while they learn more about each other.
2) Bill Burr: Paper Tiger (Netflix)
Stand-up comedian, actor, and podcaster, Bill Burr, delivers a scathing review on the state of the world in his new Netflix stand-up comedy special. Filmed in front of a packed house at the Royal Albert Hall in London, England, Burr dives into Michelle Obama’s book tour, the problem with male feminists, his hang-ups on taking a bath, and why his personality is affecting his marriage.
3) Dinner Takes All Season Two Premiere (BYUtv)
"Dinner Takes All" is a family cooking competition show hosted by celebrity chef Kelsey Nixon (Food Network, Cooking Channel) and judged by "The Queen of Country Southern Cuisine," Kardea Brown, and "The Yum Yum Foodie," Eddie Zamora, all of whom are returning for season 2. In each episode, two teams of five family members go head-to-head to cook their "best Sunday dinner." Each team uses family recipes to create an entrée, three side dishes and a dessert while simultaneously playing interactive food-centric games for bonus points. Winning families receive a $10,000 cash prize.
4) Evelyn (Netflix)
Haunted by the suicide of a brother, a director and his kin walk across the U.K. in an emotionally trying, visually sublime journey towards healing.
5) Frontline: Flint's Deadly Water (PBS)
Exposing the deadly toll from the Flint water crisis. A two-year investigation uncovers the roots and extent of a deadly Legionnaires' outbreak during the water crisis, and how officials failed to stop it.
6) Making Good Series Premiere (BYUtv)
"Making Good" is a 30-minute unscripted series chronicling one man's quest to serve. Host Kirby Heyborne ("The Three Stooges") loves helping people and eagerly volunteers for organizations regardless of the circumstances and his background or experience. He channels enthusiasm to learn about new ways to make a difference, getting his hands dirty working side-by-side with founders of charities and non-profits who are touching lives all across the United States. Along the way he shares laughs, tears and songs with his newfound friends and learns exactly what it takes to make good.
7) Mr. Mercedes Season Three Premiere (Audience)
Retired detective Bill Hodges is still haunted by the unsolved case of "Mr. Mercedes," who claimed sixteen lives when he drove a stolen Mercedes through a line of job-seekers at a local job fair. Meanwhile, brilliant young psychopath Brady Hartsfield, the real Mr. Mercedes, reemerges to focus his attention on Hodges. What begins as an online cat-and-mouse game between the two soon has deadly real-life consequences as an increasingly desperate Hartsfield becomes bent on leaving his mark on the world.
8) Our Godfather (Netflix)
In 1986, Tommaso Buscetta became the first top-level Mafia boss ever to testify against the mob. It cost him and his family everything.
9) Terrace House: Tokyo 2019-2020 (Netflix)
Six strangers share a fabulous house in Tokyo, looking for love while living under the same roof. With no script, what happens next is up to them.
10) Teen Mom 2 Season Premiere (MTV)
"Teen Mom 2" follows Chelsea, Jenelle, Kailyn and Leah from second season of “16 and Pregnant” and documents the challenging responsibilities of being a young mother. Each episode offers a unique look into their lives, while tackling a wide variety of issues, obstacles and celebratory milestones.
11) 30 For 30: Rodman-For Better Or Worse (ESPN)
A revealing Dennis Rodman interview at the center of the documentary that chronicles the unforgettable and at times unbelievable story of one of the most unpredictable stars in sports history.
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.
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