TV picks for Wednesday, Sept. 27
“Survivor” (8 p.m., CBS): The venerable reality series launches its 35th season (That’s no typo!) with 18 new castaways divided along the lines of Heroes, Healers or Hustlers. One of the tribes will earn an advantage when the game is immediately “ignited” by the season’s first challenge, and there is a super idol that comes with a new twist. (For more info, check out Joan Morris’ rundown of the new cast).
“The Goldbergs” (8 p.m., ABC): As the retro comedy kicks off its fifth season, Erica heads to college and Beverly sleeps over in the dorm because she has trouble letting go. Meanwhile, inspired by the movie “Weird Science,” Adam tries to build the perfect girlfriend for Barry.
“Empire” (8 p.m., Fox): The new season picks up several months after the Las Vegas explosion that rocked Empire Entertainment to its very core. The company is preparing to celebrate its 20th anniversary, but behind the scenes, its heart and the soul – Lucious Lyon – is not the same. As a result of the explosion, Lucious has suffered both mental and physical setbacks, and each of the Lyons, as well as his new nurse, Claudia (guest star Demi Moore), and old friend, Eddie Barker (guest star Forest Whitaker), have his/her own interest in his recovery. This is a crossover episode in which Queen Latifah of “Star” drops by.
“SEAL Team” (9 p.m., CBS): David Boreanaz (“Bones”) heads up the cast of this new military drama. The show follows an elite unit, the members of which navigate their professional and personal lives as they train, plan and execute the most dangerous, high stakes missions our country can ask of them.
“Criminal Minds” (10 p.m., CBS): The popular crime drama begins its 13th season at a new time and with a new face. Daniel Henney joins the cast as Matt Simmons, an Ex-Delta soldier and former International Response Team member. He joins the BAU team in a race to take down Mr. Scratch and save one of their own in the process,
“Designated Survivor” (10 p.m., ABC): In the Season 2 premiere, Kiefer Sutherland returns as President Tom Kirkman. Now, one year into office, Kirkman is determined to rebuild the Capitol and capture the terrorists behind the catastrophic attack on the United States. When Ukrainian nationalists hijack a Russian Air flight, the president is faced with a hostage situation in which his diplomatic skills are put to the test. Paulo Costanzo, Ben Lawson and Zoe McLellan join the cast.
“Liar” (10 p.m., Sundance TV): Say goodbye to Anna Bates. Fans of “Downton Abbey” might be stunned by the actions of Joanne Froggatt’s latest character in this taut and provocative psychological thriller. Froggatt plays a school teacher who goes on a seemingly innocent date with a renowned surgeon (Ioan Gruffudd). But following their get-together, a series of volatile accusations rock their world. As they increasingly turn on one another, secrets and lies unravel over the course of a suspenseful saga in which everyone seems to have their own version of the truth.
“Chicago P.D.” (10 p.m., NBC): In the Season 5 premiere, the district is in a state of change — Lindsay has moved to New York— and the CPD is under scrutiny about the corrupt nature of its institution. Under the watchful eye of the city, the team attempts to bust a gun deal that quickly turns dicey when innocent civilians and children get involved. Tension erupts when Chief Lugo (guest star Esai Morales) brings in Denny Woods (guest star Mykelti Williamson) to review the shootout, and Halstead (Jesse Lee Soffer) becomes a key player in the outcome of the case.
Also on Wednesday:
“The Blacklist,” season premiere (8 p.m., NBC)
“The Vietnam War” (8 p.m., PBS)
“Speechless,” season premiere (8:30 p.m., ABC)
“Star,” season premiere (9 p.m., Fox)
“Law & Order: SVU,” season premiere (9 p.m., NBC)
“Modern Family,” season premiere (9 p.m., ABC)
“American Wife,” season premiere (9:30 p.m., ABC)
“You’re the Worst” (10 p.m., FXX)
“The Lowe Files” (10 p.m., A&E)
“House Hunters International” (10 p.m., HGTV)
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