The week before Premiere Week brings the debut of Star Trek: Discovery and the second season of The Good Place.
MONDAY, SEPT. 18
The State (9 p.m., Nat Geo) — Mini series
Two-night, four-part international co-production follows four young British citizens who join ISIS in Syria.
Black Widows (Acorn TV)
TUESDAY, SEPT. 19
If Loving You Is Wrong (9 p.m., OWN) — Season 3 premiere
Tosh.O (10 p.m., Comedy) — Season 9 continues
The Jim Jefferies Show (10:30 p.m., Comedy) — Season 1 continues
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 20
Channel Zero (10 p.m., SyFy) — Season 2 premiere
The second season of the anthology series is based on the “No-End House” story.
The Good Place (10 p.m., NBC) — Season 2 premiere
Special one-hour season premiere. The series will move to Thursdays at 8:30 p.m. beginning Sept. 28.
THURSDAY, SEPT. 21
Gotham (8 p.m., Fox) — Season 4 premiere
The Orville (9 p.m., Fox) — Regular timeslot debut
Doc Martin (Acorn TV)
FRIDAY, SEPT. 22
Transparent (Amazon) — Season 4 premiere
Fuller House (Netflix) — Season 2 premiere
Mike Judge Presents: Tales From The Tour Bus (10 p.m., Cinemax) — New
The latest animated series from Mike Judge (King of the Hill, Beavis and Butt-head) is also Cinemax’s first-ever original comedy series. It features interviews with friends and bandmates of legendary country music stars (including Jerry Lee Lewis, Waylon Jennings, George Jones, and Tammy Wynette), with their anecdotes brought to life via animation.
Neo Yokio (Netflix) — New
Six-episode anime series created by Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig features the voices of Jaden Smith, Susan Sarandon, Jude Law, Desus and Mero, and Jason Schwartzman.
Jack Whitehall: Travels With My Father (Netflix) — New
SUNDAY, SEPT. 24
Star Trek: Discovery (8:30 p.m., CBS)
The first new Star Trek series since Enterprise launched in 2001 gets a late start following a longer-than-planned production process that saw series co-creator Bryan Fuller depart as showrunner. The other co-creator, Alex Kurtzman (who was a writer on both J.J. Abrams-directed Trek films), remains on board as a producer, along with The Wrath of Khan director Nicholas Meyer, while Trek newcomers Gretchen J. Berg and Aaron Harberts are running the show. Discovery is set about a decade before events in the original series (and will share at least one character—Spock’s father Sarek, here played by James Frain), though the main focus will be the ship’s first officer (The Walking Dead‘s Sonequa Martin-Green) rather than its captain (Jason Isaacs). The cast also includes Maulik Pancholy, Michelle Yeoh, Doug Jones, Rekha Sharma, Rainn Wilson, and Mary Wiseman. After tonight, the series will be exclusive to the CBS All Access streaming service, with seven additional new episodes (including a second new episode tonight) arriving weekly this fall, with the second half of the season launching in January. A Talking Trek aftershow also streams on All Access after each episode.