From daytime debuts to historic impeachments, we round up our top 10 shows to watch this week
1. The Ellen Degeneres Show – Monday to Friday, Noon, CTV2; 3 p.m. CTV & NBC | Season Premiere
CTVIt is, truly, the end of an era. After two decades of celeb party games, jaw-dropping audience giveaways and oh-so-much dancing, the queen of daytime is ready to abdicate her throne. But first, she’s back for this 19th and final season. Of course, Ellen’s once-explosive popularity has waned a tad over the past year following reports she’s been presiding over a toxic workplace—casting a pall over the farewell tour of a woman who’s become an indelible part of talk show history.
All told, DeGeneres has welcomed more than 4,000 guests, from Michelle Obama to George Clooney to all those YouTube kids. What’s more, she’s given away almost half a billion dollars, with more surely to come before the end.
Indeed, expect this swan song to be quite the epic, emotional, star-studded affair.
2. The Kelly Clarkson Show – Monday to Friday, 2 p.m., City & ABC | Season Premiere
ABCBust out those kelly-oke microphones! The American Idol winner and The Voice coach is back for another season of her Emmy-winning chat show. And with Ellen’s final bow rapidly approaching, Kelly is primed to take over as the new face of daytime.
3. LFG – Monday, September 6, 9 p.m., CNN
CNNThis new doc chronicles the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team’s ongoing fight for equal pay, featuring the resilient voices of Megan Rapinoe and others, while the players’ legal team describe their groundbreaking strategy to achieve parity.
4. Frontline – Tuesday, September 7, 6 p.m., WTVS; 9 p.m., KCTS | Season Premiere
PBSThe new season kicks off with the two-hour documentary America After 9/11, from veteran filmmaker Michael Kirk, tracing the United States’ response to the terrorist attacks and then looking at the devastating consequences that continued to bear bitter fruit throughout multiple presidencies.
5. Impeachment: American Crime Story – Tuesday September 7, p.m., 8:20 p.m. & 10 p.m., FX Canada | Season Premiere
FX CanadaThese days, an American president being at the centre of a constant media frenzy doesn’t seem so abnormal, but back in the late 1990s and early 2000s, it came as quite a shock. We’re talking, of course, about Bill Clinton, his wife Hillary and a young White House intern named Monica Lewinsky. Following The People v. O.J. Simpson and The Assassination of Gianni Versace, producer Ryan Murphy turns his attention to another super-high-profile true crime story; Impeachment stars Booksmart’s Beanie Feldstein as Lewinsky, while longtime Murphy player Sarah Paulson plays Linda Tripp, the civil servant who befriended and betrayed Lewinsky to expose the POTUS. As for the Clintons? It’s Emmy-magnet Edie Falco as Hillary, while Clive Owen deftly channels Bill—right down to the infamous, “I did not have sexual relations with that woman.”
The project is based on Jeffrey Toobin’s bestseller A Vast Conspiracy: The Real Story of the Sex Scandal That Nearly Brought Down a President, and it’s told largely from three female points-of-view: Lewinsky, Tripp and Paula Jones (played by B Positive’s Annaleigh Ashford), the woman who sued Clinton for sexual harassment right before his impeachment. Billy Eichner and B.C.’s own Cobie Smulders also star as Drudge Report founder Matt Drudge and political pundit Ann Coulter.
Lewinsky herself, who’s become a highly respected activist in the years since, is also an exec producer here. “It wasn’t until the past few years that I’ve been able to fully reclaim my narrative; almost 20 years later,” Lewinsky wrote in Vanity Fair. “But I’m so grateful for the growth we’ve made as a society that allows people like me who have been historically silenced to finally reintroduce my voice to the conversation.”
6. The Big Sick – Wednesday, September 8, 5:55 p.m., Crave1
Elevation PicturesBased on his real-life courtship of wife Emily V. Gordon, Kumail Nanjiani stars as a comedian who falls for a grad student (Zoe Kazan) but messes it up because he’s afraid to introduce her to his traditional Muslim parents. When Emily falls into a coma, however, he ends up bonding with her parents.
7. CBS Fall Preview – Thursday, September 9, 9 p.m., CBS
CBSThis half-hour special offers television viewers a sneak peek at the upcoming new fall offerings on CBS. In addition to scoops on the latest entries in the NCIS and FBI franchises—NCIS: Hawai’i and FBI: International—we’ll get a look at CSI: Vegas, with Grissom and the gang joined by a new team of investigators.
8. Come From Away – Friday, September 10, Apple TV+
Apple TV+On September 11th, 2001, all air traffic in the U.S. was grounded after two hijacked passenger jets struck the World Trade Center, leaving 7,000 passengers stranded in the small Newfoundland town of Gander. This true story was the basis for Come From Away, an acclaimed stage musical that won raves on Broadway and in London’s West End, dramatizing what took place when the people of this tiny village graciously welcomed the thousands of “come from aways” into their community, with both travellers and locals alike processing the tragedy while finding love, laughter and new hope in the unlikely and lasting bonds that they forge. This new special features a live performance of Come From Away, filmed in May at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre in New York City, where the Broadway production is staged, during a time when the Great White Way was still dark. Presented for an audience of 9/11 survivors and frontline workers, this unique stage show also offered employment to 200 people, including members of the Broadway crew.
9. Kate – Friday, September 10, Netflix
NetflixMary Elizabeth Winstead (Fargo) stars as the titular Kate, a skilled assassin who uncharacteristically botches an assignment, only to discover she’s been poisoned. As the toxin slowly takes effect and her body deteriorates, she has 24 hours to exact brutal revenge on her killers. Also starring Woody Harrelson.
10. Lucifer – Friday, September 10, Netflix | Season Premiere
NetflixIt’s a big job being God, but Lucifer thinks he’s up to the task. When the sixth and final season of the devilish drama arrives this week, Mr. Morningstar (Tom Ellis) begins his unlikely new gig as the Almighty, after he and Chloe (Lauren German) clipped the wings of his less-than- angelic twin brother Michael (also Ellis), who was trying to seize the throne. Before retaking his place among the clouds however, our antihero must tie up some loose ends back on Earth.
But with the laws of nature seemingly starting to crumble on the mortal plain, foresaging a potential apocalypse... well, it’ll be no simple task. Add in a new archenemy and a dash of doomed romance, and it looks like we’ve got one hell of a sendoff ahead of us.
Joining the cast for this swan song are Deadpool’s Brianna Hildebrand as a fellow angel named Rory, and Alias’s Merrin Dungey as Sonya, a shot-caller at the LAPD, who crosses paths with Amenadiel (D.B. Woodside) in his quest to become a cop. Elsewhere, Luci’s right-hand demon Maze (Lesley-Ann Brandt) looks to claim her rightful place as warden of the underworld.