What’s On Tonight: ‘Mr. Robot’ Ends As ‘Designated Survivor’ And ‘Lethal Weapon’ Premiere

By: 09.21.16

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Designated Survivor (ABC, 10 p.m.) — Kiefer Sutherland playing the president. Really, what else could get you excited for this show? ABC’s most-anticipated drama premieres tonight and the first episode of the season chronicles how Tom Kirkman, a lower level United States Cabinet member, finds himself suddenly appointed president of the country after a catastrophic attack kills everyone above him in the line of succession. It’s a pretty great premise. We’ll see if the show can make it stick.

Mr. Robot (USA, 10 p.m.) — Rami Malek won an Emmy for his role on this show, so that should be reason enough to watch tonight’s season two finale which sees Angela making an unexpected acquaintance, Darlene realizing she’s in too deep, and an old friend revealing all to Elliot.

Lethal Weapon (Fox, 8 p.m.) — Fox is trying its hand at a Lethal Weapon reboot for TV. Tonight’s season premiere sees an ex-Navy SEAL-turned-cop relocate to L.A. following the death of his wife and baby in order to start over. He’s partnered up with a seasoned detective who’s just returned to the job after suffering a heart attack. There’s no Mel Gibson/Danny Glover combo in this one but Damon Wayans is always a sure bet so at least it’ll be funny.

Blindspot (NBC, 8 p.m.) — The team works to stop a corrupt DEA agent from selling missiles to a drug cartel but their mission is made harder thanks to Jane and Nas.

Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X (CBS, 8 p.m.) — Season 33 begins as 20 castaway get dropped on an island in Fiji and separated into teams based on what generation they were born into. On day two, a cyclone hits the island and forces an evacuation — which is a great sign of how this season will probably go.

The Goldbergs (ABC, 8 p.m.) — The Goldbergs return for season four and they’re paying homage to another ’80s classic: The Breakfast Club. The kids start off a new school year by earning themselves detention on a Saturday courtesy of their new substitute teacher who looks pretty familiar. Oh, that’s right, it’s their mom.

Speechless (ABC, 8:30 p.m.) — Minnie Driver stars in this emotional new drama/sitcom from ABC that focuses on a mom and her special needs son. The premiere focuses on the DiMeos family moving yet again, enrolling their kids in a new school and struggling to find the right caregiver for J.J., their son with cerebral palsy.

Empire (Fox, 9 p.m.) — Season three picks up with Hakeem stranded at the alter with Lucious and Anika newly married, and someone falling off a roof during a fight — so, your typical Empire shenanigans. Lucious works to make his streaming service a success but he runs into a road block when his half-brother Tariq leads a federal task force charged with investigating his business. Man, we’ve missed the craziness that is this show.

Ghost Hunters (Syfy, 9 p.m.) — The team looks into a beautiful old inn that was once a part of the Underground Railroad and may now be home to a host of spirits.

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (NBC, 9 p.m.) — Season 18 begins with a child being discovered wandering alone in Central Park. The team searches for his parents and instead find clues about a planned mass-casualty event in New York City.

Modern Family (ABC, 9 p.m.) — In the season eight premiere, the Pritchett clan gather to celebrate Father’s Day together after spending the summer on separate family trips: Claire, Phil and the kids visited the Big Apple; Mitch and Lily joined Cam in the Midwest; and Jay, Gloria and Joe went to Mexico.

Big Brother (CBS, 9:30 p.m.) — A winner is chosen after the jury questions the finalists and votes for a victor as season 18 (finally) comes to an end.

Black-ish (ABC, 9:30 p.m.) — Season three of Black-ish kicks off as Dre takes the family to Walt Disney World and they receive the VIP treatment.

American Horror Story: 6 (FX, 10 p.m.) — We’re still not sure what the hell is going on with this show but FX is really sticking to this plan of keeping us in the dark because they refuse to give out episode descriptions. We know the theme of this season: Blair Witch Project meets mysterious historical event (aka the Lost Colony of Roanoke). This week, more bad things are probably in store for Sarah Paulson and Lily Rabe (they both play the same character on the show, just in different timelines). Let the creepy, crazy confusing-ness commence.

Chicago P.D. (NBC, 10 p.m.) — Season four picks up where the show left off. Voight, having apparently murdered Justin’s killer, is back leading the squad and Lindsay is forced to protect him when Crowley questions her about the unit’s involvement in the guy’s death. Meanwhile, the team investigates a murder in which the victims appears to have been wearing a CPD wire and Burgess must get used to working with a new partner.

South Park (Comedy Central, 10 p.m.) — An online troll threatens to have global implications as Cartman professes his innocence.

You’re the Worst (FXX, 10 p.m.) — Jimmy deals with the big news Gretchen dropped on him last week.

LATE NIGHT GUESTS

Jimmy Kimmel Live!: Lupita Nyong’o, Bill O’Reilly, Jake Owen

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Kelly Ripa, Priyanka Chopra, Band of Horses

The Late Show With Stephen Colbert: Ethan Hawke, Tim Meadows, Wilco, Nile Rodgers

Late Night With Seth Meyers: Neil Patrick Harris, Omari Hardwick, James Blake, Elaine Bradley

The Late Late Show With James Corden: Kurt Russell, Ellen Pompeo, Kristen Bell, Banks + Steelz

The Daily Show With Trevor Noah: Wendy Williams

Conan: Eric Andre, Catfish & the Bottlemen

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