Weekend Preview: ‘MacGyver’ Premieres And ‘The Simpsons,’ ‘Transparent,’ And ‘Quantico’ Return

MacGyver (CBS, Friday 8:00 p.m.) — Showrunner Peter Lenkov has had plenty of success bringing Hawaii Five-O back to TV, so it makes sense CBS would turn to him to breathe new life into their MacGyver reboot. With X-Men star Lucas Till starring as the (younger) ingenious agent, tonight’s premiere Department of External Services (DXS) agents Angus “Mac” MacGyver and Jack Dalton assigned to recover a dangerous bioweapon that has gone missing.

The Simpsons (Fox, Sunday 8:00 p.m.) — Season 28 opens with all of Springfield going up in a blaze of glory. The Simpsons turn to Mr. Burns to help rebuild the city, but first he has to put on a variety show.

Transparent (Amazon) — Jeffrey Tambor returns to the role that won him yet another Emmy this year. Transparent season three is full of even more changes. As Maura goes through a health crisis, she takes stock of her life and considers gender-confirmation surgery while the rest of the family goes through a spiritual reawakening.

Quantico (ABC, Sunday 10:00 p.m.) — The season two premiere finds Alex at “the Farm,” the CIA’s mysterious training facility, where she learns about the dark art of espionage and is pulled into a conspiracy that threatens the lives of Americans and countless others around the globe. We’re getting into Alias territory now, people.

Hell’s Kitchen (Fox, Friday 8:00 p.m.) — Season 16 premieres with chef Gordon Ramsay welcoming 18 new cooks into his kitchen, which just happens to be on the grounds of a U.S. Army training facility. It’s survival of the fittest as the chefs face the Signature Dish Challenge and their first dinner service, during which they cook for VIP guests Nolan Gould and Erica Ash.

Last Man Standing (ABC, Friday 8:00 p.m.) — Season six opens as a bear wanders into Outdoor Man after Kyle leaves a door open on the loading docks. Elsewhere, Kristin’s dedication to her work leaves Ryan feeling neglected at home.

Dr. Ken (ABC, Friday 8:30 p.m.) — In the season two premiere, Pat thinks Allison would be a good fit for a job opening at Welltopia, but Ken balks at the idea of working under the same roof as his wife.

Hawaii Five-O (CBS, Friday 9:00 p.m.) — Speaking of Hawaii Five-O, its seventh season kicks off tonight with the body of a serial killer being found at headquarters, along with an ivory chess piece that happens to be in his mouth. When a second serial killer turns up dead (also with a chess piece), the team hunts for the vigilante.

Shark Tank (ABC, Friday 8:00 p.m.) — Season eight begins with six Sharks in the tank. Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown touts the benefits of personalized shoe slides; a high-school junior pitches an app that can stop cyberbullying messages; a New Jersey duo try to create a buzz for their at-home beer dispenser; and a Utah woman shares the heartwarming story behind her chicken soup business.

Z Nation (Syfy, Friday 9:00 p.m.) — Warren and his group are taken hostage as Murphy escapes the sub with his newly formed group of blends.

The Exorcist (Fox, Friday 9:00 p.m.) — Another reboot coming to Fox. In the series premiere, two very different men try to help a family with their terrifying case of demonic possession.

Blue Bloods (CBS, Friday 10:00 p.m.) — Season seven kicks off with the attorney general’s office mounting evidence against Danny after his shooting of a serial killer. Meanwhile, Jamie and Eddie deal with a high-profile drunken driver; and a slain cop’s widow asks Frank for a favor.

Van Helsing (Syfy, Friday 10:00 p.m.) — The series premiere of Syfy’s new take on the famed monster slayer sees the mysterious Vanessa resurrected after a three-year sleep and introduced to a world now ruled by vampires. After holing up with other human survivors in an abandoned hospital, she discovers she has special powers and puts them to good use, fighting those who want her dead.

College Football: Oklahoma State at Baylor (Fox, Saturday 7:30 p.m.) — Oklahoma State (2-1) at Baylor (3-0). OSU counts on the passing of Mason Rudolph, who broke the school’s single-game yardage record last week vs. Pittsburgh.

College Football: Stanford at UCLA (ABC, Saturday 8:00 p.m.) — Stanford at UCLA. The Cardinal defeated UCLA 56-35 last year, with Christian McCaffrey rushing for 243 yards and 4 TDs, and Francis Owusu hauling in a remarkable TD catch. Stanford has won eight in a row in the series.

Poldark on Masterpiece (PBS, Sunday 8:00 p.m.) — The British bodice ripper is back for season two and Ross is in trouble. As George plots against him, Francis takes drastic action and Demelza tries to influence the hanging judge.

Once Upon a Time (ABC, Sunday 8:00 p.m.) — Season six begins with the heroes plotting to stop Hyde, and Emma developing a curious side effect. Elsewhere, refugees from the Land of Untold Stories invade Storybrooke; Regina and Zelena become roommates; and in a flashback, Jafar confronts Aladdin.

Sunday Night Football: Bears at Cowboys (NBC, Sunday 8:20 p.m.) — The Bears’ banged-up defense has a second straight prime-time test vs. a rookie QB, in Dak Prescott of Dallas.

NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS, Sunday 8:30 p.m.) — Season eight kicks off with the NCIS team under investigation by the Under Secretary of the Navy due to the identification of a mole in their department.

Son of Zorn (Fox, Sunday 8:30 p.m.) — Edie tries to get Zorn to move out of her house and into his own apartment as he spies on his son’s crush using something known as the Stone of Sight.

Family Guy (Fox, Sunday 9:00 p.m.) — Season 15 opens with Stewie and Brian forming a children’s band that becomes famous, but a female fan soon comes between them and breaks up the group. Meanwhile, Peter and Louis force Chris to get a job, so he lands one as Quagmire’s personal assistant in charge of managing his sex life.

Fear the Walking Dead (AMC, Sunday 9:00 p.m.) — Madison struggles to handle an influx of refugees at the hotel.

Power (Starz, Sunday 9:00 p.m.) — Ghost throws the party of a lifetime, but can’t enjoy it as he must slip away to gather evidence; Tasha enters an unlikely alliance in order to save her family; and Tommy makes a move that will affect everyone.

Secrets and Lies (ABC, Sunday 9:00 p.m.) — Season two premieres as the heir to a private equity firm in Charlotte begins a downward spiral after his wife is found dead during a party for his father’s retirement and he becomes the prime suspect in the case.

The Last Man on Earth (Fox, Sunday 9:30 p.m.) — Season three begins with a trio of armed invaders in hazmat suits threatening Malibu. When the group can’t agree on how to deal with them, Melissa takes matters into her own hands.

Ballers (HBO, Sunday 10:00 p.m.) — Season two ends as Spencer takes a final stab at retrieving what he lost. Elsewhere, Ricky waits for a call that may change his future; Vernon goes on a road trip; and Charles gets an offer from Siefert.

Masters of Sex (Showtime, Sunday 10:00 p.m.) — Masters and Johnson try to get used to new partners, but their cases force them to rethink their separation idea.

The Strain (FX, Sunday 10:00 p.m.) — Setrakian seeks out lifelong rival Eldritch Palmer for help after some disturbing information from Lumen arrives.

Survivor’s Remorse (Starz, Sunday 10:00 p.m.) — Cassie meets Chen’s parents and Reggie deals with the surprise arrival of his dad in Atlanta.


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