What’s On This Week
MONDAY, SEPT. 3
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9 P.M. | HBO
When the pop star appeared on his last HBO special, he had blond shepherd’s curls and belonged to ‘N Sync. This time, he’s solo at Manhattan’s Madison Square Garden in a concert taped two weeks ago. No, he doesn’t perform that cute-lewd song he sang with Andy Samberg on Saturday Night Live. Oh well.
3 P.M. | FX
If you haven’t watched this dense, crackling legal thriller starring Glenn Close and Rose Byrne, here’s a chance to catch up: FX airs the first five episodes in a marathon block. Ted Danson, as a corporate villain smiling from the shadows, is especially good.
TUESDAY, SEPT. 4
11 A.M. | ABC
Whoopi Goldberg begins cohosting. She’s a dependable character, tossing off her comments in a laid-back grumble, and probably won’t embark on anything as bizarre as a feud with Donald Trump. But who knows?
THE BIGGEST LOSER: DID THEY KEEP THE WEIGHT OFF?
9 P.M. | NBC
Thirteen contestants from past seasons weigh in on their experiences since. Season 4, hosted by Days of Our Lives’ Alison Sweeney, starts Sept. 11.
THURSDAY, SEPT. 6
ARE YOU SMARTER THAN A 5TH GRADER?
8 P.M. | FOX
Ah, what is this—a single boat arrives on television’s shores in advance of that huge armada known as the Fall Schedule. Season 2 of the hit game show, with Jeff Foxworthy at the helm and contestants tested in elementary-school knowledge, launches with a fresh episode.
FRIDAY, SEPT. 7
9 P.M. | CBS
Jeremy Piven, currently up for another Emmy for Entourage, hosts the fourth annual special saluting the link between style and pop. Performers include Jennifer Lopez, Alicia Keys, Avril Lavigne, Fergie, Oscar-winner Jennifer Hudson and Ludacris. Smart dressers, all!
Tim Gunn’s Guide to Style
Bravo, Sept. 6, 10 p.m. ET
Project Runway’s Tim Gunn, who always displays such uncluttered elegance that you might think he was raised in a modernist vase, deservedly gets his own program. It’s more thorough than exciting, with Gunn (accompanied by model Veronica Webb) making over one woman per episode. The ladies are sent off on a regimented route: shopping for undergarments, visiting a stylist, etc. The distinctive and kindly touch here is that Gunn, for all his fashion wiles, allows the women ample space and time to articulate their wants. They come across as real people, which is perversely rare in reality TV.
Court TV, weekdays, 3 p.m. ET
In its first few days, Star Jones’s return vehicle seemed like The View after a coup, leaving Barbara Walters locked in a broom closet and only one woman—Star!—in control of parsing all those headlines. It’s a long hour. Jones peppers her talking-head guests with insistent questions, as if she were stuck with an enormous bowl of greens in need of seasoning. In fact, topics haven’t been consistently fresh. We don’t need to hear from Dustin “Screech” Diamond about his sex video. Jones has made herself over to look like a woman of crisp professional might—her arms are nicely toned—yet this can be at odds with a nudging tone of commonsense wisdom. The show has no real focus, except on Jones herself, and so far that’s not enough.