New and returning shows are among top TV choices for the week

September 23, 2018

New and returning shows are among top TV choices for the week

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Promising new shows and returning favorites are among the many viewing choices for a busy premiere week:

“Anne of Green Gables: Fire and Dew” (7:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23, WVIZ Channel 25; 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, WEAO Channel 49): The third installment of the PBS series based on Lucy Maud Montgomery’s novels finds Anne (Ella Ballentine) traveling to Charlottetown to enroll in accelerated classes, which will help her reach her goal of becoming a teacher. However, being outside of Green Gables requires many adjustments for her. Sara Botsford plays Marilla Cuthbert, and Martin Sheen returns as Matthew Cuthbert.

“The Big Bang Theory” (8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24, WOIO Channel 19): The durable CBS comedy begins its 12th and final season with a special Monday episode. A second episode airs Sept. 27 in the series’ regular 8-8:30 Thursday time slot. The 11th season ended with the wedding of Sheldon (Jim Parsons) and Amy (Mayim Bialik). With Sheldon, Leonard (John Galecki) and Howard (Simon Helberg) all happily married, will Raj (Kunal Nayyar) finally find the right person?

“This Is Us” (9 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, WKYC Channel 3): The acclaimed NBC drama starring Emmy winner Sterling K. Brown begins its third season. Randall (Brown), Kate (Chrissy Metz) and Kevin (Justin Hartley) turn 38 in the season opener, and the celebrating sparks a flashback to another important time in their lives.

“The Mayo Clinic: Faith – Hope – Science” (9 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, Channel 25 and Channel 49): Directed by Erik Ewers, Christopher Loren Ewers and executive producer Ken Burns, this two-hour documentary explores the 150-year history of the Minnesota hospital founded by English immigrant William Worrall Mayo. “When the Mayo Clinic began in the late 19th century, the medical community was so amazed at its success, they dubbed it, ‘the Miracle in the Cornfield,’ ” says Erik Ewers. “But as unique as Mayo may be, it’s not a miracle. It’s about incredibly determined and compassionate men and women who came together to figure out how to create a model of care that puts patients before profits.” The film features the voices of Tom Hanks, Sam Waterston, Blythe Danner and Josh Lucas, as well as interviews with John McCain and the Dalai Lama.

“Mr. Inbetween” (11 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, FX): Filmed in Australia, this six-episode series from creator-star Scott Ryan and director Nash Edgerton is based on Ryan’s 2005 cult film “The Magician.” Ryan plays Ray Shoesmith, who is juggling the responsibilities of being a father, ex-husband, boyfriend, best friend and, oh, yeah, a criminal-for-hire.

“A Million Little Things” (10 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, WEWS Channel 5): This ABC drama is among the best new shows of the fall. The emotion-heavy series follows a group of friends from Boston weighing choices and relationships when one of their circle dies suddenly. The strong cast includes David Giuntoli, Ron Livingston, Allison Miller, Romany Malco, Christina Moses, Christina Ochoa, James Roday and Lizzy Greene.

“The Good Place” (8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, Channel 3): The stellar comedy starring Kristen Bell and Ted Danson begins its third NBC season with a special hour episode.

“King Lear” (Friday, Sept. 28, Amazon Prime Video): Anthony Hopkins tackles the title role of Shakespeare’s tragedy, set in an alternate-universe modern London that’s highly militarized. The outstanding supporting cast includes Hopkins’ “Howards End” and “Remains of the Day” co-star Emma Thompson as Goneril, Emily Watson as Regan, Florence Pugh as Cordelia and Jim Broadbent as the Earl of Gloucester.

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