Sure, Sunday tends to be overcrowded with high-end TV, including “Breaking Bad,” “Boardwalk Empire,” “Dexter,” “Ray Donovan” and more, but what to watch the rest of the time? Every Monday, we bring you five noteworthy highlights from the other six days of the week.
The new fall series start rolling out this week, which means that summer is over and such seasonal diversions as CBS’s Stephen King adaptation are coming to an end. While “Under the Dome” may have dipped into ridiculousness by halfway through its 13-episode run, it has been a big enough hit for the network to earn a renewal, which means that no one should be going into the season finale expecting the dome to be lifted. And in a way, aren’t we all just… trapped under domes of our own making? No? Well, on the plus side, King will be writing the first episode of season two when the series returns next summer.
“99%: The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film”: Broadcast Premiere
Tuesday, September 17 at 8pm on Pivot
Arriving on Participant Media’s network Pivot two weeks after its theatrical release, this documentary about Occupy Wall Street comes from directors Audrey Ewell, Aaron Aites, Lucian Read and Nina Krstic with the help of dozens of other filmmakers who contributed to a portrait of a sprawling movement. The film, which premiered at Sundance in January, combines interviews with everyone from Matt Taibbi to Anonymous with footage from Zuccotti Park and corresponding protests around the world.
“Brooklyn Nine-Nine”: Series Premiere
Tuesday, September 17 at 8:30pm on Fox
While nothing earth-shattering, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” is one of the more promising new network comedies thanks to the odd couple combo of Andy Samberg as a goofy but gifted Brooklyn detective and Andre Braugher as his new, uptight boss. Braugher makes for an unexpectedly funny straight man, and the series treats its police department setting as the basis for a workplace comedy rather than anything procedural.
Jake Gyllenhaal, fresh off starring in two Denis Villeneuve films that premiered at Toronto (“Enemy” and “Prisoners”), heads to the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts to be fawned over by James Lipton in his long-running interview show. Bravo promises the episode will include everything from Gyllenhaal talking about his late “Brokeback Mountain” star Heath Ledger and growing up in Hollywood family to the gay rumors that have popped up over the course of his career.
“The Watsons Go to Birmingham”: Broadcast Premiere
Friday, September 20 at 8pm on Hallmark Channel
Tonya Lewis Lee, the wife of Spike Lee, has worked in television before, executive producing the miniseries “Miracle’s Boys,” but with Hallmark original movie “The Watsons Go to Birmingham” she makes her writing debut as well as acting as a producer. Based on the children’s novel by Christopher Paul Curtis, the film stars Wood Harris and Anika Noni Rose as the parents of three children in 1963 who travel with their family from Michigan to Alabama to visit their grandmother, arriving to witness a critical moment in the civil rights movement.
Also worth a look: Blockbuster kings Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci attempt to comic book-ify Washington Irving with new Fox drama “Sleepy Hollow” on Monday, September 18 at 9pm; “The World Before Her,” Nisha Pahuja’s doc contrasting two different sides of India, airs on PBS doc series POV on Monday, September 16 at 10pm; female-led Fox comedies “New Girl” and “The Mindy Project” return on Tuesday, September 17 at 9 and 9:30pm; sketch series “Key & Peele” kicks off a third season on Comedy Central on Wednesday, September 18 at 10:30pm; an edited-down version of the 2013 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards airs on FXX on Saturday, September 21 at 9pm.