TV best bets with Jeff Daniels, Jessica Chastain, 9/11 specials, ‘Queen Sugar,’ Monica Lewinsky, Muhammad Ali

‘Lucifer’ series finale airs on Netflix this week.

With the 20th anniversary of 9/11, several networks are releasing documentaries and specials on the subject.

Discovery+ in two different specials looks at the children of four men who died on 9/11 and the battle to get the 9/11 responders benefits and compensation. ABC highlights female heroes from that day. Apple TV+ showcases a Broadway musical about passengers who got diverted to Newfoundland and a serious documentary looking inside the presidential war room. CBS studies the CIA’s role in terrorism prevention and the hunt for Osama bin Laden.

Jeff Daniels plays a compromised police chief in a new Showtime series “American Rust” Sunday. On the same night, HBO explores the contours of a relationship in “Scenes from a Marriage” starring Jessica Chastain.

On Thursday, Netflix studies the friendship and eventual estrangement between Malcolm X and Muhammad Ali in a documentary called “Blood Brothers.”

FX’s “American Crime Story” on Tuesday focuses on the Bill Clinton sex scandals through the eyes of Paula Jones, Linda Tripp and Monica Lewinsky.

OWN brings back the sixth season of its award-winning drama “Queen Sugar” Tuesday. The annual MTV Video Music Awards comes out Sunday with performers such as Olivia Rodrigo, Lil Nas X and Lorde.

And the creator of “The Conjuring” and “Saw” universes, James Wan, has a new horror film “Malignant” on HBO Max Friday which also comes out in theaters.

This covers Monday, Sept. 6, through Sunday, Sept. 12.


“Reservation Dogs” 12:01 a.m. Hulu on FX — Willie Jack and Leon go hunting.

“Days of Our Lives: Beyond Salem” 3:01 a.m. Peacock (new limited series) — Spawned from the long-running NBC daytime drama, “Days of Our Lives: Beyond Salem” is limited series that brings together past and present characters.

“Harry & Meghan: Escaping the Palace” 8 p.m. Lifetime — What led to Meghan and Harry leaving Britain, with Meghan’s growing isolation and sadness and Harry’s fear history would repeat itself and he would not be able to protect his wife and son from the same forces that may have contributed to his mother’s untimely death.

“Bachelor in Paradise” 8 p.m. ABC — It’s all eyes on Joe this week as everyone’s emotional support man comes face-to-face with the woman who broke his heart.

“Hell’s Kitchen” 8 p.m. Fox — It’s all about the presentation when the chefs are challenged to create visually stunning dishes to impress Chef Ramsay’s 7.5 million Instagram followers.

“The Ultimate Surfer” 10 p.m. ABC — In a surprising twist, the surfers are greeted by some old friends who force them to up their game.


“Robot Chicken” midnight Adult Swim (11th season debut) — Robot Chicken takes Inside Out’s Riley further inside and even more out; The Red Skull battles his ultimate nemesis loneliness.

“Rebuilding Hope: The Children of 9/11″ 3:01 a.m. Discovery+ — A documentary chronicling the past two decades of four children, now 19 years old, who were born after their fathers died in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

“Untold: Breaking Point” 3:01 a.m. Netflix — Explores the rise and fall of tennis legend Mardy Fish, tormented by anxiety.

“On the Verge” 3:01 a.m. Netflix (new series) — Four women — a chef, a single mom, an heiress and a job seeker — dig into love and work, with a generous side of midlife crises, in pre-pandemic Los Angeles.

“Queen Sugar” 8 p.m. OWN (sixth season debut) — As Ralph Angel and Darla plan the arrival of their new baby, Nova continues to speak out against political corruption and Charley faces a life-altering decision.

“Lego Masters” 8 p.m. Fox — The competition is taken to new heights when Lord William the Great challenges the teams to build a gravity-defying castle off a giant Lego cliff.

“Fantasy Island” 9 p.m. Fox — Nisha wants the Island to help her decide between marrying her parent’s proposed match, Savin, or her longtime boyfriend, Josh.

“American Crime Story” 10 p.m. FX (third season debut) — After the death of her boss, White House staffer Linda Tripp is moved to The Pentagon where she meets Monica Lewinsky. Paula Jones decides to sue the president for sexual harassment.

“Miracle Workers” 10:30 p.m. TBS — Ezekiel, Benny, and the farmers face starvation as they try to survive a blizzard.


“Nine Perfect Strangers” 12:01 a.m. Hulu — As the protocol escalates, relationships are strengthened, even as the effects of the treatment become more unsettling. Masha reveals her unique treatment goals for the Marconi family.

“Wu-Tang: An American Saga” 12:01 a.m. Hulu (second season debut) — The Clan is disillusioned with life in the projects, and Bobby knows that success in the music industry could be their ticket to better lives.

“The Circle” 3:01 a.m. Netflix (third season debut) — Status and strategy collide in this social experiment and competition show where online players flirt, befriend and catfish their way toward $100,000.

“Masterchef” 8 p.m. Fox — The remaining four semi-finalists are challenged to a “3 Chef Showdown” — a brand-new culinary triathlon that sees the home cooks making three dishes back-to-back — alongside three different legendary chefs.

“20/20: Women of 9/11” 9 p.m. ABC — From the heroic female first responders and workers who risked everything in dangerous jobs at ground zero to the miracle survivors, including Genelle Guzman-McMillan, the last person pulled out alive from the World Trade Center rubble after 27 hours, and the women who suffered heartbreaking loss; all of them bonded in trauma, grief, and after two decades, remarkable strength and resilience.

“Too Soon: Comedy After 9/11″ 9 p.m. Vice — The documentary features interviews with entertainers including David Cross, Nathan Lane and Marc Maron about the struggle to re-establish humor’s place in the aftermath of the attacks that day.

“American Horror Story” 10 p.m. FX — The dark history of Provincetown and its residents are brought to light.


“All the Queen’s Men” 3:01 a.m. BET+ (new series) — Eva Marcille plays the head of a male stripper’s club.

“Behind the Music” 3:01 a.m. Paramount+ — Fat Joe is the focus.

“No Responders Left Behind” 3:01 a.m. Discovery+ — A documentary about the fight waged by former “The Daily Show” host Jon Stewart, social activist John Feal and FDNY hero Ray Pfeifer to get health benefits and compensation for 9/11 first responders

“Frogger” 3:01 a.m. Peacock (new series) — This competition show, hosted by Damon Wayans Jr., brings to life this popular video game franchise and supersizes it on an epic course.

“The Women and the Murderer” 3:01 a.m. Netflix (new series) — This documentary follows a police chief and a murder victim’s mother in their unflagging efforts to find and prosecute a serial killer in 1990s Paris.

“Blood Brothers: Malcolm X and Muhammad Ali” 3:01 a.m. Netflix — A look at the fraught relationship between two major 1960s Black historical figures.

“Kin” 3:01 a.m. AMC+ (new series) — This series charts the lives of the Kinsellas, a small but tight-knit crime family embroiled in a war against a powerful drug kingpin, Eamon Cunningham.

“Heartland” 8 p.m. UpTV (14th season finale) — While Amy works with a challenging horse to help a friend of Clint’s, she also revives a dream to rebuild the jumping course that she and Spartan practiced on so many years ago.

“It Couldn’t Happen Here” 10 p.m. Sundance (new series)— Life-long small-town community member and advocate Hilarie Burton Morgan visits different small towns in an effort to shine a much-needed light on the unique ways in which crime impacts rural communities and their judicial systems. The first episode looks like Adel, Georgia.

“What We Do in the Shadows” 9 p.m. FX — An old flame returns and an ancient vehicle is resurrected.


“The Voyeurs” 12:01 a.m. Amazon — Innocent curiosity turns into full-blown obsession when a young Montreal couple spy on their eccentric neighbors across the street

“Come From Away” 12:01 a.m. Apple TV+ — Thousands are stranded in the small town of Gander, Newfoundland, after all flights into the U.S. are grounded on Sept. 11, 2001. Passengers and locals process what happened while finding hope in unlikely and lasting bonds.

“Lularich” 12:01 a.m. Amazon (new series) — The directors, who created the buzzy documentary “Fyre Fraud,” take viewers on a deep-dive into the ups and downs of the notorious multilevel-marketing company LuLaRoe, which is known for their over-the-top leggings.

“Pretty Hard Cases” 12:01 a.m. imDB TV (new series) — The buddy-cop series follows two radically different female detectives in their early 40s.

“Ted Lasso” 12:01 a.m. Apple TV+ — As of this writing, I have no info on what this episode is about.

“Malignant” 3:01 a.m. HBO Max — A horror-thriller that follows a character named Madison who is paralyzed by shocking visions of grisly murders.

“Lucifer” 3:01 a.m. Netflix (series finale) — Lucifer is taking his time to assume his place as God.

“Metal Shop Masters” 3:01 a.m. Netflix (new series) — On this competition show, a group of metal artists torch, cut and weld epic, badass creations from hardened steel.

“Kate” 3:01 a.m. Netflix — After she’s irreversibly poisoned, a ruthless criminal operative has less than 24 hours to exact revenge on her enemies and in the process forms an unexpected bond with the daughter of one of her past victims.

“Prey” 3:01 a.m. Netflix — A hiking trip into the wild turns into a desperate bid for survival for five friends on the run from a mysterious shooter.

“Kacey Musgraves: Star-Crossed” 3:01 a.m. Paramount+ — A concert film to promote the new album.

“The Race Against Time: The CIA and 9/11″ 9 p.m. CBS — This two-hour documentary traces the agency’s greatest failure — failing to stop the 9/11 attacks — and what may be its greatest success, tracking down Osama bin Laden. The special features first-person accounts from top CIA officials and operatives.

“Rise and Fall :The World Trade Center” 9 p.m. History — Chronicles the conception, construction and destruction of the World Trade Center towers.

“Dynasty” 9 p.m. the CW — Blake continues on his quest for the Senate and turns to someone very unexpected for help.


“9/11: Inside the President’s War Room” 12:01 a.m. Saturday Apple TV+ — Narrated by Jeff Daniels, the doc recounts the 12 hours after the strike from the perspective of the 43rd president’s inner circle, including then-President George W. Bush himself.

“9/11: Four Flights” 8 p.m. Saturday History — Recounts the celebrated and the little-known stories of the passengers, crew, family members, military officers, and air traffic controllers who experienced the day.

“Chesapeake Shores” 8 p.m. Sunday Hallmark — Connor becomes entangled in Mick’s authorized troubles.

“2021 MTV Video Music Awards” 8 p.m. Sunday MTV — Doja Cat hosts.

“Billions” 9 p.m. Sunday Showtime — As Prince spirals in the wake of a scandal, Axe looks to take his attack to the next level, putting Taylor’s business in the crossfire.

“Animal Kingdom” 9 p.m. Sunday TNT — Desperate for cash, and with pressure mounting, the Codys discover what they thought was a solution to their problems may be the biggest threat of them all.

“The Walking Dead” 9 p.m. AMC —Daryl and Dog get captured by the Reapers. They are then taken to the Meridian and reconnect with a familiar figure from their past.

“Scenes from a Marriage” 9 p.m. Sunday HBO (new series) — An adaptation of Ingmar Bergman’s 1973 Swedish TV miniseries about a marriage falling apart. Jessica Chastain and Oscar Isaac star.

“The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City” 9 p.m. Sunday Bravo (second season debut) — Returning for season two are Housewives Lisa Barlow, Mary Cosby, Heather Gay, Meredith Marks, Whitney Rose and Jen Shah. The ladies are joined by new housewife Jennie Nguyen.

“Heels” 9 p.m. Sunday Starz — When the South Georgia State Fair shows interest in featuring the DWL at this year’s fair, it’s on Jack to close the deal with an electric night of matches. But chaos reigns as Bill, Ace, and Crystal each have their own ideas, none of which are in Jack’s script.

“American Rust” 10 p.m. Sunday Showtime (new series) — A police chief (Jeff Daniels) in a southwest Pennsylvania town is forced to decide what he’s willing to do to protect the son of the woman he loves after he’s accused of murder.