Chuck Barney’s TV picks for Sept. 13-19
DON’T MISS: “Dancing With the Stars” — After 28 sequin-studded and spray-tanned seasons, the popular ballroom competition is getting a makeover. So extend a warm welcome to new host Tyra Banks and rookie judge Derek Hough. Of course, the cast is filled with fresh faces, as well. They include animal activist Carole Baskin, who gained fame in the wild and crazy documentary series “Tiger King,” and Kaitlyn Bristowe, best known for being a leading lady on “The Bachelorette.” Other notables are Backstreet Boys singer AJ McLean, rapper Nelly, actress Anne Heche and former Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir. (8 p.m. Monday, ABC).
SUNDAY: In “Lucy Worsley’s Royal Palace Secrets,” the eccentric historian and chief curator of England’s historic royal palaces invites viewers on a private tour of three magnificent landmarks: Hampton Court Palace, the Tower of London and Kensington Palace. Going beyond the velvet ropes, she points out how each site shaped a monarchy and a nation. (7:30 p.m., PBS; Check local listings).
MONDAY: Directed by Luca Guadagnino (“Call Me by Your Name”), “We Are Who We Are” is a coming-of-age drama series set on a U.S. military base in the sleepy seaside town of Chioggia, Italy. It follows two teens (Jack Dylan Grazer, Jordan Kristine Seamón) as they develop an offbeat friendship and explore their true identities. (10 p.m., HBO).
TUESDAY: Donald Trump is scheduled to participate in “The Presidential Town Hall: Your Voice, Your Vote, Your Questions.” Hosted by George Stephanopoulos from Philadelphia, the event is geared toward undecided voters who have questions — in person and virtually — for the Republican candidate. (6 p.m. PT; 9 p.m. ET, ABC).
TUESDAY: In the latest season of “Windy City Rehab,” renovation expert Alison Victoria continues to transform historic fixer-uppers in Chicago. But she also deals with plenty of setbacks, including a strained business relationship, permit delays and stop work orders. (9 p.m., HGTV).
WEDNESDAY: Keith Urban hosts the “55th Academy of Country Music Awards.” Airing from three iconic venues in Nashville — the Grand Ole Opry, Ryman Auditorium, and Bluebird Cafe — the telecast will feature performances by Kelsea Ballerini, Gabby Barrett, Kane Brown, Eric Church, Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris, Tim McGraw and many more. (8 p.m., CBS).
WEDNESDAY: “Challenger: The Final Flight” is a four-part documentary series that examines the ill-fated 1986 space shuttle mission. Engineers, officials and the crew members’ families provide their perspective on the disaster and its aftermath. (Netflix).
THURSDAY: Crave another intense airplane mystery while you’re waiting for “Manifest” to return? In the limited series “Departure,” a passenger aircraft mysteriously vanishes over the Atlantic Ocean. Archie Panjabi and Christopher Plummer play investigators trying to determine what happened. (Peacock).
FRIDAY: Prolific producer Ryan Murphy (“American Horror Story”) wants to freak you out again. His latest miniseries, “Ratched,” tells the eerie, unnerving origin story of Mildred Ratched, the cold-hearted nurse from “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.” Sarah Paulson shines in the title role. (Netflix).
FRIDAY: “Pen15,” one of 2019’s funniest new comedies, makes a very welcome return. Adult actresses Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle convincingly play middle-school nerds, circa 2000, in a show that elevates “cringeworthy” to new heights. (Hulu).
SATURDAY: Released in theaters earlier this year, “The Invisible Man” makes its TV debut. Emmy-winner Elisabeth Moss delivers a gripping performance as a domestic abuse survivor who is convinced that her abusive ex-boyfriend is stealthily stalking her, even after his apparent death. (8 p.m., HBO).
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