Bill Harris’ TV must-sees for the week of Sept. 8
1 The X Factor
Third-season debut: Simon Cowell and Demi Lovato are back as judges, but Britney Spears and L.A. Reid are out, replaced by Kelly Rowland and Paulina Rubio. Will this show ever work?
When: Wednesday on Fox and CTV Two
2 Sons of Anarchy
Season-six debut: Having taken extreme measures with regard to Clay (Ron Perlman), the leadership of Jax (Charlie Hunnam) is uncontested. I’ll bet you a Harley it doesn’t last.
When: Tuesday on Super Channel
3 Breaking Bad
Only four episodes to go. This one is titled To’hajiilee, which is a Navajo reservation in New Mexico. Creator Vince Gilligan has hinted that this will be a big episode for quirky Lydia (Laura Fraser).
When: Sunday on AMC
First-season finale: April (Rochelle Aytes) makes a decision about the men in her life – it’s about time – while Elizabeth (Penelope Ann Miller) and Karen (Yunjin Kim) have a showdown.
When: Monday on ABC, CTV
5 The Million Second Quiz
Debut: Hosted by Ryan Seacrest, this is a live competition with contestants partaking in head-to-head trivia matches. Airs 10 times over 11 nights. That’s a lot.
When: Monday on NBC, City
Debut: Having already aired on TV in Britain, this stars Ricky Gervais as a naïve and intelligence-challenged worker in a home for the elderly. A second season has been ordered in the U.K.
When: Thursday on Netflix
7 So You Think You Can Dance
Tenth-season finale: A new champion is awarded the Golden Boot (not really) in front of judges Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy, as well as host Cat Deeley.
When: Tuesday on Fox, CTV
Fourth-season finale: A new king of cooking is crowned before hard-to-please judges Gordon Ramsay, Joe Bastianich and Graham Elliot. First prize is getting away from those guys.
When: Wednesday on Fox, CTV
First-season finale: The high-strung housemates – played by Daniel Sunjata, Aaron Tveit, Vanessa Ferlito, Brandon Jay McLaren, Manny Montana and Serinda Swan – unite to save one of their own.
When: Thursday on Bravo
10 The Newsroom
Election-night coverage moves forward, while Sloan (Olivia Munn) is upset that her book was auctioned with a forged signature. Hey, glass half full, it could have been a forged cheque.
When: Sunday on HBO Canada