What to Watch Today

ABC Comedies Return, CMT Awards, Letterman and More

The Goldbergs Airplane! Parody

On TV this Wednesday: The Conners and the Johnsons return to a COVID world, The Goldbergs parodies the cult classic Airplane!, and David Letterman interviews Dave Chappelle. Here are 10 programs to keep on your radar; all times are Eastern.

  • Netflix
    My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman

    Season 3 premiere (all four episodes): Interviewees include Kim Kardashian West, Robert Downey Jr., Dave Chappelle and Lizzo. (Watch trailer.)

  • Netflix
    Rebecca

    In the film adaptation, a newlywed (Downton Abbey‘s Lily James) moves into her husband’s estate, where she must reckon with a sinister housekeeper and the shadow of his late wife; Armie Hammer (Call Me by Your Name) and Ann Dowd (The Handmaid’s Tale) co-star.

  • Fox
    MLB World Series

    The Tampa Bay Rays face the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 2 of the Fall Classic.

  • CMT, MTV, MTV2, Logo, Paramount Network, Pop TV, TV Land
    CMT Music Awards

    Ashley McBryde, Caylee Hammack, Dan + Shay, Gabby Barrett, HARDY, Ingrid Andress, Jimmie Allen + Noah Cyrus, Kelsea Ballerini + Halsey, Kane Brown, Little Big Town, Luke Bryan, Luke Combs + Brooks & Dunn, Maren Morris, Mickey Guyton, Morgan Wallen (yes, that Morgan Wallen), Riley Green, Sam Hunt, Shania Twain and Travis Denning perform; McBryde, Brown and Sarah Hyland host.

  • ABC
    The Goldbergs

    Season 8 premiere (two episodes): First up, the 1980-something comedy pays homage to Airplane! Then at 8:30 pm, high school senior Adam grapples with his new “cool kid” status. (Recast alert!)

  • NBC
    The Wall

    New night and time! A patient service coordinator and her husband, a deputy sheriff, take on… The Wall.

  • HBO
    537 Votes

    From Succession EP Adam McKay comes this documentary about the contested outcome of the 2000 presidential election.

  • NBC
    American Ninja Warrior

    New night and time! Jessie Graff, Najee Richardson, Joe Moravsky and Meagan Martin face up to 10 obstacles as the semifinals wind down.

  • ABC
    The Conners

    Season 3 premiere: Dan faces potential eviction as the pandemic rages on; Becky and Darlene get jobs at Wellman Plastics. (Watch promo; get scoop.)

  • ABC
    black-ish

    Season 7 premiere: First responder Bow discovers that someone is breaking quarantine lockdown rules. (Another spinoff on the way?)

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