“The Late Show With Stephen Colbert”
Tuesday, Sept. 8 (CBS)
Series Debut: No one’s probably more excited about the long-awaited arrival of new “Late Show” host Stephen Colbert than James Corden, who’s been working “The Late, Late Show” for more than three months without a proper lead-in, just reruns of CBS dramas. Night 1’s guests are no great shakes (reliable charmer George Clooney and GOP snoozer Jeb Bush), but don’t worry: Trump can’t stay away for long.
Tuesday, Sept. 8 (Hulu)
Season Premiere: Hulu’s original content ranges from expectedly average (“Quick Draw,” “Deadbeat,” “The Hotwives”) to surprisingly good (“Difficult People,” the rescued-from-Fox “Mindy Project”); animated superhero comedy “The Awesomes” falls somewhere in the middle. Producer Seth Meyers voices Dr. “Prock” Awesome, the son of retired superhero Mr. Awesome, who reluctantly turned the super-team brand over to his (mostly) power-free kid. Prock’s assembled replacement squad of reject superheroes isn’t exactly The Avengers, hence, comedy. It’s more hit than miss, and who can resist a supervillian team called P.R.I.C.K.S. (“Primates Really Into Crime and Killing Sprees”)?
Wednesday, Sept. 9 (FXX)
Season Premiere: “The League” is ending on Season 7. The series has had a great run, however — hell, it’s survived an NFL near-lockout and a move to FXX, two hits that would have killed a lesser fantasy football comedy (if there were another fantasy football comedy, anyway). “The League” is more about the fine art of trash talk and friendly-occasionally-turning-nasty rivalry than football stats, and the show has ratcheted both up to ridiculous new levels every year. Don’t let the sportsball angle deter you. Catch up on “The League” before the quarterback throws the final homerun hard in the paint.
“You’re the Worst”
Wednesday, Sept. 9 (FXX)
Season Premiere: The most buzzed-about new comedy of 2014 began as a decadent raunch-com about a pair of narcissistic Los Angelinos (Chris Geere and Aya Cash) who fell in love in spite of themselves, and ended on the sweet/sour note of them moving in together. “You’re the Worst,” from casting to writing, was so bitingly perfect that Season 2 seems like an impossible dream. Fortunately, the first couple of episodes show no sign of waning. Unlike Jimmy (Geere) and Gretchen (Cash), who are so terrified of becoming a “boring couple” that they’re partying 24/7 at near-lethal levels. Forget everything else I’ve written: “You’re the Worst” is the only show you need to watch.
Tuesday, Sept. 8 (TLC)
Season Premiere: Six years ago, I declared “Cake Boss” an unwatchable knockoff of foodie-reality classic “Ace of Cakes” and questioned the “Learning” component of The Learning Channel. Now, we all know that TLC stands for Toddlers, Lunatics and Cake (thanks, Natasha Leggero), “Ace of Cakes” is long gone and “Cake Boss” is now entering Season 7(!). At least it’s just as obnoxiously stoopid and overtly scripted as it was in 2009, so let’s hear it for consistency!. CV
Bill Frost writes about television for Salt Lake City Weekly, talks about it on the TV Tan Podcast (Tuesdays on iTunes and Stitcher), and tweets about it at @Bill_Frost.