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(Canadian TV Listings) Sept. 14-20: A new executioner, Neil Patrick Harris as ringleader and Andy Samberg as Emmy host

The Watchers Sept. 14-20: A new executioner, Neil Patrick Harris as ringleader and Andy Samberg as Emmy hostIn this image released by NBC shows Nathaniel Motulsky as Little NPH, left, and Neil Patrick Harris during a promotion for "Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris," premiering Sept. 15 on NBC. (Chris Haston/NBC via AP) | Photograph by: Chris Haston , Montreal Gazette

The Primetime Emmys, on Sunday, are the last stop before the freight train of new and returning series bears down. Get some sleep, but first, check out these program suggestions.

Monday, Sept. 14

American Experience: Walt Disney (WCFE, 9-11 p.m., first of two nights, same time Tuesday)

I’m putting on my old-woman shawl here, so get ready. Disney is not just a studio that created both the film Inside Out and the Lip Smacker Disney Princess Treasure Chest assortment of lip balms, laudable as those two pop-culture artifacts may be. The brand was once a man, Walt Disney (1901-1966), a struggling artist who altered the course of world film and television. Sure, he was no saint, but I’m still a little possessive. I was raised on Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color, weekly TV anthology of Disney segments sometimes hosted by Walt himself that ran from 1954 to 1992. That and Mickey Mouse and Snow White and later Toy Story and more. That’s a few generations worth of dreams. You think about that when you’re putting on your Snow White Lip Smacker.

Tuesday, Sept. 15

Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris (CTV and NBC, 10 p.m.)

It’s not just a variety show, it’s a live variety show that will run for eight weeks. Will it be as madcap and sincerely surprising as NPH’s gala here in July at the Just for Laughs comedy festival? I hope the guy swallowing the curved swords has recovered, because I’d love to see that again. If you’re a well-travelled TV citizen, you should know this is modelled on the U.K. series Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway, a sketch comedy and variety show heading into its 13th season on ITV.

Now some good news and bad news. After having been cancelled by Fox, The Mindy Project lives on, with Season 4 debuting on U.S.-only Hulu TV streaming service. Up here in Canada, City will air the new season, but not until later this fall, date tba.

The Bastard Executioner (FX, 10 p.m.)

Hey, watch it with the name-calling! Somebody’s got to do the dirty work of the conniving, violent maniacs driving the action in this 14th-century drama from Kurt Sutter (Sons of Anarchy). You’ve already intuited from the subtle title that there will be blood. There are also excellent veteran stars – Katey Sagal (The Shield, Sons of Anarchy) as a healer and Stephen Moyer (True Blood) as a “devious chamberlain” – and a lesser-known star, the brawny Lee Jones, in the lead role who is getting good reviews.

Wednesday, Sept 16

Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee: Single Shots (Crackle, 11:30 p.m.)

There’s a new two-minute-or-so short every Wednesday night from this offshoot of Jerry Seinfeld’s web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. If you want to know if Louis CK has ever golfed, check out the latest episodes. If you’d rather take in a half hour of Jerry and Louis sparring in a cool car and some coffee joint, then check out the parent series, also on TV streaming site/app Crackle.

South Park (Much, 10 p.m.)

The foulest fourth-grade students to never (ever) graduate from elementary school are back for a 19th season. No episode descriptions, but, seriously, do you need them?

Moonbeam City (Much, 10:30 p.m.)

Better prep the bourbon or stronger if you have it. This 80s-era animated noir, set in a “neon-soaked metropolis,” follows the adventures of square-jawed Detective Dazzle Novak (Rob Lowe), his “sexy, tyrannical Police Chief Pizzaz Miller” (Elizabeth Banks), Officer Chrysalis Tate (Kate Mara) and Novak’s rival, Rad Cunningham (Will Forte). The character names alone are gold.

Thursday, Sept. 17

Jeff Dunham: Unhinged in Hollywood (NBC, 8-9 p.m.)

A ventriloquist’s comedy special might not be to everyone’s taste, but I needed to write something for this day. Also stopping by are Brad Paisley, comic Chris Parnell and UFC fighter Chuck Liddell.

Friday, Sept. 18

Keith Richards: Under the Influence (Netflix, streaming as of midnight)

In this documentary, the Rolling Stones’ legendary guitarist likely smokes and tells tall and maybe even true tales. Although, if you’re a disciple in the Church of Keef, truth is not a requirement.

Saturday, Sept. 19

Empire (Season 1 streaming Shomi)

Lee Daniel’s hip-hop hit soap, starring Emmy-nominated Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard, returns for a second season on Fox on Sept. 23. Refresh your memory with a Season 1 binge before it starts up again.

Sunday, Sept. 20

67th Primetime Emmy Awards (CTV and Fox, 8 p.m.)

Andy Samberg hosts the gala. If the dresses and stupid, stupid banter are what you’re after – but only if you mock it, loudly! – Live from the Red Carpet precedes the awards on E! from 6-8 p.m.

Broadcast times are subject to change.

That’s it for me this week. Got a question? Spot an error? Find me, tell me. And as always, you would do well to check my daily Watchers picks on the Montreal Gazette’s smartphone app in the iTunes and PLAY stores. (It’s the blue one — the app, not the store.)

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