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What to Watch Tonight: The Debut of The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, the Season Premiere of The Awesomes, and the Season 2 Finale of Playing House

What to watch on Tuesday, September 8...

SEASON 3 PREMIERE, 12:01am Pacific, Hulu
The Awesomes
John Q. Public is ready to embrace the Awesomes as the third season kicks off. But the team faces new hostility in the form of its founder (and Prock’s dad) Mr. Awesome, who’s under the influence of supervillain serum.

8pm, PBS
In Their Own Words
Muhammad Ali is profiled, from his champion boxing career to his political activism to his battle with Parkinson’s disease.

9pm, CBS
Zoo
Jackson Oz is injured in an altercation and rushed to a Zimbabwe hospital that’s been invaded by the animal armies. And here you thought TV had no new medical drama plotlines to offer! Meanwhile in the two-part “Eats, Shoots and Leaves” and “Wild Things,” Mitch and Jamie try to conjure a cure from the Mother Cell and leopard DNA, but first they’ll have to forage for some more Elfroot and get their Potions skill up to at least Level 5.

9pm, Syfy
Face Off
The artists must turn male models into female characters from Shakespeare plays in “All That Glitters.” Popular choices may include Bro-phelia, Dude-liet, and Cleo-frat-ra.

SEASON 2 FINALE, 10pm & 10:30pm, USA
Playing House
Emma organizes the policeman’s ball in “Officer of the Year,” with Maggie and Rabbi Dan pitching in. Then in “Celebrate Me Scones,” Maggie has a couple of surprises in store for Emma, and one of them may involve a rather familiar trucker hat.

SEASON 3 FINALE, 10pm, NBC
Hollywood Game Night
The contestants are Pete Wentz, Niecy Nash, Ming-Na Wen, Kevin Nealon, Cedric the Entertainer, and Mel B, the last of whom will surely be excluded from the group for lacking a prominent “N” sound in her name.

SERIES PREMIERE, 10pm, Showtime
A Season With Notre Dame Football
This behind-the-scenes look at the Fighting Irish football squadron kicks off with a recap of their recent matchup against Texas and a preview of their tilt against Virginia.

10pm, BET
Real Husbands of Hollywood
“Hart Medication Part 2” sends Kevin to court-ordered rehab at a “country club,” where he’s soon joined by Nia Long as she deals with issues of her own.

10pm, TNT
Public Morals
“O’Bannon’s Wake” finds Muldoon and the west side Irish Mob among the attendees. Elsewhere, Patton and his son butt heads over control of Mr. O’s bookmaking business, while a tip about an illegal card game leads Muldoon to the seedy world of Mafia-run Go Fish.

10:30pm, Comedy Central
Drunk History
Griselda Blanco seizes control of Miami’s cocaine trade, Clark Gable enlists in the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II, and Ponce de León crosses swords with Diego Columbus. Josh Hartnett, Maya Rudolph, David Koechner, and Johnny Knoxville are among the performers.

SERIES PREMIERE, 11:35pm, CBS
Late Show With Stephen Colbert
Colbert officially makes his move to network TV as the second host of CBS’s flagship late-night talker, with New Orleans jazz artist Jon Batiste leading the house band. George Clooney and Jeb Bush are among the inaugural guests.
LATE-NITE:
– TBD on The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore, 11:30pm, Comedy Central
– Richard Gere, Jessica Simpson, and Keith Urban on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, 11:35pm, NBC
– Emily Blunt, U.S. Air Force Airman First Class Spencer Stone, and Rita Ora featuring Chris Brown on Jimmy Kimmel Live, 11:35pm, ABC
– Tina Fey, Nick Jonas, and Abe Laboriel, Jr. on Late Night with Seth Meyers, 12:35am, NBC
– Bradley Cooper, Jake McDorman, Andrew Garfield, and Wiz Khalifa featuring Fall Out Boy onThe Late Late Show with James Corden, 12:44am, CBS

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