What to watch on Sunday, October 4...
SEASON 2 PREMIERE, 8pm, CBS
In “The Show Must Go On,” Elizabeth takes the oath of office after the president’s plane vanishes (likely the work of kidnapping ninjas, if history is any guide). Meanwhile, Henry’s new Defense Intelligence Agency handler (Jill Hennessy) tasks him with recruiting a Russian student to come work for Uncle Sam. Morgan Freeman also guest stars and directs.
SERIES PREMIERE, 8pm, PBS
Two rivals (Samantha Bond and Francesca Annis) vie for control of the Women’s Institute in a rural English town in this World Word II-era period drama. The opener finds the community’s survival in doubt as the clouds of war gather over Europe.
Once Upon a Time
Regina lays it all on the line to safeguard Emma in “The Price,” while David and Robin must swash their very best buckles to avoid losing a key asset. In Camelot, King Arthur and Queen Guinevere greet the heroes with a fancy royal gala that ends about as badly as fancy royal galas tend to end on genre TV shows.
A hotshot TV chef challenges Homer to a barbecue showdown in “Cue Detective.” But when Homer’s superlative smoker is swiped, Lisa and Bart vow to bring the culprit to justice. Edward James Olmos, Alton Brown, Bobby Moynihan, and Ben Scwhartz guest star.
The precinct’s new big cheese rains on Jake and Amy’s love parade in “The Funeral.” Elsewhere, Rosa and Gina have concerns about Charles’ fling with another officer (Archie Panjabi), while Terry and Holt put their heads together on a P.R. problem.
SEASON 1 FINALE, 9pm, AMC
Fear the Walking Dead
In “The Good Man,” Travis and Madison struggle to protect their families as the zombie apocalypse really ramps up—and hey, just in time for the end of the season!
SEASON 7 PREMIERE, 9pm, CBS
The Good Wife
Alicia hopes to inject some life into her floundering legal career by representing arrestees in bond court, where she quickly butts heads with a competing attorney. Elsewhere in “Bond,” Peter recruits a national political strategist (Character Actress Margo Martindale) to bolster his bid for the White House.
SEASON 5 PREMIERE, 9pm, Showtime
“Separation Anxiety” finds Carrie attempting to rebuild in the wake of the latest disaster, but she winds up getting dragged back into her sordid old life instead. Medical and TV professionals alike refer to this as “Jack Bauer Syndrome.”
SEASON 2 PREMIERE, 9pm, HBO
A Texas town that suffered no departures is at the center of “Axis Mundi,” where one of the locals is on guard against profiteering con artists. Soon Kevin, Nora, and Jill arrive in town, hoping to set down roots and start a new life.
Blood & Oil
Wick races to cover up his part in the nearly lethal robbery in “The Ripple Effect,” but his accomplice complicates the effort. In other soapy dealings, Hap’s daughter arrives and creates friction with Carla, and Billy signs onto another deal with Hap without consulting Cody.
As Aafrin fights for his life, Ralph confronts the shooter in jail. Meanwhile, Adam vanishes and Sarah raises questions about Alice’s past.
The guys track down Joe’s estranged dad (Ed O’Neill) on Father’s Day, but since the elder Swanson is intolerant of people with disabilities, Peter pretends to be Joe instead. Elsewhere in “Papa Has a Rollin’ Son,” Stewie learns that he’s likely to grow into a shorter-than-average adult.
The Last Man on Earth
Phil and Carol get separated with no means of communication in “The Boo.” See, this is why you always agree on a meeting place beforehand. Makes sense at the mall, makes sense in the broad expanse of post-apocalyptic America.
SEASON 2 FINALE, 10pm, FX
Setrakian and Fet fight for control of the Occido Lumen, aided by an unexpected ally. Meanwhile in “Night Train,” Eph, Nora, and Zack find their escape attempt interrupted by a full-force assault.
SEASON 2 PREMIERE, 10pm, Showtime
Complications muddy Noah and Helen’s hopes of an amicable divorce, because I suppose there wouldn’t be much of a season ahead if they didn’t.
SEASON 2 PREMIERE, 10pm, CBS
“Why-Fi” welcomes Ted Danson to the cast of the last CSI show standing, as the newly transfered D.B. Russell works with Avery and company to investigate a burglary/homicide involving a hacked security system.
MINISERIES PREMIERE, 10pm, PBS
The true story of British nurse/murderer Malcolm Webster is dramatized in this three-part series. In the opener, Malcolm’s wife Claire raises concerns about his profligacy, to which he has a, shall we say, disproportionate response.
In “America,” Alex hopes to find some evidence of her innocence back at her apartment, but first she must outfox Liam and his team. Flashbacks to Quantico training see the NATs searching high and low for national security threats.
The Farrellys reconsider their role in the project after the dust-up between Effie and Pete. Also creating headaches as pre-production winds down: Jason goes to Ben with his misgivings about digital shooting, the location search drags on, and the cast gathers for a table read.
Doll & Em
Although Ewan McGregor proves a disappointment to both Doll and Em, a chance meeting with a writer leaves the latter creatively reinvigorated.
11:30pm, Cartoon Network
Rick and Morty
The whole family gets a chance to bollix things up but good in “The Wedding Squanchers.”