A look at some noteworthy television this week:
The 59th Primetime Emmy Awards (Sunday, 8:00 p.m., WNYW 5) All you have to know is that Ryan Seacrest hosts this years awards. Your decision to view is based on your personal Seacrest tolerance and your need to watch the Yankees vs. Red Sox over on ESPN. Plus you can find out the results on line, so you don’t really have to watch.
Mystery! - The Inspector Lynley Mysteries: One Guilty Deed (Sunday, 9:00 p.m., WNET 13; Tuesday 9:00 p.m. WLIW 21) The second episode of series 6 finds a reinstated Lynley investigating the murder of a witness in Essex. If you aren’t familiar with the series, it is set in present day England, so it isn’t some costume drama mystery.
Star Trek (Sunday, 11:00 p.m., WWOR 9) Last season WNBC had the remastered versions of Star Trek and they buried them at around 3 a.m. on the weekend. WWOR now has them at a more watchable time starting with The Galileo Seven. It still seems a bit odd to find Star Trek on WWOR, since it was a staple on WPIX when we were a kid.
Prison Break (Monday, 8:00 p.m., WNYW 5) The show has taken a convoluted departure into a Panamanian prison where they seem to have to fight to live. It seems more like they are trying to get some of the magic of the first season after running out of ideas.
K-Ville (Monday, 9:00 p.m., WNYW 5) Anthony Anderson and Cole Hauser star in this new cop show set and filmed in post Katrina New Orleans. The big question is: will it be more than the standard cop show just filmed in a somewhat exotic locale?
Live From Lincoln Center (Tuesday, 8:00 p.m., WNET 13) Yo-Yo Ma is the featured performer as the New York Philharmonic begins its 166th season with an all Dvorak concert.
Elvis: Viva Las Vegas (Tuesday, 9:00 p.m., WABC 7) A look at Elvis and his relationship with Las Vegas. There is going to be some archival Elvis performances and something that sounds über scary - contemporary artists covering Elvis songs.
Kid Nation (Wednesday, 8:00 p.m., WCBS 2) The controversial fakeality show where forty kids try to run an abandoned Arizona town debuts. We have a feeling that this was pitched as Lord of the Flies meets Survivor.
America's Next Top Model (Wednesday, 8:00 p.m. WPIX 11) It is hard to believe, but this show starts its 9th series.
Back to You (Wednesday, 8:00 p.m., WNYW 5) On paper the show has some major sitcom talent behind the scenes with James Burrows. Christopher Lloyd, and Steven Levitan along with some bankable talent in front of the camera - Kelsey Grammer and Patricia Heaton. We have some low expectations about the sitcom set in a Pittsburgh television news room with two feuding anchors, so if it is not a train wreck we'll be surprised.
Kitchen Nightmares (Wednesday, 9:00 p.m., WNYW 5) Gordon Ramsay's second Fox show is an Americanized version of his British Channel 4 programme Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares which has aired on BBC America. So we do know what to expect.
Gossip Girl (Wednesday, 9:00 p.m., WPIX 11) It is a new teenage drama with a local twist. Set in an Upper East Side prep school, a mysterious blogger known as "Gossip Girl" keeps tabs on them. It has The O.C. creator Josh Schwartz behind it, but unlike many other teen dramas, this one is based on a book – a series of novels for teenagers by Cecily von Ziegesar. As an added bonus it is filmed entirely on location in New York.
Survivor: China (Thursday, 8:00 p.m., WCBS 2) Our notion of Survivor: China would be surviving a mass demonstration against the repressive government who comes after you with troops and tanks, but alas it is just more of the same fakeality nonsense in a different locale for the fifteenth outing of the show.
Presidential Debate (Thursday, 8:00 p.m., WNET 13) PBS hosts a debate among the Democrat contenders for their party’s nomination to run in next fall’s general election which is a little more than a year away. The theme of this debate is health care and financial security.
New York Goes to War: Innocence Lost (Thursday, 8:00 p.m., WLIW 21; 9:30 p.m., WNET 13) The first in WNET and WLIW's combined local companion pieces to Ken Burns’ new World War II documentary The War (Sunday 23 September, 8:00 p.m., WNET 13) [this episode also follows the first installment next Sunday]. The first episode has the recollections of four New Yorkers memories of the start and first half of World War II on both the homefront and frontlines. The second half airs next week (next Wednesday, 9:00 p.m., WLIW 21; next Thursday, 8:00 p.m., WNET 13).
New York War Stories (Saturday, 7:30 p.m., WLIW 21; 9:00 p.m. WNET 13) The second of WNET and WLIW's companion pieces to The War is the result of the two New York PBS stations collecting videos of remembrances and letters from people in the tri-state area who lived through World War II. The stations also created an on-line companion of materials that didn't make it in the show.