What makes live television so exciting? Whether it's sporting events and awards shows where we root for our favorites, or live performances of scripted shows, where we're intrigued by the possibility that an actor might flub his lines, or a boom mic could swing into the shot, the bottom line is we're looking for something unpredictable to happen.
So what does it say when we watch something called Highwire Live in Times Square, in which daredevil Nik Wallenda will attempt to walk a wire suspended 25 stories above Times Square? In this case, we're flirting with the dark side of human nature. We aren't wishing for disaster, but it's always a possibility, and in the case of the Wallenda family, it's happened before. Honestly, how many tuning in tonight won't be secretly thrilling to the idea that he might just... wobble... if only for a moment?
SPECIAL PRESENTATION: Nik Wallenda will attempt to walk a wire 1,300 feet long and 25 stories high in Highwire Live in Times Square. Wallenda will be joined on the wire by his sister, Lijana, in her first walk since a catastrophic fall in 2017. 8:00 PM ET on ABC
SEASON FINALE: In the closing episode of The Spanish Princess, the Tudor family is struck by tragedy at a time when misfortune among the royals could put the political fates of England at risk. The first season of this series about a young Catherine of Aragon has been everything we want in a royal drama. 8:00 PM ET on Starz
SPECIAL PRESENTATION: Regina Hall (Support the Girls) hosts the 2019 BET Awards, honoring the best in black achievement in music, acting, sports, and entertainment. Nominees include Cardi B, Childish Gambino, Tiffany Haddish, Regina King, Denzel Washington, Serena Williams, and Tiger Woods. 8:00 PM ET on BET
SEASON PREMIERE: As you may have noticed around these parts, it's Emmy season, which means it's time for one of our fondest traditions, the Close Up with the Hollywood Reporter roundtables. The series begins with the comedy actresses this week, including: Regina Hall, Natasha Lyonne, Maya Rudolph, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, and Constance Wu. 10:00 AM ET on SundanceTV
Joe Reid is the Managing Editor at Primetimer and co-host of the This Had Oscar Buzz podcast. His work has appeared in Decider, NPR, HuffPost, The Atlantic, Slate, Polygon, Vanity Fair, The Herald Sun, Vulture, The A.V. Club and more.