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TV This Weekend

Scenes From a Marriage, Lucifer, and The 2021 MTV VMAs Lead a Busy Weekend

ALSO: The Real Housewives of SLC, TV commemorates the 20th anniversary of 9/11, and more.
  • Photos: HBO, Netflix and RCA Records.
    Photos: HBO, Netflix and RCA Records.

    It's been a helluva ride, but six seasons, 93 episodes and two networks later, Lucifer comes to an end this weekend as Netflix drops the show's final ten episodes.

    Also: HBO takes the wraps off its next Sunday night prestige drama, The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City return for a what promises to be a tumultuous second season, MTV stages the 2021 Video Music Awards at the Barclays Centers in Brooklyn, and television looks back at the lives lost and how the world changed on September 11th 2001. Here's what's new and noteworthy on TV this weekend:


    Lucifer: Complete sixth season. After succeeding his father as the next God, Lucifer (Tom Ellis) struggles with the weight of his new position in the final season of the FOX-turned-Netflix drama. Watch trailer. Streaming on Netflix

    Come From Away: Original film. Apple brings the Tony-winning musical to the small screen in a performance staged earlier this year for an audience of 9/11 survivors and frontline workers. The drama tells the story of 7,000 people who are welcomed into a small Newfoundland town after their flights are grounded on September 11, 2001. Watch trailer. Streaming on Apple TV+

    LuLaRich: Complete docuseries. The team behind Fyre Fraud takes viewers inside the notorious multi-level marketing company LuLaRoe, whose over-the-top leggings made it a household name in the mid-2010s. Read our review. Streaming on Amazon Prime Video

    Kate: Original movie. A ruthless assassin (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) has less than 24 hours to exact revenge on her enemies after being poisoned, but unexpectedly bonds with the daughter of one of her victims in the process. Woody Harrelson, Michiel Huisman, Miku Martineau, and Jun Kunimura also star. Watch trailer. Streaming on Netflix

    Malignant: Original film. James Wan (Saw, Insidious) directs this new horror flick about a woman (Annabelle Wallis) paralyzed by shocking visions of grisly murders that she soon learns are terrifying realities. Premieres day and date in theaters and on HBO Max. Watch trailer. Streaming on HBO Max

    9/11: The Legacy: Special presentation. History’s one-hour documentary shares stories of resilience and healing from children impacted on 9/11. 7:00 PM ET on History Channel

    Rise and Fall: The World Trade Center: Special presentation. Expert architects and engineers recount the story behind the construction of the Twin Towers, then the tallest buildings in the world, and the harrowing consequences of their fall. 8:00 PM ET on History Channel

    The Race Against Time: The CIA and 9/11: Special presentation. CBS turns its lens on the CIA and its inability to prevent the September 11 attacks in a two-hour primetime special. 8:00 PM ET on CBS

    Return of the Taliban: A Vice Special Report: Special presentation. Vice examines the recent pullout from Afghanistan and the rapid ascent of the Taliban in a special that features exclusive footage and interviews from the war-torn country. 8:00 PM ET on Showtime

    Detainee 001: Original documentary. Emmy-winning director Greg Barker explores what led John Walker Lindh, a radical mujahideen fighter who became known as “the American Taliban,” to aid the terrorist organization and the frenzy surrounding his capture. Watch trailer. 9:00 PM ET on Showtime

    Pretty Hard Cases: Complete first season. Overachiever Samantha Wazowski (Meredith MacNeill) and tough, unapologetic detective Kelly Duff (Adrienne C. Moore) put aside their differences to take down a Toronto street gang dealing drugs and wreaking havoc on the community. Watch trailer. Streaming on IMDb TV

    The Smurfs: Series premiere. For the first time in nearly 40 years, Papa Smurf, Smurfette, and the rest of the gang are back on TV in Nickelodeon’s animated reboot series. In the premiere, Smurfette rescues Brainy from a giant snake, and the other Smurfs ask her to teach them Smurf-Fu. Watch trailer. 7:30 PM ET on Nickelodeon

    Ilana Glazer Presents Comedy on Earth: NYC 2020-2021: Special presentation. Broad City alum Ilana Glazer celebrates the return of comedy to New York City in an hour-long special featuring stand-up from Glazer, Petey DeAbreu, Alison Leiby, Larry Owens, among others. Watch preview. 11:00 PM ET on Comedy Central


    9/11: Four Flights: Special presentation. History’s documentary marathon continues with a tribute to the people aboard the four hijacked jets on September 11. 8:00 PM ET on History Channel

    9/11: I Was There: Special presentation. Previously unreleased video and audio of the September 11 attacks is presented without interviews or commentary in a two-hour documentary that provides a unique perspective on the day’s events. 10:00 PM ET on History Channel

    NYC Epicenters: 9/11 → 2021: Docuseries finale. Spike Lee concludes his HBO docuseries with a final episode that looks to New York City’s future. 10:00 PM ET on HBO

    College Football: The 2021 season continues with a host of Week 2 matchups:

    • Oregon at Ohio State 12:00 PM ET/9:00 AM ET on FOX
    • Pittsburgh at Tennessee 12:00 PM ET/9:00 AM ET on ESPN
    • Florida at South Florida 1:00 PM ET/10:00 AM ET on ABC
    • Texas A&M vs. Colorado (in Denver, CO) 3:30 PM ET/12:30 PM PT on FOX
    • Air Force at Navy 3:30 PM ET/12:30 PM PT on CBS
    • Iowa at Iowa State 4:30 PM ET/1:30 PM PT on ABC
    • Texas at Arkansas 7:00 PM ET/4:00 PM PT on ESPN
    • Washington at Michigan 8:00 PM ET/5:00 PM PT on ABC

    Roadhouse Romance: TV movie. Hallmark Channel’s annual “Fall Harvest” event kicks off with this drama about a country music fan (singer Lauren Alaina) who falls for a TV director (Tyler Hynes), causing her to question her commitment to continuing her late grandfather’s legacy. Watch trailer. 9:00 PM ET on Hallmark Channel


    2021 MTV Video Music Awards: Special presentation. Airing live from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, the MTV VMAs are set to feature performances from music’s biggest stars, including Shawn Mendes, Foo Fighters, Olivia Rodrigo, and Justin Bieber. Doja Cat hosts. 8:00 PM ET on MTV (simulcast on The CW)

    Scenes From a Marriage: Limited series premiere. Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain star in HBO’s adaptation of Ingmar Bergman’s 1973 Swedish classic about a couple attempting to salvage a relationship devoid of passion. Read our review. 9:00 PM ET on HBO

    60 Minutes: Season premiere. The Simpsons has nothing on the long-running CBS news program, which is set to begin its 54th season. 7:30 PM ET on CBS

    Major League Baseball: The second Subway Series of the year concludes as the New York Yankees and the New York Mets face off in a special edition of Sunday Night Baseball. 8:00 PM ET/5:00 PM PT on ESPN

    Gossip: Docuseries finale. The Showtime series brings Cindy Adams’ tale of tabloid gossip into the present day in its fourth and final episode. 8:00 PM ET on Showtime

    Sunday Night Football: The Chicago Bears travel west to take on the Los Angeles Rams in the first SNF game of the 2021 season. 8:20 PM ET/5:20 PM PT on NBC

    The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City: Season premiere. The housewives attempt to move on after their dramatic Season 1 reunion, but Jen Shah’s erratic behavior (and looming arrest) continue to create drama within the group. Also: new housewife Jennie Nguyen joins the group. Read our review. 9:00 PM ET on Bravo

    Psycho Intern: TV movie. After having a one-night stand with her young male intern, a project manager gets nervous when he begins stalking her day and night. 8:00 PM ET on Lifetime

    Big Brother: A new episode of Season 23 airs at a special time. 8:30 PM ET on CBS

    American Rust: Limited series premiere. A compromised police chief (Jeff Daniels) must decide how far he’s willing to go when the son of the woman he loves (Maura Tierney) is accused of murder in this Showtime drama. Watch trailer. 10:00 PM ET on Showtime

    Claire Spellberg Lustig is the Senior Editor at Primetimer and a scholar of The View. Follow her on Twitter at @c_spellberg.

    TOPICS: Scenes From a Marriage, Lucifer, MTV Video Music Awards, NYC Epicenters 9/11→ 2021½, Spike Lee, 9/11