It's a grand week for viewing, with the return of beloved stars and characters. You're also getting event programming on PBS, BBC America and TCM.

Sure to generate nostalgia: The female stars of "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" converge on "Hot in Cleveland" at 10 p.m. Wednesday on TV Land. Valerie Harper, Cloris Leachman and Mary Tyler Moore play former bowling teammates of Elka (Betty White) and Mamie Sue (Georgia Engel). George Hamilton and Jesse Tyler Ferguson ("Modern Family") also guest star.

Harper could make more headlines Wednesday morning, when "Good Morning America" announces the latest cast of "Dancing With the Stars." That contest's new season starts Sept. 16.

Jon Stewart returns to "The Daily Show" at 11 p.m. Tuesday on Comedy Central. Michael C. Hall of "Dexter" will be a guest Thursday. Also Tuesday on Comedy Central, Daniel Tosh returns with a new "Tosh.0" at 10 p.m., "Brickleberry" starts its second season at 10:30 and Stephen Colbert has a fresh installment of "The Colbert Report" at 11:30.

James Franco gets the Comedy Central treatment in a roast at 10 p.m. Monday. Seth Rogen leads the roasting with help from Aziz Ansari, Bill Hader, Jonah Hill, Andy Samberg and Sarah Silverman.

The channel FXX launches Monday. Three FX series are moving over on Wednesday to bolster the newcomer: "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" at 10 p.m., "The League" at 10:30 p.m. and "Totally Biased With W. Kamau Bell" at 11.

"Under the Dome," the summer's biggest hit, is winding down at 10 p.m. Monday on CBS. Only three episodes remain. This week, Big Jim has the town searching for Barbie. CBS has the juiciest reality-show developments: Could overbearing Amanda finally be leaving "Big Brother"? We learn more at 8 p.m. Wednesday, and a double elimination follows at 9 p.m. Thursday.

In event programming, Turner Classic Movies has an epic in "The Story of Film," a 15-week study that airs Mondays through Dec. 9. TCM presents each chapter at 10 p.m. On Mondays and Tuesdays, TCM surrounds each installment with movies reflecting that part of the history. This week those movies include "The Birth of a Nation," "Intolerance" and "The Wind."

BBC America presents an engrossing "Luther" miniseries Tuesday through Friday. Most installments air at 10 p.m.; the one on Wednesday will be a 9 to make room for "Broadchurch." In this third cycle, Detective Chief Inspector John Luther (Idris Elba) faces formidable foes: a copycat serial killer, a relentless vigilante and vengeful colleagues. This miniseries is for mature viewers. The first episode opens with a haunting sequence and ends with a horrifying one. (I will never forget either.) But Elba is in terrifc form as the challenged hero, and Luther finds love in unexpected ways. Mighty unexpected.

 

Last but certainly not least: PBS' high-flying "Earthflight" will make you see birds with new wonder. The six-part series from "Nature" debuts at 8 p.m. Wednesday and continues through Oct. 9. "Earthflight" quickly announces that it is something different by supplying a bird’s-eye view and the feeling of flight.

The project took four years to make, filmed in 40 countries on six continents and employed new technology. The sixth part explains how "Earthflight" pulled off such feats and features a stunning sequence of white storks in Istanbul. 

Part one focuses on North America and uses the migration of snow geese to tie together the hour. The feathery co-stars include bald eagles, brown pelicans, hawks, bats, sandpipers, gray egrets and California gulls. The spectacular backdrops range from the Grand Canyon and Monument Valley to San Francisco and New York City.

The next chapters survey Africa, Europe, South America and Asia/Australia. But the remarkable "Earthflight" takes you where TV has never gone. It's wow TV.