The reality genre will serve up finales and premieres. The six final acts perform on "America's Got Talent" at 9 p.m. Tuesday on NBC. The winner is named in the two-hour season finale at 9 p.m. Wednesday. Orlando singer Fernando Varela could claim the grand prize as a member of the opera trio Forte.
The new "Survivor" is called "Blood vs. Water," which means that show alumni return with loved ones in a twist on the familiar game. Two Central Florida players from last year's "Survivor: One World" are back: Monica Culpepper, 42, grew up in Longwood, and Kat Edorsson, 23, lives in Orlando. Lake Mary High grad Culpepper is bringing along her husband, Brad, 44. an attorney and retired NFL player. They live in Tampa. Edorsson will compete with boyfriend Hayden Moss, who "Big Brother" in 2010.
"Big Brother" has reduced its field to three: unsinkable Spencer, teary Andy and tough-talking GinaMarie. Spencer should win for escaping being put up for eviction seven times. But another issue could be more dramatic than revealing the winner: How much will host Julie Chen explore the racist and homophobic comments made by a few players?
"Dancing With the Stars" begins its 17th season at 8 p.m. Monday. The dance contest remains ABC's most-watched show, but the network is reducing the series to one night a week. Emmy-winner Valerie Harper, who has been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, is competing.
The male stars are comedian Bill Engvall, reality star Jack Osbourne, "Science Guy" Bill Nye, Corbin Bleu of "High School Musical," former NFL star Keyshawn Johnson and Brant Daugherty of "Pretty Little Liars." The other women are "King of Queens" star Leah Remini, Amber Riley of "Glee," Snooki of "Jersey Shore," actress Christina Milian and "Saved by the Bell" alum Elizabeth Berkley.
"Under the Dome," the hit series based on King's thriller, wraps up its first season at 10 p.m. Monday on CBS. The network says in a preview that "secrets of the dome are revealed, Barbie's life hangs in the balance and the monarch is revealed." "Dome" has been the most-watched series this summer.
This week, the new fall series start arriving. The audacious “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” produces guffaws. The police comedy, debuting at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday on Fox, supplies hilarious arrests, daffy questioning and nutty camaraderie.
Best of all, there’s the odd-couple pairing of no-nonsense Andre Braugher and wisenheimer Andy Samberg. When Capt. Ray Holt (Braugher) takes over Brooklyn’s 99th precinct, he clashes with Detective Jake Peralta (Samberg), a brilliant goof. It’s the beginning of a beautiful friendship for viewers -- especially viewers who remember "Barney Miller."
Clever writing, giddy slapstick and a first-rate ensemble contribute to the bodacious fun. You’ll be able to spot “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” in this fall’s comedy lineup. It’s one of the best for not rounding up the usual suspects.
Also arriving this week: The supernatural “Sleepy Hollow” sends Revolutionary War soldier Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison) into contemporary times. In the pilot, at 9 p.m. Monday on Fox, Mison has a pleasing, offbeat quality, and the terror starts promisingly. But "Sleepy Hollow" loses its head by bringing in the Apocalypse.
If you want classic bloody storytelling, PBS is happy to oblige with "The Hollow Crown," which starts at 9 p.m. Friday on "Great Performances." The four-part series delivers adaptations of Shakespeare's "Richard II," "Henry IV, Parts I and II" and "Henry V." The stellar cast includes Jeremy Irons, Patrick Stewart, Michelle Dockery ("Downton Abbey"), Tom Hiddleston and Ben Whishaw.
From Andy Samberg to Jeremy Irons to "Survivor," variety is the name of the game.