One of television's true milestones and airing today in a marathon, the 1977 miniseries based on Alex Haley's novel about his ancestors remains one of the most honored projects in the medium's history. It follows the journey of Kunta Kinte (LeVar Burton), a slave whose rebellious spirit prompts his several tries at escape. The superb cast also includes Ben Vereen, Georg Stanford Brown, Leslie Uggams, Edward Asner and Robert Reed.
The Chase for the Sprint Cup moves onto Week 2 today at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, where the likes of Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski will do battle in the Sylvania 300. Chase competitors Keselowski, Matt Kenseth and Denny Hamlin are all dangerous on the 1.058-mile oval, each owning a win plus multiple top-fives and top-10s over the past three years. Kenseth is this race's defending champ, while Keselowski won here in July.
The season finale, a new episode called "Food Fest Showdown," tests how well mentors Rachael Ray and Guy Fieri have taught their charges this season, as the contestants host a Food Festival where they perform a live demo of their signature dish for the hungry crowd. At the conclusion, chef Curtis Stone will crown the winner, with input from guest judges Brian Malarkey ("Top Chef") and actress-singer Haylie Duff.
Shenae Grimes-Beech ("90210") stars in this 2014 thriller as Megan Harris, a young woman haunted by nightly dreams of a college hazing ritual that goes horribly wrong. Her shrink (Keegan Allen, "Pretty Little Liars") tries to help her crack why there are several gaping holes in her dream "memory," but a college reunion only serves to rip the emotional scabs off old wounds and send her into a steep downward spiral.
One of Agatha Christie's signature characters is back -- again played by Julia McKenzie ("Cranford") -- in "Miss Marple, Season 7: A Caribbean Mystery," the first of three newly produced puzzlers about the sly spinster sleuth. Miss Jane Marple has many people to investigate during a stay at a posh island resort where another guest suddenly dies. The tale has been filmed before, in versions starring Helen Hayes and Joan Hickson.
"There's No Place Like Home" concluded a two-part episode as well as the fantasy-drama series' third season. Trying to get back to Storybrooke proves quite complicated for Emma and Hook (Jennifer Morrison, Colin O'Donoghue) since in doing so, they have to be careful not to do anything that alters history. If they do, it'll drastically affect this saga's two worlds and the inhabitants of both. Ginnifer Goodwin and Josh Dallas, now real-life spouses, also star.
He doesn't appear in the show -- at least not yet -- but Morgan Freeman is an executive producer of this new political drama, giving a sense of its gravitas. The series "Pilot" introduces Tea Leoni as America's new secretary of state, an ex-CIA analyst hurriedly thrust onto the stage of international diplomacy after taking the job at the behest of the president (Keith Carradine). Tim Daly, Bebe Neuwirth and Geoffrey Arend ("Body of Proof") also are in the cast.
The title of this new episode -- "The Fall of the House of Beauchamp" -- doesn't seem to augur well for the main characters as Joanna (Julia Ormond), devastated by Tarkoff's (James Marsters) treachery, resorts to desperate measures. Elsewhere, Dash's (Eric Winter) dark secrets start to come out, while Wendy (Madchen Amick) and Joanna try to reconnect with their father. Rachel Boston and Jenna Dewan Tatum also star.
In the new episode "Shrimpin' Ain't Easy," Tyler challenges the three remaining teams to "cook locally" as they roll into Mobile, Ala. After enduring some frigid temperatures, one team walks away from a local wholesaler with nearly 100 pounds of free shrimp. After the teams add a brunch dish to their menu, local chef Pete Bloeme helps Tyler decide which two teams will move on to the grand finale.
Arcadia is at critical mass with returnees, forcing Bellamy (Omar Epps) to ask for outside help. When Sheriff Fred (Matt Craven) tries to implement his own agenda, a siege ensues -- ultimately involving armed guards -- in the drama's first-season finale, "Torn Apart." Frances Fisher, Devin Kelley, Samaire Armstrong, Mark Hildreth, Sam Hazeldine and Kurtwood Smith also star.
In the new episode "What Jesus Said," Chalky (Michael Kenneth Williams) changes course after taking stock of his latest partnership, while Nucky (Steve Buscemi) plays host to a prospective major partner from Boston. Luciano and Siegel (Vincent Piazza, Michael Zegen) encounter some unexpected resistance during a meeting with Narcisse (Jeffrey Wright) in Harlem. Kelly Macdonald also stars.
How did Alicia (recent Emmy winner Julianna Margulies) answer when Eli (Alan Cumming) ended the previous season by asking her to run for the office of State's Attorney? That becomes clear early in the drama's sixth-year premiere, "The Line." As usual, Alicia has other concerns, since a problem from within threatens to tear apart her current law firm just as Diane (Christine Baranski) is thinking of joining it. Michael J. Fox returns as Louis Canning.
Any show with Alton Brown is bound to get pretty zany every now and ... OK, most of the time, but the new episode entitled (seriously) "Crabs of Steel" finds one chef forced to work on a traditional Japanese tea table, while another must make a crab cake while holding a toy crab claw in one hand. As if that isn't enough insanity, a chef also has to work from a hammock. Jet Tila is guest judge.
Any viewers of this show knows the two women never have been friends, but Emily and Victoria (Emily VanCamp, Madeleine Stowe) are determined to destroy each other -- even if the consequences are deadly -- in the Season 3 finale, "Execution." Without revealing any spoilers, we can confirm that things get pretty physical for a number of characters before the hour is over. Henry Czerny and Josh Bowman also star.
In the new episode "The Third Rail," Setrakian (David Bradley) leads Eph, Fet and Nora (Corey Stoll, Kevin Durand, Mia Maestro) on a potentially deadly quest to find the lair of the Master (Robin Atkin Downes). Meanwhile, Zack (Ben Hyland) risks his safety for Mariela's (Anne Betancourt) sake after he is left behind at the pawnshop with her.
When the Ice Lake Rebels say they're moving, they're not kidding. Allyce and Stephan are forced to hoist up their home to dislodge some ice that is pushing them toward shore, and Pike Mike also wants Stephan's help in relocating his own home to a quieter part of the lake. Later, Randy gets his cabin-sized raft stuck on a sheet of ice in the river in this new episode called "The Big Move."