Fire up the DVRs: Broadcast network premiere week begins Sunday, and between the new series and returning favorites, you have more prime-time choices than ever.
60 Minutes. The news magazine begins its 50th anniversary season with Oprah Winfrey’s debut as a special contributor. 7:30 p.m. Sunday, CBS.
Star Trek: Discovery. The second original series for CBS’s streaming channel will get a one-episode airing on the broadcast network before going where no Star Trek TV show has gone before — to a subscription platform. I still haven’t seen more than a trailer, but here’s a chance to sample before buying in. 8:30 p.m. Sunday, CBS and CBS All Access.
Young Sheldon. Jim Parsons narrates this charming, not necessarily laugh-a-minute, prequel to The Big Bang Theory, which brings a Wonder Years vibe to the childhood of Parsons’ Sheldon Cooper, played by Iain Armitage (Big Little Lies). Laurie Metcalf’s actress daughter Zoe Perry, who plays Sheldon’s mother, is eerily good as a younger version of her mother’s Big Bang character, doing her best to help her genius 9-year-old fit in — or at least stay safe — as he enters ninth grade with his older brother. 8:30 p.m. Monday, CBS. Special premiere, returning in regular time slot at 8:30 p.m. Nov. 2.
Me, Myself & I. If you can get past the peculiarity of casting John Larroquette as an older version of a character played by Saturday Night Live’s considerably shorter Bobby Moynihan — a difference the show is working to minimize — this comedy about an inventor at three pivotal stages of his life is worth a look. 9:30 p.m. Monday, CBS.
The Good Doctor. New medical drama from House creator David Shore stars Freddie Highmore (Bates Motel) as a surgical resident with autism and savant syndrome. Richard Schiff (The West Wing) plays the mentor trying to make colleagues focus on the young doctor’s abilities, not his disabilities. 10 p.m. Monday, ABC.
The Brave. Warminster’s Mike Vogel (Under the Dome) stars as the leader of a special-ops squad in the first of the fall’s new military dramas. Anne Heche (Men in Trees) plays the deputy director of the agency overseeing the squad’s international activities. 10 p.m. Monday, NBC.
This Is Us. Last season’s breakout hit returns. For those who haven’t yet seen it, it’s a family story from University of Pennsylvania grad Dan Fogelman (Crazy, Stupid, Love), told over multiple timelines, and starring Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, and Sterling K. Brown (who just won an Emmy for last season’s work). 9 p.m. Tuesday, NBC.
Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders. Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie, The Sopranos) stars as defense attorney Leslie Abramson in an eight-part treatment of the case of Erik and Lyle Menendez, convicted in the 1989 murders of their parents at their Beverly Hills mansion. 10 p.m. Tuesday, NBC.
The Goldbergs. Erica (Hayley Orrantia) heads off to college in the fifth-season premiere of the Jenkintown-centric sitcom, and, in a storyline drawn from creator Adam F. Goldberg’s own life, her mother (Wendi McLendon-Covey) stays over in the dorm. 8 p.m. Wednesday, ABC.
Empire and Star. West Philadelphia’s Lee Daniels takes over Fox’s Wednesdays this fall as the network moves his established hit, Empire, an hour earlier to give his girl-group show the strongest possible lead-in. 8 and 9 p.m., Wednesday, Fox.
Will & Grace. Forget the fast-forward from the 2006 finale: Will (Eric McCormack), Grace (Debra Messing), Jack (Sean Hayes), and Karen (Megan Mullally) are back together, and not just for this season’s 16 episodes. NBC has already ordered a second (or, if you prefer, 10th) season of the once-groundbreaking comedy about a gay man and his best friend, together navigating single lives in New York. 9 p.m. Thursday, NBC.