PopWatch Planner: The U.S. Open, James Franco's Roast, 'Boardwalk Empire' season premiere, and more
Hey PopWatchers! Stumped for ideas for your TV-watching pleasure this Labor Day week? Not to worry, we’ve got a well-rounded media diet for you, featuring all the pop-culture food groups: tennis, football, a mini-Friends reunion, a trip to your Roald Dahl-reading childhood, and a gaggle of gangsters in Atlantic City. All times listed are Eastern.
2013 U.S. Open Tennis 11:00-6:00 p.m., CBS
It’s the Men’s third and Women’s fourth round. C’mon, who wouldn’t want to watch some real-life tennis hotties? Also on a less fault-y note, ‘tis the last Grand Slam of the year!
Comedy Central Roast of James Franco 10:00 p.m., Comedy Central and streaming online
Do you read his words? Take his classes? Watch his movies? Are you still baffled by his overly-sedated emceeing at the 2011 Oscar’s? Then there will definitely be something for you to laugh at during this roast of Franco, the Renaissance man. Here’s a little taste.
Web Therapy 11:00 p.m., Showtime
Matt LeBlanc guest stars on this improvised show starring Lisa Kudrow as therapist Fiona Wallice. It’s a 1/3 Friends reunion! Watch it only for the assured cognitive dissonance your brain is about to experience when you realize this episode is pretty much Phoebe giving Joey medical advice.
Here Comes Honey Boo Boo 9:00 p.m., TLC
Mama is stressed out from wedding-planning and needs some relief. The bathroom kind. The girls have a pow-wow to tackle the rest of the to-do list.
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory 6:00 p.m., ABC Family
It’s the 1971 version of the Roald Dahl classic. You might want to revisit it as we hear Willy Wonka himself, err, Gene Wilder, wasn’t a fan of the 2005 version.
Riddick, in theaters
Vin Diesel revisits his role as anti-hero Richard B. Riddick, fighting to stay alive in a post-apocalyptic world.
College Football, West Virginia at Oklahoma 7:00 p.m., FOX
It’s almost the end of the first week of College Football. Time to get those jerseys, your best yelling-at-the-TV-screen-face, and mascot-coordinating food ready!
Boardwalk Empire 9:00 p.m., HBO
Tonight’s the season premiere of the Atlantic City prohibition-era show, where we see Nucky attempting a truce with Joe Masseria and Al Capone plotting his next move in Chicago.