Dirk Langeveld is filling in for Elissa Bass while she is on vacation. She will resume this column on Aug. 28.
Sunday Night Football Exhibition: Panthers at Jets, 8 p.m., NBC
Wait, now NBC gets to broadcast football? Does this mean they already played the game six hours ago?
The Newsroom, 10 p.m., HBO
To liberal viewers: a welcome return to the wit of Aaron Sorkin, and a welcome shot to the chops of the 24-hour news channels! To conservative viewers: liberal claptrap! To reviewers: a show with potential, but for the misogynistic undertones and irritating tendency for every “source” to be an old roommate. This has already been renewed for a second season, so hopefully they can make that course correction after this first season finale.
Episodes, 10:30 p.m., Showtime
Season two finale. “Merc threatens to leave Jamie for Carol when he discovers that his wife and Matt had an affair; and Sean is devastated when Beverly turns up at an awards dinner with a date.”