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The Weeks guide to what’s worth watching

The best programs on TV this week

Sleepy Hollow
TV watchers come in two kinds—those who’ll scoff at the premise of this new series and those who’ll geek out over it. Ichabod Crane has returned from the dead to help modern-day Sleepy Hollow fight the resurrected Headless Horseman, who may be one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Laugh if you will, but Sleepy Hollow could be a sleeper hit. Monday, Sept. 16, at 9 p.m., Fox

Frontline: Egypt in Crisis
The Egyptian army and the Muslim Brotherhood were foes long before President Mohammed Morsi, a Brotherhood leader, was unseated this summer in a military coup. Frontline reporters Martin Smith and Charles Sennott have been on the ground in Egypt in the weeks since, and in this special they succinctly sketch the outlines of a decades-old conflict and speculate about Egypt’s troubling future. Tuesday, Sept. 17, at 10 p.m., PBS; check local listings

LT: The Life & Times
In an age when sports heroes fall from grace routinely, few have fallen harder than football great Lawrence Taylor. The linebacker often called the greatest defensive player of all time was briefly suspended for cocaine use during his playing career, and the drug arrests that followed were only a prelude to a 2009 arrest and later rape conviction for engaging in sex with a minor. This documentary, made in the spirit of James Toback’s Tyson, gives LT a chance to tell his side of the story. Friday, Sept. 20, at 8 p.m., Showtime

Great Performances: The Hollow Crown—Richard II
Fans of Shakespeare’s history plays have cause to celebrate. Each Friday through Oct. 11, Great Performances will present a new installment in an elaborate, linked production of four of those dramas. Jeremy Irons, John Hurt, and Patrick Stewart will headline episodes to come. This week, Ben Whishaw gets messianic as a soulful Richard II. Friday, Sept. 20, at 9 p.m., PBS; check local listings

65th Primetime Emmy Awards
As television gets better and better, the Emmys are keeping pace. For the 13th year in a row, HBO enters the awards night with the most nominations, this time bearing 108. But online content provider Netflix will be joining the party, too, having scored 14 nominations for its series House of Cards, Hemlock Grove, and Arrested Development. The ever-solid Neil Patrick Harris will host. Sunday, Sept. 22, at 8 p.m., CBS

Other highlights

Shark Tank
Aspiring entrepreneurs pitch product concepts to a panel of skeptical billionaires in this surprisingly entertaining reality competition, which is returning this week for a fifth season.Friday, Sept. 20, at 9 p.m., ABC

Revealing: Extravagance
Joe Zee, creative director of Elle magazine, hosts an intriguing special that uses staged experiments to examine the pull that high-end fashion has on consumers. Friday, Sept. 20, at 9 p.m., Sundance

Raising McCain
Meghan McCain, the senator’s daughter and self-described liberal Republican, launches a weekly “docu-talk show” on the new network that claims to be targeting “passionate Millennials.” Saturday, Sept. 21, at 10 p.m., Pivot

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