Professional football enters a new season and anticipates its 100th anniversary with a return to a rivalry that dates back to the 1920s. The Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers meet at Soldier Field in NFL Football action (8:15 p.m., NBC).
It's interesting that the league's centenary also coincides with the 50th anniversary of two NFL milestones, the merging of the NFL and AFL and the premiere of "Monday Night Football" in the fall of 1970.
The rise of the AFL in the 1960s and its eventual absorption occurred at the time that football became increasingly popular on television and when football began to supplant baseball as the nation's favorite sport. The action and violence of football lent itself to television, a visual medium. There are many, including this writer, who prefer to follow baseball, with its long stretches of scoreless innings, on radio.
— TCM spends the night with Sean Connery's James Bond, unspooling "Dr. No" (8 p.m., TV-PG); "From Russia With Love" (10 p.m., TV-PG); "Goldfinger" (12:15 a.m., TV-PG); "Thunderball" (2:15 a.m., TV-PG) and "You Only Live Twice" (4:45 a.m., TV-PG), all made between 1962 and 1967.
Do these films hold up? Does Bond? The makers of the forthcoming "Bond 25" hired Phoebe Waller-Bridge as a co-writer to bring a woman's voice to the film and franchise.
While watching "Thunderball" recently, I was struck by Bond's almost psychotic indifference to the fate of his amorous conquests. This attitude struck me as very similar to the mentally unstable contract killer Villanelle (Jodie Comer) on BBC America's "Killing Eve," written and created by Waller-Bridge.
She also created and stars in the Amazon Prime series "Fleabag." Waller-Bridge will host "Saturday Night Live" on Oct. 5.
— Looking for something as far away as possible from NFL football? The 2018 adaptation of the Henry James' novel "The Aspern Papers" (10:05 p.m., TMC) stars Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Joely Richardson and Vanessa Redgrave, and claims James Ivory as an executive producer. Don't let the credits fool you: It's a dud.
Convincing as Henry VIII, Elvis Presley and Dracula in television series, Rhys-Meyers plays Victorian-era literary collector Morton Vint with a flat, emotion-free American accent that defies belief.
Redgrave stars as the elderly widow of a famous poet of the Byron-Shelley crowd, pursued by Vint so he can read and publish her secret memoirs.
Critics were savage in their treatment of "The Aspern Papers." Slant magazine credited Rhys-Meyers with "all the range and emotional depth of Derek Zoolander." Writing in Datebook, David Lewis described the slow film as "a Merchant Ivory film on Quaaludes." "Aspern" can be streamed on Kanopy.
TONIGHT'S OTHER HIGHLIGHTS
— Women's semifinals unfold at the U.S. Open (7 p.m., ESPN).
— The voice of Chris Pratt animates the 2014 comedy "The Lego Movie" (8 p.m., ABC, TV-PG). Not to be confused with "The Emoji Movie" (8 p.m. and 10 p.m., FX, TV-PG).
— "Spin the Wheel" (8 p.m., Fox, TV-14) ends its summer season.
— Ann Curry hosts "Chasing the Cure" (9 p.m., TBS, TNT, TV-14), exploring crowdsourcing to offer new hope to those suffering from ailments without clear diagnoses.
— A couple on a crime spree may be responsible for a dead detective on "FBI" (10 p.m., CBS, r, TV-14).
— An accusation makes people wonder about Cat's agenda (and employer) on "Reef Break" (10 p.m., ABC, TV-PG).
Confident in his Jedi skills, Luke Skywalker seeks to discover Darth Vader's identity in the 1983 action sequel "Star Wars: Return of the Jedi" (6 p.m., TNT, TV-PG).
On two helpings of "Young Sheldon" (CBS, r, TV-PG), putting the family on the couch (8 p.m.), a last chance at a second childhood (8:30 p.m.) ... Completely surrounded on "The Outpost" (8 p.m., CW, TV-14).
Julie Chen Moonves hosts "Big Brother" (9 p.m., CBS, TV-PG) ... On two "Two Sentence Horror Stories" (CW, TV-14) a grandmother's worry (9 p.m.), a nanny goes above and beyond (9:30 p.m., r).
"Conan" (11 p.m., TBS, r, TV-14) visits Australia ... Anthony Jeselnik, J.B. Smoove and Annie Lederman appear on "Lights Out With David Spade" (11:30 p.m., Comedy Central).
Pete Buttigieg and Graham Norton are booked on "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert" (11:35 p.m., CBS) ... Jimmy Fallon welcomes Kendall Jenner, Desus & Mero and Tanya Tucker on "The Tonight Show" (12:05 a.m., NBC).
Sen. Bernie Sanders and DeRay Mckesson visit "Late Night With Seth Meyers" (1:05 a.m., NBC) ... Orlando Bloom, Yvonne Strahovski and O-Town appear on "The Late Late Show With James Corden" (12:35 a.m., CBS).