September 14, 2009

Every Monday, Bryan Armen Graham previews the big events of the upcoming week. You can tweet your suggestions for next week's list to @BryanAGraham.

1. The T.O. Show gets a mass audience

Have your popped corn at the ready for the season premiere of Monday Night Football as the Bills and Patriots renew their AFC East rivalry (7 p.m. ET, ESPN). What end zone theatrics does the outspoken wide receiver have planned for his regular-season debut in a Buffalo uniform? Leigh Bodden, James Sanders and the rest of New England's revamped secondary don't plan on finding out.

2. LeBron James on The Daily Show

King James swings by The Daily Show with Jon Stewart on Monday (11 p.m. ET, Comedy Central) to chat about his new book -- while dodging the requisite questions on his impending free agency.

3. Champions League group stage kicks off

Matchday 1 of the Champions League group stage gets under way Tuesday and Wednesday with 16 games. Fox Soccer Channel's comprehensive coverage includes one live broadcast each afternoon at 2:30 p.m. ET, but you'll have to wait for a delayed airing of the week's most mouth-watering fixture: Wednesday's showdown between Inter Milan (the Italian champs) and Barcelona (the Spanish and European champs) at the San Siro (7 p.m. ET, FSC).

4. NHL 10 hits stores

Even if you haven't watched a hockey game in years -- and judging by the ratings you haven't -- the 18th title in EA Sports' long-running franchise is one of the year's best sports games. Our favorite feature? The first person fighting simulator.

5. Serena Williams does Live with Regis and Kelly

Serena's previously scheduled appearance on the morning talk show (9 a.m. ET, ABC) just got a whole lot more interesting in the wake of Saturday night's U.S. Open meltdown.

6. Wednesday Night Baseball twinbill

Intriguing matchups from both leagues fill out either end of a Wednesday Night Baseball doubleheader. First, the Angels and Red Sox meet in rematch of last year's ALDS -- and an almost-certain preview of this year's first-round series (7:10 p.m. ET, ESPN). Later, the Rockies and Giants clash in a game between the top two teams in the NL wild-card standings (10:15 p.m. ET, ESPN).

7. Underdog Israel plays in Davis Cup semifinals

The disjointed, season-long format of the Davis Cup -- the most prestigious team event in tennis -- has never lent itself to casual viewership. But you've got to love the story of the underdog Isreali team, through to the semifinals for the first time ever. They'll square off Friday through Sunday against defending champion Spain, which is competing without the injured Rafael Nadal. Follow live and delayed coverage throughout the weekend starting with Friday's opener (6 a.m. ET, Tennis Channel).

8. Mayweather and Marquez get it on

Former pound-for-pound champion Floyd Mayweather Jr.returns to the ring following a two-year "retirement" to face lightweight champ Juan Manuel Marquez at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas (9 p.m. ET, HBO PPV). Can Marquez -- who pushed Manny Pacquiao to the limit in a draw and split-decision loss -- hand Pretty Boy Floyd his first career loss?

9. NFC East showdown gets national spotlight

One of the sport's prestige rivalries takes center stage when the Giants and Cowboys do battle on Sunday Night Football (8:30 p.m. ET, NBC). Which traditional heavyweight can gain an early foothold in the always-treacherous NFC East title chase?

10. Curb Your Enthusiasm returns

Larry David's crotchety comedy series returns for a seventh season on Sunday night (9 p.m. ET, HBO) following a two-year break, with a hotly anticipated Seinfeld cast "anti-reunion" among this season's plot arcs.

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