Once Upon a Time (8pm, ABC) - The fourth season opener introduces characters from Disney’s “Frozen,” with a scared and confused Elsa finding herself in Storybrooke and, fearful of the intentions of its residents, creating a powerful snow monster for protection. Meanwhile, in Arendelle of the past, as Elsa’s sister Anna’s wedding to Kristoff nears, Anna discovers that their parents – who died on-ship during a violent storm – were heading to a mysterious destination in a quest that may have held the secret to containing Elsa’s out-of-control Ice powers. Against Elsa’s wishes, Anna wants to finish their journey to find out what they were looking for. Elsewhere, with Robin Hood’s wife, Marian, back in the picture, Regina wonders if her “happily ever after” with the former thief has been completely quashed. And Hook is dismayed to discover that Emma seems to be avoiding him while she tries to help comfort Regina after being the one responsible for bringing Marian back from the past and into Storybrooke.
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NC Bookwatch (Noon, UNC-TV) - Allan Gurganus talks about his book “Local Souls.”
The Simpsons (8pm, Fox) - In the first episode of Season 26, which is titled “Clown in the Dumps,” it is reported that a “familiar character” on the show will die. RIP Krusty, perhaps? In a related note, the “Family Guy” season premiere, which airs just after this, is a “Family Guy”/“Simpsons” crossover, with the Griffin family finding themselves in Springfield and hanging out with Homer and the gang. (Note: There’s been some controversy over a rape joke in the “Family Guy” episode, and no word as of the time I’m writing this as to whether or not Fox will edit that out.)
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Paradise (8pm, UNC-TV) - The second season of this Masterpiece Classic series starts with Moray, who has spent the past year apart from Denise in Paris, returning to Paradise in an attempt to reverse its floundering fortunes for its new owners -- Katherine and her new husband Tom.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (8:30pm, Fox) - In the second season opener, Jake learns that one mafioso escaped a sting, so he teams up with Charles to go after the gangster. Back at the precinct, Capt. Holt subjects the team to practice drills.
Resurrection (9pm, ABC) - Season 2 begins with Bellamy facing another shocking turn of events when he awakens alone and abandoned at Arcadia’s outskirts and unable to account for a week of his life. As his memory returns, the town welcomes back from the dead the powerful matriarch Margaret Langston, who has been gone for more than 30 years.
Ray Donovan (9pm, Showtime) - Season 2 ends with Mickey hatching a new plan. Meanwhile, Abby becomes torn between Ray and Jim.
Masters of Sex (10pm, Showtime) - In the second season finale, Masters and Johnson pass the results of their studies on to the world.
Revenge (10pm, ABC) - In the Season 4 premiere, Emily hosts a party full of surprises and Victoria tries to turn her misfortune into something beneficial.
CSI (10pm, CBS) - Season 15 begins with Finlay dealing with a bomb planted in her care. Also, Russell receives a call from someone who claims to be the Gig Harbor killer.