What to Watch Sunday: CNN doc series on Rupert Murdoch media empire premieres


Here’s what’s on TV tonight.

TV series returning for new seasons

ABC: “Celebrity Jeopardy” (8 p.m.), “Celebrity Wheel of Fortune” (9 p.m.), “The Rookie” (10 p.m.)

Fox: “The Simpsons” (8 p.m.), “Bob’s Burgers” (9 p.m.), “Family Guy” (9:30 p.m.)

PBS: “Van der Valk on Masterpiece” (9 p.m.)

‘The Murdochs: Empire of Influence’ (9 p.m., CNN)

This new seven-part CNN original documentary series about Rupert Murdoch’s media dynasty is based on Jonathan Mahler and Jim Rutenberg’s New York Times Magazine article “How Rupert Murdoch’s Empire of Influence Remade the World.” It features exclusive reporting from The New York Times, interviews with people who worked inside the Murdoch companies, and decades of rich archival footage. Mahler and Rutenberg serve as consulting producers for the series.

From CNN: “The series goes behind the scenes of the improbable rise of a media tycoon, his outsized influence around the globe, and the intense succession battle between his children over who will inherit his throne. Cinematic and thrilling, ‘The Murdochs: Empire of Influence’ charts the high-stakes deal making, political maneuvering, and dynastic betrayals — and how the ambitions of one family birthed one of the largest media empires in history.

The series launches with two episodes tonight, and new episodes airing regularly on Sundays at 10 p.m.

How to stream: The series will stream live for pay TV subscribers via CNN.com and CNN OTT and mobile apps under “TV Channels” or CNNgo where available. It will also be available On Demand the day after the broadcast premiere to pay TV subscribers via CNN.com, CNN apps, and Cable Operator Platforms.

Some programming descriptions are provided by networks.

Sign up for the Happiness is a Warm TV newsletter here.