Rookie of the year

The most likely breakout star of the new network season is Prior Lake’s Kylie Bunbury. As star of “Pitch,” a heavily promoted, fictional account of Major League Baseball’s first female player, Bunbury exhibits the ability to throw a few curveballs on and off the field. The same could be said for the writers, who deliver a surprise in the first episode I did not expect. What I do see coming: a promising future for the series and its lead. Read more about her at

8 p.m. KMSP, Ch. 9

Bad news

Any ethical code for journalists goes right out the window in the opening scenes of “Notorious,” a new series that suggests the cable news world and its subjects are in bed together — figuratively and literally. I’m not so defensive that I can’t enjoy a few wicked jabs at my more photogenic peers, but if you’re going to conduct a smear job, do it with wit. This series comes woefully short of understanding the media — or satire, for that matter.

8 p.m. KSTP, Ch. 5

The not-so-usual suspects

Viola Davis isn’t the only woman you don’t want to mess with in the third season of “How to Get Away With Murder.” Brett Butler, who once had trouble living up to the title of her 1990s sitcom “Grace Under Fire,” will play some role in upcoming episodes, as will Mary J. Blige, Esai Morales and Amy Madigan.

9 p.m. KSTP, Ch. 5

Neal Justin