TV highlights: ‘Fargo’ premieres on FX


'GLEE': STD-positive Artie (Kevin McHale, C) performs in an episode entitled "Tested." (Mike Yarish/FOX)

“Pioneers of Television” (MPT and WETA at 8 p.m.) Season 4 opens with a look at the stand-up comic to sitcom star trend. Jerry Seinfeld, Roseanne Barr, Tim Allen, Ray Romano and Bob Newhart remark on their experiences in comedy.

The guys of “Glee” (Fox at 8) get tested for STDs, which leads to a troubling discovery by Artie.

Playoffs continue on “The Voice” (NBC at 8), with two contestants potentially getting the boot.

Ken Burns’s latest heartfelt documentary “The Address” (MPT and WETA at 9) follows a small boys school in Vermont where the students memorize, practice and recite the Gettysburg Address. In his review, TV critic Hank Stuever noted that it reminds us “how little we ever see of the highs and lows in the reticent world of teenage boys.”

Nick and Jess struggle to keep their recent breakup a secret on “New Girl” (Fox at 9), while Winston asks for a party after passing his police academy entrance exam.

Mindy is challenged by Peter at a bar to “think like a man” on “The Mindy Project” (Fox at 9:30).

SERIES PREMIERE: Fargo (FX at 10), inspired by the Coen brothers’ film, stars Billy Bob Thornton as a manipulative man who meets a small-town insurance salesman and sets him on a path of destruction.

RETURNING SHOW: On the Season 4 opener of “Awkward” (MTV at 10), Jenna faces major humiliation at school and at home.

Although it’s officially set to premiere this fall, National Geographic viewers can catch a special preview episode of “Southern Justice” (10), a series that explores the work of so-called real-life Andy Griffiths of the 21st century, in law enforcement agencies in Sullivan County, Tenn., and Ashe County, N.C.

RETURNING SHOW: “Celebrity Wife Swap” (ABC at 10) returns for a third season with Jermaine Jackson’s wife swapping places with Daniel Baldwin’s ex-girlfriend.

Following last week’s tragedy on “Chicago Fire” (NBC at 10), Severide looks into Bloom’s past.

Jerry Seinfeld and Kristen Wiig are on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC at 11:35), with a performance from Lady Gaga.

Martha Stewart and Bill Murray come to the “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS at 11:35), also with a performance from Lady Gaga.

Actors Johnny Depp and Jessica Pare swing by “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC at 11:35), with music from Chuck E. Weiss.

Rachel Lubitz

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