I’m not sure if I should be charmed or alarmed by how smart these great apes are. Also, no TV news. Sorry.

I spend a lot of time around here talking about how much I like otters, but orangutans are maybe my second favorite animal. Here is an orangutan and some of her ape cousins demonstrating just how smart they are. I am simultaneously charmed and worried by these videos. Is this how Planet of the Apes begins?

I know Chimpanzees are really intelligent, but it shocks me seeing such humanlike behaviour. from AnimalsBeingGeniuses

An Orangutan finding sunglasses within her enclosure from AnimalsBeingGeniuses

Lowland gorilla at Miami zoo uses sign language to tell someone that he’s not allowed to be fed by visitors. from aww

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Young Sheldon: Sheldon and Missy run away from home in the season premiere. 7 p.m., CBS

United States of Al: Al, Riley, Art, Lizzie and Vanessa work to get Al’s sister out of Afghanistan as it collapses to the Taliban. Season premiere. 7:30 p.m., CBS

Ghosts: A couple buys a rundown estate to turn into a B&B, only to discover that it is filled with ghosts in this new comedy starring Rose McIver. Series premiere. 8 p.m., CBS

Bull: Bull and the team search for Bull’s kidnapped daughter. Season premiere. 9 p.m., CBS

The Outpost: A ruler is crowned in the series finale. 8 p.m., The CW

One of Us is Lying: Five high schoolers go to detention, but only four come out alive in this new mystery-thriller. Series premiere. Peacock

Sexy Beasts: This ridiculous nightmare fuel is back. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t binge the first season earlier this summer. Season premiere. Netflix

Create the Escape: Middle schoolers create escape rooms and then challenge their own parents to escape from them in this new series. Peacock

15 Minutes of Shame: This documentary produced by Monica Lewinsky explores the shame industry, and those who have been publicly shamed and cyberbullied. Premiere. HBO Max

Ted Lasso: Yeah, I was wrong last week when I said it was the season finale. THIS is the season finale. Whoops! Apple TV+

Acapulco: This new comedy follows a 20-something as he navigates his job at a fancy resort in the 1980s. Series premiere. Apple TV+

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