2014 World Series
FOX, 8:00 pm ET
The best-of-seven-game World Series starts tonight at the home park of the American League champion Kansas City Royals, thanks to the AL's 5-3 win in the All-Star Game. The World Series shouldn't creep into November this year, as Game 7, if necessary, is slated for Oct. 29. Joe Buck, Harold Reynolds and Tom Verducci call the action.
CBS, 8:00 pm ET
During a Coast Guard and NCIS training exercise at sea, Gibbs and Agent Borin (Mark Harmon, recurring guest star Diane Neal) spot a body in the water that turns out to be the remains of a missing crew member from a ship 60 nautical miles away. Upon boarding that other vessel, Gibbs discovers too late that he's on a ship that has been seized by pirates in the new episode "The San Dominick." Jim Beaver ("Supernatural") also guest stars.
Pretty Little Liars
ABCFAM, 8:00 pm ET
A new Halloween-themed special episode "We Love You to DeAth" is an ode to viewers that features interviews with stars Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson, Lucy Hale, Shay Mitchell and Sasha Pieterse, who address burning questions from fans. The special also includes other cast and crew members who give the audience a glimpse behind the scenes on the production. There's also a "dearly departed" segment of interviews with former cast members who met a brutal fate on the show.
Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
PBS, 8:00 pm ET
A new episode called "The Melting Pot" could add "and pans" to its title, since it features three celebrity chefs. "Top Chef" head judge Tom Colicchio learns the hardships his family endured in Northern Italy, including famine and bandits. Yes, bandits. Chef Ming Tsai, whose family fled Chairman Mao's cultural revolution in China, traces his roots back 2,000 years. Finally, chef Aarón Sánchez learns his Mexican roots include Spaniards, Africans and Native Americans.
CW, 8:00 pm ET
While pursuing a dangerous new villain known as The Mist (guest star Anthony Carrigan), Barry (Grant Gustin) and his lab colleagues reflect on the death of Ronnie (guest star Robbie Amell, "The Tomorrow People"), Caitlin's (Danielle Panabaker) fiance. Elsewhere, things take a dangerous turn when Joe (Jesse L. Martin) runs into an old adversary while visiting Henry (John Wesley Shipp) in jail. Candice Patton also stars in the new episode "Things You Can't Outrun."
The Real Apes of the Planet
ANIMAL, 8:00 pm ET
This new special takes an intimate look into the lives of the primal ancestors of humans and reveal that contemporary people have more in common with them than some believe. Both humans and apes live in strongly defined communities and are able to solve complex problems -- and both are prone to cheating to get what they want, not to mention occasionally bingeing on the pleasures of life.
NBA Preseason Basketball
TNT, 8:00 pm ET
NBA fans can whet their appetites for the beginning of the regular season next week with this preseason doubleheader that tips off in Miami, where Dwyane Wade and the LeBron-less Heat take on Dwight Howard and the Houston Rockets. In the nightcap, a pair of elite point guards are on display when Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors welcome in Chris Paul and the Los Angeles Clippers.
CW, 9:00 pm ET
Series star Jensen Ackles directed the new episode "Soul Survivor," which finds Sam (Jared Padelecki) still seeking a way to save Dean (Ackles) from the ravages of the Mark of Cain. Meanwhile, Crowley (Mark Sheppard) realizes that Dean's infernal antics are starting to cause problems in his dark realm, so he reaches out to an improbable ally: Castiel (Misha Collins).
HISTORY, 9:00 pm ET
Spanning some 2,168 miles from Maine to Georgia, the fabled Appalachian Trail takes most people three to six months to hike. In this new episode, Tanner, Rutledge and Adam are challenged to drive a road-based version of all 14 states on the trail in just one day. That's clearly going to take some resourceful planning on their parts.
TRAVEL, 9:00 pm ET
In the new episode "Rotting Woodstock," Anthony Melchiorri travels to Woodstock, N.Y., to help get the historic yet struggling Woodstock Lodge back on its feet. It's hard for Anthony to make much headway with the 35-room facility, however, since its stubborn and resentful owner is in dire need of some attitude renovation.
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
ABC, 9:00 pm ET
Coulson (Clark Gregg) and his team are confronted with Hydra's beautiful yet deadly security chief Bobbi Morse (Adrianne Palicki) in the new episode "A Hen in the Wolf House." Meanwhile, Skye's (Chloe Bennet) father demands that Raina (Ruth Negga) arrange for him to see his daughter at any cost. B.J. Britt, Henry Simmons, Reed Diamond and Kyle MacLachlan guest star.
LIFETIME, 9:00 pm ET
After a surprisingly raw Season 1, in which Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott spilled a host of very candid sexual confessions as they struggled to overcome their marital problems, Spelling returns for a new season in which she tries to move on following a devastating life chapter. It remains to be proven just how true this "Tori" is, however. Some skeptics suspected the melodrama of last season was all a bid to attract larger ratings.
NCIS: New Orleans
CBS, 9:00 pm ET
While investigating the murder of a chief warrant officer, Pride (Scott Bakula) and his team discover that the victim's wife has been abducted and held for ransom -- which is due in only 22 hours. Senior FBI Agent T.C. Fornell (recurring "NCIS" player Joe Spano) assists with the case. Rocky Carroll and Gabriel Olds guest star; Lucas Black, Zoe McLellan, CCH Pounder and Rob Kerkovich also star in the new episode "It Happened Last Night."
PBS, 9:00 pm ET
A new episode called "Women in War" examines the growing participation of women in combat, from Vietnam to present day, in the roles of nurses, soldiers, journalists, diplomats and spies. Among those featured are Valerie Plame Wilson, whose career was sabotaged by a member of the Bush-Cheney administration after she was outed as a high-level spy, and Linda Bray, the first woman to lead troops into battle.
Freak Out Special 1
ABCFAM, 9:00 pm ET
Two Halloween specials (concluding tomorrow night) feature unsuspecting "marks" caught on hidden camera as their worst nightmares come to life via elaborate special effects and actors in spooky makeup. In the first hour, a salon patron freaks out when her hair starts to fall out and a guest gets a terrifying shock as a pool party goes terribly, terribly wrong. Elsewhere, a pregnant nail technician's "baby" tries to claw its way out, "Alien-" style, and a dinner party guest is stalked by a psychopath.
NBC, 9:01 pm ET
Annie (Casey Wilson) confesses to her two dads (Dan Bucatinsky, Tim Meadows) that she is feeling crowded and claustrophobic now that she is sharing her apartment with fiance Jake (Ken Marino) in the new episode "Move Me." Elsewhere, thrifty Gil (John Gemberling) finds an all-you-can-eat buffet where he can get a days' worth of meals for a single low price -- as long as he never leaves the eatery. Tymberlee Hill and Sarah Wright Olsen also star.
About a Boy
NBC, 9:30 pm ET
Faced with mounting money problems, Will (David Walton) gives serious thought to selling his pricey house in San Francisco. Before he can move away, however, he's determined to find a new best friend for Marcus (Benjamin Stockham). Later, Sam (guest star Adrianne Palicki) is met with some surprises when she flies out to help Will move. Minnie Driver, Al Madrigal and Annie Mumolo also star in the new episode "About a House for Sale."
BBCA, 9:30 pm ET
The strikingly beautiful new episode "Scottish Highlands" spotlights many examples of the iconic British wildlife that make their home in what is considered to be one of the last truly "wild" places in the United Kingdom. Even so, as narrator Steve Backshall points out, the region has undergone a vast transformation from dense forest to wide open spaces.
PBS, 10:00 pm ET
The situation in Iraq, and America's role in it, is the topic under consideration in "Losing Iraq." The program explains events there by tracing the country's history since the U.S. invasion in 2003. Government officials and military leaders weigh in with their observations -- not only on what already has happened, but also on what may be yet to come.
Sons of Anarchy
FX, 10:00 pm ET
Although this new episode is called "Greensleeves," it seems a safe bet that no one will be learning the true meaning of Christmas during the course of events. Actually, the plot basics sound a little like they've been regifted from previous episodes, as we find SAMCRO once again forming an unlikely partnership to undermine a powerful club enemy. Charlie Hunnam and Katey Sagal star.
FOOD, 10:00 pm ET
For round one of this new episode, the chefs must utilize ramen in a creative way in their appetizer dishes. An "offal surprise" turns up in the entree round, to the amusement of the judges and extreme consternation of the remaining chefs. The final dessert basket contains a New England treat that may prove tricky to combine with the other three ingredients. Amanda Freitag, Marc Murphy and Chris Santos are the judges for "Offal Surprise"; Ted Allen is host.
Kim of Queens
LIFETIME, 10:00 pm ET
In the new episode "Kick Some Sash," Kim takes Rayven and Addison to a national pageant in Nashville, Tenn. Things get a little testy when Deb and Hannah enter with a rival pageant coach. Meanwhile, Addison is distracted by the Nashville sights. Lance Bass makes a guest appearance.
ABC, 10:00 pm ET
Henry (Ioan Gruffudd) flashes back to his role in two of the most grisly cases of his (very) long medical career when a human heart freshly ripped from a chest is delivered to the homicide division. Later, when a second killing mimics the Black Dahlia murder, Henry and Jo (Lorraine Toussaint) suspect they are dealing with a copycat killer, but soon the squad is tipped to profile a different kind of maniac in the new episode "The Frustrating Thing About Psychopaths."
TRAVEL, 10:00 pm ET
When Harold Seiff and his wife took over the Almont Hotel in Almont, Colo., 24 years ago, they dreamed of turning the neglected 120-year-old resort into a family legacy. With the fading dream turning into a nightmare, Shane Green finds hotel staff ineffectively promoting the charms of the area and bartenders treating the resort like a personal living room. Worse, Shane discovers the hotel's fate is, quite literally, a matter of life and death for Harold in the new episode "Heart Attack Hotel."
Person of Interest
CBS, 10:01 pm ET
Alarm bells go off for a suspicious Finch (Michael Emerson) when a deft political pollster's predictions uncharacteristically fail just as the man "coincidentally" becomes the next person of interest. Meanwhile, a direct order from Capt. Moreno sidelines Reese (Jim Caviezel). Kevin Kilner and Jason Ritter guest star in the new episode "Prophets."
NBC, 10:01 pm ET
In the new episode "The Nuclear Option," Dawson and Mills (Monica Raymund, Charlie Barnett) settle into their new roles at Station 51, while Lt. Casey (Jesse Spencer) copes with the fallout from Christie's (guest star Nicole Forester) impending divorce. Elsewhere, the Molly's crew still can't get the food truck started, and Brett (Kara Kilmer) wavers over whether to leave Chicago. Patrick John Flueger ("Chicago P.D.") guest stars; Taylor Kinney also stars.