The Great Halloween Fright Fight
ABC, 8:00 pm ET
Families showcase their impressive Halloween-decorated houses, or “haunts,” in hopes of winning a $50,000 prize. Designers Sabrina Soto and Michael Moloney serve as judges in this spinoff of The Great Christmas Light Fight.
CBS, 8:00 pm ET
When a Navy commander's (guest star Josh Randall, "Ed") wife is murdered, Gibbs (Mark Harmon) and his colleagues have to determine which of the possible reasons is the accurate one in the new episode "Parental Guidance Suggested." Her work as a therapist could have been the cause -- or it may have been her husband's occupation, which landed him on a terrorist hit list. Bronson Pinchot ("Perfect Strangers") and Marisol Nichols also guest star.
Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
PBS, 8:00 pm ET
Ancestors' links to slavery prove to be the common bonds between hip-hop star Nas, actress Angela Bassett and presidential adviser Valerie Jarrett in the new episode "We Come From People." The underlying theme of the hour is that even though a part of history may be shared by many people, there's no one path back to it -- as in the case of Nas, whose slave forerunners are revealed to have had a somewhat surprising connection to their master.
CW, 8:00 pm ET
Wentworth Miller was a hero of a fashion on "Prison Break," but he's on the side of the bad guys in the new episode "Going Rogue." He plays a villain familiar to DC Comics fans: Captain Cold, user of a "cold gun" against his victims -- who may come to include Barry (Grant Gustin). Dr. Wells (Tom Cavanagh) is enraged that the building of the weapon was an inside job he didn't know about. Emily Bett Rickards guest stars in her "Arrow" role as Felicity.
TNT, 8:00 pm ET
It’s opening night of the NBA regular season, and TNT tips things off in a big way with a doubleheader featuring the Dallas Mavericks at the 2014 NBA champion San Antonio Spurs, followed by the Houston Rockets at the L.A. Lakers.
CW, 9:00 pm ET
Victims of werewolf attacks begin turning up in the new episode "Paper Moon," and Sam and Dean (Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles) are dismayed to learn who the apparent culprit is. It's Kate (guest star Britni Sheridan), and the Winchester brothers feel guilt over the possibility she's responsible. If she is, they could have taken action earlier that would have prevented the new wave of assaults. Jeannot Szwarc ("Somewhere in Time") directed the tale.
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
ABC, 9:00 pm ET
The United Nations building in New York is targeted by HYDRA in the new episode "A Fractured House." Coulson (Clark Gregg) and his allies are blamed, though, since they're impersonated by the enemies when the attack occurs. Making the situation even dicier is the surprising person who is trying to orchestrate S.H.I.E.L.D.'s downfall. Tim DeKay ("White Collar") guest stars as Ward's (Brett Dalton) senator brother.
NCIS: New Orleans
CBS, 9:00 pm ET
Is a vampire loose in the Big Easy at Halloween? Despite initial skepticism, Pride (Scott Bakula) and his team have to consider the possibility when a JAG officer is found dead in a cemetery -- with wounds on her neck -- in the new episode "Master of Horror." Steven Weber ("Wings"), who seems to be guest starring on every show in creation these days, returns as a city councilman. Paige Turco ("The Agency") also reprises her role as Pride's wife.
PBS, 9:00 pm ET
The focus of this new episode is on "Women in Business," with Martha Stewart and Facebook chief Sheryl Sandberg among the most familiar examples cited in a portrait of female executives. The interviewees' comments underscore their belief -- and the proven fact -- that it's no longer just a man's world when it comes to corporate supervision and decision-making. Xerox CEO Ursula Burns and media personality Cathy Hughes also are featured in the hour.
NBC, 9:01 pm ET
All that Jake and Annie (Ken Marino, Casey Wilson) want is to provide a little Halloween fun for neighboring children, but one of the parents (guest star Jessica St. Clair, "Playing House") tries to douse their plans in the new episode "Scary Me." Dennah (Sarah Wright Olsen) tries to get her own seasonal kicks by attending an exclusive party in an outfit that's slight enough to cause her some real problems. John Gemberling also stars.
About a Boy
NBC, 9:30 pm ET
Fans of the Hugh Grant movie that shares this show's name may recall why his character wasn't too fond of Christmas. Halloween is the occasion that turns off Fiona and Marcus (Minnie Driver, Benjamin Stockham) in the new episode "About a Willoween," but Will (David Walton) is determined to stage his yearly trick-or-treat party anyway. Fiona ends up changing her tune when she makes a connection with another guest (guest star Humphrey Ker) at the bash.
How to be a Grown Up
TRUTV, 9:30 pm ET
This new comic take on TV advice shows features comics offering -- via interviews, sketches and animation -- their guidance to universal issues faced every day by adults who routinely feel like kids trapped in a grown-up body. Comic targets in the series premiere, "The Birds, the Bees and Beyond," include how to propose, the best way to hit the gym floor, dance tips, how to prepare yourself to have that talk about the birds and the bees, and advice for mini-van owners.
PBS, 10:00 pm ET
The background of one of the most controversial groups to make international headlines in recent times is examined in the new episode "The Rise of ISIS." Correspondent Martin Smith files the report from Iraq, examining from the inside what the withdrawal of U.S. troops has meant for the country -- and how it relates to the organization that has stirred global anger through the beheading of several American and British citizens, made public via released videos.
Sons of Anarchy
FX, 10:00 pm ET
"The Separation of Crows" is the title of tonight's new episode, but the more relevant critter in the crosshairs is a rodent: specifically, a rat. The club's search for a missing member seems to have stalled, at least temporarily, so the focus shifts to finding out who's the traitor hiding somewhere within SAMCRO. Charlie Hunnam and Katey Sagal star.
FOOD, 10:00 pm ET
In the new episode "Haricot Flair," the chefs resist the urge to monkey around when they find banana blossoms. Those who make it into the entree round have to cope with a very stinky ingredient, while the dessert round for the final pair of competitors includes a colorful ingredient that may add a sprinkling of fun. Judges are Maneet Chauhan, Marc Murphy, Aaron Sanchez.
TRUTV, 10:00 pm ET
In the new episode "Just Say No," the guys head to a nearby casino to try their hand at being a Blackjack dealer. Later, they team up for a challenging guessing game at the park and provide less-than-perfect shoeshines to strangers. Tonight's loser takes a pounding from a mystery lover at a baseball game.
ABC, 10:00 pm ET
The death of a just-honored billionaire and medical-clinic benefactor eventually reveals a shady situation from his past in the new episode "New York Kids." Henry and Jo (Ioan Gruffudd, Alana De La Garza) wonder if he was targeted because of it -- and whether others who were involved back then also are in danger. Henry may have to reveal his own past to save someone. Abe (Judd Hirsch) also has a secret he's been keeping for a long time.
TRAVEL, 10:00 pm ET
Shane Green visits the Commodore Hotel in Linden, Tenn., where owners Kathy and Mike Dumont are having some problems with their staff. Hidden cameras allow Shane to find the problem spots, which include a very disagreeable chef, poorly trained employees and lackluster reception as guests check in at the front desk. Shane provides his host with an action plan that just may keep this historic facility from becoming history in the new episode "Chef Under Fire."
Prison Wives Club
LIFETIME, 10:00 pm ET
This new docuseries follows four women as they try to cling to some sense of normalcy while staying married to convicted felons serving extended prison sentences. Their lives are often lonely, since they have only limited, periodic contact with their spouses and, for many of them, their friends and family members don't support their decision not to cut their mates loose. Worse, they often can't even agree among themselves about the best coping strategy.
STARZ, 10:00 pm ET
Produced in conjunction with the Starz docuseries "The Chair," this comedy follows a group of high school friends who reconnect during their Thanksgiving college break. One of them, former prom king Scott (Shane Dawson, who also directed), has just been dumped by his girlfriend but finds new romantic hope with Tori (Cherami Leigh). Scott's sister Janie (Michelle Veintimilla), meanwhile, is pursued by Joel (Drew Monson) based on intel about her he found online.
Person of Interest
CBS, 10:01 pm ET
Reese's (Jim Caviezel) exploits evidently have become known enough to gain him an admirer -- who poses as a detective and lands in danger in the new episode "Pretenders." Of course, Reese's skills are needed to resolve the dangerous situation, with help from Shaw and Fusco (Sarah Shahi, Kevin Chapman). Finch (Michael Emerson) finds intrigue in Hong Kong while fortifying his new identity there. Jessica Hecht ("Friends") and comedian Eddie Clark guest star.
NBC, 10:01 pm ET
Casey (Jesse Spencer) has no shortage of problems in the new episode "Madmen and Fools." His sister (guest star Nicole Forester) needs his protection in a situation related to his brother-in-law, whose dealings have proven troublesome for others. Dawson (Monica Raymund) starts to train with Herrmann (David Eigenberg) for her new position. Brett (Kara Killmer) goes to great lengths for a mom. Mills (Charlie Barnett) learns about being a private detective.
Friends of the People
TRUTV, 10:30 pm ET
Comedians Kevin Barnett, Jennifer Bartels, Lil Rel Howery, Jermaine Fowler, Josh Rabinowitz and The Lucas Bros. make up the ensemble of truTV's first sketch comedy series, which combines scripted scenes, man-on-the-street interviews and a recurring sketch revolving around the adventures of one Tracy Morgan Freeman.
USA, 10:31 pm ET
Eliza Coupe ("Happy Endings") heads a strong ensemble cast as driven attorney Nina Whitley in this new sitcom. The "Pilot" opens on perhaps the worst day in Nina's life, as she learns that her ex-fiance is getting married and her high-power firm has passed her over for a partnership. Her meltdown is so spectacular that she finds herself shunned by the business world and forced to take a job at the Public Defender's office. Jay Harrington ("Better Off Ted") and Oscar Nunez ("The Office") also star.