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Sat, October 25

College Football

ABC, 8:00 pm ET

The Penn State Nittany Lions (4-2) look to end a two-game skid when they face the No. 13 Ohio State Buckeyes in a Big Ten encounter.

Trisha's Southern Kitchen

FOOD, 10:30 am ET
Trisha

Ree Drummond visits Trisha in the kitchen for a new episode called "Blue Plate Special," which finds the two old friends sharing their favorite things about Oklahoma and cherished childhood memories, while whipping up such classic diner comfort food as chicken-fried steak, spinach with bacon and onions, baked macaroni and cheese, all topped off with a chocolate pie.

Austin City Limits

PBS, 8:00 pm ET

Probably best known as the leader of the band Wilco, songwriter Jeff Tweedy performs with his son, Spencer, in his spinoff band with members of the group Lucius in the new episode "Tweedy." The group performs numbers from their recent release "Sukierae."

My Cat From Hell

ANIMAL, 8:00 pm ET
My Cat From Hell

In the new episode "Godzilla Attacks," Mudgie has a shattered pelvis and suffers impaired movement, and Godzilla, who is deaf, attacks her on a regular basis, probably because the two cannot successfully communicate. If Jackson can't find a way to establish peace, Godzilla may be heading back to the animal shelter. Elsewhere, longtime roommates Eric and Dustin may have to part because of Eric's feline Sweet Pea's peeing all over their house.

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters

HBO, 8:00 pm ET

Logan Lerman ("The Perks of Being a Wallflower") reprises the title part as the young descendant of Greek mythology's Poseidon in this 2013 fantasy-adventure, which sends Percy and his friends to a sea ruled by a legion of zombies. The heroes' mission is to retrieve the fabled Golden Fleece, but they may not survive to do so. Alexandra Daddario and Brandon T. Jackson also return, and notable cast additions include Stanley Tucci and Nathan Fillion ("Castle").

The Pirate Fairy

DISNEY, 8:00 pm ET

In this animated 2014 feature, Tinker Bell (voice of Mae Whitman) and her friends go in search of a wayward fairy (voice of Christina Hendricks, "Mad Men") who fled Pixie Hollow and joined up with a band of scheming pirates led by the future Captain Hook (voice of Tom Hiddleston, "Thor"). The voice cast also includes Megan Hilty, Lucy Liu, Raven-Symone and Pamela Adlon.

High School Possession

LIFETIME, 8:00 pm ET

Lauren, a high school newspaper editor, becomes fascinated with demonic possession after witnessing a preacher and a church youth group perform an exorcism on a troubled classmate. When the girl seems to benefit from the treatment, Lauren begins to think her out-of-control best friend Chloe might be likewise possessed. Unfortunately, she soon discovers the church group may not have Chloe's best interests at heart. Jennifer Stone, Janel Parrish, Ione Skye and Kelly Hu star.

Ghost Adventures

TRAVEL, 9:00 pm ET
Ghost Adventures

A new episode called "Island of the Dolls" takes Zak Bagans, Nick Groff and Aaron Goodwin to Xochimoco, Mexico, where the team finds -- near the city's dark and creepy canals -- one of the world's scariest tourist attractions: Isla de las Munecas ("isle of the dolls"), which is also home to a very eerie mystery.

Transporter: The Series

TNT, 9:00 pm ET

In the new episode "Hot Ice," Frank (Chris Vance), in Toronto, is tasked with breaking into a high-security bank vault to retrieve a package containing a data stick that holds extremely sensitive information that could implicate a senior official in the African blood diamond trade. In the process, however, he is attacked by a hit squad, then locked away while a security officer (Katheryn Winnick, "Vikings") falsely accuses him of killing a colleague.

Buying Alaska

DEST AMERICA, 9:00 pm ET
Buying Alaska

The new episode "Tundra Town" finds former Arizona natives Eric and Kendra in the process of relocating from their previous home in the desert near Phoenix to Delta Junction, located on the tundra of Alaska. The couple faces a major adjustment under the best of circumstances, so they're desperately hoping to find a new place here in a remote part of the last frontier that really feels like home.

The Good Witch's Wonder

HALLMARK, 9:00 pm ET

Catherine Bell returns to her role as Cassie Nightingale in the seventh film of the "Good Witch" film series, which finds Cassie rushing to plan her stepson's (Matthew Knight) wedding, while also heading a silent auction fundraiser at the request of the new mayor (Catherine Disher). When several auction items go missing, Cassie worries the culprit may be a new employee (Rachel Wilson) at her bookstore. Chris Potter and Hannah Endicott-Douglas also star.

Railroad Alaska

DEST AMERICA, 10:00 pm ET
Railroad Alaska

This new unscripted series follows a determined and resourceful crew of railroaders as they brave bone-chilling temperatures to defy Mother Nature by keeping the trains running no matter what. In "Bear Attack," the series premiere, the freight crew struggles to make a delivery to a salvage crew that is stranded in the wilderness. Later, Jim James returns from town with a surprise for his wife.

Animation Domination High-Def

FOX, 11:00 pm ET

Mary Mack and Josh Miller head the voice cast in four episodes of "Golan the Insatiable." "A Pox on Your Pox" finds Golan's escape plans complicated by Dylan's chicken pox. In "Dylan Crushes Reading," Golan vows to help teach Dylan to read instead of mooning over a boy. Golan tells everyone he's in a relationship with the Tooth Fairy in "Escape to Tooth Mountain." Finally, the family ditches Golan for a family funeral in "Deer Uncle Gerald."

Sun, October 26

NFL Football

NBC, 8:20 pm ET

It’s unlikely that NBC will want to flex out this Sunday Night Football matchup between two NFC contenders with potent offenses. Aaron Rodgers leads the Green Bay Packers into the Mercedes-Benz Superdome to duel with Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints.

The Simpsons

FXX, 12:00 pm ET
The Simpsons

FXX airs all 24 "Treehouse of Horror" Halloween special episodes of "The Simpsons" in a marathon today, featuring plenty of "The Twilight Zone" parodies, and lots of alien invasions by Kang and Kodos.

NASCAR Racing

ESPN, 1:30 pm ET

The Eliminator Round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup begins with today's Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500, meaning the field of hopefuls for the Cup title has been narrowed to four. They and the rest of the series' drivers will trade paint on the .526-mile oval of Virginia's Martinsville Speedway, a course revered for its aggressive "boys have at it" style of racing. Jeff Gordon won this race a year ago.

Jake and the Never Land Pirates

DISNEY, 6:00 pm ET
Jake and the Never Land Pirates

Maia Mitchell ("The Fosters") lends her voice to the role of Wendy Darling and performs the new song "Once Upon a Time" in this new primetime special that finds Peter Pan enlisting Jake's help after the villainous Captain Hook steals Wendy's beloved storybook from the Darling home in London. Together the group races to retrieve the book before Never Land's tales are lost forever.

Bob's Burgers

FOX, 7:00 pm ET
Bob

It's no surprise that youngsters want as much candy as they can get on Halloween, but size truly does matter to the Belcher children in "Full Bars." Upon discovering one neighborhood is known for issuing regular-size candy bars, as opposed to the smaller versions often handed out to trick-or-treaters, they head straight for that block. Bob and Linda (voices of H. Jon Benjamin and John Roberts) go to a seasonal party with a black-and-orange motif.

Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion

ABC, 7:00 pm ET

An outgrowth of the animated series "Star Wars Rebels," this adventure features something in its broadcast debut that its earlier cable showings didn't: an extra scene that restores the voice of James Earl Jones to the iconic villain Darth Vader. The story finds a renegade starship crew helping to initiate a rebellion against the sinister Galactic Empire. Also in the voice cast are Freddie Prinze Jr., Vanessa Marshall, David Oyelowo and Jason Isaacs.

Masterpiece Classic

PBS, 8:00 pm ET
Masterpiece Classic

What is it about a watch that causes all sorts of actions and reactions at the Victorian-era department store? The mystery becomes clear in the course of the new offering "The Paradise, Season 2: Episode Five." As the puzzlement over the heirloom grows, duties change for a number of principals of the business. Joanna Vanderham, Emun Elliott, Elaine Cassidy and Ben Daniels star.

Guy's Grocery Games

FOOD, 8:00 pm ET
Guy

Brace yourself for a clash of the coupons as the initial four chefs try to make their best grilled dish in Budget Battle. Next, the contestants must incorporate a classic peanut butter and jelly combo into a decadent breakfast dish. The One Ingredient Per Aisle challenge tasks the final two chefs with making a tasty Sunday supper. G. Garvin, Troy Johnson and Catherine McCord are the judges for the new episode "Not Going to Budge-It."

Mammoth Unearthed

NGC, 8:00 pm ET

This gripping new two-hour special chronicles a desperate race by paleontologist Trevor Valle and archeologist Tim King to secure and research frozen mammoths that have begun to emerge from the melting Siberian permafrost. It's a herculean undertaking, as the pair must cope with not only a hostile environment but superstitious natives, uncooperative Russian officials and gangs that dig up mammoths to sell their tusks at exorbitant prices.

The Dorm

MTV, 8:01 pm ET

Vivian (Alexis Knapp, "Pitch Perfect"), a shy and self-conscious college freshman, transforms into a flawless, seductive beauty after she begins rooming with a popular coed at their school. At first, Vivian is thrilled by her metamorphosis, but when she begins to question the true motives of her new dorm mates, she uncovers a mind-boggling evil lurking inside her residence hall. Cassie Steele ("DeGrassi: The Next Generation"), Max Lloyd Jones ("Teen Wolf") and Jake Croker also star in this new TV movie.

Madam Secretary

CBS, 8:30 pm ET
Madam Secretary

A request to the president (Keith Carradine) to help resolve a troublesome situation in Western Africa has surprising, not-pleasant results for Elizabeth (Tea Leoni) in the new episode "The Call." Oscar and Emmy winner Louis Gossett Jr., who's been getting back into television in a big way -- as with his recurring role on "Extant" -- guest stars as a clergyman who's party to the diplomatic trouble. Tim Daly, Bebe Neuwirth and Zeljko Ivanek also star.

Masterpiece Mystery!

PBS, 9:00 pm ET
Masterpiece Mystery!

The follow-up to Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice," as envisioned by mystery novelist P.D. James, begins with Part 1 of a new adaptation of "Death Comes to Pemberley." The now-married Elizabeth and Darcy, played by Anna Maxwell Martin and Matthew Rhys ("The Americans"), host a lavish event at their estate. An uninvited guest (Jenna Coleman, "Doctor Who") arrives and sparks events that lead to a murder charge and a trial. Matthew Goode also stars.

Boardwalk Empire

HBO, 9:00 pm ET
Boardwalk Empire

The Emmy-winning Prohibition-era drama has its last call after five seasons with "Eldorado," the series finale. Nucky (Steve Buscemi) looks into relocating to Manhattan following a shakeup, but not before Margaret (Kelly Macdonald) manages to impress him. Luciano (Vincent Piazza) wraps up some unfinished business as he is establishing a mob commission. Willie (Ben Rosenfield) lets the U.S. Attorney in on some underworld details. Gretchen Mol also stars.

Halloween Wars

FOOD, 9:00 pm ET

The competition gets down to an epic final battle between the last two teams, each of whom will need all the mad skills of pumpkin carving, cake decorating and sugar artistry to create a display that captures the deranged spirit of a haunted carnival. Horror actor Lew Temple ("The Walking Dead") joins judges Brian Kinney and Shinmin Li to decide which team takes home the championship and $50,000 grand prize.

Oprah: Where Are They Now?

OWN, 9:00 pm ET
Oprah: Where Are They Now?

Jasmine Guy, Kadeem Hardison, Darryl M. Bell, Dawnn Lewis, Cree Summer, Sinbad and Debbie Allen share the stage with Oprah as she hosts a reunion of the cast of the 1987-93 NBC sitcom "A Different World." In addition to bringing fans up to date on their activities, the former castmates also talk about their favorite memories from the show. Also: updates from Finola Hughes of "General Hospital" and Paul Stanley of KISS.

Resurrection

ABC, 9:00 pm ET
Resurrection

Not happy about Barbara's (guest star April Billingsley) efforts to patch things up with Fred and Maggie (Matt Craven, Devin Kelley), Margaret (guest star Michelle Fairley) becomes determined to derail those in the new episode "Will." Bellamy (Omar Epps) has multiple reasons to worry about an illness that is making its way through the returned. Frances Fisher, Mark Hildreth, Samaire Armstrong and Kurtwood Smith also star.

Ghost Stalkers

DEST AMERICA, 9:00 pm ET
Ghost Stalkers

Over the course of two nights, John and Chad investigate a possible ghost portal at the Whispers Estate in Mitchell, Ind., where past visitors have reported sometimes violent hauntings and other paranormal activity. The more the duo investigates, the more it seems the property is a sentient entity that has them in its crosshairs in the new episode "Whispers Estate."

The Good Wife

CBS, 9:30 pm ET
The Good Wife

Carrie Preston returns in her Emmy-winning role as deceptively scattered Elsbeth Tascioni in this new episode, uniting the lawyer with Alicia (fellow Emmy winner Julianna Margulies) in defending clients of both of theirs against charges brought by the government. Diane (Christine Baranski) considers moving her new partners into her old office. Michael J. Fox, Kyle MacLachlan and Ana Gasteyer also reprise their recurring roles in the guest-packed tale.

Cutthroat Kitchen

FOOD, 10:00 pm ET
Cutthroat Kitchen

Cue the music from "Raiders of the Lost Ark"! In the new episode "The Undertater," one chef tries to outrun a giant boulder made of aluminum foil, but two chefs set aside their competitive spirit long enough to cook for each other. Finally, a chef is forced to play a memory game to retrieve lost ingredients.

Revenge

ABC, 10:01 pm ET
Revenge

Emily (Emily VanCamp) might not be all the way back to square one, but she's certainly had setbacks in her scheming -- so she initiates a reboot in the new episode "Repercussions." Victoria and David Clarke (Madeleine Stowe, James Tupper) are both major factors in Emily's need to rethink her strategy. Josh Bowman, Nick Wechsler and Gabriel Mann also star.

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

CBS, 10:30 pm ET
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

There's no rest for the weary -- nor, apparently, for a CSI -- as the new episode "Girls Gone Wilder" suggests. Julie, Sara and Morgan (Elisabeth Shue, Jorja Fox, Elisabeth Harnois) are the "girls" in question as they try to get in some rest and relaxation while attending a forensics conference. That's not to be, since a shooting at the site immediately puts them back on the job. Michael Landes, who had a different role on this show a decade ago, guest stars.

Great Estates Scotland

PBS, 10:30 pm ET

The concluding episode of the series focuses on Rosslyn Chapel, which may look familiar to viewers of the Tom Hanks-starring, Ron Howard-directed screen version of "The Da Vinci Code": Part of the movie was filmed there. It turned out to be an appropriate location, since the site has several mysteries of its own. Some think it houses the legendary Holy Grail, while others believe the history of Jesus Christ is linked to it.

Mon, October 27

The Blacklist

NBC, 10:00 pm ET

As if things usually aren't wild enough for Red and Liz (James Spader, Megan Boone), they delve into the illegal practice of wildlife poaching -- steered in that direction by a badly mutilated corpse thrown back from the sea -- in the new episode "The Mombasa Cartel." Ressler (Diego Klattenhoff) has troubles of his own with a hard habit to break ... which just might end up breaking him. Harry Lennix and Amir Arison also star.

Halloween

AMC, 7:00 pm ET

Jamie Lee Curtis stars in this low-budget but high-quality 1978 horror movie from director John Carpenter. A murderous man returns after 15 years to continue the homicidal rampage he began as a boy. This film spawned numerous sequels. Donald Pleasence co-stars. As Alfred Hitchcock did with "Psycho," Carpenter makes his audience think they are seeing violence that is never actually depicted. He also composed the insidious little musical earworm that recurs throughout much of his movie.

Antiques Roadshow

PBS, 8:00 pm ET
Antiques Roadshow

The wrap-up of a new three-part program from Jacksonville, Fla., involves history to a major degree. A woman seeks the value of an autographed photograph of NASA's "Mercury 7" astronauts given to her by her father-in-law, an Air Force officer. Also assessed: a document signed by Abraham Lincoln and given to its current holder's great-great-great-uncle for serving with the then-president in a mission to see slavery abolished. Mark L. Walberg is the host.

The Voice

NBC, 8:00 pm ET

Taylor Swift knows a thing or two -- or 100 -- about musical success that she can impart to this show's contestants. In the same week her new album "1989" debuts, the superstar makes her first of several appearances as the competition's so-called Knockout Rounds begin with "The Knockouts Premiere." She gives pointers to the hopefuls chosen by all four of this season's principal coaches: Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams.

2 Broke Girls

CBS, 8:00 pm ET
2 Broke Girls

No stranger to unscripted shows, Kim Kardashian West may prove helpful to Max and Caroline (Kat Dennings, Beth Behrs) as she plays herself in this sitcom's fourth-season premiere, "And the Reality Problem." The waitresses and cupcake entrepreneurs get a chance to appear in an episode of "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" -- and you can expect comedic complications to ensue. Series co-creator and executive producer Michael Patrick King wrote the story.

The Originals

CW, 8:00 pm ET
The Originals

Davina and Mikael (Danielle Campbell, Sebastian Roche) seek refuge from Klaus (Joseph Morgan) in the new episode "Live and Let Die." Cami (Leah Pipes) complicates matters by accidentally letting Klaus know where they are, then goes with him. Aided by Elijah and Marcel (Daniel Gillies, Charles Michael Davis), Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) tries to stop Vincent's (guest star Yusuf Gatewood) campaign to create an army of werewolves by enlisting teens.

Gotham

FOX, 8:00 pm ET
Gotham

In different ways, the past comes back to haunt both Gordon and Bullock (Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue) anew in the new episode "Spirit of the Goat." As a murderer preys upon children of members of the city's high society, Bullock recalls a very similar case he worked before. Previous actions by Gordon have fresh fallout. Guest stars include Carol Kane and Dan Hedaya. Jada Pinkett Smith, Erin Richards and David Mazouz also star.

Hair Jacked

TRUTV, 8:00 pm ET
Hair Jacked

Some members of the creative team from NBC's recently renewed "Hollywood Game Night" are behind this new comic weekly game show. In each episode, host Jon Gabrus and his accomplices take over a working hair salon and ambush unsuspecting clients with an array of pop culture games in which the contestants could win up to $10,000 -- or go home with one very strange new haircut.

NFL Football

ESPN, 8:15 pm ET

Monday Night Football features this heated rivalry game between NFC East foes as Robert Griffin III and the Washington Redskins visit Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium.

The Millers

CBS, 8:30 pm ET
The Millers

Divorce has been in their plans for some time, so both Carol and Tom (Margo Martindale, Beau Bridges) are stunned by their reactions when it's finally time for push to come to shove in the new episode "Reunited and It Feels So Bad." Signing the papers turns out to be not as easy as they expected, prompting them to rethink the matter. The situation also prompts Nathan and Debbie (Will Arnett, Jayma Mays) to fear their parents actually might stay together.

Bizarre Foods With Andrew Zimmern

TRAVEL, 9:00 pm ET
Bizarre Foods With Andrew Zimmern

The fearless foodie dusts off his passport once again to globe hop in search of some of the most unusual and, um, challenging local dishes world cuisine has to offer. In his new season opener, "Mexico City: Corn Smut and Ant Eggs," Andrew samples such acquired tastes as stewed pig knuckles, worms and ant eggs, and fish-egg tamales. Better him that the rest of us, right?

Sleepy Hollow

FOX, 9:00 pm ET
Sleepy Hollow

The son of Sheriff August Corbin (Clancy Brown) comes back from military duty in the new episode "And the Abyss Gazes Back," and while his father -- or, more accurately, his deceased father's spirit -- is glad to have him home, something seems amiss. Ichabod and Abbie (Tom Mison, Nicole Beharie) notice it, then worry that the returnee might have something sinister in mind. Orlando Jones, Katia Winter and John Noble also star.

Scorpion

CBS, 9:00 pm ET
Scorpion

Is it the end for Team Scorpion already? Not likely, given this show's ratings so far -- but that threat is an element of the new episode "True Colors." The geniuses must get a psychiatric evaluation after allegedly taking drastic measures regarding an art exhibit. Paige (Katharine McPhee) needs her colleagues' help to deal with son Ralph's (Riley B. Smith) negativity about a Halloween party at school. Linda Hunt guest stars in her "NCIS: Los Angeles" role.

Jane the Virgin

CW, 9:00 pm ET
Jane the Virgin

The future of Jane and Michael (Gina Rodriguez, Brett Dier) is uncertain, to put it mildly, in the new "Chapter Three." She puts much thought into where they may be headed under her new circumstances. Alba (Ivonne Coll) tries to prevent Rogelio (Jaime Camil) from making the situation even more complicated. Jane worries whether Petra (Yael Grobglas) will be a suitable mother. Filmmaker Brad Silberling ("City of Angels") directed the story.

Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown

HBO, 9:00 pm ET

Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger produced this feature-length profile of the music icon often called "the hardest working man in show business." The estate of the late musician gave Oscar-winning director Alex Gibney ("Taxi to the Dark Side") unprecedented access to its archives, providing rare footage, interviews and photograph that vividly chronicle Brown's musical ascension from his first hit ("Please, Please, Please" in 1956) to his electrifying performances at the Apollo Theater and elsewhere.

NCIS: Los Angeles

CBS, 9:59 pm ET
NCIS: Los Angeles

In Mexico, Callen and Sam (Chris O'Donnell, LL Cool J) seek the one person who escaped a shooting incident at the Department of Defense in the new episode "Black Budget." Back at headquarters, the agents' colleagues search for the reason behind the tragedy. Guest stars include magician Bill Malone, John Billingsley ("Star Trek: Enterprise") and Diana Maria Riva ("The Bridge"). Linda Hunt, Daniela Ruah and Eric Christian Olsen also star.

Independent Lens

PBS, 10:00 pm ET
Independent Lens

Modes of transportation in Japan long have been characterized by an apparent need for speed, the pros and cons of which are examined in the new documentary "Brakeless." The film revolves around the 2005 crash of a commuter train into an apartment building, which resulted in more than 100 deaths. The cause was determined to be the driver's attempt to compensate for an 80-second delay, raising questions of whether such punctuality is necessary.

Fake Off

TRUTV, 10:00 pm ET

Ten teams of performers compete in the art of faking, a mix of theater, acrobatics, black light and illusion, to put a jaw-dropping spin on moments in pop culture. Fake Off is hosted by actor and dancer Robert Hoffman and features judges Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas from music group TLC, visual and concept designer Michael Curry and actor/dancer/choreographer Harry Shum Jr. (Glee).

Hollidaysburg

STARZ, 10:00 pm ET

One of two indie comedies (along with "Not Cool") created under the auspices of the Starz reality series "The Chair," Anna Martemucci's 2014 film revolves around four Pennsylvania high-school acquaintances who reconnect over Thanksgiving college vacation, only to discover how much has changed for them in a very short time. Tobin Mitnick, Claire Chapelli, Tristan Erwin and Rachel Keller star.

My Online Bride

TLC, 10:00 pm ET

This UK documentary series import follows a diverse assortment of British men who are thinking outside the box as they seek companionship. At 46, Chris, a divorced father of two, tries his luck on a popular Bangkok "romance tour," while Mike, 26, is traveling to Ukraine to meet Tatyana, with whom he has been chatting online for weeks. Elsewhere, Apple, a 29-year-old Thai bride, arrives in the UK to be with her new husband, Sam, 30.

Castle

ABC, 10:01 pm ET
Castle

The fame that can be gleaned from the Internet isn't always pleasant, as one person finds out the hard way in the new episode "Meme for Murder." That individual ends up slain, and afterward, Castle and Beckett (Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic) are alarmed to find images from the crime scene posted on a website. They also fear the killer may strike again. Susan Sullivan, Molly Quinn and Jon Huertas also star.

Tue, October 28

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.

NCIS

CBS, 8:00 pm ET
NCIS

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
Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

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.

The Flash

CW, 8:00 pm ET
The Flash

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.

NBA Basketball

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.

Supernatural

CW, 9:00 pm ET
Supernatural

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
Marvel

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
NCIS: New Orleans

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.

Makers

PBS, 9:00 pm ET
Makers

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.

Marry Me

NBC, 9:01 pm ET
Marry Me

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
About a Boy

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
How to be a Grown Up

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.

Frontline

PBS, 10:00 pm ET
Frontline

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
Sons of Anarchy

"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.

Chopped

FOOD, 10:00 pm ET
Chopped

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.

Impractical Jokers

TRUTV, 10:00 pm ET
Impractical Jokers

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.

Forever

ABC, 10:00 pm ET
Forever

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.

Resort Rescue

TRAVEL, 10:00 pm ET
Resort Rescue

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
Prison Wives Club

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.

Not Cool

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
Person of Interest

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.

Chicago Fire

NBC, 10:01 pm ET
Chicago Fire

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.

Benched

USA, 10:31 pm ET
Benched

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.

Wed, October 29

American Horror Story: Freak Show

FX, 10:00 pm ET

In the new episode "Edward Mordrake, Part 2," Edward Mordrake (Wes Bentley, "American Beauty") continues his search for a freak to add to his ghostly ensemble. Elsewhere, Elsa (Jessica Lange) shares a hair-raising account of her days in Germany, while Jimmy and Maggie (Evan Peters, Emma Roberts) have a run-in with Twisty (John Carroll Lynch), the psycho clown.

Nature

PBS, 8:00 pm ET
Nature

Call it a "Lord of the Flies" of another species: "Snow Monkeys" shows the title creatures adjusting to a social system of their own in the Shiga Highlands of Japan, with their leader not entirely comfortable in that position. Another monkey extends himself, and the two forge a mutually beneficial bond. Changes of seasons and births of new members cause alterations to the ranks -- and also force the development of the monkeys' traits and skills.

The Middle

ABC, 8:00 pm ET
The Middle

Different definitions of "scary" exist during trick-or-treat season, and Frankie and Mike (Patricia Heaton, Neil Flynn) discover a new one in the new episode "Halloween V." It involves Brick (Atticus Shaffer), whose atypical decision to invite a girl home worries them. Sue (Eden Sher) tries to arrange a showing of "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" in an actual pumpkin patch. Axl (Charlie McDermott) is trapped in a library after it closes.

Arrow

CW, 8:00 pm ET
Arrow

Oliver (Stephen Amell) gets troubling information from the newly returned Nyssa (guest star Katrina Law) in the new episode "The Magician." The news that Malcolm Merlyn (John Barrowman) is still alive gives Oliver a fresh hunch about the circumstances of Sara's death. Laurel (Katie Cassidy) isn't at all happy that Nyssa is back. Oliver and Roy (Colton Haynes) make overtures to Thea (Willa Holland). Matt Nable guest stars as Nyssa's father, Ra's al Ghul.

The Mysteries of Laura

NBC, 8:00 pm ET
The Mysteries of Laura

An art gallery owner's son's death takes Laura (Debra Messing) and her police comrades to Koreatown in the new episode "The Mystery of the Art Ace." Paintings aren't the only aspect of the investigation, since gambling and karaoke also have places in the probe. The card-playing has a personal aspect for Laura, since a poker game brings her back into contact with her long-estranged father -- played by guest star, and veteran comedian, Robert Klein.

Psycho

TCM, 8:00 pm ET

Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 thriller gave Janet Leigh a lifelong fear of showers, Anthony Perkins a lifelong typecasting albatross and the horror genre a whole new set of conventions. Perkins is at his chilling best as murderous, mom-fixated motel manager Norman Bates, a role he reprised in three sequels. Leigh won a Golden Globe and earned an Oscar nomination for her portrayal of the embezzler on the run who checks into the Bates Motel but doesn't check out.

Dylan Thomas: A Poet in New York

BBCA, 8:00 pm ET

A life filled with passion, fame and the harsh realities of addiction is the story behind Dylan Thomas (Tom Hollander), one of the most renowned poets the world has ever seen. The creator of some of the most memorable lines in the English language, his brilliance, popularity and electrifying tours made him a much-loved celebrity in the US. But his failing marriage, heightened fame and wild, hard-drinking lifestyle led to his untimely death in 1953 at the age of just 39. Marking the centenary of his birth, this film explores the adored poet's final days in New York City.

NBA Basketball

ESPN, 8:00 pm ET

ESPN’s NBA regular-season coverage begins tonight at New York’s Madison Square Garden as the Chicago Bulls visit the Knicks. The second game of the doubleheader has the Oklahoma City Thunder at the Portland Trail Blazers.

The Goldbergs

ABC, 8:30 pm ET
The Goldbergs

Pops (George Segal) needs a place to stay after a literally fiery finish to a Halloween party gets him evicted in the new episode "Family Takes Care of Beverly." The Goldberg homestead is his first stop after Beverly (Wendi McLendon-Covey) opens the door to him, but she and others quickly find that a little Pops goes a long way. Barry (Troy Gentile) tries to prevent Erica (Hayley Orrantia) from possibly being harmed by Pop Rocks candy.

NOVA

PBS, 9:00 pm ET
NOVA

Aerial combat is a given now, but at the start of World War I, such vehicles were lucky to stay in the air -- moreover with weapons being fired from them. The new episode "First Air War" recalls those planes, taking into consideration how much they were improved over the course of the conflict. Aviation enthusiasts involved in giving new life to the early versions participate in the hour, explaining how the planes did much to determine the course of the war.

Criminal Minds

CBS, 9:00 pm ET
Criminal Minds

Talk about a seasonally timed cautionary tale: Halloween means terror for a youngster and his loved ones when he vanishes while trick-or-treating in the new episode "Boxed In," directed by Thomas Gibson, alias the show's Hotchner. The boy's disappearance in San Diego coincides with the return of another child exactly one year after disappearing. Gibson's son Travis appears as a friend of the newly missing boy. Pamela Reed also guest stars.

Modern Family

ABC, 9:00 pm ET
Modern Family

Traditional organizer Claire (Julie Bowen) cedes the family's Halloween plans to Phil (Ty Burrell) in the new episode "Halloween 3: AwesomeLand." Gloria and Jay (Sofia Vergara, Ed O'Neill) have differing opinions on which costumes to wear. Mitch's (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) plans for handling a case in court are disrupted by the stenographer's unexpected outfit. Steve Zahn ("That Thing You Do!") and Andrea Anders ("Joey") guest star.

American Pickers

HISTORY, 9:00 pm ET
American Pickers

The start of a new season finds Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz trying a more systematic approach in their mission to recycle America. In the season opener, "The More You No," Frank and Mike start their picking in one corner of Virginia, while Danielle and Robbie, Mike's brother, scour another part of the state. Mike and Frank hit a car and carriage museum with a collection dating back to 1725, while Danielle and Robbie seek treasures in a former collector's cluttered home.

The 100

CW, 9:00 pm ET
The 100

Just because you're the president doesn't mean you won't be questioned, as Dante Wallace (guest star Raymond Barry) learns from Clarke's (Eliza Taylor) interrogation in the new episode "Inclement Weather." Kane (Henry Ian Cusick) launches his own probe, seeking answers from a member of The 100. Abby's (Paige Turco) surgical skills are needed on short notice. Octavia (Marie Avgeropoulos) throws propriety out the window in searching for Lincoln (Ricky Whittle).

Cutthroat Kitchen

FOOD, 9:00 pm ET
Cutthroat Kitchen

Chefs Melissa d'Arabian, Elizabeth Falkner, Alex Guarnaschelli and Fabio Viviani compete for the final spot in the grand finale. To get there, though, they'll have to cope with sabotages that include gambling for ingredients, swapping their knives and utensils for implements made of cheese and cooking in banana leaves in the new episode "Superstar Sabotage: Heat Four."

blackish

ABC, 9:31 pm ET
blackish

Dre (Anthony Anderson) worries when his older children don't want to take part in a family tradition of Halloween in the new episode "The Prank King." Indeed, ever-escalating pranks typify the occasion in the Johnson household, and Dre fears that not having everyone involved will be a huge downer. Tracee Ellis Ross and Laurence Fishburne also star.

Nashville

ABC, 10:00 pm ET
Nashville

Juliette (Hayden Panettiere) decides to find out what Avery's (Jonathan Jackson) intentions for the forthcoming baby are -- or aren't -- in the new episode "Nobody Said It Was Going to Be Easy." Rayna's (Connie Britton) glee over her CMA Award nominations is tempered by her competition with Luke (Will Chase) for the top honor. Country singer Sara Evans and "Good Morning America's" Robin Roberts and Amy Robach appear as themselves.

Stalker

CBS, 10:00 pm ET
Stalker

Series creator Kevin Williamson's work on such movies as "Scream" confirms he's no stranger to eeriness, and he proves it again as writer of the new, Halloween-themed episode "The Haunting" ... as if this show needed Halloween to be spooky. A supposedly haunted house figures into the plot, as Beth (Maggie Q), Jack (Dylan McDermott) and their colleagues make their way through a costume party in search of a stalker who may already be dead.

How We Got to Now With Steven Johnson

PBS, 10:00 pm ET

"Light" is the subject in this new episode of author Steven Johnson's series, which expectedly goes all the way back to the invention of the bulb ... created by someone other than the often-credited Thomas Edison. Various examples of light affecting society, industry and technology over time are recounted -- in ways ranging from the complexity of helping mankind reach far into outer space, to the simplicity of enabling someone to read a book at night.

Barmageddon

TRUTV, 10:00 pm ET

In this sneak peak of an upcoming unscripted series, comic Mo Mandel travels each week to a different city to determine which of two local bar owners is better at his job. He does that in a supremely sneaky way, however: by seeing which of them makes more money while tending the other person's bar. Tonight's preview set in Baltimore, "Holy Frijoles vs. Fredericks on Fleet," pits former boxer and mixologist Jim against Geoff, a free-pouring free spirit.

Thu, October 30

NBA Basketball

TNT, 8:00 pm ET

It’s a big night in the NBA as LeBron James plays his first regular-season game back with the Cleveland Cavaliers when the Cavs host the N.Y. Knicks. Following that game, TNT airs the Oklahoma City Thunder at the L.A. Clippers.

College Football

ESPN, 7:30 pm ET

This marquee primetime matchup in the ACC has the Florida State Seminoles, fresh off their big win over Notre Dame, visiting the Louisville Cardinals at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.

The Biggest Loser

NBC, 8:00 pm ET

No, this isn't "Wipeout" -- though a certain challenge facing the remaining contestants in the new episode "Penalty Box" may make viewers think they've tuned into a different show. Huge treadmills positioned over water put the competitors to the test, and that's not the only one during the hour. The members of one of the teams go to Las Vegas without their trainer, while others have to perform cleaning chores effectively before they can move on.

Bones

FOX, 8:00 pm ET
Bones

Brennan (Emily Deschanel) is the keynote speaker at a forensic science convention, and it's no mystery she ends up in a mystery -- investigating someone's remains found during the event -- in the aptly titled new episode "The Corpse at the Convention." The stakes rise when Dr. Hodgins (TJ Thyne) becomes a suspect in the death. A professional rival (guest star Nora Dunn) causes Brennan additional discomfort. Amy Davidson ("8 Simple Rules") also guest stars.

The Vampire Diaries

CW, 8:00 pm ET
The Vampire Diaries

A homecoming party staged at the corn maze generates all sorts of complications in the new episode "The World Has Turned and Left Me Here." Elena (Nina Dobrev) asks Liam (guest star Marco James) to go with her to the event, which turns dangerous and prompts Alaric and Jo (Matt Davis, guest star Jodi Lyn O'Keefe) to initiate rescues. Stefan (Paul Wesley) seeks Caroline's (Candice Accola) help in counteracting trouble caused by Enzo (Michael Malarkey).

Food Truck Face Off

FOOD, 8:00 pm ET
Food Truck Face Off

On day one of the new episode "South Pasadena Truck-Off," the competitors learn that while the love of cooking is all well and good, it won't necessarily help you cope with the myriad challenges of successfully running a food truck. Day two offers little relief, either, as they have to compete not just against each other, but also more established food trucks during a very busy dinner service outside the local farmer's market. Alpana Singh, Steak Shapiro and Andrew Gruel are the judges; Jesse Palmer hosts.

It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

ABC, 8:00 pm ET

It just wouldn't be the season without this, right? Linus stakes out a spot in the pumpkin patch, hoping to catch a glimpse of the Great Pumpkin. While he continues his annual vigil, Charlie Brown discovers stones in his trick-or-treat bag, Lucy becomes maternal and Snoopy gets moonstruck. Created by "Peanuts" mentor Charles M. Schulz, the animated, long-beloved special -- originally televised in 1966 -- features the music of Vince Guaraldi.

American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards 2014

HALLMARK, 8:00 pm ET

James Denton and Beth Stern host the fourth annual awards ceremony honoring canine finalists for their remarkable devotion, bravery and companionship and celebrates the powerful relationship between dogs and people. The honorees are recognized in the categories of military, search & rescue, law enforcement, arson, guide and hearing, therapy and service. An eighth category, Emerging Hero Dog, recognizes ordinary pets who do extraordinary things.

Mom

CBS, 8:31 pm ET
Mom

On the strength of Allison Janney's recent award wins for the show, the sitcom starts Season 2 with "Hepatitis and Lemon Zest." The actress' character Bonnie gets plenty of screen time, and reasons for outrage, as she rails against daughter Christy's (Anna Faris) ill-advised decisions on spending. Christy gets a break from that situation as she supports a newly sober woman (guest star Jamie Pressly). Former "Soap" co-star Ted Wass directed the tale.

Scandal

ABC, 9:00 pm ET
Scandal

A convict who maintains he was wrongly sentenced for an assassination seeks Olivia's (Kerry Washington) help in the new episode "An Innocent Man." Mellie (Bellamy Young) feels a strong kinship with a former first lady. With the White House facing a new threat, Fitz (Tony Goldwyn) does something surprising. Brian Benben, who also worked for executive producer Shonda Rhimes on "Private Practice" (and is wed to "Revenge's" Madeleine Stowe), guest stars.

Project Runway All Stars

LIFETIME, 9:00 pm ET

Fourteen designers return for Season 4 of this spinoff series, which originally was conceived to give high-profile designers from past "Project Runway" seasons another chance at the title that eluded them the first time. As on Season 3, though, two former (and formidable) "Runway" winners, Dmitry Sholokhov (Season 10) and Michelle Lesniak (Season 11), are in the mix. Alyssa Milano is back to host and judge, along with Isaac Mizrahi and Georgina Chapman; Zanna Roberts Rassi returns to mentor the designers.

Reign

CW, 9:00 pm ET
Reign

A clash between religious factions looms, leading Mary and Francis (Adelaide Kane, Toby Regbo) to intercede, in the new episode "Blood for Blood." The timing is unfortunate for Greer's (Celina Sinden) planned nuptials, also since surprising information about Castleroy (guest star Michael Therriault) is exposed. A journal found by Kenna (Caitlin Stasey) provides eyebrow-raising information about certain skills of some court members. Anna Popplewell also stars.

Gracepoint

FOX, 9:00 pm ET
Gracepoint

As more is discovered about Jack's (Nick Nolte) questionable background, he finds steadily lessening acceptance among his neighbors in the new "Episode Five." Beth (Virginia Kull) decides to talk to reporters, complicating matters for detectives Carter and Miller (David Tennant, Anna Gunn). Michael Pena, Jacki Weaver, Josh Hamilton and Jessica Lucas also star.

Bad Judge

NBC, 9:00 pm ET
Bad Judge

Jury duty often isn't convenient for those who are called, and Rebecca (Kate Walsh) joins those ranks in the new episode "Judge and Jury." If one would expect her job to make her more prone to want to fulfill the obligation, forget about it -- especially since it comes at the same time as the Serpico Olympics. Gary (Ryan Hansen) is prepped by Tedward (Tone Bell) to take her place in the games, in case it comes to that. Rob Riggle guest stars.

Two and a Half Men

CBS, 9:01 pm ET
Two and a Half Men

The 12th and final season of "Two and a Half Men" premieres tonight. The major story for this season involves Walden (Ashton Kutcher) and Alan (Jon Cryer) trying to adopt a child as a gay married couple. The biggest question: Will Charlie Sheen’s character make a return from the dead?

A to Z

NBC, 9:30 pm ET
A to Z

Any fan of "Ghostbusters" knows Ray Parker Jr. had one of his biggest hits with the title song, so it's apt that he appears as himself in the appropriately titled new episode "E Is for Ectoplasm." He's sought to attend, and thus bring more attention to, a company Halloween party. Andrew and Zelda (Ben Feldman, Cristin Milioti) decide to join forces and throw their own bash to celebrate the occasion of trick-or-treating. Ben Falcone also guest stars.

The McCarthys

CBS, 9:30 pm ET
The McCarthys

The McCarthys are a tight-knit Boston family who are obnoxiously obsessed with sports. They’re loud, closed-minded and all competing to be the family favorite. Ronny (played by Tyler Ritter, whose father was the late John Ritter) is somewhat the black sheep of the family — he’s gay, civilized and doesn’t really care for sports. His father (Jack McGee), however, hires him to be an assistant basketball coach, and that’s where the story begins.

Parenthood

NBC, 10:00 pm ET
Parenthood

Crosby (Dax Shepard) is under the gun financially as the diner's business drops in the new episode "Too Big to Fail." The situation also takes an emotional toll on him, since he doesn't want to let Jabbar (Tyree Brown) down. Sarah and Hank (Lauren Graham, Ray Romano) stage a game night that doesn't turn out quite the way they planned, but Amber (Mae Whitman) provides a sizable assist. Drew (Miles Heizer) agonizes over choosing a major to pursue.

Elementary

CBS, 10:00 pm ET
Elementary

Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) returns from England to find a changed Watson (Lucy Liu) as the third season opens with "Enough Nemesis to Go Around." Not only has she been sleuthing independently, she has a new love interest (guest star Raza Jaffrey, "Smash"). Sherlock isn't alone, either: He's brought back novice detective Kitty Winter (guest star Ophelia Lovibond), who assists as he and Watson probe a drug kingpin's widow (guest star Gina Gershon).

Beat Bobby Flay

FOOD, 10:00 pm ET
Beat Bobby Flay

In the new episode "An International Affair," "Chopped" host Ted Allen and one of his frequent judges, Amanda Freitag, size up Canadian chef Rob Feenie and Italian-born chef Patrick D'Andrea to pick which is more likely to take down Bobby Flay. Their eventual pick faces off against Iron Chef Flay, judged by Franklin Becker, Mark Birnbaum, Andrew Friedman.

The Carbonaro Effect

TRUTV, 10:00 pm ET
The Carbonaro Effect

Magician Michael Carbonaro returns for more mischief in "Out of Control," his fall season premiere, which finds him in a holistic store treating customers to kale cannolis that seem too good to be true. Then, at a garden store, he startles green-thumb enthusiasts with seeds that seem immediately to sprout. Finally, at a toy store, he freaks out a co-worker by bringing a huge teddy bear to life.

How to Get Away With Murder

ABC, 10:00 pm ET
How to Get Away With Murder

Annalise (Viola Davis) takes a special interest in a case involving a man who previously was handed a death sentence by Asher's (Matt McGorry) father in the new episode "Freakin' Whack-a-Mole." The details of where Asher himself was on a pivotal night are revealed. Wes' (Alfred Enoch) continuing anger toward Annalise over withheld information worries her. Billy Brown, Jack Falahee and Katie Findlay also star.

Slednecks

MTV, 10:00 pm ET

An extended 90-minute special kicks off this comic new docuseries that revolves around a group of friends residing in rural Wasilla, Alaska. Apart from Samantha, 19, they're all in their early 20s, so the daily lives of these 11 self-described "Slednecks" are an unpredictable combination of relationship drama and extreme games ranging from polar-bear plunges to human catapulting.

Fri, October 31

Constantine

NBC, 10:00 pm ET

Miners in Western Pennsylvania deem John (Matt Ryan) their only hope of surviving an ancient Welsh spirit's targeting of them in the new episode "The Darkness Beneath." The town's other residents are in danger as well, and John finds an ally in the mysterious but capable Zed (Angelica Celaya) -- another character from the "Hellblazer" comics -- in trying to keep them safe. Harold Perrineau also stars.

Breeders' Cup Championship Friday

NBCSN, 5:00 pm ET

The biggest two days in horse racing get underway today at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., as champions in various categories are determined in the 2014 Breeders' Cup. Today's action consists of four races: the juvenile turf, the dirt mile, the juvenile fillies turf and the distaff. Nine more races, including the $5 million Classic, are on tomorrow's docket.

Last Man Standing

ABC, 8:00 pm ET
Last Man Standing

Mandy (Molly Ephraim) goes her own way, despite counsel from Mike (Tim Allen), as she tries to come up with the money to cover the taxes for her online clothing business in the new episode "Mike Advises Mandy." She turns to Bud (guest star Robert Forster) to provide the location when she decides to open a pop-up store. Nancy Travis and Hector Elizondo also star.

Whose Line Is It Anyway?

CW, 8:00 pm ET
Whose Line Is It Anyway?

With the much-bigger paydays he's getting for "The Big Bang Theory," Kunal Nayyar -- alias that sitcom's Raj -- doesn't have to do much guest-star work elsewhere. Thus, his appearance in this episode well could have been one of his last such gigs. He engages in improv with regular cast members Wayne Brady, Colin Mochrie and Ryan Stiles. Comic Brad Sherwood also makes a guest appearance. Aisha Tyler is the host.

On the Menu

TNT, 8:00 pm ET
On the Menu

As host of On the Menu, Ty Pennington leads competitors through each of the elimination challenges, while Emeril Lagasse provides his expertise as a seasoned chef and industry insider, using his vast knowledge of cooking, branding and sales to help the contestants shape their culinary creations. Tonight’s episode challenges a group of passionate home cooks to create a new signature dish for Emeril’s restaurant. The winning contestant’s dish will appear on Emeril’s menu tomorrow.

Night of the Living Dead

TCM, 8:00 pm ET

The granddaddy of all zombie flicks, this 1968 horror tale from George Romero has become a cult classic. Radiation causes the dead to rise from their graves and go in search of sustenance: specifically, human flesh. If you haven't seen it and think that because of its age, it can't be that scary or gory compared to more recent cinematic fare, think again. And do not let the little ones watch.

NBA Basketball

ESPN, 8:00 pm ET

LeBron James, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving lead the Cleveland Cavaliers against Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah and the Chicago Bulls in ESPN’s first game. The second game has Blake Griffin’s L.A. Clippers against Kobe Bryant’s L.A. Lakers.

Cristela

ABC, 8:31 pm ET
Cristela

Cristela (Cristela Alonzo) is eager to show off her skills as a "party whisperer," so she asks Trent (Sam McMurray) to let her handle this year's Halloween bash. She also persuades Maddie (Justine Lupe) to join her in dressing up as Hall & Oates. On the homefront, Halloween-hating Natalia (Terri Hoyos) opts instead to observe the Day of the Dead, and the neighborhood responds in surprising style. Gabriel Iglesias also stars in the new episode "Hall-Oates-Ween."

America's Next Top Model

CW, 9:00 pm ET

It's always helpful for a breath to be taken, and for a recap to be provided, once this show is well into one of its cycles. That occurs in "What Happens on ANTM Stays on ANTM," as host Tyra Banks leads a review of what happened in the preceding 10 episodes. The path that led 31 contestants to be reduced to the current field of seven is traced. Miss J is back among the judges, joining Kelly Cutrone and Yu Tsai in assessing the developments thus far.

Shark Tank

ABC, 9:00 pm ET
Shark Tank

Does the idea of an exercise outfit that provides built-in weight training grab you? A Georgia man hopes so ... and also hopes it does the same for the Sharks as he presents his unique clothing line in this new episode. A Spokane man with a view toward maintaining well-kept facial hair also is featured, as are New Yorkers whose karaoke machine lets its users sound like actual music superstars. The Sharks include Mark Cuban, Lori Greiner and Kevin O'Leary.

Hawaii Five-0

CBS, 9:00 pm ET
Hawaii Five-0

Timing doesn't get better than a Halloween story airing on Halloween, much less one directed by Joe Dante ("Gremlins"). A copycat killer, who is patterning murders on those depicted by a slasher movie, is pursued by the Five-0 team in the new episode "Ho'oma'ike" (Hawaiian for "Unmasked"). The detectives also have yet another abduction to deal with ... the victim being Jerry (Jorge Garcia). NFL veteran Eric Dickerson guest stars as himself.

Grimm

NBC, 9:00 pm ET
Grimm

Several assaults that deprive the victims of their memories lead Nick (David Giuntoli) to debate whether to assume his Grimm powers again in the new episode "Octopus Head." Trubel (guest star Jacqueline Toboni) gets into trouble by trying to assist in the case. While a prisoner in Vienna, Adalind (Claire Coffee) gets new information concerning herself and Nick. Captain Renard's (Sasha Roiz) survival may depend upon a mystery woman (guest star Louise Lombard).

Reasonable Doubt

STARZ, 9:00 pm ET

After hot-shot young District Attorney Mitch Brockden (Dominic Cooper) commits a fatal hit-and-run, his guilty conscience compels him to manipulate the case so that Clinton Davis (Samuel L. Jackson), the man who was wrongfully arrested for the crime, is acquitted. After the trial, however, Mitch discovers that his actions have freed a murderer who is likely to kill again. Erin Karpluk, Gloria Reuben and Ryan Robbins also star.

Michael Feinstein at the Rainbow Room -- PBS Arts Fall Festival

PBS, 9:00 pm ET

Well-known as a keeper of the flame of the Great American Songbook, Feinstein leads a salute to such tunes at the title New York site, newly restored and reopened on its 80th anniversary. Christine Ebersole, Cheyenne Jackson, "American Idol" alum Jessica Sanchez, actress June Squibb ("Nebraska") and the tap-dancing Manzari Brothers also participate. "Desperate Housewives" and "Devious Maids" mentor Marc Cherry wrote, produced and directed the hour.

Ghost Adventures: Ireland's Celtic Demons

TRAVEL, 9:00 pm ET

This two-hour special explores how Halloween's roots stretch all the way back to 500 B.C. in the Celtic part of the world, where the holiday was known as Samhain. It was a time of year when the veil between the worlds of the living and the dead was believed to be thinnest, allowing ghosts and demons to cross over into the mortal realm. To appease the spirits, the Celts offered treats of cakes and other foods and dressed in costumes.

Art in the Twenty-First Century

PBS, 10:00 pm ET
Art in the Twenty-First Century

Not everything in a work of art is necessarily visible immediately, and a new episode delves into the "Secrets" behind several such creations and those who have devised them. Elliott Hundley, Trevor Paglen and Arlene Shechet are the showcased talents who discuss how they approach their projects -- which they intend to be more than meets the eye, quite literally.

Blue Bloods

CBS, 10:00 pm ET
Blue Bloods

The NYPD goes up against an international criminal in the new episode "Most Wanted." Frank and Danny (Tom Selleck, Donnie Wahlberg) pursue the slippery felon who has evaded murder convictions numerous times -- but with the Reagans on his back, it's likely his number is up. The cost of sending Nicky (Sami Gayle) to college makes Erin (Bridget Moynahan) consider starting her own practice, prompting her to consult a law-school friend (guest star Rebecca Mader).

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