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Wednesday, Oct. 5: Tune to The CW’s Frequency

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Wednesday, Oct. 5

Frequency
The CW, 9pm
New Series!
Police detective Raimy Sullivan (Peyton List) and her long-dead cop dad (Riley Smith) connect across two decades via a mysterious ham radio. The clever daughter is able to thwart an attempt on her father’s life, but it causes a butterfly effect that changes the present. Now, she and her father work over the airwaves and across time to solve decades-old crimes while trying to preserve life as she knows it.

Arrow
The CW, 8pm
Season Premiere!
At the end of last season, Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) saw Diggle (David Ramsey) and Thea (Willa Holland) leave his team, and found himself fighting crime on his own. This season, Oliver will become the city’s new mayor, and executive producer Wendy Mericle hints, “We’re going to be exploring him as a hero — both in a very kind of traditional sense as the mayor, and also as the Green Arrow.” Other teases for the season include the introduction of the character Vigilante, and Dolph Lundgren playing a Russian bad guy.

Total Bellas
E!, 8pm
New Series!
Wrestling superstar twins Nikki and Brie Bella open up their home (and their personal lives) to E! cameras in this new reality series.

Major League Baseball: National League Wild-Card Game
ESPN, 8pm Live
The pressure is on the National League’s two wild-card playoff teams in this win-or-go-home showdown for the right to move on to the NL Division Series beginning Oct. 7.

Blindspot: “If Beth”
NBC, 8pm
Nas (Archie Panjabi) and Weller (Sullivan Stapleton) navigate their new dynamic as co-leaders during the team’s hunt for a museum gala assassin, who turns out to be harboring a dark secret. Meanwhile, Jane (Jaimie Alexander) starts to see a softer side of her old organization.

Speechless: “B-O-N—BONFIRE”
ABC, 8:30pm
Just as JJ (Micah Fowler) is making friends at school, Maya (Minnie Driver) forces the cancellation of the homecoming bonfire because the beach location isn’t wheelchair accessible. As his classmates turn on JJ, Maya realizes she goofed and the pair come up with a plan to make things right. Meanwhile, Jimmy (John Ross Bowie) tries to help Ray (Mason Cook) settle in.

Criminal Minds: “Sick Day”
CBS, 9pm
In the new episode “Sick Day,” when JJ (A.J. Cook) arrives home shaken after a rough case, she breaks down and tells her husband about the abduction of two children.

Catching Kelce
E!, 9pm
New Series!
A talented tight end may not be what folks expect from the channel that made the Kardashians a hit, but this Bachelor-ish docu-hoot centered around the surprisingly single Kansas City Chiefs stud Travis Kelce is making a play anyway. “I’ve been so focused on finding success that I haven’t had much time to really think about my personal life,” says the NFL player on why he tackled this show. “I don’t have much time to meet girls, so when the opportunity presented itself, I thought, ‘What do I have to lose?’” In the opener, Kelce cuts 50 women (one from each state) down to 20 before introducing them to his football buddies, including older brother Jason of the Philadelphia Eagles. “These ladies made it very hard. I genuinely wanted more time,” he confesses, confirming that his eight-episode dating game results in a successful completion. “I ended up finding a great girl.” Touchdown!

Empire: “What Remains Is Bestial”
FOX, 9pm
Guest Star Alert!
Megawatt diva Mariah Carey guest-stars as Kitty, a superstar who comes to Empire to collaborate with Jamal Lyon (Jussie Smollett) on a hot new song. When the duet encounters obstacles, Kitty helps Jamal dig deep to overcome personal difficulties and reach a musical breakthrough.

NOVA: “Great Human Odyssey”
PBS, 9pm
Walk in the footsteps of our ancient ancestors as scientists trace the paths that led us out of Africa and around the world. From snowy Siberia to remote Pacific islands, discover how humans survived and thrived in every corner of the planet.

Expedition Unknown: Hunt for the Yeti
Travel Channel, 9pm
In this four-week event, explorer Josh Gates travels through Nepal and Bhutan looking for evidence of the legendary yeti, or abominable snowman.

black-ish: “40 Acres and a Vote”
ABC, 9:30pm
With President Obama about to leave office and the upcoming election looming, Dre (Anthony Anderson) finds a candidate he can believe in: Junior (Marcus Scribner), who is running for class president. Dre takes over as Junior’s campaign manager and tries to help his boy appeal to the masses. Meanwhile, Pops (Laurence Fishburne), Johan (Daveed Diggs) and Jack (Miles Brown) discuss not voting in the upcoming election.

Designated Survivor: “The Confession”
ABC, 10pm
President Kirkman (Kiefer Sutherland) and his staff deal with a high-level White House security breach just as he’s about to give his first televised interview. As the FBI continues to investigate the Capitol bombing, Agent Hannah Wells (Maggie Q) develops her own theories about who is behind the attack.

The World’s Greatest Tribute Bands
AXS TV, 10pm Live
Mick Adams and The Stones perform songs of the legendary Rolling Stones.

Code Black: “Life and Limb”
CBS, 10pm
Willis (Rob Lowe) must help a promising young soccer player make a life-altering decision after he’s seriously injured when a bus carrying his entire team crashes in the new episode “Life and Limb.”

You’re the Worst: “The Last Sunday Funday”
FXX, 10pm
The gang has a very special (and final?) Sunday Funday adventure. Aya Cash and Chris Geere star in the new episode “The Last Sunday Funday.”

Chicago P.D.: “All Cylinders Firing”
NBC, 10pm
When Platt (Amy Morton) goes to her father Robert’s (guest star Chelcie Ross) house for dinner, she warns him to be careful with his new girlfriend Natalie (guest star Lilia Vassileva). Following dinner, Platt is physically assaulted as she’s getting into her car and is rushed to Chicago Med. Voight (Jason Beghe), Lindsay (Sophia Bush) and Halstead (Jesse Lee Soffer) arrive at the hospital to investigate, and a concerned Mouch (guest star Christian Stolte) finds himself being questioned. Meanwhile, Antonio (Jon Seda) leads the rest of Intelligence at the scene as they look into previous threats against Platt, but his attention shifts when he is called into Robert’s townhouse and finds signs of an even more gruesome attack on Platt’s father.

Thursday, Oct. 6


Major League Baseball: American League Division Series
TBS, 5pm Live
TBS airs both best-of-five-game AL Division Series beginning today. The winners advance to the AL Championship Series beginning Oct. 14.

Grey’s Anatomy: “I Ain’t No Miracle Worker”
ABC, 8pm
A bickering family disrupts the hospital following a car crash during a funeral. Arizona (Jessica Capshaw) returns from New York and ends up caught in the middle of Alex (Justin Chambers) and Andrew (Giacomo Gianniotti). Ben (Jason George) takes on a new parenting role while Amelia (Caterina Scorsone) helps Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) and Maggie (Kelly McCreary).

iHeartRadio Music Festival — Night One
The CW, 8pm
The first night of the massive Las Vegas music festival includes scheduled performances from U2, Drake, Sia, Twenty One Pilots, Sam Hunt, Billy Idol and OneRepublic.

College Football: Temple at Memphis
ESPN, 8pm Live
The Temple Owls head to Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium to take on the Memphis Tigers in an AAC primetime matchup on ESPN.

Superstore: “Guns, Pills and Birds”
NBC, 8pm
When Amy (America Ferrera) assigns an uncomfortable Jonah (Ben Feldman) to the gun section of Cloud 9, Jonah abuses his right to refuse sale to anyone that causes concern, causing an open-carry protest to gather in the store. On principle, Glenn (Mark McKinney) attempts to purchase all of the store’s morning-after pills, but finds himself in a moral dilemma when he can’t afford them.

NFL Football: Arizona at San Francisco
CBS & NFL Network, 8:25pm Live
Thursday Night Football features an NFC West clash as the Arizona Cardinals head to Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., to face the San Francisco 49ers.

The Good Place: “Category 55 Emergency Doomsday Crisis”
NBC, 8:30pm
Eleanor’s (Kristen Bell) eagerness to learn ethics from Chidi (William Jackson Harper) becomes the full-time job he never wanted. Meanwhile, Michael (Ted Danson) and Janet (D’Arcy Carden) focus their attention on a Neighborhood emergency.

Notorious: “Friends and Other Strangers”
ABC, 9pm
After a beloved rock star/humanitarian falls into a coma, Julia (Piper Perabo) puts her job on the line to air footage showing him taking advantage of a woman backstage at one of his concerts, while Jake (Daniel Sunjata) represents the woman who turned over the tape. Meanwhile, Louise (Kate Jennings Grant) is oddly unnerved by a story; Ella (Aimee Teegarden) helps Ryan (Ryan Guzman) track the source of mysterious photos sent to Julia; and an interview with Sarah’s (Dilshad Vadsaria) brother reveals stunning information about Oscar (Kevin Zegers).

Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles
Bravo, 9pm
Season Premiere!
In a supersized 75-minute premiere episode, Madison Hildebrand returns and joins Josh Altman, Josh Flagg, and Brits James Harris and David Parnes as they face off in a fiercely competitive L.A. housing market. The superstar real estate agents have their eyes on big commissions and big changes in their personal lives.

Chicago Med: “Natural History”
NBC, 9pm
Maggie (Marlyne Barrett) takes Dr. Halstead (Nick Gehlfuss) to her family reunion, where he meets her sibling Denise (guest star Alexandra Grey) and uncovers deep-rooted family secrets.

How to Get Away with Murder: “Always Bet Black”
ABC, 10pm
Annalise (Viola Davis) presents the class with a high-profile murder case that may challenge even the Keating 5’s morals. Laurel (Karla Souza) makes a shocking discovery through an unlikely source.

Better Things: “Future Fever”
FX, 10pm
Both Sam (Pamela Adlon) and her teenage daughter Max (Mikey Madison) have a lot on their minds in the new episode “Future Fever.”

The Blacklist: “Miles McGrath”
NBC, 10pm
Red (James Spader) and the Task Force take extreme measures to hunt down one of Alexander Kirk’s allies, Miles McGrath (Tate Ellington), a “criminal incubator” who finances crimes for profit. Meanwhile, Liz (Megan Boone) learns more about her family.

Those Who Can’t: “Rod Man Out”
truTV, 10:30pm
Season Premiere!
Tammy’s interim principal! In the season finale, Principal Quinn (Rory Scovel) was arrested after exposing himself to a group of students in a prank gone wrong. Tammy (Sonya Eddy) calls a mandatory meeting a week prior to the start of school, but first Loren (Adam Cayton-Holland), Shoemaker (Ben Roy) and Fairbell (Andrew Orvedahl) give a hilarious review of their summers. The guys and Abbey (Maria Thayer) get a surprise when Rod (Kyle Kinane) returns to Smoot a sober man. But his new insufferable attitude forces the gang to do the unthinkable to get him back to his old self.

Friday, Oct. 7

The 13th
Netflix
After becoming the first ever nonfiction work to open the New York Film Festival, Ava DuVernay’s (Selma, Queen Sugar) documentary comes to Netflix and a limited theatrical run this month. The film, whose title refers to the 13th Amendment to the Constitution that formally abolished slavery in America, chronicles the history of racial inequality in the United States.

The Siege of Jadotville
Netflix
Original Film!
This film depicts the 1961 siege of a 150-strong Irish United Nations battalion under Cmdr. Patrick Quinlan (Jamie Dornan) by 3,000 Congolese troops led by French and Belgian mercenaries working for mining companies. Guillaume Canet also stars as a French commander who sought to defeat Quinlan and his men.

College Football: Clemson at Boston College
ESPN, 7:30pm Live
A Friday primetime ACC matchup on ESPN has the Clemson Tigers heading to Chestnut Hill, Mass., to take on the Boston College Eagles.

MacGyver: “Awl”
CBS, 8pm
In the new episode “Awl,” MacGyver (Lucas Till) and the team are in Malaysia to extract a terrorist group’s money man, Ralph (guest star Oliver Cooper), who holds key intel to an impending attack. But the mission goes south when the man is shot, and now, with only a driver’s license and hand sanitizer available, MacGyver must keep Ralph alive in order to learn the terrorists’ plans.

iHeartRadio Music Festival — Night Two
The CW, 8pm
The second night of the music event includes scheduled performances from Sting, Usher, Britney Spears, Pitbull, Ariana Grande, Florida Georgia Line, Zedd, Tears for Fears and Cage The Elephant.

The Swap
Disney Channel, 8pm
Original Film!
When a text argument gets out of hand, Ellie (Peyton List) and Jack (Jacob Bertrand) magically swap bodies. Hilarity ensues as each tries to navigate the other’s complicated life: Ellie (as Jack) learns about brotherly bonding and hockey lingo, while Jack (as Ellie) has to decipher the girl code. With a rhythmic gymnastics championship and a spot on the varsity hockey team on the line, Ellie and Jack must figure out how to get back in their own bodies before the swap becomes permanent.

Dr. Ken
ABC, 8:30pm
Getting passed over for hosting the annual Welltopia HMO banquet has Dr. Ken Park (Ken Jeong) spiraling in tonight’s episode of Dr. Ken. Even worse is finding out that his sardonic boss, Pat (Dave Foley), nabbed the gig instead. “Pat says, ‘Maybe they wanted more thinking-man comedy, not desperate-man comedy,’” says Jeong. Ouch! Back on the home front, Ken’s preteen son, Dave (Albert Tsai), tries to shake an overly interested neighbor who stares at him through the kitchen window. “The stalker is played by my real-life daughter, Zooey,” Jeong says of his 9-year-old. The young Jeong doesn’t have any lines. “Zooey is a master of deadpan stares,” Jeong says. “I wrote this with her in mind. It turned out better than I expected.”

Hawaii Five-0: “He Moho Hou (New Player)”
CBS, 9pm
In the new episode “He Moho Hou (New Player),” FBI profiler Alicia Brown (guest star Claire Forlani) finds a body in her bed and is forced to join McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) in the hunt for the chess-piece killer. Elizabeth Röhm also guest-stars.

Z Nation: “Escorpion and the Red Hand”
Syfy, 9pm
More people flock to Murphy’s cult, while the others are stuck in the middle of a war.

Blue Bloods: “The Price of Justice”
CBS, 10pm
In the new episode “The Price of Justice,” Danny (Donnie Wahlberg) and Baez (Marisa Ramirez) are determined to get justice for a traumatized young woman who was held hostage, despite her resistance to press charges.

Quarry: “Coffee Blues”
Cinemax, 10pm
An unspeakable act of racial violence rocks Memphis and the Solomon family.

Van Helsing: “Coming Back”
Syfy, 10pm
Vanessa and Mohamad head into the vampire-controlled streets in search of Dylan, the daughter that Vanessa orphaned when she “died.” Back at the hospital, Cynthia is found dead, and Doc soon discovers that what looked like a suicide is actually a deliberate murder. Is there a killer among the group? On their return to the hospital, Vanessa is captured by vampires while Mohamad leads a new group of refugees to the hospital.

Saturday, Oct. 8

Academented Weekend
Comedy Central, beginning at 10:05am
Did you waste your college years studying? Comedy Central’s Academented Weekend features some of the most raucous coming-of-age comedies beginning Saturday with Justin Long and Jonah Hill in Accepted (2006) and continuing with The To Do List (2013), Sex Drive (2008) and Road Trip (2000). Sunday features an airing of the 1984 classic Revenge of the Nerds.

All-Star Halloween Spectacular
Food Network, 8pm
The biggest stars from Food Network, HGTV and Travel Channel team up in Sin City for the ultimate Halloween adventure. First, Drew Scott and Tia Mowry team up against Jonathan Scott and Duff Goldman to create two life-sized haunted houses right on the Las Vegas Strip, full of over-the-top special effects, tasty treats and freaky concoctions. Travel Channel’s Adam Richman joins the fun, helping out both teams until it’s time for the public to name a winner, with that creative team winning money for the charity of their choice.

Devil’s Due
FXX, 8pm

In this 2014 horror film, a young married couple discovers their pregnancy is something darker when they begin experiencing odd behaviors and abnormal changes to body and mind. Allison Miller, Zach Gilford and Sam Anderson star.

Autumn in the Vineyard
Hallmark Channel, 9pm
Original Film!
Rachael Leigh Cook stars as a woman determined to turn Sorrento Farm into an award-winning winery. But when she has to rely on a rival to make her dream come true, she finds that romance is almost as intoxicating as wine.

Day of Reckoning
Syfy, 9pm
Original Film!
Some years ago the world experienced a “day of reckoning” where creatures came up from below and purged humanity of evil. Now it is happening again.

Versailles: “Mirror for Princes”
Ovation, 10pm
When the African Prince Annaba visits Louis at Versailles, Louis uses his wife Marie-Therese to gain access to the African territories. Meanwhile, Philippe’s wife, Henriette, is harassed by the unrelenting Chevalier de Lorraine.