All Times Eastern.
Wednesday, Oct. 4
NBCSN, beginning at 8pm Live
Opening night of the 2017-18 NHL regular season features the two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins hosting the St. Louis Blues., followed by the Philadelphia Flyers at the San Jose Sharks.
The wait is over. The pursuit continues. The excitement returns.
— NHL (@NHL) October 4, 2017
iHeartRadio Music Festival, Night 1
The CW, 8pm
Catch the telecast of the biggest concert event of the year. This year’s festival lineup includes scheduled performances from Coldplay, The Chainsmokers, The Weeknd, DJ Khaled, Chris Stapleton, Lorde, Kings of Leon, Big Sean, P!nk, Miley Cyrus, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Niall Horan, David Guetta, Thomas Rhett and Harry Styles.
Empire: “Full Circle”
Guest Star Alert!
In tonight’s episode, Forest Whitaker begins his multi-episode arc as Uncle Eddie, a music icon who has become like family to the Lyons.
The Blacklist: “Greyson Blaise”
Liz (Megan Boone) and the Task Force join Red (James Spader) on an international adventure in pursuit of a billionaire (guest star Owain Yeoman) who moonlights as a high-end art thief.
Nature: “Naledi: One Little Elephant”
Born in a rescue camp in the wilderness of Botswana, Naledi the baby elephant loses her mother and faces the world alone. It is now up to a devoted team of caretakers and researchers to urge Naledi to survive and help her find her place in the herd.
MLB Playoffs: NL Wild-Card Game
TBS, 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. 6.
Speechless: “F-I– FIRST S-E– SECOND F– FIRST DAY”
When Maya (Minnie Driver) encourages the parents of the new special needs kids at Lafayette High School to demand full-time aides, the school administrators tell her that anything the new students get will mean losses for JJ (Micah Fowler). Dylan (Kyla Kenedy) starts playing hooky because she’s not used to being at the same school for two years in a row. JJ wants Kenneth (Cedric Yarbrough) to romance his teacher. And Jimmy (John Ross Bowie) plots to enjoy an elusive uninterrupted shower.
The Real Housewives of New Jersey
Season 8 kicks off with a 75-minute supersized premiere when returning housewives Teresa Giudice, Melissa Gorga, Dolores Catania and Siggy Flicker welcome new housewife Margaret Josephs — who calls herself the “powerhouse in pigtails” — to the series. Plus, Danielle Staub (Seasons 1 & 2) makes her return to the series and she’s ready to reopen old wounds and reveal new secrets.
SEAL Team: “Other Lives”
In the new episode “Other Lives,” Jason (David Boreanaz) and the SEAL Team find civilians in desperate need of rescue in Syria.
Little Women: Dallas
The girls survived settling into a new city, and now they are poised to take on the Dallas scene and make the most out of their messes.
NOVA: “Secrets of the Shining Knights”
Discover what it was like to be a knight in shining armor and follow the historic manufacturing process. Join master armorers as they re-engineer the Greenwich armor — considered some of the greatest armor ever made — and then put it to the test.
Expedition Unknown: Hunt for Extraterrestrials
Travel Channel, 9pm
Explorer Josh Gates sets off on a 50,000-mile, multi-continent quest to find the answer to the question “Are we alone in the universe?” Over the four weeks of this special event series, Gates seeks evidence of life beyond our planet and the truth behind longstanding legends about alien visitors.
Designated Survivor: “Sting of the Tail”
Agent Wells (Maggie Q) finally closes in on Patrick Lloyd (Terry Serpico), but when President Kirkman (Kiefer Sutherland) decides to take action during the White House Correspondents Dinner, members of the Homeland Security Council threaten to derail their plans.
Criminal Minds: “To a Better Place”
In the new episode “To a Better Place,” the BAU investigates three similar crimes in which victims’ remains are discovered in old suitcases.
Chicago P.D.: “The Thing About Heroes”
After a van explodes during a street festival, Muslim patrol officer Frank Toma (guest star Ben Youcef) goes missing, and evidence quickly piles up pointing to his involvement. Burgess (Marina Squerciati) — who helped train Toma — is desperate to prove his innocence, even if that means going against her superiors.
Frontline: “North Korea’s Deadly Dictator”
Who killed the half-brother of North Korea’s supreme leader Kim Jong-un, and what does it reveal about the leader and his regime? Amid nuclear tensions, the film examines claims Kim ordered the assassination, and sheds light on his intentions and capabilities.
Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen: “The Real Housewives Awards”
The fan-voted-upon winners of the fourth annual Real Housewives Awards will be announced during a special episode of the nighttime talk show. The awards celebrate the most outrageous moments from the Real Housewives franchise from the past year and are presented in 10 Bravo-licious categories including Most Likely to Live in a Mansion, Class Comedian and Most Likely to Succeed (in Reading).
Thursday, Oct. 5
SuperMansion: Drag Me to Halloween
In this special based on the stop-motion animated series, the League of Freedom experiences Halloween, Titanium Rex’s (voice of Bryan Cranston) least-favorite night of the year. Lake Bell and Phil LaMarr provide special guest voices.
NBCSN, beginning at 7:30pm Live
The Detroit Red Wings play their first regular-season game in new Little Caesars Arena as they host the Minnesota Wild. The second game of NBCSN’s doubleheader has the Philadelphia Flyers at the L.A. Kings.
Grey’s Anatomy: “Go Big or Go Home”
Dr. Harper Avery (Chelcie Ross) arrives at Grey Sloan, putting Bailey (Chandra Wilson, who also directs) on edge. A familiar face from Meredith’s (Ellen Pompeo) past returns as a patient, and Amelia (Caterina Scorsone) tries to manage a secret.
iHeartRadio Music Festival, Night 2
The CW, 8pm
The iHeartRadio festival continues tonight with more performances from the hottest names in music. The two-day concert event was held Sept. 22 and 23 at Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena.
Superstore: “Brett’s Dead”
Amy (America Ferrera) worries that Dina (Lauren Ash) may be struggling with anxiety while Jonah (Ben Feldman) tries to find out more about Garrett’s (Colton Dunn) past. Meanwhile, Mateo (Nico Santos) and Cheyenne (Nichole Bloom) avoid work by convincing Glenn (Mark McKinney) that they were close with Brett.
NFL Football: New England at Tampa Bay
CBS & NFL Network, 8:25pm Live
The New England Patriots head to Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., for a Thursday Night Football matchup against the Buccaneers.
The Good Place: “Team Cockroach”
Michael (Ted Danson) approaches things from a new angle. Eleanor (Kristen Bell), Chidi (William Jackson Harper), Tahani (Jameela Jamil) and Jason (Manny Jacinto) struggle to make a collective decision.
Scandal: “Watch Me”
Shonda Rhimes’ hit begins its seventh and final season tonight. On tonight’s premiere episode, it’s one hundred days into Mellie’s (Bellamy Young) presidency and Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) is proving she can run the world — but to avoid an international incident, she may have to make her toughest call yet. Meanwhile, Quinn Perkins & Associates struggle to land its first client.
The Orville: “Pria”
Guest Star Alert!
After the crew saves a stranded ship and its attractive captain (guest star Charlize Theron), Ed (Seth MacFarlane) becomes smitten with the Orville’s new guest, while Kelly (Adrianne Palicki) suspects all is not what it seems.
Will & Grace: “Who’s Your Daddy”
Will (Eric McCormack) and Jack (Sean Hayes) try to date younger guys but find it challenging. Grace (Debra Messing) and Karen (Megan Mullally) experience a crisis that reveals Grace’s true feelings about Karen.
Kelly Overton returns as Vanessa Van Helsing, descendant of the famed vampire hunters, as Season 2 begins. Vanessa and the other survivors discover old alliances have crumbled, and new connections expose long-buried secrets about The Rising, the Van Helsing heritage and the survival of humanity itself.
How to Get Away With Murder: “I’m Not Her”
While Annalise (Viola Davis) reconnects with an important client from her past, she still struggles to move forward in her personal life. Meanwhile, the “Keating 4” find it difficult to move past their tarnished reputations — and in a flash-forward, details of a tragic crime begin to unfold.
Real Estate Wars
Rival real estate teams fight for supremacy in a wealthy enclave in Orange County, Calif. With lots of bad blood between them, these 10 agents compete for the area’s exclusive, expensive — and very limited — inventory.
Chicago Fire: “Ignite on Contact”
After learning the school fire wasn’t an accident, Chief Boden (Eamonn Walker) turns up the pressure on Severide (Taylor Kinney) and Casey (Jesse Spencer) to investigate the cause of the fire that trapped his wife.
This horror series is set in a remote Alaskan town that has been overrun by paranormal forces. Local outcast Roman Mercer (Avan Jogia) must overcome the town’s prejudices and his own personal demons to harness his repressed psychic powers to save everyone from the mass haunting threatening to destroy them all. Vincent D’Onofrio and Kim Coates also star.
Friday, Oct. 6
Suburra: The Series
This crime thriller is set in Rome and explores how the church, state, organized crime, local gangs and real-estate developers collide and blur the lines between the legal and the illicit in their quest for power. Based on the novel of the same name but set several years before the book’s events, the series chronicles 20 days of turmoil over its 10 episodes.
MLB Playoffs: NL Division Series, Game 1
TBS, 5pm Live
TBS has exclusive coverage of both best-of-five-game National League Division Series beginning today. The two winners advance to the NL Championship Series beginning Oct. 14.
Once Upon a Time
Season 7 of the fantasy drama debuts on a new night and time, but that is only one of the changes. A good part of the original cast will not be back, or will be back in limited appearances — Ginnifer Goodwin, Josh Dallas and Emilie de Ravin are no longer on the show, and Jennifer Morrison will appear in a limited number of episodes as Emma Swan. The series now takes place in Seattle, versus the fictional town of Storybrooke, as it follows a now-grownup Henry (Andrew J. West takes on the role), who has found himself in a new book with new characters.
Don’t Be Tardy…
Season 8 premieres with a double episode of wild new adventures for Kim Zolciak, Kroy Biermann and their six kids. This season, Brielle’s plan to move in with her baseball-playing boyfriend doesn’t meet with approval. Teen Ariana is ready to get behind the wheel — but her actions test her parents’ trust. And Kroy takes a break from playing professional football and discovers that “the littles” — KJ, Kash, Kaia and Kane — are really the ones in charge. Plus, the family deals with a shocking injury to one of the kids.
Hawaii Five-0: “Kāu Pahi, Ko’u Kua. Kāu Pū, Ko’u Po’o (Your Knife, My Back. My Gun, Your Head.)”
In this new episode, Five-0 enlists the help of an old friend when the boss of a major crime family is murdered, triggering revenge killings across the island.
Great Performances: “Havana Time Machine”
Take a musical journey to today’s Cuba, where past, present and future collide in joyful celebration. This documentary also features performance segments hosted by the Grammy-winning Raul Malo of the Mavericks.
Z Nation: “Escape From Zona”
Driven by her dream of a Black Rainbow and flesh-eating rain, Warren (Kellita Smith) and Murphy (Keith Allan) escape Zona, while Doc (Russell Hodgkinson), 10K (Nat Zang) and Sarge (Steve Emtman) are pinned down by snipers.
This series centers on the Hastings family, owners of the only funeral home in the mysterious town of La Rochelle, Ga. The family also acts as the keepers of the town’s dark secrets and history. Known for its haunted houses, elevated graveyards, odd townsfolk and rich history of unusual phenomena, the town is also a “landing patch” for the world’s darkest manifestations of fear, guided into the world by an ancient, mysterious malefactor. Mario Van Peebles is a producer, and he will also write, direct and star in some of the episodes.
Saturday, Oct. 7
Award-winning documentarian Susan Lacy directed this fascinating look at the life and work of Steven Spielberg, the most successful filmmaker of all time. The film tells the decades-long story of how, almost from the start of his career, Spielberg has managed to create works that have by and large had both critical and popular appeal — many of which remain iconic classics. Along with plenty of clips from his films, the documentary gives the director himself plenty of screen time to break down scenes, talk about his upbringing and more.
All of My Heart: Inn Love
Hallmark Channel, 9pm
In the romantic follow-up to the 2015 Hallmark movie All of My Heart, Brian (Brennan Elliott) and Jenny (Lacey Chabert) are engaged and preparing for the grand opening of their bed and breakfast. But when a big storm hits Bucks County, all their plans end up sopping wet! With funds running low and time running out, Brian agrees to go back to Wall Street to make quick cash, while Jenny scrambles to keep the opening on track.
Saturday Night Live: “Gal Gadot/Sam Smith”
NBC, 11:30pm Live
Gal Gadot, star of the summer blockbuster Wonder Woman and the upcoming Justice League movie, makes her first SNL hosting appearance tonight, joined by musical guest Sam Smith in his second show appearance.