All Times Eastern.
Thursday, Oct. 5
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.
— Scandal (@ScandalABC) September 6, 2017
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.
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.
Sunday, Oct. 8
TV One, 7pm
Newcomer Joy Rovaris stars in the title role of this film about Bobbi Kristina Brown, the talented and troubled only daughter of music icons Whitney Houston (Demetria McKinney) and Bobby Brown (Hassan Johnson). Vivica A. Fox also stars.
America’s Funniest Home Videos
The show that invented the viral video — and is the longest-running primetime entertainment show in ABC history — is back for Season 28 in a new time period. Alfonso Ribeiro returns as host.
Wisdom of the Crowd: “In the Wild”
Jeffrey’s (Jeremy Piven) crowdsourcing platform, Sophe, decodes new footage of his daughter while also helping on the case of a missing teenager in the new episode “In the Wild.”
The Simpsons: “Springfield Splendor”
Guest Star Alert!
Actors Martin Short and Rachel Bloom, and cartoonists Roz Chast, Alison Bechdel and Marjane Satrapi, lend their voices to the episode. When Marge and Lisa turn Lisa’s sad experience into a successful graphic novel turned Broadway show, they struggle with creative differences and ego.
Outlander: “Freedom & Whisky”
As Brianna (Sophie Skelton) grapples with the life-changing revelations of the past summer, Claire (Caitriona Balfe) must help her come to terms with the fact that she is truly her father’s daughter — her 18th-century Highlander father. To complicate matters further, Roger (Richard Rankin) brings news that forces Claire and Brianna to face an impossible choice.
Fear the Walking Dead: “El Matadero”
Alicia (Alycia Debnam-Carey) encounters a potential ally. Meanwhile, as Ofelia (Mercedes Mason) fights for survival, Nick (Frank Dillane) uses his skillset for profit.
NCIS: Los Angeles: “Assets”
In the new episode “Assets,” the NCIS team investigates a murder tied to highly classified surveillance documents that may have been sold to a foreign buyer.
Chesapeake Shores: “Freefall”
Hallmark Channel, 9pm
After Mark (guest star Jerry Trimble) offers Trace (Jesse Metcalfe) and his band a worldwide tour deal, Trace and Abby (Meghan Ory) worry about how it might impact their future together.
Gourmet Detective: Eat, Drink and Be Buried
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 9pm
Henry (Dylan Neal) and Maggie (Brooke Burns) attend the birthday party of a local publisher, whose son and stepson re-enact a historical 18th-century duel as part of the festivities. Someone, however, has loaded one antique pistol with a real musket ball, so when the son pulls the trigger, he kills his stepbrother in front of a roomful of witnesses. Henry and Maggie have to figure out who wanted the stepson dead and why. Also stars Bruce Boxleitner.
Ross goes to revolutionary France to search for information about Dwight. George dispenses rough justice in his new role as magistrate. Drake falls in love with the governess Morwenna.
The Last Man on Earth: “Stocko Syndrome”
Guest Star Alert!
Tandy (Will Forte) devises an escape plan to get away from Pamela (recurring guest star Kristen Wiig) and back to Carol (Kristen Schaal) and the others. Meanwhile, the rest of the gang encounters a castaway, Glenn (guest star Chris Elliott), who has been stranded on an island for years.
Ten Days in the Valley: “Day 2: Cutting Room Floor”
Having seen security camera footage of PJ (Mark L. Young) staking out her house the night Lake (Abigail Pniowsky) went missing, Jane (Kyra Sedgwick) is desperate to find and question him. Pete (Kick Gurry), Ali (Erika Christensen) and Tom (Josh Randall) canvass the Sadlers’ neighborhood. Meanwhile, Bird (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje) learns the truth about Lake’s nanny.
Madam Secretary: “News Cycle”
In the Season 4 premiere “News Cycle,” Elizabeth (Téa Leoni) has suspicions after a foreign diplomat dies during a meeting with her on the first day of the U.N. General Assembly.
Edge of Alaska
Discovery Channel, 10pm
The final season of Discovery’s reality series returns to McCarthy, Alaska, home to residents who have come — or stayed — for its independence from modern society. But a local businessman has made a decision that will change the isolated town forever: He is selling off the entire town to the highest bidder. Can the mainstays hunker down for good, or will they be forced to flee for solitude elsewhere?
Masterpiece: The Collection
Following World War II, Paul Sabine is restoring Paris as the fashion capital of the world. His dresses are a sensation, and only his shady past and an inconvenient corpse block his way to success. Dressing up was never so dazzling — or dangerous.
Monday, Oct. 9
In this series of four two-part mysteries, Clive Owen (The Knick, Children of Men) stars as Detective Chief Inspector Ross Tanner, a hardworking cop who finds out that he has a rare disease that is causing him to go blind. Tanner’s boss has no idea that the man he named to head the Specialist Elite Murder Unit is losing his sight, and Tanner struggles keep his condition a secret while investigating complex crimes.
Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library
Chris Grabenstein’s bestselling book comes to life when Casey Simpson (Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn) and Breanna Yde (School of Rock) join Russell Roberts (The Twilight Saga: New Moon) and newcomers AJ Rivera and Klarke Pipkin to star as a group of children whose overnight stay in their town’s new high-tech library turns into a daring, dangerous adventure.
The Big Bang Theory: “The Relaxation Integration”
In the new episode “The Relaxation Integration,” Amy (Mayim Bialik) records stressed-out Sheldon (Jim Parsons) talking in his sleep and tries to convince him to be more easygoing.
Supergirl: “Girl of Steel”
The CW, 8pm
Mon-El (Chris Wood) vanished into thin air, and “where he went and how he returns is one of the central mysteries at the start of this season,” says executive producer Andrew Kreisberg. Kara (Melissa Benoist) deals with the loss of Mon-El by focusing all her energy on being Supergirl, and on the mysterious new threat against National City. Alex (Chyler Leigh) confesses a secret to Maggie (Floriana Lima).
The Voice: “Blind Auditions, Part 5”
The blind auditions continue, with Part 6 airing tomorrow night.
NFL Football: Minnesota at Chicago
ESPN, 8:15pm Live
NFC North rivals meet in Chicago’s Soldier Field as the Minnesota Vikings battle the Bears on Monday Night Football.
The CW, 9pm
Christina Ochoa and Matt Barr star as members of an elite unit of Army helicopter pilots who struggle in the aftermath of a top-secret mission that went awry. When they discover that a member of their team is still alive and being held captive by terrorists, the pair are determined to rescue their friend, but find themselves torn between duty, honor, desire and the secrets that they’re hiding — which may save their comrade, or put them all in danger.
The Three Hikers
This new documentary tells the story of three Americans (Sarah Shourd, Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal) who went hiking in northern Iraqi Kurdistan in July 2009 and were captured and held as political hostages by the Iranian government for more than two years. Set against the backdrop of the complex geopolitical stalemate between the United States and Iran, the documentary chronicles their time in prison while also telling the very personal story of three families and their unyielding efforts to get their loved ones home.
Me, Myself & I: “The Card”
Young Alex (Jack Dylan Grazer) gives away his most prized possession, an autographed Michael Jordan rookie card, in an attempt to impress Nori (Reylynn Caster). Ed Begley Jr. guest-stars in the new episode “The Card.”
The Good Doctor: “Oliver”
Dr. Melendez (Nicholas Gonzalez) and Dr. Unger (Chuku Modu) discover their patient isn’t being completely honest with them, which may cost him his chance for a life-saving surgery. Meanwhile, Dr. Browne (Antonia Thomas) must learn to communicate with Dr. Murphy (Freddie Highmore) as they race back to St. Bonaventure Hospital with a donated organ.
The Brave: “The Greater Good”
After receiving intel that a serious player in dealing international arms, Ranier Boothe (guest star Andrew Howard), will be visiting Caborca, Mexico, Patricia (Anne Heche) makes a controversial decision that could lead to a big breakthrough. With Dalton’s (Mike Vogel) team on the ground, they must find a weak link in Boothe’s men to carry out the mission.
The Halcyon: Episode 2
The hotel suffers the aftershocks of change. Lady Hamilton (Olivia Williams) and Garland (Steven Mackintosh) go to war with each other, but Garland finds this may be the least of his troubles. Freddie (Jamie Blackley) must face up to his responsibilities while Emma (Hermione Corfield) and Betsey (Kara Tointon) hit the town.
POV: “The Islands and the Whales”
On the isolated Faroe Islands, the longtime whale-hunting practices of the Faroese are threatened by dangerously high mercury levels and anti-whaling activists. Their tale sounds a warning to the rest of the world.
Tuesday, Oct. 10
NBCSN, beginning at 7:30pm Live
An NHL doubleheader on NBCSN has the Chicago Blackhawks at the Montreal Canadiens and the Arizona Coyotes visiting the expansion Vegas Golden Knights in their first-ever home game at T-Mobile Arena.
NCIS: “Exit Strategy”
NCIS uncovers evidence from a decade-old murder while investigating the disappearance of Torres’ (Wilmer Valderrama) partner. Susan Blakely guest-stars in the new episode “Exit Strategy.”
The Flash: “The Flash Reborn”
The CW, 8pm
With Barry (Grant Gustin) in the speed force, Iris (Candice Patton), Kid Flash (Keiynan Lonsdale), Joe (Jesse L. Martin) and Vibe (Carlos Valdes) have taken over protecting Central City. When a villain threatens to level the city if the Flash doesn’t appear, Cisco breaks Barry out of the speed force, but the Barry that comes out isn’t the same Barry that went in.
Finding Your Roots: “Unfamiliar Kin”
Actors Fred Armisen and Christopher Walken and musician Carly Simon each learn about a grandparent whose real identity and background had been a mystery to them, redefining how they see themselves.
black-ish: “Mother Nature”
When Bow (Tracee Ellis Ross) learns she is suffering from postpartum depression, a supportive Dre (Anthony Anderson) urges her to get help. Meanwhile, the older kids baby-proof the house in an effort to assist their parents.
Bull: “A Business of Favors”
In the new episode “A Business of Favors,” Bull (Michael Weatherly) seeks the truth about a deadly hazing incident at a fraternity, but the students close ranks to stonewall him.
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: “Aruba-Con”
The CW, 9pm
Now that the Legion of Doom is kaput, a new entity is on the horizon for the time-traveling band of misfit heroes.
This Is Us: “Deja Vu”
Kate (Chrissy Metz) visits Kevin (Justin Hartley) on the set of his movie. Randall (Sterling K. Brown) and Beth (Susan Kelechi Watson) get exciting news. Rebecca (Mandy Moore) tries to reconnect with Jack (Milo Ventimiglia).
In this new documentary series, seven young adults pose as students at a public high school for a look inside the life and mind of today’s American teens. From bullying and the pervasiveness of social media to the struggle to excel in the classroom and navigate evolving social standards, participants discover the new and familiar challenges facing the students in one Kansas high school. The participants include a former bully, victims of bullying, a teen mom, a youth motivational speaker, a set of siblings and a teen minister — each with their own experiences and motivations driving them to help facilitate positive changes through this project.
NCIS: New Orleans: “Dead Man Calling”
In the new episode “Dead Man Calling,” The NCIS team investigates the copycat murder of an unsolved case from 150 years ago that spawned a legendary New Orleans ghost story.
Olympic gold medalist Shawn Johnson East is welcomed as a new investor alongside the returning Dhani Jones and Jeremy Bloom in this season of the series that has entrepreneurs showcasing products designed for outdoor adventure. Guest investors this season will include Bode Miller, Shaun Neff, Vernon Davis, Tony Gonzalez and Kristi Leskinen.
Terror in the Woods
Destination America, 10pm
These are the real-life, first-person accounts of people who embarked on an outdoor adventure — only to be scared out of the woods by ghosts, monsters and other unexplained phenomena. Upcoming storylines include a boy and his grandfather’s close encounter with a 7-foot bigfoot while fishing and a man’s brush with two large creatures that had wolf-like faces but walked on two feet. When he shot one of them, it barely made a dent.
Chopped: Alton’s Challenge
Food Network, 10pm
Alton Brown joins host Ted Allen in the Chopped kitchen for an epic, five-part tournament that sees the food science mastermind taking over the baskets and putting 16 brave chefs to the test with puzzling challenges that tap into the science of cooking and the physics of food. The competitor that manages to outsmart and impress Alton takes home a $50,000 prize.
Grave Mysteries: “Texts and Threats”
Investigation Discovery, 10pm
When a 15-year-old boy stops responding to texts from friends and family, detectives investigate his texting history and social media profiles to track down what may have happened to him, and uncover a sinister plot.
Wednesday, Oct. 11
Hugh Laurie returns as neuropsychiatrist Eldon Chance, who in Season 2 faces a new, mysterious adversary played by Paul Schneider. Chance is also forced to reassess his life’s work and question if violence is really the answer.
BBC America, 10am
Queers is an eight-part short film series exploring some of the most poignant, funny, tragic and riotous moments of British gay history and the very personal rites of passage of British gay men through the last century. Curated and directed by Mark Gatiss (Sherlock), the films star Alan Cumming, Ben Whishaw, Rebecca Front, Russell Tovey, Gemma Whelan, Ian Gelder, Kadiff Kirwan and Fionn Whitehead. All eight films air throughout the day on Oct. 11, and the whole series is available on VOD, at BBCAmerica.com and on the BBC AMERICA App beginning Oct. 12.
AT&T Audience Network, 8pm
The cat-and-mouse game nears its deadly conclusion with the discovery of another victim of the title killer, and Hodges (Brendan Gleeson) fears for those he loves.
Riverdale: “Chapter Fourteen: A Kiss Before Dying”
The CW, 8pm
The steamy drama inspired by Archie comics moves to a new night. In Season 1, the idyllic town of Riverdale was shocked by the murder of high-school golden boy Jason Blossom, and teens Archie Andrews (KJ Apa), Jughead Jones (Cole Sprouse), Veronica Lodge (Camila Mendes), Betty Cooper (Lili Reinhart), Cheryl Blossom (Madelaine Petsch), and Josie McCoy (Ashleigh Murray) and her band, the Pussycats, discovered that their tranquil town was bubbling over with secrets, mysteries and scandals. In Season 2, the town and the gang deal with the shocking shooting of Archie’s salt-of-the-earth dad, Fred (Luke Perry).
The Blacklist: “Miss Rebecca Thrall”
While the Task Force investigates a series of suspicious police shootings, Agent Ressler (Diego Klattenhoff) is distracted by increasing external pressures. With his back up against the wall, Red (James Spader) drafts Tom (Ryan Eggold) in executing an elaborate plan to help re-establish his criminal reputation.
Nature: “Fox Tales”
Intelligent, resilient and bold, the red fox can change its behavior to thrive in new environments, from urban locales to the Arctic tundra. New scientific research offers a fascinating look into the secret life of these foxes.
Speechless: “J-J’s D-R—DREAM”
Ray (Mason Cook) is in over his head when he makes up a fake charity to impress his girlfriend. Maya (Minnie Driver) gives Jimmy (John Ross Bowie) tips on being the boss. Dylan (Kyla Kenedy) demands that Kenneth (Cedric Yarbrough) get out of her space.
SEAL Team: “Boarding Party”
In the new episode “Boarding Party,” Jason (David Boreanaz) and the SEALs must rescue a group of researchers being held hostage on a ship in the South China Sea.
The CW, 9pm
Expect catsuits and catfights when the 1980s’ juiciest soap — which explored the lives of the opulent and outrageous Carrington family — gets an ambitious reboot filled with new drama, a fresh look and modern twists. Former Ryan’s Hope and Melrose Place star Grant Show snagged the role of patriarch Blake Carrington and reveals, “When I got the script and the audition for this, I immediately said to myself, ‘This is my job. I’m not letting anyone else have it.’”
The great Scotts (Jonathan and Drew) are back for a remodel. Instead of the show’s standard format, “you’ll notice that Drew no longer pulls the rug out from under buyers with a house they can’t afford,” laughs Jonathan. “It has become impossible to find people who haven’t seen us, so now we show them that first dream home as an inspiration.” Drew counts Nashville as a favorite locale this time around. “There’s a wide variety of housing there and a few new problems we haven’t seen before. You may even see a little line dancing and singing.”
The Story of Us With Morgan Freeman
National Geographic, 9pm
Morgan Freeman and his producing partners Lori McCreary and James Younger expand their Emmy-nominated Story of God franchise to examine other building blocks of a civil civilization. “Story of God felt so eye-opening to all of us,” Younger explains. “Then we realized that religion is just one aspect of what keeps human society together. Love is a primal scaffolding in human society. Power and leadership — how people organize themselves into groups where they can be effective. War and peace, same. [The Story of Us] is about bonds between people.”
NOVA: “Ghosts of Stonehenge”
Who built Stonehenge and why? Discover how the last decade of groundbreaking archaeological digs has revealed major new clues to Britain’s enigmatic 5,000-year-old site and the people who constructed it.
Designated Survivor: “Outbreak”
As President Kirkman (Kiefer Sutherland) faces a viral pandemic that threatens to kill countless Americans, FBI Agent Wells (Maggie Q)and M16 Agent Damian Rennett (Ben Lawson) discover evidence that could change some first family members’ lives forever.
Criminal Minds: “Killer App”
The phrase “killer app” is taken literally in this new episode, as the BAU investigates a Silicon Valley workplace shooting committed by a state-of-the-art drone.
Chicago P.D.: “Promise”
When a young Latina is brutally murdered, Intelligence suspects she may have been working as a drug mule. With Antonio (Jon Seda) leading the case, the team’s investigation takes them into the grim world of meat processing, and they discover a different motive that may be behind her death.
The Shannara Chronicles
After debuting on MTV last year, the hit fantasy series The Shannara Chronicles moves to Spike for a 10-episode second season. Season 2 picks up a year after the events of Season 1, as the Four Lands are in chaos and an organization called The Crimson is hunting down magic users.
USA Network, 10pm
Picking up immediately after the Season 2 cliffhanger finale, Season 3 explores each character’s motivations and the disintegration between Elliot (Rami Malek) and Mr. Robot (Christian Slater). Portia Doubleday and Carly Chaikin are also among the returning cast, with Bobby Cannavale joining the show as Irving, described as a “laconic, no-nonsense used car salesman.”
Thursday, Oct. 12
I Love You, America
This series from Funny or Die follows comedian Sarah Silverman as she looks to connect with people who may not agree with her personal opinions. She attempts to do so through honesty, humor, genuine interest in others and not taking herself too seriously.
Grey’s Anatomy: “Ain’t That a Kick in the Head”
Amelia (Caterina Scorsone)confronts a difficult situation, while Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) deals with the fallout from her talk with Nathan (Martin Henderson). Maggie (Kelly McCreary) finds herself at an awkward family dinner. Jackson (Jesse Williams) receives big news. And Richard (James Pickens Jr.)and Bailey (Chandra Wilson) seek the hospital’s next big stars.
The CW, 8pm
At the end of Season 12 of the thrilling drama, the Winchester brothers — Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) — witnessed the return of Lucifer and learned that the Devil is expecting a child. In Season 13, Sam and Dean face off against a creature with almost unimaginable power — who can either save the world, or destroy it.
NFL Football: Philadelphia at Carolina
CBS & NFL Network, 8:20pm Live
Thursday Night Football visits Charlotte, N.C., as the Philadelphia Eagles take on the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium.
The CW, 9pm
Season 6 will kick off five months after Prometheus (Josh Segarra) triggered all those explosives. Oliver’s (Stephen Amell) entire team was on the island when the bombs went off — so who survived?
How to Get Away With Murder: “It’s for the Greater Good”
Annalise (Viola Davis) takes on a case for the greater good and quickly realizes the stakes are much higher than she thought. Meanwhile, Laurel (Karla Souza) asks Michaela (Aja Naomi King) to help get information regarding Wes’ death, and Connor (Jack Falahee) makes a major life decision that is not supported by the group. In a flash-forward, a surprising confrontation during the night of the crime is revealed.
Investigation Discovery, 10pm
When night falls, even the most welcoming of houses can hide nightmares in the shadows. In Home Alone, a quiet suburban house becomes the setting for unimaginable horror. Victims believe the walls around them are a safe sanctuary, but what lurks in the darkness is far more chilling than anyone could have imagined.
Friday, Oct. 13
This new horror anthology series comes from The Walking Dead executive producer Gayle Anne Hurd. Each of this season’s six spooky episodes comes from a real-life — and really scary — story that has served as the basis for some of the horror genre’s most famous tales. Robert Patrick, Colm Feore, Adam Goldberg, Kristin Bauer van Straten and Campbell Scott are a few of the series’ stars.
David Fincher (Gone Girl, Zodiac) directed this series based on John Douglas’ book. It is set in 1979 and follows two FBI agents (played by Jonathan Groff and Holt McCallany) who interview imprisoned serial killers to understand how these criminals think so they can apply new techniques to solving ongoing cases. Charlize Theron is an executive producer.
The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)
Writer/director Noah Baumbach crafted this comedic intergenerational tale of adult siblings (Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller and Elizabeth Marvel) contending with the long shadow their strong-willed father (Dustin Hoffman) has cast over their lives. Emma Thompson, Grace Van Patten, Adam Driver, Candice Bergen, Judd Hirsch and Rebecca Miller also star.
ESPN, beginning at 7pm Live
ESPN has a Friday night college football doubleheader with Clemson at Syracuse in an ACC matchup and Washington State at California in a Pac-12 game.
SpongeBob SquarePants: The Legend of Boo-Kini Bottom
This all-new stop-motion special tells the story of the Flying Dutchman (Brian Doyle-Murray) coming to scare the residents Bikini Bottom, but SpongeBob believes that spooky things are actually funny. The special features Bikini Bottom locations decked out for the spooky holiday and the residents dressed in costume: SpongeBob as a flower, Patrick as a knight, Sandy as a mad scientist, Mr. Krabs as a dollar bill, Plankton as a devil and Karen as a cat. Squidward will, of course, be dressed as himself.
The CW, 8pm
At the end of Season 2, Rebecca Bunch (Rachel Bloom) was abandoned at the altar by her obsession, Josh Chan (Vincent Rodriguez III), who ran off to become a priest. While Rebecca contemplates revenge in Season 3, she meets mega WASP Nathaniel Plimpton III (Scott Michael Foster), who may be a new love interest, or who may just have some serious daddy issues.
Tori Spelling: Broke & Famous
REELZ Channel, 8pm
Actress and reality star Tori Spelling was born into luxury in one of Hollywood’s wealthiest families. From a young age, she was taught that love meant showering someone with endless money and lavish gifts, which led this Beverly Hills princess to develop a reckless spending habit. But when she was sensationally cut out of her inheritance and work proved hard to find, her addiction to spending would turn her life into a never-ending financial crisis. Find out the real story behind Spelling becoming Broke & Famous.
Hawaii Five-0: “Nā lā ’īlio (Dog Days)”
McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) and Five-0 work with an injured police dog who is the only witness to an ambushed drug bust. Also, Beulah Koale joins the regular cast as former Navy SEAL Junior Reigns in the new episode “Nā lā ’īlio (Dog Days).”
Jane the Virgin
The CW, 9pm
Jane the Virgin moves to Friday nights for its fourth season.
Discovery Channel, 9pm
Discovery’s No. 1-rated show is back, kicking off with a two-hour season premiere. Before the new mining season even begins, Todd Hoffman lays everything on the line and wagers a massive bet with young Parker Schnabel. The ever-confident Todd believes he can pull in the most gold this season. If not, he owes Parker 100 ounces of gold worth over $100,000. This sets off a head-to-head competition for the season.
Great Performances: “Grammy Salute to Music Legends 2017”
Salute Shirley Caesar, Ahmad Jamal, Charley Pride, Jimmie Rodgers, Nina Simone, Sly Stone, the Velvet Underground and more, with appearances by Dionne Warwick, Andra Day, Kirk Franklin, Randy Newman, Dwight Yoakam, Charlie Wilson, Valerie Simpson and Vernon Reid.
Saturday, Oct. 14
MLB Playoffs: NL Championship Series, Game 1
TBS, 8pm Live
TBS airs the best-of-seven-game National League Championship Series beginning with Game 1 tonight. The NL champion advances to the World Series beginning Oct. 24 on FOX.
Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency
BBC America, 9pm
The dramedy series based on the 1987 novel of the same name by Douglas Adams (The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy) returns for Season 2. This time, the vast dangers lurking in the fantasy realm navigate a path to Earth, and it’s up to Dirk (Samuel Barnett), Todd (Elijah Wood) and the rest of the gang to stop them.
Love Struck Café
Hallmark Channel, 9pm
Aspiring architect Megan Quinn (Sarah Jane Morris) faces multiple tasks: developing her hometown lake into a commercialized entertainment center, forcing her childhood mentor out of her family’s home and helping out at her family café after her father breaks his leg, while also dealing with the return of her childhood sweetheart (Andrew Walker), who broke her heart.
Copycat Killers: “Deliverance”
REELZ Channel, 10pm
In the movie Deliverance, a group of friends from the city takes a seemingly innocent weekend trip to canoe in rural Georgia. However, the weekend takes an unimaginable turn for the worse. The same drastic demise happens to Poughkeepsie, N.Y., history teacher Albert Fentress one night when a young man happens to run onto his lawn. Fentress’ watching of Deliverance seems to have triggered deeply rooted and hidden urges he had — all of which he acted upon after entering a psychotic state.
Saturday Night Live: “Kumail Nanjiani/P!nk”
NBC, 11:30pm Live
Silicon Valley star and The Big Sick actor/writer Kumail Nanjiani makes his debut SNL hosting appearance. He is joined by musical guest P!nk.