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Thursday, Oct. 12

MLB Playoffs: Chicago at Washington, NL Division Series, Game 5
TBS, 8pm Live

The Washington Nationals tied the NL Division Series against the Chicago Cubs at two games apiece, sending the series to a deciding Game 5 tonight at Nationals Park. Will the Cubs keep their title repeat hopes alive, or will the Nationals win their first postseason series since moving to Washington?

I Love You, America
Hulu
New Series!
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”
ABC, 8pm

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.

Supernatural
The CW, 8pm
Season Premiere!
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.

Arrow: “Fallout”
The CW, 9pm
Season Premiere!
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”
ABC, 10pm
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.

Home Alone
Investigation Discovery, 10pm
New Series!

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

Lore
Amazon
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.

Mindhunter
Netflix
New Series!
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)
Netflix
Original Film!
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.

College Football
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
Nickelodeon, 7pm
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.

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
The CW, 8pm
Season Premiere!
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)”
CBS, 9pm
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
Season Premiere!
Jane the Virgin moves to Friday nights for its fourth season.

Gold Rush
Discovery Channel, 9pm
Season Premiere!
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”
PBS, 9pm
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
Season Premiere!

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
Original Film!
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.