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Friday, Oct. 13: Todd’s Big Bet With Parker Kicks Off New ‘Gold Rush’ Season

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Friday, Oct. 13

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.

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.

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)
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.

MLB Playoffs: AL Championship Series, Game 1: N.Y. Yankees at Houston
FS1, 8pm Live

The N.Y. Yankees are at Houston’s Minute Maid Park for Game 1 of the best-of-seven-game AL Championship Series on FS1. FOX and FS1 combine to air the ALCS through Oct. 21 if the series goes to seven games.

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.

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: Chicago Cubs at L.A. Dodgers
TBS, 8pm Live

TBS airs the best-of-seven-game National League Championship Series between the Chicago Cubs and the L.A. Dodgers at beginning with Game 1 tonight at Dodger Stadium. 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.

Sunday, Oct. 15

The Simpsons: “Whistler’s Father”
FOX, 8pm
Homer discovers that Maggie is a whistling savant and launches her baby-celebrity career. Meanwhile, Marge impresses Fat Tony with her interior design taste, and he hires her to style his brothel.

Masterpiece: The Durrells in Corfu
PBS, 8pm
Season Premiere!
After Louisa meets a handsome fellow Brit named Hugh, her landlady suddenly turns hostile. Louisa’s effort to get Greeks to pay for English cooking falls flat. Gerry and Theo trap an otter.

Wisdom of the Crowd: “Machine Learning”
CBS, 8:30pm

After Jeffrey’s (Jeremy Piven) team puts publicly available crime data into Sophe, the crowdsourcing platform exposes a serial killer plaguing Silicon Valley and the Bay Area by connecting previously unrelated murders.

Fear the Walking Dead: “Things Bad Begun/Sleigh Ride”
AMC, 9pm
Season Finale!
In tonight’s two-part Season 3 finale, Strand’s (Colman Domingo) motives are made clear, Nick (Frank Dillane) discovers a new threat and Madison (Kim Dickens) faces a horrifying revelation.

Berlin Station
EPIX, 9pm
Season Premiere!
EPIX’s spy thriller, the network’s first scripted drama, begins Season 2 in the thick of a new world order that has taken root and is steadily deepening. In the wake of the far-right tide sweeping across continental Europe, Germany faces a pivotal election. Richard Armitage, Rhys Ifans, Richard Jenkins and Michelle Forbes are back, with Ashley Judd joining the cast as new station chief BB Yates, and Keke Palmer onboard as young case officer April Lewis. Season 2 was again filmed in Berlin, as well as Spain, Norway and Switzerland.

Hailey Dean Mystery: Dating Is Murder
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 9pm
Original Film!
Attorney-turned-therapist Hailey Dean (Kellie Martin) is pulled into another investigation when a popular new dating app links multiple missing persons cases from around the city. Hailey reunites with her old team, discovers the potential dangers of online interaction and must track down a killer before anyone else gets hurt.

Masterpiece: Poldark
PBS, 9pm
A failed harvest incites food riots, which George handles harshly. Demelza and Ross get a family addition. Morwenna gets an unwelcome suitor in Rev. Whitworth. A clever plan to import grain foils George.

NCIS: Los Angeles: “Assets”
CBS, 9:30pm
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.

Ten Days in the Valley: “Day 3: Day Out of Days”
ABC, 10pm
A breakthrough in the investigation sends Bird (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje) and Jane (Kyra Sedgwick) to the studio to question the production team on her hit show. Meanwhile, Pete (Kick Gurry) goes on the attack in a rash display of anguish. Or could it be guilt?

The Platinum Life
E!, 10pm
New Series!
In this new eight-episode reality series, viewers follow Asiah Collins, Alycia Bella, La’Myia Good, Shantel Jackson, Nazanin Mandi, Lola Monroe and Crystal Smith as they indulge in the VIP life with their significant others, who happen to be some of the biggest names in the music industry, including Nelly, Eric Bellinger and more. While juggling their own careers and making a name for themselves, these headstrong women won’t let anything stand in the way of achieving success.

Masterpiece: The Collection
PBS, 10pm
Tormented by demons, Claude goes to dry out in the country, where a terrible secret is unearthed. Paul attempts to bury the past by forcing his mentor to retire. Nina takes control of her life.

White Famous
Showtime, 10pm
New Series!
Jay Pharoah stars as a young comedian whose career hovers on the edge of mainstream stardom. He must decide if the benefits of becoming “white famous” outweigh the cost, for success threatens his relationships with friends, family and his young son, and his credibility with his loyal fans.

Good Behavior
TNT, 10pm
Season Premiere!
Michelle Dockery will be back on the bad side when she returns as thief and con artist Letty Raines, whose life is always one wrong turn or one bad decision away from implosion. As the second season opens, Letty has patched things up with Javier (Juan Diego Botto) and reconciled with her mother Estelle (Lusia Strus), who had long stood in the way of Letty getting custody of her son Jacob. On the run from FBI agent Rhonda Lashever (guest star Ann Dowd), Letty, Javier and Jacob are heading for a new life, trying to be normal.

Madam Secretary: “Off the Record”
CBS, 10:30pm
In the new episode “Off the Record,” Elizabeth’s (Téa Leoni) peacemaking mission to Libya gets sidetracked when her chauffeured vehicle hits a local girl.

Star Wars Rebels: “Heroes of Mandalore: Part 1”
Disney XD, 12:30am (Late-night)
Season Premiere!
The Emmy-nominated animated series begins its fourth and final season with back-to-back episodes. In this final season, the Ghost crew joins the growing Rebel Alliance, struggling to unite against the Galactic Empire. Old friends are reunited and new alliances are forged as the series builds to its epic conclusion.

Monday, Oct. 16

Acceptable Risk
Acorn TV
In this six-part Acorn TV original series, Elaine Cassidy stars as Sarah Manning. After her husband is murdered, Sarah comes to realize how little she really knew about him. As she uncovers a powerful conspiracy of corporate, police and political interests, Sarah’s suspicions about his death lead her to question the possible involvement of her own family.

The Big Bang Theory: “The Explosion Implosion”
CBS, 8pm
Sheldon (Jim Parsons) and Wolowitz (Simon Helberg) bond over their relationships with their disappointing fathers. Recurring guest star Christine Baranski returns in the new episode “The Explosion Implosion.”

Supergirl: “Triggers”
The CW, 8pm
Guest Star Alert!
Jane the Virgin’s Yael Grobglas guest-stars as a thief who uses her psychic powers to immobilize people by tapping into their worst fears.

NFL Football: Indianapolis at Tennessee
ESPN, 8:15pm Live

ESPN’s Monday Night Football heads to Nissan Stadium in Nashville as the Indianapolis Colts take on the Tennessee Titans in an AFC South clash.

The Voice: “The Battles Premiere”
NBC, 8pm
As the battle rounds begin, the coaches enlist the help of top recording artists to offer their knowledge and skills as advisers. Blake Shelton teams up with Rascal Flatts, Adam Levine with Joe Jonas, Jennifer Hudson with Kelly Rowland and Miley Cyrus with her father, Billy Ray Cyrus. In this phase, the coaches pit two of their team members against each other in a dueling duet. Part 2 of the premiere airs tomorrow night.

The 1980s: The Deadliest Decade
Investigation Discovery, 9pm
Season Premiere!
The 1980s — the great age of big money, big hair and even bigger attitudes. As Madonna topped the charts and Reagan ruled the White House, this decade was one of the most significant in American history, but also one of the deadliest. Investigation Discovery transports viewers back to the pivotal era that’s as rich with nostalgia as it is fraught with violence, showcasing the landmark crimes and chilling mysteries that defined this perilous time.

Me, Myself & I: “Star Wars”
CBS, 9:30pm
Every father who loves Star Wars can’t wait to show it to his children, but Alex (Bobby Moynihan) is devastated when he learns Ron (Brian Unger) already showed Abby (Skylar Gray) the movie.

The Good Doctor: “Pipes”
ABC, 10pm
Dr. Melendez (Nicholas Gonzalez) and the team wade through difficult legal waters when a husband and wife must make a life-changing decision about their unborn child. Meanwhile, Dr. Murphy (Freddie Highmore) struggles to adjust to his new environment at home, but makes a huge step forward with his colleagues.

Scorpion: “Nuke Kids on the Block”
CBS, 10pm
Team Scorpion runs into serious trouble in the new episode “Nuke Kids on the Block” when a job decommissioning an old nuclear missile accidentally exposes them to toxic vapor.

Horror at the Cecil Hotel: “Room 1402”
Investigation Discovery, 10pm
New Series!

The Cecil Hotel houses countless ghosts of past deaths. It’s also played host to the city’s most violent murderers. That’s what foreign journalist Jack Unterweger discovers after checking into the Cecil to document how the LAPD handles crime. Soon, Jack is on the trail of L.A.’s latest string of murders, which evokes a time six years earlier, when all of Southland was paralyzed with fear over the serial killer they called the Night Stalker, a.k.a. Richard Ramirez. Coincidentally, Ramirez carried out many of his murders while staying at the Cecil Hotel. The LAPD apprehended Ramirez in 1985, but can they catch up with the killer in the latest string of murders?

The Brave: “Break Out”
NBC, 10pm
An American traitor who turned to terrorism becomes integral in preventing the next attack on U.S. soil. When the only interrogator who can do the job is brought in to stop the attack, there is an unexpected breach in the prison where Dalton (Mike Vogel) is stationed.

The Halcyon: Episode 3
Ovation, 10pm
Upon the fall of France, guests flood into the hotel, including one who catches Lady Hamilton’s (Olivia Williams) eye. When Max (Nico Rogner) faces hostility from the staff, Emma (Hermione Corfield) goes out on a limb to defend him — and immediately regrets it.

POV: “Motherland”
PBS, 10pm
Take an absorbingly intimate look at a maternity hospital in the Philippines, the busiest on the planet. In a hospital bursting with life, witness the miracle and wonder of the human condition.

Martha and Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party
VH1, 10pm
Season Premiere!
In Season 2, Martha Stewart and Snoop Dogg continue to light up the kitchen by putting personal spins on favorite dishes to create a themed meal with celebrity friends. A few of the famous faces popping in for dinner include Jamie Foxx, Usher, Patti LaBelle, LL Cool J, Queen Latifah, Don Cheadle, Kate Upton, Terrence Howard and Jussie Smollett.

The Daily Show Undesked Chicago 2017: Let’s Do This Before It Gets Too Damn Cold
Comedy Central, 11pm

Trevor Noah takes The Daily Show on the road to Chicago this week for four special episodes from the Windy City’s Athenaeum Theatre.

Tuesday, Oct. 17

Patton Oswalt: Annihilation
Comedian Patton Oswalt returns to Netflix with a deeply personal new special that dives into the past year of his life, following the death of his wife, and explores how he worked through the pain and grief with humor. Oswalt also tackles other topics, including the angst of social media, the current political climate and being tricked by robocalls.

NCIS: “Skeleton Crew”
CBS, 8pm
Meet NCIS’s new secret weapon: Jacqueline “Jack” Sloane (Maria Bello). The former Army psyops officer and close friend of director Leon Vance (Rocky Carroll) joins the team in this week’s episode as its first forensic psychologist. “Jack can look at you and tell from the way you move your hands and eyes if you’re telling the truth or not,” Bello explains. “And she’s very good at putting puzzle pieces together to solve crimes.” That will come in handy as she immediately jumps in to assist the crew in tackling the case of a kidnapped sailor.

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: “Freakshow”
The CW, 9pm
Guest Star Alert!
Billy Zane guest-stars as showman P.T. Barnum when the Legends find themselves in 1870 to fix the anachronism at Barnum’s fledgling circus. After Nate (Nick Zano) and Ray (Brandon Routh) accidently free a saber-toothed tiger, Barnum wants to capture the men to make his show even more exciting for the crowd.

American High School: “Walk Across That Stage”
National Geographic, 8pm

Each week at South Carolina’s Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School — affectionately called O-W — brings a different set of challenges for the students and their tenacious principal, Dr. Stephen Peters: school violence, low test scores, teen pregnancy, issues of segregation and race, and financial struggles. Narrated by Jamie Foxx, this four-episode series shares the highs and lows of students and faculty over the course of a year. In tonight’s final episode, O-W is still reeling from Dr. Peters’ news. With just a few weeks to go until graduation, several seniors are at risk of failing.

Finding Your Roots: Puritans and Pioneers
PBS, 8pm
Actors Ted Danson, Mary Steenburgen and William H. Macy trace their nonconformist ancestors through American conflicts — the Civil War and the American Revolution, all the way back to the Puritan establishment.

NBA Basketball
TNT, beginning at 8pm Live

The NBA regular season begins tonight with a doubleheader featuring a rematch of the 2017 Eastern Conference finals as the Boston Celtics are at the Cleveland Cavaliers. In the second game, Chris Paul makes his debut with the Houston Rockets as they visit the reigning champion Golden State Warriors.

black-ish: “Elder. Scam.”
ABC, 9pm
When scam-master Ruby (Jenifer Lewis) gets scammed, Dre (Anthony Anderson) begins to suspect that she isn’t as sharp as she used to be. Zoey’s (Yara Shahidi) friend Aaron (American Crime’s Trevor Jackson) visits and Diane (Marsai Martin) develops an instant crush on him.

Bull: “The Illusion of Control”
CBS, 9pm
Brad Garrett (Everybody Loves Raymond) guest-stars in the new episode “The Illusion of Control” as an eccentric attorney Bull (Michael Weatherly) hires to represent him when a celebrity sues him.

The Mick: “The Haunted House”
FOX, 9pm
Mickey and Jimmy throw a Halloween party in their spooky, charred mansion, but things get out of hand. Sabrina hopes to use the house party to repair her tarnished reputation, and Mickey teaches some pranksters a lesson.

This Is Us: “Still There”
NBC, 9pm
Randall (Sterling K. Brown) and Beth (Susan Kelechi Watson) adjust to a new family dynamic; Kate (Chrissy Metz) books her first big gig; Kevin (Justin Hartley) suffers a setback on his movie; Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) and Rebecca (Mandy Moore) are visited by an unwelcome guest.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine: “HalloVeen”
FOX, 9:30pm
The Nine-Nine embarks on its fifth annual Halloween Heist, and, as usual, everybody has a plan and no one is safe. Relationships and friendships are tested as they compete to snag the “Amazing Human Slash Genius” title by midnight.

Kevin (Probably) Saves the World: “Sweet Little Lies”
ABC, 10pm
Kevin (Jason Ritter) helps a young couple plan their wedding as part of his quest to become a better person, but in doing so, he sees the consequences of lies — both his own and the couple’s. Meanwhile, Yvette (Kimberly Hébert Gregory) attempts to organize the other celestial beings, and Reese (Chloe East) witnesses her uncle’s strange new talents first-hand.

NCIS: New Orleans: “Dead Man Calling”
CBS, 10pm
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.

Strange Evidence
Science Channel, 10pm
New Series!
This series investigates mysteries caught on video and uncovers the science behind some of the most bizarre occurrences ever recorded. In each episode, a team of experts analyzes footage that seems to defy explanation. “These aren’t paranormal occurrences, but they are real mysteries captured on surveillance cameras that warrant further investigation,” says Wyatt Channell, executive producer for Science Channel.

AT&T Audience Network, 10:30pm
New Series!
Ron Livingston — who starred in the cult hit Office Space as a corporate lackey with an attitude problem —plays a substance abuse counselor with an attitude problem in this new comedy series.

Wednesday, Oct. 18

Season Premiere!
In Season 2, the Kent High School students are still trapped inside by the deadly explosion, and find their relationships tested when a new group of survivors arrives. Jake Busey is among those joining the cast this season.

NBA Basketball
ESPN, beginning at 7pm Live

ESPN opens its 2017-18 NBA regular-season coverage with a doubleheader featuring the Philadelphia 76ers at the Washington Wizards and the Minnesota Timberwolves at the San Antonio Spurs.

CMT Artists of the Year 2017
CMT, 8pm Live
The annual event will recognize Chris Stapleton, Florida Georgia Line, Jason Aldean, Keith Urban and Luke Bryan as its Artist of the Year honorees who collectively dominated the last 12 months in country music. Also, country superstar Sam Hunt, along with cowriters Zach Crowell, Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne, will be honored with the first ever Song of the Year award for megahit “Body Like a Back Road.”

The Blacklist: “The Endling”
NBC, 8pm
Liz (Megan Boone) and the task force hunt for an elusive criminal who will stop at nothing to destroy some of the world’s most precious treasures. Meanwhile, a surprise encounter leads a cash-strapped Red (James Spader) toward a new business opportunity, and Tom (Ryan Eggold) acts to investigate the bones in the suitcase.

NHL Hockey
NBCSN, 8pm Live

The Chicago Blackhawks are on the road to face the St. Louis Blues and the Montreal Canadiens visit the L.A. Kings in a Wednesday night NHL doubleheader on NBCSN.

Speechless: “T-R—TRAINING D-A—DAY”
ABC, 8:30pm
Jimmy (John Ross Bowie) takes JJ (Micah Fowler) camping to give him “the talk.” Meanwhile, Maya (Minnie Driver) trains a ragtag group of new aides, and sparks fly between Dylan (Kyla Kenedy) and Ray’s bully (Felix Avitia).

SEAL Team: “Ghosts of Christmas Future”
CBS, 9pm
In the new episode “Ghosts of Christmas Future,” Jason (David Boreanaz) and the SEALs refuse to abort a mission to capture a dangerous war criminal.

NOVA: “Secrets of the Forbidden City”
PBS, 9pm
Discover the ingenious engineering of Beijing’s Forbidden City, the power center of imperial China for nearly 500 years. Discover how the design of this vast complex of palaces and temples enabled it to survive centuries of earthquake shocks.

Designated Survivor: “Equilibrium”
ABC, 10pm
When tensions rise after a Mexican citizen is shot during a border dispute over trade imports, Kirkman (Kiefer Sutherland) and his staff must work quickly to resolve the situation and create a new trade deal.

Chicago P.D.: “Snitch”
NBC, 10pm
While investigating a drug-related homicide, Intelligence is stonewalled by the “no-snitch” culture of the neighborhood, and Atwater (LaRoyce Hawkins) discovers a personal connection to the case. Meanwhile, the police’s own code of silence is put to the test when Upton (Tracy Spiridakos) is asked about Ruzek’s (Patrick John Flueger) rough altercation with a suspect.

Frontline: “Mosul”
PBS, 10pm
Go inside the brutal battle to defeat ISIS in Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city. Filmed across the nine-month campaign, the documentary features extraordinary combat footage of one Iraqi Special Forces unit that bore the brunt of the fighting.

Mr. Robot: “eps3.1_undo.gz”
USA Network, 10pm
Elliot (Rami Malek) wants to undo the Five/Nine hack; Darlene (Carly Chaikin) is between a rock and a hard place; Mr. Robot (Christian Slater) sparks a panic.

Thursday, Oct. 19

It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
ABC, 8pm
Is this the year that Linus finally sees the Great Pumpkin rise out of his most sincere pumpkin patch? Or Charlie Brown winds up with a bag full of candy instead of a rock? Nah — but the beloved 1966 staple is still our favorite Halloween tradition.

College Football: Memphis at Houston
ESPN, 8pm Live

A Thursday night American Athletic Conference clash on ESPN has the Memphis Tigers at the Houston Cougars.

Superstore: “Workplace Bullying”
NBC, 8pm
Tensions arise among the employees after an attempted robbery, pitting Dina (Lauren Ash) against Jonah (Ben Feldman). Meanwhile, Glenn (Mark McKinney) has a tough time firing the store security guard, and Amy (America Ferrera) discovers that her coworkers have been hanging out without her.

NFL Football: Kansas City at Oakland
CBS & NFL Network, 8:25pm Live

A matchup of AFC West rivals on Thursday Night Football has the Kansas City Chiefs at the Oakland Coliseum to take on the Raiders.

The Good Place: “The Trolley Problem”
NBC, 8:30pm
Chidi (William Jackson Harper) and Eleanor (Kristen Bell) tackle a famous ethical dilemma, leading to a conflict with Michael (Ted Danson). Meanwhile, Tahani (Jameela Jamil) harbors a secret and confides in Janet (D’Arcy Carden).

Scandal: “Day 101”
ABC, 9pm
During the first 100 days of Mellie’s (Bellamy Young) presidency, Fitz (Tony Goldwyn) stays out of the limelight in Vermont, embarking on life as an ordinary citizen for the first time in years. Marcus (Cornelius Smith Jr.) joins the former POTUS to begin important work on the Fitzgerald Grant III Presidential Library.

The Eleven
A&E, 9pm
New Series!
This six-part nonfiction limited series follows investigators as they re-examine the 45-year-old murders of 11 teenage girls, after the discovery of a confession letter that links the murders to a current inmate and convicted murderer.

Rob Zombie’s 13 Nights of Halloween
HDNet Movies, 9pm
Musician, director and horror movie buff Rob Zombie hosts 13 nights of scary movies, airing through Halloween. The marathon kicks off with The Devil’s Rejects (which Zombie directed), and also includes The Last House on the Left (1972 version), The Silence of the Lambs, The Blob (both versions), The Others and more.

Great News: “Award Show”
NBC, 9:30pm
For the first time in years, The Breakdown has been nominated for an American Journalism Award, and Katie (Briga Heelan) is looking forward to spending the night as a peer with the very reporters she has admired her whole life. Fearing her mother will ruin it, Katie tries to stop Carol (Andrea Martin) from attending but is unsuccessful when Carol secures a position as a seat-filler.

How to Get Away With Murder: “Was She Ever Good at Her Job?”
ABC, 10pm
Feeling like she’s found her purpose again, Annalise (Viola Davis) focuses on developing her big case — but Bonnie (Liza Weil) grows suspicious. Meanwhile, Connor (Jack Falahee) gets a surprise visit from his dad, and Laurel (Karla Souza) turns to an old friend to relieve some stress.

Chicago Fire: “A Breaking Point”
NBC, 10pm
Paramedic Gabby Dawson (Monica Raymund) passes a parking garage while running a personal errand and notices that the building isn’t stable. When on-site construction workers belittle her concerns, Dawson heads inside to get everyone out — and then it collapses, trapping her and a group of others in the rubble.

Friday, Oct. 20

The Day I Met El Chapo
Original Documentary!
This three-part series is a biographical account of Mexican actress Kate del Castillo, using never-before-seen footage and exclusive details to tell her side of the story of what led to the infamous meeting between Castillo, a Hollywood star, and notorious drug lord “El Chapo.”

Original Film!
Thomas Jane stars in this adaptation of Stephen King’s novella as Wilfred James, the story’s unreliable narrator who admits to killing his wife, Arlette, in Nebraska. After he buries her body, Wilfred finds himself terrorized by rats and, as his life begins to unravel, becomes convinced his wife is haunting him.

Original Film!
Frank Grillo (Kingdom) stars as a getaway driver thrust into a high-stakes race-to-survive after a bank robbery goes terribly wrong. With a car full of money and his family on the line, he must figure out who double-crossed him with the only person he can trust — his teenage daughter.

MacGyver: “X-Ray + Penny”
CBS, 8pm
Recurring guest star David Dastmalchian is back as Murdoc in the new episode “X-Ray + Penny.” MacGyver (Lucas Till) must free himself from Murdoc’s clutches and rescue his next intended victim.

Exorcist: The Beginning
Sony Movie Channel, 8pm
In this prequel to the classic 1973 film The Exorcist, Father Lankester Merrin first encounters the demon Pazuzu in East Africa. This is the tale of Father Merrin’s initial battle with Pazuzu and the rediscovery of his faith. Stars Stellan Skarsgård, Izabella Scorupco and James D’Arcy.

Great Performances: “She Loves Me”
PBS, 9pm
Enjoy Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick’s classic 1963 musical of two feuding clerks in a Budapest parfumerie who don’t realize they’re romantic pen pals. Roundabout’s 2016 production stars Laura Benanti, Zachary Levi, Jane Krakowski and Gavin Creel.

Z Nation: “A New Mission: Keep Moving”
Syfy, 9pm
Following Warren’s dream, the group must keep moving for an entire episode, never able to stop as they cross “The Great Pile” — a seemingly endless landscape of rubble and destruction.

Blue Bloods: “Out of the Blue”
CBS, 10pm
In the new episode “Out of the Blue,” Danny (Donnie Wahlberg) and Baez (Marisa Ramirez) work the case of a detective who was gunned down prior to testifying against a career criminal.

Syfy, 10pm
New Series!
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.

Tracey Ullman’s Show
HBO, 11pm
Season Premiere!
Actress/comedian Tracey Ullman returns for Season 2 of her Emmy-nominated sketch-comedy series, reprising her famed impersonations of Dame Judi Dench, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Dame Maggie Smith, and introducing fresh impressions of Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, model and new Murdoch family member Jerry Hall, and pop singer Adele. Zany original characters — including a therapist who can’t resist sharing her patients’ secrets, a dying mother with surprising last wishes, and a military intelligence spy making personal use of surveillance resources — also make appearances.

Saturday, Oct. 21

College Football: USC at Notre Dame
NBC, 7:30pm Live

Two storied football programs play tonight at legendary Notre Dame Stadium as the USC Trojans visit the Fighting Irish.

The Watcher in the Woods
Lifetime, 8pm
Original Film!
Lifetime gives a modern reboot to the classic 1980 Disney thriller about a pair of sisters who get swept up in a decades-old mystery when their family rents a spooky English manor. With today’s young movie fans infinitely more horror-savvy, director Melissa Joan Hart and her screenwriter Scott Abbott (Queen of the Damned) opted to refresh the tale for a new generation, holding on to “three very special moments from the original movie,” Hart says.

A Harvest Wedding
Hallmark Channel, 9pm
Original Film!
New York wedding planner Sarah Bloom (Jill Wagner) is thrilled to be hired to plan the most anticipated wedding of the season. But she learns the bride is from Sarah’s hometown and wants her wedding on the family farm, which is now run by the bride’s older brother — who is also Sarah’s first love.

George Michael: Freedom
Showtime, 9pm
British pop star George Michael passed away in 2016 at the age of 53, but not before creating a documentary that offers a unique glimpse into his professional and personal history. Originally conceived to commemorate the 25th anniversary of his hit record Listen Without Prejudice, Vol. 1, the film — directed and narrated by Michael — now stands as his epitaph. The doc features commentary from a slew of the singer’s high-profile pals, including Stevie Wonder, Elton John and Ricky Gervais, and lays bare his uneasy and ever-evolving relationship with his own fame and public persona.