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Monday, Oct. 16
Me, Myself & I: “Star Wars”
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.
— Me, Myself & I (@MeMyselfAndICBS) October 16, 2017
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”
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.”
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”
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
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.
The Good Doctor: “Pipes”
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”
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
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”
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
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.
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
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”
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”
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.
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.”
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”
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”
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”
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”
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”
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”
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.
Science Channel, 10pm
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
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
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.
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”
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.
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”
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”
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”
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”
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”
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.
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
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”
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”
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”
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.
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”
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?”
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”
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
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.”
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.
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”
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”
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”
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”
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.
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
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 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
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
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.