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Tuesday, Oct. 31

This Is Us: “The 20’s”
NBC, 9pm
Trick-or-treating with the 10-year-olds goes awry for Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) and Rebecca (Mandy Moore). Randall, Kevin and Kate have life-changing Halloweens.

NCIS: “Trapped”
CBS, 8pm

In the new episode “Trapped,” a petty officer is found murdered on a golf course, and McGee (Sean Murray) spends hours on the victim’s ham radio trying to locate a key witness.

Lethal Weapon: “Let It Ride”
FOX, 8pm
Murtaugh and Riggs investigate a death that occurs moments before the victim’s bet wins a horse race. Leo Getz (guest star Thomas Lennon) insists it’s a homicide and aids in the investigation.

The Voice: “Best of the Season”
NBC, 8pm
Relive the best moments from the season so far during this original special chronicling the journey from the blind auditions through the battles from the perspective of coaches Miley Cyrus, Jennifer Hudson, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton, as well as their battle advisers, Billy Ray Cyrus, Kelly Rowland, Joe Jonas and Rascal Flatts. The special also includes never-before-seen footage of the coaches, plus incoming Season 14 coach and Season 13 key adviser Kelly Clarkson joins them for the first ever “Voice Halloween Confessional.”

Finding Your Roots: “Immigrant Nation”
PBS, 8pm
Actors Scarlett Johansson, Paul Rudd and John Turturro, all with immigrant parents, gain greater understanding of the unique challenges their ancestors faced by way of prejudice and poverty at home and abroad.

black-ish: “Public Fool”
ABC, 9pm
An incident at school threatens Junior’s (Marcus Scribner) future at his beloved Valley Glen Prep.

Bull: “The Exception to the Rule”
CBS, 9pm
In the new episode “The Exception to the Rule,” Bull (Michael Weatherly) travels to a small town on a personal mission to help his high-school sweetheart, Allison (guest star Ali Marsh), sue a local factory that she believes is making residents ill by contaminating the water.

Major Crimes
TNT, 9pm
Season Premiere!
This season finds Commander Sharon Raydor (Mary McDonnell) growing accustomed to her new boss, Assistant Chief Leo Mason (Leonard Roberts), but the detectives find themselves questioning their faith in the justice system and their ability to reason through difficult changes in their personal relationships. They all, however, need to face the inexplicable but increasingly undeniable return of Phillip Stroh (guest star Billy Burke).

The Haunting
TCM, 9:30pm
Robert Wise directed this superbly chilling 1963 ghost story based on Shirley Jackson’s novel The Haunting of Hill House. Julie Harris, Claire Bloom, Richard Johnson and Russ Tamblyn star.

Kevin (Probably) Saves the World: “Brutal Acts of Kindness”
ABC, 10pm
Having drained his bank account helping others, Kevin (Jason Ritter) looks for another way to aid a single mom who’s drowning in her son’s medical bills. Meanwhile, Reese (Chloe East) uses a school project to learn more about her uncle, and Yvette (Kimberly Hébert Gregory) struggles with the full range of human emotions.

NCIS: New Orleans: “Acceptable Loss”
CBS, 10pm
The murder of a petty officer leads Pride (Scott Bakula) and his team to a mysterious woman who is targeting men with high security clearance. Mike Pniewski guest-stars as Lasalle’s (Lucas Black) father in the new episode “Acceptable Loss.”

Wednesday, Nov. 1

YouTube Red
Season Premiere!
In Season 3, the gang scores tickets to a winter break vacation, but the Foursome’s problems aren’t so easily left behind.

Empire: “The Fool”
FOX, 8pm
When the secret about Lucious’ memory is exposed, Cookie attempts to convince the board that he is fine by inviting the press to watch him produce the first 20 for 20 album. Eddie Barker (guest star Forest Whitaker) jumps in to help Lucious get back in his groove and make music in the studio.

The Blacklist: “The Travel Agency”
NBC, 8pm
While Cooper (Harry Lennix) enlists Red (James Spader) on a case of personal importance, Ressler (Diego Klattenhoff) leads the task force on a mission to stop the resurgence of a once-dormant murder-for-hire ring. Determined to find answers, Tom (Ryan Eggold) disregards a warning to halt his investigation into the suitcase.

Nature: “H Is for Hawk: A New Chapter”
PBS, 8pm
Helen Macdonald’s bestselling book H Is for Hawk told the story of a grieving daughter who found healing in training a goshawk. Now Macdonald digs deeper into the world of these raptors by following a family in the wild and raising a goshawk of her own.

Speechless: “S-H—SHIPPING”
ABC, 8:30pm
JJ (Micah Fowler) feels pressured to date a new student at school who also has cerebral palsy. Maya (Minnie Driver) and Jimmy (John Ross Bowie) have odd advice for Ray (Mason Cook) and his girlfriend Taylor (Sedona James). Dylan (Kyla Kenedy) teams with Lafayette alumni to rebel against the school’s “no-prank” initiative.

SEAL Team: “The Spinning Wheel”
CBS, 9pm
In the new episode “The Spinning Wheel,” the SEALs must work with Jason’s (David Boreanaz) longtime rival, Beau Fuller (guest star Sharif Atkins), and his team to plan and perfect a raid under the watchful eye of top military brass.

Total Divas
E!, 9pm
Season Premiere!
Brie Bella, Nikki Bella, Naomi (Trinity), Natalya (Nattie), Lana and Maryse will join newcomers Carmella, Nia Jax and Alexa Bliss for the seventh and final season. This season finds the cast traveling around the world and making decisions about their futures in and out of the ring. Veteran cast member Natalya challenges Naomi’s title reign in a heated rivalry for the SmackDown LIVE Women’s Championship, all culminating in a showdown at SummerSlam, Season 7’s most anticipated event.

NOVA: “Killer Hurricanes”
PBS, 9pm
The Great Hurricane of 1780 took nine days to blast its way across the Caribbean, killing at least 20,000 — the highest known death toll of any single weather event in history. To reconstruct its epic scale and investigate what made it so devastating, NOVA joins historians and storm sleuths as they track down clues in eyewitness chronicles, old ruins and computer simulations. But just how unusual was the Great Hurricane, and what might it tell us about the storms that our society will encounter?

Designated Survivor: “Two Ships”
ABC, 10pm
When a U.S. Navy ship containing secret surveillance becomes stranded in enemy waters, President Kirkman (Kiefer Sutherland) must negotiate the crew and ship’s rescue before the technology on board creates a massive threat to national security. Meanwhile, Rhodes (Italia Ricci) reconnects with someone from her childhood.

Criminal Minds: “The Bunker”
CBS, 10pm
When several women go missing in Virginia, the BAU must figure out what they have in common in order to find them. Series star Aisha Tyler directed the new episode “The Bunker.”

Stan Against Evil: “Black Hat Society”
IFC, 10pm
Season Premiere!
Season 2 picks up where the Season 1 finale cliffhanger left off, with Evie (Janet Varney) stranded in the year 1692, accused of being a witch and about to be burned at the stake. Despite his best attempts to never leave the couch, Stan (John C. McGinley) must begrudgingly solve the mystery of Evie’s time-traveling disappearance. Throughout the season, the unlikely team will continue to battle the unconventional demons trying to take over their town.

Chicago P.D.: “Fallen”
NBC, 10pm
A picture-perfect family is shot dead in their home, and the team goes in search of a drug dealer with a likely connection. Voight (Jason Beghe) asks for the help of Vice Sergeant Sean McGrady (guest star Wil Traval), who has an old beef with Upton (Tracy Spiridakos). But when McGrady turns up dead during the investigation, the case takes an unlikely turn.

Liar: “The Marshes”
SundanceTV, 10pm
Series Finale!
SundanceTV’s obsession-worthy limited series comes to a close with Andrew (Ioan Gruffudd), terrified of arrest, enlisting Luke’s (Jamie Flatters) help with an alibi. But Laura (Joanne Froggatt) won’t give up easily, and the final showdown between the two could have violent consequences.

Mr. Robot: “eps3.3_metadata.par2”
USA Network, 10pm
Dom (Grace Gummer) has a close call, Elliot (Rami Malek) chases himself with Darlene (Carly Chaikin) on the lookout, Mr. Robot (Christian Slater) doesn’t have a need for Swede, Angela (Portia Doubleday) gets savage.

Thursday, Nov. 2

Grey’s Anatomy: “Come on Down to My Boat, Baby”
ABC, 8pm
Jackson (Jesse Williams) decides he needs some time off and invites the guys to join him for a day out at sea. Meanwhile, Arizona (Jessica Capshaw), April (Sarah Drew) and Maggie (Kelly McCreary) treat a woman who is hiding a deadly secret.

The Big Bang Theory: “The Proton Regeneration”
CBS, 8pm
Guest Star Alert!
The Big Bang Theory moves to its regular date and time with the new episode “The Proton Regeneration,” in which Sheldon (Jim Parsons) goes head-to-head with guest star Wil Wheaton for the role of the new Professor Proton. Bob Newhart also returns as a guest star.

Superstore: “Health Fund”
NBC, 8pm
As Mateo (Nico Santos) turns to ever-stranger home remedies for an ear infection, Amy (America Ferrera) and Jonah (Ben Feldman) decide to offer an alternative to Cloud 9’s terrible health insurance plan. Meanwhile, Glenn (Mark McKinney) enlists Dina (Lauren Ash) to help him get medical attention for his own embarrassing condition.

Young Sheldon
CBS, 8:30pm
New Series!
After a single-episode premiere in late September, this spinoff of The Big Bang Theory moves to its new date and time. This heartfelt family comedy follows the child version of Jim Parsons’ Sheldon Cooper and explores his unusual upbringing in East Texas. Iain Armitage plays the piquant 9-year-old prodigy who’s beginning his freshman year of high school, and Parsons serves as an executive producer and provides Sheldon’s adult voice to narrate the series.

The Good Place: “Derek”
NBC, 8:30pm
Janet (D’Arcy Carden) creates a big problem for Michael (Ted Danson). Meanwhile, Eleanor (Kristen Bell) lets Chidi (William Jackson Harper) in on a secret, and Jason (Manny Jacinto) puts Tahani (Jameela Jamil) in a difficult position.

Scandal: “Adventures in Babysitting”
ABC, 9pm
Olivia (Kerry Washington) and Mellie (Bellamy Young) assert their power like never before. Meanwhile, Cyrus (Jeff Perry) works on congressional approval to declare war in Bashran, and QPA keeps close watch on President Rashad’s niece.

Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles
Bravo, 9pm
Season Premiere!
In Season 10 of the big-bucks reality series, the boys club faces stiff competition when leading female agent Tracy Tutor Maltas joins the cast. But life for Tracy won’t be easy as she struggles to maintain a work-life balance with a husband and two daughters at home while expanding her business and butting heads with the rest of the boys.

CBS, 9pm
Season Premiere!

Stars Anna Faris and Allison Janney return for Season 5 of the CBS comedy. In the Season 4 finale, Christy (Faris) was in way over her head while trying to help with Bonnie’s (Janney) IRS troubles.

Arrow: “Reversal”
The CW, 9pm
Just as Oliver (Stephen Amell) starts to get things in order, Black Siren (Katie Cassidy) launches another attack on the citizens of Star City.

Will & Grace: “Rosario’s Quinceñera”
NBC, 9pm
On this week’s Will & Grace, co-creator David Kohan says steely, sarcastic Karen (Megan Mullally) gets “raw and vulnerable” — and it’s not because she runs out of vodka. The emotional episode honors the relationship between Karen and her sassy maid Rosario (Shelley Morrison, who retired from acting and didn’t reprise her role for the sitcom’s reboot).

Van Helsing: “Save Yourself”
Syfy, 9pm
Vanessa (Kelly Overton) faces off against Sam (Christopher Heyerdahl) in a bloody showdown. Dmitri (Paul Johansson) hears news that sends him on a warpath after Vanessa. Flesh (Vincent Gale), Mohamad (Trezzo Mahoro) and Lucky (Andrea Ware) take desperate steps to save their lives.

Life in Pieces
CBS, 9:30pm
Season Premiere!

The CBS comedy about one big happy family and their sometimes awkward, often hilarious and ultimately beautiful milestone moments returns for Season 3 tonight. Dianne Wiest, James Brolin, Zoe Lister-Jones and Colin Hanks star.

Great News: “Pool Show”
NBC, 9:30pm
Jeremy (guest star Reid Scott) invites Katie (Briga Heelan) to do some “real reporting” and go on a stakeout with him. Carol (Andrea Martin) is suspicious and kidnaps Greg (Adam Campbell) to stake out the stakeout, and the two discover that it may not be all business between Jeremy and Katie.

How to Get Away With Murder: “Stay Strong, Mama”
ABC, 10pm
Annalise (Viola Davis) forges ahead with her class action lawsuit with help from a former colleague. Meanwhile, Laurel (Karla Souza) continues to investigate her father’s company, Asher (Matt McGorry) confronts Michaela (Aja Naomi King) about her odd behavior, and details about Isaac’s (Jimmy Smits) past are revealed.

CBS, 10pm
New Series!
Shemar Moore stars in CBS’ newest action-packed drama as Daniel “Hondo” Harrelson, the leader of an elite Los Angeles S.W.A.T. unit who must balance his loyalty to his roots and to his team. Although his character on Criminal Minds was also in law enforcement, Moore says that his role on S.W.A.T. takes police work to the next level, joking, “Hondo is Derek Morgan on steroids, and not just physically, but emotionally.”

Home Alone: “Inheriting Evil”
Investigation Discovery, 10pm
A home invasion leaves a woman fighting for her life after she rents an apartment in her home to a man who just inherited $22,000.

Chicago Fire: “Down Is Better”
NBC, 10pm
After heroically saving a mother and newborn baby from a rooftop fire, Kidd (Miranda Rae Mayo) receives surprising news when she discovers she is being transferred out of the firehouse. Severide (Taylor Kinney) and Casey (Jesse Spencer) believe something is off about the turn of events, prompting them to investigate the situation.

Friday, Nov. 3

Alias Grace
New Series!
Mary Harron (American Psycho) directed and Sarah Polley (Away From Her) wrote and produced this adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s (The Handmaid’s Tale) novel based on the true story of convicted 1840s murderer Grace Marks (Sarah Gadon). Anna Paquin also stars.

NBA Basketball
ESPN, beginning at 7pm Live
ESPN’s Friday night NBA doubleheader has the Cleveland Cavaliers in D.C. to face the Washington Wizards, followed by the Boston Celtics in Oklahoma City to take on the Thunder.

College Football
ESPN2 & FS1, beginning at 8pm Live

Friday’s primetime college football action features the Memphis Tigers at the Tulsa Golden Hurricane on ESPN2 and, later, the UCLA Bruins at the Utah Utes on FS1.

Blindspot: “Enemy Bag of Tricks”
NBC, 8pm
As the team adjusts to their new dynamic — and the new tattoos — they battle a dangerous foreign power that is trying to hijack a satellite.

Hawaii Five-0: “Kama’oma’o, ka ‘aina huli hana (At Kama’oma’o, the Land of Activities)”
CBS, 9pm
In a belated new Halloween episode, Five-0 must investigate a string of murders that mirror stories from well-known Hawaiian folklore.

Great Performances: “Noël Coward’s Present Laughter”
PBS, 9pm
Catch Tony Award winner Kevin Kline in Noël Coward’s backstage comedy about a self-obsessed actor in a midlife crisis dealing with fawning ingénues, crazed playwrights and his estranged ex-wife. Kate Burton, Kristine Nielsen and Cobie Smulders also star.

Z Nation: “Back From the Undead”
Syfy, 9pm
Lucy (Tara Holt) fights to save Murphy’s (Keith Allan) life, while Warren (Kellita Smith) and the others battle a biologically modified Franken-Zombie guarding a clue to Warren’s dream.

Blue Bloods: “Brushed Off”
CBS, 10pm
Danny (Donnie Wahlberg) and Baez (Marisa Ramirez) investigate possible gang ties in the death of a famous basketball star from an apparent drug overdose in the new episode “Brushed Off.”

Finding Escobar’s Millions
Discovery Channel, 10pm
New Series!
Doug and Ben are former CIA case officers on a mission to hunt down the illicit profits of Escobar’s drug war. Never has there been a search of this scope or magnitude.

Superstition: “Half Truths & Half Breeds”
Syfy, 10pm
Isaac (Mario Van Peebles) sends a mysterious half human/half infernal to help Calvin (Brad James) and the others with the fight in La Rochelle. Meanwhile, Bea (Robinne Lee), Garvey (Morgana Van Peebles) and Tilly (Tatiana Zappardino) grapple with how to properly bury a known racist.

Saturday, Nov. 4

Zak Storm: “Freezing Point”
Discovery Family Channel, 9am
Zak and his crew save a newborn wyvern from the clutches of Golden Bones. As they try to bring it back to its mother, Crogar develops a special bond with the creature. With Bones closing in among treacherous glaciers, Crogar has to let go of his “baby.”

Christmas Festival of Ice
Hallmark Channel, 8pm
Original Film!
When Emma (Taylor Cole) learns that her hometown’s ice-sculpting contest has been canceled, the aspiring attorney springs into action and enlists sponsors and artists. Her enthusiasm even convinces the town’s ace artisan, Nick (Damon Runyan) to compete, and the reluctant craftsman agrees to be her teammate. As Emma and Nick work together, they discover they might have a shot at winning more than this very special Christmas contest.

The Lost Wife of Robert Durst
Lifetime, 8pm
Original Film!
Kathleen Durst was officially declared dead 35 years after she was last seen. Her body was never found. Lifetime explores her marriage to real estate heir Robert Durst, from their quirky beginnings to her shocking disappearance. Scorpion’s Katharine McPhee and The Originals’ Daniel Gillies star.

The Perfect Christmas Present
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 9pm
Original Film!
Tom Jacobs (Sam Page) has built an entire business around helping clients find the perfect gift for their loved ones. When Tom’s friend asks for help in finding a gift for his girlfriend, Tom’s research into the lucky lady leads him to fall in love with her.

Murder Made Me Famous: “The Night Stalker”
REELZ Channel, 9pm
This true-crime docuseries presents dramatic re-creations of well-known crimes using archival material and insightful commentary from those connected to the case to help unravel the twisted personalities behind the grisly crimes. The featured commentator for every episode is author and People crime reporter Steve Helling, who has covered several high-profile crime stories including the Natalee Holloway and Laci Peterson disappearances. Upcoming episodes focus on John Gotti, David Koresh and Susan Smith, and tonight’s episode is about the “Night Stalker,” Richard Ramirez.

Saturday Night Live: “Larry David/Miley Cyrus”
NBC, 11:30pm Live
Larry David (Curb Your Enthusiasm) is back after his successful hosting stint last year (along with his several well-received guest appearances where he portrayed Sen. Bernie Sanders). Miley Cyrus is tonight’s musical guest.