All Times Eastern.
Thursday, Nov. 2
The Big Bang Theory: “The Proton Regeneration”
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.
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Grey’s Anatomy: “Come on Down to My Boat, Baby”
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.
Superstore: “Health Fund”
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.
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”
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”
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
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.
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.
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”
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”
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
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”
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”
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.
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”
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
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.
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.
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”
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)”
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”
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”
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”
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
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”
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
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
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
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.
Sunday, Nov. 5
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: AAA Texas 500
NBCSN, 2pm Live
The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs continue today at Texas Motor Speedway with eight drivers still in the running for the season championship.
The Real Housewives of Atlanta
Season 10 premieres with returning cast members Cynthia Bailey, Kandi Burruss, Kenya Moore, Porsha Williams and Shereé Whitfield alongside NeNe Leakes, who rejoins the group to regain her spot as the city’s juiciest peach. Kim Zolciak-Biermann also returns as a friend of the housewives.
The Simpsons: “Grampy Can Ya Hear Me”
Grampa Simpson gets a hearing aid and finally hears what everyone has been saying about him. Meanwhile Principal Skinner discovers that his mother has been keeping a major secret from him.
Hallmark Channel, 8pm
While Holly Kuhn (Brooke D’Orsay) is on her annual hunt for the perfect tree to star in the Washington, D.C., holiday tree-lighting ceremony, she receives a letter from a boy describing his town’s beautiful evergreen. When she travels to the boy’s New England town, she discovers that the boy’s handsome uncle (Marc Blucas) owns the tree and won’t let the majestic specimen be chopped down, even for the honor of serving as the National Christmas Tree.
Air Disasters: “Carnage in São Paulo”
Smithsonian Channel, 8pm
Just seconds after lifting off from Congonhas Airport in São Paulo, Brazil, TAM Flight 402 slammed into a residential neighborhood and burst into flames, killing everyone onboard, along with three people on the ground. Investigators from the Brazilian Air Force joined forces with the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board to uncover a series of events that led to the unlikely catastrophic aviation accident.
Wisdom of the Crowd: “Trojan Horse”
In the new episode “Trojan Horse,” Cavanaugh (Richard T. Jones) needs Sophe’s help to locate the source of a deadly online challenge that’s targeting vulnerable teenagers.
Things get real when Real Housewives star and Skinnygirl brand entrepreneur Bethenny Frankel jumps into the tank.
The Walking Dead: “Monsters”
Conflict with the Saviors leads to unintended consequences for the Hilltop, the Kingdom and Alexandria. Morality proves tricky in wartime.
Xscape: Still Kickin’ It
This four-part special follows the four original members of ’90s girl group Xscape — Kandi Burruss, Tameka “Tiny” Cottle, LaTocha Scott and Tamika Scott — as they reunite after nearly 20 years apart. The four women have all faced successes and challenges since they were last together, and they struggle to put egos aside as they prepare to take center stage at two sold-out shows in Detroit and performances at the BET Awards and the Essence Festival.
Guy’s Big Project
Food Network, 9pm
The Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives host is on a mission to create the next big Food Network show, stepping into the role of producer and sharing his expertise and passion for food and travel. Having sorted through thousands of submissions, Guy and his team take the eight most promising concepts and their hopeful would-be hosts on the road to see who really has what it takes.
Family Guy: “Three Directors”
Guest Star Alert!
The late Carrie Fisher makes a guest-voice appearance in this special anthology-style episode where Peter gets fired from his job at the brewery in the signature styles of three famous Hollywood film directors.
Christmas in the Air
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 9pm
Lydia (Catherine Bell), a successful professional organizer, is constantly trying to grow her business, but even her ambition takes a back seat to love when she meets Robert (Eric Close), a toy-inventing widower who is presenting his new Christmas toy line to a superstore in 12 days. While Lydia helps him straighten out his messy junk drawers and frazzled life, Robert teaches her that messiness can be a delightful part of life.
In Season 8, Patsy’s Pies is hit by the new presidential administration’s anti-immigration ICE raids. Meanwhile, Monica’s death inspires Frank (William H. Macy) to clean up his act and try to set things right.
The Girlfriend Experience
Season 2 of Starz’s edgy anthology series features hourlong episodes comprised of two separate 30-minute storylines. The first, set in Washington, D.C., during the 2018 midterm elections, concerns Republican super PAC finance director Erica Myles (Anna Friel), who taps high-powered Girlfriend Experience (GFE) provider Anna Greenwald (Louisa Krause) to help her blackmail a shady fundraiser, leading the pair into a complex emotional and sexual relationship that upends their understanding of power. The other stars Selma’s Carmen Ejogo as Bria Jones, a former high-end escort who enters the Witness Protection Program and finds that leaving the GFE lifestyle is tougher than she thought, even as her life is further endangered.
NCIS: Los Angeles: “Can I Get a Witness?”
In the new episode “Can I Get a Witness?” the LAPD calls on Deeks (Eric Christian Olsen) to help locate his former partner (guest star Patrick St. Esprit) after he goes rogue.
Married to Medicine
Season 5 premieres with returning ladies Toya Bush-Harris, Dr. Heavenly Kimes, Dr. Jacqueline Walters, Quad Webb-Lunceford, Dr. Simone Whitmore, Mariah Huq and new cast member Dr. Contessa Metcalfe facing life’s challenges as the leading names in the medical industry.
Food Network, 10pm
Freed’s Bakery might look like a neighborhood spot, but in its secret backroom, artists make the most fun, outrageous and elaborate cakes in Vegas. Past projects include a giant Cadillac cake for the Viva Las Vegas rockabilly weekend, a stuntman’s birthday cake illustrating a legendary record jump, and a cake celebrating a new school complete with books, chalkboards and lockers. This new series visits the 58-year-old Sin City institution, famed for great flavors and amazing creativity.
Based on Frankie Shaw’s semiautobiographical short film of the same name, SMILF is an honest and comedic look at Bridgette, a 20-something from South Boston whose personal ambitions collide with the realities of being a young, single mom. Shaw stars as Bridgette, with Rosie O’Donnell playing Bridgette’s outspoken mom.
Madam Secretary: “Persona Non Grata”
In the new episode “Persona Non Grata,” Elizabeth (Téa Leoni) is determined to hold a human trafficking conference in Kyrgyzstan despite the inappropriate actions by a U.S. ambassador.
Ride With Norman Reedus
The Walking Dead star is back on the hog. Season 2 of the docuseries revs up in Spain, where costar Jeffrey Dean Morgan hops on to ride from Barcelona down the coast to Valencia for the famous annual Las Fallas spring festival.
Monday, Nov. 6
This drama series is based on Åsa Larsson’s celebrated and popular crime novels. The series takes place in a harsh northern environment and revolves around Rebecka Martinsson (Ida Engvoll), a lawyer from Kiruna who has not really found herself despite her great success at a law firm in Stockholm. When a dear friend from her childhood suddenly passes away, Rebecka reluctantly returns to Kiruna but soon finds out that not everything is as it seems to be. Drawn into the gripping pursuit of a killer who strikes repeatedly, Rebecka must face a terrible trauma that once forced her to abandon her hometown.
Poirot: Super Sleuths
Agatha Christie’s most famous character, Hercule Poirot, has seen a variety of incarnations on the screen, but none so perfectly portrayed as the Poirot of English actor David Suchet. This program follows the journey from page to small screen, featuring interviews with actors, production teams and the cream of the British crime-writing crop.
This action-packed series follows a team of eager young birds as they work together to help their island community, go on amazing adventures and earn their wings as full-feathered rescue birds. In the series premiere, “Time to Earn Our Wings,” cadets-in-training Swift, Penny, Rod and Brody gather at Top Wing Academy, where they learn to pilot their new vehicles and become the best rescue team Big Swirl Island has ever seen. The animated series helps preschoolers build self-confidence and includes lessons about perseverance and hard work.
The Voice: “The Knockouts, Part 2”
The knockout rounds continue with the strongest members of coaches Miley Cyrus, Jennifer Hudson, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton’s teams remaining from the battle rounds. Part 3 airs tomorrow night.
Long Lost Family
Season 2B of the touching family-reunion series follows a woman whose mother dropped her off in front of a house when she was just 4 years old, a pair of siblings seeking their sperm donor dad, a 49-year-old gay man who finds out for the first time that he is a father, and a woman who was just a baby when she was left in a basket on an Amish family’s doorstep.
Superior Donuts: “Is There a Problem, Officer?”
When a video surfaces of Randy (Katey Sagal) being aggressive during a traffic stop, Franco (Jermaine Fowler) begins to question her capabilities as a police officer.
Rolling Stone: Stories From the Edge
Alex Gibney and Blair Foster direct this two-night documentary special looking back on 50 years of Rolling Stone magazine and its impact on music and pop culture.
VA: The Human Cost of War
Follow the history of the Department of Veterans Affairs, from the troubled beginnings of the Veterans Bureau of the 1920s to the modern VA system. Learn details of this vast, crucial American institution including its successes, failures and need for reforms.
Long Island Medium
In tonight’s season premiere, Theresa meets actor Kelsey Grammer, who receives a very emotional reading. Then, This Is Us star Chrissy Metz is reconnected with someone she wasn’t able to give a proper goodbye to.
Living Every Day: Luke Bryan
As fans around the globe gear up to celebrate Country Music’s Biggest Night, ABC airs its ninth annual pre-CMA Awards special. Hosted by Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts, the hour takes an intimate look at the life and career of country music superstar and upcoming American Idol judge Luke Bryan, and features a new interview with Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood as the duo celebrates their 10th year hosting the CMA Awards.
Discovery Channel, 10pm
In this hourlong special, classic car and truck designer/builder Max Grundy and his mechanic partner Wayne Lundgren prepare two larger-than-life builds to bring to SEMA, the biggest car convention in the world.
Christmas Cookie Challenge
Food Network, 10pm
Holiday cookies are more than just treats — they are gifts, family traditions, memories of childhood and always made with love. In this competition, five confident and daring bakers go head-to-head to prove their holiday cookie-making skills. Tough-love judges are on hand to crown the holiday cookie master, who will go home with a $10,000 prize!
The Brave: “It’s All Personal”
As the team heads to Paris on a mission connected to Amir’s (Hadi Tabbal) undercover past, things get more personal than they would like.
The Halcyon: “Episode 6”
The Halcyon struggles on as the Blitz rages and the guests experience lockdown, with Joe (Matt Ryan) and Emma (Hermione Corfield) outside the hotel and the guests in the basement. Lucian (Charles Edwards) and Lady Hamilton (Olivia Williams) get close, and Toby (Edward Bluemel) confronts his confusion. And has anybody seen Sonny (Sope Dirisu) and Betsey (Kara Tointon)?
Independent Lens: “Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary”
Explore the life and music of jazz great John Coltrane from his childhood in the South to his years with Miles Davis to his tenure as leader of one of jazz’s most revered quartets. Featuring Denzel Washington speaking the words of Coltrane.
When Charlie Goldsmith was just 18, he discovered that he had an ability to heal people that defies what we know about human capability. This new series follows Charlie’s life and work as he is sought out by athletes, celebrities and people from all walks of life hoping to be cured of their chronic and debilitating ailments. Tonight’s premiere episode includes actress Jennifer Grey, who has had chronic neck pain since she was in a car accident 30 years ago.
Tuesday, Nov. 7
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
Based on the beloved children’s books by Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond, this animated series follows the adventures of Mouse, Oliver, Moose, Pig, Cat and Dog as they discover that when you have a curious Mouse for a friend, one thing always leads to another. Grammy nominee Lisa Loeb provides new recordings for the series. The show’s learning approach revolves around a cause-and-effect narrative structure designed to spark imagination and creativity.
NCIS: “Burden of Proof”
After a convicted felon swears the NCIS agency framed him for murder a decade ago, Gibbs (Mark Harmon) begins his own investigation. Guest star Joe Spano returns as senior FBI agent Fornell in the new episode “Burden of Proof.”
The Curse of Oak Island
Brothers Rick and Marty Lagina continue their quest to solve the 222-year-old mystery of Oak Island. In Season 5, the Laginas and their partners double down on new technology and heavy machinery as they go full-bore into what they believe is the famed Money Pit — which is said to be hiding a cache of valuable items.
The Long Road Home
National Geographic, 9pm
Based on ABC News Chief Global Affairs Correspondent Martha Raddatz’s 2008 bestseller of the same name, the eight-episode Home spotlights the human impact of war via a cadre of American soldiers, their Iraqi interpreter and their terrified families awaiting news during April 4, 2004’s “Black Sunday” ambush in Baghdad. “This is the story of the everyman soldier and a portrait of what it’s like to go to war when you’ve never been to war, not just for the soldiers, but for the American military family,” says showrunner Mikko Alanne.
This Is Us: “The Most Disappointed Man”
Randall (Sterling K. Brown) adjusts to the foster system. Kate (Chrissy Metz) and Toby (Chris Sullivan) take the next step in their relationship. Kevin (Justin Hartley) visits Sophie (Alexandra Breckenridge) in New York. Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) and Rebecca (Mandy Moore) finalize Randall’s adoption.
Kevin (Probably) Saves the World: “Rocky Road”
Despite being on the outs with his sister Amy (JoAnna Garcia Swisher), Kevin (Jason Ritter) tries to help a desperate man find work so he can support his family. Meanwhile, Amy deals with the ramifications of invading Reese’s (Chloe East) privacy — an act that forces everyone to rethink their priorities and what it means to be a family.
NCIS: New Orleans: “The Accident”
NCIS is called in to investigate after a clinical trial of brain implants in veterans is hacked. Kelly Hu guest-stars in the new episode “The Accident.”
Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge: “Red, White and Boom”
In this special pre-Veterans Day episode, Steve welcomes eight veterans to the ranch, where these brothers-in-arms will face off in a series of intense challenges. In the end, only one veteran will make it to the final challenge designed by Steve Austin himself, the Skullbuster.
30 for 30: Nature Boy
The critically acclaimed sports documentary series spotlights its first professional wrestler, the legendary Ric “Nature Boy” Flair, chronicling the Memphis-born grappler’s personal triumphs and tragedies throughout his four-decade career. Though the industry made him rich and an international sports entertainment superstar, Flair says of his story, “There’s a sadness in it like everything. I’ve been married four times. Wrestling 42 years, there were times where I would go out on the road for six months and never come home, so I didn’t see my older kids at all. To this day, they still resent it.”
Teachers: “Dosey Don’t”
TV Land, 10pm
TV Land’s comedy Teachers returns tonight with new episodes from Season 2. In “Dosey Don’t,” Ms. Bennigan (Katie O’Brien) is worried that Hot Dad (Ryan Caltagirone) is back with his ex-wife. Meanwhile, Ms. Snap (Katy Colloton) uses the school dance to impress a famous radio host.
USA Network, 10pm
USA Network’s new series is set in the 1930s American heartland but is relevant to modern times. Damnation centers on Seth Davenport (Killian Scott), a roving preacher using his pulpit to incite downtrodden Iowa farmers to stand up against the wealthy. Malevolent, emotionless Creeley Turner (Logan Marshall-Green) is hired by a tycoon to stop the uprising using any means necessary, but the two share a secret past that could prove their undoing.
Wednesday, Nov. 8
The 51st Annual CMA Awards
ABC, 8pm Live
Hosted by country music superstars Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, The 51st Annual CMA Awards airs live from Nashville and features appearances and performances by country music’s hottest stars, including Garth Brooks, Brothers Osborne, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Old Dominion, Jon Pardi, Chris Stapleton, Thomas Rhett, Carrie Underwood and many others.
Riverdale: “Chapter Eighteen: When a Stranger Calls”
The CW, 8pm
Guest Star Alert!
The Good Wife’s Graham Phillips guest-stars as Veronica’s old friend Nick, whose plan for a wild night in Riverdale takes an unexpected turn.
Sports broadcaster Hannah Storm directed this documentary about racing star Danica Patrick, who reveals herself like never before: as a competitor eagerly preparing for her next race, a woman confidently considering when she wants to start a family, and a budding mogul carefully thinking about her next steps. The film captures never-before-seen moments on and off the track with Patrick and those closest to her.
Empire: “Fortune Be Not Crost”
The Lyon family stands united as Hakeem and Anika wage a custody battle over Bella. Although they’re confident in Hakeem’s ability as a father, no one is prepared for the revelations Anika’s legal team brings to the trial.
The Blacklist: “The Kilgannon Corporation”
Red (James Spader) and the task force place Dembe (Hisham Tawfiq) undercover to infiltrate an international human smuggling organization, but when communication is lost, they must intervene. Meanwhile, Tom’s (Ryan Eggold) investigation into the suitcase lands him in grave danger.
Nature: “The Cheetah Children”
For nearly two years in the forested hills of Zimbabwe, wildlife cameraman Kim Wolhuter shadowed a wild cheetah family on foot to reveal in intimate detail the cubs’ remarkable journey to adulthood and their mother’s dedication in raising them.
SEAL Team: “Borderlines”
In the new episode “Borderlines,” Jason (David Boreanaz) and the SEALs must rescue an undercover CIA operative after she is captured by radical terrorists.
Discovery Channel, 9pm
The Raney family is back to battle everything Mother Nature can throw at them as they come to the aid of desperate homesteaders across the nation. Father Marty, daughter Misty and son Matt help struggling families learn new bush craft skills, protect their livestock, grow food and face the most grueling challenges yet seen, leaving some with the stark decision to tough it out or pack it up and head back to civilization. Tonight’s season premiere is preceded by a special episode featuring never-before-seen footage.
Iron Chef Showdown
Food Network, 9pm
It’s time, once again, to answer life’s most savory question: Whose cuisine reigns supreme? Iron Chef Showdown pits two of the most formidable chefs in the country against each other in the Chairman’s Challenge, where they must create their best dish based upon a secret ingredient. Host Alton Brown serves as the sole judge to determine which chef earns the right to face a legendary Iron Chef in the Secret Ingredient Showdown. Then, it’s “Allez Cuisine!” in Kitchen Stadium with Alton, the Chairman, floor reporter Jaymee Sire and a pantheon of culinary experts to judge the epic battles.
NOVA: “Killer Floods”
Uncover geologic fingerprints of colossal floods that violently reshaped the ancient world. Follow geologists around the globe as they reconstruct catastrophic Ice Age floods more powerful than all the world’s top 10 rivers combined.
Criminal Minds: “Dust and Bones”
The BAU searches for an unsub in Austin, Texas, who is targeting prominent members of the community in the new episode “Dust and Bones.”
Bushcraft Build-Off: “Built to Survive”
Discovery Channel, 10pm
Primitive skills master Matt Graham hosts this series that searches for the most talented bushcrafters in the country. It’s a competition series in which elite builders compete in a grueling, seven-day race against the clock where the builders can only use the natural materials in their immediate surroundings. The online Discovery GO service will feature a companion series, Bushcrafting’s Best, which gives an in-depth look at the processes behind Graham’s favorite builds from the Build-Off series.
Chicago P.D.: “Care Under Fire”
In the wake of several gang-related child abductions, Intelligence must race against time to find a kidnapped boy. Owing to their swiftness and military precision, the team scours the VA records and tracks the suspects to a former Army Ranger. With his previous experience as a Ranger, Halstead (Jesse Lee Soffer) convinces Voight (Jason Beghe) to send him undercover to try to get information from inside.
The A Word
SundanceTV’s charming family drama picks up two years after the end of Season 1. Now age 7, Joe (Max Vento) has begun to realize that autism means he doesn’t always fit into the world around him. Throughout six new episodes, the Hughes and Scott families do their best as parents, caregivers and lovers, working on what’s really important when nothing ever feels normal. The Leftovers’ Christopher Eccleston costars.
Mr. Robot: “eps3.4_runtime-error.r00”
USA Network, 10pm
E Corp is in chaos as Elliot (Rami Malek) is on the run and Darlene (Carly Chaikin) comes to help.
Thursday, Nov. 9
Returning guest star and Doc fan Sigourney Weaver (Aliens, Avatar) is on hand for the season finale.
Grey’s Anatomy: “Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story”
ABC celebrates 300 episodes of Shonda Rhimes’ long-running hit drama series with a special hour entitled “Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story.” When a roller-coaster car falls off the track at the county fair, the doctors at Grey Sloan tend to patients who spark memories about ghosts from their past.
The Big Bang Theory: “The Geology Methodology”
Sheldon (Jim Parsons) and Bert (Brian Posehn) collaborate on a research project despite Sheldon’s embarrassment in the new episode “The Geology Methodology.”
TNT, beginning at 8pm Live
TNT’s Thursday night NBA doubleheader has LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers heading to Houston to face Chris Paul and the Rockets, followed by the Oklahoma City Thunder in Denver to take on the Nuggets.
NFL Football: Seattle at Arizona
NBC & NFL Network, 8:20pm Live
Thursday Night Football has a matchup of NFC West rivals as the Seattle Seahawks take on the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz.
Young Sheldon: “Poker, Faith, and Eggs”
When George Sr. (Lance Barber) is rushed to the emergency room, Meemaw (Annie Potts) comes to babysit, and the kids have an adventure getting to the hospital on their own in the new episode “Poker, Faith, and Eggs.”
How to Get Away With Murder: “Nobody Roots for Goliath”
When Annalise’s (Viola Davis) resolve to certify her class action lawsuit is tested, a surprising ally comes to her aid. Meanwhile, Laurel (Karla Souza) and Michaela (Aja Naomi King) hit a roadblock after someone discovers their plans to take down Laurel’s father.
Hondo (Shemar Moore) and the S.W.A.T. team spread out across Los Angeles in pursuit of four escaped convicts in the new episode “Cuchillo.”
Ice Road Truckers: “One Last Lick”
The spring thaw is in full melt mode as the drivers get in one last lick before the ice roads close for the season.
Home Alone: “Demons of the Past”
Investigation Discovery, 10pm
In an isolated part of Nebraska, a woman’s mentally ill, estranged husband shows up at her door with plans to kill her and her adopted son.
USA Network, 10:30pm
For the first time in 11 years, since being drafted into the NFL, Antonio Cromartie is a full-time dad. This reality series follows him and his wife Terricka as they raise their five — soon to be six — kids, but Antonio’s OCD, intense competitiveness and his tendency to parent the same way he would coach a football team may prove to be too much for the whole house.
Friday, Nov. 10
College Basketball: Armed Forces Classic
ESPN, 6pm Live
The Texas A&M Aggies and West Virginia Mountaineers compete in the Armed Forces Classic at Ramstein Air Base in Germany to honor Veterans Day.
Blindspot: “Upside Down Craft”
While Jane (Jaimie Alexander) and Weller (Sullivan Stapleton) hunt down a collective of dangerous computer hackers, Patterson (Ashley Johnson) and Rich Dotcom (guest star Ennis Esmer) must work together to hide an explosive secret from their past.
Marvel’s Inhumans “… And Finally: Black Bolt”
It’s brother versus brother as the final showdown between Black Bolt (Anson Mount) and Maximus (Iwan Rheon) takes an unexpected turn — one with lasting consequences for all of Inhumanity.
Road Less Traveled
Singer/songwriter Lauren Alaina’s hit single “Road Less Traveled” comes to life in this new rom-com. Alaina stars as Charlotte, a successful songwriter struggling to balance her career with her dream of the perfect wedding. Donny Boaz (SIX, NCIS), Jason Burkey (The Walking Dead) and Charlene Tilton (Dallas, The Love Boat) also star.
Blue Bloods: “Common Ground”
A case turns personal for Danny (Donnie Wahlberg) when he works to protect a nurse, Faith Madson (guest star Jessie Mueller), from her violent ex-boyfriend in the new episode “Common Ground.”
Foo Fighters — Landmarks Live in Concert: A Great Performances Special
Rock with the great American stadium rock band, captured in peak performance at the iconic ancient amphitheater at Athens’ Acropolis. Hosted by Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith.
Saturday, Nov. 11
Syfy begins airing Matt Groening’s (The Simpsons) hilarious animated series set in the year 3000 with a three-day marathon starting today and running through Monday. Billy West, Katey Sagal, John DiMaggio, Tress MacNeille and Phil LaMarr head the voice cast of the series that originally ran from 1999-2003 on FOX, and from 2010-13 on Comedy Central. After the marathon, regular Futurama blocks will then air Mondays, Tuesdays and Saturdays.
Zak Storm: “The Voice of Chaos”
Discovery Family Channel, 9am
The Chaos’ engines are dead, and the ship is drifting toward a tornado in Aeria, the Sea of Storms. Zak and Caramba descend deep into the bowels of the ship to find the source of the problem.
Dahmer on Dahmer: A Serial Killer Speaks
The first night of a gripping special introduces the tales and insight gathered by investigative journalist Nancy Glass as result of her exclusive access and candid relationship with mass-murderer Jeffrey Dahmer. Part 2 airs tomorrow night.
The Sweetest Christmas
Hallmark Channel, 8pm
When the oven of struggling pastry chef Kylie Watson (Lacey Chabert) breaks right before the finals of the American Gingerbread Competition, she reaches out to Nick Mazannti (Lea Coco), her old boyfriend from culinary school who gave up his dream of being a pastry chef to take over his family’s pizzeria. Nick allows her to use his industrial pizza oven at night to craft her ambitious gingerbread creations, and as the two reminisce about the dreams of their youth, their fizzled romance gets reheated.
“The Warfighters” Marathon
On Veterans Day, History honors those who have served with a four-hour marathon of its docuseries The Warfighters. Driven by first-person accounts, the unnarrated series chronicles recent U.S. Special Operations Forces missions in the global war on terror as it gives viewers an inside and candid look at the realities of war. The series is made in part by veterans, with over 90 vets participating in the production.
Oscar Pistorius: Blade Runner Killer
Gold medal-winning Paralympic runner Oscar Pistorius was convicted of the 2013 murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. This new Lifetime movie stars Andreas Damm (Elementary) as Pistorius and Toni Garrn (Under the Bed) as Steenkamp. Told from the point of view of the victim and her mother, the film gives the inside scoop on events leading up to Steenkamp’s death and the trials that followed.
A Song for Christmas
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 9pm
When pop superstar Adelaide Kay (Becca Tobin) gets fed up with life on the road and sneaks off her tour bus, she finds herself stranded in the freezing cold with no money and no plan. She is taken in by a kind family of dairy farmers, and the oldest son (Kevin McGarry) is the only person who recognizes the pop princess in their midst. He figures that if he can snap a few pictures of Adelaide to sell to the tabloids, he might save the struggling family farm, but he doesn’t anticipate the romance that he captures instead.
Saturday Night Live: “Tiffany Haddish/Taylor Swift”
NBC, 11:30pm Live
Actress and comedian Tiffany Haddish (Girls Trip) makes her SNL hosting debut, accompanied by Taylor Swift, making her third appearance as musical guest.