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Friday, Oct. 5: ‘Child Support’ Season 2 Helps Kick Off New TGIF on ABC

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All Times Eastern.

Friday, Oct. 5

Child Support
ABC, 9pm
Season Premiere!

Dominic of Yonkers, N.Y., and Ashlie of Ontario, Calif., will each try to answer 10 questions correctly in order to win the ultimate prize of $200,000. If they answer incorrectly, the contestants will have a chance to be saved by a group of kids being asked the same question by comedic mastermind Ricky Gervais.

The Man in the High Castle
Amazon
Season Premiere!

In Season 3 of this adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s novel, Juliana (Alexa Davalos) works with Tagomi (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa) to interpret the mystery of the last remaining films. Joe (Luke Kleintank) returns from Berlin and is sent on a diplomatic mission to San Francisco, where he and Juliana reunite. Obergruppenführer John Smith (Rufus Sewell) finds himself celebrated by Nazi high society, but political forces are closing in. Jason O’Mara joins the cast as Wyatt Price, an immigrant hustler in the Neutral Zone who still believes in what America once was.

Into the Dark
Hulu
New Series!

Blumhouse, the production company behind big-screen horror hits like Get Out and the Purge franchise, continues its television presence with this ambitious series. The first Friday of each month will see the debut of a scary new episode related to a notable holiday in that month. Things appropriately kick off with a Halloween-themed episode called “The Body,” which is about a hitman (Tom Bateman) who finds his work made more difficult when he has to transport a body on Halloween night, but everyone is enamored by what they think is his killer costume.

Private Life
Netflix
Original Film!

Oscar-nominated filmmaker Tamara Jenkins writes and directs this funny and moving story of Richard (Paul Giamatti) and Rachel (Kathryn Hahn), a couple in the throes of infertility who try to maintain their marriage as they descend deeper into the world of assisted reproduction and domestic adoption.

Dancing Queen
Netflix
New Series!

This docuseries follows Justin Johnson — a.k.a. drag superstar Alyssa Edwards — as he juggles his dance life, drag life, family life and love life.

Big Mouth
Netflix
Season Premiere!

The edgy animated series picks up where it left off, with 7th grade more embarrassing than ever. This season, the gang is still grappling with all of the emotional baggage that comes with growing up. Nick Kroll, John Mulaney, Maya Rudolph, Jason Mantzoukas, Jordan Peele, Fred Armisen, Jenny Slate and Jessie Klein return in the voice cast. New to the cast this season are Gina Rodriguez and David Thewlis.

MLB Playoffs: Division Series
FS1 & TBS, beginning at 2pm Live

All four MLB Division Series are in action today with the Cleveland Indians at the Houston Astros (TBS, 2pm ET), the Colorado Rockies at the Milwaukee Brewers (FS1, 4pm ET), the N.Y. Yankees at the Boston Red Sox (TBS, 7:30pm ET) and the Atlanta Braves at the L.A. Dodgers (FS1, 9:30pm ET).

Fresh Off the Boat: “Fresh Off the RV”
ABC, 8pm
Season Premiere!

While Honey (Chelsey Crisp) and Marvin (Ray Wise) celebrate the birth of their baby, Jessica’s (Constance Wu) book is finally released, and she’s optimistically looking forward to a book store reading that’s been set up by her publisher to help boost sales. Louis (Randall Park) is so excited to promote the book across the country that he buys an RV from Los Angeles Lakers great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (guest-starring as himself), who owns an RV dealership which is managed by underappreciated Calvin (guest star Jaleel White, Family Matters).

MacGyver: “Bravo Lead + Loyalty + Friendship”
CBS, 8pm

MacGyver (Lucas Till) and Jack (George Eads) attempt to rescue one of Jack’s old Delta buddies who is falsely accused of terrorism in a foreign country in the new episode “Bravo Lead + Loyalty + Friendship.”

Speechless: “L-O-N– LONDON (Part 1)”
ABC, 8:30pm
Season Premiere!

The DiMeos cross the pond so Maya (Minnie Driver) can ask her estranged father, the challenging Martin (guest star John Cleese), for a loan to save their house. Meanwhile, Jimmy (John Ross Bowie) puts on his “fun dad” hat to ensure JJ (Micah Fowler) has a great trip, Ray (Mason Cook) digs deep to summon Californian vibes to endear himself to British girls, and Kenneth (Cedric Yarbrough) reveals a love for all things royal.

Great Performances: “Grammy Salute to Music Legends 2018”
PBS, 9pm
Season Premiere!

Enjoy an all-star concert honoring Neil Diamond, Tina Turner, Queen, film composer John Williams, New Orleans funk band the Meters and other recipients of the Grammy Lifetime Achievement, Trustee and Music Educator Awards.

Z Nation
Syfy, 9pm
Season Premiere!

That other zombie apocalypse drama returns for its fifth season.

Blue Bloods: “Meet the New Boss”
CBS, 10pm

With Frank’s (Tom Selleck) safety at risk, Danny (Donnie Wahlberg) is tasked with tracking down the former NYPD detective believed to be responsible. Guest star Bebe Neuwirth returns as the corporation counsel Kelly Peterson in the new episode “Meet the New Boss.”

Van Helsing
Syfy, 10pm
Season Premiere!

The action-horror series returns for Season 3.

Saturday, Oct. 6

Criminal Confessions
Oxygen, 8pm
Season Premiere!

From Executive Producer Dick Wolf (Law & Order) comes a new season of the show that gives viewers an inside look at actual police interrogations around the country with detectives who will stop at nothing until they find justice.

Falling for You
Hallmark Channel, 9pm
Original Film!

While planning a fundraising event, the manager of a small New England town’s radio station (Taylor Cole) meets her match in a visiting businessman (Tyler Hynes) who can’t seem to see beyond the screen of his laptop computer until she ropes him into participating in her bachelor bake-off to help save the station.Dr.

Oakley, Yukon Vet
Nat Geo Wild, 9pm
Season Premiere!

Dr. Michelle Oakley returns for Season 6 as she makes veterinary house calls across Canada’s Yukon Territory. This season, her older daughters Maya and Sierra are a big part of the action. Dr. Oakley shares, “In Season 1 they were like 14 and 15, and now they’re 20 and 21, so everybody’s grown up. And now, they’re like right in there helping me. One daughter is pre-vet, the other one is criminology, but in the summers they work for me, and we’re ‘Team Oakley,’ getting it done.”

Ghost Adventures: “Graveyard of the Pacific”
Travel Channel, 9pm
New Miniseries!

In this special four-part event, Zak Bagans, Aaron Goodwin, Billy Tolley and Jay Wasley head to the “Graveyard of the Pacific” — a treacherous nautical region within the Pacific Northwest where the freshwater of the Columbia River meets the Pacific Ocean. Here, the ocean has claimed thousands of shipwrecks and countless lives, while unexplained deaths, diseases, fires and murders have impacted areas around the shoreline. The investigation takes the team to multiple haunted locations, culminating at the North Head Lighthouse in Washington, site of some of the most tragic shipwrecks in this area.

Versailles: “Smoke and Mirrors”
Ovation, 10pm
Season Premiere!

In the third and final season, Louis XIV (George Blagden) resolves to regain control of his own life, his precious Versailles and France itself. Emboldened by his new favorite mistress, Madame de Maintenon (Catherine Walker), Louis won’t relent in his quest for absolute power. Meanwhile, Queen Marie-Thérèse (Elisa Lasowski) becomes intimate with her cousin, Louis’ archenemy Leopold (Rory Keenan), and Prince Philippe (Alexander Vlahos) suspects his brother is hiding a dark secret that only a mysterious prisoner in an iron mask can corroborate.

Flight of the Conchords: Live in London
HBO, 10pm

Taped before a sold-out audience at the Eventim Apollo in London, musical comedians Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement return to HBO to perform their classics and new original songs from their “Flight of the Conchords Sing Flight of the Conchords” tour.

Hit Properties With Nathan Morris
DIY, 10:30pm
New Series!

Nathan Morris, founding member of the hit pop band Boyz II Men, is swapping his microphone for blueprints as he applies his innovative, high-end flavor to the house-flipping market. His four-part series follows him as he transforms an 8,200-square-foot, dated and neglected mansion in Orlando, Fla., into a magnificent modern estate. “On the business side, I’ve invested in some lucrative real estate deals, and, on the personal side, I’ve done some construction, renovating and designing,” Morris said. “But I’ve never brought the two together in one project. This was my chance to do that — on a massive scale!”

Sunday, Oct. 7

Doctor Who
BBC America, 1:45pm ET/10:45am PT
Season Premiere!

Doctor Who moves to Sundays for Jodie Whittaker’s revolutionary first season as the Doctor and Chris Chibnall’s debut as showrunner. Joining the new Doctor are new friends Ryan (Tosin Cole), Yasmin (Mandip Gill) and Graham (Bradley Walsh). This eagerly awaited Doctor Who era is packed full of action, humor, emotion and adventures through space and time, starting with the season premiere “The Woman Who Fell to Earth.” The afternoon premiere in the U.S. is timed to coincide with the BBC premiere in the UK. For the remainder of the season, the series will premiere regularly at 8pm ET/PT on Sundays.

Dancing With the Stars: Juniors
ABC, 8pm
New Series!

This pint-size version of your favorite dancing competition pairs kid pro dancers with celebrity children, mentored by adult dancers including some familiar DWTS veterans. Joining the judges’ table this time is recent winner and Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon, with new hosts (and former contestants) Frankie Muniz and Jordan Fisher.

God Friended Me: “The Good Samaritan”
CBS, 8pm

In the new episode “The Good Samaritan,” Miles (Brandon Micheal Hall) gets the opportunity of a lifetime when a satellite radio company wants to put his podcast on the air.

iHeartRadio Music Festival, Night 1
The CW, 8pm

In this two-night event, artists scheduled to appear include Justin Timberlake, Carrie Underwood, Mariah Carey, Imagine Dragons, Jason Aldean, Childish Gambino and many more.

The Girl in the Bathtub
Lifetime, 8pm
Original Film!

This dark, psychological drama is inspired by the true story of Julia Law (Caitlin Stasey), a young paralegal who battled addiction and whose body was found in the bathtub of her boss, a prominent Philadelphia lawyer (Jason Patric). After he was interviewed about the crime, it was revealed that he was one of three men Julia was dating. The police investigation sought to discover if any of these three men had motive to kill her.

The Walking Dead
AMC, 9pm
Season Premiere!

The new season opens 18 months after the end of the all-out war against the Saviors and will focus on how life has evolved in the years since the zombie apocalypse. “We’re exploring what happens when man-made structures start to crumble and when nature starts to become a bit of an obstacle,” explains the series’ new showrunner, Angela Kang. “We’re exploring how people deal with scarcity.” In addition to storylines involving horseback riding and farming, expect the season’s focus to be on star Andrew Lincoln, whose central character Rick Grimes is set to depart the series and will appear in a limited number of episodes.

NCIS: Los Angeles: “Superhuman”
CBS, 9pm

After the prototype for a tactical assault suit is stolen from a Navy base and used in a Beverly Hills jewelry heist, the team must determine who stole the suit and what their next target is. Guest star Gerald McRaney returns in the new episode “Superhuman.”

Alaska: The Last Frontier
Discovery Channel, 9pm
Season Premiere!

This past year, the Kilcher family — the Alaskan homesteaders spotlighted in this reality series — endured severe weather conditions, damage to the homestead and unexpected setbacks. But with spring around the corner, the family is gearing up for new opportunities and fresh adventures, as chronicled in the new season, which will also find singer/songwriter Jewel returning home so her son Kase can learn valuable skills in the wild from his grandfather.

Shark Tank
ABC, 10pm
Season Premiere!

This season the series hits two major milestones — 10 seasons and 200 episodes — as the sharks welcome an entrepreneur from Atlanta, Ga., who introduces a smart device to protect your packages from package thieves; an unexpected entrepreneur from Dalton, Ga., with a nontoxic and nonpermanent adhesive created for kids, by a kid; entrepreneurs from Santa Fe, N.M., and Los Angeles, Calif., who believe they have created the solution to plastic straws and husband and wife entrepreneurs from Spokane, Wash., that hope to change the way people eat outdoors.

Madam Secretary: “E Pluribus Unum”
CBS, 10pm
Season Premiere!

Former Secretaries of State Madeleine Albright, Hillary Clinton and Colin Powell guest-star as themselves in the Season 5 premiere “E Pluribus Unum.” A deadly attack on the White House brings Washington, D.C., to a halt, and Elizabeth (Téa Leoni) turns to her predecessors for counsel as she tries to keep a major nuclear disarmament deal from falling apart during the chaos.

Expedition Unknown: Search for the Afterlife
Discovery Channel, 10pm
New Miniseries!
In this four-part special event edition of Expedition Unknown, host Josh Gates journeys across the globe to investigate the spirit world and answer humanity’s greatest unsolved mystery: Where do we go when we die? From a ghost hunt at one of the most haunted places on earth to getting a firsthand glimpse of the afterlife with ancient medicine, Gates puts it all on the line for a glance of the great beyond. Expedition Unknown: After the Search immediately follows, featuring never-before-seen footage and discussion with Gates.

Star Wars Resistance
Disney Channel, 10pm
New Series!

This next chapter in the Star Wars saga takes place before the events of The Force Awakens and follows the adventures of Kazuda Xiono (voiced by Christopher Sean), a young pilot recruited by the Resistance and tasked with a top-secret mission to spy on the growing threat of the First Order.

Talking Dead
AMC, 10:26pm
Season Premiere!

Chris Hardwick returns for his weekly aftershow for one of cable TV’s biggest series. Each week, Hardwick is joined by actors, producers and superfans of The Walking Dead to discuss and digest the series’ latest revelations.

Monday, Oct. 8

iHeartRadio Music Festival, Night 2
The CW, 8pm

The two-day festival concludes with performances from some of your favorite artists.

The Resident: “Three Words”
FOX, 8pm
Guest Star Alert!

Jenna Dewan guest-stars as a medical device rep who steals the attention of Devon (Manish Dayal).

RX Early Detection: A Cancer Journey With Sandra Lee
HBO, 8pm

In 2015, Food Network personality Sandra Lee was shocked when her routine mammogram revealed breast cancer. This short documentary follows Lee through diagnosis, treatment and recovery as her experience turns to advocacy in support of women’s breast health and early detection. The film, which premiered at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival, also features Lee’s longtime partner, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, and her sister Kimber Lee.

The Voice: “The Blind Auditions, Part 5”
NBC, 8pm

The Blind Auditions continue as coaches Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton all vie to discover and coach the next singing phenomenon. Part 6 of the Blind Auditions airs tomorrow night.

Long Island Medium
TLC, 8pm
Season Premiere!

Theresa is moving to Monday nights and extending her talents to the celebrity world later in the season with readings for Anne Burrell, Annie Potts, Barbara Eden, Cindy Williams, Debbie Gibson, John Schneider, Mindy Cohn, Tisha Campbell-Martin and more. Life at home is a little different for Theresa this year. She has separated from her husband Larry and has had major knee surgery. And, if that weren’t enough, she is now adjusting to living on her own while her house is under construction.

The Bureau of Magical Things
Nickelodeon, 8:30pm
New Series!

This live-action Aussie import follows the adventures of Kyra (Kimie Tsukakoshi), a confident teen who is caught in a clash between an elf and a fairy, then becomes magically transformed into a “Tri-ling” — part human, part fairy and part elf. She teams with a group of magical teenagers and learns to use her newfound powers to keep the human world safe from the surprising, funny, and sometimes dangerous effects of magic.

Better Call Saul: “Winner”
AMC, 9pm
Season Finale!

In the Season 4 finale, Jimmy (Bob Odenkirk) turns the page on his reputation, Lalo (guest star Tony Dalton) tracks a loose end in Gus’ (Giancarlo Esposito) operation, and Mike (Jonathan Banks) is forced to make a difficult decision. AMC has already renewed the series, which serves as a prequel to Breaking Bad, for a fifth season.

Magnum P.I.: “The Woman Who Never Died”
CBS, 9pm
Guest Star Alert!
Ken Jeong guest-stars in the new episode “The Woman Who Never Died.” Magnum (Jay Hernandez) takes a case from fellow private investigator Luther Gillis (Jeong) to find the true identity of a man’s comatose fiancée when he learns that she’s had extensive facial surgery.

American Experience: The Circus
PBS, 9pm
New Miniseries!

This two-night miniseries explores the history of the American circus, capturing the childlike excitement of when the “Greatest Show on Earth” and other traveling spectacles would roll into town. “The reason why the circus is so appealing is because of its simplicity,” says former ringmaster Johnathan Lee Iverson. “Its simplicity is magnificent. It touches on the commonality that a human being has, and that is that we love miracles. The circus is the theater of miracles.” The Circus features the stories of showmen like P.T. Barnum, James Bailey and the five Ringling Brothers; presents archival footage of the circus industry’s halcyon days; and offers interviews with modern-day performers who understand the circus’ undeniable allure.

Long Lost Family
TLC, 9pm
Season Premiere!

This emotionally riveting docuseries shares the personal stories of people desperately searching for family members after years — and in some cases a lifetime — of separation. In each episode, hosts Chris Jacobs and Lisa Joyner focus on two different stories in an effort to resolve the lifelong searches of the participating parties. This season, viewers will meet a woman who is desperately hoping to discover why her mother left her in a box near a gas station just hours after she was born; a man who, at 49 years old, was traumatized to find out that he was adopted and is now searching for any members of his biological family, praying it’s not too late; and a young woman searching for her birth mother only to uncover a paralyzing truth about her own biological father.

The Good Doctor: “36 Hours”
ABC, 10pm

Dr. Melendez (Nicholas Gonzalez), Dr. Browne (Antonia Thomas) and Dr. Park (Will Yun Lee) give a young married couple a difficult choice about their future. Meanwhile, when Dr. Lim (Christina Chang) has to take care of some personal business, she leaves oversight of the emergency room to Dr. Murphy (Freddie Highmore) and Dr. Reznick (Fiona Gubelmann). Dr. Glassman’s (Richard Schiff) post-op recovery leaves him struggling to get the rest he needs and also confronting his relationship with his daughter.

Lodge 49: “Full Fathom Five”
AMC, 10pm
Season Finale!

The Lodge’s fate hangs in limbo. Dud (Wyatt Russell) resigns himself to a new path. Liz (Sonya Cassidy) reaches her breaking point.

Halloween Cake-Off
Food Network, 10pm

Four professional bakers compete to find out who is the master of creating the most ghoulish, outlandish and spooky Halloween cakes. The competitors have to prove their expertise both in the studio and in their own bakeries, and the baker whose cakes most impress the judges in the categories of presentation, transformation and taste is crowned the winner.

Manifest: “Turbulence”
NBC, 10pm

Ben (Josh Dallas) and Michaela (Melissa Roxburgh) investigate a shocking murder, fearing that it’s connected to Flight 828. Meanwhile, Ben struggles to accept the life Grace (Athena Karkanis) led in his absence, while Olive (Luna Blaise) and Cal (Jack Messina) realize that being twins after five-and-a-half years apart is harder than they thought.

X Company: “The Hunt”
Ovation, 10pm

Aurora (Evelyne Brochu) learns of an imminent attack on the village of Nadzieja, Poland. As Neil (Warren Brown), Alfred (Jack Laskey) and the Resistance fighters launch into a fierce battle, she must go to sickening extremes to prove her loyalty to Schmidt (Morten Suurballe) and to the Nazi cause.

Tuesday, Oct. 9

Basketball: A Love Story
ESPN, 7pm
New Series!

This 20-hour, 10-part documentary from director Dan Klores consists of more than 60 interconnected “short stories” about basketball. The cast encompasses basketball’s most prominent figures, from Bob Cousy, LeBron James, Kevin Durant, “Dr. J” Julius Erving, Yao Ming, Stephen Curry and Diana Taurasi, to Magic Johnson, Oscar Robertson, Bill Russell, Larry Bird, Chris Paul and Kobe Bryant. Klores’ short stories explore the complex nature of love as it relates to the game, and opens the window to insights and perspectives about race, politics, media, art, business, style and entertainment. The full film will air in a serialized format in primetime on ESPN Tuesdays.

2018 American Music Awards
ABC, 8pm Live

The largest fan-voted awards show returns live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, hosted by black-ish star Tracee Ellis Ross.

NCIS: “Boom”
CBS, 8pm

In the new episode “Boom,” one of the NCIS agents is starstruck after the team investigates an explosion outside the home of a Navy petty officer and his reality TV star wife.

The Flash
The CW, 8pm
Season Premiere!

In Season 5, Barry (Grant Gustin) runs up against a strange domestic situation, while his team of super friends face their own growing pains and a new threat: After learning that scientist Caitlin’s (Danielle Panabaker) Killer Frost persona has been around since she was a kid (and was not caused by the explosion that gave Barry his powers), the team searches for who did this to her and why.

FBI: “Prey”
CBS, 9pm

After a woman survives an attempt on her life, she helps the team investigate the murders of 18 young women in the new episode “Prey.”

Black Lightning
The CW, 9pm
Season Premiere!

Jefferson Pierce (Cress Williams) and his family may have survived Tobias’s (Marvin Jones III) attack, but they’re not out of the woods yet. Concerned for the safety of Garfield’s students, the board considers a motion to shut down the school, forcing Jefferson to go to Napier Frank (guest star Robert Townsend) to sway the vote. Jennifer (China Anne McClain) struggles with her powers. Anissa (Nafessa Williams) finds a new way to give back to Freeland. Lynn (Christine Adams) continues her quest much to the dismay of Agent Odell (guest star Bill Duke).

This Is Us: “Katie Girls”
NBC, 9pm

The Pearsons rally around Kate (Chrissy Metz) as she undergoes a medical procedure.

American Experience: The Circus
PBS, 9pm
Miniseries Finale!

Tonight concludes American Experience’s two-night look at the spellbinding history of the circus with insight from the people who know it best. “I’m just a glorified fan who’s paid to dress well,” admits Johnathan Lee Iverson, who has the distinction of not only serving as the first African-American ringmaster in the history of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, but also, 18 years later, being the company’s final ringmaster when the company closed in 2017. “It’s an illusion that the ringmaster has this authority. He doesn’t. He’s really a little kid who’s putting on airs. The reality is he’s biting his nails just like you.”

NCIS: New Orleans: “Diplomatic Immunity”
CBS, 10pm

Series regular Rob Kerkovich cowrote the new episode “Diplomatic Immunity,” in which the key witness in the investigation of a Navy intelligence officer’s murder cozies up to Sebastian (Kerkovich).

Home Alone
Investigation Discovery, 10pm
Season Premiere!

In this nerve-wracking series, a quiet suburban house becomes the setting for unimaginable horror. The victims of the true stories chronicled believe the walls around them are a safe sanctuary, but what happens when safety turns to insecurity?

New Amsterdam: “Every Last Minute”
NBC, 10pm

Reynolds (Jocko Sims) begins to build his department as Dr. Sharpe (Freema Agyeman) battles skepticism from a patient’s parents. Meanwhile, Max (Ryan Eggold) helps Bloom (Janet Montgomery) find a solution for a pregnant patient in a tough spot, all the while continuing to avoid the reality of his diagnosis.

The Purge: “The Forgotten”
USA Network, 10pm

Joe (Lee Tergesen) remembers the past; Miguel (Gabriel Chavarria) confronts Henry (Dylan Arnold); Jane (Amanda Warren) learns a dark truth about David Ryker (William Baldwin).

Wednesday, Oct. 10

The Goldbergs: “RAD!”
ABC, 8pm

Erica (Hayley Orrantia) thinks all of her singing dreams are going to come true when she lands a job at the new karaoke bar in town. But when she’s tasked with bringing in more customers, will she regret turning to Beverly (Wendi McLendon-Covey) for help? Meanwhile, Murray (Jeff Garlin) tries to teach Barry (Troy Gentile) and Lainey (AJ Michalka) how to be financially responsible adults.

Riverdale: “Chapter 36: Labor Day”
The CW, 8pm
Season Premiere!

The twisted town is reeling from the arrests of Hal Cooper (Lochlyn Munro), a.k.a. the Black Hood, and Archie Andrews (K.J. Apa), who is being framed for the death of a thug who helped rob the gang at the Lodge’s mountain house. “Obviously, Archie’s not being carted off to Rikers,” jokes executive producer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. “He has to be found guilty first.”

Chicago Med: “Heavy Is the Head”
NBC, 8pm

When a sick boy is brought in, Ethan (Brian Tee) is faced with a tough decision that quickly escalates into a complicated and dangerous situation. Connor (Colin Donnell) and Maggie (Marlyne Barrett) are put to the test, while Natalie (Torrey DeVitto) and Ethan aren’t sure what to make of Elsa (Molly Bernard), the new third-year medical student.

American Housewife: “Cheaters Sometimes Win”
ABC, 8:30pm

When Katie’s (Katy Mixon) mom, Kathryn (Wendie Malick), comes to town, Katie and Kathryn encourage the kids to make less than favorable decisions: While Kathryn reassures Taylor (Meg Donnelly) that she doesn’t need to go to college, Oliver (Daniel DiMaggio) cheats in shop class, and Katie helps him try to get out of it.

Modern Family: “A Sketchy Area”
ABC, 9pm

Phil (Ty Burrell) stumbles into an exciting new career after dropping by Luke’s (Nolan Gould) college, while Claire (Julie Bowen) deals with her dad, Jay (Ed O’Neill), and the merger of Pritchett’s Closets with a tech-savvy, hipper company. Meanwhile, Mitch’s (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) new high-profile case as an assistant district attorney is marred by an unflattering courtroom sketch by the resident artist (guest star Dan Levy).

SEAL Team: “Never Say Die”
CBS, 9pm

In the new episode “Never Say Die,” Jason (David Boreanaz) and Bravo Team travel to Saudi Arabia, where extremists take hold of an underground water source and threaten to release anthrax into the water supply.

All American
The CW, 9pm
New Series!

In this show inspired by a true story, high school football star Spencer James (Daniel Ezra) is recruited from Compton to play for a Beverly Hills team coached by Billy Baker (Taye Diggs). Spencer must learn how to live in two very different worlds while trying to keep his place on the team.

Star: “A Family Affair”
FOX, 9pm
Guest Star Alert!

In an attempt to “go legit,” Cassie (Brandy Norwood) embarks on a new venture with a businessman (guest star Chad Michael Murray) that interferes with Carlotta’s (Queen Latifah) work.

Forged in Fire: “Tournament: Round 2”
History, 9pm

In Round 2 of the tournament, four armorers must forge a Damascus blade out of something familiar: plate armor. Two exhausting rounds of failed welds find the chink in two bladesmiths’ armor and send them packing. The remaining two head back to their home forges to craft an exotic hybrid of pain and protection: the hooded katar.

Chicago Fire: “Thirty Percent Sleight of Hand”
NBC, 9pm

Chief Boden (Eamonn Walker) becomes increasingly skeptical of Assistant Deputy Commissioner Gorsch’s (Steven Boyer) motives, while Severide (Taylor Kinney) gets wrapped up in a difficult situation following the rescue of a child from a car wreck. Trying to fit in with the rest of the firehouse, Foster (Annie Ilonzeh) is tasked with doling out some personal advice to Cruz (Joe Minoso).

NOVA: “Volatile Earth: Volcano on Fire”
PBS, 9pm

Follow a team of volcano experts who climb up to the summits of two of the world’s most dangerous volcanoes, located in the Virunga Mountains in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, in order to study and better understand them. The episode “Volcano on the Brink” follows.

Single Parents: “A Leash Is Not a Guinea Pig”
ABC, 9:30pm

After seeing the way Douglas (Brad Garrett) and the twins are barely affected by the death of their guinea pig, Pickle, Poppy (Kimrie Lewis) encourages Douglas to stop repressing his and the twins’ feelings. After seeing how close Graham (Tyler Wladis) and Will (Taran Killam) are becoming, Angie (Leighton Meester) gets jealous when Graham asks Will to go get a colonoscopy, so she decides to get one herself.

A Million Little Things: “save the date”
ABC, 10pm

Gary (James Roday), Rome (Romany Malco) and Eddie (David Giuntoli) discover that Jon (Ron Livingston) really thought of everything before his passing by planning a surprise outing for Gary’s birthday at a Bruins Fantasy Camp. However, when a grave secret is exposed, Gary’s special day takes a turn for the worse as it creates conflict for everyone in the group.

Criminal Minds: “Starter Home”
CBS, 10pm

The BAU team tracks down a serial killer after mummified human remains are discovered in the walls of an elderly couple’s South Carolina home. Recurring guest star Gail O’Grady returns in the new episode “Starter Home.”

Forged in Fire: Knife or Death
History, 10pm

In every episode, competitors take a timed run through an obstacle course unlike anything else on television, testing the strength, sharpness and craftsmanship of their blades, along with their skills at wielding them. Only the two competitors with the fastest times advance to the final round each week — the dreaded “Dead Run.”

Chicago P.D.: “Bad Boys”
NBC, 10pm

Politics get in the way as the team tries to rescue a teenage girl kidnapped by a robbery crew, while Voight (Jason Beghe) and Platt (Amy Morton) try to exonerate Olinsky (Elias Koteas).

Thursday, Oct. 11

Salt Fat Acid Heat
Netflix
New Series!

Chef Samin Nosrat hosts this four-part series based on her James Beard Award-winning book. Nosrat travels the globe to demystify and explore the central principles of what makes food delicious and how each of us can easily incorporate those elements into every dish.

College Football: Texas Tech at TCU
ESPN, 7:30pm Live

Big 12 rivals collide tonight at Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth, Texas, as the Texas Tech Red Raiders visit the TCU Horned Frogs on ESPN.

Grey’s Anatomy: “Momma Knows Best”
ABC, 8pm

Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) turns heads when she shows up to work done up and ready for her blind date later that day, while Alex (Justin Chambers) makes a questionable decision in order to save a patient. Meanwhile, the burden of knowing Teddy’s (Kim Raver) secret keeps Maggie (Kelly McCreary) up at night, ultimately making her decide she has to tell someone.

The Big Bang Theory: “The Tam Turbulence”
CBS, 8pm
Guest Star Alert!

When Sheldon (Jim Parsons) won’t tell anyone why he’s never mentioned Tam (guest star Robert Wu), his childhood best friend, Leonard (Johnny Galecki) takes matters into his own hands. Guest star Jerry O’Connell reprises his role as Sheldon’s brother in the new episode “The Tam Turbulence.”

Supernatural: “Stranger in a Strange Land”
The CW, 8pm
Season Premiere!

What appeared to be a dapper Dean Winchester (Jensen Ackles) in the Season 13 finale was actually evil archangel Michael, who hijacked the demon hunter’s body. A frantic Sam (Jared Padalecki) assembles a posse, including the now-human Jack (Alexander Calvert), to track his older brother down.

Superstore: “Baby Shower”
NBC, 8pm

Jonah (Ben Feldman) helps Amy (America Ferrera) get creative to stock up on supplies for her new baby, while Glenn (Mark McKinney) and Jerusha (Kerri Kenney) take maternity pictures that inspire Dina (Lauren Ash) to have her own photo shoot — art-directed by Mateo (Nico Santos).

NFL Football: Philadelphia at N.Y. Giants
FOX & NFL Network, 8:20pm Live

The Philadelphia Eagles fly to MetLife Stadium for a Thursday Night Football clash against their NFC East foes, the N.Y. Giants.

The Good Place: “The Snowplow”
NBC, 8:30pm

A surprising announcement from one of the humans threatens to dissolve the group.

The First 48: “For a Friend & the Last Gamble”
A&E, 9pm

In Atlanta, a teenager is killed when he steps in front of a gunman to save his friend. And in Tulsa, a man is shot dead and left in a church parking lot when he tries to sell a stolen car.

Station 19: “Under the Surface”
ABC, 9pm

It’s a life-and-death situation when a young boy falls into water pipes beneath the city of Seattle. With the clock ticking, the firefighters of Station 19 jump into action to save his life.

Mom: “Ambulance Chasers and a Babbling Brook”
CBS, 9pm

In the new episode “Ambulance Chasers and a Babbling Brook,” Christy’s (Anna Faris) demanding law professor (guest star Constance Zimmer) leans on her a little too hard for support.

How Far Is Tattoo Far?
MTV, 9pm
New Series!

Based on the hit MTV international format Just Tattoo of Us, this new series puts relationships through the ultimate test of trust by asking pairs of friends, family members and couples to design tattoos for one another that won’t be revealed until after they’ve been permanently inked. The show is hosted by Nico Tortorella (Younger) and Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi (Jersey Shore).

Will & Grace: “Where in the World Is Karen Walker?”
NBC, 9pm

Will (Eric McCormack), Grace (Debra Messing) and Jack (Sean Hayes) are upset when they discover they’ve been too preoccupied with the changes in their own lives — Will teaching law at Columbia, Grace running for president of the New York Interior Designers Society and Jack’s new relationship with Estefan (guest star Brian Jordan Alvarez) — to even notice Karen (Megan Mullally) has not been seen in days, ever since her husband found out about her affair with Malcolm (guest star Alec Baldwin).

I Feel Bad: “I’m Vain A.F.”
NBC, 9:30pm

An upcoming launch party at GamePunch throws Emet’s (Sarayu Blue) vanity into overdrive. Intent on scrubbing a bad picture off the company website, Emet is dead-set on redeeming herself and getting the perfect photo at this year’s party, which means getting her hair done, applying professional makeup and toning up a problem area: her husband (Paul Adelstein).

How to Get Away With Murder: “The Baby Was Never Dead”
ABC, 10pm

Annalise (Viola Davis) and Emmett (Timothy Hutton) defend a wealthy CEO accused of killing his business partner, while the governor goes after Annalise and puts her new caseload and legal clinic in jeopardy. Bonnie (Liza Weil) struggles to accept her budding romance, and Asher (Matt McGorry) tries to outmaneuver his old mentor.

The Return of Shelby the Swamp Man
History, 10pm
New Series!
After two years on the sidelines, Shelby Stanga’s ready to help his neighbors and reclaim his title as King of the Swamp. Deep in Louisiana, the bayou’s been ravaged by massive flooding. For Shelby the Swamp Man, it’s time to re-emerge from isolation and help his friends and neighbors. Shelby quickly gets back to work, lending a hand, getting the local swamp museum back on its feet and finding treasure along the way.

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: “Revenge”
NBC, 10pm

As a string of break-in assaults grows more violent, the cops investigate an online “incel” group to identify a suspect.

Friday, Oct. 12

The Romanoffs
Amazon
New Series!

Matthew Weiner (Mad Men) created, writes, directs and executive produces this drama anthology series. It is set in seven countries around the globe and features eight separate stories about people who believe themselves to be descendants of the titular Russian royal family. Each story takes place in a new location, with a new cast. And that cast includes Christina Hendricks and John Slattery, who starred in Weiner’s Mad Men, as well as Aaron Eckhart, Diane Lane, Amanda Peet, Janet Montgomery, Paul Reiser and more.

Titans
DC Universe
New Series!

DC Comics’ new streaming service, DC Universe, launched on Sept. 15 (Batman Day, appropriately), and the service’s first original series, Titans, kicks off today, with episodes released weekly. The live-action drama is based on the Teen Titans comics, with the cast led by Brenton Thwaites as Robin, Teagan Croft as Raven, Ryan Potter as Beast Boy, Minka Kelly as Dove, Alan Ritchson as Hawk and Anna Diop as Starfire. The series includes Greg Berlanti (The CW’s superhero shows) as an executive producer, and features a mature, darker tone.

Light as a Feather
Hulu
New Series!

An innocent game of “Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board” goes wrong when the five teen girls who played start dying off in the exact way that was predicted, forcing the survivors to figure out why they’re being targeted — and whether the evil force hunting them down is one of their own. All 10 episodes are available today.

Apostle
Netflix
Original Film!

Set in 1905 London, this drama follows Thomas (Dan Stevens), a prodigal son who returns home only to learn that his sister (Lucy Boynton) is being held on an island by a religious cult led by the charismatic Prophet Malcolm (Michael Sheen). Thomas sets out to rescue her at any cost.

The Haunting of Hill House
Netflix
New Series!

Michiel Huisman, Carla Gugino, Timothy Hutton and Henry Thomas headline this reimagining of Shirley Jackson’s classic 1959 novel, which has also been adapted into a big-screen film twice. The series is described as a complex family drama wrapped in a chilling horror story.

The Kindergarten Teacher
Netflix
Original Film!

Maggie Gyllenhaal headlines Sara Colangelo’s Sundance and Toronto Film Festival award-winning drama about a teacher who becomes obsessed with a potential child artistic prodigy and embarks on a dangerous journey to nurture his talent.

Fresh Off the Boat: “The Hand That Sits the Cradle”
ABC, 8pm

When Jessica (Constance Wu) offers to help out exhausted new mother Honey (Chelsey Crisp) with zuo yue zi — which means “sitting the month” — Honey begins to realize that 30 days of having to abide by Jessica’s strict rules and dietary regimen could leave her more harried then she already is. Meanwhile, after watching Pumping Iron, Eddie (Hudson Yang) and Emery (Forrest Wheeler) attempt to put together a workout routine in order to buff themselves up.

MacGyver: “Bozer + Booze + Back to School”
CBS, 8pm

MacGyver (Lucas Till) and his team go undercover on a college campus to smoke out a deep-cover operative who is recruiting students to carry out deadly attacks around the world in the new episode “Bozer + Booze + Back to School.”

Dynasty: “Twenty-Three Skidoo”
The CW, 8pm
Season Premiere!
In a Season 2 casting shake-up, Nathalie Kelley’s Carrington interloper Cristal has been replaced by Ana Brenda Contreras, playing a woman CW President Mark Pedowitz calls “the real Cristal.” Did Kelley’s character perish in the cliffhanger’s mansion fire, only to be proved an imposter? Or will she survive and undergo plastic surgery? Anything is possible!

Gold Rush: The Dirt
Discovery Channel, 8pm
Season Premiere!

Discovery’s Gold Rush hourlong preshow returns, offering the inside scoop on everything that went down this year. Fans will be given the opportunity to interact with the miners and get access to behind-the-scenes, cutting-room-floor material that never makes it into the show.

MLB Playoffs: NL Championship Series: Game 1
FOX or FS1, 8pm Live

FOX and FS1 split coverage of the best-of-seven-game National League Championship Series beginning with Game 1 tonight.

Blindspot
NBC, 8pm
Season Premiere!

The Jaimie Alexander- and Sullivan Stapleton-led action-thriller starts Season 4 tonight.

Speechless: “L-O-N– LONDON (Part 2)”
ABC, 8:30pm

Maya (Minnie Driver) must choose between asking her father (guest star John Cleese) for money to save their house or maintaining a lasting relationship with him. Ray (Mason Cook) strives to bond with his new British family, only to discover Dylan’s (Kyla Kenedy) the one with a surprising connection. JJ (Micah Fowler) shows Kenneth (Cedric Yarbrough) a good time off-the-clock, and Jimmy (John Ross Bowie) inadvertently finds love.

Coop & Cami Ask the World
Disney Channel, 8:30pm
New Series!

This live-action series follows the antics of middle-school siblings Coop and Cami Wrather (Dakota Lotus and Ruby Rose Turner), who cohost a popular online show, Would You Wrather?, while balancing life, family and friendship. In the premiere episode, Cooper and Cami are preparing for their school dance when they learn their mom is ready to start dating again, and her first date is with their principal.

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: “I Want to Be Here”
The CW, 9pm
Season Premiere!

After confessing to attempted murder, Rebecca Bunch (Rachel Bloom) is jail-bound when the musical comedy begins its final hurrah. “She imagines prison to be this monk-like retreat,” says Bloom. Skylar Astin (Pitch Perfect) plays a newly imagined Greg (previously Santino Fontana). “We wanted Greg back,” Bloom says, “but we didn’t want to undo the way we wrote him off.”

Gold Rush
Discovery Channel, 9pm
Season Premiere!
Discovery’s No. 1-rated show returns for Season 9. This year, the stakes are higher than ever for Rick Ness, who has decided to step it up and become a mine boss with a claim of his own. Although rival Todd Hoffman is out, things aren’t any easier for 23-year-old Parker Schnabel, who finds himself in a land war with legendary Klondike miner Tony Beets. Beets has vowed to match Schnabel’s lofty $7.2 million season goal and has a master plan this year — to get the two ancient dredges mining and turning around some major profit.

Shakespeare Uncovered: “‘Much Ado About Nothing’ With Helen Hunt”
PBS, 9pm
Season Premiere!

Join six famous hosts to learn the stories behind Shakespeare’s greatest plays. First up, Helen Hunt explores how Much Ado About Nothing became one of Shakespeare’s most beloved romantic comedies. “The Merchant of Venice With F. Murray Abraham” follows, with  Abraham untangling the controversies surrounding the play and addressing the ubiquitous anti-Semitism that characterized Europe in Shakespeare’s time.

Z Nation: “A New Life”
Syfy, 9pm

Warren (Kellita Smith) must leave her new life behind and find her way to Newmerica, reuniting with Murphy (Keith Allan) and the other heroes, while discovering George (Katy M. O’Brian) is an old friend.

Blue Bloods: “Mind Games”
CBS, 10pm

In the new episode “Mind Games,” Danny (Donnie Wahlberg) suspects there is more to the story in the case of a woman who shot her husband while she was drunk.

Van Helsing: “Super Unknown”
Syfy, 10pm

To find its totem, the First Elder brings Vanessa (Kelly Overton), Scarlett (Missy Peregrym) and Axel (Jonathan Scarfe) to an abandoned insane asylum protected by powerful vampires, where they discover the legacy of a long-dead Van Helsing relative.

Saturday, Oct. 13

College Football: Pittsburgh at Notre Dame
NBC, 2:30pm Live

The Pittsburgh Panthers hit the road to Notre Dame Stadium to face the Fighting Irish on NBC.

Unspeakable Crime: The Killing of Jessica Chambers: “Chaos In the Courtroom”
Oxygen, 7pm
Season Finale!

The jurors hear closing arguments, and as deliberations begin, the judge’s instructions appear to confuse the jury and create total chaos in the courtroom.

Criminal Confessions: “Mountain City, TN/Largo, FL”
Oxygen, 8pm
Season Premiere!

In this two-part season premiere, an execution-style double murder shakes a small mountain community in eastern Tennessee when a young couple gets caught up in a web of romance and revenge. When Billy Payne Jr. and Billie Jean Hayworth are found assassinated at home, their infant son is left as the only survivor. Could a feud sparked on social media have led to cold-blooded murder? With no evidence or DNA at the crime scene, investigators are forced to navigate a conflict that caused this small town of families to divide.

MLB Playoffs: AL Championship Series: Game 1
TBS, 8pm Live

TBS airs the best-of-seven-game American League Championship Series beginning with Game 1 tonight. The AL champion advances to the World Series beginning Oct. 23 on FOX.

Above and Beyond: NASA’s Journey to Tomorrow
Discovery Channel & Science Channel, 9pm

However far NASA has traveled, its gaze has always returned to Earth, monitoring our seas, skies, ice and sands in an ongoing struggle to meet today’s greatest challenge, protecting our planet. The film is from Oscar-nominated director Rory Kennedy, who shares: “I felt that now coming upon its 60th anniversary, there had been less attention for the accomplishments of NASA, and now that we had all these years behind us, we had the opportunity to look back and to revisit these extraordinary things NASA has done to help us understand who we are.”

Under the Autumn Moon
Hallmark Channel, 9pm
Original Film!

While visiting a dude ranch that has the potential to be a new acquisition for her employer, an outdoor adventure company, Alex (Lindy Booth) discovers what matters most when she reignites her passion for the great outdoors and becomes smitten with the ranch’s owner (Wes Brown).

Love and Hate Crime: “A Murder in Mississippi”
Investigation Discovery, 10pm

This one-hour special investigates one of the first crimes to be prosecuted under federal hate crime laws. In June 2011, a group of young white teens drinking and partying in Rankin County, Miss., decided to “mess with” African-Americans in nearby Jackson. James Craig Anderson became the group’s target, as the teens ran down Anderson with their car and killed him in the process. Condemned as a modern-day lynching, the act was a sign that hatred based on race is alive and well in the United States.

Versailles: “Trust Issues”
Ovation, 10pm

Little can be taken at face value as Louis (George Blagden) negotiates with Leopold (Rory Keenan) over Spain, the Bastille governor has a sorry tale for Philippe (Alexander Vlahos) and Sophie (Maddison Jaizani) surprises Marchal (Tygh Runyan).

Saturday Night Live: “Seth Meyers/Paul Simon”
NBC, 11:30pm Live

Former SNL cast member Seth Meyers, who spent 13 years on the venerable variety series, returns to Studio 8H for his hosting debut. Joining him as musical guest is legendary artist Paul Simon, who is making his 15th appearance (his first time was on the show’s second episode in October 1975).