ALSO SEE: NFL Regular Season Schedule 2018
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Tuesday, Oct. 9
Basketball: A Love Story
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.
Everyone remembers the first time they were introduced to the magic of the game. The rest is history.
'Basketball: A Love Story' begins tomorrow at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN: https://t.co/dwFphqJSgP
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) October 8, 2018
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.
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 CW, 8pm
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.
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.”
The CW, 9pm
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”
The Pearsons rally around Kate (Chrissy Metz) as she undergoes a medical procedure.
American Experience: The Circus
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”
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).
Investigation Discovery, 10pm
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”
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!”
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
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”
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”
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”
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”
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.
The CW, 9pm
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”
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”
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”
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”
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”
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”
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”
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
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”
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
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”
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”
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
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”
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”
A surprising announcement from one of the humans threatens to dissolve the group.
The First 48: “For a Friend & the Last Gamble”
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”
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”
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?
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?”
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.”
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”
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
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”
As a string of break-in assaults grows more violent, the cops investigate an online “incel” group to identify a suspect.
Friday, Oct. 12
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.
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
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.
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
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
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”
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”
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
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
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.
The Jaimie Alexander- and Sullivan Stapleton-led action-thriller starts Season 4 tonight.
Speechless: “L-O-N– LONDON (Part 2)”
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
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
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.”
Discovery Channel, 9pm
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”
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”
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”
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”
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”
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”
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
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”
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).