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Friday, Oct. 12
MLB Playoffs: NL Championship Series: Game 1
FS1, 8pm Live
The best-of-seven-game National League Championship Series begins with Game 1 tonight as the L.A. Dodgers take on the Brewers at Miller Park in Milwaukee on FS1. FS1 and FOX share coverage of the NLCS through Oct. 20 if the series goes a full seven games.
Can’t wait for tomorrow?
— MLB (@MLB) October 11, 2018
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.
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, as the Boston Red Sox host the 2017 World Series champion Houston Astros at Fenway Park. 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).
Sunday, Oct. 14
Dancing With the Stars: Juniors: “Song From the Year I Was Born”
Each of the remaining kid celebrities takes on a song from the year they were born, trying to impress the judges and studio audience with their dancing skills.
Supergirl: “American Alien”
The CW, 8pm
After defeating Reign (Odette Annable) and bidding adieu to ex Mon-El (Chris Wood), the Girl of Steel (Melissa Benoist) welcomes newbie journalist Nia Nal (Nicole Amber Maines) — who’ll become Dreamer, TV’s first trans superhero — and battles telepath Manchester Black (David Ajala). Oh, and there’s also an anti-alien movement on the rise.
The Simpsons: “My Way or the Highway to Heaven”
Guest Star Alert!
Tracy Morgan plays himself when God and St. Peter contemplate what merits a soul getting into heaven, and citizens of Springfield remember their divine encounters.
Decorating Disney: Halloween Magic
This one-hour special takes viewers behind the scenes to discover how Disney properties get into the Halloween spirit and introduces the talented team of Disney cast members who bring Halloween to life with pumpkins, ghosts and ghoulish delights.
Terror in the Woods
This creepy tale is inspired by the real-life “Slender Man” case, where two tweens attempted to kill their friend. After shy 12-year-olds Rachel (Ella West Jerrier) and Kaitlyn (Sophie Grace) discover an online story about the Suzerain, a clawed monster who lures children to his palace in the forest, they believe the tale is true and their families are in danger, so they stab their friend Emily (Skylar Morgan Jones) as a blood sacrifice. Angela Kinsey, Drew Powell and Carrie Walrond Hood also star.
God Friended Me: “Heavenly Taco Truck”
In the new episode “Heavenly Taco Truck,” Miles’ (Brandon Micheal Hall) wallet is stolen and he hires a private investigator to track down the thief, who Miles thinks may be linked to the God Account.
The show moves to its new timeslot, and this episode features brothers introducing a product that solves the issue of pet shedding, an inventor who believes he has created a better way to carry a child’s car seat, an entrepreneur presenting her solution to a problem some well-endowed women face, and an impressive woman bringing the Sharks her sophisticated version of a traditional snack.
The CW, 9pm
After the tragic death of Mel (Melonie Diaz) and Maggie’s (Sarah Jeffery) mother, the sisters struggle with moving forward but face another huge shock when they learn they have an older sister, Macy (Madeleine Mantock). Each of the girls suddenly exhibit new abilities: Mel can freeze time, Maggie starts hearing others’ thoughts and Macy has telekinetic powers. Harry Greenwood (Rupert Evans) gathers the sisters and reveals they’re actually powerful witches. He also lets them in on a little secret: He’s their “whitelighter,” a witch’s adviser and guide. The sisters must make the decision to accept their new destiny to protect humankind from the demons that walk among us — one of whom killed their mother.
Darrow & Darrow: Body of Evidence
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 9pm
A young policeman who believes an innocent woman was wrongly convicted of her husband’s murder seeks help from defense attorney Claire Darrow (Kimberly Williams-Paisley) and District Attorney Miles Strasberg (Tom Cavanagh). As Claire looks deeper into the man’s disappearance, she also becomes certain of his wife’s innocence.
NCIS: Los Angeles: “The Prince”
In the new episode “The Prince,” Callen (Chris O’Donnell) and Sam (LL Cool J) are assigned protection duty for Deputy Crown Prince Kamal (guest star Ritesh Rajan) after an unknown assassin targets his decoy in Los Angeles.
The Alec Baldwin Show
Alec Baldwin adds raconteur to his resumé with this one-hour weekly talk show where he interviews who he believes to be some of the most interesting people in American pop culture. Baldwin also hosts a similarly formatted podcast, Here’s the Thing With Alec Baldwin, which debuted in 2011, so this series is a natural expansion of that show. “I’m excited about this show and grateful to ABC for taking a chance on me in what is, admittedly, a crowded field,” said Baldwin.
Jennifer Garner returns to TV when she stars as Kathryn, an uptight woman whose well-intentioned trip to celebrate the birthday of her long-suffering husband (David Tennant) goes horribly wrong. This comedy — from the writing team of Jenni Konner and Lena Dunham — follows a group of old friends as they experience an extended weekend of camping that threatens to pull them apart as they tear into each other. The hilariously biting farce also stars Juliette Lewis, Arturo del Puerto, Ione Skye, Chris Sullivan, Janicza Bravo, Brett Gelman and Bridget Everett.
American Masters: “Itzhak Perlman”
Explore the life of violinist Itzhak Perlman, a polio survivor whose parents emigrated from Poland to Israel. Conversations with musicians, friends and his wife tell the story of this transcendent performer.
This program explores the truth behind creatures of legend, such as dragons, vampires, cyclops and sea monsters. Where did the stories of these fabled beasts come from? Over eight episodes, the origin stories of popular monsters will be revealed.
Madam Secretary: “The Chaos Game”
When Elizabeth (Téa Leoni) discovers that the White House attackers had support from overseas, she tries to hunt down those responsible without starting a war in the new episode “The Chaos Game.”
AMC Visionaries: Eli Roth’s History of Horror
AMC, 12:12am (late night)
Actor/director/producer Eli Roth acts as curator and spearheads this deep dive into the horror genre. Roth has gathered fellow horror luminaries including Stephen King, Quentin Tarantino, Jordan Peele, Robert Englund, Linda Blair, Tippi Hedren, Rob Zombie, Jack Black, John Landis and Jamie Lee Curtis for salon-like discussions about horror films that have impacted pop culture and left lasting historical legacies.
Monday, Oct. 15
When Laura Collins popped up again on General Hospital earlier this month, fans cheered. Laura still isn’t clued in to the fact that her evil, presumed-dead brother-in-law, Ryan Chamberlain (Jon Lindstrom), is masquerading as her husband, Kevin (also played by Lindstrom), after having him locked up in an asylum. This week marks the return of Laura’s grandson, Spencer (Nicolas Bechtel). Will the inquisitive kid distract her from learning the truth — or help her see that something’s rotten in Port Charles?
The Neighborhood: “Welcome to the Spare Key”
In the new episode “Welcome to the Spare Key,” Dave (Max Greenfield) gets an unexpected response when he gives a spare house key to Calvin (Cedric the Entertainer).
Arrow: “Inmate 4587”
The CW, 8pm
With Oliver (Stephen Amell) in jail for vigilantism, Star City is in trouble. Villainous Laurel (Katie Cassidy) is torn between going legit and seeking revenge on Ricardo Diaz (Kirk Acevedo) for killing her father (Paul Blackthorne), says new showrunner Beth Schwartz. Meanwhile, Team Arrow — which welcomes back Roy (Colton Haynes) — will struggle with its responsibilities.
Trisha’s Halloween Spooktacular
Food Network, 8pm
Country music star Trisha Yearwood is throwing the most terrifyingly delicious Halloween party! Edible sea creatures, bloody dessert bars and fiery cocktails set the festive mood, and her guests experience her shattered-glass room and green, slimy tentacle room as well as dine on her buffet of eye-popping creations.
If anyone can prove that laughter is the best medicine, it’s Jane Leeves. Tonight, the sitcom vet (Frasier, Hot in Cleveland) brings her healing powers to sophomore drama The Resident, joining the cast as Kit Voss, a brilliant orthopedic surgeon with a knack for cutting through the corruption at Chastain Park Memorial.
First-time filmmaker Rudy Valdez explores mandatory sentencing within the legal system as he shares the story of his sister Cindy Shank, a mother of three who received a 15-year mandatory sentence for conspiracy charges related to her deceased ex-boyfriend’s crimes. The film originally began as Valdez’s attempts to record and share the family moments that Shank missed while incarcerated. In it, Valdez finds his voice as a filmmaker and activist.
The Voice: “The Blind Auditions, Part 7/The Battles Premiere”
As the Blind Auditions conclude, the coaches enlist music industry powerhouses Keith Urban, Halsey, Thomas Rhett and CeeLo Green to prepare their artists for the Battle Rounds, which begin tonight and continue tomorrow. In each round, coaches put two of their own team members against each other in a dueling duet. Each coach then chooses which artist from their team is the strongest, with the option of stealing losing artists from an opposing coach. Coaches have two steals during the Battle Rounds, and winning artists proceed to the Knockout Rounds.
Magnum P.I.: “Six Paintings, One Frame”
Magnum (Jay Hernandez) is arrested as a suspect in the murder of an art connoisseur in the new episode “Six Paintings, One Frame.”
Constantine: The Legend Continues
The CW, 9pm
The animated digital series receives a special airing hosted by the voice of Constantine, Matt Ryan from DC’s Legends of Tomorrow. As a seasoned demon hunter and master of the occult, Constantine uses his skills to face the supernatural terrors that threaten our world and send them back where they belong.
Cultureshock: “Chris Rock’s ‘Bring the Pain’”
Comedian and Emmy Award winner W. Kamau Bell (United Shades of America) steps behind the camera to direct this film about how Chris Rock changed the face of comedy with his seminal 1996 special Bring the Pain. In his own words, Rock recounts how, after being fired from SNL and upstaged by Martin Lawrence at his own show, he looked to challenge himself in a way he never had before. This documentary also features Lawrence, Oprah Winfrey, Conan O’Brien, Trevor Noah, Hannibal Buress, Ava DuVernay, Wanda Sykes and more.
The Good Doctor: “Tough Titmouse”
Shaun (Freddie Highmore) recalls his own past to help an intellectually disabled teenager face separation from his mother, while Claire (Antonia Thomas) is put between an injured teenage rock climber and her worried parents. Meanwhile, Glassman’s (Richard Schiff) post-op hallucinations force him to confront a personal tragedy.
Manifest: “Unclaimed Baggage”
When a mysterious message leads Saanvi (Parveen Kaur) to the flight attendant of 828, she enlists Ben’s (Josh Dallas) help in uncovering a secret about the plane. Meanwhile, Michaela (Melissa Roxburgh) begins to question the nature of the callings when one goes horribly awry, leaving Jared (J.R. Ramirez) to suffer the consequences.
X Company: “Naqam”
The team’s mission begins to unravel when Heidi (Madeleine Knight) discovers Aurora (Evelyne Brochu) is a spy.
God Knows Where I Am
Linda Bishop was a New Hampshire mother who suffered from severe bipolar disorder with psychosis. She imprisoned herself in an abandoned farmhouse and remained there, a prisoner of her own mind, eventually starving to death.
Tuesday, Oct. 16
Day of the Undead Marathon
It’s a full day of not-dead movies, including The Return of the Living Dead, Day of the Dead, Shaun of the Dead, 28 Days Later and the 25th anniversary of Army of Darkness.
John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, Sara Gilbert, Lecy Goranson, Michael Fishman and other cast members from the successful but canceled Roseanne regroup for this new spinoff series. ABC dropped Roseanne after star Roseanne Barr’s racist tweet, and Barr will have no involvement in The Conners. According to ABC, “After a sudden turn of events, the Conners are forced to face the daily struggles of life in Lanford in a way they never have before.”
NCIS: “Third Wheel”
A visit from friends and a call to assist NCIS interrupt Gibbs’ (Mark Harmon) quiet vacation at his remote cabin. Joe Spano and Don Lake guest-star in the new episode “Third Wheel.”
The Flash: “Blocked”
The CW, 8pm
As Barry (Grant Gustin) helps his daughter, Nora (Jessica Parker Kennedy), become a better speedster, he and Team Flash also track down a meta stealing high-tech weapons, only to cross paths with a new foe named Cicada (Chris Klein), who is hunting the very same meta with nefarious intent.
TNT, beginning at 8pm Live
It’s opening night of the NBA regular season, and TNT has a marquee doubleheader featuring the Philadelphia 76ers at the Boston Celtics, followed by the Golden State Warriors hoisting another championship banner to the Oracle Arena rafters before they take on the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The Kids Are Alright
Michael Cudlitz (The Walking Dead) and Mary McCormack (In Plain Sight) star in this ensemble comedy that follows a traditional Irish Catholic family, the Clearys, as they navigate big and small changes during the 1970s. In a working-class neighborhood outside Los Angeles, Mike and Peggy Cleary raise eight boisterous boys who live out their days with little supervision and lots and lots of energy.
black-ish: “Gap Year”
In tonight’s season premiere, the Johnsons send Junior (Marcus Scribner) off to college, only to find him back in the living room, intent on taking a year off before starting college.
The team rushes to track down an active sniper with an elusive motive in the new episode “Crossfire.”
Married at First Sight: “All Roads Lead to This”
In the two-hour season finale, the newly formed couples must decide whether to stay legally married or file for divorce.
This Is Us: “Vietnam”
A young Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) makes a decision that will impact the course of his life.
Splitting Up Together: “Sign Language”
The morning after Lena (Jenna Fischer) and Martin (Oliver Hudson) sleep together, Lena searches for signs that they are or aren’t meant to be a couple. Arthur (Bobby Lee) and Camille (Lindsay Price) trail Lisa Apple (Monica Barbaro), hoping to determine if she is pregnant with Martin’s baby. Maya (Diane Farr) struggles to decide if she should tell her new boyfriend, Frank (Travis Schuldt), about her pregnancy.
In this drama inspired by actual events, Nathan Fillion stars as 40-something John Nolan, who, after a life-altering incident, pursues his dream of being an LAPD officer. As the force’s oldest rookie, he’s met with skepticism from some who see him as just a walking midlife crisis. Nolan tries to use his life experience, determination and sense of humor to become a success in this new chapter of his life. Alyssa Diaz, Richard T. Jones, Titus Makin Jr. and Mercedes Mason also star in this series from Alexi Hawley, who ran Fillion’s previous ABC hit Castle.
NCIS: New Orleans: “Legacy”
LeVar Burton directed the new episode “Legacy,” in which the investigation into the murder of a petty officer uncovers a conspiracy in the tight-knit local fishing community.
New Amsterdam: “Boundaries”
When Max (Ryan Eggold) volunteers New Amsterdam to take over for a short-staffed hospital nearby, things get chaotic quickly. Meanwhile, Iggy (Tyler Labine) has a crisis of conscience after receiving the news that funding for a garden has been granted, and an eager resident learns a secret about Dr. Bloom (Janet Montgomery).
The Purge: “Lovely Dark and Deep”
USA Network, 10pm
Miguel (Gabriel Chavarria) and Penelope (Jessica Garza) hike the forest; Jane (Amanda Warren) must endure David’s (William Baldwin) party; Rick (Colin Woodell) doubts Lila’s (Lili Simmons) intentions.
Wednesday, Oct. 17
The Goldbergs: “Hersheypark”
Adam (Sean Giambrone) discovers Beverly (Wendi McLendon-Covey) has been manipulating him with guilt letters when he tells his mother he doesn’t want her to chaperone the school trip to Hersheypark. After attending Career Night, Geoff (Sam Lerner) realizes he doesn’t want to be an eye doctor like his father.
AMC Double Feature: “Chucky”
Catch airings of two movies featuring one of horror’s favorite dolls: Curse of Chucky (2013) and Cult of Chucky (2017).
Survivor: David vs. Goliath
Wait a minute — the Old Testament never said anything about an abrupt tribe swap! After nearly two weeks on the island, the Survivors get a shake-up as the underdog Davids and the heavyweight Goliaths switch teams. Who will adapt? And which bossy castaway will start off on the wrong foot?
CMT Artists of the Year 2018
CMT, 8pm Live
This 90-minute special is dedicated to the women of country music — past, present and future. To celebrate this year’s historic event where all of the honorees are female, each will perform with a female-led act. In addition, honoree Maren Morris will join forces with Brandi Carlile for a powerful tribute to Aretha Franklin, and the coveted “Artist of a Lifetime” award will be given to country music icon Loretta Lynn.
Riverdale: “Chapter Thirty-Seven: Fortune and Men’s Eyes”
The CW, 8pm
After a gruesome discovery is made in the forest, Jughead (Cole Sprouse) and Betty (Lili Reinhart) team up to investigate Riverdale’s latest mystery. As Archie (KJ Apa) navigates his new surroundings, Veronica (Camila Mendes) devises a plan to bring a bit of home to him. When Moose (Cody Kearsley) decides to join the RROTC, Kevin (Casey Cott) worries he may be pulling away from him.
ESPN, beginning at 8pm Live
Anthony Davis leads the New Orleans Pelicans into Houston to face Chris Paul, James Harden and the Rockets. ESPN’s second game has Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks at the Phoenix Suns.
Empire: “Love All, Trust a Few”
Guest Star Alert!
R&B artist Mario guest-stars as Devon, a new act with the sound that Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) and Portia (Ta’Rhonda Jones) have been searching for.
Chicago Med: “Backed Against the Wall”
Will (Nick Gehlfuss) gets an unplanned visit from the CPD; Ethan (Brian Tee) is skeptical of a woman who is experiencing chronic pain; Natalie (Torrey DeVitto) tends to a cancer patient whose brother has strong feelings on why he is refusing to lend his assistance.
Autumnwatch New England
PBS, 8pm Live
Travel to the colorful landscapes of New England, meet a cast of unforgettable wildlife characters and experience some of the best autumn has to offer, including leaf “peeping,” pumpkin carving and cranberry harvesting. The series continues with additional episodes premiering the next two nights.
Horror Stars: Boris Karloff
TCM, beginning at 8pm
A night of spooky films starring horror icon Boris Karloff begins with 1932’s The Old Dark House and includes other classics like The Walking Dead (1936), Isle of the Dead (1945) and The Terror (1963).
American Housewife: “Enemies: An Otto Story”
Anna-Kat (Julia Butters) runs for the Green Chair position in the school election, which results in Katie (Katy Mixon) turning the election into a feud of her own. Meanwhile, Greg (Diedrich Bader) becomes concerned about Taylor’s (Meg Donnelly) new friend Pierce (guest star Milo Manheim).
Modern Family: “Torn Between Two Lovers”
Haley (Sarah Hyland) can’t seem to choose between her past and present relationships and is forced to make a decision. Meanwhile, Manny (Rico Rodriguez) returns to college and dorm life while his girlfriend, Sherry (guest star Hillary Ann Matthews), continues to stay at Jay and Gloria’s, and might be overstaying her welcome.
SEAL Team: “The Worst of Conditions”
Jason (David Boreanaz) is faced with a huge decision about his future with Bravo Team in the new episode “The Worst of Conditions.”
Man’s Greatest Food
Cooking Channel, 9pm
Well, it’s definitely not salad. Chef Roger Mooking seeks out the tastiest morsels in the country. And what’s more American than red meat? Tonight, in an episode aptly titled “Beef,” he samples everything from Philly cheesesteaks to ribs.
All American: “99 Problems”
The CW, 9pm
While trying to be all things on and off the field, Spencer (Daniel Ezra) quickly discovers the rules he played by at Crenshaw no longer apply in Beverly Hills. Coop (Bre-Z) is also forced to learn a new set of rules, with Spencer’s protective “halo effect” now gone.
Investigation Discovery, 9pm
The true-crime series returns to further explore the ripple effects of a single murder on multiple lives, unraveling each homicide case through three distinct but connected points of view. Hear from loved ones, witnesses and law enforcement — many telling their stories for the first time ever — reflecting on how the past continues to haunt the present.
Chicago Fire: “This Isn’t Charity”
While Firehouse 51 is on high alert when a series of explosions rock the city, Herrmann (David Eigenberg) adjusts to his new duties, and Kidd (Miranda Rae Mayo) gets a visit from an old friend.
Delve into America’s opioid crisis — in a world in which many other diseases can be traced to addictive behavior, how do addictions work, and what can the science of addiction tell us about how we can resolve this dire social issue?
Single Parents: “Beyoncé Circa Lemonade”
After scolding Miggy (Jake Choi) for not being able to sleep-train baby Jack, Angie (Leighton Meester) and Douglas (Brad Garrett) engage in a competition to see who can sleep-train the baby in one night. Poppy (Kimrie Lewis) teaches Will (Taran Killam) how to take out his anger on the volleyball court.
A Million Little Things: “friday night dinner”
A million little things can go wrong when opening a new restaurant — but betrayal between friends shouldn’t be one of them. Regina (Christina Moses) learns this the hard way as the future of her and Delilah’s (Stephanie Szostak) eatery is threatened.
Criminal Minds: “Rule 34”
The BAU team must figure out who sent packages with gruesome contents to six people in the Washington, D.C., area in the new episode “Rule 34.”
Chicago P.D.: “Ride Along”
When a ride-along goes sideways, Burgess (Marina Squerciati) is faced with a difficult choice: Follow the advice of Voight (Jason Beghe) or that of a potential new ally.
Outrageous Acts of Science
The fan-favorite series is back, putting the spotlight on more of the web’s most ingenious, funniest, daring, outrageous and bizarre clips as the world’s best science experts explain what’s happening. The season premiere episode, “Quantum Leaps,” looks at the internet’s biggest breakthroughs, genius inventions and awesome builds.
Thursday, Oct. 18
I Love You, America With Sarah Silverman
The news cycle is spinning faster than the front row at SoulCycle, but at least host Sarah Silverman gets to sit down for dinner with a family of conservatives in rural Wyoming. How much they enjoy the meal remains to be seen.
It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
The classic 1966 Halloween staple returns for another year as Linus searches for the elusive Great Pumpkin and Charlie Brown finds trick-or-treating isn’t the thrill everyone makes it out to be.
The Big Bang Theory: “The Planetarium Collision”
Guest Star Alert!
Sheldon (Jim Parsons) accidentally sabotages Amy’s (Mayim Bialik) career in the new episode “The Planetarium Collision.” Guest star Bob Newhart returns as the specter of Arthur Jeffries (a.k.a. Professor Proton).
Supernatural: “Gods and Monsters”
The CW, 8pm
Sam (Jared Padalecki) finds a clue to Dean’s (Jensen Ackles) whereabouts, so he, Mary (Samantha Smith) and Bobby (Jim Beaver) set out to investigate. Castiel (Misha Collins) imparts some sage advice on Jack (Alexander Calvert), who, still desperate to belong, seeks out a familial connection.
Superstore: “Toxic Workplace”
Amy (America Ferrera) and Jonah (Ben Feldman) get combative to keep their new relationship hidden from their coworkers. Meanwhile, Glenn (Mark McKinney) spirals when he learns Kelly (Kelly Stables) wants to transfer to a new store, and Cheyenne (Nichole Bloom) struggles to organize a Cloud 9 carpool.
TNT, beginning at 8pm Live
TNT’s Thursday NBA doubleheader starts at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia as the Chicago Bulls visit the 76ers. Then, LeBron James makes his regular-season debut with the L.A. Lakers vs. the Trail Blazers at Portland’s Moda Center.
NFL Football: Denver at Arizona
FOX & NFL Network, 8:20pm Live
Thursday Night Football heads to State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., as Von Miller and the Denver Broncos duel with Larry Fitzgerald and the Cardinals.
Young Sheldon: “A Research Study and Czechoslovakian Wedding Pastries”
Recurring guest star Wallace Shawn returns as Dr. Sturgis in the new episode “A Research Study and Czechoslovakian Wedding Pastries,” in which Sheldon (Iain Armitage) and Missy (Raegan Revord) are recommended for a university research study on twins.
The Good Place: “Jeremy Bearimy”
The group explores the three main branches of ethical thought.
Station 19: “Home to Hold Onto”
When Station 19 receives a call from concerned neighbors regarding a resident in their apartment building, the team heads out to investigate. When they arrive to evaluate the scene, they’re shocked by what they find inside. Meanwhile, in an effort to create a solid working relationship between the fire and police departments, Ryan (Alberto Frezza) takes an unlikely member of the team on a ride-along.
Mom: “Big Sauce and Coconut Water”
Guest Star Alert!
Guest star Kristen Johnston returns as Tammy in the new episode “Big Sauce and Coconut Water,” in which Bonnie (Allison Janney) invites a newly paroled Tammy to stay at her house.
College Football: Stanford at Arizona State
ESPN, 9pm Live
A big battle in the Pac-12 Conference has the Stanford Cardinal heading to the desert to take on the Arizona State Sun Devils at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe.
Murphy Brown: “Three Shirts to the Wind”
Guest Star Alert!
David Costabile, Merle Dandridge and original Murphy Brown cast member Charles Kimbrough guest-star in the new episode “Three Shirts to the Wind.” Murphy (Candice Bergen) and the team weigh the pros and cons of interviewing a former White House senior advisor (Costabile) who wants to promote his divisive book and agenda.
How to Get Away With Murder: “It’s Her Kid”
Annalise (Viola Davis) and Nate (Billy Brown) look to get Nate’s dad a psych evaluation so that they can have his murder case retried under an insanity plea. Meanwhile, Michaela (Aja Naomi King) works overtime to convince Tegan (Amirah Vann) to give her a chance to earn her trust back, and Bonnie (Liza Weil) gets an offer she mulls over.
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: “Accredo”
A member of a women’s empowerment group is found murdered, leading the cops to the group’s charismatic male leader. Meanwhile, Rollins (Kelli Giddish) keeps her pregnancy under wraps to avoid going on desk duty.
Amanpour & Co.
“My job is to provide the unvarnished truth,” says Christiane Amanpour of her new public-affairs show, a CNN-PBS collaboration. The war correspondent turned international news anchor hosts the wide-ranging series from London, joined by four respected New York City-based journalists, to interview political newsmakers and interesting folks from the worlds of arts, sports and tech.
Friday, Oct. 19
Season 2 of the creepy show based on the popular podcast, which explores the real-life frightening and disturbing tales that give rise to modern-day myths and legends, will feature new tales from the podcast as well as original stories not yet available in podcast form, and stars new cast members as well. The hybrid series will again depict its eerie stories using narration, archival footage and animation to complement the filmed segments.
The first Marvel series for Netflix is back for Season 3, as Matt Murdock/Daredevil (Charlie Cox) is once again up against Wilson Fisk/Kingpin (Vincent D’Onofrio, reprising his Season 1 villain). The season also promises to detail the origin story of the iconic Marvel villain Bullseye (Wilson Bethel). New to the series along with Bethel are Joanne Whalley and Jay Ali.
Toni Collette stars as therapist Joy Richards in this dramedy that asks whether lifelong monogamy is possible — or even desirable — as stories of love, lust and forbidden desire emerge among Joy’s friends, neighbors and clients.
Fresh Off the Boat: “Workin’ the ’Ween”
Honey (Chelsey Crisp) and Marvin (Ray Wise) ask Jessica (Constance Wu) and Louis (Randall Park) to be baby Maria’s godparents, and Jessica offers to babysit her on Halloween night. But the Huangs are in for a spooky evening when they agree to help wean the baby off of her pacifier. Meanwhile, Eddie (Hudson Yang) is hired by mattress store owner Harv (guest star George Wendt, Cheers) for a job to make some extra money so that he can buy himself a car and ends up having to work in the creepy store all by himself on Halloween.
MacGyver: “Guts + Fuel + Hope”
MacGyver (Lucas Till) and his team must find a way to drive a tanker filled with liquid oxygen through a region occupied by rebels and deliver it to a children’s hospital. C. Thomas Howell guest-stars in the new episode “Guts + Fuel + Hope.”
Dynasty: “Ship of Vipers”
The CW, 8pm
While Blake (Grant Show) focuses on his own selfish endeavors, Fallon (Elizabeth Gillies) goes to desperate measures to sell Carrington Atlantic to the Van Kirks. Sam (Rafael de la Fuente) and Alexis (Nicollette Sheridan) are determined to validate their suspicions about Melissa (guest star Kelly Rutherford). Meanwhile, Anders’ (Alan Dale) daughter Kirby (Maddison Brown) befriends the Colbys in order to seek revenge on Fallon.
ESPN, beginning at 8pm Live
ESPN’s NBA doubleheader tips off with Kyrie Irving and the Boston Celtics taking on Kawhi Leonard and the Raptors at Toronto’s Scotiabank Arena, followed by Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors at the Utah Jazz.
Last Man Standing
Upcoming episodes of the sitcom home in on the, uh, home front. Mike deals with the death of his dad, Bud (Robert Forster). He and smart, creative wife Vanessa (Nancy Travis) face an empty nest — provided daughter Mandy (Molly McCook) and son-in-law Kyle (Christoph Sanders) “figure out how to step out on their own,” star Tim Allen says. And Mike clashes with liberal son-in-law Ryan (Jordan Masterson) about what the role of a grandpa should be. This week, though, a sitcom staple: It’s Halloween!
Speechless: “I-N– INTO THE W-O– WOODS”
Maya’s (Minnie Driver) Halloween becomes truly terrifying when JJ (Micah Fowler) attends a rave in the woods. Ray (Mason Cook) joins Dylan’s (Kyla Kenedy) Halloween heist, determined to prove he’s more than a do-gooder. Meanwhile, Jimmy (John Ross Bowie) and Kenneth (Cedric Yarbrough) turn the DiMeo home into the neighborhood’s haunted house.
Get a Room With Carson & Thom
Original Queer Eye for the Straight Guy stars Carson Kressley (the “Fashion Savant”) and Thom Filicia (the “Design Doctor”) are back on the network that made them household names, but this time they’re zhuzhing homes instead of hapless heteros. And damn straight, it turns out the longtime pals know as much about each other as they do about style, decor and design!
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: “I Am Ashamed”
The CW, 9pm
Rebecca (Rachel Bloom) convinces Paula (Donna Lynne Champlin), Heather (Vella Lovell) and Valencia (Gabrielle Ruiz) to participate in a séance after making a spooky discovery. Darryl (Pete Gardner) takes his parenting duties to an extreme, while Nathaniel (Scott Michael Foster) is determined to prove to his father that he is the best person to run the law firm.
College Football: Colorado State at Boise State
ESPN2, 9pm Live
A Mountain West Conference clash on the instantly recognizable blue turf at Albertsons Stadium in Boise, Idaho, has the Colorado State Rams at the Boise State Broncos.
After 17-plus seasons, the motivated chefs of Hell’s Kitchen are still cooking their hearts out to please demanding boss Gordon Ramsay (and win a $250,000 gig at the very first Hell’s Kitchen restaurant). This time, the top chef has changed things up by inviting back HK losers to face rookies. Ramsay says of tonight’s episode, “All you need is one or two individuals from each team to screw up at service and the whole thing comes to a halt. I had to resurrect our reputation in front of customers [only a few feet] away! I don’t like that, so I switched things up for the rest of the season.”
Shakespeare Uncovered: “‘Measure for Measure’ With Romola Garai”
Romola Garai explores one of Shakespeare’s most provocative plays, one that presents a surprisingly timely drama of sexual morality, hypocrisy and harassment. “Julius Caesar With Brian Cox” follows, with Cox looking at Shakespeare’s most revered political play to analyze what can be learned about freedom and tyranny today.
Z Nation: “Escape From Altura”
10K nearly loses everything as panic and anti-Talker sentiments flare after an explosion derails the vote.
“Real Time With Bill Maher” Anniversary Special
Comedian and political satirist Bill Maher takes a look back at the last 15 years of Real Time With Bill Maher and reflects on how the program and America have both evolved. The special features commentary from Barack Obama, Larry David, Fran Lebowitz, Michael Moore, Barbra Streisand and more.
Van Helsing: “I Awake”
Vanessa (Kelly Overton) relives the memories of her ancestor, Lily Van Helsing (Julie Lynn Mortensen), in colonial Hong Kong. There, she learns to control her dark side and fights the B’ah (Jennifer Spence), the second vampire Elder.
Saturday, Oct. 20
How convincing are Christina Hendricks’s screams in the anthology’s latest episode? “I scared the crew every time,” she says, laughing, of her emoting for the psychologically intense “House of Special Purpose.” Reuniting with Mad Men executive producer (and Romanoffs creator) Matthew Weiner, Hendricks plays vulnerable actress Olivia Rogers. She arrives in Austria to shoot a miniseries about the Romanov family with a legendary actress who has become a director (Isabelle Huppert) and, says Weiner, “they battle over the depths of her performance.” With a creepy old-world hotel and some otherworldly occurrences, the episode is a jaw-dropper.
Stephen King Marathon
Catch a marathon of movies penned by the master of the macabre, Stephen King, featuring Graveyard Shift, The Dead Zone, Firestarter, Misery, Thinner, Silver Bullet, the 35th anniversary of Christine, 1408, The Mist and Carrie.
DuckTales: “The Most Dangerous Game … Night!”
In the Season 2 premiere, game night is anything but relaxing as the family faces shrink rays, a barbaric civilization and an unhealthy level of competitiveness.
Michael Jackson’s Halloween
CBS rebroadcasts this 2017 special voiced by past and present CBS stars and boasting Jackson’s music as its soundtrack. This animated feature follows Vincent (Lucas Till, MacGyver) and Victoria (Kiersey Clemons, Extant), who meet on Halloween night and embark on a magical adventure of discovery that culminates in a spectacular dance finale featuring an animated Michael Jackson.
Love, Of Course
Hallmark Channel, 8pm
After her husband’s death six years ago, Amy (Kelly Rutherford) has spent her life “helicoptering” around her daughter, Cara (Makenzie Vega). After Amy helps Cara head to college in another city, she “conveniently” lands a job at the college and meets Noah (Cameron Mathison), a charismatic, well-traveled professor. With his help, Amy learns about herself and discovers romantic life on her own. Gabby Douglas also stars.
My Dinner With Hervé
This film is inspired by the real events that unfolded over one memorable night between struggling journalist Danny Tate (Jamie Dornan) and Hervé Villechaize (Peter Dinklage), the world’s most famous knife-wielding French dwarf actor. The film is a labor of love by Dinklage and writer/director Sacha Gervasi — who is the actual journalist depicted in the film, and who interviewed Villechaize mere days before the actor’s 1993 suicide. The work also stars Mireille Enos, Harriet Walter and Oona Chaplin, with David Strathairn and Andy Garcia also appearing.
“Hocus Pocus” 25th Anniversary Halloween Bash
This special, filmed at the iconic Hollywood Forever Cemetery, celebrates Hocus Pocus’ status as a Halloween staple. The program includes exclusive interviews with cast members including Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy, Thora Birch, Doug Jones and Omri Katz; director Kenny Ortega; and writers Mick Garris and David Kirschner. The bash also features musical performances by Dove Cameron, PRETTYMUCH, and Junior New System; a Hocus Pocus-themed costume contest, judged by Sharon and Kelly Osbourne; and spooky beats courtesy of drag superstar Lady Bunny, the evening’s resident DJ.
In this horror comedy, a woman’s perfectly planned high-school reunion goes awry when a monster keeps killing all the guests.
Versailles: “Truth Will Out”
A betrayal by one of the women closest to the king has unforeseen consequences, while a graphic revelation results in a fall from grace for another. Meanwhile, Philippe (Alexander Vlahos) gets dangerously close to the mystery prisoner, and reprisals against the protesters in Paris place Fabien Marchal (Tygh Runyan) in peril.