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Monday, Sept. 30

9-1-1: “Sink or Swim”
FOX, 8pm
Guest Star Alert!

The special effects team on this hit action drama gets to strut its stuff in a major way in one of this season’s most anticipated episodes, as a giant tsunami hits the Santa Monica Pier, a major tourist spot, in the new episode “Sink or Swim.” Buck and Christopher (Oliver Stark, Gavin McHugh) are among those whose lives are endangered. Ronda Rousey and William Russ guest star; Angela Bassett and Peter Krause also star.

The Flintstones
MeTV, 6pm

Yabba dabba do! Fifty-nine years to the day that The Flintstones first debuted on television, one of the greatest animated series of all time will return. The beloved show was the first animated television series to air in primetime and paved the way for later primetime cartoon series. MeTV will air back-to-back episodes Monday-Friday.

Show Offs
BYUtv, 7pm
Season Premiere!

Each episode of this interactive musical improv series gives its cast, along with a special celebrity guest, the chance to “show off” by performing a spontaneously improvised play or musical, using ideas and suggestions from the studio audience.

BYUtv, 7:30pm
Season Premiere!

The unscripted series that is part hilarious hidden-camera series and part sensational magic show returns for a new season!

Studio C
BYUtv, 8pm
Season Premiere!

The long-running sketch comedy series returns.

Street Outlaws: Memphis
Discovery Channel, 8pm
Season Premiere!

A special two-hour premiere kicks off the latest season of this series that follows JJ Da Boss and his team of Memphis grassroots racers as they take on some of the best competitors in the country.

The Voice: “The Blind Auditions, Part 3”
NBC, 8pm

The blind auditions continue tonight and tomorrow night.

NFL Football: Cincinnati at Pittsburgh
ESPN, 8pm Live

Monday Night Football features a matchup of AFC North rivals as Andy Dalton and the Cincinnati Bengals head to Heinz Field in Pittsburgh to face the Steelers.

Below Deck Mediterranean: “Au Revoir, Sirocco”
Bravo, 9pm
Season Finale!

On the final episode of the season, a boat catches fire in port, stranding Sirocco with nowhere to go. The interior team grows resentful of Sandy’s harsh criticisms, while Jack and Aesha contemplate their future off the boat. And Sandy calls out Hannah’s lack of passion for yachting, which leaves both of them wondering if this will be their last charter together.

All Rise: “Long Day’s Journey Into ICE”
CBS, 9pm

The freshman legal drama continues with the new episode “Long Day’s Journey Into ICE,” in which Lola (Simone Missick) must fend off an ICE agent pursuing an undocumented immigrant on trial for a petty crime.

A Very Brady Renovation: “A Sunshine Day on Clinton Way”
HGTV, 9pm

Barry Williams (Greg) joins Lara Spencer (Flea Market Flip) and Jasmine Roth (Hidden Potential) to re-create Greg Brady’s attic bedroom but in a very unexpected part of the house. Also, Jasmine pulls double duty working on Mike and Carol Brady’s master bedroom with Mike Lookinland (Bobby).

The Good Doctor: “Debts”
ABC, 10pm

As Dr. Andrews (Hill Harper) vows to help a good Samaritan who was injured while stopping a sexual assault, Dr. Lim (Christina Chang) faces a difficult decision when a young patient’s parents suspect that Dr. Melendez (Nicholas Gonzalez) made a mistake. Meanwhile, Dr. Murphy (Freddie Highmore) fields advice following his disastrous date with Dr. Lever (Jasika Nicole); and Dr. Browne (Antonia Thomas) gets a surprise visit from her mother.

Bluff City Law: “You Don’t Need a Weatherman”
NBC, 10pm

Elijah (Jimmy Smits) and Sydney (Caitlin McGee) must put personal feelings aside to help a group of farmers who are in danger of losing everything to an insidious corporate scheme. Anthony (Michael Luwoye) and Jake (Barry Sloane) team up to take on a seemingly lighthearted case about a stolen barbecue sauce recipe that actually would have a deeper impact on the city than anyone knows.

POV: “The Silence of Others”
PBS, 10pm

Learn about the struggle of victims and survivors of Spain’s 40-year dictatorship under Gen. Franco as they organize the groundbreaking “Argentine Lawsuit” and fight to expose crimes against humanity.

Tuesday, Oct. 1

The Conners: “A Kiss Is Just a Kiss”
ABC, 8pm

Darlene (Sara Gilbert) continues to struggle with deciding between David (Johnny Galecki) and Ben (Jay R. Ferguson). Becky (Lecy Goranson) begins to doubt herself as a mom, and Mark (Ames McNamara) gets in trouble at school when a picture of him and his boyfriend kissing goes viral. Meanwhile, Jackie (Laurie Metcalf) continues to avoid her problems by keeping busy with everyone else’s.

NCIS: “Into the Light”
CBS, 8pm

With their lives in danger, Gibbs (Mark Harmon) and Ziva’s (guest star Cote de Pablo) rogue investigation takes an unexpected turn when a possible terrorist plot is revealed in the new episode “Into the Light.”

The Resident: “Flesh of My Flesh”
FOX, 8pm
Guest Star Alert!

David Alan Grier of FOX’s The Cool Kids and talk show host Montel Williams guest-star when Cain (Morris Chestnut) tries to recruit others to join him on a dangerous surgery that will garner publicity for the hospital.

MLB Playoffs: NL Wild-Card Game
TBS, 8pm Live

The pressure is on the National League’s two wild-card playoff teams in this win-or-go-home showdown as the Milwaukee Brewers face the Washington Nationals in D.C. for the right to move on to the NL Division Series beginning Oct. 3.

FBI: “The Lives of Others”
CBS, 9pm

After the son of a prominent mommy blogger is kidnapped, the team must sweep through her 2 million followers to find the culprit in the new episode “The Lives of Others.”

Pandora: “Simple Twist of Fate”
The CW, 9pm
Season Finale!

Picking up the pieces from the attack on the Fleet Training Academy by Leone Vokk (guest star Manu Bennett), Jax (Priscilla Quintana) and Xander (Oliver Dench) must confront Tierney (guest star Tina Casciani) to stop her sinister plans for galactic domination while Atria’s (Raechelle Banno) grassroots movement on Adar to run for Seeker may have serious consequences for the clones as well as her friends.

Diego Maradona
HBO, 9pm

Drawing on more than 500 hours of never-before-seen footage from Argentine soccer icon Diego Maradona’s personal archives, this documentary feature charts the trials and triumphs of the legendary footballer.

This Is Us: “The Pool: Part Two”
NBC, 9pm

Beth (Susan Kelechi Watson) and Randall (Sterling K. Brown) adjust to life in Philadelphia. Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) and Rebecca (Mandy Moore) take the Big Three to the pool.

black-ish: “Every Day I’m Struggling”
ABC, 9:30pm

When Rainbow (Tracee Ellis Ross) and Dre (Anthony Anderson) realize Junior’s (Marcus Scribner) been taking them for granted, they decide it’s time to band together and cut him off for good. Meanwhile, Jack (Miles Brown) discovers he has a very lucrative talent — only Ruby (Jenifer Lewis) wants to use it for all the wrong reasons.

Emergence: “Camera Wheelbarrow Tiger Pillow”
ABC, 10pm

As Jo (Allison Tolman) and Chris (Robert Bailey Jr.) attempt to identify the sinister forces coming after Piper (Alexa Swinton), a mysterious man hinders their search and brings danger too close to home. Meanwhile, Abby (Zabryna Guevara) works with Piper to trigger her lost memory, while Jo makes a shrewd deal with Benny (Owain Yeoman) to secure Piper’s future safety.

In a Man’s World
Bravo, 10pm
New Series!

Four dynamic women embark on the journey of a lifetime as they transform into men to experience life from the opposite side. With the help of an Academy Award-winning special effects makeup team and skilled voice and movement coaches, each woman develops her own alter ego and spends two days living in a man’s world. These women are looking to flip the script and experience a day without bias from the people who held them back in the past.

NCIS: New Orleans: “The Terminator Conundrum”
CBS, 10pm

NCIS investigates a private plane crash after a Navy pilot says she saw an unidentified object in the new episode “The Terminator Conundrum.”

Mayans M.C.: “Xquic”
FX, 10pm

In the new episode “Xquic,” an unexpected storm kicks up dust south of the border, while old family secrets bleed into familial affairs.

Valley of the Damned: “The Jehovah Jinx”
Investigation Discovery, 10pm

Jehovah’s Witness Pam Candelario is murdered and her husband Ralph is severely beaten during what at first appears to be a home invasion. But this soon turns into one of the most bizarre murder cases the police have ever encountered.

New Amsterdam: “The Big Picture”
NBC, 10pm

Max (Ryan Eggold) invokes a hospital-wide census in an effort to get to know the staff of New Amsterdam on a deeper level. Reynolds (Jocko Sims) takes a leap of faith that lands him in hot water, and Dr. Castro (Ana Villafañe) extends her treatment plan to more patients in the hospital.

Most Terrifying Places
Travel Channel, 10pm
New Series!

In Travel Channel’s “Ghostober” Halloween event, spooky premieres will air each night throughout October. Things kick off tonight with this new six-episode series that counts down the scariest places on the globe. Cinematic reenactments, interviews with locals and insights from historians reveal why these locations have become so frightening.

Wednesday, Oct. 2

The Goldbergs: “Dana’s Back”
ABC, 8pm

Adam (Sean Giambrone) gets a surprise from his past when Dana (Natalie Alyn Lind) returns to William Penn. Meanwhile, Barry (Troy Gentile) and Erica (Hayley Orrantia) are finally off to college, until they realize they have nowhere on campus to live.

2019 iHeartRadio Music Festival Night 1
The CW, 8pm

Recorded in September and hosted by Ryan Seacrest, this two-night event showcases musical acts Alicia Keys, Cage the Elephant, Camila Cabello, Chance the Rapper, Halsey, Miley Cyrus, Mumford & Sons, Tim McGraw, Zac Brown Band and more.

MLB Playoffs: AL Wild-Card Game
ESPN, 8pm Live

One AL team’s season will end tonight and another team will advance to the AL Division Series as ESPN airs the wild-card playoff game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Oakland A’s at Oakland Coliseum.

Chicago Med: “We’re Lost in the Dark”
NBC, 8pm

Drs. Choi (Brian Tee) and Charles (Oliver Platt) have difficult decisions to make as a dying man tries to preserve his future life with a controversial scientific method. Dr. Marcel (Dominic Rains) and April (Yaya DaCosta) clash over how to handle a mysterious patient, and Will (Nick Gehlfuss) questions Natalie’s (Torrey DeVitto) capabilities. Sharon (S. Epatha Merkerson) assigns a nurse to shadow Maggie (Marlyne Barrett), much to her dismay.

NHL Hockey
NBCSN, beginning at 8pm Live

The St. Louis Blues raise their first Stanley Cup banner to the rafters of Enterprise Center on opening night of the 2019-20 NHL regular season vs. the Washington Capitals. NBCSN’s second game has the San Jose Sharks at the Vegas Golden Knights.

Nature: “Octopus: Making Contact”
PBS, 8pm

The octopus has long provided the inspiration for science fiction’s mysterious extraterrestrials. But scientists have discovered these highly intelligent animals are also individual personalities, able to recognize faces and interact with others. This is the story of an octopus named Heidi and her evolving relationship with marine biologist and professor David Scheel of the Alaska Pacific University. Scheel links his discoveries to octopus findings from all over the world and explores how we and a creature so different from us could have so much in common.

All Elite Wrestling: Dynamite
TNT, 8pm Live
New Series!

TNT’s first wrestling program in 18 years is a “wrestling show brought to you by wrestlers for wrestling fans,” tells Cody Rhodes, an executive vice president of AEW and son of legendary wrestler Dusty Rhodes. The league has already wrangled some of the top wrestlers of today, including Rhodes, Chris Jericho, The Young Bucks, Kenny Omega and Jon Moxley. Every week, All Elite Wrestling will present a live two-hour event from one of the nation’s premier wrestling venues.

Modern Family: “Snapped”
ABC, 9pm

Claire (Julie Bowen) needs to get everyone out of the house before they make her look bad in front of a reporter from an important women’s business magazine. Meanwhile, Jay (Ed O’Neill) invites Manny (Rico Rodriguez) to a little wine tasting in an attempt to spend some quality time together.

CBS, 9pm
Season Premiere!
Season 3 of SEAL Team begins with “Welcome to the Refuge: Part 1,” in which Jason (David Boreanaz) leads the team on a mission in Serbia to track down an organization linked to the bombing of multiple American military outposts.

Almost Family
FOX, 9pm
New Series!

This lighthearted dramedy tells the story of a pioneering fertility doctor (Timothy Hutton) who used his own sperm to conceive upwards of 100 children. Pitch Perfect’s Brittany Snow stars as Julia Bechley, the doctor’s adoring only child whose life is upended when her father is exposed and potential siblings start flocking to the clinic for genetic tests.

Chicago Fire: “A Real Shot in the Arm”
NBC, 9pm

Lt. Casey (Jesse Spencer) struggles to get Chief Boden (Eamonn Walker) to sign off on an energetic new recruit. Against her better judgment, Foster (Annie Ilonzeh) extends an olive branch to her irritating new medic. Otis (Yuri Sardarov) inspires Herrmann (David Eigenberg) to seek new partners at Molly’s. Brett (Kara Killmer) realizes life in Fowlerton will take some getting used to.

Stumptown: “Missed Connections”
ABC, 10pm

Dex (Cobie Smulders) is hired by a wealthy man to search for a woman whom he recently met, but she quickly learns that the task is not as simple as it seems. Meanwhile, Dex and Grey’s (Jake Johnson) history unfolds.

CBS, 10pm
Season Premiere!

In the Season 3 premiere episode “Fire in the Sky,” city departments join forces to stop a serial bomber using drones as detonation devices. Amy Farrington joins the regular cast as Lt. Piper Lynch, a senior officer in the LAPD’s Hollywood division.

Total Divas
E!, 10pm
Season Premiere!

New and returning fan-favorite WWE divas are back, ready to face their fears and rise to new challenges. Ronda Rousey, Naomi, Nia Jax, Natalya and others take part in the new season. Nikki Bella and Brie Bella will make guest appearances this season as well.

The Murder Tapes: “I Did It”
Investigation Discovery, 10pm

Michelle Kinney is a free-spirited, trusting and generous mother in Dubuque, Iowa, who is loved by the entire town. That town is shocked when Michelle is found murdered in her apartment. Investigators discover that Michelle often took in people who were going through tough times and needed a place to stay for a few nights. This leads them to question if her generous spirit contributed to her death.

Chicago P.D.: “Assets”
NBC, 10pm

When Atwater (LaRoyce Hawkins) goes undercover in a dangerous South Side drug syndicate, he learns there may be more to its kingpin than meets the eye. Halstead (Jesse Lee Soffer) tries to join Atwater undercover, but finds himself at a disadvantage. Voight (Jason Beghe) petitions the brass to show Ruzek (Patrick John Flueger) leniency in his court case.

Wild Metropolis
PBS, 10pm
New Series!

Discover the extraordinary animals adapting to life in the world’s most loved cities and witness the remarkable ways they meet the challenges of surviving in the newest habitat on the planet.

Thursday, Oct. 3

MLB Playoffs: NL Division Series: Game 1
TBS, beginning at 5pm Live

TBS has exclusive coverage of both best-of-five-game National League Division Series beginning today. The two winners advance to the NL Championship Series beginning Oct. 11.

Grey’s Anatomy: “Back in the Saddle”
ABC, 8pm

The Grey Sloan doctors operate on a man who crashed into Maggie’s (Kelly McCreary) car as Owen (Kevin McKidd), back from paternity leave, struggles with Tom’s (Greg Germann) new position. Outside the hospital, Meredith’s (Ellen Pompeo) recent firing doesn’t stop her from diagnosing those around her.

Young Sheldon: “A Broom Closet and Satan’s Monopoly Board”
CBS, 8pm

Sheldon (Iain Armitage) takes his education into his own hands in order to stay academically challenged in the new episode “A Broom Closet and Satan’s Monopoly Board.”

NFL Football: L.A. Rams at Seattle
FOX & NFL Network, 8pm Live

NFC West foes clash at Seattle’s CenturyLink Field as Jared Goff and the L.A. Rams take on Russell Wilson and the Seahawks on Thursday Night Football.

Superstore: “Testimonials”
NBC, 8pm

Amy (America Ferrera) attempts to gather glowing character testimony for Mateo’s (Nico Santos) immigration lawyer, but comes up short. Jonah (Ben Feldman) plans an engagement party for Sandra (Kaliko Kauahi), infuriating Dina (Lauren Ash), while Glenn (Mark McKinney) and Marcus (Jon Barinholtz) compete for Mateo’s old locker.

Horror Classics: Bewitched!
TCM, beginning at 8pm

Every Thursday in October, Turner Classic Movies will air a night of themed spooky movies. Tonight’s lineup features movies about witches, kicking off with Bell, Book and Candle (1958) and also including Horror Hotel (1960), The Devil’s Own (1966), Suspiria (1977) and more.

Mixtape: Don McLean
AXS TV, 8:30pm

Folk hero Don McLean recalls the genius of Buddy Holly and delivers a performance of his signature hit “American Pie.”

The Unicorn: “Breaking Up Is Hard to Do”
CBS, 8:30pm

In the new episode “Breaking Up Is Hard to Do,” Wade (Walton Goggins) suddenly finds himself in a “relationship” he has no interest in when he has trouble turning down a second date.

Perfect Harmony: “Fork Fest”
NBC, 8:30pm

Arthur (Bradley Whitford) defies local customs, and the choir pays for his rudeness. For Cash’s (Spencer Allport) sake, Ginny (Anna Camp) vows to say nothing bad about Wayne (Will Greenberg).

A Million Little Things: “grand canyon”
ABC, 9pm

Eddie (David Giuntoli) manages to keep Theo (Tristan Byon) distracted in the midst of trying to track down Katherine (Grace Park), while Maggie (Allison Miller) realizes her mother’s surprise move to Boston might not be just for her. Meanwhile, Regina (Christina Moses) struggles with accepting Andrew’s (James Tupper) ideas about the restaurant.

Mom: “Pop Pop and a Puma”
CBS, 9pm

In the new episode “Pop Pop and a Puma,” Christy (Anna Faris) and Adam (William Fichtner) clash over an incident at the bar, leaving Bonnie (Allison Janney) in a precarious situation.

The Good Place: “A Girl From Arizona Part 2”
NBC, 9pm

Eleanor (Kristen Bell), Michael (Ted Danson), Janet (D’Arcy Carden) and Tahani (Jameela Jamil) have their hands full when the new residents begin to show their true colors. Jason (Manny Jacinto) receives some unsettling news.

Chrisley Knows Best
USA Network, 9pm
New Episodes!

New Season 7 episodes of the reality series continue to chronicle the entertaining lives of outspoken patriarch Todd Chrisley and his over-the-top Southern family.

Carol’s Second Act: “You Give Me Fever”
CBS, 9:30pm

In the new episode “You Give Me Fever,” Carol (Patricia Heaton) must find a way to work around hospital policy to take extra time to observe an elderly patient.

Sunnyside: “The Ethiopian Executioner”
NBC, 9:30pm

Garrett (Kal Penn) and Griselda (Diana Maria Riva) suspect Hakim (Samba Schutte) is involved in something suspicious. Brady (Moses Storm) takes refuge in Jun Ho (Joel Kim Booster) and Mei Lin’s (Poppy Liu) high-society life.

Evil: “177 Minutes”
CBS, 10pm

The team investigates the case of a 17-year-old soccer player (guest star Hannah Hodson) who came back to life after she had been declared dead for almost two hours in the new episode “177 Minutes.”

Law & Order: SVU: “The Darkest Journey Home”
NBC, 10pm

Benson (Mariska Hargitay) works with a young woman to help her remember the details and suspects in her rape. In order to learn a new witness-interview technique, Rollins (Kelli Giddish) and Fin (Ice T) have to experience it for themselves.

The Holzer Files
Travel Channel, 10pm
New Series!

Paranormal investigator Dave Schrader, psychic medium Cindy Kaza and equipment technician Shane Pittman investigate terrifying true hauntings from the recently discovered case files of one of America’s most well-known ghost hunters, Dr. Hans Holzer. Holzer’s captivating files include documents, letters, photographs and chilling audio and visual recordings dating back to the 1950s.

Friday, Oct. 4

Big Mouth
Season Premiere!

The edgy, adult animated comedy from Nick Kroll and Andrew Goldberg about the glorious nightmare of teenaged puberty returns for Season 3.

Peaky Blinders
Season Premiere!

The British gangster series returns for Season 5. The new season finds the family’s world thrown into turmoil by the financial crash of 1929. When Tommy Shelby (Cillian Murphy), now a member of parliament, is approached by a charismatic politician (Sam Claflin) with a bold vision for Britain, he realizes that his response will impact not only the future of his family but also that of the entire nation.

Raising Dion
New Series!

This drama follows a woman named Nicole (Alisha Wainwright), who raises her son Dion (Ja’Siah Young) after the death of her husband Mark (Michael B. Jordan, also an executive producer). The normal dramas of raising a son as a single mom are amplified when Dion starts to manifest several magical, superhero-like abilities. Jason Ritter also stars.

MLB Playoffs: AL Division Series: Game 1
FS1, 4pm Live

FS1 and MLB Network split coverage of both best-of-five-game American League Division Series beginning today on FS1. The two series winners advance to the AL Championship Series beginning Oct. 12.

American Housewife: “Bed, Bath & Beyond Our Means”
ABC, 8pm

Katie’s (Katy Mixon) life is turned upside down when her notoriously elusive boss Whitney (guest star Kelly Ripa) pops into town and promotes Katie to VP of Events. Meanwhile, a colleague’s death pushes Greg (Diedrich Bader) towards an existential crisis.

The Blacklist
NBC, 8pm
Season Premiere!

The hit drama returns for Season 7, following a sixth-season finale in which Red (James Spader) was abducted by Katarina (Laila Robins) after he traveled to Paris to warn her about the KGB.

Monster of the Month: Godzilla
TCM, beginning at 8pm

If you enjoyed this past summer’s theatrical film Godzilla: King of the Monsters, you’ll want to tune in to Turner Classic Movies each Friday this month. Every week, the network will screen Godzilla films, beginning tonight with the original Japanese classic Godzilla (1954) and its version edited for American audiences, Godzilla, King of the Monsters! (1956). These are followed by Godzilla Raids Again (1955) and Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964).

Haunted Salem: Live
Travel Channel, 8pm Live

A team of Travel Channel’s paranormal experts — Katrina Weidman and Jack Osbourne (Portals to Hell); Amy Bruni, Adam Berry and Chip Coffey (Kindred Spirits); Dalen Spratt, Juwan Mass and Marcus Harvey (Ghost Brothers: Haunted Houseguests); and Dave Schrader and Cindy Kaza (The Holzer Files) — leads this live, four-hour ghost hunt from three of the most haunted Salem, Mass., locations tied to the town’s infamous witch trials.

Fresh Off the Boat: “College”
ABC, 8:30pm

Y2K is on the horizon. While Grandma Jenny (Lucille Soong), Emery (Forrest Wheeler) and Evan (Ian Chen) look to the future, Louis (Randall Park) and Jessica (Constance Wu) take a trip down memory lane. Eddie (Hudson Yang), on the other hand, is stuck trying to navigate the present after his first college visit doesn’t exactly go according to plan.

Magnum P.I.: “Honor Among Thieves”
CBS, 9pm
A pickpocket (guest star Bobby Lee) asks Magnum (Jay Hernandez) for help when a mobile phone he recently lifted receives a very suspicious text message in the new episode “Honor Among Thieves.”

Just Roll With It: You Decide Live!
Disney Channel, 9pm Live

This interactive, Halloween-themed special follows the Bennett-Blatt family (played by Tobie Windham, Suzi Barrett, Ramon Reed and Kaylin Hayman) as they set out to reverse an evil curse and along the way encounter a variety of strange characters. As viewers watch the special, they will be able to vote on certain elements of the show, and the talented cast will have to improvise and roll with it — live.

Peaking: “Carson Storch”
The CW, 9:30pm
Season Finale!

One of the most promising mountain bikers of his generation, Carson Storch takes us behind the scenes of what it takes to build a line and compete on free ride’s biggest stage at Red Bull Rampage.

Blue Bloods: “Naughty or Nice”
CBS, 10pm

In the new episode “Naughty or Nice,” Frank (Tom Selleck) learns the D.A.’s office keeps a list of NYPD cops they consider “unreliable.”

In Search Of
History, 10pm
Season Premiere!

Host/executive producer Zachary Quinto is back to explore more mysteries in the second season of this updating of the classic paranormal investigation series originally hosted by Leonard Nimoy. The new season will explore the Loch Ness Monster, UFOs, the Bermuda Triangle, the lost colony of Roanoke, the Ark of the Covenant and more.

Freakshow Cakes
Cooking Channel, 11pm
New Series!

Zac Young and Vivian Chan host this one-of-a-kind cake showdown. In each episode, three of the most sinister cake artists step into a sideshow tent to whip up the freakiest cakes imaginable. The baker who showcases the most wildly imaginative and hair-raising cake design wins $10,000 and the title of Freakshow Champion.

Saturday, Oct. 5

College Football: Bowling Green at Notre Dame
NBC, 3:30pm Live

The Bowling Green Falcons face a tough test this afternoon at Notre Dame Stadium as they take on the Fighting Irish on NBC.

31 Nights of Halloween Fan Fest
Freeform, 8pm

This special celebrates favorite Halloween movies like Hocus Pocus, Ghostbusters and The Addams Family and pop culture icons who make our spines shiver. The hourlong special also features surprise guest stars and tribute performances.

Abducted: The Mary Stauffer Story
Lifetime, 8pm
Original Film!

In this harrowing true story, Alyson Hannigan stars as high school teacher Mary Stauffer, who, along with her 8-year-old daughter Beth (Daphne Hoskins), was held captive by a former student for 53 days. The film chronicles their ordeal through unimaginable horror until they were able to finally escape their nightmare.

Planet Earth: Nature’s Great Events
BBC America, 9pm
Series Finale!

In the finale of this nature documentary series, “The Great Salmon Run,” see how grizzly bear families in North America depend for their survival on a spectacular natural event: the return of hundreds of millions of salmon from the Pacific Ocean to the mountain streams where they were born.

Ghost Adventures: Serial Killer Spirits
Travel Channel, 9pm
New Miniseries!

In this four-part miniseries, the Ghost Adventures team of Zak Bagans, Aaron Goodwin, Billy Tolley and Jay Wasley embark on a journey to see if evil energy lingers within the locations associated with America’s notorious serial killers — from John Wayne Gacy’s prison cell to H.H. Holmes’ murder house and more.

Gary Gulman: The Great Depresh
HBO, 10pm

Gary Gulman presents a comedy special that features him speaking about the lighter side of mental health and sharing a short documentary that provides insight into his own mental health journey.

Ready to Love
OWN, 10pm
Season Premiere!

Thomas “Nephew Tommy” Miles returns as host of this popular dating series where sexy and successful black men and women look for romance. And in a unique twist, Ready to Love shifts the power to eliminate potential suitors between the men and women, giving both genders the opportunity to decide who stays and who goes in this search for lasting love.

Saturday Night Live: “Phoebe Waller-Bridge/Taylor Swift”
NBC, 11:30pm Live

Phoebe Waller-Bridge, creator and star of the hit Amazon series Fleabag and writer/showrunner for Season 1 of BBC America’s Killing Eve, makes her SNL hosting debut. She’s joined by Taylor Swift, making her third appearance as musical guest and performing songs from her new album Lover.