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Wednesday, Oct. 2

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. Emily Osment and Megalyn Echikunwoke also star.

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.

Feherty Live: “Countdown to the Ryder Cup”
Golf Channel, 9pm

Marking one year before the 2020 Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits, host (and 1991 Ryder Cup participant) David Feherty talks with Team USA captain Steve Stricker and Team Europe captain Padraig Harrington to discuss the upcoming tournament in a lively conversation at the Weill Center for the Performing Arts in Sheboygan, Wis. The show additionally will include a feature on Whistling Straits as a Ryder Cup venue, provide a “tale of the tape” comparison of the two respective team captains, and offer a look at the shifting balance of power in the biennial international competition.

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.

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.