ALSO SEE: NFL 2019 TV Schedule
All Times Eastern.
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 NL Central champion St. Louis Cardinals are at the NL East champion Atlanta Braves in the first game, followed by the wild-card-winning Washington Nationals at the NL West champion L.A. Dodgers.
Grey’s Anatomy: “Back in the Saddle”
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”
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.
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”
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”
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”
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”
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”
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 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”
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”
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”
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”
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
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
The edgy, adult animated comedy from Nick Kroll and Andrew Goldberg about the glorious nightmare of teenaged puberty returns for Season 3.
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.
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 & MLB Network, beginning at 2pm Live
FS1 and MLB Network split coverage of both best-of-five-game American League Division Series beginning today on FS1. The Tampa Bay Rays are at the AL West champion Houston Astros (FS1) and the AL Central champion Minnesota Twins are at the AL East champion N.Y. Yankees (MLB Network).
American Housewife: “Bed, Bath & Beyond Our Means”
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 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”
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”
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
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”
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
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.
Cooking Channel, 11pm
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Sunday, Oct. 6
Kids Say the Darndest Things: “You’re Famous, but You Ain’t All That”
The premiere episode’s first guests include a panel of future rock princesses that question host Tiffany Haddish’s friendship with one of their favorite musicians, two 6-year-olds discussing all the weird things grownups do and a musical prodigy that has Tiffany singing the blues. Later, Tiffany convinces some kids to film a commercial for her fake product, She Ready Dessert Ketchup.
The CW, 8pm
Ruby Rose stars as Kate Kane in The CW’s latest entry in its universe of DC Comics-inspired superhero series. Kate is Bruce Wayne’s cousin, and three years after Wayne (and his secret alter-ego Batman) mysteriously disappeared, the city of Gotham is overrun with criminal gangs. Can Kate overcome her own demons to become the new hero Gotham needs? An encore of the series premiere episode will air Tuesday, Oct. 8, at 9pm.
Alaska: The Last Frontier
Discovery Channel, 8pm
As the series that documents the lives of the Alaskan homesteading Kilcher family returns, a new generation must rise up like never before to take on new challenges and fresh opportunities to lead the Kilchers into the future.
The Simpsons: “Go Big or Go Homer”
Guest Star Alert!
When Homer is demoted to supervising interns, he inspires a go-getter millennial (voiced by guest star Michael Rappaport) to start his own business.
My Wife’s Secret Life
After a one-night stand, Laurel’s lover begins stalking her and devises a deadly scheme to destroy her life. Kate Villanova, Matthew MacCaull, Jason Cermak and Marnie Mahannah star.
FOX Nation: In Depth
FOX News Channel, 8pm
FOX Nation’s travel and lifestyle personality Abby Hornacek hosts this one-hour special that takes viewers behind the scenes of FOX Nation, spotlighting the streaming platform’s most popular shows and upcoming shows available. Additionally, the special will feature Hornacek’s interviews with a number of the service’s most prominent personalities, including Watters’ World’s Jesse Watters, FOX & Friends’ Steve Doocy and FNC contributor Newt Gingrich, each of whom will showcase their exclusive programs. As a part of the special, Hornacek will preview the upcoming inaugural Patriot Awards, taking place on Wednesday, Nov. 6 in St. Petersburg, Fla., which will honor and celebrate individuals across the nation for their service to the country.
The Walking Dead
Season 10 will be the last for Michonne, so we could see a heartbreaking end to her storyline as the Whisperers and Alpha continue to terrorize the communities. The question of what to do and the fear the Whisperers breed will infect the survivors and give rise to paranoia, propaganda, secret agendas and infighting that will test them as individuals and as a society. Joining the cast for this season are Thora Birch (American Beauty) as Gamma and Kevin Carroll (The Leftovers) as Virgil, a highly intelligent and resourceful man who is desperately trying to get home to his family.
NCIS: Los Angeles
Guest Star Alert!
The NCIS team splits up to handle multiple cases across the globe in the new episode “Decoy,” featuring guest star Bill Goldberg playing a U.S. Department of Justice agent.
Supergirl: “Event Horizon”
The CW, 9pm
Kara (Melissa Benoist) is surprised to find that CatCo has a new owner who has brought in a star reporter. New couples emerge and explore their budding relationships while J’onn J’onzz (David Harewood) receives an unexpected visitor.
MatchMaker Mysteries: A Killer Engagement
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 9pm
Danica McKellar stars as Angie Dove, host of a popular Philadelphia-based reality show dedicated to helping singles find their soulmates. Soon after one of her couples gets engaged on TV, the bride-to-be is murdered, and her fiancé is arrested as the prime suspect. Angie uses her matchmaking skills to evaluate the suspects and uncover the killer’s identity. Victor Webster and Bruce Boxleitner also star in this film produced by real-life matchmaker Patti Stanger.
The Rookie: “The Night General”
Nolan (Nathan Fillion) teams up with new night detective Pablo Armstrong (guest star Harold Perrineau) for a murder investigation case that results in an unexpected reunion with a former love interest (guest star Ali Larter).
Chris Hardwick returns with his weekly aftershow that takes viewers inside The Walking Dead with exclusive clips, peeks behind the scenes and interviews with cast, crew and celebrity super-fans of the apocalyptic horror series.
Madam Secretary will conclude with a 10-episode sixth season premiering tonight. In “Hail to the Chief,” there’s been a significant time jump from the Season 5 finale. Elizabeth (Téa Leoni) is president, and she must fend off a baseless investigation into her past that threatens to derail the first major legislation of her presidency. Stephen Colbert guest-stars as himself.
Star Wars Resistance
Disney Channel, 10pm
The Emmy-nominated series returns for its second and final season, which will take place during the events of The Last Jedi leading up to The Rise of Skywalker as Kaz (voiced by Christopher Sean), a young Resistance pilot who has been tasked with a top secret mission, and his team continue to fight against the First Order.
E! True Hollywood Story
The series that looks at the topics, headlines and people shaping pop culture returns. The season’s first episode, “NXIVM: Self Help or Sex Cult?,” looks at the recruitment of women into the organization and unlocks the secrets that led to the conviction of NXIVM founder Keith Raniere.
Season 3 opens with the episode “What to Do When You Land.” Miles Daly (Chris O’Dowd), newly released from prison, and with revenge on his mind, engages in a cat-and-mouse game with studio head Lawrence Budd (Steven Weber). Amara (Lidia Porto) and Rick (Ray Romano) flee to the Guatemalan jungle to escape the FBI.
Haunted Gingerbread Showdown
Food Network, 10pm
Host Clinton Kelly welcomes nine of the greatest gingerbread artists in the world to face off in creating gingerbread displays so spooky they will cause nightmares. Jamika Pessoa, Gesine Prado and Jason Smith determine who will advance to the finale to battle it out for $25,000 and a feature in Food Network Magazine.
Deadline: Crime With Tamron Hall: “Shot in the Dark”
Investigation Discovery, 10pm
Twenty-eight-year-old Army veteran and beloved father of three Joey Fulgham is shot dead in his bed in May 2003. With so many suspects — including Joey’s wife, her jealous boyfriend and even her protective teenage brother — police have a lot of ground to cover to find out who killed the man.
This ensemble drama, airing as part of PBS’ Masterpiece franchise, follows the staff of two rival newspapers — one a traditional broadsheet and the other a tabloid — as they try to out-scoop each other for British journalistic supremacy and attempt to balance work and play against the pressure of the 24-hour news cycle. The ensemble cast includes Charlotte Riley, Ben Chaplin, Priyanga Burford, David Suchet, Paapa Essiedu, Shane Zaza, Al Weaver and Brendan Cowell.
Witches of Salem
Travel Channel, 10pm
This four-part docudrama chronologically unravels the rapid descent of the infamous New England town that, in the 1600s, went from reports of possession by the devil to mass arrests, sensational trials and public hangings during an eight-month “satanic panic.”
USA Network, 10pm
The fourth and final season of the cyberthriller picks up where the Season 3 finale left off, delving into the pros and cons of Elliot (Rami Malek) having hit “send” on the email that could reverse 5/9. Christian Slater, Portia Doubleday, Carly Chaikin, Martin Wallström, Grace Gummer and BD Wong also star.
Monday, Oct. 7
The Neighborhood: “Welcome to the Fresh Coat”
In the new episode “Welcome to the Fresh Coat,” Dave volunteers to repaint the Butlers’ house, setting off a chain of events that affects both families.
All American: “Hussle & Motivate”
The CW, 8pm
After winning the state championship, Spencer James (Daniel Ezra) faces a difficult decision that could transform his reputation. Billy (Taye Diggs) realizes he needs to make some major changes to get his life back on track, while Grace (Karimah Westbrook) and Corey (Chad L. Coleman) have a tough conversation regarding their family.
NFL Football: Cleveland at San Francisco
ESPN, 8pm Live
Baker Mayfield and the Cleveland Browns head to the Bay Area to battle Jimmy Garoppolo and the San Francisco 49ers on ESPN’s Monday Night Football.
9-1-1: “The Searchers”
In the wake of a massive tsunami that hit the Santa Monica Pier, the crew of 118 race to save lives.
Private Lives of the Windsors
Smithsonian Channel, 8pm
This three-episode series reveals the scandals and secrets surrounding Queen Elizabeth II’s father, uncles and aunt — the first young royals ever to be thrust into the spotlight to win over public opinion as part of a royal rebrand.
The reality show cruises Thailand for the first time! Our pick for the luxury yacht crew member most likely to Thai one on: deckhand Tanner, who says his motto is “GVO” (good vibes only). Quippy chief stewardess Kate Chastain returns.
All Rise: “Sweet Bird of Truth”
The freshman legal drama continues with the new episode “Sweet Bird of Truth,” in which Lola (Simone Missick) immerses herself in the world of online gaming when she presides over her first trial concerning cybercrimes.
Black Lightning: “The Book of Occupation: Chapter One: Birth of Blackbird”
The CW, 9pm
We find Jefferson Pierce (Cress Williams) like never before, in the hands of the ASA with his wife Lynn (Christine Adams) as Agent Odell (guest star Bill Duke) tightens his grip on the Pierce family, leaving Jennifer (China Anne McClain) abandoned.
Street Outlaws: No Prep Kings
Discovery Channel, 9pm
Familiar faces and new alliances are on hand as the best street racers in the country head back to the track for an all-new season.
Retro Report on PBS
Journalist Celeste Headlee and artist Masud Olufani connect the present to the past with stories from the documentary news organization Retro Report, and New Yorker humorist Andy Borowitz adds his signature wit. In the first episode, topics include social media’s addictive power and how the NFL protests have ties to 1968. See how Wall Street women fought harassment and learn about a python invasion. Borowitz compares political ads to cigarettes.
The Good Doctor: “Claire”
House creator David Shore reels in Robert Sean Leonard to guest star on his latest show — as a sports fisherman who demands a huge marlin be detached from his thigh without damaging the prize catch. Dr. Claire Brown faces complications at home and work as she prepares to lead her first surgery.
Our Boys follows Simon (Shlomi Elkabetz), an Israeli terrorism investigator, as he investigates the murder of a Palestinian teen, which is believed to be a retaliation for the days-earlier kidnappings and murders of three Jewish teens by Hamas militants. It also examines how these horrific events of Summer 2014 affected both Jews and Arabs.
Bluff City Law: “25 Years to Life”
The fate of an innocent man is in the hands of Elijah (Jimmy Smits) and Jake (Barry Sloane). Meanwhile, Sydney (Caitlin McGee) and Anthony (Michael Luwoye) take a case brought to them by an old professor that may be more than it seems.
Diego lives away from his family, where he scrubs wax in a surf shop by day and stilt-walks the esplanade by night. He returns home after his grandmother, América, falls from her bed, leading to his father’s arrest for elder neglect.
New Yorkers and tourists alike have pined for a chance to test their knowledge and win money in the iconic Cash Cab. Now, they may get a chance, and this time with a Bravo twist. In this series reboot, the questions will include more for lovers of pop culture and even a few appearances from Bravo-lebrities.
Genndy Tartakovsky’s Primal
Adult Swim, 12am (late-night)
Acclaimed animator Genndy Tartakovsky (Samurai Jack) is back with this five-night animated event series. Relying solely on music and imagery, the story follows a caveman at the dawn of evolution as he forms an unlikely friendship with an almost-extinct dinosaur.
Tuesday, Oct. 8
The Conners: “The Preemie Monologues”
Harris (Emma Kenney) is forced to confront Darlene (Sara Gilbert) about her lifestyle, while Jackie (Laurie Metcalf) involves herself in other people’s problems to avoid confronting her own. Meanwhile, Becky (Lecy Goranson) is overwhelmed by the costs of raising a baby, so her family steps in to help.
2019 Hip Hop Awards
Cardi B leads the field with 10 nominations at this year’s installment of the ceremony that highlights the best in hip-hop music. DJ Khaled, Travis Scott and J. Cole each tied for the second-most nominations with eight nods apiece. Other notable nominees include Drake, Nipsey Hussle, Megan Thee Stallion and Rick Ross.
NCIS: “Going Mobile”
In the new episode “Going Mobile,” the body of a Marine is found hidden under an 18-wheeler, and the NCIS team tracks the vehicle’s previous locations to pinpoint the crime scene and suspect.
The Flash: “Into the Void”
The CW, 8pm
While Barry (Grant Gustin) and Iris (Candice Patton) deal with the heartbreaking loss of their daughter, Nora, the team faces their greatest threat yet — one that threatens to destroy all of Central City. Meanwhile, Killer Frost (Danielle Panabaker) has a brush with death that results in an unexpected new dynamic that will change her relationship with Caitlin forever.
NHL Hockey: San Jose at Nashville
NBCSN, 8pm Live
The San Jose Sharks head to Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena to face off against the Predators on NBCSN.
Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates Jr.
In the episode “Hollywood Royalty,” Henry Louis Gates Jr. helps actors Isabella Rossellini, Anjelica Huston and Mia Farrow unearth surprising new revelations about their family histories, taking them generations beyond their famous cinematic forebears.
FBI: “American Idol”
Sasha Alexander guest-stars as a leading presidential candidate who’s the target of a car bomb. When agents Bell (Missy Peregrym) and Zidan (Zeeko Zaki) investigate motives to prevent another attack, the question arises: Is it political, or because of something else in her background?
When Bow (Tracee Ellis Ross) learns that Diane (Marsai Martin) and Ruby (Jenifer Lewis) don’t believe in feminism, she brings Diane to meet the women in her feminist group. Meanwhile, Junior (Marcus Scribner) and Jack (Miles Brown) help Dre (Anthony Anderson) after he realizes he is out of touch with modern-day feminism.
Emergence: “MG CU BID”
Terry O’Quinn, best known as Lost’s John Locke, tonight joins another ABC thriller, Emergence, as Richard Kindred, the take-no-prisoners billionaire head of a tech holding company. He’ll be key to police chief Jo Evans’ (Allison Tolman) investigation into the identity of a mysterious little girl called Piper (Alexa Swinton). “He’s as intimidating as I can make him and unbending,” O’Quinn reveals.
NCIS: New Orleans: “Bad Apple”
Boss Pride (Scott Bakula) travels to the Big Bad Apple (the show shot on location in New York City), but it’s not to visit his daughter, Laurel (Shanley Caswell). New DNA evidence has linked a crime to a cold case he helped investigate at the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office.
Valley of the Damned: “Impossible Perpetrator”
Investigation Discovery, 10pm
When teen Candace Hiltz is shot and killed in Prison Valley, the police pursue her troubled brother James as a potential suspect. With no evidence against him, the case goes cold. Ten years later, things heat up when a cop’s storage unit is discovered to contain evidence in Candace’s murder.
New Amsterdam: “Replacement”
Max (Ryan Eggold) takes a chance on a new assistant and goes toe-to-toe with the board on a new plan. Meanwhile, Iggy (Tyler Labine) struggles to figure out what is causing a unit-wide illness, and Kapoor (Anupam Kher) receives some shocking news.
Wednesday, Oct. 9
Rhythm + Flow
Judges Cardi B, Chance the Rapper and T.I. search for the next breakout hip-hop star in this music competition series. New hourlong episodes of the 10-episode series will roll out each Wednesday, beginning with the auditions (Episodes 1-4), followed by cyphers, rap battles and music videos (Episodes 5-7), and samples, collaborations and the finale (Episodes 8-10).
NBCSN, beginning at 7:30pm Live
NBCSN’s Wednesday Night Hockey doubleheader has the New Jersey Devils at the Philadelphia Flyers, followed by the L.A. Kings at the Vancouver Canucks.
The Goldbergs: “Food in a Geoffy”
Making your way in the world today takes everything you’ve got — which Geoff Schwartz (Sam Lerner), boyfriend of Erica Goldberg (Hayley Orrantia), learns on tonight’s episode of the 1980s-set comedy. When his new food-delivery service misplaces a cheesesteak, he calls on Erica’s dad, Murray (Jeff Garlin), for help finding it. As they scour the town, they run into some familiar faces portraying their neighbors: Cheers alums Rhea Perlman, Kirstie Alley, George Wendt and John Ratzenberger guest-starring as part of ABC’s “Cast From the Past Week.”
Riverdale: “Chapter Fifty-Eight: In Memoriam”
The CW, 8pm
Season 4 opens with an emotional goodbye to Fred Andrews and the late Luke Perry. The Beverly Hills, 90210 icon’s longtime friend and former costar Shannen Doherty guest-stars.
College Football: Appalachian State at Louisiana
ESPN2, 8pm Live
Sun Belt Conference foes collide at Cajun Field in Lafayette as the Appalachian State Mountaineers visit the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns.
Chicago Med: “In the Valley of the Shadows”
Drs. Choi (Brian Tee) and Marcel (Dominic Rains) don’t see eye-to-eye over the treatment of a patient’s chronic pain. Meanwhile, rumors start to circulate about Maggie (Marlyne Barrett), and Dr. Manning (Torrey DeVitto) works to help a young boy, but her treatment suggestions are challenged by the parents, who believe in only using holistic remedies.
SEAL Team: “Ignore and Override”
The mission in Serbia continues in the new episode “Ignore and Override,” as Jason’s (David Boreanaz) past returns to haunt him and leaves him contemplating his future.
Chicago Fire: “Badlands”
Brett (Kara Killmer) and Foster (Annie Ilonzeh) question the suspicious circumstances surrounding a brutal attack at a juvenile detention center, which leaves them searching for the truth. A convoluted new technology installed inside Firehouse 51 tests everybody’s patience. Kidd (Miranda Rae Mayo) gets chosen to represent the district at a leadership conference.
Modern Family: “Perfect Pairs”
Isn’t it sweet how everyone wants to spend time with Haley and Dylan’s (Sarah Hyland and Reid Ewing) twins? Claire (Julie Bowen) needs them to network at Mommy and Me yoga and Luke (Nolan Gould) uses them to help buy wine when his fake ID doesn’t work. Awww.
The CW, 9pm
Literary heroine Nancy Drew gets a modern and spooky makeover in this dark drama. When the teen sleuth, played by Kennedy McMann, finds herself a suspect in the murder of a wealthy socialite, she and the four other suspects team up to clear their names and solve the crime. But the quintet discover that this slaying isn’t their coastal town’s only secret. Also stars Leah Lewis, Maddison Jaizani, Tunji Kasim, Alex Saxon and Scott Wolf.
Taken at Birth
This three-part series is a heart-wrenching journey of loss and reunion. Over 50 years ago, Thomas Hicks, a doctor from a small mining town in northern Georgia, illegally sold over 200 newborn babies out of the back of his clinic. For some he was a hero, for others the worst of evil as these babies’ real identities were completely erased. Searching for answers, hosts Chris Jacobs and Lisa Joyner turn to lead investigator Jane Blasio, a Hicks baby herself, who has dedicated her life to learning the truth. Together they unravel a decades-old mystery, reunite stolen babies with their birth families and, ultimately, help others find closure, acceptance and truth.
Single Parents: “Derek Sucks”
Angie (Leighton Meester) is sent into a tailspin when her long-absent ex Derek (guest star Adam Brody, Meester’s real-life husband) suddenly appears on her doorstep. She asks Will (Taran Killam) and Miggy (Jake Choi) for help because, despite his faults, she can’t resist Derek. Meanwhile, Douglas (Brad Garrett) and Poppy (Kimrie Lewis) try for a romantic second date.
Stumptown: “Rip City Dicks”
Dex, a determined loner, tries out a new partner — grizzled detective Artie Banks (Donal Logue) — she hopes will become a mentor.
S.W.A.T.: “Bad Faith”
In the new episode “Bad Faith,” Lt. Lynch (Amy Farrington) disrupts the SWAT team’s focus when the mayor tasks her with enacting a departmental review of the squad right as they pursue the unstable and dangerous fugitive leader of an infamous doomsday cult.
Chicago P.D.: “Familia”
After a botched carjacking turns out to be something much bigger, Voight’s (Jason Beghe) unit goes toe-to-toe with a smart drug kingpin who only works with women. New recruit Vanessa Rojas (Lisseth Chavez) struggles with the transition from undercover to intelligence, but the new case gives her a chance to play to her strengths.
Thursday, Oct. 10
The Price Is Right
Come on down! TV’s longest-running game show — with more than 65,000 contestants and $250 million-plus awarded in cash and prizes since Bob Barker debuted as host in 1972 — airs its 9,000th episode! Current host Drew Carey celebrates by bestowing a bonus $9,000 on every player who wins a pricing game; anyone who spins $1 on the Big Wheel pockets $9,000, too.
Grey’s Anatomy: “Reunited”
With new restrictions, Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) tiptoes the line of protocol as she helps Jo (Camilla Luddington) with a difficult procedure from afar. Koracick (Greg Germann) makes things challenging for Owen (Kevin McKidd) at Grey Sloan. Meanwhile, a patient at the hospital is brain-dead after falling into a construction site, and her two sisters must decide whether or not to keep her alive.
Young Sheldon: “An Entrepreneurialist and a Swat on the Bottom”
Sheldon (Iain Armitage) takes matters into his own hands when Meemaw (Annie Potts) refuses to drive him to a lecture with Dr. Linkletter (Ed Begley Jr.) in the new episode “An Entrepreneurialist and a Swat on the Bottom.”
Supernatural: “Back and to the Future”
The CW, 8pm
The beloved horror show opens its final season in Winchester style — with demon hunters Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) in the midst of an apocalypse after an angry God (Rob Benedict) opened the gates of Hell, releasing all the fiends.
NFL Football: N.Y Giants at New England
FOX & NFL Network, 8pm Live
The N.Y. Giants head into Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., to meet with old foes Tom Brady and the New England Patriots on Thursday Night Football.
Superstore: “Forced Hire”
When Amy (America Ferrera) hires Dina’s (Lauren Ash) nemesis Colleen (guest star Heidi Gardner), Dina blackmails Garrett (Colton Dunn) into making Colleen’s life a living hell. Jonah (Ben Feldman) is forced to befriend Marcus (Jon Barinholtz) in order to unionize the warehouse guys.
Horror Classics: Black Magic
TCM, beginning at 8pm
Tonight’s spooky movie lineup is themed around practitioners of the dark arts. The evening begins with 1934’s The Black Cat and also includes Curse of the Demon (1958), The Seventh Victim (1943), The Devil’s Bride (1968) and more.
Perfect Harmony: “No Time for Losers”
Arthur (Bradley Whitford) helps Ginny (Anna Camp) conquer stage fright. Meanwhile, Reverend Jax (Rizwan Manji) is caught in the rift between Wayne (Will Greenberg) and Dwayne (Geno Segers).
The Unicorn: “Widow’s Group”
Wade (Walton Goggins) reluctantly joins a support group for partners who’ve lost a spouse in the new episode “Widow’s Group.”
A Million Little Things: “mixed signals”
On the verge of becoming a filmmaker, Rome (Romany Malco) takes a meeting with an old producer friend, which causes him to feel torn about the creative changes he suggests for his script. Meanwhile, Gary (James Roday) steps in to help Danny (Chance Hurstfield) prepare to audition for his school play while Delilah (Stephanie Szostak), craving some adult time, agrees to go to dinner with Andrew (James Tupper).
Mom: “Goat Yogurt and Ample Parking”
Criminal Minds’ Paget Brewster guest-stars in a role very unlike her levelheaded Special Agent Prentiss. As Christy’s (Anna Faris) new boss at the law firm, she’s a demanding yeller! Plus: Bonnie (Allison Janney) may keep her born-with-it last name, Plunkett, instead of taking that of new hubby Adam Janikowski (William Fichtner).
Legacies: “I’ll Never Give Up Hope”
The CW, 9pm
After discovering that there may be a way out of Malivore, Hope (Danielle Rose Russell) becomes more determined than ever to find her way back to Mystic Falls. Alaric (Matthew Davis), who is still reeling after being voted out as headmaster by the honor council, continues looking into the mysterious night Malivore was destroyed.
Torn Apart: Separated at the Border
This documentary from Academy Award-winning filmmaker Ellen Goosenberg Kent (Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1), follows two mothers who were separated from their children at the U.S. border and are desperate to reunite with them. The film tracks both women as they attempt to find their children after months apart and await their asylum claims to be processed.
Carol’s Second Act: “The Zebra”
In the new episode “The Zebra,” Carol’s (Patricia Heaton) standard, run-of-the-mill case turns out to be something more than it seems.
Evil: “3 Stars”
The team investigates the case of a high-strung theater producer who is believed to be demonic in the new episode “3 Stars.”
Law & Order: SVU: “Down Low in Hell’s Kitchen”
A serial predator targeting men in gay bars proves difficult to catch, until a celebrity comes forward with his story.
USA Network, 10pm
Four couples at relationship crossroads travel to Maui where they will explore the single life alongside two dozen sexy singletons. “Being single again is not about who’s going to cheat and who’s not going to cheat,” says series host Mark L. Walberg. “It’s more about, ‘I forgot who I am.’ And on Temptation Island, they’re forced to work on themselves and their issues because they can’t control the other side.”
Friday, Oct. 11
El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie
Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan wrote and directed this thriller that reunites fans of the former, beloved AMC drama with Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul). In the wake of his dramatic escape from captivity, Jesse must come to terms with his past in order to forge some kind of future. Charles Baker also stars, reprising his role as Skinny Pete.
My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: “A Decade of Pony”
Discovery Family Channel, 5pm
Take a look behind the scenes at the pony-rific animated series that inspired and delighted adults and children alike. The creators, animators and voice actors behind My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic share their favorite memories from the past nine seasons and invite viewers into the recording studio to witness the magic that goes into making an episode.
Hawaii Five-0: “E Uhi Ana Ka Wa I Hala I Na Mea I Hala (Passing Time Obscures the Past)”
In the new episode “E Uhi Ana Ka Wa I Hala I Na Mea I Hala (Passing Time Obscures the Past),”
Five-0 investigates when a plane that mysteriously crashed into the Pacific in the ’80s is found, but with a recently murdered scuba diver inside.
Charmed: “Safe Space”
The CW, 8pm
Following the devastating loss of the Elders, Mel (Melonie Diaz), Maggie (Sarah Jeffery) and Macy (Madeleine Mantock) take over their duties. Maggie takes time to celebrate her birthday with a big bash, but Mel finds herself too preoccupied with their new responsibilities to join in the fun. As the girls clean up the following morning, Macy shocks her sisters with an announcement.
The Blacklist: “Louis T. Steinhil: Conclusion”
Liz (Megan Boone), Dembe (Hisham Tawfiq) and the task force continue to search for Red (James Spader). Red attempts to escape his abductors with help from a surprise ally, but discovers he is not Katarina Rostova’s (Laila Robins) only target in her hunt for information.
MLB Playoffs: NL Championship Series: Game 1
TBS, 8pm Live
TBS airs the best-of-seven National League Championship Series beginning with Game 1 tonight. The NL champion advances to the World Series beginning Oct. 22 on FOX.
Monster of the Month: Godzilla
TCM, beginning at 8pm
Tonight’s lineup of original Godzilla classics from Japan’s Toho Studios includes Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (1964), Invasion of Astro-Monster (1965), Ebirah, Horror of the Deep (1966), Son of Godzilla (1967) and Destroy All Monsters (1969).
Fresh Off the Boat: “Grandma’s Boys”
Ken Jeong returns as Gene, Louis’ (Randall Park) scheming brother, to help their jobless, mahjong-playing, TV-addicted mother, Jenny (Lucille Soong), celebrate her latest inspired life decision — retirement.
Dynasty: “Guilt Trip to Alaska”
The CW, 9pm
On the eve of the Carrington Foundation Fundraiser, drama immediately floods the scene as bodies are pulled from the lake on the Carrington estate. As reporters and detectives move in, Blake (Grant Show), Fallon (Elizabeth Gillies), Cristal (Daniella Alonso), Adam (Sam Underwood) and Anders (Alan Dale) realize they need to get their stories straight very quickly.
Discovery Channel, 9pm
Big bucks or bankruptcy? Fortunes flip for the scrappy Yukon miners in Season 10 of Discovery’s most popular show, Gold Rush. Established miner Tony Beets fails to obtain a water license and must abandon the Indian River claim where he’s invested millions. Beets goes to Paradise Hill, where he started out 30 years ago. When his kids stake their own claims, youngest Mike surprises everyone by besting siblings Kevin and Monica, spurring a rivalry. Adventurous Rick Ness opts to relocate to Keno City, site of legendary monster nuggets.
Gabby Duran & the Unsittables
Disney Channel, 9pm
Thirteen-year-old Gabby Duran (YouTube star Kylie Cantrall) inadvertently lands a job babysitting an unruly group of VIP extraterrestrial children disguised as everyday kids. Gabby is resourceful and courageous and steps up to the challenge to protect these youngsters and their secret identities, while proving she’s the best babysitter in the galaxy.
Taken at Birth
TLC’s three-part series ends tonight, concluding the stories of the Hicks babies. Over 50 years ago, Thomas Hicks, a doctor from a small mining town in northern Georgia, illegally sold over 200 newborn babies out of the back of his clinic. Hosts Chris Jacobs and Lisa Joyner worked with lead investigator Jane Blasio, a Hicks baby herself, to help reunite stolen babies with their birth families and, ultimately, help them find closure, acceptance and truth.
Blue Bloods: “Behind the Smile”
Police commissioner Frank’s (Tom Selleck) former friendship with a now-dead socialite proves difficult when her son threatens to reveal who she really was. In the ranks, the PC’s daughter-in-law, Eddie (Vanessa Ray) — who no longer reports to sergeant husband Jamie (Will Estes) — bumps heads with a tough new boss, Sgt. McNichols (Stephanie Kurtzuba).
The Hispanic Heritage Awards
Join the country’s highest tribute to Latinos by Latinos. The program includes award presentations, performances and appearances by celebrated Hispanic artists.
Travel Channel, 10pm
Jason Hawes, Steve Gonsalves and Dave Tango — who largely started the current trend of paranormal investigation shows on TV with their former Syfy series Ghost Hunters — are back for new adventures. This time, these pioneers of the genre respond to urgent calls from fellow paranormal investigators nationwide who have reached a dead end with vexing personal cases.
Marriage Boot Camp: Family Edition
WE tv, 10pm
This season, pop star Aaron Carter and his mother Jane come face-to-face in the most dramatic momager and son reunion ever. Just off the heels of a public divorce, The Real Housewives of Orange County’s Alexis Bellino and her also-divorced mother Penelope suffer from years of pent-up resentment. And, in a last-ditch effort to save his brotherly bond, notorious child actor Corey Feldman enters with his brother Eden and his wife Courtney.
Cooking Channel, 11pm
You know Halloween is approaching when the Cooking Channel starts serving up twisted competitions like this new gem, which tasks this week’s trio of bakers with creating a snake-themed confection. Fingers crossed one of them gets (sorry) rattled!
Travel Channel, 11pm
Many small communities across America are gripped with tales of horror, mystery and intrigue that have lingered over these towns for centuries. This series delves into these quiet locales to examine what is behind these stories and myths of small-town America, from the Pigman of Angola in New York to the hauntings of circus town Baraboo, Wis., and more.
Saturday, Oct. 12
FOX & NBC, beginning at 12pm Live
The Texas Longhorns take on the Oklahoma Sooners in the Red River Showdown today at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas on FOX. Later tonight on NBC, the USC Trojans visit the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in a rivalry battle for the Jeweled Shillelagh trophy.
Freeform, beginning at 6pm
You might lose your voice after watching three scream-inducing movies in this horror franchise from director Wes Craven: Scream (1996), Scream 2 (1997) and Scream 3 (2000).
My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic
Discovery Family Channel, 8pm
After nine years and 221 magical episodes, My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic comes to an end with a 90-minute finale where a villainous alliance unleashes their unified might on Equestria, and it’s up to the Mane Six to save the kingdom. Then, years later, Princess Twilight is visited by a student with a friendship problem. As she attempts to solve it, she looks back on the times she and the Mane Six spent together.
MLB Playoffs: League Championship Series
FOX & TBS, beginning at 8pm Live
The American League’s two remaining playoff contenders meet tonight in Game 1 of the best-of-seven AL Championship Series. FS1 and FOX split coverage of the series. Game 2 of the National League Championship Series is on TBS.
The College Admissions Scandal
The College Admissions Scandal follows Caroline (Penelope Ann Miller) and Bethany (Mia Kirshner), two wealthy and successful mothers who are obsessed with getting their teens into elite colleges. When charismatic college admissions consultant Rick Singer (Michael Shanks) offers a side door into the institutions of their dreams, they partake with visions of coveted acceptance letters in their heads. But when Singer cooperates with the FBI and pleads guilty, the mothers must face the consequences of their crimes.
Love, Fall & Order
Hallmark Channel, 9pm
When Claire (Erin Cahill) goes home to save her dad’s annual Fall Fest on her family’s pumpkin farm, sparks fly with an old rival — the opposing lawyer (Trevor Donovan) she now faces in court. Gregory Harrison also stars.
The Banana Splits Movie
Leave it to Syfy to reimagine the beloved late ’60s/early ’70s Hanna-Barbera live-action/animated kids’ series The Banana Splits as a horror film. Although, when recalling how creepy the show’s costumed hosts — Fleegle, Drooper, Snorky and Bingo — looked, perhaps it makes perfect sense.
Beyond the Headlines: The College Admissions Scandal With Gretchen Carlson
Gretchen Carlson explores the remarkable story of privilege and greed behind the recent college admissions scandal. After Carlson examines the headlines, a family shares their personal encounter with Rick Singer; a former Ivy League dean of admissions sheds light on the high-stakes admissions process; and Carlson speaks with a mother who has filed a $500 billion class action lawsuit against those accused in the scandal.
Saturday Night Live: “David Harbour/Camila Cabello”
NBC, 11:30pm Live
Stranger Things star David Harbour makes his SNL hosting debut, and he is joined by Camila Cabello, making her own debut as musical guest.