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Tuesday, Oct. 22: Nationals at Astros in World Series Game 1 on FOX


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Tuesday, Oct. 22

MLB: World Series: Game 1
FOX, 8pm Live

FOX has exclusive coverage of the 115th World Series as the NL champion Washington Nationals will face the AL champion Houston Astros in Game 1 at Houston’s Minute Maid Park. Game 7, if necessary, is scheduled for Oct. 30.

NCIS: “Wide Awake”
CBS, 8pm

In the new episode “Wide Awake,” the NCIS team investigates a Marine (guest star Camryn Grimes) after evidence suggests she murdered her neighbor while being treated for insomnia by a hypnotherapist.

The Flash: “Dead Man Running”
The CW, 8pm

Knowing that Crisis is only weeks away, Barry (Grant Gustin) prepares a member of Team Flash for life without him while hunting a terrifying meta-human with an unquenchable thirst. Meanwhile, Ralph (Hartley Sawyer) uncovers a family secret.

NBA Basketball
TNT, beginning at 8pm Live

It’s opening night of the NBA regular season, and TNT tips off the celebration with a star-studded doubleheader. First up, the New Orleans Pelicans (without injured No. 1 draft pick Zion Williamson) are in Toronto to face the NBA champion Raptors. The second game is in Los Angeles, where LeBron James, Anthony Davis and the Lakers are “on the road” against Kawhi Leonard and the Clippers.

mixed-ish: “All She Wants to Do Is Dance”
ABC, 9pm

It’s time for the Johnson kids’ first school dance, but before Bow (Arica Himmel) can dance the night away, she’ll have to consider the social impact of her date choice. Johan (Ethan William Childress) finds an outfit for the dance and discovers his love of fashion, while Santamonica (Mykal-Michelle Harris) spends some time with Harrison (Gary Cole).

Arrow: “Welcome to Hong Kong”
The CW, 9pm

Oliver (Stephen Amell), John (David Ramsey), Laurel (Katie Cassidy Rogers) and Tatsu (guest star Rila Fukushima) seek out an important person within the Monitor’s (guest star LaMonica Garrett) plan. Connor (Joseph David Jones) has a heart-to-heart with his brother (guest star Charlie Barnett).

This Is Us: “Storybook Love”
NBC, 9pm

Rebecca (Mandy Moore) hosts a dinner party. Kevin (Justin Hartley) tries to support those around him. Randall (Sterling K. Brown) faces concerns about how his family is adjusting to their new home.

In a Man’s World: “Shital”
Bravo, 10pm
Season Finale!

Shital’s career accomplishments don’t mean much to her conservative, Indian American family. Shital’s struggle to please them has pushed their relationship to the breaking point, and she makes the radical decision to go undercover as a man and infiltrate a family holiday celebration. Will meeting the male version of their daughter open the Patels’ eyes to how they treat her?

NCIS: New Orleans: “Spies & Lies”
CBS, 10pm

A Navy officer (guest star Michael Ocampo) asks the New Orleans field office for help when he suspects his girlfriend is a spy in the new episode “Spies & Lies.”

Truth About Murder With Sunny Hostin
Investigation Discovery, 10pm
New Series!

Sunny Hostin, senior legal correspondent for ABC News, cohost of The View, a former federal prosecutor and current victims’ rights advocate, executive produces and hosts this true-crime docuseries. Hostin travels across America to explore the stories behind some of the most controversial homicides the nation has ever seen.

New Amsterdam: “The Karman Line”
NBC, 10pm

When Sharpe (Freema Agyeman) has a case that hits close to home, she and Max (Ryan Eggold) team up to make things right for the patient. Meanwhile, Iggy (Tyler Labine) and Bloom (Janet Montgomery) are forced to make a tough call on a unique situation.

The Misery Index
TBS, 10pm
New Series!

Contestants must place embarrassing moments on a scale from 1-100 called the Misery Index, developed by a panel of therapists. They are helped by members of the comedy group the Tenderloins (Impractical Jokers) with host Jameela Jamil (The Good Place).

Wednesday, Oct. 23

NBA Basketball
ESPN, beginning at 7:30pm Live

ESPN’s season-long coverage of the NBA tips off tonight with a doubleheader featuring the Boston Celtics at the Philadelphia 76ers, followed by the Denver Nuggets at the Portland Trail Blazers.

Riverdale: “Chapter Sixty: Dog Day Afternoon”
The CW, 8pm

Things take a dangerous turn when Betty (Lili Reinhart) and Charles (guest star Wyatt Nash) track down Edgar (guest star Chad Michael Murray) and his Farmies. Archie (KJ Apa) and Veronica (Camila Mendes) hold a car wash fundraiser at Pop’s to raise money for the community center. Elsewhere, Jughead’s (Cole Sprouse) first day at Stonewall Prep doesn’t go as planned.

Chicago Med: “Got a Friend in Me”
NBC, 8pm

Drs. Choi (Brian Tee) and Marcel (Dominic Rains) don’t see eye-to-eye over the treatment of a patient’s chronic pain, and rumors start to circulate about Maggie (Marlyne Barrett). 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.

NHL Hockey: Pittsburgh at Tampa Bay
NBCSN, 8pm Live

Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins hope to bottle up Steven Stamkos and the Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Fla., for NBCSN’s Wednesday Night Hockey.

Nature: “Okavango: River of Dreams: Paradise”
PBS, 8pm
New Miniseries!

Experience the wildlife of the Okavango Delta, an unlikely oasis and lush paradise in Southern Africa that connects and supports a wide array of creatures. Lions chase elephants, who chase hippos, who chase crocodiles. In the first of three episodes, Paradise, a lioness severely injured by a buffalo, is left for dead by her pride. Now handicapped, she has to survive in the swamp alone, hunting to feed her little cubs. F. Murray Abraham narrates.

The Oval
BET, 9pm
New Series!

This first of two new original dramas from Tyler Perry debuting tonight tells the story of a family placed in the White House by people of power, while also highlighting the personal side and everyday lives of the staff who run the inner workings of the nation’s most iconic residence.

The Real Housewives of Dallas: “Guess Who’s Coming to Happy Hour?”
Bravo, 9pm

A death in the family has Brandi hosting a funeral for a beloved Redmond, while Mama Dee refuses to help D’Andra with the failing family business. Kameron spins in circles when two of the ladies back out of her couples shower for LeeAnne. But Kameron sends everyone spinning when she crashes Kary’s girls night with other uninvited guests in tow.

Chicago Fire: “Buckle Up”
NBC, 9pm

Kidd (Miranda Rae Mayo) must prove herself at the National Firefighter Leadership Conference while the rest of Firehouse 51 is called to two eerily similar car wrecks. Mouch (Christian Stolte) tries to keep everyone in the firehouse informed by starting a newsletter, but things quickly get out of hand. Cruz (Joe Minoso) deals with a heartbreak.

BET, 10pm
New Series!

Tyler Perry is the writer, director and executive producer of this new hourlong drama that follows a group of single black women as they navigate their love lives, careers and friendships through the ups and downs of living in a modern world of social media and unrealistic relationship goals.

S.W.A.T.: “Immunity”
CBS, 10pm

In the new episode “Immunity,” Deacon’s (Jay Harrington) family gets caught in the crosshairs of a drug cartel when he and the SWAT team aim to bring down its leader.

Chicago P.D.: “Brother’s Keeper”
NBC, 10pm

A murder in a Bulgarian neighborhood results in a challenging investigation when locals won’t talk to police. Ruzek (Patrick John Flueger) has a clash with a patrol officer.

Life From Above
PBS, 10pm
New Series!

See new footage of the greatest, most beautiful and powerful movements on our planet. Cameras in space capture events like an elephant family’s struggle through drought, and thousands of Shaolin Kung Fu students performing in perfect synchronicity.

The Cry
SundanceTV, 11pm
New Series!

After launching in the U.K. to rave reviews and becoming the most-watched program in its time slot and the second biggest new drama of 2018, this powerful psychological thriller chronicles the collapse of a relationship between two young parents in the aftermath of a tragedy and explores the myths and truths of motherhood, marriage and postpartum depression.

Thursday, Oct. 24

Grey’s Anatomy: “Breathe Again”
ABC, 8pm

Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) has a court hearing after skipping out on community service, while Bailey (Chandra Wilson) and Jo (Camilla Luddington) have a patient that Jo realizes is from the treatment facility. Richard (James Pickens Jr.) and Gemma (Jasmine Guy) grab breakfast together and things go awry.

Young Sheldon: “A Pineapple and the Bosom of Male Friendship”
CBS, 8pm

After being released from the mental hospital, Dr. Sturgis (Wallace Shawn) unexpectedly breaks up with Meemaw (Annie Potts) in the new episode “A Pineapple and the Bosom of Male Friendship.”

NFL Football: Washington at Minnesota
FOX & NFL Network, 8pm Live

U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis is the site of this Week 8 Thursday Night Football matchup between the Washington Redskins and the Minnesota Vikings.

Horror Classics: The Undead
TCM, beginning at 8pm

Vampires, zombies and other ghouls lurk throughout tonight’s spooky movie lineup that begins with Horror of Dracula (1958) and includes The Gorgon (1964), Plague of the Zombies (1966), Night of the Living Dead (1968) and others.

NBA Basketball
TNT, beginning at 8pm Live

TNT’s NBA doubleheader has Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks in Houston to face James Harden and the Rockets, followed by Kawhi Leonard and the L.A. Clippers in San Francisco’s new Chase Center to run the floor with Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors.

Mixtape: “Todd Rundgren”
AXS TV, 8:30pm

Singer/songwriter/musician Todd Rundgren stops by.

The Unicorn: “No Small Parts”
CBS, 8:30pm

In the new episode “No Small Parts,” Wade (Walton Goggins) realizes that the teachers are giving Grace (Ruby Jay) special treatment when she gets the lead in the school musical.

Perfect Harmony: “It’s Electric”
NBC, 8:30pm

Arthur (Bradley Whitford) deals with Jean’s father, who attempts to take their family houseboat back. Reverend Jax (Rizwan Manji) hosts a “Singles Night” where Ginny (Anna Camp) and Dwayne (Geno Segers) finally address the elephant in their relationship.

A Million Little Things: “austin”
ABC, 9pm

Delilah (Stephanie Szostak) makes arrangements for a family photo shoot with longtime photographer Seymour (guest star Richard Kind), but Danny (Chance Hurstfield) struggles to accept that this new family does not include his father. Meanwhile, Rome (Romany Malco) and Regina (Christina Moses) make big plans to celebrate Rome’s parents’ 50th wedding anniversary and are forced to take a closer look at their own marital woes.

Legacies: “You Remind Me of Someone I Used to Know”
The CW, 9pm

As the Salvatore School prepares for its annual football game against Mystic Falls High, the latest monster to arrive in Mystic Falls sets its eyes on one of the students. Landon (Aria Shahghasemi) and Josie’s (Kaylee Bryant) relationship is put to the test when a player from the opposing team catches his eye.

Saudi Women’s Driving School
HBO, 9pm

In June 2018, women in Saudi Arabia were allowed to drive legally for the first time. The Saudi Women’s Driving School, in the capital city of Riyadh, caters exclusively to women, and this documentary follows Saudi women as they embrace a new way of life and the freedom of being behind the wheel.

The Good Place: “Employee of the Bearimy”
NBC, 9pm

Michael (Ted Danson) and Jason (Manny Jacinto) hatch a plan. Eleanor (Kristen Bell) learns firsthand the difficulties of running the neighborhood.

Will & Grace
NBC, 9:30pm
Season Premiere!

NBC bumped up the premiere date for Will & Grace‘s final season. The sitcom that made many inroads for LGBT representation on TV will conclude (again) after 11 seasons. After its initial run from 1998-2006, NBC revived it in 2017. “They say you can’t go home again, but we did,” executive producers Max Mutchnick, David Kohan and James Burrows said in a statement announcing that the upcoming season would be the last. “And now, three seasons and 52 episodes later, we’re even more proud of something we never thought we’d get a chance to do again. We have had a once-in-a-lifetime experience twice.” In the Season 10 finale, a canceled flight led to Jack (Sean Hayes) and Estefan (Brian Jordan Alvarez) getting married in the airport. Meanwhile, Will (Eric McCormack) proposed to McCoy (Matt Bomer), who accepted a job in London, and love was in the air for Grace (Debra Messing) and Marcus (Reid Scott).

Evil: “October 31”
CBS, 10pm

On Halloween night, Kristen (Katja Herbers) and David (Mike Colter) are at odds as they try to determine whether a case is supernatural demonic possession or severe mental disease in the new episode “October 31.”

Law & Order: SVU: “At Midnight in Manhattan”
NBC, 10pm

The detectives are spread thin when three major cases come in at midnight. Rollins (Kelli Giddish) and Carisi (Peter Scanavino) argue over an arrest.

Friday, Oct. 25

Dolemite Is My Name
Original Film!

Eddie Murphy stars as pioneering comedian Rudy Ray Moore in this biopic about the man who, among other things, created Dolemite, a defining movie of the “blaxploitation” era. Keegan-Michael Key, Da’Vine Joy Randolph and Wesley Snipes also star.

The Kominsky Method
Season Premiere!

Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin are back for Season 2 of Chuck Lorre’s comedy about two friends facing their later years in Los Angeles. This season, Sandy (Douglas) meets his daughter’s new boyfriend (guest star Paul Reiser), who is uncomfortably close to Sandy’s age. Meanwhile, Norman (Arkin) reconnects with an old flame (guest star Jane Seymour) after 50 years.

AMC, beginning at 6pm

We bet you didn’t know that there are six — that’s right, six! — films in the Leprechaun franchise that star Warwick Davis, and AMC is playing them all.

NBA Basketball
ESPN, beginning at 8pm Live

A pair of Western Conference contests are in store tonight on ESPN as the Dallas Mavericks visit the New Orleans Pelicans and the Utah Jazz are in Los Angeles to face the Lakers.

Sweet Mountain Christmas
Lifetime, 8pm
Original Film!

Country music star Laney Blu (Broadway and Patsy & Loretta star Megan Hilty) hasn’t been back to her Tennessee hometown in years, and when a quick pit stop home to see her family is elongated by a freak snowstorm, she’s stranded and is roped into taking part in a local Christmas concert. As Laney spends time in her hometown, she finds herself falling in love with the people, place and the town’s handsome snowplow driver (Marcus Rosner).

The Blacklist: “Kuwait”
NBC, 8pm

Cooper’s (Harry Lennix) moral compass is tested when an officer he served with as a young man, long presumed dead, resurfaces as a POW.

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

TCM’s monthlong salute to Godzilla concludes tonight with Godzilla vs. Megalon (1973), Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1975) and Terror of Mechagodzilla (1975). These are followed by a non-Godzilla Toho Studios monster mash called The War of the Gargantuas (1966).

Fresh Off the Boat: “Hal-Lou-Ween”
ABC, 8:30pm

It’s Halloween again, and with Eddie (Hudson Yang) getting closer to college (maybe), the Huang boys are determined to find a group costume they can all agree on. Meanwhile, Louis (Randall Park) decides this is the year he’ll finally show Jessica (Constance Wu) why his favorite spooky holiday is so great.

College Football: USC at Colorado
ESPN2, 9pm Live

A Pac-12 battle at Folsom Field in Boulder has the USC Trojans visiting the Colorado Buffaloes on ESPN2.

A Merry Christmas Match
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 9pm
Original Film!

Corey (Ashley Newbrough) works in her mom’s antique shop and puts on a Christmas pageant every year to honor her late father. When Ryder (Kyle Dean Massey) visits the store, Corey wonders if she should have left town to follow her dream of becoming a theater director.

American Masters: “Rothko: Pictures Must Be Miraculous”
PBS, 9pm
Explore the life of Mark Rothko, the celebrated artist whose luminous color-field paintings helped define the abstract expressionist movement, which shifted the art world epicenter from Paris to New York.

Blue Bloods: “The Price You Pay”
CBS, 10pm

Frank (Tom Selleck) works to vindicate a detective (guest star Mike Carlsen) accused of using excessive force in the new episode “The Price You Pay.”

Songwriting With Soldiers
PBS, 10pm

The organization SongwritingWith:Soldiers is a unique collaboration of professional artists working with veterans to tell their stories of war and the return home through song. This concert special celebrates music’s power to heal and bring diverse people together.

Saturday, Oct. 26

NHL Hockey
NBCSN, beginning at 7pm Live

The Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues visit the Boston Bruins in a rematch of the 2019 finals series. Then in an all-Canadian matchup, the Calgary Flames hit the road to take on the Winnipeg Jets.

Christmas Wishes & Mistletoe Kisses
Hallmark Channel, 8pm
Original Film!

Jill Wagner stars alongside Matthew Davis and Donna Mills as Abbey, a single mom who has given up on her career as a talented interior designer. When she is contracted by Grinch-like billionaire Nick Sinclair (Davis) to decorate his estate for a gala, she rediscovers her passion for her career and thaws Nick’s heart. “Matthew Davis is from The Vampire Diaries, and it’s his first Hallmark movie,” says Wagner. “I can’t wait to show him the ropes!”

The Road Home for Christmas
Lifetime, 8pm
Original Film!

When Lindsay (Marla Sokoloff) and Wes (Rob Mayes) — rival musicians in a dueling piano show — find themselves without a gig on Christmas Eve, they decide to drive together to their neighboring hometowns. As the road trip progresses, romantic high jinks ensue, including a flock of Santa conventioneers, a Nativity play in need of saving and a Nashville performance with music royalty (Marie Osmond).

Destination Fear
Travel Channel, 10pm
New Series!

Maverick paranormal explorer Dakota Laden takes his sister Chelsea and best friend Tanner across the country in an RV to spend the night in the most haunted locations in America. The goal: to face their deepest, darkest fears and prove that the only way we can understand the paranormal is if we push ourselves to the limits of fear and overcome the terror it creates in us.