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Thursday, Sept. 30
The firefighters serving Seattle return for Season 5, which is almost guaranteed to be full of twists and breathtaking rescues in a crossover premiere with Grey’s Anatomy. Several relationships are sorely tested in the aftermath of Sullivan’s (Boris Kodjoe) actions at Maya and Carina’s (Danielle Savre, Stefania Spampinato) wedding, which strained his own marriage to Andy (Jaina Lee Ortiz). Meanwhile, Dean (Okieriete Onaodowan) comes to terms with how he feels about Vic (Barrett Doss), as Travis (Jay Hayden) rekindles an old flame. Elsewhere, some reckless behavior by attendees at the annual Phoenix Festival challenges the teams at Station 19 and Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital.
After a finale full of weddings — Maggie (Kelly McCreary) and Winston (Anthony Hill) — proposals and even a successful adoption for Jo (Camilla Luddington), Season 18 promises to deliver all of the drama we expect from the series. Continuing a storyline introduced on sister show Station 19, the longest-running American primetime medical drama series opens its season with “Here Comes the Sun.” After a season that saw several characters from the show’s past resurface as visions in then-patient Meredith’s (Ellen Pompeo) mind, two more return “for real” in these new episodes. Abigail Spencer is back in this premiere as Dr. Megan Hunt, while Kate Walsh will reappear at some point as Dr. Addison Montgomery. Kate Burton also returns in her role as Meredith’s late mom, Dr. Ellis Grey.
— Grey's Anatomy (@GreysABC) September 20, 2021
The Problem With Jon Stewart
This new current affairs series from acclaimed host, writer, producer, director and advocate Jon Stewart takes a deep dive on the issues affecting us most. The program is a multiple-season, single-issue series with Stewart in discussion with the people who are impacted by the issue — as well as those who have a hand in creating the impact. Together, they will explore tangible steps that can lead to solutions and a path forward.
The Not-Too-Late Show With Elmo
Sesame Street’s Elmo is back for Season 2 of his talk show.
The Way Down
This five-part documentary series explores the Tennessee-based Remnant Fellowship Church and its charismatic leader Gwen Shamblin Lara, author and founder of the Christian weight loss program The Weigh Down Workshop. The series explores Lara’s rise to fame and power as a diet guru and church leader, revealing the truth behind her carefully curated image and detailing the controversial practices of the church, including stories of abuse and exploitation as told by former members and others who were personally impacted. The first three episodes are available today.
This animated spinoff of The Flintstones primarily follows the lives of a grown-up Pebbles Flintstone (voice of Jessica DiCicco) and Bamm-Bamm Rubble (Ely Henry), who are joined by pet dinosaur Dino (Eric Bauza) on adventures. Fred (Jeff Bergman), Wilma (Tress MacNeille), Barney (Kevin Michael Richardson), Betty (Grey Griffin), the Great Gazoo (Bauza) and even Captain Caveman (Tom Megalis) will also be on hand.
Unidentified With Demi Lovato
This immersive, four-part docuseries follows singer/actress Demi Lovato, skeptical best friend Matthew and sister Dallas as they search for the truth about UFOs. While consulting with leading experts, the trio investigate recent eyewitness encounters, uncover secret government reports and conduct tests at known UFO hotspots. As a true believer, Lovato hopes to convince friends, family, and social fans and followers that not only do extraterrestrials exist, but also that they are already on Earth. All episodes are available today.
This is the North American streaming premiere of the New Zealand comedy about two millennial sisters in a small town who inherit a funeral home from their grandfather. Unsure what to do with it — or the oddball staff that keeps the place running — the women are thrust into a world of embalming, emceeing and embarrassment. By staring death in the face every day, the sisters begin to confront the realities of their own lives, and what they want to make of them. The series makes it North American linear channel debut Oct. 4 on IFC.
Deborah Kerr 100th Birthday
TCM, beginning at 6am
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Famed British actress Deborah Jane Trimmer, better known as Deborah Kerr, would have turned 100 today (she was born in Glasgow Sept. 30, 1921; she died at age 86 on Oct. 16, 2007). Although nominated six times for the Best Actress Oscar throughout her career, Kerr never won, and she holds the record for most nominations in the category without a win. Despite not winning any hardware from the Academy, Kerr still gave indelible performances, and you can watch several of them all day today on Turner Classic Movies as the network remembers the actress on her special day. The full lineup, in order, features: The Hucksters (1947), I See a Dark Stranger (1946), Marriage on the Rocks (1965), Dream Wife (1953), The Innocents (1961), Tea and Sympathy (1956), Black Narcissus (1947), An Affair to Remember (1957), The Grass Is Greener (1960), From Here to Eternity (1953, Best Actress Oscar nominee) and Quo Vadis (1951).
College Football: Virginia at Miami
ESPN, 7:30pm Live
A Thursday primetime clash in the ACC has the Virginia Cavaliers in South Florida to face the Miami Hurricanes.
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: “I Thought You Were on My Side”
In this crossover episode with Law & Order: Organized Crime, Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and Rollins (Kelli Giddish) must contend with the FBI and the Organized Crime bureau when a rape victim identifies a dangerous mobster as her assailant. Christopher Meloni and Danielle Moné Truitt guest star.
NFL Football: Jacksonville at Cincinnati
NFL Network, 8:20pm Live
Rookie quarterback Trevor Lawrence leads the Jacksonville Jaguars into Cincinnati’s Paul Brown Stadium for a Thursday Night Football matchup against Joe Burrow and the Bengals.
“The Price Is Right” Celebrates 50 Years
This special primetime celebration of The Price Is Right’s 50th season features a look back at the biggest winners, never-before-seen outtakes and a salute to former host Bob Barker. Plus, contestants will come on down to play iconic pricing games for extravagant luxury cars and big cash prizes.
The Outpost: “The Betrayer”
The CW, 9pm
Talon (Jessica Green) and Luna (Maeve Courtier-Lilley) return to the Outpost with a dubious ally. Garret (Jake Stormoen) and Zed (Reece Ritchie) attempt to make a descent on the Outpost. Meanwhile, Janzo (Anand Desai-Barochia) and Wren (Izuka Hoyle) devise a plan to save the Kahvi, and Talon learns about Aster’s (guest star Gerrard Miller) true plan.
Flipping 101 With Tarek El Moussa
A couple who has been flipping for 13 years is still struggling to make enough money to support their four kids. After discovering that their new property shares a driveway with a laundromat, Tarek El Moussa must teach them to look at flipping in a whole new way.
Law & Order: Organized Crime: “New World Order”/“The Outlaw Eddie Wagner”
In a two-episode installment, Stabler’s (Christopher Meloni) loyalty is put to the test at work, and again at home when his mother (guest star Ellen Burstyn) unexpectedly shows up. Meanwhile, as Jet (Ainsley Seiger) steps into the field to secure necessary intel for the team, Bell (Danielle Moné Truitt) considers a proposition from Congressman Kilbride (guest star Ron Cephas Jones), and Stabler and Benson (guest star Mariska Hargitay) air some long-standing grievances.
Will Jenny (Katheryn Winnick) survive being shot? And what’s up with the mysterious syndicate? Season 2 should bring answers to all of fans’ questions.
What We Do in the Shadows: “The Escape”
The saga of Staten Island vampires Nandor (Kayvan Novak), Nadja (Natasia Demetriou), Laszlo (Matt Berry) and Colin Robinson (Mark Proksch) continues in the new episode “The Escape.”
Friday, Oct. 1
All or Nothing: Toronto Maple Leafs
Amazon Prime Video
This latest installment of the All or Nothing sports documentary franchise offers an inside view of the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs, including on-the-ice action and unparalleled behind-the-scenes access to the 2020-21 season, during which the Leafs competed in the first all-Canadian division in NHL history.
My Name Is Pauli Murray
Amazon Prime Video
Fifteen years before Rosa Parks refused to surrender her bus seat, and a full decade before the U.S. Supreme Court overturned separate-but-equal legislation, Pauli Murray was already knee-deep fighting for social justice. A pioneering attorney, activist, priest and memoirist, Murray shaped landmark litigation — and consciousness — around race and gender equity, and both her personal path and her tireless advocacy foreshadowed some of the most politically consequential issues of our time. Told largely in Pauli’s own words, this documentary film is a candid recounting of her extraordinary journey.
Welcome to the Blumhouse
Amazon Prime Video
This anthology series of original thriller/horror films from Blumhouse Productions (Paranormal Activity and The Purge franchises) returns for a second season of four films, with two films premiering the first two Fridays in October. Films available today are Bingo Hell and Black as Night; titles available on Oct. 8 are Madres and The Manor.
Creator/producer/writer/star Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s new drama concludes its first season.
Ghost Adventures: Goldfield Hotel
In this two-hour special, the Ghost Adventures crew is headed back to Goldfield, Nevada, to settle once and for all a mysterious evil feud that’s been cast over this town. In a highly personal and emotionally charged investigation, Zak Bagans, Aaron Goodwin, Billy Tolley and Jay Wasley revisit the haunted town where their journey began — and venture back inside the infamous Goldfield Hotel, a landmark with a bloodied past.
In With the Old
Designers, builders and old-home enthusiasts in small towns and big cities across America reimagine and transform abandoned structures by preserving their historical integrity while giving them new purpose.
LEGO Star Wars Terrifying Tales
This frightfully fun LEGO Star Wars animated Halloween adventure takes place at Darth Vader’s castle on Mustafar, where Vader’s servant, Vaneé (voice of Tony Hale), shares three creepy stories linked to ancient artifacts and iconic villains from all eras of the galaxy’s history. The voice cast also includes Jake Green as Poe Dameron, Raphael Alejandro as Dean, Dana Snyder as Graballa the Hutt, Christian Slater as Ren, Trevor Devall as Emperor Palpatine, Mary Elizabeth McGlynn as NI-L8 and Matt Sloan as Darth Vader.
The Many Saints of Newark
Feature Film Exclusive!
The highly anticipated prequel story of HBO’s landmark crime drama The Sopranos finally makes its debut on both HBO Max and in theaters. Michael Gandolfini steps into his father’s (the late James Gandolfini) role as a young Anthony, who is navigating the streets and mobsters of New Jersey. Vera Farmiga stars as Livia Soprano. Other cast members include Ray Liotta, Alessandro Nivola, Leslie Odom Jr., Jon Bernthal, Corey Stoll, Billy Magnussen, Joey Diaz and Nick Vallelonga. Streams for 31 days from its theatrical release today.
Diana: The Musical
This live stage recording of a musical about Diana, Princess of Wales, premieres on Netflix ahead of its Broadway debut later this year (a few preview performances had taken place before the Great White Way closed down due to the pandemic, and previews will resume on Broadway starting Nov. 2). The musical has book and lyrics by Joe DiPietro, and music and lyrics by David Bryan, both of whom won Tony awards for Memphis.
In this first Dutch Netflix film, a rising rap superstar spirals out when a humiliating video goes viral and pushes him into a battle for redemption over the course of one long night.
Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) directed this thriller that takes place over the course of a single morning in a 911 dispatch call center. Operator Joe Baylor (Jake Gyllenhaal) tries to save a caller in grave danger — but he soon discovers that nothing is as it seems, and facing the truth is the only way out.
Inspired by the New York Times bestselling memoir Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive by Stephanie Land, this comedy/drama follows the story of Alex (Margaret Qualley), a single mother who turns to housecleaning to — barely — make ends meet as she escapes an abusive relationship and overcomes homelessness to create a better life for her daughter, Maddy. The series features Margot Robbie as an executive producer, and also stars Nick Robinson, Anika Noni Rose, Andie MacDowell, Tracy Vilar and Billy Burke.
Celebrity chef Paik Jong-won shares Korean tradition, culture, food and liquor with famous guests who open up about life, people — and whatever the alcohol leads them to talk about next.
In this spooky but family-friendly series, Willa Ward turns 12 and inherits a beautiful charm necklace that belonged to her mother, who was a witch. Willa soon learns that two bad witches, Wilma and Wanda, are after her locket so they can have ultimate power. Willa and her friends Scout and Lily turn into cats to escape, and they must learn to use the necklace and her witch powers to defeat the bad witches and save their town.
Netflix is now the streaming master of the Seinfeld domain, having picked up all 180 episodes of the classic 1989-98 sitcom in a five-year deal made in 2019. The series had streamed on Hulu until June of this year. The entire Emmy-winning series, which stars Jerry Seinfeld, Jason Alexander, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Michael Richards, is available starting today.
Nigerian actor/filmmaker Kunle Afolayan directed this dramatic thriller set amid the burgeoning drug-trafficking trade of 1980s Lagos. It follows the story of a naive secretary (Niyola) who, after a series of career setbacks, considers a drug-trafficking offer from her roommate (Ijeoma Grace Agu).
TCM Morning & Afternoon Movies: “Pre-Code Horror”
TCM, beginning at 6am
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Welcome to October, the month that is best suited for fans of spooky movies as the days lead up to Halloween. Turner Classic Movies will certainly be doing its part with a number of great horror movies airing throughout October, and things kick off today with a morning and afternoon lineup of scary titles that were made in the years before Hollywood’s Motion Picture Production Code took effect in 1934. Lasting until 1968, this code featured guidelines for the self-censorship of film content from major studios, but that did not apply to the films airing on TCM today, which had the freedom to feature some scenes and themes that likely would have been altered under the code — if the movies were allowed to be released at all. The Pre-Code Horror lineup starts with the iconic 1933 monster movie King Kong, and continues with The Most Dangerous Game (1932); The Vampire Bat (1933); the German crime thriller The Testament of Dr. Mabuse (1933), from cowriter/director Fritz Lang; White Zombie (1932), headlined by Bela Lugosi; Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931), starring Best Actor Oscar winner Fredric March in both title roles; The Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933); and Doctor X (1932). The lineup concludes with Tod Browning’s infamous Freaks (1932), which has proven to be shocking or offensive to audiences before, during and after the Code — it was banned in the U.K. for 30 years, for example — given that its title characters are portrayed by actual sideshow performers with disabilities. But that title notwithstanding, these characters are generally treated sympathetically, and after decades of reappraisals, Freaks stands as a recognized horror classic and has been included in the National Film Registry. — Jeff Pfeiffer
The Most Magical Story on Earth: 50 Years of Walt Disney World
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World Resort, ABC takes viewers on a historical journey spanning half a century and beyond at Walt Disney World in Florida. The two-hour special is filled with musical performances and interviews with iconic actors, athletes who share their favorite memories of Walt Disney World, along with Disney Imagineers who share behind-the-scenes details.
In the Season 5 premiere episode “Vagabundo,” Hondo (Shemar Moore) retreats to a quiet town in Mexico to reassess his life and professional future, only to find himself reluctantly drawn into one local family’s fight for justice.
Penn & Teller: Fool Us
The CW, 8pm
Aspiring magicians are invited to perform their best trick to try to fool the world-famous team of Penn & Teller. Anyone who succeeds wins the right to perform with Penn & Teller in their celebrated show at the Rio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The live studio audience and the TV audience watch along with Penn & Teller as they try to figure out the secrets.
Disney Channel, 8pm
The contemporary comedic remake of the 1997 Halloween classic of the same name follows three 12-year-old friends, Marshall (Malachi Barton), Gilbert (Christian J. Simon) and Amy (Sophia Hammons). They happen upon and awaken a mummy, which they affectionately name Harold, and must rush to return him to his resting place before midnight on Halloween. Along the way, the team narrowly escapes a nefarious group of criminals intent on selling the mummy to the highest bidder. When Harold is inevitably captured, Marshall, Gilbert and Amy must band together to stand up to the criminals, face their fears and rescue their new — but rather “ancient” — friend.
As Magnum (Jay Hernandez) tries to keep his new relationship a secret and handles cases solo while Higgins (Perdita Weeks) is away, he is tasked with finding a single mom being hunted by two very dangerous gangs in the Season 4 premiere “Island Vibes.”
The CW, 9pm
In the season finale, “Filled With Manipulations and Deceptions,” Blake (Grant Show) and Cristal (Daniella Alonso) work together on the new obstacles threatening Blake’s senatorial campaign. Fallon (Elizabeth Gillies) turns to Amanda (guest star Eliza Bennett) for help regarding Liam (Adam Huber) and their marriage. Sam (Rafael de la Fuente), Culhane (Robert Christopher Riley) and Kirby (Maddison Brown) work on the finishing touches for the opening of the Sahara Club, as Sam gets advice from an unexpected source. Alexis (Elaine Hendrix) continues her scheming as Dominique (Michael Michele) worries about Jeff’s (Sam Adegoke) health. Adam (Sam Underwood) finds himself in yet another precarious position.
Selling the Big Easy
New Orleans native and resident real estate expert Brittany Picolo-Ramos helps families find the house of their dreams by showing them high-end homes with the right amount of history and charm. She also helps clients stage and sell their homes for top dollar in the city’s vibrant real estate market.
The Ghost and Molly McGee
Disney Channel, 9:40pm
This animated comedy series follows the odd-couple friendship that forms between grumpy ghost Scratch (voice of Dana Snyder) and joyfully optimistic tween Molly McGee (voice of Ashly Burch). After tonight’s special premiere, new episodes air Saturday mornings beginning tomorrow. Disney Channel has already ordered a second season.
Eli Roth’s History of Horror
Season 3 continues with the series’ winning combination of insightful interviews with masterfully edited clips from films that have seared themselves into popular culture. The season kicks off with “Sequels That Don’t Suck.” Fans of films like A Nightmare on Elm Street 3, Psycho II, The First Purge, Bride of Chucky, Scream 2 and Gremlins 2: The New Batch say sometimes sequels are as good or even better than the originals.
In the Season 12 premiere episode “Hate Is Hate,” Danny (Donnie Wahlberg) consults a psychic to solve the murder of a young boy, and Frank (Tom Selleck) is at odds with the mayor (Dylan Walsh) over the city’s uptick in crime following a high-profile shooting.
Saturday, Oct. 2
The Haunted Museum
The creepy collection of haunted artifacts housed inside Zak Bagans’ (Ghost Adventures) Haunted Museum in Las Vegas is getting the spotlight in this new horror anthology series produced in collaboration with horror film master Eli Roth, with the series presenting the frightening and hellish tales behind the spooky relics on display. Bagans is opening his museum vaults and sharing the secrets and stories behind a curated selection of his most prized haunted items by way of scripted shorts produced by Roth and his accredited team, and with featured commentary from Bagans himself. The first two episodes are available today.
The Ghost and Molly McGee: “Howlin’ Harriet/The (Un)natural”
Disney Channel, 9am
The new animated comedy series continues with “Howlin’ Harriet,” in which Molly (voice of Ashly Burch) goes on a Wilder Scouts camping trip. Scratch (voice of Dana Snyder) helps Molly’s softball team get out of a slump in “The (Un)natural.”
Frankie Drake Mysteries
The ladies of Drake Detective Agency — Frankie (Lauren Lee Smith), Trudy (Chantel Riley), Mary (Rebecca Liddiard) and Flo (Sharron Matthews) — are back for a fourth season of mystery-solving. While busy with their professional lives, the team also finds time for personal pursuits. This season, Frankie has a European racecar-driving beau, Trudy’s dreams for a home are closer than ever, Mary falls for the wrong guy and Flo starts a family. In the season premiere, “Scavenger Hunt,” a player is murdered while the women are on a spirited scavenger hunt.
iHeartRadio Music Festival Night 1
The CW, 8pm
Tonight is Night 1 of a two-night event. Performers include Billie Eilish, Cheap Trick, Coldplay, Dua Lipa, Florida Georgia Line and more.
Outgrown: “Growing Into a Childhood Home”
Parents of three active boys bought the dad’s childhood home, and while the house has great memories and plenty of space for growing kids, it needs a major update. Luke Caldwell and Clint Robertson step in to make this home more open, welcoming and livable for a family of five.
The Good Father: The Martin MacNeill Story
Based on actual events, The Good Father tells the story of Dr. MacNeill (Tom Everett Scott) and the incredible life he led with his former beauty queen wife, Michele (Charisma Carpenter), and their eight children. A pillar of the community, he was respected and loved by all, especially by his daughter, Alexis (Anwen O’Driscoll), who adored him and even wanted to follow in his footsteps to become a doctor. But everything soon changes after Dr. MacNeill convinces Michele to have plastic surgery, ultimately leading to her drowning while on prescription medication. Just a few short weeks after his wife’s suspicious death, Dr. MacNeill brings home Gypsy Willis, a new live-in “nanny” for his children who is in actuality his mistress. Shocked by her father’s actions, Alexis begins to question everything she has known about him and discovers the depth of his lies, including his bogus medical credentials, falsified military records, and that the man and good doctor she once revered was capable of murder.
Fleischer Animation 100th Anniversary
TCM, beginning at 8pm
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Tonight, Turner Classic Movies celebrates the 100th anniversary of the founding of Fleischer Studios — the pioneering animated film production company formed by brothers Max and Dave Fleischer in 1921. Though the company became defunct as its own entity in 1942, when it was acquired by and absorbed into Paramount Pictures, many of the classic cartoons and cartoon characters created by Fleischer Studios remain beloved parts of pop culture — including the original characters created by the studio like Koko the Clown, Betty Boop and Bimbo, as well as the company’s famed adaptations of other source material, like their shorts based on the Popeye the Sailor comic strip and the Superman comic books. The evening begins with Cartoon Carnival, a 90-minute documentary charting the birth of the American cartoon through the silent era until the arrival of Walt Disney. The film features interviews with animation historians and is supported by archival clips as it shines a light on a forgotten, but pioneering, part of film history of which the Fleischers were a key part. Following this documentary are blocks of Fleischer cartoons: The first hour highlights some of their notable productions of the silent era (early to mid 1920s), and the second hour-plus features great Fleischer cartoons from the sound era (early to mid 1930s), including Betty Boop and Popeye shorts. — Jeff Pfeiffer
Love Strikes Twice
Hallmark Channel, 9pm
Workaholic lawyer Maggie is having marriage issues. She wishes for a do-over and awakens 15 years in the past. Will Maggie choose college boyfriend Rick, or will she stay with husband Josh? Starring Katie Findlay, Wyatt Nash and Marshall Williams.
Saturday Night Live
NBC, 11:30pm Live
The iconic late-night sketch comedy/music series will return for Season 47 tonight. Owen Wilson hosts with musical guest Kacey Musgraves.
Sunday, Oct. 3
The Walking Dead
Check out the Season 11 midseason finale of The Walking Dead one week ahead of its linear premiere on AMC. In the episode, called “For Blood,” the Reapers defend Meridian from an incoming herd. Meanwhile, Alexandrians scramble to protect themselves when a violent storm leaves them vulnerable to walkers.
The Earthshot Prize: Repairing Our Planet
This five-part series spotlights Prince William’s Earthshot Prize, which was launched in October 2020 and is the most prestigious global environment prize in history. It aims to discover, celebrate and scale innovative solutions to the greatest environmental challenges facing our planet, and is centered on five Earthshots: Protect and Restore Nature; Clean Our Air; Revive Our Oceans; Build a Waste-Free World; and Fix Our Climate. Featuring Prince William, Sir David Attenborough and additional members of the Earthshot Prize Council, the series showcases these five challenges and highlights the work of 15 prize finalists and their groundbreaking solutions. The series will also air on Discovery Channel on Oct. 16, just ahead of the award ceremony that will stream on Discovery’s Facebook page on Oct. 17.
NASCAR Cup Series: YellaWood 500
NBC, 2pm Live
The NASCAR Cup Series returns to Alabama’s Talladega Superspeedway for the second of three playoff races in the Round of 12.
America’s Funniest Home Videos
The venerable and hilarious show returns for yet another season.
The Simpsons: “Bart’s in Jail”
When Grampa (voice of Dan Castellaneta) falls victim to a phone scammer, the Simpsons set out on a mission of vengeance to get his money back. Alan Cumming provides a guest voice in the new episode “Bart’s in Jail.”
Maggie and her husband Richard are both college professors and have a daughter, 17-year-old Jenny. Their marriage is falling apart, and when Richard admits to having an affair with a student, they separate. Maggie and best friend Alyssa intend to have a girls’ night out, but at the bar Maggie meets Kyle, and she revels in his attention. After one too many drinks, they share a passionate night. She is later stunned to see Kyle in her class, claiming to be a fan of her bestselling book on serial killer Cordell Colton, from whom she escaped at 15 years old. It is only then that we begin to discover Kyle’s shocking secret as he sets out to destroy Maggie’s life and career by framing her husband for murder and seducing her daughter. Stars Lindsay Hartley, Andrew Rogers and Katie Kelly.
Call the Midwife
Season 10 of the acclaimed British drama consists of seven episodes and rejoins the nurses, midwives and nuns of Nonnatus House in London’s East End in the year 1966. While it is a trying time for the midwives, there is excitement, too, as the women’s rights movement intensifies. In the season premiere episode, Sister Julienne (Jenny Agutter) and Dr. Turner (Stephen McGann) clash over whether to provide a private-care service. Meanwhile, a distressing birth raises fears of another thalidomide case.
TCM Classic Horror (With Mario Cantone): “Creature Features”
TCM, beginning at 8pm
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Each Sunday evening during this creepy month of October, concluding on Halloween night, comedian/writer Mario Cantone will be on hand to help Turner Classic Movies introduce a horror film double feature centered around a particular theme. Tonight’s initial twin-billing features two notable creature features starting with The Birds (1963), Alfred Hitchcock’s terrifyingly realized nightmare of what might happen should our fine feathered friends decide to turn against us. Tippi Hedren, Rod Taylor and Jessica Tandy lead the cast, and terrific visual and sound effects really enhance the horror that comes from not only the bird attacks, but also from the mere sights of them simply and quietly beginning to gather en masse. Next up tonight is Little Shop of Horrors, the Oscar-nominated 1986 black comedy/musical adaptation of the 1982 off-Broadway production of the same name, which itself was a remake of 1960’s The Little Shop of Horrors. — Jeff Pfeiffer
NFL Football: Tampa Bay at New England
NBC, 8:20pm Live
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady can achieve the rare feat of beating all 32 NFL teams in his career when he faces the New England Patriots — with whom he won six Super Bowls — on Sunday Night Football.
The Great North: “The Great Punkin’ Adventure”
A punk band invites Ham (voice of Paul Rust) to audition after hearing him scream in the new episode “The Great Punkin’ Adventure.”
Chapelwaite: “The Offer”
Charles (Adrien Brody) is overwhelmed with grief and anger after his family is dealt a devastating blow. Later, Stephen (Steven McCarthy) and Uncle Phillip (Julian Richings) come to Charles with a surprising proposition.
Bob’s Burgers: “Crystal Mess”
In order to help with anxiety about an upcoming oral report, Mr. Frond (voice of David Herman) lends Tina (voice of Dan Mintz) a crystal that his new girlfriend alleges has special powers in the new episode “Crystal Mess.”
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 9pm
Based on the New York Times bestselling book by David Baldacci, the film follows Jack (Sam Page), who takes his son and daughter to his late wife’s (Amanda Schull) beachside hometown hoping to heal and become closer. The summer brings visions of the past that could forge a new path forward.
The acclaimed British detective drama is back for an eight-episode sixth season. It’s 1958 in the Cambridgeshire village of Grantchester, and Rev. Will Davenport (Tom Brittney) relishes his role as a firebrand vicar willing to challenge conventions to help people, especially with more crimes to investigate. In the season premiere, a much-needed summer break at a vacation resort takes an unexpected turn for Will and his best friend, Detective Inspector Geordie Keating (Robson Green), when the camp owner is found dead under suspicious circumstances.
Season 5 of the drama series starring Paul Giamatti, Damian Lewis and Maggie Siff comes to a close with the finale episode “No Direction Home.” Showtime has renewed Billions for a sixth season.
In the season finale, it’s all hands on deck as the Cody family uses all their tools, tricks and vehicles to pull off the job of their lives and settle all scores. A deadly secret from the past is also revealed. The series will return for a sixth and final season in 2022.
Family Guy: “Rock Hard”
In the new episode “Rock Hard,” Peter (voice of Seth MacFarlane) and the guys recount tales of rock legends Jim Morrison, Muddy Waters and Elton John.
Food Network, 10pm
With four episodes that take the traditional Halloween pastime to the next level, this series showcases seven extraordinarily talented pumpkin carvers who duke it out in an outdoor pumpkin competition that defies imagination. Each week the carvers dive headfirst into the most insane, eerie and outrageous challenges, executing their intricate Halloween designs to impress judges Terri Hardin and Marc Evan. Only one will earn the coveted title of Outrageous Pumpkin Champion and take home a sweet $25,000 Halloween treat!
Nat Geo, 10pm
Storms are becoming stronger and more unpredictable than ever before. In this series, storm chasers Reed Timmer and Mike Theiss are on a mission to understand how tornadoes and hurricanes are evolving in a changing global climate. With decades of storm-chasing experience between them, they track down extreme weather events and put themselves in the path of destruction to collect unprecedented data from inside the heart of the storms.
The Walking Dead: World Beyond
Season 2 concludes the epic story of Iris (Aliyah Royale), Hope (Alexa Mansour), Elton (Nicolas Cantu) and Silas (Hal Cumpston). As they face off against the mysterious Civic Republic Military, goals shift, bonds form and crumble, and innocence is both lost and found. Hope’s commitment to the future gets put to the test, jeopardizing a potential reunion, while Iris and Felix (Nico Tortorella) meet a new group.
Monday, Oct. 4
Season 22 of the beloved British mystery drama returns with its final three U.S. premiere episodes becoming available on Acorn TV beginning today and continuing the next two Mondays.
On My Block
Season 4 of the coming-of-age comedy about a group of bright and street-savvy friends navigating their way through high school in the rough inner city catches up to the group two years later and having gone their separate ways. When a secret is unburied, they quickly learn you can’t run from the past, and they will need to stick together to survive.
This new weekday animated series from Fred Rogers Productions was created by Sonia Manzano, beloved by generations for her groundbreaking portrayal of Maria on Sesame Street. Alma’s Way is inspired by Manzano’s own childhood and centers on 6-year-old Alma Rivera, a Puerto Rican girl who lives in the Bronx with her family. Infused with humor and grounded in a social and emotional curriculum, the series will give children ages 4-6 the tools to find their own answers, express themselves and respect others’ perspectives.
Roswell, New Mexico: “2 Became 1”
The CW, 8pm
A desperate Liz (Jeanine Mason) agrees to a deal. Meanwhile, Rosa (Amber Midthunder) helps Isobel (Lily Cowles) make a big discovery and the fight to save Max (Nathan Dean) begins.
9-1-1: “Desperate Measures”
As the citywide blackout continues to cause mayhem in Los Angeles, Athena (Angela Bassett) races to save her family from a tragedy in the new episode “Desperate Measures.”
The Voice: “The Blind Auditions, Part 5”
Ariana Grande, Kelly Clarkson, John Legend and Blake Shelton vie to discover and coach the next singing phenomenon on the fifth night of blind auditions.
Antiques Roadshow: “Extraordinary Finds 2”
Learn what happens to more standout treasures after the Antiques Roadshow cameras stop rolling.
Special Theme: Big Country: “Country Biopics & Country Stars as Actors, Part One”
TCM, beginning at 8pm
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Turner Classic Movies goes country on Monday nights this month with lineups of films about country music and country performers, starring country stars or all of the above. Each block of movies features titles grouped by theme, and tonight’s initial lineup features two themes. First is “Country Biopics,” with two of most notable movies ever made about the lives of legendary country stars. First is Coal Miner’s Daughter (1980), the Best Picture Oscar-nominated biopic about the life of country icon Loretta Lynn, portrayed by Best Actress Oscar winner Sissy Spacek. Spacek was personally chosen by Lynn to play her onscreen, and the actress truly does transform into the singer, even performing several of Lynn’s hits for the film and its bestselling soundtrack. Tonight’s second biopic is Your Cheatin’ Heart (1964), with George Hamilton as Hank Williams in the story of his rise to country music immortality. While wanting to sing Williams’ songs himself for realism, Hamilton did agree to be dubbed in his performance scenes by Hank Williams Jr. The second half of tonight’s “Big Country” salute features two films with country music stars in acting roles. First is Songwriter, a 1984 comedy/drama starring Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson and loosely based on Nelson’s life, about a country/western composer seeking his artistic freedom. Kristofferson earned an Oscar nomination for Best Music, Original Song Score, and the musician/actor returns in tonight’s second film, the 1976 remake of A Star Is Born. Barbra Streisand stars as a young singer who meets and falls in love with an established music star (Kristofferson), only to find her career ascending while his goes into decline. Streisand and Paul Williams won an Oscar for their memorable original song “Evergreen (Love Theme From A Star Is Born).” — Jeff Pfeiffer
Black Ink Crew: Chicago
This season follows the cast returning to normalcy after enduring a life-changing year and finding a renewed sense of purpose — growing from their past mistakes to form a stronger future.
The Big Leap: “The White Swan Lives!”
Monica (Mallory Jansen) confronts her past when the contestants head to Chicago to see Swan Lake performed by her former ballet company in the new episode “The White Swan Lives!”
The limited drama series from France concludes tonight. As disturbing new allegations surface, Béatrice (Alix Poisson) meets with Touchais (Yannick Choirat) to share the full extent of her complicated history with the twins.
The Good Doctor: “Piece of Cake”
Dr. Shaun Murphy and the team race to save a pregnant woman’s baby and find her current situation as a convicted felon complicates it even more than they realize. Meanwhile, the hospital takes on some unexpected changes that the staff are not prepared for.
NCIS: Hawai‘i: “Recruiter”
In the new episode “Recruiter,” Kai (Alex Tarrant) goes undercover inside a surf gang to investigate the murder of a petty officer who’s trying to help wayward kids find a new path in the Marines.
Ordinary Joe: “Happy Birthday Jenny”
Jenny Banks’ (Elizabeth Lail) birthday gives everyone something to celebrate; Music Joe (James Wolk) crashes Jenny’s party while Amy (Natalie Martinez) is in full campaign mode; Nurse Joe (Wolk) and Christopher (John Gluck) try to plan the perfect cake for Jenny; and Cop Joe (Wolk) and Amy take an important step in their relationship.
POV: “Fruits of Labor”
Airing as part of Hispanic Heritage Month, this documentary film follows Ashley, a Mexican American teenager who dreams of graduating high school. But increased ICE raids in her coastal California community threaten the family’s stability since her mother is undocumented.
IFC, 12am (late-night)
This is the North American broadcast premiere (it began streaming on Sundance Now last week) of a New Zealand comedy about two millennial sisters in a small town who inherit a funeral home from their grandfather. Unsure what to do with it — or the oddball staff that keeps the place running — the women are thrust into a world of embalming, emceeing and embarrassment. By staring death in the face every day, the sisters begin to confront the realities of their own lives, and what they want to make of them.
Tuesday, Oct. 5
The Prison Breaker
This four-hour documentary tells the true story of one of the most brilliant escape artists of all time, Richard Lee McNair. Thought to be the only person ever to have broken out of jail, a state penitentiary and a federal penitentiary, McNair is a three-time escape artist who is famous for mailing himself to freedom. Now, with the help of the journalist who spent 13 years building a relationship with McNair, this program uses hundreds of letters, personal photos and videos, and exclusive interviews for a deep dive into the mind of a criminal genius.
Escape the Undertaker
In this interactive Halloween special, WWE’s New Day (Big E, Xavier Woods and Kofi Kingston) must survive the wrath of The Undertaker at his mansion, which has been transformed into an extreme haunted house.
The team investigates a connection between bombings at government agencies and a New York City private club for veterans in the new episode “Trauma.”
Level Playing Field
The fourth and final episode of this documentary series, “The Assist,” explores the intersection of sports and politics through an examination of the WNBA’s Atlanta Dream’s landmark role in the election of Senator Raphael Warnock and the ongoing fight against voter suppression in Georgia. The Dream players’ impassionate campaign against then-Georgia senator — and team owner — Kelly Loeffler made an undeniable imprint on one of the most closely watched senate races of all time.
In this hourlong documentary, CNBC’s Melissa Lee takes viewers on a journey to the intersection of online betting, trading and gaming — all of which surged in popularity and profits during the pandemic. Lee profiles the Gen Z consumers and social media influencers behind the surge, explores the companies capitalizing on the trend and interviews experts trying to raise awareness about the potential pitfalls. The documentary reports on a new era where the boundaries between gambling, gaming and investing are being blurred. As the smartphone generation comes of age, it is overturning traditional concepts of money and risk, and shaking up the markets.
DC’s Stargirl: “Summer School: Chapter Nine”
The CW, 8pm
As Eclipso (Nick E. Tarabay) takes aim at the Whitmore-Dugans, Pat (Luke Wilson) is reminded of painful memories from his past involving the original JSA and their fight to take down Eclipso. Meanwhile, Mike (Trae Romano) is forced to confront the guilt he feels for his role in Icicle’s death, and Barbara (Amy Smart) comes face-to-face with someone from her past. Finally, Courtney (Brec Bassinger) struggles to hold onto hope after Eclipso targets those around her.
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.
The Resident: “The Long and Winding Road”
The Raptor (Malcolm-Jamal Warner) and Leela (Anuja Joshi) deal with a patient returning with long-term effects of COVID-19 in the new episode “The Long and Winding Road.”
The Voice: “The Blind Auditions, Part 6”
Ariana Grande, Kelly Clarkson, John Legend and Blake Shelton vie to discover and coach the next singing phenomenon on the final night of blind auditions.
TCM Spotlight: New Waves Around the World: “Italian Neo-Realism”
TCM, beginning at 8pm
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Each Tuesday this October, Turner Classic Movies will spotlight influential cinematic “new wave” film movements from various countries. Starting on this first Tuesday, TCM will feature films from Italy’s notable neorealism movement. Neorealism in Italian cinema fully came into its own around the time that World War II ended in Europe; with studios destroyed in the air raids and Mussolini no longer in power, the Italian film industry was directionless. The end of the war, and their experiences during the conflict, brought a new outlook to the Italian people, and this was reflected in the neorealism adopted by filmmakers largely in the decade between the early 1940s and early ’50s, with that influence extending into the later ’50s and early ’60s. The films made during this period — filmed on location and frequently using nonprofessional actors — showed not just the rebuilding of Italy and its cities after the war, but also the reconstruction of people’s lives and their relationships with others, particularly among the poor and working class. The films from this era that TCM will be featuring tonight are, in order: the 1945 war drama Rome, Open City, cowritten and directed by prominent neorealist Roberto Rossellini (with future famous filmmaker Federico Fellini also contributing to the script in one of his earlier writing credits) and nominated for an Academy Award, for Best Writing, Screenplay; La Strada, cowriter/director Fellini’s acclaimed 1954 drama that won more than 50 international film awards including the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar; Ermanno Olmi’s 1961 film Il Posto; Michelangelo Antonioni’s 1962 romance L’Elcisse, which was named one of the 100 Greatest Films of All Time by the British Film Institute; the 1965 comedy/drama I Knew Her Well, from cowriter/director Antonio Pietrangeli, which made the list of 100 Italian Films to Be Saved established by the Venice International Film Festival; and the 1962 drama Mamma Roma, written and directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini, and starring renowned Italian actress Anna Magnani in one of her most acclaimed roles. — Evan McLean
2021 BET Hip Hop Awards
Cardi B, Lil Durk and Megan Thee Stallion lead the nominees of this year’s celebration of hip-hop music with nine nominations each, followed by Drake with eight nods. The ceremony was taped in Atlanta on Friday, Oct. 1.
FBI: International: “Secrets as Weapons”
In the new episode “Secrets as Weapons,” the team investigates the hijacking of millions in cryptocurrency on its way to a vault in Switzerland.
Our Kind of People: “Hot Links & Red Drinks”
In the new episode “Hot Links & Red Drinks,” Angela (Yaya DaCosta) wants to make Nikki (Alana Bright) the face of Eve’s Crown, and secrets are revealed at the Oak Bluffs Juneteenth Rose Ball.
The Nate and Jeremiah Home Project
Married designers and dads of two, Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent will be followed docuseries-style as they help families moving into a new place let go of the things they no longer need to get a fresh start. Once the clients have parted with the unnecessary belongings, Nate and Jeremiah will employ their design expertise to renovate the property into a dream home perfect for the next phase of the clients’ lives.
La Brea: “Day Two”
With Josh’s (Jack Martin) life on the line, Eve (Natalie Zea) traverses the dangerous wilderness back to the clearing to save him. Desperate to kick-start a rescue mission, Gavin (Eoin Macken) and Izzy (Zyra Gorecki) work to prove there are survivors alive inside the sinkhole as government agents track their every move.
American Masters: “Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for It”
Over a career spanning more than 70 years, Rita Moreno defied both her humble upbringing and the relentless racism she encountered to become a celebrated and award-winning actor. This program explores the legendary star’s rich career using vérité footage of Moreno today, archival footage of her roles and appearances, reenactments of her childhood, animation, and interviews with Moreno, those close to her and performers she influenced. Film interviewees include Gloria Estefan, Morgan Freeman, Mitzi Gaynor, Whoopi Goldberg and Eva Longoria, as well as Norman Lear and Lin-Manuel Miranda, who are also executive producers.
FBI: Most Wanted: “Tough Love”
The team looks into a long list of cases for a suspect in the murder of a judge known for giving harsh sentences to juveniles in the new episode “Tough Love.”
Food Network, 10pm
In each one-hour episode, Robert Irvine and his team of sous chefs must overcome extraordinary obstacles and conditions that push Robert to his physical and mental limits, while preparing and serving delicious meals to groups of hungry and expectant guests through different thematic challenges before his allotted time runs out. Over six episodes, Robert and his team travel to locations in California, Michigan, New Mexico, North Carolina and Ohio.
Impeachment: American Crime Story: “Do You Hear What I Hear?”
In the new episode “Do You Hear What I Hear?” Monica (Beanie Feldstein) prepares to leave Washington, D.C., but she grows concerned that someone is sharing news about her affair.
New Amsterdam: “Same As It Ever Was”
Max (Ryan Eggold) and Sharpe (Freema Agyeman) go public with their relationship at the hospital; the team struggles to keep a handle on an overcrowded and understaffed ICU, and everyone must pitch in; and Iggy’s (Tyler Labine) overly critical feedback alienates his residents.
Wednesday, Oct. 6
Among the Stars
This six-part docuseries embeds viewers with NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy as he embarks on one last mission. Through intimate footage, personal video diaries and livestream footage — from cameras both on Earth and in space — viewers are given a first look at the critically important team of engineers, flight controllers and specialists who take on these dangerous and awe-inspiring missions for the greater good. All episodes are available today.
National Geographic Documentary Films produced this look at Dr. Anthony Fauci, the world-renowned infectious disease specialist who became America’s most unlikely cultural icon during the COVID-19 pandemic. Crafted around unprecedented access to Dr. Fauci, this film is a revealing portrait of one of our most dedicated public servants.
Turner & Hooch
This series based on the 1989 Tom Hanks comedy about a law enforcement officer partnered with a slobbering canine ends its first season. Josh Peck stars.
This animated look at what would happen if various notable events in the Marvel Cinematic Universe had turned out differently concludes Season 1.
IFC Films Unlimited
A teenage girl’s coming of age comes with a terrifying twist in this spellbinding take on the werewolf legend. Since birth, Anna (Bel Powley) has been raised in isolation by a man she knows only as Daddy (Brad Dourif), who has done everything possible to conceal the truth about the girl’s origins from her. But when the teenage Anna is suddenly thrust into the real world under the protection of no-nonsense police officer Ellen (Liv Tyler), it soon becomes clear that the young woman is far from ordinary.
Top bakers and engineers team up to build edible creations that must taste delicious and survive intense engineering stress tests. Those who are most successful will win $100,000.
There’s Someone Inside Your House
In this slasher film, Makani Young (Sydney Park) has moved from Hawaii to quiet, small-town Nebraska to live with her grandmother and finish high school. But as the countdown to graduation begins, her classmates are stalked by a killer intent on exposing their darkest secrets to the entire town, terrorizing victims while wearing a life-like mask of their own face. With a mysterious past of her own, Makani and her friends must discover the killer’s identity before they become victims themselves.
The infamous V/H/S found-footage horror anthology series returns with this fourth installment, featuring segments directed by franchise alumni Simon Barrett and Timo Tjahjanto, in addition to stories from acclaimed directors Jennifer Reeder, Ryan Prows and Chloe Okuno. In this film, after the discovery of a mysterious VHS tape, a brutish police SWAT team launch a high-intensity raid on a remote warehouse, only to discover a sinister cult compound whose collection of pre-recorded material uncovers a nightmarish conspiracy.
TCM Morning & Afternoon Movies: “Robots”
TCM, beginning at 8:15am
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This morning and afternoon’s lineup of films on Turner Classic Movies stars some of the most famous robots (or other types of sentient machines) in cinema history. The day begins with Stanley Kubrick’s legendary 1968 sci-fi classic 2001: A Space Odyssey. Among its many iconic elements, the production introduces the HAL 9000 computer (memorably voiced with an almost sinister calmness by Douglas Rain), which runs the functions aboard a spacecraft headed toward Jupiter. Unfortunately, HAL ends up going a bit mad and nearly succeeds in his effort to kill all members of the crew. A somewhat kinder HAL makes a return in today’s next film, 2010: The Year We Make Contact, the 1984 sequel to 2001 starring Roy Scheider, John Lithgow and Helen Mirren. Next up are two films featuring one of Hollywood’s most famous mechanical men: Robby the Robot. Check him out in his first and second movie appearances, Forbidden Planet (1956) and The Invisible Boy (1957). After those is The Terminal Man, a 1974 adaptation of Michael Crichton’s 1972 novel starring George Segal as an epileptic computer scientist who agrees to an experimental surgical procedure to implant electrodes in his brain and control his seizures with an electrical impulse. Unfortunately, this fusion of man and computer leads to a deepening psychosis. Finally, Wes Craven’s 1986 sci-fi/horror film Deadly Friend is about a similar experiment that goes just as badly as the one in Terminal Man. When a teen computer prodigy (Matthew Laborteaux) implants a robot’s hard drive into the brain of his teenage neighbor (Kristy Swanson), who has been pronounced brain dead, she recovers but soon begins a killing spree in their neighborhood. — Jeff Pfeiffer
The Goldbergs: “Riptide Waters”
Recently injured at local waterpark Riptide Waters, Mr. Glascott embarks on a mission to petition the neighborhood to close it down. Determined to foil Mr. Glascott’s plan, Barry starts his own petition to keep the beloved institution, filled with childhood memories, open. Meanwhile, Erica is faced with frustration as Beverly takes over her wedding planning. Geoff tries to intervene by incorporating advice from a “professional” marriage counselor only to realize he should have listened to Murray and let the ladies sort it out themselves.
Riverdale: “Chapter Ninety-Five: RIVERDALE: RIP (?)”
The CW, 8pm
As the gang pick up the pieces after a rough year back in Riverdale, an incident at Pop’s forces them to make a difficult decision about the future of the town.
The Masked Singer: “House Party”
Group A performers return to the stage and a wild-card singer enters the competition in the new episode “House Party.”
Chicago Med: “Be the Change You Want to See”
Dylan (Adam Poss) and Will (Nick Gehlfuss) deal with a dishonest patient whose lupus is in remission; a wealthy donor makes inappropriate advances toward Stevie (Kristen Hager); and Vanessa (Asjha Cooper), Crockett (Dominic Rains) and Charles (Oliver Platt) try to convince a young woman to have life-saving surgery.
Impossible Builds: “Skinny Skyscraper”
Follow the construction of the skinniest skyscraper in the world.
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 for the right to move on to the NL Division Series.
The Wonder Years: “The Club”
Dean stumbles upon some “racy literature” and shares it with friends at school. When he is caught by the school principal, Bill and Lillian navigate uncharted territory as parents and Dean learns that manhood isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
The Conners: “Sober Sex, Plastic Silverware and Losing My Religion”
Part of Becky’s recovery program mandates she make amends with people she has lied to over the years, leading her to meet up again with former high school friend Mikey to apologize for lying to him about her living a successful life. Meanwhile, Darlene visits with Pastor Phil (Jason Alexander), and Louise continues planning her wedding.
American Gangster Presents: Big Fifty: The Delrhonda Hood Story
BET, 9pm; also streaming on BET+
Follow the unbelievable true story of bigger-than-life personality Delrhonda “Big Fifty” Hood (portrayed by Remy Ma), who went from street thug to respected gangster to finding redemption.
Tough as Nails
The reality competition series celebrating hardworking Americans who are not afraid to roll up their sleeves and get their hands dirty is back for Season 3 tonight. Phil Keoghan returns as host. CBS has already renewed Tough as Nails for Season 4.
In the Dark: “Expectation Is the Root of All Heartache”
The CW, 9pm
Murphy (Perry Mattfeld) finally learns the truth about what happened to Jess (Brooke Markham) and it forces her to take a closer look at who she herself has become.
The Bradshaw Bunch
Legendary quarterback, TV personality and “girl dad” Terry Bradshaw has a new outlook on life after the global pandemic and wants to cherish every minute with his lovable family, which includes his wife Tammy and three daughters Rachel, Erin and Lacey. This season sees the Bradshaws making a return to Celebrity Family Feud, renewing their vows in Hawaii and on a road trip to Terry’s hometown of Shreveport, Louisiana, to walk on the high school football field where it all started.
Alter Ego: “The Final Auditions”
The last five contestants compete to move on to the next round in the new episode “The Final Auditions.”
Chicago Fire: “Counting Your Breaths”
Griffin learns the truth about his father’s death and reveals why he really came to visit Casey (Jesse Spencer). Meanwhile, Gallo (Alberto Rosende), Ritter (Daniel Kyri) and Violet (Hanako Greensmith) take steps to expand their microbrewery business.
NOVA: “Particles Unknown”
Outnumbering atoms a billion to one, neutrinos are the universe’s most common, yet most elusive and baffling, particle. NOVA joins an international team of neutrino hunters whose discoveries may change our understanding of how the universe works.
Home Economics: “Bottle Service, $800 Plus Tip (25% Suggested)”
The family is in for a wild night out when they accompany Connor to a club to help him jump-start his dating life. When Tom steps up as Connor’s wingman, things don’t exactly go as planned.
A Million Little Things: “Game Night”
When the girls decide to throw Katherine a celebratory divorce party, the guys get together to watch the hockey game and distract Eddie. Maggie is blindsided by some news, while Sophie is forced to stand her ground. Eddie helps Theo with a romantic gesture for a new crush and stumbles into someone from his past.
The iconic series CSI is back for another go-round, this time with even more thrilling cases and the latest forensic techniques. Maxine Roby (Paula Newsome) leads a brilliant new team of investigators, and she enlists the help of old friends Gil Grissom (William Petersen) and Sara Sidle (Jorja Fox) in order to preserve and serve justice in Sin City. In the premiere episode, “Legacy,” an attack on Jim Brass (guest star Paul Guilfoyle) kicks off a twisted conspiracy targeting the Las Vegas crime lab.
Archer Season 12 comes to an end with the finale episode “Mission: Difficult,” in which Archer (voice of H. Jon Benjamin) is trapped inside IIA headquarters and Barry (voice of Dave Willis) is trapped inside Other Barry.
Chicago P.D.: “The One Next to Me”
Halstead’s (Jesse Lee Soffer) past resurfaces when a former Army colleague is implicated in a deadly blast. Plus, as the FBI launches an investigation into Roy’s (Michael Maize) disappearance, Upton (Tracy Spiridakos) feels the pressure of the secret she and Voight (Jason Beghe) are sharing.
Thursday, Oct. 7American Gangster: Trap Queens
The true-crime series returns with new episodes of its second season, detailing the criminal chronicles of some of America’s most notorious female gangsters. Narrated by hip-hop icon Lil’ Kim, Trap Queens tells the fascinating true stories of fierce and savvy women who hustled hard and solidified their place in the game, however illicit their means may have been. Purported crimes range from grand larceny to bank and wire fraud and drug trafficking. Not only does the series portray captivating and infamous crime tales, but they are also told by those who lived them: the queens themselves, their closest allies, family members, legal team members, reporters and law enforcement.
During this hidden-camera real estate and home renovation prank series from the producers of Impractical Jokers, Anthony Anderson and his mother, Doris Bowman, will take over properties and devise hilarious gags for unsuspecting house hunters, real estate agents, handymen and even a few HGTV stars. Throughout the show, with dozens of hidden cameras in place and working from a nearby unmarked van, Anthony and Doris will scheme to scare, startle and surprise visitors to the homes — executing humorous high jinks with creepy dolls come to life, mysterious pests on the loose, home decor that has a mind of its own and seemingly haunted spaces.
Passionate amateur bakers will go head-to-head with seasoned professionals in each episode of this competition series. Tamera Mowry-Housley and Bill Yosses host the fast-paced show that will determine which of the 13 bakers has what it takes to create the next viral baking sensation, win the golden rolling pin and take home the cash prize.
Create the Escape
This series allows kids to create, design and build their very own escape rooms. With the help of design professionals, the kids will bring their rooms to life before challenging parents or family members to escape in an allotted time.
One of Us Is Lying
Based on the bestselling novel by Karen M. McManus, this series follows what happens when five high schoolers walk into detention and only four make it out alive. Everyone is a suspect, and everyone has something to hide. Marianly Tejada, Cooper van Grootel, Annalisa Cochrane, Chibuikem Uche, Barrett Carnahan, Jessica McLeod and Melissa Collazo star.
One Lane Bridge
In Season 2 of this dark crime drama with a supernatural edge from New Zealand, when Detective Ariki Davis (Dominic Ona-Ariki) is trying to harness his Māori gift of matakite to save his boss Stephen Tremaine (Joel Tobeck) from attempting suicide on the infamous One Lane Bridge, he inadvertently triggers a cataclysmic chain of events — unleashing rivalries and uncovering long-buried secrets. Burdened by his second sight, Ariki’s loyalties are tested as he navigates a murder investigation rife with ulterior motives and conflicts of interest, including his own. New episodes air Thursdays.
MLB Playoffs: AL Division Series, Game 1
FS1 & MLB Network, beginning at 4pm Live
FS1 and MLB Network split coverage of both best-of-five-game American League Division Series beginning with Game 1 today. The two series winners advance to the AL Championship Series starting Oct. 15.
Station 19: “Can’t Feel My Face”
Andy and Sullivan’s relationship continues to be tested. Meanwhile, Emmett joins Dean and Vic on a mental health call, and Maya does some soul searching.
The adventures of young prodigy Sheldon Cooper (Iain Armitage) and his family continue as Season 5 of The Big Bang Theory spinoff premieres tonight.
NFL Football: L.A. Rams at Seattle
FOX & NFL Network, 8pm Live
NFC West foes meet at Seattle’s Lumen Field as Matthew Stafford and the L.A. Rams battle Russell Wilson and the Seahawks on Thursday Night Football.
Star of the Month: Lucille Ball: “Who’s That Girl? (Early Lucy)”
TCM, beginning at 8pm
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Although she’s most associated with her classic television comedies, legendary actress Lucille Ball also starred in a number of feature films mostly before, but some during and after, her first TV series, the iconic 1951-57 sitcom I Love Lucy. You can enjoy several of Ball’s movie performances Thursday nights in October when Turner Classic Movies salutes her as its Star of the Month. Each day’s lineup continues well into the following afternoon and features at least 10 films, which are grouped by a theme. Today’s initial theme focuses on Ball’s early big-screen performances, mostly in comedies made during the 1930s, before she met eventual husband and fellow sitcom pioneer Desi Arnaz. This lineup begins with I Dream Too Much (1935), a romantic comedy led by Henry Fonda and Lily Pons, and featuring Ball in one of her earlier performances as a named character. Other early Lucy highlights airing today/tomorrow include Ball’s minor roles in the Katharine Hepburn/Ginger Rogers-led 1937 drama Stage Door, the Marx Brothers comedy Room Service (1938) and the Fred Astaire/Ginger Rogers musical comedy Follow the Fleet (1936); her first starring comedy role, as the title character in The Affairs of Annabel and its sequel, Annabel Takes a Tour, both from 1938; and plenty more. — Jeff Pfeiffer
Soccer: CONCACAF Men’s World Cup Qualifiers
Paramount+, beginning at 8:05pm
Paramount+’s live coverage of the final round of the CONCACAF men’s soccer World Cup qualifying matches continues tonight with Honduras vs. Costa Rica, Mexico vs. Canada and El Salvador vs. Panama.
United States of Al
The comedy about the friendship between Marine combat veteran Riley (Parker Young) and recent immigrant Awalmir (aka Al, played by Adhir Kalyan) returns for Season 2.
Grey’s Anatomy: “Some Kind of Tomorrow”
Meredith seeks advice from Amelia. Meanwhile, Richard is reenergized as he takes teaching to a new level at the hospital, and Winston treats a patient suffering from kidney failure. Abigail Spencer and Peter Gallagher guest-star.
In this new supernatural comedy, Samantha (Rose McIver) and Jay (Utkarsh Ambudkar) throw both caution and money to the wind when they decide to convert a rundown country estate they inherited into a bed and breakfast — only to find it’s inhabited by the many opinionated spirits of deceased residents who now call it home. The series debuts with two episodes tonight.
The Outpost: “Nothing Lasts Forever”
The CW, 9pm
Talon (Jessica Green) and her friends battle against the gods. Janzo (Anand Desai-Barochia), Wren (Izuka Hoyle) and Munt (Adam Johnson) fight to save the Kahvi. A ruler is crowned.
Flipping 101 With Tarek El Moussa: “Home Over Improvement”
After losing $40,000 on their last flip, couple Aryana and Hector desperately need to make a profit on their new renovation, a 2,000-square-foot home with a mother-in-law unit in Buena Park, California. Tarek El Moussa teaches them how to focus on money-savvy decisions that will still attract buyers and bring in big offers.
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: “One More Tale of Two Victims”
The SVU searches for a serial rapist who preys on mothers with young children. Meanwhile, Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and Fin (Ice-T) struggle under the tightened reins of Chief McGrath (Terry Serpico).
Marriage Boot Camp: Hip Hop Edition
WE tv, 9pm
Four hip-hop couples, including rap legend N.O.R.E., face the music at Marriage Boot Camp. Dr. Ish Major and Judge Lynn Toler help them confront lies, tears and denials, but when dark secrets are exposed, will the relationships survive?
Bull (Michael Weatherly) and his team must call upon all their collective experience to locate Bull’s kidnapped daughter in the Season 6 premiere episode “Gone.”
What We Do in the Shadows: “The Siren”
Two travelers are shipwrecked and a doll runs away from home in the new episode “The Siren.”
Law & Order: Organized Crime: “For a Few Leke More”
A new episode of this Law & Order: Special Victims Unit spinoff premieres tonight. Christopher Meloni and Danielle Moné Truitt star.
Friday, Oct. 8
Justin Bieber: Our World
Amazon Prime Video
This film takes viewers backstage, onstage and into the private world of global superstar Justin Bieber as he prepares for a record-breaking New Year’s Eve 2020 concert. After a three-year hiatus from performing a full concert, Bieber delivers an electrifying performance on the rooftop of the Beverly Hilton Hotel for 240 invited guests — and millions of fans across the globe watching via livestream. The documentary follows Bieber and his team for the month leading up to the show as they rehearse and construct a monumental stage set, and also captures personal self-shot moments between Bieber and his wife, Hailey, through the artist’s own lens.
Welcome to the Blumhouse
Amazon Prime Video
Season 2 of the horror film anthology series concludes with Madres, in which Diana and Beto, a young Mexican American couple expecting their first child, move to a small town in Northern California where Beto has been offered a job managing a farm. Isolated from the community and plagued by ominous nightmares, Diana explores the rundown company ranch where she and Beto live and finds a grisly talisman and a box containing the belongings of the previous residents. Her discoveries will lead her to a truth much stranger and more terrifying than she could have possibly imagined.
This 10-episode comedy series starring Eugenio Derbez, who also executive produces, tells the story of 20-something Máximo Gallardo (Enrique Arrizon), whose dream comes true when he gets the job of a lifetime as a cabana boy at the hottest resort in Acapulco. He soon realizes the job is far more complicated than he ever imagined, and in order to succeed, he must learn to navigate a demanding clientele, a mercurial mentor and a complicated home life, without losing his way to shortcuts or temptations. The series, which is told in both Spanish and English, takes place in 1984, with Derbez narrating and playing the present-day version of Gallardo.
Get Rolling With Otis
Based on the book series by Loren Long, this animated adventure series welcomes young viewers to Long Hill Dairy Farm, home to Otis the tractor and all his friends. Otis may be little, but he has a big heart. Whenever he sees a friend in need, he hits the brakes, asks how they’re feeling and rolls into action to help.
The acclaimed, Emmy-winning comedy led by Jason Sudeikis concludes Season 2.
Eli Roth Presents: A Ghost Ruined My Life
Horror filmmaker Eli Roth is behind this hourlong series that relates the shocking true stories of hauntings that have left emotional (and sometimes physical) scars on those unlucky enough to have experienced them.
Muppets Haunted Mansion
The Muppets’ first ever Halloween special features a star-studded Muppets cast, celebrity cameos, all-new music and spooky fun for families to enjoy together. The special takes place on Halloween night, when Gonzo is challenged to spend one very daring night in the Haunted Mansion.
The final Season 1 episodes of this spinoff of Leverage are available on Amazon Prime Video’s free IMDb TV service. Over these new episodes, the Leverage team must aid a small town librarian, discredit a lifestyle and wellness guru, explore the failing memory of a legendary grifter, and more. Joining the cast in these additional episodes are guest stars LeVar Burton, James Marsters, Andrea Navedo (continuing her role as Maria Shipp), Drew Powell (reprising his role as Jack Hurley from the original Leverage series), Ben Thompson, Joanna Cassidy, Jon Fletcher and Brianna Brown.
Pokémon the Movie: Secrets of the Jungle
This Japanese anime film is the 23rd movie in the Pokémon universe and returns to the franchise’s traditional 2D animation style, versus the CGI of the previous entry.
A Tale Dark & Grimm
In this animated kids series, follow Hansel and Gretel as they walk out of their own story and into a winding and wickedly witty tale full of strange — and scary — surprises.
Music icon Madonna is the subject of this documentary film. Shot in Lisbon, it captures one of the star’s recent sold-out world tour performances in support of her latest studio album, Madame X, in which she adopts the fearless title persona — a secret agent fighting for freedom. Madonna’s virtuoso performance features new music alongside previous hits and fan favorites.
MLB Playoffs: NL Division Series, Game 1
TBS, beginning at 4:30pm 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. 16.
ESPN, beginning at 7pm Live
The Temple Owls are at the Cincinnati Bearcats in an American Athletic Conference clash, and the Stanford Cardinal are at the Arizona State Sun Devils in a Pac-12 matchup.
More products are pitched to the team of sharks as another season begins.
Stalked in Paradise
Olivia’s career of putting photos and video of herself on stock photography websites suddenly leads to danger when a man starts stalking her and her husband. When the stalker’s delusions get out of hand, Olivia fights back to protect herself and her husband from the stalker’s outrage. Stars Chelsie Hightower, Channon Voyce and Mason D. Davis.
A Night With Nancy Sinatra
TCM, beginning at 8pm
Catch a Classic!
Nancy Sinatra, the daughter of legendary crooner Frank Sinatra, never fell under her dad’s shadow, quickly becoming a successful and beloved singer in her own right in the 1960s when she was in her 20s. Not only did Nancy’s voice become a familiar staple to music fans with hits like “These Boots Were Made for Walkin’,” but she also became a familiar presence on television and in movies throughout the ’60s with acting roles or appearances as herself. You can enjoy a few of these tonight on Turner Classic Movies. First up is the TCM premiere of Movin’ With Nancy, a 1967 NBC television special featuring the singer in a series of musical vignettes, often with other artists, that were performed outdoors instead of on an indoor stage, making it unique for its time. The show’s guest stars include Nancy’s father and his fellow Rat Packers Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. Also appearing is Lee Hazlewood, who wrote a number of Nancy’s hits and performs memorable duets with her here on songs like “Some Velvet Morning.” The rest of the evening features Nancy in film acting roles, beginning with Marriage on the Rocks, a 1965 comedy led by Frank, with Nancy as his character’s daughter. Deborah Kerr and Martin also star. After that, watch Nancy’s feature-film debut in the 1964 beach party film For Those Who Think Young, followed by the network premiere of the 1966 spy movie spoof The Last of the Secret Agents? — Jeff Pfeiffer
Magnum P.I.: “The Harder They Fall”
Magnum (Jay Hernandez) and Higgins (Perdita Weeks) reunite to investigate the death of a construction worker in the new episode “The Harder They Fall.”
Nancy Drew: “The Warning of the Frozen Heart”
The CW, 9pm
On the evening of Horseshoe Bay’s annual Harvest Carnival, a whole new mystery unfolds for Nancy (Kennedy McMann) when the body of a mysterious young man is discovered on the Hudson carnival grounds. The Drew Crew (Leah Lewis, Tunji Kasim and Alex Saxon) is drawn into the case by a host of confounding clues surrounding a new menace terrorizing the town — a killer who has an enigmatic connection to none other than Nancy’s newest foil: Temperance Hudson (guest star Bo Martynowska).
Selling the Big Easy
In the first of back-to-back new episodes, travel enthusiasts Vince and Margeau are officially making the move from Atlanta, Georgia, to New Orleans, Louisiana. Vince is keen on purchasing a home with unique architectural features, while Margeau is focused on generating potential income from the property. In the meantime, Brittany and her team work to give a French Quarter mansion the jaw-dropping first impression it needs to impress buyers. In the second episode, a couple is looking to leave their small starter home in the city and upsize to a larger home in the suburbs. They have different tastes, but a common goal in finding a unique place to call their forever home. Meanwhile, Brittany and her team are challenged with turning a drab condo in the highly sought-after Marigny neighborhood into a fabulous find.
Ancient Aliens: “Top Ten Alien Artifacts”
An ancient figurine of a modern-day airplane. A primitive statue of a man in a spacesuit. Mysterious crystal skulls whose origins are entirely unknown. For more than a decade, Ancient Aliens has traveled the globe and investigated strange objects found on every continent on Earth. Now, this installment counts down the top 10 alien artifacts — objects that could provide evidence that extraterrestrials once walked among us.
The 34th Hispanic Heritage Awards
Celebrate the recipients of the annual Hispanic Heritage Awards. The evening includes performances and appearances by some of the country’s most celebrated Hispanic artists and visionaries, with honorees including Carlos Santana, Kali Uchis and more.
The Amber Ruffin Show
Amber Ruffin’s Emmy-nominated late-night series is back for Season 2, with new episodes dropping Fridays and showcasing Ruffin’s signature smart and silly take on the week’s news.
Joe Bob’s Halloween Hoedown
Shudder, 9pm Live
In what has become an annual tradition, iconic horror host and foremost drive-in movie critic Joe Bob Briggs returns with a special The Last Drive-In live double-feature just in time for Halloween. You’ll have to tune in to find out what movies Joe Bob has selected, but you can count on something scary and perfect for the season, with special guests to be announced.
Eli Roth’s History of Horror: “Infections”
Horror has warned us about pandemics for years. Tonight’s episode explores films that mirror reality (Outbreak, Contagion, 12 Monkeys), surreal plagues (Shivers, Rabid), zombie outbreaks (REC, Pontypool) and pathogens from space (The Andromeda Strain, Color out of Space).
Blue Bloods: “Times Like These”
Tension escalates between Frank (Tom Selleck) and Mayor Chase (Dylan Walsh) after Frank makes a public arrest that goes viral in the new episode “Times Like These.”
Great Performances at the Met: “Three Divas at Versailles”
Three-time Grammy winner Isabel Leonard joins fellow opera stars Nadine Sierra and Ailyn Pérez to perform timeless selections by Mozart, Offenbach and Bizet, including “Voi che sapete” and “Belle nuit, ô nuit d’amour,” along with beloved songs like “Bésame Mucho” and “Cielito Lindo.” The concert was recorded in May at the Royal Opera of Versailles in France; Met Opera soprano Christine Goerke hosts the broadcast.
Saturday, Oct. 9
The Ghost and Molly McGee: “Getting the Band(shell) Back Together/The Greatest Concert Ever”
Disney Channel, 9am
The town of Brighton gets its old band shell rebuilt, but it’s up to Molly (voice of Ashly Burch) to find a band to put on its first concert in the new episode “Getting the Band(shell) Back Together/The Greatest Concert Ever.”
Frankie Drake Mysteries: “Prince in Exile”
When a playboy prince is kidnapped, the team has to be discreet as they investigate in order to avoid an international incident.
Whose Line Is It Anyway?
The CW, 8pm
Hosted by comedian Aisha Tyler, this comedy improv show features cast members Ryan Stiles, Wayne Brady and Colin Mochrie, who helped make the original U.S. version of this series such a hit. Along with a special guest comedian in each episode, the cast members must put their comedic skills to the test through a series of spontaneous improv games.
Outgrown: “Room for the Family”
After a death in the family, a mother and her three kids downsized to a new home that sadly has no room for a very special handmade dining table. Luke Caldwell and Clint Robertson update their cozy home to allow this family to do what they love most: hang out together.
Dying to Belong
A remake of the classic 1997 film, Dying to Belong tells the story of journalism major Olivia (Favour Onwuka) as she meets Riley (Jenika Rose), a shy freshman who suffers from anxiety, and they become fast friends. Riley, whose mother Katherine (Shannen Doherty) was a legacy at Pi Gamma Beta, decides to rush in hopes of following Katherine’s footsteps and is ecstatic when Olivia joins her. Sensing the opportunity to go undercover to write a story about hazing practices, Olivia soon discovers there are deadly secrets involved in being part of the “sisterhood.”
Catch a Classic!
During a time when there were plenty of sci-fi movies that dealt with adventures in outer space, this wildly imaginative and exciting 1966 classic dared to take viewers on a mission into the inner space of the human body. The film’s premise and voyage are indeed pretty fantastic in all senses of that word. In the world of this story, the science of miniaturization has been unlocked, and the Army has big plans for that technology. When a scientist carrying the secret of the process is injured in a surprise attack, however, a life-threatening blood clot puts him into a coma. A four-person team of medical and military personnel (portrayed by Raquel Welch, in her first significant film role, along with Donald Pleasence, William Redfield and Arthur Kennedy) have to use the technology to shrink themselves and a submarine down to microbic size, travel inside his body and destroy the clot. But with the body’s natural defenses fighting them, and a determined saboteur onboard, can they locate and destroy the problem before the miniaturization wears off? Stephen Boyd also stars in the film that was nominated for five Oscars and won two, for its stunning art direction and its still-impressive special effects. — Jeff Pfeiffer
World’s Funniest Animals
The CW, 9pm
Hilarious animal antics are back for Season 2.
South Beach Love
Hallmark Channel, 9pm
From New York Times bestselling author Caridad Piñeiro and Hallmark Publishing comes a story about rival quinceañeras, glorious Cuban cooking, friendship, family ties and romance. Stars William Levy and Taylor Cole.
Nat Geo Wild, 9pm
Making house calls in the far reaches of the Great North is a daunting task to say the least, considering hundreds of miles may separate the houses. That challenge doesn’t stop Dr. Michelle Oakley from performing her many duties as a veterinarian in one of the most rugged environments on Earth, and juggling them with being a wife and mother. Season 10 of this series will again follow Dr. Oakley in action.
Snapped Notorious: River Valley Killer
From 1993 to 2000, the quiet community of Fort Smith, Arkansas, was terrorized by a twisted serial killer, a deranged necrophiliac who targeted elderly and vulnerable women. This two-hour special examines that killer, who became known as the River Valley Killer.
The Waiting Room
BET Her, 10pm
Two dramatic short films follow the lives of two women in a doctor’s waiting room as they wait to hear if they have breast cancer. Each short story, directed by and for Black women, will follow their journey after receiving the life-changing diagnosis. The first film, It Takes Two, is directed by Ta’Rhonda Jones; the second one, The Party, is directed by Yvette Nicole Brown.
Saturday Night Live: “Kim Kardashian West/Halsey”
NBC, 11:30pm Live
TV star Kim Kardashian West makes her first appearance as SNL host, while Grammy-nominated Halsey is musical guest for the fourth time.