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Saturday, Oct. 30: College Football Saturday Features Georgia vs. Florida Rivalry Game

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Saturday, Oct. 30

College Football
ABC, CBS, ESPN, FOX & NBC, beginning at 12pm Live

The Florida Gators and Georgia Bulldogs renew their storied SEC rivalry today at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, Florida, on CBS. Then the North Carolina Tar Heels are on the road to face the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame on NBC. Other top matchups are Michigan at Michigan State (FOX), Ole Miss at Auburn (ESPN) and Penn State at Ohio State (ABC).

Happy Halloween Movie Marathon Continues
TCM, beginning at 5:45am
Catch a Classic!

Scary-movie favorites continue all day today on Turner Classic Movies, with the following titles airing, in order: Creature From the Haunted Sea (1961), The Hypnotic Eye (1960), Chamber of Horrors (1966), Spider Baby (1964), The Devil’s Own (1966), Curse of Frankenstein (1957), The Haunting (1963), The Tomb of Ligeia (1965), The Fly (1958), Frankenstein (1931), Young Frankenstein (1974), Who’s Superstitious? (1943), Black Cats and Broomsticks (1955), Cat People (1942), The Leopard Man (1943), Let’s Scare Jessica to Death (1971) and Carnival of Souls (1962).

The Ghost and Molly McGee: “Mazel Tov, Libby!/No Good Deed”
Disney Channel, 9am

In “Mazel Tov, Libby!” Molly (voice of Ashly Burch) throws a bat mitzvah bash for her friend. Then in “No Good Deed,” Molly gives her brother, Darryl (voice of Michaela Dietz), lessons in being nice.

Frankie Drake Mysteries: “Ghost in the Machine”
Ovation, 7pm

Convinced she was visited by the ghost of a murdered woman, Nora (Wendy Crewson) makes Frankie (Lauren Lee Smith) and Trudy (Chantel Riley) search their building, leading to a shocking discovery.

Much Ado About Christmas
GAC Family, 8pm
Original Film!

Haley (Susie Abromeit) is beloved in her community of Winterstone for acts of kindness ranging from managing The Hope Chest to directing the children’s choir. She is also the daughter of one of Winterstone’s wealthiest residents, Leona Lloyd (Jacinta Mulcahy). Despite Haley’s down-to-earth demeanor, she is financially set as Leona’s only heir — information she fails to share with new love interest, Claud (Torrance Coombs), an artsy, hopeless romantic. Haley introduces herself to Claud as “Haley Logan,” raised by a single, struggling mom, a small fib that becomes a complication when Claud and his team present an ad pitch to Leona that includes a photo of Claud’s new girlfriend … Haley. Secrets are revealed and relationships ruffled, but Christmas is coming, and miracles do happen.

In the Heights
HBO, 8pm

This joyous 2021 adaptation of Lin-­Manuel Miranda’s Tony-­winning musical celebrates the rhythms of upper Manhattan’s Washington Heights, where bodega owner Usnavi and his crush, Vanessa (An­thony Ramos and Melissa Barrera), lead the neighborhood in song as they strive to make their dreams come true. Directed by Jon M. Chu (Crazy Rich Asians), the film dwells more than anything on dignity, identity and the magic of dance.

Outgrown: “Attic Treasure”
HGTV, 8pm

A couple and their son are excited for the new baby on the way, but their house isn’t fit for a family of four. They need Clint Robertson and Luke Caldwell’s expertise to open up the main floor, update the kitchen and transform the attic into an oasis for mom and dad.

Torn From Her Arms
Lifetime, 8pm
Original Film!

Amid the ongoing crisis at the U.S. border, this timely film depicts the harrowing true story of a mother and daughter who must find their way back to each other after being separated. Judy Reyes takes on the role of Thelma Garcia, a Texas immigration lawyer who works tirelessly to reunite the pair, and Gloria Reuben portrays Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and ProPublica reporter Ginger Thompson, who broke the story. The movie follows Cindy Madrid (Fátima Molina) and her daughter, Ximena (Camila Núñez), who fled violence in El Salvador for safety in the U.S., only to be separated at the border as a part of the administration’s “zero tolerance” policy. Their story would gain national attention when a whistleblower leaked a gut-wrenching audiotape of 6-year-old Ximena crying for her mother. The onslaught of media attention incited by Ginger’s story alerted the nation to the cruelties being committed against undocumented immigrant families at the border.

The Zoo: “Giraffe Dance”
Animal Planet, 9pm

At the Bronx Zoo, love is in the air — high in the air. Towering giraffes Jigsaw and Zizi are matched for breeding, and crane chick Cora is relocated and meets a possible mate.

World’s Funniest Animals: Halloween
The CW, 9pm

Grab your candy bowl and broomstick, and try and keep up this Hallowed Eve with World’s Funniest Animals: Halloween! We have haunting horses, fearsome felines, costumed canines, ghoulish goats and a cat who is a wizard. Hosted by Elizabeth Stanton with special guest Robert Englund and commentary by Brian Cooper, Mikalah Gordon, Brandon Rogers, Neel Ghosh, Carmen Hodgson, Maiara Walsh and Noah Matthews.

NFL Icons: “Jerry Rice”
EPIX, 10pm

The term GOAT may be used too freely. Not with Jerry Rice. This greatest-­of­-all-­time wide receiver turned early dropped balls into motivation that led to three Super Bowl titles with the San Francisco 49ers and record career receptions.

Sunday, Oct. 31

Ghost Hunters
discovery+
Sneak Peek!

This revival of one of the seminal ghost investigation series finds original team leader Jason Hawes, joined by Steve Gonsalves, Dave Tango and Shari DeBenedetti, once again checking out haunted locations. Some familiar faces and special guests are promised in the all-new season. It begins today with this special Halloween sneak peek at the revival.

Happy Halloween Movie Marathon Concludes
TCM, beginning at 6am
Catch a Classic!

Happy Halloween! Turner Classic Movies’ weekend of horror movies continues all day long, with a lineup featuring, in order: Phantom of the Rue Morgue (1954), Macabre (1958), White Zombie (1932), Cat People (1942), The Leopard Man (1943), Mad Love (1935), Horror of Dracula (1958), The Pit and the Pendulum (1961), Curse of the Demon (1958) and Horror Hotel (aka City of the Dead, 1960). In primetime, Mario Cantone will introduce his last Classic Horror installment for the month; tonight’s theme is slasher movies, with a double feature of Psycho (1960) and Blow Out (1981). Very late tonight (early the morning of Nov. 1) the network will feature two creepy scary movie imports: Vampyr (1932), from Germany, and Häxan, a 1922 silent film from Sweden.

NASCAR Cup Series: Xfinity 500
NBC, 2pm Live

NASCAR Cup Series drivers compete for 500 laps around the short track at Martinsville Speedway in Virginia. After today’s race, four drivers will be eliminated from championship contention and four will move on to next week’s season finale at Phoenix Raceway.

A Picture Perfect Wedding
UPtv, 7pm
Original Film!

Wedding photographer Lindsey (Emily Tennant) gets her big opportunity when Josh (Tyler Johnston), a New York mogul’s son, asks her to shoot his sister’s wedding. Sparks fly as Josh and Lindsey prepare for the ceremony, and the pair begin to fall for each other. But as the big day arrives and the project finishes, do they go back to their old, separate lives, or will they follow their hearts?

The Equalizer: “The People Aren’t Ready”
CBS, 8pm

McCall (Queen Latifah) comes closer than ever to being captured when she races to prevent the murder of District Attorney Grafton (guest star Jennifer Ferrin) in the new episode “The People Aren’t Ready.”

Call the Midwife: “Episode 5”
PBS, 8pm

With Sister Hilda (Fenella Woolgar) away on a refresher course, Sister Julienne (Jenny Agutter) steps in to carry out home visits. Meanwhile, as the new pupil midwives settle in, an overly protective mother struggles to cope with her teenage daughter’s pregnancy and frustrates pupil midwife Nancy (Megan Cusack).

Lost City of the Monkey God
Science Channel, 8pm

Torrential rain, dense jungle, hazardous mountain terrain, poisonous reptiles, disease-carrying flies: In this special, explorer Steve Elkins and a scientific team go on a walk-in-the-park quest for the Lost City of the Monkey God, aka Ciudad Blanca, rumored to exist deep in the Honduran rainforest.

Ghost Adventures: “Confronting Darkness During Quarantine”
Travel Channel, 8pm

In this initial two-hour installment of a four-hour miniseries special (the second part airs later this evening), the crew begins their unprecedented lockdown at Zak’s Haunted Museum during the COVID-19 pandemic. They confront dark forces as they investigate demonic dolls, the Jack Kevorkian room and Zak’s collection of serial killer artifacts.

NFL Football: Dallas at Minnesota
NBC, 8:20pm Live

The Minnesota Vikings hope to strike terror in the hearts of the Dallas Cowboys when the teams meet at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis for a Halloween Sunday Night Football matchup.

Hightown: “Fresh as a Daisy”
Starz, 8:55pm

Former cop Ray (James Badge Dale), depressed and humiliated in civilian life, begs Saintille (Dohn Norwood) for his job back. Charmaine (Imani Lewis) visits Osito (Atkins Estimond) in prison to propose a partnership.

The Canterville Ghost
BYUtv, 9pm
New Miniseries!

This four-part retelling of Oscar Wilde’s short story “The Canterville Ghost,” from BBC Studios Productions, marks BYUtv’s first commission of a British drama. Set in modern-day rural England, the series sees American tech billionaire Hiram Otis (James Lance) buy Canterville Chase, unaware that the contents include a malevolent family ghost — Sir Simon de Canterville (Anthony Head), who has been haunting the premises for centuries — or that his family will face the full might of the English aristocracy. Eventually, three families — the aristocratic Cantervilles, the Romani Lovells and the American Otises — must come together to find redemption and heal the past.

NCIS: Los Angeles: “Sorry for Your Loss”
CBS, 9pm

Kilbride (Gerald McRaney) enlists NCIS to help find a truckload of stolen guns in the new episode “Sorry for Your Loss.”

Chapelwaite: “The Keeper”
EPIX, 9pm
Season Finale!

Jakub (Christopher Heyerdahl) and his army come out of the dark and attack Charles (Adrien Brody) and his fighters. Charles must make a decision to free his family of the ancient book’s curse.

Halloween Wars
Food Network, 9pm
Season Finale!

They’re doing the Monster Match! Cakes featuring battling beasts are on the menu as the last two teams square off in an All Hallows’ Eve showdown for the $25,000 prize.

Grantchester: “Episode 5”
PBS, 9pm

Will (Tom Brittney) and Geordie (Robson Green) investigate an audacious bank robbery, which sees Geordie unexpectedly cross paths with an old friend from his army days.

Buried
Showtime, 9pm
Series Finale!

The documentary series about a woman’s long-repressed memory of her childhood best friend’s murder concludes tonight.

SEAL Team: “Need to Know”
CBS, 10pm

In the new episode “Need to Know,” the first of a three-episode story arc, Bravo Team gets spun up on a sudden mission in Africa, where they find themselves in a rush to prevent a major terrorist attack. The second part is available tomorrow on Paramount+. Beginning Nov. 7, all-new episodes of SEAL Team will drop Sundays only on Paramount+.

Murder Nation: “Jersey Gore: Gambling With Death”
HLN, 10pm
Season Finale!

In “Gambling With Death,” the Season 2 finale of the true-crime docuseries, after a night of glitz and gambling in Atlantic City, a prominent New Jersey couple is attacked on their way home. But what looks like a run-of-the-mill carjacking gone wrong turns out to be a multipronged conspiracy exposing that this perfect suburban couple might have been anything but.

Baptiste: “Episode 3”
PBS, 10pm

As Baptiste (Tchéky Karyo) investigates a controversial political group, he and Emma (Fiona Shaw) make a shocking and deadly discovery.

Ghost Adventures: “Quarantined With Evil”
Travel Channel, 10pm

The crew risks their very souls to uncover the spiritual impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. They attempt to summon a demonic presence on the grounds of the Haunted Museum before unleashing the evil trapped inside the cursed Dybbuk Box.

Surviving Bundy With Nancy Grace
FOX News Channel, 10pm

Hosted by FOX Nation’s Nancy Grace, this hourlong presentation will investigate courageous and miraculous survival stories from the first and last victims that escaped serial killer Ted Bundy’s reign of terror. Three brave women, Karen Sparks, Cheryl Thomas and Karen Chandler, will share their first-hand accounts of strength, recovery and survival with Grace after coming face-to-face with this ruthless killer. The special will be available on FOX Nation following Sunday night’s airing.

Curb Your Enthusiasm
HBO, 10:30pm

Larry (Larry David) investigates the case of a malfunctioning toilet and helps buddy Jeff (Jeff Garlin) solve a mystery of his own.

Monday, Nov. 1

Dalgliesh
Acorn TV
New Series!

Based on P.D. James’ global bestsellers, this six-episode British mystery series stars Bertie Carvel as enigmatic Inspector Adam Dalgliesh. A recent widower and acclaimed poet, Dalgliesh employs his exceptional empathy and insight to plumb the darker depths of the human psyche while investigating complex crimes in 1970s England. Season 1 of the series consists of three two-part mysteries that each feature its own unique setting and cast. The premiere mystery available today is “Shroud for a Nightingale” Parts 1 and 2, in which Dalgliesh is sent to a nursing school to investigate when a murderer targets students. Subsequent mysteries are available Mondays.

Candy Coated Christmas: Behind the Scenes With Ree Drummond
discovery+

On Nov. 19, discovery+ will debut Food Network’s first ever scripted movie, Candy Coated Christmas. The film will feature Ree Drummond, host of The Pioneer Woman, in a bit role as a bakery owner. In this behind-the-scenes special, Drummond brings viewers along for a “making of” journey as she prepares to shoot her first acting role. From wardrobe fittings to meeting the cast and crew, Drummond shares memorable moments leading up to her feature acting debut, including how some of her own recipes were used.

Y: The Last Man
FX on Hulu
Season Finale!

The Season 1 finale of this long-awaited (and long-delayed) postapocalyptic drama based on the DC Comics series could end up also being the series finale, as FX abruptly announced its cancellation in October (some sources have told The Hollywood Reporter that Y could possibly return on HBO Max, but nothing is official on that front yet). In this episode, “Victoria,” as the Amazons close in on Marrisville, Nora (Marin Ireland) reaches a breaking point. Meanwhile, Yorick (Ben Schnetzer) makes a new connection while 355 (Ashley Romans) faces her past.

Son of Monarchs
HBO Max
Feature Film Exclusive!

After the death of his grandmother, a New York City biologist (Tenoch Huerta Mejía) returns to his hometown in Mexico after many years and undergoes a personal transformation in the majestic monarch butterfly forests of Michoacán.

The Informant: Fear and Faith in the Heartland
Hulu

ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos gives an exclusive, never-before-seen look at the radicalization, planning and takedown of a militant white supremacist group hellbent on murdering scores of women and children in Kansas. The special is told as a cinematic crime yarn full of exclusive undercover videos, audio recordings and surveillance images — as well as the first-person accounts of all key players who risked their lives to stop the plot, including the ordinary man turned hero informant, and the two FBI agents at the center of the case, who all speak on camera for the first time.

Judy Justice
IMDb TV
New Series!

Viewers who miss Judge Judy are in luck — iconic TV judge Judy Sheindlin is back on the bench in this new courtroom series, adjudicating real-life cases from all over the country in a brand-new format. Judge Sheindlin is joined by bailiff Kevin Rasco, a retired Los Angeles probation officer and entrepreneur; court stenographer Whitney Kumar, a board-certified court reporter in the state of California; and Sarah Rose, a law clerk and Sheindlin’s granddaughter, who brings in a new generation of legal analysis. If you’re interested in doing more than just watching Judy Justice, you can submit a potential claim to be considered for the series at judyjustice.tv. New episodes are available weekdays.

The Claus Family
Netflix
Original Film!

In this Dutch-Belgian film, when his grandfather (Jan Decleir) suddenly falls ill, holiday-hating Jules (Mo Bakker) learns of his family’s magical legacy and realizes he is the only hope to save Christmas.

“SEAL Team” Moves From CBS to Paramount+
The second episode of the three-part SEAL Team story arc that began last night on CBS is available on Paramount+ beginning today, as the popular series joins Evil and leaves the CBS broadcast network for its new home exclusively on the streaming service. Beginning Nov. 7, all-new episodes of SEAL Team will drop Sundays only on Paramount+.

All American: “I Ain’t Goin’ Out Like That”
The CW, 8pm

The gang celebrates a birthday, but not everyone is happy about it. As Olivia (Samantha Logan) and Spencer’s (Daniel Ezra) relationship grows stronger, Olivia struggles with the rift between Billy (Taye Diggs) and Spencer. Jordan’s (Michael Evans Behling) buried feelings come to the surface, leaving his and Billy’s relationship strained. Meanwhile, Asher (Cody Christian) is trying to come to terms with his football career, but is hopeful when he goes to see a new doctor.

NFL Football: N.Y. Giants at Kansas City
ESPN, 8pm Live

Monday Night Football’s Week 8 matchup has the N.Y. Giants at Kansas City’s Arrowhead Stadium to take on Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs.

Holiday Baking Championship
Food Network, 8pm
Season Premiere!

’Tis the season of pumpkin pies and figgy pudding as a dozen bakers compete for a shot at impressing host Jesse Palmer and a’wassailing away with a very tasty grand prize.

9-1-1: “Brawl in Cell Block 9-1-1”
FOX, 8pm

Responding to a fire at a prison, Bobby and the 118 find themselves trapped in a deadly riot.

The Voice: “The Knockouts, Part 3”
NBC, 8pm

Global superstar Ed Sheeran serves as Mega Mentor to all of the teams on the final night of the Knockouts. The coaches, who each have one steal, pair their artists to perform individually against a teammate, then select a winner to move on to the Live Playoffs.

TCM Spotlight: Dance Numbers
TCM, beginning at 8pm
Catch a Classic!

Each Monday night this month on Turner Classic Movies, put on your dancing shoes (or at least watch others use theirs) with a lineup of brilliantly choreographed movie musicals. Tonight’s initial lineup spans a range of eras, beginning with Small Town Girl, the delightful 1953 film featuring choreography by the legendary Busby Berkeley (including the memorable “Street Dance” performed by costar Bobby Van hopping around town). Small Town Girl received a Best Original Song Oscar nomination for Nicholas Brodszky and Leo Robin’s “My Flaming Heart.” The movie is led by Jane Powell and Ann Miller, actresses also known for their dancing, and Farley Granger, who, while not necessarily remembered as a dancer onscreen, did take dance lessons and had hoped to become a tap dancer when he was a kid. Tonight’s next film brings us forward nearly 30 years with Fame (1980), Alan Parker’s acclaimed drama following students at New York City’s High School of Performing Arts. The film was shot on location in the Big Apple, lending a gritty realism to even its famous street-dancing musical number set to the Oscar-winning hit title tune, which was performed by star Irene Cara. Choreographed by Louis Falco, this sequence took three days to film and incorporated eight choreographed routines, 150 student background actors and 50 professional dancers. The evening concludes with one of the greatest movie musicals ever made: West Side Story (1961), the famed big-screen adaptation of the Broadway hit that boasts iconic music and songs by composer Leonard Bernstein and lyricist Stephen Sondheim. Jerome Robbins, who had directed and choreographed the stage version of West Side Story, codirected the film with Robert Wise, bringing to thrilled moviegoers his unique and colorful fusion of jazz and ballet moves across multiple classic musical numbers. The film won 10 of the 11 Oscars for which it was nominated, and Robbins was given a special Honorary Award from the Academy for “Brilliant Achievements in the Art of Choreography on Film.” The evening ends early tomorrow morning with That’s Dancing!, a 1985 compilation film that looks back at the history of dancing in the movies. — Jeff Pfeiffer

NCIS: “False Start”
CBS, 9pm

It’s official. Former FBI guy Alden Parker (Gary Cole) is the new NCIS special agent in charge, taking over for the legendary Gibbs (Mark Harmon), who capped off his indefinite suspension by retiring to Alaska. Tonight, Parker and his team investigate the death of a commander who heads the All-Navy Sports Program.

The Big Leap: “Revenge Plot”
FOX, 9pm

After the shocking reveal on the premiere night after-show, Gabby (Simone Recasner) works with Nick (Scott Foley) to try to get revenge and create some drama for the show in the new episode “Revenge Plot.”

The Co-Ed Killer: Mind of a Monster
Investigation Discovery, 9pm; also streams on discovery+ beginning Tuesday

This three-part special delves into the mind of Edmund Kemper, one of America’s most infamous serial killers. In 1973, while awaiting trial, Kemper was interviewed by psychiatrist Dr. Donald Lunde, who recorded Kemper’s detailed confession on audiotape. Now, nearly 50 years later, these tapes are public for the first time, and some of them can be heard in this program to help reveal Kemper’s tormented childhood and dark fantasies.

The Good Doctor: “Crazytown”
ABC, 10pm

The old adage “art imitates life” is really hitting home for Will Yun Lee, who plays surgeon Alex Park. This week, an elderly Korean American shopkeeper (François Chau) and his activist daughter (Jee Young Han) come to the medical center after he’s beaten in an anti-Asian hate crime. When the two have different opinions on how to deal with the attack, Park uses his experience as the son of immigrants to connect with the young woman and bridge the gap. For Korean American Lee, whose parents owned stores when he was growing up, conversations about that hardworking generation were particularly touching. “Sometimes, because their English is limited, they become faceless,” he says. “I love that this episode goes into what’s in their heart and shows them as human beings.” An upcoming hour involving a young patient is also personal to Lee, whose son was born with a rare brain disease and had a stroke at only 3 years old. “I had to put the script down a couple times, just emotionally,” says Lee. When the actor was cast on The Good Doctor, now in its fifth season, his son was between surgeries. “It gave me a different perspective,” Lee adds. “It reminds me what the show’s about — hope, and doctors chasing things outside the box.”

NCIS: Hawai‘i: “The Tourist”
CBS, 10pm

In the new episode “The Tourist,” NCIS is tasked with finding a kidnapped social media star, but they discover that she is not who her husband, or her followers, think she is.

Ordinary Joe: “The Letter”
NBC, 10pm

In an episode set entirely in flashback, the origins of Joe Kimbreau’s (James Wolk) three paths are revisited in greater detail over graduation weekend in 2011.

POV: “North by Current”
PBS, 10pm

Filmmaker Angelo Madsen Minax returns to his rural Michigan hometown after the death of his young niece and reflects on struggles with grief and addiction as he examines family, faith and trans identity.

Tuesday, Nov. 2

Undercover Underage
discovery+
New Series!

Through her organization Safe From Online Sex Abuse (SOSA), child advocate Roo Powell has built a team that works in collaboration with law enforcement to detect offenders who prey on unsuspecting kids. This six-part docuseries gives insight into how SOSA works to successfully track down some of the internet’s most dangerous child predators. It follows the team as they transform Powell, a 38-year-old mother of three, into a fictitious teen persona and then work to reveal the true identities of the men who reach out to her.

NBA Basketball
TNT, beginning at 7:30pm Live

Jimmy Butler leads the Miami Heat against Luka Dončić and the Mavericks in Dallas. Following that game, the New Orleans Pelicans are in Phoenix to face the Suns.

FBI: “Charlotte’s Web”
CBS, 8pm

A suburban woman is kidnapped from her home, leading the team to discover a seemingly perfect marriage’s dark secrets in the new episode “Charlotte’s Web.”

DC’s Stargirl: “Summer School: Chapter Thirteen”
The CW, 8pm
Season Finale!

As Eclipso (Nick E. Tarabay) unleashes the final part of his master plan, Courtney (Brec Bassinger), Pat (Luke Wilson) and the JSA band together to take him down once and for all.

The Voice: “The Road to Live Shows”
NBC, 8pm

Ahead of the Live Playoffs beginning next week, relive the journey of the Top 20 from the Blind Auditions up to this point.

TCM Special Theme: New Waves Around the World: “Polish, Czech and German Waves”
TCM, beginning at 8pm
Catch a Classic!

Continuing the Tuesday night theme started last month, Turner Classic Movies will have two more “New Waves Around the World” evenings of films. Tonight’s lineup features New Wave films from Poland, Czechia and Germany. During the Polish New Wave, a genre that never quite caught on like in France, Polish directors broke free from the established patterns of filmmaking, making movies that examined and experimented with cinematic form. The Czech New Wave, active in the 1960s, consisted largely of films that touched on themes of communism and were subjected to censorship, strong narrative films that expressed dark humor in opposition to previous Czech films made in the ’50s that dealt with social realism. The German New Wave lasted from 1962-82, and was heavily influenced by the French New Wave. It was a response from young German filmmakers to the stagnation of the artistic appeal of German cinema, and was founded on artistic excellence over commercial success. The films from the Polish, Czech, and German New Waves featured tonight, in order, are: the 1958 Polish drama Ashes and Diamonds, nominated at the BAFTA awards for Best Film from Any Source and for Zbigniew Cybulski as Best Actor; the 1963 Czech drama Something Different, made by Věra Chytilová, one of the only female filmmakers to participate in the Czech New Wave; the 1965 comedy/drama Loves of a Blonde, Milos Forman’s third film made while living in his home country of Czechoslovakia, which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film; the 1970 surrealist fantasy horror film from Czechoslovakia Valerie and Her Week of Wonders, nominated for Best Feature at the Chicago International Film Festival; the 1966 drama Young Törless; the 1969 West German crime comedy Love Is Colder Than Death, which was filmed in black and white and won Best Performance by an Ensemble and Best Cinematography at the German Film Awards; and, finally, an early film from director Wim Wenders, the 1974 drama Alice in the Cities, which was named Best Film at the German Film Critics Association Awards. — Evan McLean

FBI: International: “The Soul of Chess”
CBS, 9pm

In the new episode “The Soul of Chess,” the team investigates an American journalist’s death by poison after his attempt to meet with an anonymous source in Poland.

The Curse of Oak Island
History, 9pm
Season Premiere!

Talk about a gold mine: Treasure-hunting brothers Marty and Rick Lagina, partner Craig Tester and their expedition experts are heading into their ninth season of successfully scouring Nova Scotia’s historic Oak Island for artifacts and supposed buried treasure.

La Brea: “The Way Home”
NBC, 9pm

With time running out before their window home closes, the survivors of the sinkhole hatch a final escape attempt. That plan, however, is put into question when they receive a stark warning from Gavin (Eoin Macken) that their plan will end in disaster, forcing Eve (Natalie Zea) to make an impossible choice.

American Veteran: “The Mission”
PBS, 9pm

Iraq War Army veteran and Purple Heart recipient Sen. Tammy Duckworth hosts this episode that shows how military life shapes servicemen and women in profound and unexpected ways. Veterans’ stories showcase the raw impact of these experiences, including a young Coast Guard recruit who helped ferry soldiers to fight and die on D-Day, a pilot based in Nevada who remotely guided bomber drones over Afghanistan and a young Marine who rose to become the first Latina general.

My Big Fat Fabulous Life
TLC, 9pm
Season Finale!

Ooh la la … or oh no!? Season 9 of the reality hit closes as North Carolina native Whitney Way Thore plans to head to Paris — mid-pandemic! — to meet the French tutor she fell for online.

FBI: Most Wanted: “Unhinged”
CBS, 10pm

The Fugitive Task Force hunts a perp who set a deadly fire at an arcade. More importantly, Special Agent Hana Gibson (Keisha Castle-Hughes) returns from her family emergency to a team without pal Kenny Crosby (Kellan Lutz, who’s exited the show) and with the new take-charge Kristin Gaines (Alexa Davalos).

Impeachment: American Crime Story: “The Grand Jury”
FX, 10pm

In the new episode “The Grand Jury,” Monica Lewinsky (Beanie Feldstein) and Linda Tripp (Sarah Paulson) tell their stories to 23 strangers.

New Amsterdam: “Harmony”
NBC, 10pm

Max (Ryan Eggold) and Bloom (Janet Montgomery) are shocked when a deadly ambulance crash reveals a dangerous plan; Dr. Fuentes (Michelle Forbes) pressures Iggy (Tyler Labine) to take on patients; Sharpe (Freema Agyeman) realizes her own cost-cutting has adversely affected her department; and Reynolds (Jocko Sims), Baptiste (Andre B. Blake) and Malvo (Frances Turner) strive to reach an accord.

Welcome to Plathville
TLC, 10pm
Season Finale!

In the two-hour finale, Lydia graduates high school and gets a very special visit. Micah, Moriah, Ethan, Olivia and Max decide it is time to move on from Cairo, but Olivia has one last thing to do before leaving town — face her fears with Kim and Barry.

Wednesday, Nov. 3

The Harder They Fall
Netflix
Original Film!

In this new-school Western, when outlaw Nat Love (Jonathan Majors) discovers that his enemy Rufus Buck (Idris Elba) is being released from prison, he rounds up his gang to track Rufus down and seek revenge. Those riding with him include his former love, Stagecoach Mary (Zazie Beetz), his right- and left-hand men — hot-tempered Bill Pickett (Edi Gathegi) and fast-drawing Jim Beckwourth (RJ Cyler) — and a surprising adversary-turned-ally. But Rufus has his own fearsome crew, including “Treacherous” Trudy Smith (Regina King) and Cherokee Bill (LaKeith Stanfield), and they are not a group that knows how to lose.

NBA Basketball
ESPN, beginning at 7:30pm Live

A star-studded doubleheader has Trae Young and the Atlanta Hawks visiting Kevin Durant and the Brooklyn Nets, followed by LaMelo Ball and the Charlotte Hornets out West trying to sting Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors.

The Goldbergs: “The Rose-Kissy Thing”
ABC, 8pm

Senior Night is upon William Penn Academy, and Beverly soon discovers she is missing out on the ceremonial adoration presented to mothers with athletic children.  Much to Adam’s embarrassment, Beverly pushes for her moment to shine with a kiss and a rose and encourages Principal Ball to establish a Non-Athlete Senior Night.  As Adam attempts to foil his mother’s plans, Erica finds herself lacking any interested friends to appoint “pre-wedding fun captain.” Reluctantly she engages her eager “sister-in-law to be” Joanna, who inadvertently doesn’t meet expectations but ultimately proves herself worthy of being called sister.

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: “Speakeasy Does It”
The CW, 8pm

Still searching for the scientist who can return them to their original timeline, the team treks to 1920s Chicago and makes life difficult for the crowd at an unusual speakeasy.

Property Brothers: Forever Home
HGTV, 8pm
Season Premiere!

Homeowners Barry and Zonita say they love their home. They have made lots of great memories with their kids there and enjoy having family living nearby. Now this growing household needs the Brothers’ help to make the home suit them for years to come. Drew and Jonathan Scott will give Barry and Zonita the house of their dreams when they create a beautifully designed and spacious open-concept kitchen, living and dining area that is perfect for entertaining extended family, as well as revamp the home office so it can also be used as a playroom.

Chicago Med: “A Square Peg in a Round Hole”
NBC, 8pm

Crockett (Dominic Rains) helps Dr. Blake (Sarah Rafferty) replace a patient’s liver; Vanessa (Asjha Cooper) tries to prove herself; Will (Nick Gehlfuss) continues to pursue the truth about Cooper (Michael Rady); and Ethan (Brian Tee) gets closer to returning to life in the E.D.

Nature: “The Elephant and the Termite”
PBS, 8pm

Witness the creation of one of Africa’s greatest wildlife meeting places and the site of extraordinary drama: the waterhole. From mighty elephants to tiny termites, an entire community of creatures call the waterhole their home.

WildTales From the Farm
Smithsonian Channel, 8pm
New Series!

Downton Abbey’s Hugh Bonneville hosts this revealing four-part series about the secret lives of animals on a 500-acre English farm. We begin in spring with flirty cows and a hen torn between ruling the roost and feeding her chicks.

Star of the Month: Sydney Greenstreet
TCM, beginning at 8pm
Catch a Classic!

Considering that he did not begin his film career until age 61 after many years of stage acting, and with that career consisting of only 24 movies made throughout the 1940s, it’s all the more impressive that legendary actor Sydney Greenstreet was able to become such an enduring big-screen icon. It really speaks to his talent; Greenstreet, who frequently played supporting roles as characters with personalities as outsized as the actor’s large physical presence, could steal scenes from even the likes of frequent costars Humphrey Bogart (they made five movies together) and Peter Lorre (nine movies together). While Greenstreet appeared in some comedies, most of his movies were films noir or dramas where he portrayed morally ambiguous, if not outright corrupt, figures, yet he often managed to bring good humor to even his shadiest characters. Each Wednesday this month, Turner Classic Movies recognizes Greenstreet as its Star of the Month with an evening of his films; in total, the celebration will encompass nearly all of the actor’s cinematic body of work in which he portrayed a fictional character, not himself. It begins tonight with Greenstreet’s first movie, the film noir classic The Maltese Falcon (1941), which earned him a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination and was the first of his teamings with Bogart and Lorre. Also tonight: the 1942 spy film Across the Pacific, which re-teamed Greenstreet with Bogart, as well as Maltese Falcon costar Mary Astor and director John Huston (who codirected this film with Vincent Sherman); Conflict (1945), another film noir pairing Greenstreet and Bogart, only this time with Bogie as the bad guy in the equation; The Hucksters (1947), also starring Clark Gable and Deborah Kerr in her American film debut; and Passage to Marseille (1944), a war film again teaming Greenstreet with Bogart and Lorre, as well as their Casablanca costar Claude Rains. — Jeff Pfeiffer

My 600-lb Life
TLC, 8pm
Season Premiere!

In the premiere, when Nathan’s weight gets in the way of the only healthy thing in his life — his job as a drama teacher — it’s a wake-up call for him. But changing his life might mean a falling out with his wife, Amber, who is also overweight, unless she can lose, too.

Batwoman: “Antifreeze”
The CW, 9pm

When Ryan (Javicia Leslie) makes Gotham’s “30 Under 30” list, Luke (Camrus Johnson) worries about how Marquis’ (Nick Creegan) involvement in Ryan’s rising popularity as Wayne Enterprises’ acting CEO will land with Jada (Robin Givens). Mary (Nicole Kang) returns from a late night out not feeling quite herself, while Alice’s (Rachel Skarsten) hallucinations grow stronger. And when Sophie’s (Meagan Tandy) sister, Jordan (guest star Keeya King), goes missing, she and the Bat Team quickly realize that Freeze’s missing weapon hasn’t been fully contained.

Chicago Fire: “Whom Shall I Fear?”
NBC, 9pm

Gallo (Alberto Rosende) clashes with the new lieutenant temporarily filling in for Casey (Jesse Spencer). Meanwhile, Severide (Taylor Kinney) closes in on a deadly arsonist.

NOVA Universe Revealed: “Milky Way”
PBS, 9pm

Our Milky Way galaxy is so vast that even traveling at the speed of light, it would take about 100,000 years to cross it. But what shaped this giant spiral of stars, gas and dust, and what will be its destiny? This episode explores the wonders of galactic archaeology revealed by Gaia, a spacecraft that’s unlocking the turbulent history of our cosmic neighborhood — from its birth in a whirling disk of clouds and dust to its ultimate fate as it collides with its nearest neighbor, the Andromeda galaxy, over 4 billion years from now.

Home Economics: “Speeding Ticket, $180”
ABC, 9:30pm

Sofia brings out Tom’s adventurous side which ignites Marina’s jealous side. Meanwhile, Sarah and Denise learn that Shamiah has been confiding in Connor instead of them, leaving them no choice but to take action.

A Million Little Things: “Six Months Later”
ABC, 10pm

The sentimental drama jumps six months ahead. Maggie (Allison Miller) enjoys a new romance, while Gary (James Roday Rodriguez) beats himself up for an old sin.

CSI: Vegas: “Let the Chips Fall”
CBS, 10pm

The CSI team investigates the case of an autonomous cargo plane that lands in Las Vegas with its entire crew killed in the new episode “Let the Chips Fall.”

In Pursuit With John Walsh
Investigation Discovery, 10pm
Season Finale!

In the Season 3 finale, “Tragically Taken,” John is on the hunt for Jorge Rico-Ruvira, accused of murdering his girlfriend in 2020 and abducting their young son. Later, John and Cal shine a spotlight on the case of 15-year-old Sophie Reeder, who was abducted in 2017 and may be in grave danger.

Chicago P.D.: “Trust Me”
NBC, 10pm

Despite this episode’s title, trust continues to be sorely tested in the CPD’s Intelligence Unit. Officer Kim Burgess (Marina Squerciati) fears the sex trafficker who shot her is still at large because her guilt-stricken colleague Hailey Upton (Tracy Spiridakos) hasn’t told her that she killed the bad guy and that their boss, Sgt. Hank Voight (Jason Beghe), covered it up. Hailey’s fiancé, fellow detective Jay Halstead (Jesse Lee Soffer), who sussed out the truth, is angry with Hailey and especially Hank for putting her in that vulnerable position. “If you look at [the team] as a family and Voight as the father — the responsible party — his family is unhappy and dangerously out of sync. It doesn’t feel like home anymore,” Beghe says. However, this week, Hank forges an unexpected bond with a new confidential informant, Anna Avalos (Carmela Zumbado, who’ll recur), while trying to bring down a drug ring and figure out who’s violently ripping off the dealers. “They’re both willing to bend rules in order to get justice,” Beghe explains of the kindred spirits. “One of [Hank’s] mantras,” he reminds us, “is ‘Tell me the truth so I can lie for you.’” Anna has her own hidden agenda. Can the CI’s word be trusted?

Secrets of the Dead: “The First Circle of Stonehenge”
PBS, 10pm

A decade-long archaeological quest reveals that the oldest stones of Stonehenge originally belonged to a much earlier sacred site: a stone circle built on a rugged, remote hillside in West Wales. This episode shows how a dedicated team of archaeologists led by Professor Mike Parker Pearson (University College London) painstakingly searched for the evidence that reveals the original stones of Europe’s most iconic Neolithic monument had a previous life before they were moved almost 155 miles from Wales to Salisbury Plain.

Portals to Hell
Travel Channel, 10pm
New Episodes!

Season 2 returns with new episodes starting tonight with “Hotel Monte Vista.” Jack Osbourne and Katrina Weidman travel to Flagstaff, Arizona, where they check into one of America’s most terrifying hotels. They dive headfirst into the paranormal hot spot, where patrons and staff have reported unsettling encounters with the hotel’s debauched past.

Thursday, Nov. 4

Lace
ALLBLK
New Series!

This legal drama follows Lacy McCullough (Maryam Basir), a successful and highly connected Los Angeles lawyer whose influence sometimes leads her down a very dark path and often causes her to blur the lines between right and wrong to protect her rich and powerful clientele. With the help of her trusted associates, Othello Charles (Skyh Black) and Britney Deveaux (Tanyell Waivers) — and the ever-efficient twins Aaron (Antoine Harris) and Nora Tuft (Taylor Bynoe) — McCullough faces one of her most mysterious and perilous cases to date. Katrina Y. Nelson, who cocreated Lace with Michelle Ebony Hardy, explains one of the themes they wanted to convey with their series and its lead character: “As [Black] women, we get that moniker that we’re strong, but there are vulnerabilities to us, you know? So, we wanted to show just different aspects of being a Black woman. … And just to be able to see someone that looks like us that’s not in comedy but doing drama, that is an attorney, that is filled with a beautiful group of other castmates that’s very diverse, this has been a pleasure for us.”

Space Titans: Musk, Bezos, Branson
discovery+

Discovery+ partners with The Washington Post for this special that chronicles how billionaire entrepreneurs Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson are leading a new wave of space exploration.

Head of the Class
HBO Max
New Series!

This 10-episode revival of the 1986-91 sitcom revolves around a group of overachieving high school students who meet their greatest challenge — a teacher, Alicia Gomez (Isabella Gomez) who wants them to focus less on grades and more on experiencing life. Robin Givens returns as an all-grown-up Darlene Merriman (now Hayward). A former member of the original Individualized Honors Program and now an ambitious lawyer, Darlene wants what is best for her son and is focused on setting him up for success. She might need a reminder of the positive impact an out-of-the-box teacher can have, but she’s fighting for the good of all students at Meadows Creek High as co-head of the Parents’ Association. All Season 1 episodes are available today.

Taste the Nation: Holiday Edition
Hulu
New Series!

Cookbook author Padma Lakshmi, host of Hulu’s Taste the Nation, also presents this holiday installment of the culinary series. Each of the four episodes will highlight unique holiday traditions through the lens of a different immigrant culture and city, such as Korean New Year in Los Angeles and Cuban Christmas in Miami.

The Harper House
Paramount+
Season Finale!

The first season of the adult animated comedy comes to a close.

Siwas Dance Pop Revolution
Peacock
New Series!

Jessalyn Siwa, mom and manager to pop sensation JoJo Siwa, teams up with her daughter for this reality competition series in which young talent (who also happen to be major JoJo fans) compete for a role in XOMG Pop, a brand-new pop group that Jessalyn will manage. Eleven tweens will participate in a series of performances and challenges while JoJo serves as choreographer and mentor. As part of the grand prize, the newly crowned pop group will serve as an opening act for JoJo. The first three episodes are available today; subsequent new episodes are available Thursdays.

Dead & Beautiful
Shudder
Exclusive Film Premiere!

In this psychological thriller produced in the Netherlands and Taiwan, five rich, spoiled 20-somethings in Taipei are suffering from upper-class ennui, unsure how to spend their days when so little is expected from them. In search of excitement, the friends form the “Circle,” a group where they take turns designing a unique, extravagant experience for the others. But things go wrong when the privileged urbanites awaken after a night out to find they have developed vampire fangs and an unquenchable thirst for flesh, blood and adventure at any price.

One Lane Bridge
Sundance Now
Season Finale!

In “Bombshell,” the Season 2 finale of this dark mystery thriller from New Zealand, with Ariki (Dominic Ona Ariki) and Stephen (Joel Tobeck) now offside, the investigation goes in two completely separate directions. Stephen becomes obsessed with a suspect, certain they may strike again. Ariki, meanwhile, closes in on his own suspect but is also drawn further and further into his visionary world, comforted to know others experience similar feelings. But has either man got the right suspect?

NBA Basketball
NBA TV, beginning at 7:30pm Live

Jayson Tatum and the Boston Celtics are on the road against Jimmy Butler and the Miami Heat in NBA TV’s first game. The second game has Jalen Green and the Houston Rockets in Phoenix to face off against Chris Paul and the Suns.

The Queen Family Singalong
ABC, 8pm

This fourth installment of the Singalong franchise is hosted by Darren Criss and features celebrities belting out an hour of hits from the legendary rock band Queen in honor of the group’s 50th anniversary, and inviting home audiences to sing along. Among the performances are “The Show Must Go On” by Adam Lambert, “Another One Bites the Dust” by Derek Hough featuring Alexander Jean, “Under Pressure” by Fall Out Boy, “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” by Jimmie Allen featuring Miss Piggy, “We Will Rock You” by JoJo Siwa and Orianthi, “We Are the Champions” by OneRepublic, “Somebody to Love” by Pentatonix and “Don’t Stop Me Now” by cast members of Broadway’s The Lion King and Aladdin.

Young Sheldon: “Stuffed Animals and a Sweet Southern Syzygy”
CBS, 8pm

Sheldon (Iain Armitage) and Dr. Linkletter (Ed Begley Jr.) struggle to solve an equation in the new episode “Stuffed Animals and a Sweet Southern Syzygy.”

NFL Football: N.Y. Jets at Indianapolis
FOX & NFL Network, 8pm Live

Week 9’s Thursday Night Football matchup has the N.Y. Jets against the Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

Secrets of an Escort
LMN, 8pm
Original Film!

Having an alter ego becomes a deadly game when a single mother who works at a hotel during the day and as a high-end escort at night discovers her daughter is missing. Unsure who from her various lives would take her child, she takes matters into her own hands to repair all the damage she and her alter ego have caused before it’s too late. Stars Sheena Peña, Jim Klock and Pauline Egan.

The Blacklist: “The SPK”
NBC, 8pm

A new case involving stolen artifacts reunites Red (James Spader) with a former blacklister. Meanwhile, Aram (Amir Arison) faces a difficult decision.

Hollywood Victory
TCM, beginning at 8pm
Catch a Classic!

On Nov. 2, the book Hollywood Victory: The Movies, Stars and Stories of World War II, from the Turner Classic Movies library, will be published. Written by Christian Blauvelt, it details Hollywood’s response during the events of the World War II era, relating the different ways in which the film industry enlisted in the war effort, from filmmakers such as Walt Disney and Alfred Hitchcock making recruitment films, to Bob Hope’s USO performances and how the industry made films to show the public why they were fighting. Tying in with this book release, tonight TCM will be hosting an evening of films made during the American involvement in the World War II era that are also featured in the book. First is the 1939 drama Confessions of a Nazi Spy, starring Edward G. Robinson, Francis Lederer and George Sanders, which was the first anti-Nazi film to be made by a major American studio (not surprisingly, it was banned in Germany and Japan). Next, the Oscar-nominated 1941 romantic drama Hold Back the Dawn, which takes place largely in Mexico, made some alterations to its screenplay at the request of the Mexican government to show a better representation of the country and help promote a “Good Neighbor Policy” to America’s important ally to the south in the coming war that we would find ourselves in less than three months after the film’s release. Charles Boyer, Olivia de Havilland and Paulette Goddard star. Following that is the 1943 war film Edge of Darkness, starring Errol Flynn and Ann Sheridan, which was one of the top five most requested films by the U.S. Army at the time. Also from 1943, Howard Hawks’ Oscar-winning war film Air Force, starring John Garfield and John Ridgely, offered special thanks at the end to the U.S. Army Air Force for their assistance in the creation of the film. Air Force also reflected some of the unfortunate aspects of the American psyche during the era, including distrust of Japanese Americans. Finally, in the 1946 adventure drama Courage of Lassie, a collie named Pal is credited as Lassie in the role of a collie named Bill, who finds himself shipped to the War Dog Training Center and eventually fights heroically alongside American troops during the Aleutian Islands Campaign. The film, also starring Elizabeth Taylor and Frank Morgan, ends with an onscreen written acknowledgment thanking the office of the Quartermaster General for their cooperation in the production of the film. — Evan McLean

Ghosts: “Pete’s Wife”
CBS, 9pm

In the new episode “Pete’s Wife,” Pete (Richie Moriarty) convinces Sam (Rose McIver) to invite his living wife to the mansion, only to discover she’s been keeping a dark secret from him for many years.

Flipping 101 With Tarek El Moussa: “Up Against a Brick Wall”
HGTV, 9pm

A real estate agent and a designer have the makings of a flipping dream team, but a tight profit margin on their project in Carson, California, have them looking for help. With Tarek El Moussa as their renovation and marketing expert, they hope to make their biggest profit yet.

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: “They’d Already Disappeared”
NBC, 9pm

When a teenage sex worker disappears, Rollins (Kelli Giddish) and Velasco (Octavio Pisano) find a key clue in a pile of neglected missing persons reports.

Paranormal Caught on Camera: “Florida Dinosaur and More”
Travel Channel, 9pm

Experts analyze footage from viewers claiming they’ve captured a velociraptor dashing across a yard in Florida, UFOs making contact in Ohio and a ghost lurking in England.

B Positive: “Baseball, Walkers and Wine”
CBS, 9:30pm

Gina (Annaleigh Ashford) comes up with a plan to help a resident, Meredith (Priscilla Lopez), get some space from her overprotective husband in the new episode “Baseball, Walkers and Wine.”

Bull: “King Bull”
CBS, 10pm

Tensions at the Trial Analysis Corporation run high when the team asks Dr. Jason Bull (Michael Weatherly) to sit one out as they defend a business mogul accused of being mentally unfit to lead his company.

Love, Honor & Betray
Investigation Discovery, 10pm; also streams on discovery+
New Series!

This real-footage-led series tells the shocking stories of wives and husbands duped by their partners in dark and devastating ways that absolutely no one could have seen coming. From bigamists and covert criminals to serial liars and would-be murderers, the series features accounts of partners with terrible secrets that eventually become too big to conceal. Layers of deceit that keep escalating combined with gripping real footage will keep viewers guessing until the very end.

Law & Order: Organized Crime: “High Planes Grifter”
NBC, 10pm

Stabler (Christopher Meloni) and Brewster (Guillermo Díaz) take advantage of Reggie’s (Dash Mihok) insecurities to force his hand; Bell (Danielle Moné Truitt) and Nova (Nona Parker Johnson) must protect each other’s secrets; and Agnes (Caroline Lagerfelt) makes a desperate choice for her family.

Tacoma FD: “Eddie the Chief”
truTV, 10pm

When Chief Terry (Kevin Heffernan) throws out his back, the firehouse warms up to his fun-loving brother-in-law, Captain Eddie (Steve Lemme), as their leader. The hilarious competition gets heated.

Vexed
Ovation, 11pm

In this ironic police procedural, a 2010-12 British favorite airing Thursdays starting tonight, Kate and Jack (Lucy Punch and Toby Stephens) are just like any other detectives … who happen to work out of a café and bar instead of a precinct and spend time at a crime scene trying to decide whether to lease the victim’s flat. Immature and incompetent Jack’s antics veer into the absurd as he interrogates a potential suspect over the phone and uses police resources to score a date, all the while infuriating the rule-following Kate (and, in Season 2, ticking off new partner Georgina, played by a tenacious Miranda Raison). Although developments in their cases, as well as their personal lives, are played for laughs, you’ll find yourself invested in Kate’s increasingly messy marriage. Episodes running 90 minutes with commercials can feel bloated, but they do afford quality screen time with scene-stealers like Tony (Roger Griffiths), the bar’s owner, who provides hilarious commentary, and Naz (Ronny Jhutti), an eccentric crime scene specialist. You’ve rarely had this much fun with murder investigations.

Friday, Nov. 5

Dickinson
Apple TV+
Season Premiere!

The critically acclaimed, Peabody Award-winning comedy that fancifully follows the life of famed 19th-century poet Emily Dickinson (Hailee Steinfeld) returns for its 10-episode third and final season. In Season 3, Emily’s most productive time as an artist falls amid the raging Civil War and an equally fierce battle that divides her own family. As she tries to heal the divides around her, Emily wonders if art can help keep hope alive, and whether the future can be better than the past. New guest stars include Ziwe as Sojourner Truth, Billy Eichner as Walt Whitman and Chloe Fineman as Sylvia Plath, who join returning favorites Zosia Mamet as Louisa May Alcott and Will Pullen as Nobody. The first three episodes are available today; subsequent new episodes are available Fridays.

Finch
Apple TV+
Feature Film Exclusive!

Tom Hanks leads this postapocalyptic sci-fi comedy/drama that was originally intended for theatrical release, but was delayed several times by the pandemic and now makes its premiere on Apple TV+. Hanks plays Finch, a robotics engineer and one of the few survivors of a cataclysmic solar event that has left the world a wasteland. Finch has built a world of his own in an underground bunker that he shares with his dog, Goodyear, and creates a robot, who names himself Jeff (played by Caleb Landry Jones in a motion-capture performance), to watch over the dog when he no longer can. As the trio embarks on a perilous journey into a desolate American West, Finch strives to show Jeff the joy and wonder of what it means to be alive — and faces difficulties in trying to goad Jeff and Goodyear to get along.

Hello, Jack! The Kindness Show
Apple TV+
New Series!

This live-action series for kids and families from creators Jack McBrayer (30 Rock) and children’s TV veteran and author Angela C. Santomero, and featuring original songs from Grammy-winning band OK Go, aims to ignite kindness through exploring empathy, humor, playfulness and imagination. Anchored around Emmy nominee McBrayer’s infectious positivity and whimsical humor, the series invites preschoolers into a world where a little act of kindness can change the world and problems can be solved with heart.

Animaniacs
Hulu
Season Premiere!

The Steven Spielberg-produced revival of the beloved animated series returns for a 13-episode second season, with all episodes available today.

Big Mouth
Netflix
Season Premiere!

The adult-themed animated sitcom about kids trying to make it through puberty returns for Season 5. The voice cast includes cocreator Nick Kroll, John Mulaney and Maya Rudolph.

A Cop Movie
Netflix
Original Film!

Following family tradition, Teresa (Mónica Del Carmen) and Montoya (Raúl Briones) join the Mexican police force, only to find their convictions and hopes crushed by a dysfunctional system, and their emotional bond becoming a refuge for the hostility they are exposed to. Through an experimental style of narrative and documentary storytelling, director Alonso Ruizpalacios’ unpredictable action film/documentary plays with the boundaries of nonfiction as it propels the viewer into an unusual cinematic space.

Love Hard
Netflix
Original Film!

This lighthearted romantic comedy chronicles the efforts of Los Angeles girl Natalie (Nina Dobrev) to reel in love after she falls for an East Coast guy on a dating app and decides to surprise him for the holidays, only to discover that she’s been catfished. Lochlyn Munro and Harry Shum Jr. also star.

Narcos: Mexico
Netflix
Season Premiere!

The acclaimed crime drama, a spinoff of Narcos focusing on the development of Mexico’s illegal drug trade, returns for its third and final season, but without star Diego Luna and with new showrunner Carlo Bernard, who cocreated this series and Narcos and wrote a number of episodes of both shows.

The Unlikely Murderer
Netflix
New Series!

This limited series offers a fictional interpretation of how Stig Engström — the graphic designer who was named as the probable assassin of Swedish prime minister Olof Palme in 1986 — managed to elude justice right up to his death through a combination of audacity, luck and a perplexed police force. How could Engström get away, despite police being on his track, and the fact that he did everything wrong from the beginning and almost no one believed his lies about what he actually did during that fateful night in Stockholm?

The Electrical Life of Louis Wain
Prime Video
Feature Film Exclusive!

Benedict Cumberbatch leads this biopic as its title subject in a film that tells the extraordinary true story of eccentric British artist Louis Wain, whose playful, sometimes even psychedelic, pictures helped transform the public’s perception of cats forever. Moving from the late 1800s through the 1930s, the drama follows the incredible adventures of this inspiring, unsung hero as he seeks to unlock the “electrical” mysteries of our world and, in so doing, better understand his own life and the profound love he shared with his wife, Emily Richardson (Claire Foy). The cast also includes Andrea Riseborough, Toby Jones, Olivia Colman and Taika Waititi.

Tampa Baes
Prime Video
New Series!

This eight-episode unscripted series follows a young group of lesbian friends in Tampa Bay, an ever-growing gay hotspot on the Florida shoreline.

Sergio Leone’s “Dollars Trilogy”
TCM, beginning at 7am
Catch a Classic!

As part of a morning and afternoon lineup of Western films, TCM is airing the movies in director Sergio Leone’s classic and influential “Dollars Trilogy” (aka the “Man With No Name Trilogy”) back-to-back-to-back, albeit in reverse order of release, beginning with The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966), followed by For a Few Dollars More (1965) and A Fistful of Dollars (1964). Leone’s trilogy revitalized the Western, which had, even by that point, with some exceptions, become fairly stagnant and cliched. Perhaps it took a director from another country like the Italian Leone to view a quintessentially American genre like the Western from a new, less mythological and revered perspective, and that perspective resulted in refreshingly dynamic works of art that established the “Spaghetti Western” subgenre — with its hallmarks including larger-than-life violence and new, exciting types of musical scores from the likes of composer Ennio Morricone — and led to many more, often inferior, similar films. Clint Eastwood stars in all three movies in the antihero role of the Man With No Name, which made him a star who continued his association with Westerns as an actor and director in the ensuing decades and brought his own revisions to the genre. — Jeff Pfeiffer

NBA Basketball
ESPN, beginning at 7:30pm Live

Kemba Walker and the N.Y. Knicks are in Milwaukee to face Giannis Antetokounmpo and the NBA champion Bucks. ESPN’s second game has the New Orleans Pelicans on the road against the Golden State Warriors.

College Football
ESPN2 & FS1, beginning at 7:30pm Live

Friday night college football action has Virginia Tech at Boston College on ESPN2, followed by Utah at Stanford on FS1.

Home Sweet Home: “You Can Be a Cowboy!”
NBC, 8pm

Two Black families from opposite ends of L.A. find kinship that crosses economic boundaries when the urban cowboy Featherstone family swaps South Central for the San Fernando Valley home of the Price family.

Magnum P.I.: “Til Death”
CBS, 9pm

Cold feet for an anxious groom should be an easy case for private-eye duo Magnum (Jay Hernandez) and Higgins (Perdita Weeks). But a surprise web of lies and a life-threatening situation for Higgins complicate things! (There will still be cake, right?)

Nancy Drew: “The Vision of the Birchwood Prisoner”
The CW, 9pm

After a major setback in the Frozen Hearts case, Nancy (Kennedy McMann) asks Temperance (guest star Bo Martynowska) for help with an occult approach to getting answers from a murder suspect. Meanwhile, the Bobbsey entanglement creates a world of trouble for Ace (Alex Saxon), and George (Leah Lewis) has a long-overdue confrontation with someone from her past.

Gold Rush: White Water
Discovery Channel, 9pm; also streams on discovery+
Season Premiere!

The popular spinoff of Discovery’s No.1-rated show, Gold Rush, returns for Season 5. After a lackluster season, miner Dakota Fred hangs up his wetsuit to search for his next golden opportunity. Meanwhile, his son Dustin is left with his own opportunity and biggest challenge yet: running two mining operations in the treacherous Alaskan wilderness, where even the slightest mistake could be fatal. To bring home their biggest payday yet, everyone must put everything on the line — including the new crew members.

The UnXplained
History, 9pm
New Episodes!

New Season 2 episodes of the William Shatner-hosted series that delves into inexplicable mysteries pick up again starting tonight with “The Hunt for Hidden Treasures.” The ideas of sunken ships filled with priceless cargo, lost cities of gold and ancient temples concealing untold riches have long captured the human imagination. But are lost treasures merely the stuff of legend, or could they actually be real?

The Oratorio: A Documentary With Martin Scorsese
PBS, 9pm

Filmmaker Martin Scorsese hosts this look at a long-forgotten event that forever changed the cultural landscape of New York City. It’s the story of an oratorio that was performed one-night-only in 1826 at St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral in the area that today is known as Little Italy and marked the arrival of Italian opera in the New World. Immediately after this hourlong film, PBS will broadcast Da Ponte’s Oratorio: A Concert for New York, which offers a full concert performance of the piece featured in the documentary.

The Deep House
EPIX, 9:35pm
Feature Film Exclusive!

In this supernatural horror film from France, a perfectly preserved family home lies deep below the surface of a seemingly tranquil lake. When a young influencer couple (James Jagger and Camille Rowe) sets out to explore the submerged house to capture uncharted content for their social media followers, their dive turns into a nightmare as they discover a sinister presence. With limited oxygen supply and time running against them, the couple must find a way to escape the underwater house of horrors before it’s too late.

Eli Roth’s History of Horror: “Mad Scientist”
AMC, 10pm
Season Finale!

From Frankenstein to Frank N. Furter, mad scientists smash the barriers of polite society. In tonight’s episode, horror film director, writer, producer and actor Eli Roth brings together the masters of horror to explore films like Frankenstein, Ex Machina, The Invisible Man, The Fly, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Island of Lost Souls, Altered States and The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

The Center Seat: 55 Years of Star Trek
History, 10pm
New Series!

Star Trek: The Next Generation’s Gates McFadden is an executive producer on this 10-part docuseries that celebrates the 55th anniversary of Star Trek by sharing rare, fascinating details of how the franchise began, where it’s been and how it’s boldly going where no television series has gone before. Each episode focuses on a different chapter in the classic sci-fi drama’s history, chronicling the original series’ inception to more recent film and television adaptations and projects. The show includes candid interviews with Trek legends like Nichelle Nichols, Brent Spiner, Kirstie Alley, Walter Koenig, Kate Mulgrew, Denise Crosby, Wil Wheaton and many more. The first four episodes air Fridays on History beginning tonight, with six additional episodes available on History Vault, the network’s subscription video service.

Saturday, Nov. 6

College Football
CBS & NBC, beginning at 11:30am Live

Saturday’s college football highlights include Army vs. Air Force at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas, on CBS, and Navy at Notre Dame on NBC.

Getting Spicy With Pepper Teigen
Food Network, 12pm

This all-new special showcases Pepper Teigen at home as she introduces you to the time-honored recipes she grew up eating in Thailand. She’s known for bringing the heat, both in the kitchen and beyond, with her love of hot-hot food and her fiery personality. There’s seemingly no limit to how much spice Pepper can handle in her food, but that doesn’t mean her dishes are plain firebombs. Instead, Pepper is all about balancing the heat with the sweet, salty and sour tastes of traditional Thai dishes. Join Pepper to learn how to put homemade spins on Thai classics you know and love, as well as tried-and-true tips and secret family how-tos that are unique to her.

Frankie Drake Mysteries: “The Guilty Party”
Ovation, 7pm

A man acquitted of a grisly murder is still a suspect, and the clock ticks as the team investigates whether or not he is the guilty party.

Next Stop, Christmas
Hallmark Channel, 8pm
Original Film!

Angie wonders what her life would be like if she had married a former boyfriend who became a famous sportscaster. She takes the train home to spend Christmas with her family and inexplicably finds herself 10 years in the past. With the advice of the train’s enigmatic conductor, Angie has the chance to revisit that Christmas and learn what — and who — is truly important to her. Stars Lyndsy Fonseca, Chandler Massey, Lea Thompson and Christopher Lloyd.

Highway to Heaven
Lifetime, 8pm
Original Film!

Jill Scott stars as Angela Stewart, an angel sent to Earth to help others in need. She takes on the role of a temporary school counselor and finds herself working alongside junior high school principal Bruce Banks (Barry Watson).

Waco Burning: Deadly Standoff
REELZ Channel, 8pm

The first of three Deadly Standoff documentary specials airing tonight recounts the infamous 1993 FBI siege of a Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas, and what led to the doomed standoff, including the shocking stories of abuse and weapons-stockpiling under the group’s leader, David Koresh.

Blondie Triple Feature
TCM, beginning at 8pm
Catch a Classic!

If your local newspaper still features a comic-strip section, you might notice that it may still include the iconic Blondie strip created by Chic Young back in 1930 and still going under the creative control of his son Dean. While the adventures of Blondie Bumstead and her sandwich-loving husband, Dagwood, are still popular enough to continue running in print, the days when they were big enough to star in 28 feature films and a long-running radio show — from the late 1930s through the early ’50s — are long gone. But tonight on Turner Classic Movies, you can enjoy three beloved Blondie comedy films from back in the day, all making their network premieres, and all starring Penny Singleton as Blondie and Arthur Lake as Dagwood. First up is Blondie Plays Cupid (1940), the seventh film in the series, which finds the Bumsteads out in the country and involved in a young couple’s plan to elope against the wishes of the girl’s shotgun-toting father. Next, in the ninth Blondie movie, Blondie in Society (1941), Dagwood brings home a pedigreed Great Dane that an important client for his company wants. Despite the pooch racking up food and vet bills for the Bumsteads, and alienating neighbors, Blondie enters him in a big dog show. Finally, in Blondie’s Blessed Event (1942), the 11th film in the franchise, the Bumsteads welcome their baby daughter, Cookie. — Jeff Pfeiffer

Ruby Ridge: Deadly Standoff
REELZ Channel, 9pm

This documentary looks at the deadly 11-day siege that took place in Idaho in 1992 when deputies of the U.S. Marshals Service initiated action to apprehend and arrest Randy Weaver. The event would change the rules of engagement and redefine police tactics for use of deadly force.

Attica
Showtime, 9pm

This documentary delves deep inside the bloodiest prison rebellion in U.S. history, when 43 people were killed as a result of the uprising and police raid at the Attica Correctional Facility in upstate New York in 1971.

Destination Fear
Travel Channel, 9pm; also streams on discovery+
New Episodes!

Season 3 of the paranormal series returns with new episodes, beginning tonight with “Twin Bridges Orphanage,” in which the team finds itself blinded by terror in an abandoned Montana orphanage. When Dakota attempts to tap into the dark energy that permeates the facility, he heaps fear upon the team and communicates with something that may not be what it seems.

Debbie Macomber’s A Mrs. Miracle Christmas
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 10pm
Original Film!

When a family faces loneliness and loss of faith, Mrs. Miracle swoops in to renew their Christmas spirit, and they experience a holiday of heavenly proportions. Stars Kaitlin Doubleday, Steve Lund and Caroline Rhea.

Arcane
Netflix, 10pm
New Series!

This sci-fi/fantasy animated event series takes place in the universe of the League of Legends multiplayer online game. Set in the past, it retells the origin stories of several characters and features more adult subject matter (the series is geared toward an audience of age 14 and older). Hailee Steinfeld, Ella Purnell, Kevin Alejandro and Katie Leung are among the voice cast. The first three episodes are available this evening.

Montana Freemen Militia: Deadly Standoff
REELZ Channel, 10pm

Tonight’s final Deadly Standoff documentary special examines one of the longest standoffs ever in the 113-year history of the FBI, when, in 1996, agents negotiated with members of the Montana Freemen Militia in rural Jordan, Montana, over the course of 81 days. Former FBI Special Agent Tim Healy shares his riveting firsthand account of going undercover inside the extremist group and the fallout that sparked the standoff.

Austin City Limits: “Leon Bridges/Khruangbin”
PBS, 11pm

Enjoy performances from two eclectic Texas artists: Grammy-winning soul/R&B singer-songwriter Leon Bridges, and Khruangbin, a musical trio whose sound blends global influences like classic soul, dub, rock and psychedelia.