Friday, Oct. 21: Enter the Futuristic World of Prime Video’s ‘The Peripheral’
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Friday, Oct. 21
This sci-fi thriller is based on William Gibson’s bestselling novel, a hallucinatory glimpse into the fate of mankind, and what lies beyond. It centers on Flynne Fisher (Chloë Grace Moretz), a woman trying to hold together the pieces of her broken family in a forgotten corner of tomorrow’s America. Flynne is smart, ambitious and doomed, with no future — until the future comes calling for her. New episodes are available Fridays.
The acclaimed bilingual comedy series set at a resort in the titular Mexican city is back for a 10-episode second season. In 1985, 20-something Máximo (Enrique Arrizon) must contend with upheaval at the resort, unexpected problems at home and a new love interest who just might rival the girl of his dreams. Under Don Pablo’s (Damián Alcázar) guidance, he sets his eyes on one day running the entire Las Colinas operation by becoming Diane’s (Jessica Collins) right-hand man. Meanwhile, in the present day, Older Máximo (Eugenio Derbez) returns to Acapulco to make peace with the recent passing of Don Pablo, and he is forced to confront some unfinished business that his younger self left behind. The first two episodes are available today; new episodes drop Fridays.
This Daytime Emmy-winning reboot of the beloved early ’90s kids series returns for its third season with an entirely new cast and a new adventure.
Raymond & Ray
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Ewan McGregor and Ethan Hawke lead this comedy/drama as half brothers Raymond and Ray, who have both lived in the shadow of their terrible father. Somehow, they each still have a sense of humor, and their dad’s funeral offers a chance for them to reunite and reinvent themselves. There’s anger, there’s pain, there’s folly, there might be love, and there’s definitely gravedigging. Maribel Verdú, Sophie Okonedo and Vondie Curtis-Hall also star in writer/director Rodrigo García’s film, which premiered at last month’s Toronto International Film Festival.
In Season 2 of this German historical drama set in A.D. 9, during the Roman Empire’s occupation of Germania, Roman troops have returned to the area one year after the Battle of Varus, and are stronger than ever. Ari (Laurence Rupp) is again confronted with his Roman past, while his brother, Flavus (Daniel Donskoy) has joined the Roman side in order to punish Ari for his betrayal of Rome. Thusnelda (Jeanne Goursaud) and Ari join forces to unite the tribes against Rome, while Folkwin (David Schütter) ominously challenges the gods.
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A Special Jury Award winner at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival, Descendant finds documentary filmmaker Margaret Brown returning to her hometown of Mobile, Alabama, to document the search for and historic discovery of the Clotilda, the last known slave ship to arrive in the United States. After a century of secrecy and speculation, the 2019 discovery of the vessel turned attention toward Mobile’s descendant community of Africatown.
Sisters Attica and Tembi Locke cocreated this limited drama series based on Tembi’s bestselling memoir of the same name. Executive producer Zoe Saldaña stars as Amy, an American student who falls in love with Sicilian chef Lino (Eugenio Mastrandrea) while studying abroad in Italy. Their whirlwind romance faces many unforeseen challenges, including their very different cultural backgrounds, but when Lino is faced with unimaginable health challenges and the couple’s future is threatened, the two families come together to create an extended family unlike any they could have imagined, proving that love crosses all borders.
28 Days Haunted
Three teams each spend 28 days in some of America’s most haunted locations for a paranormal experiment based on the theories of Ed and Lorraine Warren, investigators whose work inspired the stories in the Conjuring film franchise.
Cowriter/director Santiago Mitre’s drama is inspired by the true story of Julio Strassera (Ricardo Darín), Luis Moreno Ocampo (Peter Lanzani) and their young legal team. These unlikely heroes engaged in a David-vs.-Goliath battle during which, under constant threat, they dared to prosecute Argentina’s bloodiest military dictatorship against all odds and in a race against time to bring justice to the victims of the military junta.
Modern Love Tokyo
The popular romantic comedy anthology series Modern Love, which ran for two seasons, is rebooted here with a new look, a new setting in Tokyo, and a new cast and creative team representing Japan. Like the original, this series is based on the New York Times column of the same name, with new essays that would make the story more familiar to Japanese audiences selected for adaptation. Each of the seven episodes, one of which will be animated, depicts various forms of love in a variety of expressive ways.
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Chrissy Teigen returns as “judge,” with her mother, Pepper Thai, again serving as “bailiff,” for a 10-episode third season of this courtroom series in which Teigen presides over actual small-claims disputes.
MOVIES!, beginning at 9:15am
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Ghost stories of various types, from the comedic to the horrific, are on hand this morning, afternoon and evening on MOVIES! with an eight-film lineup of spirited cinematic classics. Airing today, in order, are: The Canterville Ghost (1944), starring Charles Laughton, Robert Young and Margaret O’Brien; The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947), with Gene Tierney and Rex Harrison; director William Castle’s 13 Ghosts (1960); The Haunting (1963), with Julie Harris and Claire Bloom; cowriter/director John Carpenter’s The Fog (1980), headlined by Adrienne Barbeau, Jamie Lee Curtis, Hal Holbrook and Janet Leigh; director Herk Harvey’s eerie Carnival of Souls (1962); Two on a Guillotine (1965), starring Connie Stevens and directed by William Conrad; and Topper Returns (1941), the third and final entry in the initial Topper series of fantasy/comedy films, starring Joan Blondell and Roland Young.
ESPN, beginning at 7:30pm Live
A star-studded twin bill of NBA action on ESPN has Jayson Tatum and the Boston Celtics in Miami to take on Kyle Lowry and the Heat, followed by the Denver Nuggets facing the Golden State Warriors in San Francisco.
Trick ’r Treat
Roughly 30 years after John Carpenter’s Halloween, Michael Dougherty’s brilliant anthology Trick ’r Treat, which tells four terrifying tales, haunted video stores around the globe and introduced us to a deceptively adorable new masked boogeyman in Sam. For Dougherty, it was his chance to pay tribute to both Carpenter’s creation and the Halloween holiday/genre. His movie became an instant classic, and this year marks the film’s 15th anniversary.
Capital One College Bowl: “The Blitz”
Six teams remain after the quarterfinals, but only four can advance to the semifinals, as Penn State takes on BYU, Georgia faces Syracuse and Columbia vies with UC Santa Barbara.
Ron Carter: Finding the Right Notes
This first major film to explore the life and career of jazz luminary Ron Carter, the most recorded bassist in history, features original concert footage and candid insights from jazz icons, and paints a vibrant portrait of the artist in his own words.
Joe Bob’s Haunted Halloween Hangout
Horror movie host Joe Bob Briggs (Shudder’s The Last Drive-In) presents his fourth Shudder Halloween special; films and special surprise guest were TBA at presstime.
Love During Lockup
WE tv, 9pm
The third installment in the Love After Lockup/Life After Lockup franchise returns for Season 2 and follows ordinary people who pursue relationships with prison inmates.
Saving the Manor: “Judge a Book by Its Cover”
The pressure is on for couple Dean Poulton and Borja de Maqua to convert the stable’s hayloft into a palatial apartment, which will create much needed rental income. Now, the duo look to construct a posh one-bedroom suite, and they’ll tackle the entrance foyer and library first.
Blue Bloods: “Ghosted”
Danny and Baez (Donnie Wahlberg and Marisa Ramirez) investigate after a vicious attack leaves their friend, Maggie (returning guest star Callie Thorne), hospitalized in the new episode “Ghosted.”
The comedy about a group of friends who run a business that provides horror to clients in a dreamy Latin American country wraps up its second season.
Saturday, Oct. 22
The Hair Tales
Oprah Winfrey, Tracee Ellis Ross and Michaela angela Davis executive produce this docuseries that leads audiences through a revelatory journey connecting the personal tales of phenomenal Black women to broader societal and historical themes. The stories shared in the series offer an honest and layered look into the complex culture of Black hair and, ultimately, Black women’s identity, beauty, cultural and social contributions, and humanity. The first two episodes are available today; new episodes drop Saturdays.
Criss Angel’s Magic With the Stars
The CW, 8pm
Magician Criss Angel executive produces and leads a team of judges in this competition series pitting two celebrities against one another as they train with professional magicians to create show-stopping magic performances. The celebrities must master three categories of magic and perform in front of the judges. Those who score the highest will be invited back to the finale, where they will compete for the golden wand.
In this world television film premiere, Louisa meets handsome and sweet Steve at a bar in Chicago. He seems like the perfect guy: an angel investor and entrepreneur who just sold a company for millions. But 48 blissful, sexy hours and countless lies later, Steve disappears, and Louisa realizes she’s been swindled out of thousands of dollars. The police won’t help her, but after Louisa finds out she’s pregnant, she sets out to track down Steve on her own. Stars Gabrielle Graham and Colton Haynes.
Svengoolie: “The Bride of Frankenstein”
Sven’s film tonight is a cut above some of the campier and more low-budget fare he often introduces: 1935’s The Bride of Frankenstein, the first follow-up to the 1931 classic Frankenstein and a film that is at least as good as the original. Frankenstein director James Whale returns to helm this production that features Boris Karloff (billed simply as “Karloff”) reprising his role as the monster and Colin Clive back as Henry Frankenstein, with Elsa Lanchester joining the cast as both the monster’s bride and Frankenstein author Mary Shelley in the film’s intro.
Star of the Month: Robots
TCM, beginning at 8pm
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Turner Classic Movies’ monthlong Saturday evening salute to films with notable robots continues with tonight’s double feature that begins with the spy movie spoof Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine (1965), another low-budget but fun comedy from American International Pictures (AIP). Vincent Price stars as the titular mad scientist, who builds an army of bikini-clad fembots to seduce wealthy men out of their fortunes. AIP “beach movie” staple Frankie Avalon also stars. After that is the 1987 sci-fi/romantic comedy Making Mr. Right, about an emotionally repressed scientist (John Malkovich) who develops an android, named Ulysses, who looks like himself (and is also played by Malkovich) to send on a years-long deep-space exploration mission. Ann Magnuson costars as a woman hired to teach Ulysses about human behavior and emotions, and she and the android eventually fall in love.
World’s Funniest Animals
The CW, 9pm
Season 3 of this series hosted by Elizabeth Stanton shares more viral internet clips of funny animal moments, hilarious animal clips from movies and TV series, animal outtakes, and videos of babies and pets along with celebrities and their pets.
Help! I Wrecked My House: “The Root of the Problem”
A homeowner has big dreams for a Scandinavia-meets-California beach house, but his budget is barely enough to tackle the bathroom and office. Jasmine Roth faces a big financial challenge as she looks to bring his big ideas to life without blowing the budget.
NFL Icons: “Cris Carter”
This episode looks at how Cris Carter used arguably the greatest wide receiver hands in NFL history to overcome adversity and mold himself into a Pro Football Hall of Famer through a career most famously spent with the Minnesota Vikings. Also featured are stories of Carter’s complicated relationship with head coach Buddy Ryan during his early years with the Philadelphia Eagles, and his mentorship of Randy Moss on the Vikings.
Sunday, Oct. 23
“Alfred Hitchcock Presents” Marathon
MeTV, beginning at 12pm
Ten episodes from Alfred Hitchcock Presents, the classic 1955-62 mystery/thriller anthology series created and introduced by the Master of Suspense himself, air during today’s five-hour MeTV marathon.
House of Dark Shadows
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Dan Curtis directed this 1970 horror film, the first of his two feature-length movies based on his famous 1966-71 gothic soap opera Dark Shadows, in which, freed from worries about having to appease TV censors, he was able to include more graphically violent scenes. Several cast members from the series reprise their roles here, notably Jonathan Frid as vampire Barnabas Collins, who is accidentally released from his centuries-long entombment at his family’s ancestral estate in Maine. As he targets his descendants who now live there, Collins also seeks a cure for his vampirism so that he can marry Maggie Evans (Kathryn Leigh Scott, reprising her series role), a woman who resembles his long-lost fiancée, Josette.
Formula 1 Racing: Aramco United States Grand Prix
ABC, 1:30pm Live
Max Verstappen, Charles Leclerc, Sergio Perez, Lewis Hamilton and more Formula 1 stars race at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, for the 2022 Aramco United States Grand Prix on ABC.
NASCAR Cup Series: Dixie Vodka 400
NBC, 2:30pm Live
The NASCAR Cup Series playoffs Round of 8 continues today at Homestead-Miami Speedway, where drivers compete for 267 laps around the 1.5-mile oval.
NHL Hockey: Anaheim at Detroit
ESPN, 5pm Live
Troy Terry and the Anaheim Ducks are at Detroit’s Little Caesars Arena for a Sunday skate against Dylan Larkin and the Red Wings.
After a disagreement between her son and another student, single mother Piper (Aliyah O’Brien) is teamed up with that student’s handsome single father (Andrew Zachar) to stage the school play, Romeo and Juliet. Piper must get past her ego, face her feelings and figure out how to operate a hot-glue gun — all before opening night.
The Equalizer: “One Percenters”
A local motorcycle club seeks McCall’s (Queen Latifah) help in proving the illegal guns found in a member’s van were planted in the new episode “One Percenters.”
The Simpsons: “Not It”
In “Not It,” a new “Treehouse of Horror” Halloween episode, teenage Homer (voice of Dan Castellaneta) and his friends are pursued by a killer clown in a spoof of Stephen King’s novel It.
A Kismet Christmas
Hallmark Channel, 8pm
Bestselling children’s author Sarah Collins (Sarah Ramos) has a family legend: If you sleep with one of her Gramma Mia’s kismet cookies under your pillow on Christmas Eve, you’ll dream of your true love. But when Sarah tried it years ago and then confessed her love to Travis (Carlo Marks), the boy living next door, she ended up with a broken heart. Gramma Mia (Marilu Henner), upon realizing the power of the kismet cookie, has refused to make them since Sarah’s heartbreak. With the urging of some old friends, Sarah makes a fresh batch to see if the magic of the cookies is still there and if they can help open some hearts to love just in time for Christmas.
Miss Scarlet and the Duke: “The Black Witch Moth”
A valuable sketch by famed naturalist Charles Darwin is stolen, and Eliza (Kate Phillips) is hired by an insurance company to find it. The reason behind her being hired, and the process of solving the mystery, brings fresh twists and turns for Eliza and the Duke (Stuart Martin).
NFL Football: Pittsburgh at Miami
NBC, 8:20pm Live
NBC’s Sunday Night Football has Najee Harris and the Pittsburgh Steelers in South Florida to face Tyreek Hill and the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium.
The Great North: “Woodfellas Adventure”
The entire town of Lone Moose is determined to win the annual Cavalcade of Ships parade, but Wolf (Will Forte) uncovers a parade secret that could change everything in the new episode “Woodfellas Adventure.”
East New York: “Snapped”
When the team receives an unusual call for police assistance, they must employ creative methods to defuse a critical family conflict in the new episode “Snapped.”
Bob’s Burgers: “So You Stink You Can Dance”
Tina (voice of Dan Mintz) cheers on Jimmy Jr. (H. Jon Benjamin) at a semi-prestigious dancing seminar in the new episode “So You Stink You Can Dance.”
House of the Dragon
The prequel series set 200 years before the events of Game of Thrones and telling the story of House Targaryen concludes its first season. HBO has renewed the series for Season 2.
The Toys That Built America
The series returns for Season 2 with “Masters of the Toy Universe.” The episode chronicles how, after passing on the biggest deal in toy industry history, Mattel President Ray Wagner found himself a step behind former-colleague-turned-rival Bernie Loomis.
Magpie Murders: “Episode 2”
Everyone he knew had reason to kill mystery writer Alan Conway (Conleth Hill). But was his fatal fall actually murder? The missing last chapter of his new book may hold the secret.
Power Book III: Raising Kanan
The gritty drama following drug kingpin Raquel “Raq” Thomas (Patina Miller) and her son, Kanan Stark (MeKai Curtis), finishes its second season with “If Y’Don’t Know, Now Y’Know.” Starz has ordered a third season.
Family Guy: “Unzipped Code”
After Cleveland (voice of Arif Zahir) is fired as a mailman, he flourishes in his new job at the brewery in the new episode “Unzipped Code.”
NCIS: Los Angeles: “The Body Stitchers”
In the new episode “The Body Stitchers,” the NCIS team joins forces with the FBI when a group of grisly murderers resurfaces after evading capture by NCIS years ago.
Annika: “Episode 2”
Annika’s (Nicola Walker) teenage daughter, Morgan (Silvie Furneaux), gets mixed up with suspects in a revenge slaying. A Norse saga comes to life as Annika’s team closes in.
The BMF Documentary: Blowing Money Fast
This eight-episode documentary series chronicles the rise and fall of Detroit’s Black Mafia Family crime syndicate as told by former members, insiders, associates and celebrity figures close to the family.
Monday, Oct. 24
The Neighborhood: “Welcome to the Hot Prospect”
Calvin (Cedric the Entertainer) recruits Malcolm (Sheaun McKinney) for help with a promising business opportunity in the new episode “Welcome to the Hot Prospect.”
NFL Football: Chicago at New England
ESPN, 8pm Live
Week 7’s Monday Night Football matchup at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts, has Mac Jones and the New England Patriots hosting Justin Fields and the Chicago Bears.
Hen (Aisha Hinds) fears for Karen’s (guest star Tracie Thoms) life when an explosion rocks her science lab in the new episode “Tomorrow.”
The Voice: “The Battles, Part 4”
The Battle Rounds continue as the coaches enlist music industry powerhouses Jimmie Allen, Sean Paul, Charlie Puth and Jazmine Sullivan to prepare their artists to go head-to-head in hopes of advancing to the knockouts. Each coach has one steal and one save at their disposal.
Antiques Roadshow: “Vintage Grand Rapids, Hour 2”
Magnificent Michigan appraisals are revisited more than 13 years after Roadshow’s stop in Grand Rapids, including a gold watch fob chain, a Glier violin and Pfretzschner bow (circa 1880), and an Ellis-Stickley music cabinet. Which one’s appraisal is now up to $100,000?
TCM Spotlight: Creepy Cinema Night 4 — “Creepy Loners” and “More Creepy Horror”
TCM, beginning at 8pm
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Various creeps will give you the creeps tonight as Turner Classic Movies’ monthlong Monday night salute to scary movies continues with: The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane (1977), Alice, Sweet Alice (1977), The Haunting of Julia (1977), Let’s Scare Jessica to Death (1971), Carnival of Souls (1962), Spider Baby (1964) and Freaks (1932).
The Cleaning Lady: “Oasis”
An unexpected trio emerges in the mission to take down Cortés (guest star Nick E. Tarabay) in the new episode “Oasis.”
Quantum Leap: “What a Disaster!”
Ben (Raymond Lee) and Addison (Caitlin Bassett) find themselves in San Francisco during the historic 1989 earthquake. As the city continues to crumble with aftershocks, Ben must try to mend a family in chaos. Meanwhile, Jenn (Nanrisa Lee) and Ian (Mason Alexander Park) search for clues to an unsettling mystery.
Independent Lens: “TikTok, Boom.”
Featuring a cast of Gen Z influencers and experts who know it best, this film dissects TikTok, one of the most influential platforms in the new social media landscape, along myriad cross-sections — algorithmic, sociopolitical, economic and cultural — balancing a genuine interest in the community and its innovative mechanics with healthy skepticism.
Tuesday, Oct. 25
The intense psychological thriller concludes with “The Cantor’s Husband.” For Sam (Domhnall Gleeson), an unexpected decision shows progress toward his goals, but Dr. Strauss (Steve Carell) demands even more.
Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities
Filmmaker Guillermo del Toro (Nightmare Alley) created, executive produces and introduces the stories in this eight-episode horror anthology. Two new episodes drop daily through Friday, beginning today with “The Murmuring,” an original story from del Toro adapted by writer/director Jennifer Kent (The Babadook), and starring Essie Davis and Andrew Lincoln; and “The Autopsy,” writer David S. Goyer’s adaptation of Michael Shea’s short story, directed by David Prior (The Empty Man) and starring Luke Roberts, F. Murray Abraham and Glynn Turman.
The Boulet Brothers’ Dragula: Titans
Hosted and created by the Boulet Brothers, this 10-episode spinoff of Dragula stars some of the most popular drag icons from that show’s previous seasons competing in a grand championship of drag artistry and shocking physical challenges for a $100,000 grand prize, the headlining spot on the upcoming world tour, and the first ever “Dragula Titans” crown and title. Guest judges include Elvira, Harvey Guillen, Justin Simien, David Dastmalchian, Poppy, Alaska, Katya, Joe Bob Briggs, Bonnie Aarons, Barbara Crampton and more to be announced.
TCM Morning & Afternoon Movies: Christopher Lee
TCM, beginning at 9am
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Iconic British actor Christopher Lee may no longer be with us, but his legendary performances as a variety of villains, most famously as Dracula in the famed Hammer Studios productions, will remain as undying as that famous count. You can enjoy some of Lee’s Dracula appearances, along with a few of his other sinister characters, on Turner Classic Movies today in a morning and afternoon lineup that features, in order: Dracula, Prince of Darkness (1966), The Face of Fu Manchu (1965), Rasputin, the Mad Monk (1966), Dracula Has Risen From the Grave (1969), Taste the Blood of Dracula (1970) and The Satanic Rites of Dracula (1973).
TNT, beginning at 7:30pm Live
The Dallas Mavericks are at the New Orleans Pelicans and the Golden State Warriors are in Phoenix to face the Suns for TNT’s Tuesday night NBA doubleheader.
ESPN, beginning at 8pm Live
The Stanley Cup champion Colorado Avalanche skate into Madison Square Garden to face off against the N.Y. Rangers. The Vegas Golden Knights know the way to San Jose to swim with the Sharks in ESPN’s second game.
The Resident: “For Better or Worse”
On the day of Kit and Bell’s (Jane Leeves and Bruce Greenwood) wedding, Bell and Conrad (Matt Czuchry) get pulled away to tend to the ill daughter of a major hospital donor in the series’ 100th episode “For Better or Worse.”
Life Below Zero: “Can’t Change the Fear”
Nat Geo, 8pm
Alaskan residents embrace the changing seasons in the Arctic and have to take crucial steps to preserve their lifestyle ahead of the spring thaw. Sue Aikens must face a deep fear to expand her access to the tundra; Andy Bassich and Denise Becker make a heartbreaking sacrifice when an old system fails them; Ricko DeWilde takes stock of his hunting prospects; and the Hailstones’ search for fish grinds to a halt before it can begin.
The Voice: “The Battles, Part 5”
The Battle Rounds conclude as the coaches enlist music industry powerhouses Jimmie Allen, Sean Paul, Charlie Puth and Jazmine Sullivan to prepare their artists to go head-to-head in hopes of advancing to the knockouts. Each coach has one steal and one save at their disposal.
The Very VERY Best of the 80s: “Scary Movies”
AXS TV, 8:30pm
Just ahead of Halloween, this installment of the new nostalgia series finds host Kelly Osbourne and a panel of celebrity guests looking back at the most notable scary movies of the 1980s.
Monarch: “About Last Night”
The victim and the events leading up to the deadly night are revealed in the new episode “About Last Night.”
La Brea: “The Heist”
Eve (Natalie Zea), Gavin (Eoin Macken) and others attempt to commandeer a shipment of black rock to gain access to the mysterious building, where they believe they may find a way to bring Josh (Jack Martin) and Riley (Veronica St. Clair) home. In 1988, Josh and Riley must act swiftly to prevent Caroline from altering the timeline.
Making Black America: Through the Grapevine
In “Life Beyond the Veil,” the final hour of this four-part docuseries, see how, despite the gains of legal desegregation, all Black political and cultural movements — from Black Power to Black Twitter — continued to provide safe spaces for a community riven by class, sexuality and generational divisions to debate, organize and celebrate.
New Amsterdam: “Give Me a Sign”
Max (Ryan Eggold) goes on a mission to make New York safer, while Iggy (Tyler Labine) helps a family come to terms with their deaf child’s inability to communicate.
Frontline: “Putin’s Attack on Ukraine: Documenting War Crimes”
This 90-minute film is part of a major reporting effort investigating the evidence of Russian war crimes in Ukraine. It draws on firsthand reporting inside Ukraine since the earliest days of the war, as well as on a multiplatform journalism initiative called War Crimes Watch Ukraine that has been gathering, verifying and comprehensively cataloging potential war crimes. Against the backdrop of the Ukraine war, the film traces a pattern of Russian atrocities across previous conflicts and exposes the challenges of trying to hold Russia to account.
Wednesday, Oct. 26
The Mysterious Benedict Society
In Season 2 of the mystery/adventure series, Reynie (Mystic Inscho), Sticky (Seth Carr), Kate (Emmy DeOliveira) and Constance (Marta Kessler), the four gifted orphans who were recruited by the eccentric Mr. Benedict (Tony Hale), embark upon another mission to save the world from the nefarious plans of his twin brother, Dr. L.D. Curtain (also played by Hale). Episodes are available Wednesdays beginning today.
Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi
Six new animated Star Wars shorts, all available at once, feature parables built around notable Jedi from the prequel trilogy era: Ahsoka Tano (Ashley Eckstein, who has voiced the character in several previous SW series, video games and films) and a young Count Dooku (Corey Burton), before his fall to the dark side. Dave Filoni (Star Wars: The Clone Wars) cocreated the series, which also features Liam Neeson returning to voice the adult Qui-Gon Jinn.
The Good Nurse
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Jessica Chastain leads this Darren Aronofsky-produced thriller based on true events as Amy, a nurse who risks her own life to uncover the truth when she becomes suspicious that her new colleague (Eddie Redmayne) is responsible for a series of mysterious patient deaths.
Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities: “Lot 36” & “Pickman’s Model”
Two new episodes of creator/executive producer Guillermo del Toro’s horror anthology drop today: “Lot 36,” a tale conceived by del Toro, adapted by writer Regina Corrado and director Guillermo Navarro (who won an Oscar as cinematographer for del Toro’s acclaimed dark fantasy film Pan’s Labyrinth), and led by Tim Blake Nelson; and “Pickman’s Model,” an adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s short story from writer Lee Patterson and director Keith Thomas (The Vigil), starring Crispin Glover.
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In this horror comedy from Mexico, teenagers at a Halloween party find themselves facing a zombie apocalypse and having to join forces with a dangerous drug kingpin to save their lives.
ESPN, beginning at 7:30pm Live
Kyrie Irving leads the Brooklyn Nets into Milwaukee’s Fiserv Forum to face Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks. ESPN’s second game has LeBron James and the L.A. Lakers on the road against Nikola Jokić and the Denver Nuggets.
The Conners: “Book Bans and Guillotine Hands”
It’s Halloween, and Dan encourages the family to decorate the house. When everyone is feeling too busy and overwhelmed to help, Becky tries to take matters into her own hands. Meanwhile, Harris takes a stand on an issue that ruffles a few feathers in Darlene’s new neighborhood.
The Masked Singer: “Muppets Night”
Miss Piggy serves as a guest panelist in the new episode “Muppets Night.” Kermit the Frog, Animal, Fozzie Bear and more Muppets make guest appearances.
Nature: “Canada: Surviving the Wild North”
Canada is a vast country, with the largest intact forest on the planet, more than 2 million lakes and rivers, and the longest coastline on Earth. This wild and rugged outpost is home to some of the world’s most astonishing wildlife, such as polar bears, coastal wolves, Canada lynx and harp seals. In this film, journey from the high arctic and tundra to the boreal forests to discover how life manages to survive in the wild north, where getting the timing right and seizing seasonal opportunities can mean the difference between life and death.
Great Lakes Untamed: “Marvels & Mysteries”
Smithsonian Channel, 8pm
Witness spring activity in North America’s Great Lakes, from leaping fish to migrating snakes to deep-diving moose. See how invasive creatures and overdevelopment are threatening the Great Lakes wildlife, and what humans can do to help.
Pam Grier — Part 2
TCM, beginning at 8pm
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Turner Classic Movies’ two-night salute to iconic actress Pam Grier, who became famous for her action roles in 1970s’ “blaxploitation” features mostly made for low-budget studio American International Pictures, concludes tonight with four of her notable films from that genre. Up first, and making its TCM premiere, is Sheba, Baby (1975), which features Grier as Chicago private investigator Sheba Shayne, who returns to her Louisville, Kentucky, hometown to help her father (Rudy Challenger) fight off mobsters. Next, in 1973’s Coffy, the actress plays the titular ER nurse, who takes vigilante justice against inner-city drug dealers after her sister becomes their latest victim. Grier’s title character in the next film, Foxy Brown (1974), is also out for revenge, taking on the gang of white drug dealers who murdered her boyfriend. Finally, in the Defiant Ones-like women-in-prison film Black Mama, White Mama (1973), Grier plays an incarcerated prostitute who must form an uneasy alliance with a white revolutionary (Margaret Markov) when they are busted out of a Latin American prison — but still chained together — and pursued by guerillas, bounty hunters and the military.
NFL Football: Baltimore at Tampa Bay
Prime Video, 8:15pm Live
Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers welcome Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens to Raymond James Stadium for this Week 8 Thursday Night Football tilt.
The Goldbergs: “DYNY”
In homage to the classic Halloween movies of the ’80s, Geoff’s terror over Beverly controlling all baby-care duties turns into a jump-scare-filled comedic thriller. Meanwhile, Adam is excited to spend Halloween visiting Dave Kim at NYU; however, his feelings change when he discovers that Dave Kim has reinvented himself.
LEGO Masters: “Brickminster Dog Show”
Each team races to build a life-size LEGO dog that can move down the runway on a leash in the new episode “Brickminster Dog Show.”
Property Brothers: Forever Home: “Big Family, Big Reno”
A couple inherits a cherished family home, but it’s cramped and dated, and it needs a major overhaul. Jonathan and Drew Scott open up the main living area and refresh the ’80s look so they can continue hosting extended family gatherings in style for decades to come.
NOVA: “Ocean Invaders”
Lionfish — long prized in home aquariums — have invaded the Atlantic Ocean. Dive deep with host Danni Washington to investigate what makes the lionfish such a successful invasive species, how it’s wreaking havoc and what can be done about it.
Home Economics: “Novel Signed by Author, $22.19”
It’s Halloween and everyone is on edge! Especially Tom, who fears nobody will attend his in-person book reading — except for his No. 1 fan, that is. Though the family presumes her to be a stalker, the mysterious woman turns out to be something even more shocking.
Jay Leno’s Garage
Host Jay Leno concludes his seventh season of taking cool cars for a spin with his celebrity friends. In “POTUS and the Next Gen Hot Rods,” Leno and President Joe Biden discuss hot-rodding and the future of electric cars.
Secrets of the Dead: “The End of the Romans”
Is history repeating itself? Follow an in-depth investigation into the real causes of the decline of the Roman Empire, which shows how three deadly epidemics and climate change could have caused its collapse — drawing frightening parallels to today.
Reginald the Vampire: “All the Time in the World”
This episode set in 1972 Oakland, California, shows how everything changed when Angela (Savannah Basley) met Maurice (Mandela Van Peebles).
IFC, 10:30pm; also streams on AMC+
The acclaimed, Emmy-winning variety series returns with six episodes for its second season, with more sketches, dancers, cultural nostalgia, fake commercials and movie trailers, and more, hosted by Sherman McDaniels, portrayed by series cocreator Bashir Salahuddin. New guest stars this season include Issa Rae, Chance the Rapper, Jay Pharoah, Chris Hardwick and more.
Thursday, Oct. 27
This CGI-animated kids series is set in a modern-day New York City where magic is real, just hidden from the public — but Daniel Spellbound (voice of Alex Barima) knows where to find it. Making his living tracking hard-to-find magical objects, Daniel catches the attention of the wrong people when he discovers a rare artifact, and suddenly the fate of the magical world hangs in the balance. Chantel Riley and Deven Mack also lead the voice cast.
Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities: “The Viewing” & “Dreams in the Witch House”
Creator/executive producer Guillermo del Toro’s horror anthology continues with two new episodes available today: “The Viewing,” directed by Panos Cosmatos (Beyond the Black Rainbow), who cowrote the script with Aaron Stewart-Ahn, and starring Peter Weller and Eric André; and “Dreams in the Witch House,” an H.P. Lovecraft adaptation written by Mika Watkins, directed by Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight) and starring Rupert Grint, Ismael Cruz Córdova, DJ Qualls and Nia Vardalos.
ESPN & FS1, beginning at 7:30pm Live
A primetime ACC matchup has the Virginia Tech Hokies at the NC State Wolfpack on ESPN. Then on FS1, the Utah Utes are at the Washington State Cougars in a Pac-12 contest.
Station 19: “Demons”
Maya and Theo answer a call at a Halloween carnival, but when fire hits the corn maze, the dangers quickly escalate and Maya risks her own life to prove her worth to her increasingly hostile captain. Meanwhile, Station 19 hosts the neighborhood kids for trick-or-treating; a prank war breaks out in the house, and Jack is haunted by a ghost from his past.
Young Sheldon: “A Resident Advisor and the Word ‘Sketchy’”
Sheldon (Iain Armitage) decides to expand his responsibilities and advise college dorm residents in this new episode.
Hell’s Kitchen: “Breakfast 911”
In the new episode “Breakfast 911,” the teams serve a delicious breakfast for a group of first responders. The winning team earns a celebration in the Hollywood Hills, while the losing team gets to sort the trash at Hell’s Kitchen.
Law & Order: “12 Seconds”
Cosgrove (Jeffrey Donovan) and Shaw (Mehcad Brooks) piece together the clues of what happened to a murdered law student, uncovering a web of blackmail and lies. Meanwhile, Price (Hugh Dancy) fights to have a piece of shocking testimony thrown out.
75th Anniversary of the Hollywood Blacklist — Night 3
TCM, beginning at 8pm
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Turner Classic Movies’ three-week Thursday night look back at various aspects of the infamous Hollywood blacklist of the late 1940s through the ’50s concludes with this evening’s three-film lineup of titles made in the eras following the backlist that incorporated elements of it into at least parts of their plots, if not as the major backdrop: the 1973 romantic drama The Way We Were, starring Best Actress Oscar nominee Barbra Streisand and Robert Redford; The Front (1976), a drama led by Woody Allen and Zero Mostel; and The Majestic (2001), making its TCM premiere and starring Jim Carrey in one of his earlier dramatic roles.
Ghosts: “Halloween 2: The Ghost of Hetty’s Past”
A séance at Sam and Jay’s (Rose McIver and Utkarsh Ambudkar) Halloween party conjures up a spirit from Hetty’s (Rebecca Wisocky) past in the new episode “Halloween 2: The Ghost of Hetty’s Past.”
Grey’s Anatomy: “Haunted”
It’s Halloween night at Grey Sloan Memorial. Meredith and Nick try to spend some alone time together, Levi is stressed due to overworking, and Winston and Owen have the interns practice trauma training on a real cadaver.
So Help Me Todd: “Let the Wright One In”
Margaret (Marcia Gay Harden) attempts to join an elite philanthropy club and must represent a former club employee accused of using the organization to smuggle drugs in the new episode “Let the Wright One In.”
Welcome to Flatch: “The Headless Horseman”
In the new Halloween episode “The Headless Horseman,” a psychic (guest star Atkins Estimond) at Barb’s (Jaime Pressly) “spooky night” influences some big changes and sparks some romance in Flatch.
Renovation Impossible: “Burning Eyes, Busted Budgets”
Russell J. Holmes visits an artsy couple after a major setback with the foundation brought renovations on their cramped, dated home to a halt. He will have to find a creative compromise that saves money so they can both continue work from home in comfort and ease.
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: “Breakwater”
A young man asks the SVU for help when he suspects his boss is preying on his sister; Velasco (Octavio Pisano) tries to convince a reluctant witness to testify in court.
Call Me Kat: “Call Me Uncle Dad”
Carter (Julian Gant) struggles to get customers to come to his Halloween Octoberfest party at The Middle C in the new episode “Call Me Uncle Dad.”
Alaska Daily: “The Weekend”
It’s the Alaska State Fair and the Daily Alaskan team is covering every angle of this beloved annual event, including Gabriel, who is excited for his first assigned story. When his reporting leads him somewhere unexpected, he rises to the occasion with Eileen’s support. Meanwhile, Eileen and Roz have very different weekends before reuniting to make more progress on their investigation.
Law & Order: Organized Crime: “Behind Blue Eyes”
While Stabler (Christopher Meloni) is called to testify against the Brotherhood in court, the task force sets their sights on a dangerous criminal gang posing as police; Reyes (Rick Gonzalez) finds a surprising connection to the suspects they’re after; Bell (Danielle Moné Truitt) receives some unwelcome news.
True Crime Story: Indefensible
SundanceTV, 10pm; also streams on AMC+
Host Jena Friedman returns for Season 2 of this true-crime docuseries in which she travels the country to unspool real cases on the ground and uncover the “why” and “how” of not only crimes themselves, but also of our sometimes dysfunctional criminal justice system.
Friday, Oct. 28
It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
Apple TV+ (streams free for everyone today through Oct. 31)
Although the beloved Peanuts holiday specials are now exclusively available on the Apple TV+ streaming service, they had been given one-time broadcasts on PBS the last few years. PBS has confirmed, however, that this year they do not have the rights to air these programs. Apple TV+ subscribers can view the specials all year long, but even if you don’t subscribe, you can watch It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown for free on the streamer beginning today through Monday (Halloween). A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving and A Charlie Brown Christmas will similarly be available in November and December, respectively.
All Quiet on the Western Front
Feature Film Exclusive!
Erich Maria Remarque’s famed 1928 anti-war novel gets its latest adaptation in this German production that has been announced as that country’s submission in the Best International Feature Film category at the upcoming Academy Awards. The story follows Paul (Felix Kammerer), a young German soldier on the front lines of World War I, where he and his comrades experience firsthand how the initial euphoria of war turns into desperation and fear as they fight for their lives, and for each other. Daniel Brühl also stars.
Season 6 of the adult animated comedy about the glorious nightmare that is puberty focuses on the theme of family as the beloved characters continue each of their journeys, discovering that while you can’t always pick your family, you can surround yourself with those who love you for who you are. Cocreator Nick Kroll, John Mulaney, Jessi Klein, Jenny Slate, Fred Armisen, Maya Rudolph and Jordan Peele lead the voice cast. The series has been renewed for Season 7.
Tone Bell hosts this competition series in which 12 of the world’s most innovative mixologists infuse, stir and blend their way through a series of high-stakes cocktail challenges to win a life-changing prize and the title of the Ultimate Drink Master.
Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities
The first season of creator/executive producer Guillermo del Toro’s horror anthology concludes as two new episodes drop today: “The Outside,” an adaptation of Emily Carroll’s short story written by Haley Z. Boston, directed by Ana Lily Amirpour (A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night), and starring Kate Micucci and Martin Starr; and “Graveyard Rats,” with David Hewlett leading writer/director Vincenzo Natali’s (Splice) adaptation of Henry Kuttner’s pulp horror tale.
Wendell & Wild
Feature Film Exclusive!
Jordan Peele is a cowriter (with director Henry Selick) and producer, and lends his voice to, this stop-motion animated fantasy about scheming demon brothers Wendell (voice of Keegan-Michael Key) and Wild (Peele), who enlist the aid of Kat Elliot (Lyric Ross) — a tough teen with a load of guilt — to summon them to the Land of the Living. But what Kat demands in return leads to a bizarre and comedic adventure.
The Devil’s Hour
A woman (Jessica Raine) who is awakened by terrifying visions every night at 3:33am finds herself inexplicably connected to a string of brutal murders, which may give her the answers to this nightly trauma that have evaded her for years. Peter Capaldi costars in the six-episode thriller.
2022 World Series: Game 1
FOX, 8pm Live
The champions of the American League and National League begin the best-of-seven-game World Series, with Game 1 tonight at the home ballpark of the team with the better regular-season record. FOX has exclusive coverage of the series, which would end on Nov. 5 if a seventh game is needed.
My Nightmare Office Affair
This world television movie premiere finds Nick, a successful executive with a picture-perfect family, including a loving wife and adorable daughter, seduced by a colleague who desperately wants children of her own. When Nick tries to break things off, he finds himself in a dangerous game with her that threatens his job, his family and his life. Stars Laurie Fortier, Marc Herrmann, Kristi Murdock and Matthew Pohlkamp.
Capital One College Bowl: “Semifinals/Championship”
NBC, beginning at 8pm
Season 2 concludes with back-to-back hourlong episodes, beginning with the semifinals and concluding with the championship. Entering the evening, four teams are left to compete for the two championship spots: BYU vs. returning champ Columbia, and Georgia vs. Penn State. The two semifinals winners will then clash in the championship to take home the Capital One College Bowl trophy and the majority of $1 million in scholarship money.
TCM, beginning at 8pm
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Turner Classic Movies gets a few days’ head start on Halloween with tonight’s triple feature of famous cinematic supernatural tales. The evening begins with Poltergeist (1982), coproducer/-writer Steven Spielberg and director Tobe Hooper’s dazzling collaboration that was one of the first major productions to update the haunted-house film from a creepy old country manor to a tract home in modern suburbia. Next, Deborah Kerr gives a fantastic performance in The Innocents (1961), a ghost story/psychological thriller that adapts Henry James’ novella The Turn of the Screw. She plays a governess watching over two children in a large estate who comes to fear that her charges are being possessed by the spirits of the home’s former servants; but is she actually losing her mind? Finally, Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie lead director Nicolas Roeg’s 1973 thriller Don’t Look Now, an adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s short story that is making its TCM premiere. They play a married couple who travel to Venice while grieving the recent accidental death of their young daughter. There they encounter two elderly sisters, one of whom claims to be clairvoyant and tells the parents their daughter is trying to contact them and warn them of danger.
Shock Doc: Ghosts of Flight 401
Travel Channel, 8pm; also streams on discovery+
This two-hour Shock Doc special investigates one of the greatest supernatural mysteries in U.S. history, which began on Dec. 29, 1972, when Eastern Airlines Flight 401 crashed into the Florida Everglades, killing over 100 people. Soon after, ghosts from the flight reportedly began haunting the land and other planes. Paranormal investigator Steve Shippy and psychic medium Cindy Kaza will attempt to make contact with these spirits to find out the horrifying truth about what really happened that fateful night.
Fire Country: “Work, Don’t Worry”
The crew engages in a search and rescue mission after a building collapses in the new episode “Work, Don’t Worry.”
Dia de los Muertos
Celebrate the popular tradition observed by people of Mexican heritage everywhere with this hourlong musical and cultural fiesta featuring rock greats Los Lobos, salsa-rap-reggae-funk band Ozomatli and all-female mariachi band Flor de Toloache.
Travel Channel, 10pm; also streams on discovery+
Horror filmmaker Eli Roth is a creative guide behind this nightmarish anthology series that showcases classic urban legends as you’ve never seen them before. Based on widely shared “true” stories that happened to a friend of a friend … of a friend, each episode is a mini horror film cinematically crafted to deliver a tension-fueled experience through disturbing tales of lurking psychopaths, murderous mysteries, creepy creatures and more.
Saturday, Oct. 29
College Football: Florida vs. Georgia
CBS, 3:30pm Live
The football rivalry between the Florida Gators and Georgia Bulldogs is renewed today at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, Florida. Georgia has won four of the last five matchups.
Women’s Soccer: NWSL Championship
CBS, 8pm Live
The National Women’s Soccer League concludes its 2022 season with the championship match at Audi Field in Washington, D.C.
An Amish Sin
This world television film premiere is inspired by true stories. The film follows Rachel, an Amish teen who refuses to obey her parent’s command that she marry the man who abused her as a child. When Rachel attempts to run away, she is caught and sent to a “rehab” for Amish girls who don’t follow the rules. Managing to escape from the facility, she makes her way to a neighboring city, where she has to learn to live — and find her place — in the world. Stars Dylan Ratzlaff, Kellie Martin and Rukiya Bernard.
Star of the Month: Robots
TCM, beginning at 8pm
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Turner Classic Movies’ monthlong Saturday night salute to cinematic cyborgs, robots and the like concludes with tonight’s double feature, which begins with Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974), featuring the King of the Monsters going up against a robotic version of himself unleashed on Earth by aliens. Along with Mechagodzilla, the movie also introduced the giant monster King Caesar to Toho Studio’s original stable of kaiju creations. Next is director Wes Craven’s sci-fi/horror film Deadly Friend (1986), about a teenage computer prodigy (Matthew Laborteaux) who implants a robot’s microprocessor into the brain of his teenage neighbor (Kristy Swanson) to save her after she is pronounced brain dead. It works, but unfortunately, the rejuvenated girl soon begins a killing spree in their neighborhood.
Help! I Wrecked My House: “You Don’t Complete Me”
It’s been 10 years since Audrey and Darin moved into their functionally challenged home where Audrey has taken matters into her own hands with projects that are impossible to finish. Armed with a budget of $120,000, Jasmine Roth reconfigures their awkward layout to create a warm California coastal vibe and double the size of their small, tired kitchen.
Season 2 of this docuseries from NFL Films features Tony Dungy, the first Black head coach to win a Super Bowl, reflecting on his unconventional path to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Also featured are stories of his groundbreaking coaching career and mentorship, and his relationships with other coaches and players ranging from Chuck Noll to Michael Vick.
Christmas Bedtime Stories
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 10pm
Danielle (Erin Cahill) is left to raise her daughter Audrey when her husband, Colby (Chelie Weber), goes MIA and is presumed dead during a military deployment overseas. Three years later, she has made great progress with moving on and has recently become engaged to an old friend, Pierce Baker (Steve Lund). Danielle begins to tell Audrey bedtime stories of her father, which becomes a ritual. As Danielle tells Audrey these stories, she starts to see signs that leave her feeling unsettled about Colby. On Christmas Eve, Danielle and Audrey go to the dance together, all while Danielle continues to question why her love for Pierce doesn’t feel the same as her love for Colby — if only there was a sign.