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SUNDAY OCTOBER 26, 2014


Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion
7 p.m. on ABC

An outgrowth of the animated series "Star Wars Rebels," this adventure features something in its broadcast debut that its earlier cable showings didn't: an extra scene that restores the voice of James Earl Jones to the iconic villain Darth Vader. The story finds a renegade starship crew helping to initiate a rebellion against the sinister Galactic Empire. Also in the voice cast are Freddie Prinze Jr., Vanessa Marshall, David Oyelowo and Jason Isaacs.

Bob's Burgers
7 p.m. on FOX

It's no surprise that youngsters want as much candy as they can get on Halloween, but size truly does matter to the Belcher children in "Full Bars." Upon discovering one neighborhood is known for issuing regular-size candy bars, as opposed to the smaller versions often handed out to trick-or-treaters, they head straight for that block. Bob and Linda (voices of H. Jon Benjamin and John Roberts) go to a seasonal party with a black-and-orange motif.

Masterpiece Classic
8 p.m. on PBS

What is it about a watch that causes all sorts of actions and reactions at the Victorian-era department store? The mystery becomes clear in the course of the new offering "The Paradise, Season 2: Episode Five." As the puzzlement over the heirloom grows, duties change for a number of principals of the business. Joanna Vanderham, Emun Elliott, Elaine Cassidy and Ben Daniels star.

Guy's Grocery Games
8:00 p.m. FOOD

Brace yourself for a clash of the coupons as the initial four chefs try to make their best grilled dish in Budget Battle. Next, the contestants must incorporate a classic peanut butter and jelly combo into a decadent breakfast dish. The One Ingredient Per Aisle challenge tasks the final two chefs with making a tasty Sunday supper. G. Garvin, Troy Johnson and Catherine McCord are the judges for the new episode "Not Going to Budge-It."

NFL Football
8:20 p.m. on NBC

Two teams with playoff aspirations clash tonight at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, where Drew Brees will lead his Saints against Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers. Rodgers and the Packers' formidable air attack will look to exploit the Saints' pass defense, which ranks among the league's worst. The Pack's defense against the run isn't too impressive either, and it will be hard-pressed to stop New Orleans' Khiry Robinson, Mark Ingram and company.

Madam Secretary
8:30 p.m. on CBS

A request to the president (Keith Carradine) to help resolve a troublesome situation in Western Africa has surprising, not-pleasant results for Elizabeth (Tea Leoni) in the new episode "The Call." Oscar and Emmy winner Louis Gossett Jr., who's been getting back into television in a big way - as with his recurring role on "Extant" - guest stars as a clergyman who's party to the diplomatic trouble. Tim Daly, Bebe Neuwirth and Zeljko Ivanek also star.

Resurrection
9 p.m. on ABC

Not happy about Barbara's (guest star April Billingsley) efforts to patch things up with Fred and Maggie (Matt Craven, Devin Kelley), Margaret (guest star Michelle Fairley) becomes determined to derail those in the new episode "Will." Bellamy (Omar Epps) has multiple reasons to worry about an illness that is making its way through the returned. Frances Fisher, Mark Hildreth, Samaire Armstrong and Kurtwood Smith also star..

Masterpiece Mystery!
9 p.m. on PBS

The follow-up to Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice," as envisioned by mystery novelist P.D. James, begins with Part 1 of a new adaptation of "Death Comes to Pemberley." The now-married Elizabeth and Darcy, played by Anna Maxwell Martin and Matthew Rhys ("The Americans"), host a lavish event at their estate. An uninvited guest (Jenna Coleman, "Doctor Who") arrives and sparks events that lead to a murder charge and a trial. Matthew Goode also stars.

Halloween Wars
9:00 p.m. on FOOD

The competition gets down to an epic final battle between the last two teams, each of whom will need all the mad skills of pumpkin carving, cake decorating and sugar artistry to create a display that captures the deranged spirit of a haunted carnival. Horror actor Lew Temple ("The Walking Dead") joins judges Brian Kinney and Shinmin Li to decide which team takes home the championship and $50,000 grand prize..

Boardwalk Empire
9:00 p.m. on HBO

The Emmy-winning Prohibition-era drama has its last call after five seasons with "Eldorado," the series finale. Nucky (Steve Buscemi) looks into relocating to Manhattan following a shakeup, but not before Margaret (Kelly Macdonald) manages to impress him. Luciano (Vincent Piazza) wraps up some unfinished business as he is establishing a mob commission. Willie (Ben Rosenfield) lets the U.S. Attorney in on some underworld details. Gretchen Mol also stars.

The Strain
10 p.m. on FX

In the new episode "The Third Rail," Setrakian (David Bradley) leads Eph, Fet and Nora (Corey Stoll, Kevin Durand, Mia Maestro) on a potentially deadly quest to find the lair of the Master (Robin Atkin Downes). Meanwhile, Zack (Ben Hyland) risks his safety for Mariela's (Anne Betancourt) sake after he is left behind at the pawnshop with her.

Bob's Burgers
9:00 p.m. on TOON

It's no surprise that youngsters want as much candy as they can get on Halloween, but size truly does matter to the Belcher children in "Full Bars." Upon discovering one neighborhood is known for issuing regular-size candy bars, as opposed to the smaller versions often handed out to trick-or-treaters, they head straight for that block. Bob and Linda (voices of H. Jon Benjamin and John Roberts) go to a seasonal party with a black-and-orange motif.

The Good Wife
9:30 p.m. on CBS
Carrie Preston returns in her Emmy-winning role as deceptively scattered Elsbeth Tascioni in this new episode, uniting the lawyer with Alicia (fellow Emmy winner Julianna Margulies) in defending clients of both of theirs against charges brought by the government. Diane (Christine Baranski) considers moving her new partners into her old office. Michael J. Fox, Kyle MacLachlan and Ana Gasteyer also reprise their recurring roles in the guest-packed tale.

Cutthroat Kitchen
10:00 p.m. on FOOD

Cue the music from "Raiders of the Lost Ark"! In the new episode "The Undertater," one chef tries to outrun a giant boulder made of aluminum foil, but two chefs set aside their competitive spirit long enough to cook for each other. Finally, a chef is forced to play a memory game to retrieve lost ingredients.

Revenge
10:01 p.m. on ABC

Emily (Emily VanCamp) might not be all the way back to square one, but she's certainly had setbacks in her scheming - so she initiates a reboot in the new episode "Repercussions." Victoria and David Clarke (Madeleine Stowe, James Tupper) are both major factors in Emily's need to rethink her strategy. Josh Bowman, Nick Wechsler and Gabriel Mann also star.

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
10:30 p.m. on CBS

There's no rest for the weary - nor, apparently, for a CSI - as the new episode "Girls Gone Wilder" suggests. Julie, Sara and Morgan (Elisabeth Shue, Jorja Fox, Elisabeth Harnois) are the "girls" in question as they try to get in some rest and relaxation while attending a forensics conference. That's not to be, since a shooting at the site immediately puts them back on the job. Michael Landes, who had a different role on this show a decade ago, guest stars.

Revenge
10:01 p.m. on ABC

Emily (Emily VanCamp) might not be all the way back to square one, but she's certainly had setbacks in her scheming - so she initiates a reboot in the new episode "Repercussions." Victoria and David Clarke (Madeleine Stowe, James Tupper) are both major factors in Emily's need to rethink her strategy. Josh Bowman, Nick Wechsler and Gabriel Mann also star.

Great Estates Scotland
10:30 p.m. on PBS

The concluding episode of the series focuses on Rosslyn Chapel, which may look familiar to viewers of the Tom Hanks-starring, Ron Howard-directed screen version of "The Da Vinci Code": Part of the movie was filmed there. It turned out to be an appropriate location, since the site has several mysteries of its own. Some think it houses the legendary Holy Grail, while others believe the history of Jesus Christ is linked to it.


MONDAY OCTOBER 27, 2014

Halloween
7 p.m. on AMC

Jamie Lee Curtis stars in this low-budget but high-quality 1978 horror movie from director John Carpenter. A murderous man returns after 15 years to continue the homicidal rampage he began as a boy. This film spawned numerous sequels. Donald Pleasence co-stars. As Alfred Hitchcock did with "Psycho," Carpenter makes his audience think they are seeing violence that is never actually depicted. He also composed the insidious little musical earworm that recurs throughout much of his movie.

2 Broke Girls
8 p.m. on CBS

No stranger to unscripted shows, Kim Kardashian West may prove helpful to Max and Caroline (Kat Dennings, Beth Behrs) as she plays herself in this sitcom's fourth-season premiere, "And the Reality Problem." The waitresses and cupcake entrepreneurs get a chance to appear in an episode of "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" - and you can expect comedic complications to ensue. Series co-creator and executive producer Michael
Patrick King wrote the story.

The Voice
8 p.m. on NBC

Taylor Swift knows a thing or two - or 100 - about musical success that she can impart to this show's contestants. In the same week her new album "1989" debuts, the superstar makes her first of several appearances as the competition's so-called Knockout Rounds begin with "The Knockouts Premiere." She gives pointers to the hopefuls chosen by all four of this season's principal coaches: Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams.

Gotham
8 p.m. on FOX

Earlier days of many fixtures of the Batman saga are traced as this stylish adventure series premieres. Young detective James Gordon, who eventually will become Gotham City's police commissioner, is at the heart of the "Pilot" as played by Ben McKenzie ("Southland"). Donal Logue also stars as his ethically murky partner. The villains include precursors of the Riddler and the Penguin, but an instant standout is Jada Pinkett Smith as a spicy crime vixen.

Antique Roadshow
8 p.m. on PBS

The wrap-up of a new three-part program from Jacksonville, Fla., involves history to a major degree. A woman seeks the value of an autographed photograph of NASA's "Mercury 7" astronauts given to her by her father-in-law, an Air Force officer. Also assessed: a document signed by Abraham Lincoln and given to its current holder's great-great-great-uncle for serving with the then-president in a mission to see slavery abolished. Mark L. Walberg is the host.

Gotham
In different ways, the past comes back to haunt both Gordon and Bullock (Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue) anew in the new episode "Spirit of the Goat." As a murderer preys upon children of members of the city's high society, Bullock recalls a very similar case he worked before. Previous actions by Gordon have fresh fallout. Guest stars include Carol Kane and Dan Hedaya. Jada Pinkett Smith, Erin Richards and David Mazouz also star.

The Originals
8:00 p.m. on CW

Davina and Mikael (Danielle Campbell, Sebastian Roche) seek refuge from Klaus (Joseph Morgan) in the new episode "Live and Let Die." Cami (Leah Pipes) complicates matters by accidentally letting Klaus know where they are, then goes with him. Aided by Elijah and Marcel (Daniel Gillies, Charles Michael Davis), Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) tries to stop Vincent's (guest star Yusuf Gatewood) campaign to create an army of werewolves by enlisting teens.

Hair Jacked
8 p.m. on TRUTV

Some members of the creative team from NBC's recently renewed "Hollywood Game Night" are behind this new comic weekly game show. In each episode, host Jon Gabrus and his accomplices take over a working hair salon and ambush unsuspecting clients with an array of pop culture games in which the contestants could win up to $10,000 - or go home with one very strange new haircut.

NFL Football
8:15 p.m. on ESPN

NFC East foes with opposing fortunes go at it tonight at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, where Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys will look to continue their winning ways against the injury-riddled Washington Redskins. Less than two years removed from their first playoff appearance in five years, the 'Skins have been among the league's worst teams with franchise quarterback Robert Griffin III and other starters on the sidelines.

The Millers
8:31 p.m. on CBS

Divorce has been in their plans for some time, so both Carol and Tom (Margo Martindale, Beau Bridges) are stunned by their reactions when it's finally time for push to come to shove in the new episode "Reunited and It Feels So Bad." Signing the papers turns out to be not as easy as they expected, prompting them to rethink the matter. The situation also prompts Nathan and Debbie (Will Arnett, Jayma Mays) to fear their parents actually might stay together.

Scorpions
9 p.m. on CBS

Season three wraps with two new back-to-back episodes, starting with "Endgame," in which Christopher (Jesse Metcalfe) desperately races to find Elena (Jordana Brewster), even as the cartel is double-crossing Bobby (Patrick Ewing). Elsewhere, Nicolas (Juan Pablo Di Pace) tries to prove himself to Elena with a gesture that puts both him and John Ross (Josh Henderson) in grave danger. The season finale, "Brave New World," immediately follows.

Sleepy Hallow
9 p.m. on FOX

The son of Sheriff August Corbin (Clancy Brown) comes back from military duty in the new episode "And the Abyss Gazes Back," and while his father - or, more accurately, his deceased father's spirit - is glad to have him home, something seems amiss. Ichabod and Abbie (Tom Mison, Nicole Beharie) notice it, then worry that the returnee might have something sinister in mind. Orlando Jones, Katia Winter and John Noble also star.

Jane the Virgin
10 p.m. on CW

The future of Jane and Michael (Gina Rodriguez, Brett Dier) is uncertain, to put it mildly, in the new "Chapter Three." She puts much thought into where they may be headed under her new circumstances. Alba (Ivonne Coll) tries to prevent Rogelio (Jaime Camil) from making the situation even more complicated. Jane worries whether Petra (Yael Grobglas) will be a suitable mother. Filmmaker Brad Silberling ("City of Angels") directed the story.

Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown
9 p.m. on HBO

Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger produced this feature-length profile of the music icon often called "the hardest working man in show business." The estate of the late musician gave Oscar-winning director Alex Gibney ("Taxi to the Dark Side") unprecedented access to its archives, providing rare footage, interviews and photograph that vividly chronicle Brown's musical ascension from his first hit ("Please, Please, Please" in 1956) to his electrifying performances at the Apollo Theater and elsewhere.

Bizarre Foods With Andrew Zimmerman
9 p.m. on TRAV

The fearless foodie dusts off his passport once again to globe hop in search of some of the most unusual and, um, challenging local dishes world cuisine has to offer. In his new season opener, "Mexico City: Corn Smut and Ant Eggs," Andrew samples such acquired tastes as stewed pig knuckles, worms and ant eggs, and fish-egg tamales. Better him that the rest of us, right?.

The Blacklist
10:00 p.m. on NBC

As if things usually aren't wild enough for Red and Liz (James Spader, Megan Boone), they delve into the illegal practice of wildlife poaching - steered in that direction by a badly mutilated corpse thrown back from the sea - in the new episode "The Mombasa Cartel." Ressler (Diego Klattenhoff) has troubles of his own with a hard habit to break ... which just might end up breaking him. Harry Lennix and Amir Arison also star.

Independent Lens
10:00 p.m. on PBS

Modes of transportation in Japan long have been characterized by an apparent need for speed, the pros and cons of which are examined in the new documentary "Brakeless." The film revolves around the 2005 crash of a commuter train into an apartment building, which resulted in more than 100 deaths. The cause was determined to be the driver's attempt to compensate for an 80-second delay, raising questions of whether such punctuality is necessary.

My Online Bride
10:00 p.m. on TLC

This UK documentary series import follows a diverse assortment of British men who are thinking outside the box as they seek companionship. At 46, Chris, a divorced father of two, tries his luck on a popular Bangkok "romance tour," while Mike, 26, is traveling to Ukraine to meet Tatyana, with whom he has been chatting online for weeks. Elsewhere, Apple, a 29-year-old Thai bride, arrives in the UK to be with her new husband, Sam, 30.

Fake Off
10:00 p.m. on TRUTV

Actor-dancer Robert Hoffman ("90210") hosts this new competition, which revolves around the emerging art form of Faking, a blend of acrobatics, theater, black light and illusion. Each episode features 10 teams from around the country recreating and reimagining iconic moments in pop culture. The panel judging their efforts includes Grammy winner Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas of TLC, actor-dancer Harry Shum Jr. ("Glee") and visual and concept designer Michael Curry (Broadway's ‘The Lion King").


TUESDAY OCTOBER 28, 2014

The Great Halloween Fright Fight
8 p.m. on ABC

Remember "The Great Christmas Light Fight," in which seasonal household displays were judged against one another? Here's the Halloween version, from the same producers. Michael Moloney and Sabrina Soto are the judges, determining which homeowner outdoes others in creating an effectively scary - and undoubtedly well-lit - salute to the occasion of trick-or-treating. The winner will fare much better than getting candy, since the first prize is $50,000.

Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
8 p.m. on PBS

Ancestors' links to slavery prove to be the common bonds between hip-hop star Nas, actress Angela Bassett and presidential adviser Valerie Jarrett in the new episode "We Come From People." The underlying theme of the hour is that even though a part of history may be shared by many people, there's no one path back to it - as in the case of Nas, whose slave forerunners are revealed to have had a somewhat surprising connection to their master.

The Flash
8 p.m. on CW

Wentworth Miller was a hero of a fashion on "Prison Break," but he's on the side of the bad guys in the new episode "Going Rogue." He plays a villain familiar to DC Comics fans: Captain Cold, user of a "cold gun" against his victims - who may come to include Barry (Grant Gustin). Dr. Wells (Tom Cavanagh) is enraged that the building of the weapon was an inside job he didn't know about. Emily Bett Rickards guest stars in her "Arrow" role as Felicity.

NBA Basketball
8 p.m. on TNT

The curtain goes up on the 2014-15 NBA season tonight in San Antonio, where Tim Duncan and the Spurs will raise their 2013-14 championship banner to the rafters of AT&T Center prior to their opening contest against Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks. In the nightcap, a battle of Western Conference foes is on tap when Dwight Howard and the Houston Rockets visit Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers.

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
9 p.m. on ABC

The United Nations building in New York is targeted by HYDRA in the new episode "A Fractured House." Coulson (Clark Gregg) and his allies are blamed, though, since they're impersonated by the enemies when the attack occurs. Making the situation even dicier is the surprising person who is trying to orchestrate S.H.I.E.L.D.'s downfall. Tim DeKay ("White Collar") guest stars as Ward's (Brett Dalton) senator brother.

The Boomer List: American Masters
9 p.m. on PBS

Filmmaker Timothy Greenfield-Sanders turns his approach from such previous projects as "The Black List" toward so-called baby boomers in this new documentary. Each of the 19 interviewees represents the year he or she was born - and it's quite a famous group, ranging from Billy Joel to Erin Brockovich. Others offering comments include Deepak Chopra, Samuel L. Jackson, computer guru Steve Wozniak, playwright Eve Ensler, Maria Shriver and Rosie O'Donnell.

Makers
9 p.m. on PBS

The focus of this new episode is on "Women in Business," with Martha Stewart and Facebook chief Sheryl Sandberg among the most familiar examples cited in a portrait of female executives. The interviewees' comments underscore their belief - and the proven fact - that it's no longer just a man's world when it comes to corporate supervision and decision-making. Xerox CEO Ursula Burns and media personality Cathy Hughes also are featured in the hour.

Supernatural
9 p.m. on CW

Victims of werewolf attacks begin turning up in the new episode "Paper Moon," and Sam and Dean (Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles) are dismayed to learn who the apparent culprit is. It's Kate (guest star Britni Sheridan), and the Winchester brothers feel guilt over the possibility she's responsible. If she is, they could have taken action earlier that would have prevented the new wave of assaults. Jeannot Szwarc ("Somewhere in Time") directed the tale.

Marry Me
9:01 p.m. on NBC

All that Jake and Annie (Ken Marino, Casey Wilson) want is to provide a little Halloween fun for neighboring children, but one of the parents (guest star Jessica St. Clair, "Playing House") tries to douse their plans in the new episode "Scary Me." Dennah (Sarah Wright Olsen) tries to get her own seasonal kicks by attending an exclusive party in an outfit that's slight enough to cause her some real problems. John Gemberling also stars.

About a Boy
9:30 p.m. on NBC

Fans of the Hugh Grant movie that shares this show's name may recall why his character wasn't too fond of Christmas. Halloween is the occasion that turns off Fiona and Marcus (Minnie Driver, Benjamin Stockham) in the new episode "About a Willoween," but Will (David Walton) is determined to stage his yearly trick-or-treat party anyway. Fiona ends up changing her tune when she makes a connection with another guest (guest star Humphrey Ker) at the bash.

How to be a Grown Up
9:30 p.m. on TRUTV

This new comic take on TV advice shows features comics offering - via interviews, sketches and animation - their guidance to universal issues faced every day by adults who routinely feel like kids trapped in a grown-up body. Comic targets in the series premiere, "The Birds, the Bees and Beyond," include how to propose, the best way to hit the gym floor, dance tips, how to prepare yourself to have that talk about the birds and the bees, and advice for mini-van owners.

Forver
10 p.m. on ABC

The death of a just-honored billionaire and medical-clinic benefactor eventually reveals a shady situation from his past in the new episode "New York Kids." Henry and Jo (Ioan Gruffudd, Alana De La Garza) wonder if he was targeted because of it - and whether others who were involved back then also are in danger. Henry may have to reveal his own past to save someone. Abe (Judd Hirsch) also has a secret he's been keeping for a long time.

Frontline
10 p.m. on PBS

The background of one of the most controversial groups to make international headlines in recent times is examined in the new episode "The Rise of ISIS." Correspondent Martin Smith files the report from Iraq, examining from the inside what the withdrawal of U.S. troops has meant for the country - and how it relates to the organization that has stirred global anger through the beheading of several American and British citizens, made public via released videos.

Chopped
10 p.m. on FOOD

In the new episode "Haricot Flair," the chefs resist the urge to monkey around when they find banana blossoms. Those who make it into the entree round have to cope with a very stinky ingredient, while the dessert round for the final pair of competitors includes a colorful ingredient that may add a sprinkling of fun. Judges are Maneet Chauhan, Marc Murphy, Aaron Sanchez.

Sons of Anarchy
10:00 p.m. on FX

"The Separation of Crows" is the title of tonight's new episode, but the more relevant critter in the crosshairs is a rodent: specifically, a rat. The club's search for a missing member seems to have stalled, at least temporarily, so the focus shifts to finding out who's the traitor hiding somewhere within SAMCRO. Charlie Hunnam and Katey Sagal star.

Prison Wives Club
10:00 p.m. on LIFE

This new docuseries follows four women as they try to cling to some sense of normalcy while staying married to convicted felons serving extended prison sentences. Their lives are often lonely, since they have only limited, periodic contact with their spouses and, for many of them, their friends and family members don't support their decision not to cut their mates loose. Worse, they often can't even agree among themselves about the best coping strategy.

Resort Rescue
10:00 p.m. on TRAV

Shane Green visits the Commodore Hotel in Linden, Tenn., where owners Kathy and Mike Dumont are having some problems with their staff. Hidden cameras allow Shane to find the problem spots, which include a very disagreeable chef, poorly trained employees and lackluster reception as guests check in at the front desk. Shane provides his host with an action plan that just may keep this historic facility from becoming history in the new episode "Chef Under Fire."

Impractical Jokers
10:00 p.m. on TRUTV

In the new episode "Just Say No," the guys head to a nearby casino to try their hand at being a Blackjack dealer. Later, they team up for a challenging guessing game at the park and provide less-than-perfect shoeshines to strangers. Tonight's loser takes a pounding from a mystery lover at a baseball game.

Person of Interest
10:01 p.m. on CBS

Reese's (Jim Caviezel) exploits evidently have become known enough to gain him an admirer - who poses as a detective and lands in danger in the new episode "Pretenders." Of course, Reese's skills are needed to resolve the dangerous situation, with help from Shaw and Fusco (Sarah Shahi, Kevin Chapman). Finch (Michael Emerson) finds intrigue in Hong Kong while fortifying his new identity there. Jessica Hecht ("Friends") and comedian Eddie Clark guest star.

Chicago Fire
10:01 p.m. on NBC

Casey (Jesse Spencer) has no shortage of problems in the new episode "Madmen and Fools." His sister (guest star Nicole Forester) needs his protection in a situation related to his brother-in-law, whose dealings have proven troublesome for others. Dawson (Monica Raymund) starts to train with Herrmann (David Eigenberg) for her new position. Brett (Kara Killmer) goes to great lengths for a mom. Mills (Charlie Barnett) learns about being a private detective.

Friends of the People
10:30 p.m. on TRUTV

Comedians Kevin Barnett, Jennifer Bartels, Lil Rel Howery, Jermaine Fowler, Josh Rabinowitz and The Lucas Bros. make up the ensemble of truTV's first sketch comedy series, which combines scripted scenes, man-on-the-street interviews and a recurring sketch revolving around the adventures of one Tracy Morgan Freeman.

Benched
10:31 p.m. on USA

Eliza Coupe ("Happy Endings") heads a strong ensemble cast as driven attorney Nina Whitley in this new sitcom. The "Pilot" opens on perhaps the worst day in Nina's life, as she learns that her ex-fiance is getting married and her high-power firm has passed her over for a partnership. Her meltdown is so spectacular that she finds herself shunned by the business world and forced to take a job at the Public Defender's office. Jay Harrington ("Better Off Ted") and Oscar Nunez ("The Office") also star.


WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 29, 2014

The Mysteries of Laura
8 p.m. on NBC

An art gallery owner's son's death takes Laura (Debra Messing) and her police comrades to Koreatown in the new episode "The Mystery of the Art Ace." Paintings aren't the only aspect of the investigation, since gambling and karaoke also have places in the probe. The card-playing has a personal aspect for Laura, since a poker game brings her back into contact with her long-estranged father - played by guest star, and veteran comedian, Robert Klein.

The Middle
8 p.m. on ABC

Different definitions of "scary" exist during trick-or-treat season, and Frankie and Mike (Patricia Heaton, Neil Flynn) discover a new one in the new episode "Halloween V." It involves Brick (Atticus Shaffer), whose atypical decision to invite a girl home worries them. Sue (Eden Sher) tries to arrange a showing of "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" in an actual pumpkin patch. Axl (Charlie McDermott) is trapped in a library after it closes.

Nature
8 p.m. on PBS

Call it a "Lord of the Flies" of another species: "Snow Monkeys" shows the title creatures adjusting to a social system of their own in the Shiga Highlands of Japan, with their leader not entirely comfortable in that position. Another monkey extends himself, and the two forge a mutually beneficial bond. Changes of seasons and births of new members cause alterations to the ranks - and also force the development of the monkeys' traits and skills.

Arrow
8 p.m. on CW

Oliver (Stephen Amell) gets troubling information from the newly returned Nyssa (guest star Katrina Law) in the new episode "The Magician." The news that Malcolm Merlyn (John Barrowman) is still alive gives Oliver a fresh hunch about the circumstances of Sara's death. Laurel (Katie Cassidy) isn't at all happy that Nyssa is back. Oliver and Roy (Colton Haynes) make overtures to Thea (Willa Holland). Matt Nable guest stars as Nyssa's father, Ra's al Ghul..

Psycho
8 p.m. on TCM

Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 thriller gave Janet Leigh a lifelong fear of showers, Anthony Perkins a lifelong typecasting albatross and the horror genre a whole new set of conventions. Perkins is at his chilling best as murderous, mom-fixated motel manager Norman Bates, a role he reprised in three sequels. Leigh won a Golden Globe and earned an Oscar nomination for her portrayal of the embezzler on the run who checks into the Bates Motel but doesn't check out.

The Goldbergs
8:30 p.m. on ABC

Pops (George Segal) needs a place to stay after a literally fiery finish to a Halloween party gets him evicted in the new episode "Family Takes Care of Beverly." The Goldberg homestead is his first stop after Beverly (Wendi McLendon-Covey) opens the door to him, but she and others quickly find that a little Pops goes a long way. Barry (Troy Gentile) tries to prevent Erica (Hayley Orrantia) from possibly being harmed by Pop Rocks candy.

Modern Family
9:00 p.m. on ABC

Traditional organizer Claire (Julie Bowen) cedes the family's Halloween plans to Phil (Ty Burrell) in the new episode "Halloween 3: AwesomeLand." Gloria and Jay (Sofia Vergara, Ed O'Neill) have differing opinions on which costumes to wear. Mitch's (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) plans for handling a case in court are disrupted by the stenographer's unexpected outfit. Steve Zahn ("That Thing You Do!") and Andrea Anders ("Joey") guest star.

NOVA
9 p.m. on PBS

Aerial combat is a given now, but at the start of World War I, such vehicles were lucky to stay in the air - moreover with weapons being fired from them. The new episode "First Air War" recalls those planes, taking into consideration how much they were improved over the course of the conflict. Aviation enthusiasts involved in giving new life to the early versions participate in the hour, explaining how the planes did much to determine the course of the war..

The 100
9 p.m. on CW

Just because you're the president doesn't mean you won't be questioned, as Dante Wallace (guest star Raymond Barry) learns from Clarke's (Eliza Taylor) interrogation in the new episode "Inclement Weather." Kane (Henry Ian Cusick) launches his own probe, seeking answers from a member of The 100. Abby's (Paige Turco) surgical skills are needed on short notice. Octavia (Marie Avgeropoulos) throws propriety out the window in searching for Lincoln (Ricky Whittle)..

Cutthroat Kitchen
9 p.m. on FOOD

Chefs Melissa d'Arabian, Elizabeth Falkner, Alex Guarnaschelli and Fabio Viviani compete for the final spot in the grand finale. To get there, though, they'll have to cope with sabotages that include gambling for ingredients, swapping their knives and utensils for implements made of cheese and cooking in banana leaves in the new episode "Superstar Sabotage: Heat Four."

American Pickers
9 p.m. on HIST

The start of a new season finds Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz trying a more systematic approach in their mission to recycle America. In the season opener, "The More You No," Frank and Mike start their picking in one corner of Virginia, while Danielle and Robbie, Mike's brother, scour another part of the state. Mike and Frank hit a car and carriage museum with a collection dating back to 1725, while Danielle and Robbie seek treasures in a former collector's cluttered home.

Legends
9 p.m. on TNT

Following the dramatic events in Houston, Martin (Sean Bean) returns to DCO and is presented with a case involving an anticipated assassination attempt as a Saudi prince visits Los Angeles. Martin's subsequent investigation with Rice (Morris Chestnut) leads them to a beautiful women's rights activist whose loyalties are somewhat hazy in the new episode "Quicksand."

Blackish
9:31 p.m. on ABC

Dre (Anthony Anderson) worries when his older children don't want to take part in a family tradition of Halloween in the new episode "The Prank King." Indeed, ever-escalating pranks typify the occasion in the Johnson household, and Dre fears that not having everyone involved will be a huge downer. Tracee Ellis Ross and Laurence Fishburne also star.

Stalker
10:00 p.m. on CBS

Series creator Kevin Williamson's work on such movies as "Scream" confirms he's no stranger to eeriness, and he proves it again as writer of the new, Halloween-themed episode "The Haunting" ... as if this show needed Halloween to be spooky. A supposedly haunted house figures into the plot, as Beth (Maggie Q), Jack (Dylan McDermott) and their colleagues make their way through a costume party in search of a stalker who may already be dead.

Nashville
10:00 p.m. on ABC

It's son versus father in this 1963 Western starring Paul Newman as Hud Bannon, a reckless, devil-may-care cowboy. Dad (Melvyn Douglas) disapproves of Hud's womanizing ways, while the son thinks his father is uptight and strict. Both men must learn to set aside their differences when disease strikes the cattle herd. Patricia Neal, who earned an Oscar for her performance, and Brandon de Wilde co-star.

Chicago PD
10 p.m. on NBC

The "Chicago Fire" spinoff starts its second season with "Call It Macaroni," which finds Internal Affairs keeping an eye on Voight (Jason Beghe) as a murder probe proceeds. That's not his only problem: He gets into a car accident while following an armored vehicle whose passengers include Ruzek (Patrick Flueger). Lindsay (Sophia Bush) has a reunion with her mother (guest star Markie Post). Jon Seda, Elias Koteas and Jesse Lee Soffer also star.

Nashville
10 p.m. on ABC

Juliette (Hayden Panettiere) decides to find out what Avery's (Jonathan Jackson) intentions for the forthcoming baby are - or aren't - in the new episode "Nobody Said It Was Going to Be Easy." Rayna's (Connie Britton) glee over her CMA Award nominations is tempered by her competition with Luke (Will Chase) for the top honor. Country singer Sara Evans and "Good Morning America's" Robin Roberts and Amy Robach appear as themselves.

How We Got to Now With Steven Johnson
10 p.m. on PBS

"Light" is the subject in this new episode of author Steven Johnson's series, which expectedly goes all the way back to the invention of the bulb ... created by someone other than the often-credited Thomas Edison. Various examples of light affecting society, industry and technology over time are recounted - in ways ranging from the complexity of helping mankind reach far into outer space, to the simplicity of enabling someone to read a book at night.

American Horror Story: Freak Show
10 p.m. on FX

In the new episode "Edward Mordrake, Part 2," Edward Mordrake (Wes Bentley, "American Beauty") continues his search for a freak to add to his ghostly ensemble. Elsewhere, Elsa (Jessica Lange) shares a hair-raising account of her days in Germany, while Jimmy and Maggie (Evan Peters, Emma Roberts) have a run-in with Twisty (John Carroll Lynch), the psycho clown.

Barmageddon
10 p.m. on TRUTV

In this sneak peak of an upcoming unscripted series, comic Mo Mandel travels each week to a different city to determine which of two local bar owners is better at his job. He does that in a supremely sneaky way, however: by seeing which of them makes more money while tending the other person's bar. Tonight's preview set in Baltimore, "Holy Frijoles vs. Fredericks on Fleet," pits former boxer and mixologist Jim against Geoff, a free-pouring free spirit.

 

THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 25, 2014

The Biggest Loser
8 p.m. on NBC

No, this isn't "Wipeout" - though a certain challenge facing the remaining contestants in the new episode "Penalty Box" may make viewers think they've tuned into a different show. Huge treadmills positioned over water put the competitors to the test, and that's not the only one during the hour. The members of one of the teams go to Las Vegas without their trainer, while others have to perform cleaning chores effectively before they can move on.

It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
8 p.m. on ABC

It just wouldn't be the season without this, right? Linus stakes out a spot in the pumpkin patch, hoping to catch a glimpse of the Great Pumpkin. While he continues his annual vigil, Charlie Brown discovers stones in his trick-or-treat bag, Lucy becomes maternal and Snoopy gets moonstruck. Created by "Peanuts" mentor Charles M. Schulz, the animated, long-beloved special - originally televised in 1966 - features the music of Vince Guaraldi.

Bones
8 p.m. on FOX

Brennan (Emily Deschanel) is the keynote speaker at a forensic science convention, and it's no mystery she ends up in a mystery - investigating someone's remains found during the event - in the aptly titled new episode "The Corpse at the Convention." The stakes rise when Dr. Hodgins (TJ Thyne) becomes a suspect in the death. A professional rival (guest star Nora Dunn) causes Brennan additional discomfort. Amy Davidson ("8 Simple Rules") also guest stars.

The Vampire Diaries
8 p.m. on CW

A homecoming party staged at the corn maze generates all sorts of complications in the new episode "The World Has Turned and Left Me Here." Elena (Nina Dobrev) asks Liam (guest star Marco James) to go with her to the event, which turns dangerous and prompts Alaric and Jo (Matt Davis, guest star Jodi Lyn O'Keefe) to initiate rescues. Stefan (Paul Wesley) seeks Caroline's (Candice Accola) help in counteracting trouble caused by Enzo (Michael Malarkey).

Food Truck Face Off
8 p.m. on FOOD

On day one of the new episode "South Pasadena Truck-Off," the competitors learn that while the love of cooking is all well and good, it won't necessarily help you cope with the myriad challenges of successfully running a food truck. Day two offers little relief, either, as they have to compete not just against each other, but also more established food trucks during a very busy dinner service outside the local farmer's market. Alpana Singh, Steak Shapiro and Andrew Gruel are the judges; Jesse Palmer hosts.

American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards 2014
8 p.m. on HALL

James Denton and Beth Stern host the fourth annual awards ceremony honoring canine finalists for their remarkable devotion, bravery and companionship and celebrates the powerful relationship between dogs and people. The honorees are recognized in the categories of military, search & rescue, law enforcement, arson, guide and hearing, therapy and service. An eighth category, Emerging Hero Dog, recognizes ordinary pets who do extraordinary things.

Mom
8:31 p.m. on CBS

On the strength of Allison Janney's recent award wins for the show, the sitcom starts Season 2 with "Hepatitis and Lemon Zest." The actress' character Bonnie gets plenty of screen time, and reasons for outrage, as she rails against daughter Christy's (Anna Faris) ill-advised decisions on spending. Christy gets a break from that situation as she supports a newly sober woman (guest star Jamie Pressly). Former "Soap" co-star Ted Wass directed the tale.

Bad Judge
9 p.m. on NBC

Jury duty often isn't convenient for those who are called, and Rebecca (Kate Walsh) joins those ranks in the new episode "Judge and Jury." If one would expect her job to make her more prone to want to fulfill the obligation, forget about it - especially since it comes at the same time as the Serpico Olympics. Gary (Ryan Hansen) is prepped by Tedward (Tone Bell) to take her place in the games, in case it comes to that. Rob Riggle guest stars.

Scandal
9 p.m. on ABS

A convict who maintains he was wrongly sentenced for an assassination seeks Olivia's (Kerry Washington) help in the new episode "An Innocent Man." Mellie (Bellamy Young) feels a strong kinship with a former first lady. With the White House facing a new threat, Fitz (Tony Goldwyn) does something surprising. Brian Benben, who also worked for executive producer Shonda Rhimes on "Private Practice" (and is wed to "Revenge's" Madeleine Stowe), guest stars.

Gracepoint
9 p.m. on FOX

As more is discovered about Jack's (Nick Nolte) questionable background, he finds steadily lessening acceptance among his neighbors in the new "Episode Five." Beth (Virginia Kull) decides to talk to reporters, complicating matters for detectives Carter and Miller (David Tennant, Anna Gunn). Michael Pena, Jacki Weaver, Josh Hamilton and Jessica Lucas also star.

Reign
9 p.m. on CW

A clash between religious factions looms, leading Mary and Francis (Adelaide Kane, Toby Regbo) to intercede, in the new episode "Blood for Blood." The timing is unfortunate for Greer's (Celina Sinden) planned nuptials, also since surprising information about Castleroy (guest star Michael Therriault) is exposed. A journal found by Kenna (Caitlin Stasey) provides eyebrow-raising information about certain skills of some court members. Anna Popplewell also stars.

Project Runway All Stars
9:00 p.m. on LIFE

Fourteen designers return for Season 4 of this spinoff series, which originally was conceived to give high-profile designers from past "Project Runway" seasons another chance at the title that eluded them the first time. As on Season 3, though, two former (and formidable) "Runway" winners, Dmitry Sholokhov (Season 10) and Michelle Lesniak (Season 11), are in the mix. Alyssa Milano is back to host and judge, along with Isaac Mizrahi and Georgina Chapman; Zanna Roberts Rassi returns to mentor the designers.

Two and a Half Men
9:01 p.m. on CBS

The sitcom's 12th and final round begins with "The Ol' Mexican Spinach," setting up a story arc that will develop throughout the season. A sudden health crisis on Halloween prompts Walden (Ashton Kutcher) to ponder what he wants to do with the rest of his life - leading to his decision to adopt a child. Worried that his single-male status will make that difficult, he asks Alan (Jon Cryer) to join him in a scheme that could ease the process. Aisha Tyler guest stars.

The McCarthys
9:30 p.m. on CBS

A bawdy Boston clan fuels this new sitcom, inspired by the life of executive producer Brian Gallivan. His alter ego, played by Tyler Ritter (a son of the late John Ritter), is picked by his father (Jack McGee) to help coach a high-school basketball team - but the younger McCarthy has his own plans. Laurie Metcalf ("Roseanne"), Kelen Coleman ("The Newsroom"), Jimmy Dunn and New Kids on the Block veteran Joey McIntyre also star in the series "Pilot."

A to Z
9:30 p.m. on NBC

Any fan of "Ghostbusters" knows Ray Parker Jr. had one of his biggest hits with the title song, so it's apt that he appears as himself in the appropriately titled new episode "E Is for Ectoplasm." He's sought to attend, and thus bring more attention to, a company Halloween party. Andrew and Zelda (Ben Feldman, Cristin Milioti) decide to join forces and throw their own bash to celebrate the occasion of trick-or-treating. Ben Falcone also guest stars.

Elementary
10:00 p.m. on CBS

Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) returns from England to find a changed Watson (Lucy Liu) as the third season opens with "Enough Nemesis to Go Around." Not only has she been sleuthing independently, she has a new love interest (guest star Raza Jaffrey, "Smash"). Sherlock isn't alone, either: He's brought back novice detective Kitty Winter (guest star Ophelia Lovibond), who assists as he and Watson probe a drug kingpin's widow (guest star Gina Gershon).

Parenthood
10:00 p.m. on NBC

Crosby (Dax Shepard) is under the gun financially as the diner's business drops in the new episode "Too Big to Fail." The situation also takes an emotional toll on him, since he doesn't want to let Jabbar (Tyree Brown) down. Sarah and Hank (Lauren Graham, Ray Romano) stage a game night that doesn't turn out quite the way they planned, but Amber (Mae Whitman) provides a sizable assist. Drew (Miles Heizer) agonizes over choosing a major to pursue.

How to Get Away With Murder
10:00 p.m. on ABC

Annalise (Viola Davis) takes a special interest in a case involving a man who previously was handed a death sentence by Asher's (Matt McGorry) father in the new episode "Freakin' Whack-a-Mole." The details of where Asher himself was on a pivotal night are revealed. Wes' (Alfred Enoch) continuing anger toward Annalise over withheld information worries her. Billy Brown, Jack Falahee and Katie Findlay also star.

Great Bobby Flay
10:00 p.m. on FOOD

In the new episode "An International Affair," "Chopped" host Ted Allen and one of his frequent judges, Amanda Freitag, size up Canadian chef Rob Feenie and Italian-born chef Patrick D'Andrea to pick which is more likely to take down Bobby Flay. Their eventual pick faces off against Iron Chef Flay, judged by Franklin Becker, Mark Birnbaum, Andrew Friedman.

The Carbonaro Effect
10:00 p.m. on TRUTV

Magician Michael Carbonaro returns for more mischief in "Out of Control," his fall season premiere, which finds him in a holistic store treating customers to kale cannolis that seem too good to be true. Then, at a garden store, he startles green-thumb enthusiasts with seeds that seem immediately to sprout. Finally, at a toy store, he freaks out a co-worker by bringing a huge teddy bear to life.


FRIDAY OCTOBER 31, 2014

Last Man Standing
8 p.m. on ABC

Mandy (Molly Ephraim) goes her own way, despite counsel from Mike (Tim Allen), as she tries to come up with the money to cover the taxes for her online clothing business in the new episode "Mike Advises Mandy." She turns to Bud (guest star Robert Forster) to provide the location when she decides to open a pop-up store. Nancy Travis and Hector Elizondo also star.

Whose Line Is It Anyway?
8 p.m. on CW

With the much-bigger paydays he's getting for "The Big Bang Theory," Kunal Nayyar - alias that sitcom's Raj - doesn't have to do much guest-star work elsewhere. Thus, his appearance in this episode well could have been one of his last such gigs. He engages in improv with regular cast members Wayne Brady, Colin Mochrie and Ryan Stiles. Comic Brad Sherwood also makes a guest appearance. Aisha Tyler is the host.

Night of the Living Dead
8 p.m. on TMC

The granddaddy of all zombie flicks, this 1968 horror tale from George Romero has become a cult classic. Radiation causes the dead to rise from their graves and go in search of sustenance: specifically, human flesh. If you haven't seen it and think that because of its age, it can't be that scary or gory compared to more recent cinematic fare, think again. And do not let the little ones watch.

On The Menu
8 p.m. on TNT

As the title clearly indicates, the new episode "Emeril's Restaurant" hits close to home for one of the series regulars, as a new group of enthusiastic home chefs are challenged to create an appealing new seafood dish that could take its place on the menu of Emeril Lagasse's restaurant chain. Ty Pennington is the host..

Cristella
8:31 p.m. on ABC

Cristela (Cristela Alonzo) is eager to show off her skills as a "party whisperer," so she asks Trent (Sam McMurray) to let her handle this year's Halloween bash. She also persuades Maddie (Justine Lupe) to join her in dressing up as Hall & Oates. On the homefront, Halloween-hating Natalia (Terri Hoyos) opts instead to observe the Day of the Dead, and the neighborhood responds in surprising style. Gabriel Iglesias also stars in the new episode "Hall-Oates-Ween."

Hawaii Fice-0
9:00 p.m. on CBS

Timing doesn't get better than a Halloween story airing on Halloween, much less one directed by Joe Dante ("Gremlins"). A copycat killer, who is patterning murders on those depicted by a slasher movie, is pursued by the Five-0 team in the new episode "Ho'oma'ike" (Hawaiian for "Unmasked"). The detectives also have yet another abduction to deal with ... the victim being Jerry (Jorge Garcia). NFL veteran Eric Dickerson guest stars as himself.

Grimm
9:00 p.m. on NBC

Several assaults that deprive the victims of their memories lead Nick (David Giuntoli) to debate whether to assume his Grimm powers again in the new episode "Octopus Head." Trubel (guest star Jacqueline Toboni) gets into trouble by trying to assist in the case. While a prisoner in Vienna, Adalind (Claire Coffee) gets new information concerning herself and Nick. Captain Renard's (Sasha Roiz) survival may depend upon a mystery woman (guest star Louise Lombard).

Shark Tank
9:00 p.m. on ABC

Does the idea of an exercise outfit that provides built-in weight training grab you? A Georgia man hopes so ... and also hopes it does the same for the Sharks as he presents his unique clothing line in this new episode. A Spokane man with a view toward maintaining well-kept facial hair also is featured, as are New Yorkers whose karaoke machine lets its users sound like actual music superstars. The Sharks include Mark Cuban, Lori Greiner and Kevin O'Leary.

Michael Feinstein at the Rainbow Room - PBS Arts Fall Festival
9:00 p.m. on PBS

Well-known as a keeper of the flame of the Great American Songbook, Feinstein leads a salute to such tunes at the title New York site, newly restored and reopened on its 80th anniversary. Christine Ebersole, Cheyenne Jackson, "American Idol" alum Jessica Sanchez, actress June Squibb ("Nebraska") and the tap-dancing Manzari Brothers also participate. "Desperate Housewives" and "Devious Maids" mentor Marc Cherry wrote, produced and directed the hour.

Americas Next Top Model
9:00 p.m. on CW

It's always helpful for a breath to be taken, and for a recap to be provided, once this show is well into one of its cycles. That occurs in "What Happens on ANTM Stays on ANTM," as host Tyra Banks leads a review of what happened in the preceding 10 episodes. The path that led 31 contestants to be reduced to the current field of seven is traced. Miss J is back among the judges, joining Kelly Cutrone and Yu Tsai in assessing the developments thus far.

Ghost Adventures: Ireland's Celtic Demons
9:00 p.m. on PBS

This two-hour special explores how Halloween's roots stretch all the way back to 500 B.C. in the Celtic part of the world, where the holiday was known as Samhain. It was a time of year when the veil between the worlds of the living and the dead was believed to be thinnest, allowing ghosts and demons to cross over into the mortal realm. To appease the spirits, the Celts offered treats of cakes and other foods and dressed in costumes.

Constantine
10:00 p.m. on NBC

Miners in Western Pennsylvania deem John (Matt Ryan) their only hope of surviving an ancient Welsh spirit's targeting of them in the new episode "The Darkness Beneath." The town's other residents are in danger as well, and John finds an ally in the mysterious but capable Zed (Angelica Celaya) - another character from the "Hellblazer" comics - in trying to keep them safe. Harold Perrineau also stars.

Art in the Twenty-First Century
10:00 p.m. on PBS

Not everything in a work of art is necessarily visible immediately, and a new episode delves into the "Secrets" behind several such creations and those who have devised them. Elliott Hundley, Trevor Paglen and Arlene Shechet are the showcased talents who discuss how they approach their projects - which they intend to be more than meets the eye, quite literally.


SATURDAY NOVEMBER 1, 2014

2014 Breeders' Cup
8 p.m. on NBC

The biggest two days in thoroughbred racing come to a climax tonight at Southern California's Santa Anita Park with the Classic race in the 2014 Breeders' Cup. The race, which has a $5 million purse, is run at 1 1/4 miles and often produces the Horse of the Year. This year, that could come from a field that includes Shared Belief, Bayern, Moreno and Tonalist.

One Starry Christmas
8 p.m. on HALL

Christmas-loving astronomy professor Holly (Sarah Carter, "Falling Skies") is crushed when her boyfriend's (Paul Popowich) business trip forces him to be away from her over the holidays. Deciding to surprise her parents, she boards a bus for her family home and quickly forms a connection with a fellow passenger (Damon Runyan) who shares her love of constellations. Country star George Canyon also stars in this new holiday romantic comedy.

Winter's Tale
8 p.m. on HBO

Romance transcends time in this 2014 fantasy marking the directing debut of screenwriter Akiva Goldsman. The central roles belong to Colin Farrell and Jessica Brown Findlay ("Downton Abbey") as a couple whose love is threatened by the woman's illness. As he travels through different eras seeking a cure for her, his sworn enemy (Russell Crowe) stays close on his heels. The adaptation of Mark Helprin's novel also features Jennifer Connelly and William Hurt.

To Be or Not to Be
8 p.m. on TCM

Released just after the death of its star, Carole Lombard, this 1942 satire was a flop in theaters yet has since gone on to become a comedy classic. When a spy attempts to get damaging information about the Polish resistance to the Nazis, a troupe of Polish actors - including Jack Benny - uses its disguise skills to fool German troops.

Transporter: The Series
10:00 p.m. on TNT

A new episode called ‘Payback" finds Frank (Chris Vance) in a dire situation. He has just lost his latest package in a hold-up that was arranged by a former SAS brother-in-arms to make Frank take the fall. Frank's only hope is to mend fences with his unstable nemesis before his angry Russian client has him killed.

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