Most of the CW’s shows return this week, away from direct competition with the bigger networks’ premiere week. A new CW show launches as well, and The Originals, which premiered last Thursday, moves to its regular time slot on Tuesdays at 8. And of course, American Horror Story and The Walking Dead return this week too.
Monday, October 7
Hart of Dixie (8-9 pm, CW)
Beauty and the Beast (9-10 pm, CW)
The CW may not draw the ratings of larger networks, but they know their target audience well. Both of these Monday shows seemed unlikely to succeed when they debuted, but they are back tonight for their third and second seasons, respectively.
Tuesday, October 8
Frontline (9-11 pm, PBS)
League of Denial examines the National Football League’s questionable record around the handling of player concussions.
Supernatural (9-10 pm, CW)
See above re: knowing the audience. This show’s starting its ninth season, and the brothers Winchester are dealing with angels literally falling from the sky.
Wednesday, October 9
The Tomorrow People (9-10 pm, CW)
This new sci-fi show, a reboot of a British series from the 1970s, focuses on young people with special powers. Look for Peyton List, who played Roger Sterling’s secretary-turned-second-wife Jane on Mad Men.
Arrow (8-9 pm, CW)
Season two opens with Oliver returning to find Starling City in bad shape and a hostile takeover of his company in the works.
American Horror Story: Coven (10-11 pm, FX)
This show gets to have it both ways in telling a complete 13-episode story each season, then coming back the following year with a whole new story. This season revolves around a school for young witches in present-day New Orleans. Many of the actors who have appeared in earlier seasons (Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson, Lily Rabe, Denis O’Hare, Taissa Farmiga) will be back in new roles, and will be joined by Emma Roberts, Gabourey Sidibe, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, and Patti LuPone.
Thursday, October 10
Once Upon a Time in Wonderland (8-9 pm, ABC)
Spun off from ABC’s Once Upon a Time, this story will follow Alice as she escapes from an asylum and goes down the rabbit hole again in search of her lost love.
Friday, October 11
The Incredible Hulk (8-10:30 pm, FXX)
Not quite up to the level of the Captain America or Thor movies, it’s still better than the 2003 Eric Bana version, and is helpful viewing for people who may not be familiar with all the details of the Marvel universe.
Saturday, October 12
Saturday Night Live (11:29 pm, NBC)
If you’ve always wanted to see Bruce Willis look uncomfortable while doing sketch comedy, tonight’s your chance. Katy Perry performs.
Sunday, October 13
The Walking Dead (9-10 pm, AMC)
Season four finds the survivors attempting to live a somewhat normal life in the prison.
Super 8 (2011)
J.J. Abrams’s valentine to the early work of Steven Spielberg tells the story of a group of kids making a movie in the summer of 1979 who witness a train crash, and the strange events that happen in their town in its aftermath.
(Note: this information is accurate as of publication time, but programming is subject to change at the discretion of channels and networks. All times listed are Eastern time.)