It’s only a few weeks into the new TV season, but there have already been two casualties. ABC’s Lucky 7 was pulled after just two airings and has been replaced by repeats of Scandal. CBS’s We Are Men also got the ax after two episodes; for now repeats of The Big Bang Theory are on in its place, but Mike & Molly will return to Mondays in November.
Monday, October 14
Genealogy Roadshow (9-10 pm, PBS)
This show has been on for a few weeks but I hadn’t gotten around to mentioning it. Borrowing the basic concept from Antiques Roadshow, the show travels to different cities and helps people trace their family histories.
Tuesday, October 15
Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle (8-11 pm, PBS)
A three-part special about comic-book heroes on PBS? To the Batmobile…
Wednesday, October 16
Burton and Taylor (9-11 pm, BBC America)
This BBC production chronicles the tumultuous relationship and onstage reunion of Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor in a 1983 Broadway production of the play Private Lives, starring Dominic West as Burton and Helena Bonham Carter as Taylor.
Also tonight: Toy Story OF TERROR!, a new half-hour Halloween special at 8 on ABC.
Thursday, October 17
White Collar (9-10 pm, USA)
Even the best shows run the risk of viewer fatigue by the time they reach a fifth season, and I wouldn’t ever use the word “best” in describing this one. Entertaining, yes, and to be fair it could be USA’s light-drama formula that’s starting to show signs of wear, rather than the show itself. Neal Caffrey is still a charmer, and he’ll need all the charm at his disposal as he tries to free Peter from a frame-up.
Also tonight: the premiere of Reign, a CW-ized telling of the story of Mary, Queen of Scots (9-10 pm, the CW).
Friday, October 18
The Birthday Boys (10:30-11 pm, IFC)
The LA-area troupe is joined by comedy vet Bob Odenkirk for a new sketch show.
Saturday, October 19
Pan’s Labyrinth (8-10:30 pm, Sundance)
A young girl escapes the horrors of her life in war-torn Spain into an imaginary world. Written and directed by Guillermo del Toro, I think the adjective I’m looking for to describe this movie is “freaky-ass.”
Sunday, October 20
The Good Wife (9:30-10:30 pm, CBS)
TGW has amassed a substantial group of solid, reliable guest actors, with several often appearing per episode. By far my favorite is Carrie Preston, who plays quirky but brilliant attorney Elsbeth Tascioni (and last month she won a well-deserved Emmy for her work). She’s back tonight, along with Diane’s right-wing flame Kurt McVeigh (Gary Cole). (The delayed start time is due to a late NFL game.)
It’s a horror classic, and arguably something of a camp classic as well. As the remake hits theaters on Friday, this is a perfect time to rewatch the original (or perhaps experience it for the first time for some of you younger folks).
(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.)