Two more new shows are down: NBC announced that the remake of Ironside and the comedy Welcome to the Family have been pulled from the schedule, which is TV-speak for canceled. (Various repeats and specials will fill those shows’ time slots for now.) Conversely, a number of shows have already received full-season orders: Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Mom, The Millers, The Crazy Ones, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Sleepy Hollow, and The Blacklist.
Monday, October 21
@ Midnight (12-12:30 am, Comedy Central
Comedian, Nerdist, and journeyman TV host Chris Hardwick joins Comedy Central’s late-night lineup. Every Monday through Thursday after Colbert, he’ll host a panel of comedians lampooning the day’s pop-culture stories.
Also tonight: The Colbert Report welcomes Arcade Fire (11:30 pm).
Tuesday, October 22
The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross (8-9 pm, PBS)
It’s unclear why PBS wouldn’t want to run this series during African-American History Month, but the content is more important than the scheduling. Harvard’s Henry Louis Gates, Jr. hosts this six-part retrospective that begins tonight with the 16th century.
Wednesday, October 23
MLB World Series: Cardinals vs. Red Sox, Game 1 (8 pm-?, Fox)
The Red Sox were considerate enough to wrap up their ALCS series with a victory over the Tigers on Saturday night, in time to make this week’s listings. The Sox have home field due to the American League’s victory in this year’s All-Star Game, so the St. Louis Cardinals come to Fenway for games 1 and 2 (and 6 and 7, if necessary). Expect to see Jon Hamm, a lifelong Cardinals fan, in attendance for at least one of the Boston games.
Thursday, October 24
CNN Films: Blackfish (9-11 pm, CNN)
CNN presents a gripping documentary about killer whales in captivity.
Friday, October 25
Dracula (10-11 pm, NBC)
The world may belong to zombies these days, but it’s unlikely that people will ever grow tired of vampires. NBC tries yet another variation on the enduring Dracula story, with Jonathan Rhys Meyers (The Tudors) in the title role. The fact that NBC has chosen to air it on Fridays suggests their expectations aren’t terribly high, which may work in the show’s favor; it also makes sense to pair it with Grimm, which has been drawing a modest but consistent audience on Friday nights.
Saturday, October 26
Austin City Limits (9-10 pm, PBS)
Vampire Weekend and Grizzly Bear perform.
Sunday, October 27
Oprah’s Next Chapter (9-10 pm, OWN)
Oprah talks to Dan Bucatinsky, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, and Wanda Sykes about their experiences as gays in Hollywood.
Mystery writer Donald Westlake wrote a series of books about Parker, the thief with a moral code, under the pseudonym Richard Stark. While he allowed screen adaptations of some of the books, he did not allow the name Parker to be used while he was alive, so this movie marks the first time the character has been identified on film as Parker. Jason Statham does a good job in the role, though I could do with a bit less of Jennifer Lopez’s character. Ultimately it’s an above-average Jason Statham movie.
(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.)