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Friday, October 31

  • Grimm

    It begins with a Hexenbiest using a two-headed serpent to execute a blood transfusion. It ends with de-Grimmed Nick (David Giuntoli) and treacherous Adalind (Claire Coffee) switching consciousnesses.

  • Last Man Standing

    Mike offers Mandy advice on setting aside money to pay taxes on her struggling online clothing business.

  • Cristela

    Cristela fails to persuade Josh to join her in dressing up as Hall & Oates for Halloween.

  • Deal With It

    Contestants must obey all instructions given through an earpiece by host Theo Von and celebrity guests like this week's Ross Mathews.

  • Shark Tank

    An entrepreneur has a product designed to appeal to the ''urban beardsman.''

  • Constantine

    Constantine must protect a mining community from an ancient Welsh spirit.

Saturday, November 01

  • Saturday Night Live

    Host Chris Rock brings the laughs. Musical guest Prince brings the pan cakes. (It could happen. Dude does love pancakes.)

  • Doctor Who

    Plans are being drawn in the Nethersphere, which has to be less rude than it sounds.

  • Austin City Limits

    Give it up for the man who once told me I could have ''f---ing Googled'' the answers to my last three questions. Nick Cave!

Sunday, November 02

  • MINISERIES DEBUT

    Olive Kitteridge

    Bringing to life Olive Kitteridge, Elizabeth Strout's Pulitzer-winning novel, was a giant undertaking. The HBO drama features gorgeous coastal cinematography and a large cast, including Richard Jenkins and Bill Murray. But Kitteridge hinges on Frances McDormand's performance as the titular heroine, a tough-to-love straight shooter, an anomaly in her buttoned-up Maine town.

  • Bob's Burgers

    Tina has a romance with a ghost living in the basement.

  • The Simpsons

    Jane Fonda guest-voices an assemblywoman attracted to Mr. Burns.

  • The Walking Dead

    No plot details were available, but I'm going to go out on a (severed) limb and guess that this episode involves zombies.

  • Resurrection

    Another of the returned disappears into thin air. Problem solved!

  • 2014 BAFTA Los Angeles Jaguar Britannia Awards

    Emma Watson is set to be named British Artist of the Year, while Robert Downey Jr. will receive the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film at this year's BAFTA-in-L.A. ceremony.

  • Revenge

    This week on the Hamptons-set drama, Charlotte's downward spiral takes her to a place where Emily worries she can't be saved. Best to wait a bit to break the Kourtney and Khloé news.

  • Skyscraper Live With Nik Wallenda

    Nik Wallenda's idea of fun: a blindfolded, untethered tightrope walk between Windy City skyscrapers. Chicago's infamous weather was a draw for the daredevil.

  • Over the Garden Wall

    The miniseries format is so hot, even Cartoon Network is getting in on the action. Good thing, too: Over the Garden Wall is fantastic.

  • Sleepy Hollow

    Abbie and Ichabod learn that Katrina is in imminent danger.

  • The Blacklist

    Keen and Navabi are on the lookout for a hitman named the Scimitar.

  • Anger Management

    In the second of tonight's two episodes, Charlie's life is taken hostage by a controlling techy girl.

  • NCIS: Los Angeles

    When Sam (LL Cool J) is arrested for murder, the agents trade gunfire—and banter—in a race to vindicate him.

Monday, November 03

  • Makers: Women in Politics

    A documentary tracing the political path of women from suffragettes to POTUS candidates could easily fill up Ken Burns-ian hours.

  • New Girl

    Jess might be hiding illegal substances in her closet.

  • Marvel: 75 Years, From Pulp to Pop!

    Finally, the plucky little comics company gets a bit of publicity!

  • The Daily Show With Jon Stewart

    Both Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert are going live tonight.

Tuesday, November 04

  • The 48th Annual CMA Awards

    Hosted again by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, this year's country-music spectacle promises live performances from the genre's biggest stars: Florida Georgia Line, Luke Bryan, and Ariana Grande. Wait, what?

  • Hell's Kitchen

    The contestants serve Steven Tyler, who I don't believe has eaten solid food since 1971.

  • The 100

    This one's called ''Reapercussions''—so either something deadly is going to happen or someone at The CW can't spell.

  • Red Band Society

    Good news for fans of A Walk to Remember and the Australian No. 2 hit “Candy”: Mandy Moore starts a guest arc.

  • The League

    Andre begins to wear glasses, and Pete is dating a girl who has seizures during sex.

Wednesday, November 05

  • SEASON PREMIERE

    White Collar

    With Neal (Matt Bomer) missing, Mozzie (Willie Garson) helps the FBI try to track him down in this final-season opener.

  • The Big Bang Theory

    When the gang re-creates a high school prom, Sheldon feels pressure to take part in romantic traditions.

  • The Biggest Loser

    A contestant and a trainer from each team must catch footballs from NFL legends.

  • Bones

    Downton Abbey housekeeper Phyllis Logan spits in the face of typecasting by guesting as a suspected maid-killer.

  • Two and a Half Men

    Michael Bolton guests, wisely, as himself.

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