TV best bets with ‘Stranger Things,’ the World Series, Michael Jackson

Stranger Things

Posted Monday, October 23, 2017 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

This covers Monday, October 23 through Sunday, October 30, 2017

Hard to beat the anticipation for Netflix’s second season of “Stranger Things,” which was the hit of the summer of 2016. It comes back Friday.

Though it was shot in Atlanta, I was unable to procure either talent or a set visit. Yes, I failed you all. At least I have this trailer for you to watch:

Otherwise, it’s a pretty quiet week. The World Series returns Tuesday with the Los Angeles Dodgers in the hunt for the first time in 19 years and the Houston Astros trying to win their first ever. And Amy Sedaris is trying her own comedy show on truTV Tuesday that is like a truly twisted version of a Martha Stewart program.

CBS is also airing an animated special Friday based on Michael Jackson’s scariest “Thriller” music.

MONDAY

“The Big Bang Theory” 8 p.m. CBS — Sheldon and Koothrappali confide in Bernadette when they can’t handle Amy and Wolowitz working together.

“Supergirl” 8 p.m. the CW —Eliza throws Alex and Maggie a wedding shower, which causes Maggie to reach out to her estranged father.

“Dancing With the Stars” 8 p.m. ABC — Sasha’s elimination last week was expected.

“The Gifted” 9 p.m. Fox — Eclipse seeks out an old friend from his dark past in order to obtain some useful information.

“Kevin Can Wait” 9 p.m. CBS — Vanessa plots her revenge on Kevin after learning he lied his way out of working on a Sunday to attend a football game with Goody.

“Scared Famous” 10 p.m. VH1 (new series) — Set in Savannah, 10 reality stars including Yung Joc and Eva Marcille are placed in a haunted mansion and take on fearful challenges.

“Scorpion” 10 p.m. CBS — Team Scorpion is taken hostage by a group attempting a virtual heist at a tech convention and must outwit their captors utilizing the cutting edge technology on display.

“The Brave” 10:01 p.m. NBC — When Ambassador Charles Webb is in danger while stationed in Nigeria, Dalton’s team heads to the region to find a situation different than they expected.

“The Good Doctor” 10:01 p.m. ABC — Shaun meets a young patient who resembles his brother who’s deceased, and later, Shaun struggles to understand why his parents hid the truth about his own health.

TUESDAY

“The Middle” 8 p.m. ABC — Frankie learns about a death in the Heck house close to 50 years ago, and she and Brick attempt to track down the murderer.

“NCIS” 8 p.m. CBS — NCIS Special Agent Jacqueline Sloane, a forensic psychologist, joins the team just as a horrific storm shuts down Washington, D.C. During the power outage, a sailor is kidnapped, and Torres and Bishop go out to sea to track evidence.

“World Series” 8 p.m. Fox — Dodgers vs. Astros, game one.

“Fresh Off the Boat” 8:30 p.m. ABC — Honey and Marvin want a baby, which upsets the Huangs, who want to spend more time with their pals now that Eddie is mature enough to be left on his own.

“Black-ish” 9 p.m. ABC — Dre brings everyone together for a rowdy family game night and the competition is fierce.

“This is Us” 9 p.m. NBC — Kate surprises Toby at work.

“The Mayor” 9:30 p.m. ABC — Courtney’s at odds with Police Chief Fox on how to handle a Halloween celebration at city hall.

“American Horror Story” 10 p.m. FX — Winter of our discontent is the title.

“Kevin (Probably) Saves the World” 10 p.m. ABC — Kevin helps a diner owner who’s mean-spirited, and he gets stuck in a tricky situation with her equally difficult sister.

“NCIS: New Orleans” 10 p.m. CBS — Sebastian is placed on administrative leave after his response in a foot chase to apprehend a high-value fugitive is questioned by the FBI.

“Law & Order True Crime” 10:01 p.m. NBC — Judge Stan Weisberg grants a petition allowing the court proceedings to be broadcast on television.

“At Home With Amy Sedaris” 10:30 p.m. TruTV (new series)— Amy prepares a fish dinner for a group of businessmen and gives a lesson on lamb chops.

WEDNESDAY

“The Blacklist” 8 p.m. NBC — When Red provides exclusive intel on an international terrorist, it puts Liz and the Task Force on a collision course with a rival unit from the CIA.

“The Goldbergs” 8 p.m. ABC (100th episode) — Adam and Jackie disagree over their Halloween costumes, so Murray shows Adam to be a shell of a man in order to keep Jackie happy.

“American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards” 8 p.m. Hallmark — James Denton and Beth Stern host the seventh annual awards gala honoring working dogs.

“Survivor” 8 p.m. CBS — One castaway struggles to keep his head in the game at a tough reward challenge; and a physically difficult immunity challenge weighs heavily on the players.

“Dynasty” 9 p.m. the CW — Fallon fights her father Blake for the right to use the family name in her new business venture.

“Law & Order: SVU” 9 p.m. NBC — A 10-year-old kidnapping case is reopened when a young woman is found wandering Central Park alone.

“Modern Family” 9 p.m. ABC — Phil and Claire want to celebrate Halloween in a big way, but no one shares their enthusiasm.

“Seal Team” 9 p.m. CBS — Jason and the SEAL team must navigate the contentious evacuation on an embassy in South Sudan when the country becomes increasingly unstable.

“Criminal Minds” 10 p.m. CBS —Morgan lends emotional support to Garcia when she experiences anxiety over a case that is personal to her from her past.

“Chicago PD” 10 p.m. NBC — When Intelligence busts a meth lab run by gang leader Marshall Carter, they uncover a re-homing scam in which children adopted from foreign countries are abandoned and then sold online.

“Designated Survivor” 10 p.m. ABC — A private conversation with the president is misrepresented on the news by a senator.

“Mr. Robot” 10 p.m. FX — Former E Corp interim CTO Tyrell Wellick resurfaces.

THURSDAY

“Gotham” 8 p.m. Fox — Gordon and Bullock are hot on a serial killer who has been assassinating cops and dressing his victims in the severed heads of pigs as his signature mark.

“Grey’s Anatomy” 8 p.m. ABC — The events leading up to Megan’s kidnapping are revealed in a flashback to Iraq in 2007.

“The Good Place” 8:30 p.m. NBC — When the neighborhood experiences a small glitch, Michael has to resolve the issue with Janet before it gets out of control.

“Will & Grace” 9 p.m. NBC — Grace takes on a big job: decorating a string of boutique hotels for an obnoxious mogul.

“Project Runway” 9 p.m. Lifetime — In an emotional challenge the designers create looks inspired by “Warrior Women,” women who have battled breast cancer.

“Scandal” 9 p.m. ABC — An unexpected client arrives at QPA and needs an important case solved.

“Chicago Fire” 10 p.m. NBC — Casey and Severide collide after Casey argues with him over the best way to save a teenager entangled in barbed wire.

“How to Get Away With Murder” 10 p.m. ABC — Bonnie has suspicions about Annalise’s big case, and they drive her to great lengths to get answers, while flashbacks reveal the genesis of the two women’s long and complicated history.

FRIDAY

“Stranger Things” 3:01 a.m. Netflix (second season debut) — Eleven returns and the kids will face even more horrors to come.

“Fearless” 3:01 a.m. Amazon (new series) — A legal conspiracy thriller following human rights lawyer Emma Banville (McCrory), whose latest case will uncover a web of secrets and collusion with both personal and national repercussions.

“Blindspot” 8 p.m. NBC (third season debut) — The FBI team is brought back together by a new crisis after 18 months since they parted.

“Michael Jackson’s Halloween 8 p.m. CBS — A new one-hour animated adventure with Michael Jackson’s acclaimed music as its soundtrack.

“MacGyver 9 p.m. CBS (special time) — The team gets pulled away from their Halloween plans when they head into the dreaded Bermuda Triangle to retrieve the vice president’s son after his plane goes down with a mysterious prisoner on board.

“The Life and Songs of Kris Kristofferson”  10 p.m. CBS — An all-star lineup of country performers sing songs written by Kris Kristofferson and discuss the legendary songwriter’s influence on music in candid interviews. Performers: Dierks Bentley; Eric Church; Emmylou Harris; Jamey Johnson.

“Blue Bloods” 10 p.m. CBS — Danny and Baez investigate the murder of a single mother whose ex-husband has a history of violence.

WEEKEND

“Marry Me At Christmas” 8 p.m. Saturday Hallmark — A bridal-store owner gets to work with her celebrity crush because he’s the brother of a customer she’s assisting with wedding preparations.

“Saturday Night Live” 11:29 p.m. Saturday NBC — The David S. Pumpkins Halloween special.

“Outlander” 8 p.m. Sunday Starz  — Claire follows her conscience as a surgeon, even though it could put her and Jamie’s lives at risk.

“It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” 8 p.m. Sunday CBS  — Alternate title: “Linus’ Folly.”

“The Deuce” 9 p.m. Sunday HBO (75-minute first season finale) — Expansion fever hits Frankie and Bobby, but Vincent balks at getting in deeper with Rudy. 

“Shark Tank” 9 p.m. Sunday ABC — Spanx founder Sara Blakely sits in with the Sharks.

“The Walking Dead” 9 p.m. Sunday AMC — The plan involving Alexandrians, Kingdommers and Hilltoppers unfolds.

“Ray Donovan” 9 p.m. Sunday Showtime (fifth season finale) — Title is “Time Takes a Cigarette.” Otherwise, Showtime provided not details.

“Ten Days in the Valley” 10 p.m. Sunday ABC — Jane’s suspicions grow as the investigation continues, and she becomes willing to do anything to get Lake back, including changing every detail of her show’s series finale.

“White Famous” 10 p.m. Sunday Showtime — Floyd and Balls are called upon to settle a creative dispute over Teddy’s use of the N-word.

“Curb Your Enthusiasm” 10:15 p.m. Sunday HBO — Larry commits a faux pas with Sammi’s fiancé, and tries to start over with his mail carrier and golf club security guard.

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