World Series, 8:07 p.m. ET, Fox, with preview at 7:30.
The baseball classic
begins with the Kansas City Royals (in their second straight Series)
hosting the New York Mets, who haven't been there in 15 years.
The Royals had a
95-67 record during the season, the best in the American League; the
Mets were 90-72, gaining strength late, when young pitchers blossomed
and outfielder Yeonis Cespedes arrived.
II: “Secrets of the Dead” season-opener, 9 p.m., PBS (check local
We kind of hope the
1897 “Dracula” novel was sheer whimsy, born of Bram Stoker's odd
imagination. But researchers – including Stoker's great-grandnephew
– say it was based on ancient beliefs.
corpses that were beheaded, had their legs twisted or were covered
with rocks – all to keep them from rising anew. Most of that was in
Medieval days, when disease seemed supernatural – but some
incidents were more recent. One was in New England, around 1900; and,
in a fascinating segment, a man proudly tells of maiming a “vampire”
corpse in a Romanian village in 2004.
ALTERNATIVE: “Wicked City” debut, 10 p.m. ABC.
Over the next 10
weeks, a serial killer (Ed Westwick of “Gossip Girl”) will be
pursued by an honest cop (Jeremy Sisto of everything) in 1982 Los
This is a tough show
to like, partly because of the awful dialog between Sisto and his
colleague and partly because the targets are emotionally vulnerable
young women. But just as we're ready to hate it, “Wicked” offers
a fascinating supporting character (Erika Christensen) and visually
ALTERNATIVE II: “Manhattan,” 9 p.m., WGN, rerunning at 10 p.m.
Like the world's
toughest physics test, this is demanding and difficult ... and
(maybe) worth it. Part of the problem involves leaping between 1939
(Frank's brilliant wife is in a mental institution and he's trying to
push an atomic-bomb project) and '45 (he's imprisoned, she's heavily
guarded in Los Alamos).
And part of the
problem is simply a thick story. Tonight has great moments for
newcomers Mamie Gummer (as a WAC recruit with her own agenda) and
Neve Campbell (as wife of project head Robert Oppenheimer). There's
also a fun romantic twist, plus rage by a physicist left off the
“NCIS,” 8 p.m.,
CBS. A petty officer was killed by a serial killer or a copycat.
Also, McGee and Delilah need compromises before moving in together.
“The Muppets,” 8
p.m., ABC. Good deeds don't come naturally to Miss Piggy. While
volunteering for Habitat for Humanity, her feud with Reese
“Fresh Off the
Boat,” 8:30, ABC. Eddie's dad makes another stab at assimilating in
suburban Florida. This time, in an OK episode, he wants his
neighborhood to have the best Halloween decorations.
season-finale, 9 p.m., Syfy. Two aspiring Hollywood make-up people –
Ben Ploughman, 34, and Evan Hedges, 29 – face Nora Hewitt, 25, a
former bartender fresh from film-makeup school. Afterward, last
week's episode and this one rerun at 10 and 11 p.m.
“Dusk Till Dawn”
season-finale, 9 p.m., El Rey. Here's the second straight episode
with Robert Rodriguez (El Rey founder) directing and Demi Lovato
playing the tough girlfriend of Carlos Madrigal (played by Wilmer
Valderrama, Lovato's boyfriend). Now Carlos tries to steal Malvado's
p.m., CBS. After starring in the movie version, Bradley Cooper is
producing this series and had a small role in the pilot film, as the
original character (now a senator). He returns tonight, trying to
persuade Brian to betray his FBI handler.
p.m., PBS (check local listings). As swarms of refugees leave Syria,
Martin Smith looks at what life is like for the people who remain in