1) World Series, 8:09 p.m. ET, Fox, with preview at 7:30. The baseball classic begins, with all the big winners already gone. The Giants (107 wins in 162 games) and Rays (100 wins) lost in their first round; the Dodgers (106) lost in the league championship. That leaves Houston (95) and Atlanta (88, shown here with Eddie Rosario’s scoring slide) … and fits history: From 2010 to 2015, the World Series champion was never the season’s top winner. Two champs lately had a sub-90 season – the Giants (88 wins) in 2014 and Cardinals (83) in 2006.
2) “American Veteran,” 9 p.m., PBS. Drew Carey joined the Marines when he had nowhere else to go. He was a college drop-out, he says here. “I was broke and crashing at my brother’s place. I had no prospects.” Boot camp would change that; “I felt reborn, renewed,” says Carey, who went on to be a comedian and gameshow host. He narrates this opener, which focuses on boot camp. It’s fairly light, but includes a six-death tragedy in 1956. The subsequent three weeks offer some powerful moments.
3) “The Bachelorette,” 8-10 p.m., ABC. In last week’s opener, Michelle Young sent seven guys home; she still has 23, ranging from a yoga instructor to a neuroscientist. Now she leans on her past as a 5th-grade teacher and college-basketball star. Some of the guys are schooled by three 5th-graders, then face a pop test; others play with pro basketball stars Dearica Hamby and Diamond DeShields.
4) “La Brea,” 9 p.m., NBC. Yes, these people were startled to fall through a sinkhole and into what seems to be 10,000 BC; as last week ended, they were even more surprised to find a man-made fort. Now they explore it, with the help of the pilot whose rescue attempt crash-landed. At the center of all this is Eve; she was having an affair with the pilot … whose friend (Eve’s estranged husband) is planning another rescue attempt. It’s all pretty excessive … yet keeps us watching.
5) “The Last O.G.” season-opener, 10 and 10:30 p.m., TBS. In real life, Tracy Morgan survived a 2014 traffic accident that some people thought would end his career. In this fiction, he’s been shot; hovering near death, he has a fun dream scene. Not to worry; these fairly good episodes see him resuming a life that’s almost normal; an old prison contact might help protect him from being shot again.