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Just as we’re getting cozy each night with our favorite new shows that premiered in September, wouldn’t you just know it? There’s still plenty of awesomely great TV debuting this month. From sing-alongs to spooky horror, from intriguing new dramas to riotous comedy, from new realities to intense competitions, October offers something to please the most die-hard television addict. So, grab your favorite snack and a comfy seat on the couch and get ready for more Fall TV entertainment!


Don't Sleep
Don’t Sleep!
– BET, Monday, October 1- 11/10 c
Award-winning journalist T. J. Holmes gives viewers a great reason to stay up with his new original late night series, Don't Sleep!, in which he delivers smart, biting social commentary on significant issues important to African Americans. Guaranteed to shake up late night, Don't Sleep! presents and tackles current headlines that affect our community while also creating awareness about vital stories mainstream media tends to disregard. Airing four nights a week, the show is also infused with numerous in-studio and on-location correspondents injecting perspective, humor, and commentary about a wide range of topics. The witty late-night series is keenly focused on keeping Black America engaged, awake and in the know.


Half The Sky Special
Half the Sky (special)
– PBS, Monday, October 1-2, 9/8c
Half the Sky is a four-hour PBS prime time documentary film and national broadcast event inspired by a book of the same name, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, the widely acclaimed hit by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. Filmed in 10 countries, this documentary follows Kristof, WuDunn, and celebrity activists America Ferrera, Diane Lane, Eva Mendes, Meg Ryan, Gabrielle Union and Olivia Wilde on a journey to tell the stories of inspiring, courageous individuals. Across the globe oppression is being confronted, and real meaningful solutions are being fashioned through health care, education, and economic empowerment for women and girls. The linked problems of sex trafficking and forced prostitution, gender-based violence, and maternal mortality — which needlessly claim one woman every 90 seconds — present to us the single most vital opportunity of our time: the opportunity to make a change.


The Neighbors
The Neighbors – ABC, Wednesday, October 3, 8:30/7:30c
The pilot premiered on September 26 but the action will really get started beginning October 3, when The Neighbors is back on its regular time. Marty Weaver (Lenny Venito) just wants the best for his wife Debbie (Jami Gertz) and their three kids. That’s why he’s moving them to Hidden Hills, New Jersey, a gated community complete with its own golf course. Marty is certain that their new home will be a dream come true, but then, they meet the neighbors, uh, very weird neighbors. Are they very European? A cult? Amish athletes? They soon discover that the entire Hidden Hills community is comprised of aliens from the planet Zabvron. Turns out the Zabvronians have been holed up in Hidden Hills for the past 10 years, awaiting instructions from back home. And the Weavers are the first humans who have ever lived amongst them.


Johny Cash
Johnny Cash: Song by Song
– Ovation, Sunday, October 7, 14, & 21 with 2 episodes each night from 8-9/9-10c
Johnny Cash: Song by Song is an original six-part series that zooms in on the life story of the legendary singer/songwriter like never before. Each of the six episodes reveals the true character behind the man and the image through one of his most significant hit songs. Every Johnny Cash song featured in the series provides insight into the unparalleled drama of a passionate life fully lived, and a bold, iconic career illustrating this remarkable artist's resilience, fortitude, love, compassion, rebelliousness, honesty and profound spirituality. The author of more than 400 songs, yielding 100 top 40 country hits, as well as dozens of crossover pop hits, Johnny Cash has touched and influenced artists across multiple generations. The documentary series features rare interviews about the legend with such great talents as Kris Kristofferson, Merle Haggard, George Jones, Grace Potter, Shooter Jennings, David Wild, Billy Bob Thornton, Chris Isaak, Ben Folds, John Carter Cash and more. The series, narrated by musician John Bohlinger, highlights Cash's multi-generational impact on America music and culture.


Dr. Horrible's Sing-along Blog
Dr. Horrible's Sing-along Blog (special)
– CW, Tuesday, October 9 at 9/8c
Created as a three-part online musical in 2008 by Joss Whedon (The Avengers, Buffy the Vampire Slayer), the series stars Neil Patrick Harris as Billy, A.K.A. Dr. Horrible, a budding super villain whose plans for world domination continually go awry. His two goals: getting accepted into the Evil League of Evil, and working up the guts to speak to his laundromat crush Penny (Felicia Day). The only thing standing in Billy’s way is his superhero arch nemesis, Captain Hammer (Nathan Fillion). With one big score, Billy could get into the E.L.E. and earn the respect of Penny, but only if he can keep her away from the dashing Captain Hammer.


Brain Games
Brain Games – Nat Geo Wild, Tuesday, October 9 at 8/7c
Narrated by Neil Patrick Harris, Brain Games features interactive experiments, illusions, and mind tricks that reveal the inner workings of the ultimate supercomputer—the human brain. One episode shows that when it comes to mastering and manipulating attention, some of the world's leading experts aren't scientists; they're magicians like David Copperfield. While the brain's attention acts a bit like a spotlight to filter and make sense of a busy world, it can be easily controlled and deceived. Copperfield and a team of experts test, trick and fool using an elegant form of attention control.


Nashville
Nashville – ABC, Wednesday, October 10 at 10/9c
Chart-topping Rayna James (Connie Britton) is a country legend who's had a career any singer would envy, though lately her popularity is starting to wane. Fans still line up to get her autograph, but she's not packing the arenas like she used to. Rayna's record label thinks a concert tour, opening for up-and-comer Juliette Barnes (Hayden Panettiere), the young and sexy future of country music, is just what Rayna needs. But scheming Juliette can't wait to steal Rayna's spotlight. Sharing a stage with that disrespectful, untalented, little vixen is the last thing Rayna wants to do, which sets up a power struggle for popularity. Could the undiscovered songwriting talent of Scarlett O'Connor (Clare Bowen) be the key to helping Rayna resurrect her career?


Arrow
Arrow – CW, Wednesday, October 10 at 8/7c
After a violent shipwreck, billionaire playboy Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) went missing and was presumed dead for five years before being discovered alive on a remote island in the Pacific. When he returns home to Starling City, his devoted mother Moira (Susanna Thompson) , much-beloved sister Thea (Willa Holland), and best friend Tommy (Colin Donnell) welcome him home, but they sense Oliver has been changed by his ordeal on the island. While Oliver hides the truth about the man he's become, he desperately wants to make amends for the actions he took as the boy he was. Most particularly, he seeks reconciliation with his former girlfriend, Laurel Lance (Katie Cassidy). As Oliver reconnects with those closest to him, he secretly creates the persona of Arrow - a vigilante – to right the wrongs of his family, fight the ills of society, and restore Starling City to its former glory.


Chicago Fire
Chicago Fire
– NBC, Wednesday, October 10 at 10/9c
From renowned, Emmy Award-winning executive producer Dick Wolf (Law & Order brand) and creators Derek Haas and Michael Brandt, the writing team behind 3:10 to Yuma, comes the high-octane drama Chicago Fire, - an edge-of-your-seat view into the lives of everyday heroes committed to one of America's noblest professions. For the firefighters, rescue squad and paramedics of Chicago Firehouse 51, no occupation is more stressful or dangerous, yet so rewarding and exhilarating. These courageous men and women are among the elite who forge headfirst into danger when everyone else is running the other way, and whose actions make the difference between life and death.


Beauty and the Beast
Beauty and the Beast – CW, Thursday, October 11 at 9/8c
Catherine “Cat” Chandler (Kristin Kreuk, Smallville) is a smart, no-nonsense homicide detective, who is haunted by her own tragic past. When she was a teenager, Cat witnessed the murder of her mother at the hands of two gunmen. Cat would have been killed too, but someone – or something – saved her. No one has ever believed her, but she knows it wasn’t an animal that attacked the assassins…though it was strange and terrifying, it was human. Years have passed and Cat is now strong and confident, a capable police detective working with her equally talented partner, Tess Vargas (Nina Lisandrello, Nurse Jackie). The two women have become close friends while working on countless homicide cases, under the supervision of their tough-but-fair boss, Joe Bishop (Brian White, The Shield), Cat has also become close to the medical examiner Evan Marks (Max Brown, The Tudors),, and they’ve developed a fun, flirtatious relationship that could easily turn into something deeper – if Cat would let that happen.


Emily Owen M.D.
Emily Owens, M.D – CW, October 16 at 9/8c
At long last, Emily Owens (Mamie Gummer, The Good Wife) feels like she is an actual grown-up. She can finally put her geeky high school days behind her. She’s graduated from medical school, and is beginning an internship at Denver Memorial Hospital, where, not-so-coincidentally, her med-school crush Will Collins (Justin Hartley, Smallville, Passions) is also an intern. So why does everyone keep warning Emily that the hospital is just like high school? She will soon find out the hard way. The cliques at the hospital are all too familiar: the jocks have become orthopedic surgeons; the mean girls are in plastics; the rebels are in the ER, and intern Tyra Dupre (Kelly McCreary, White Collar) has her own awkward place as the principal’s kid – her father, Dr. Tim Dupre (Harry Lennix, Ray), is the chief resident. Tyra latches onto Emily as a new friend, and immediately begins confiding in her – the fact that Tyra is a lesbian, that she hasn’t come out to her father, that she is interested in dating a certain nurse – nothing is too personal for Tyra to share with Emily.


American Horror Story
American Horror Story: Asylum (season 2 premiere)
– FX, Wednesday, October 17 at 10/9c
American Horror Story revolves around the Harmons, a family of three who moved from Boston to Los Angeles as a means to resolve past anguish. The show has received 17 Emmy nominations, including for Outstanding Movie or Miniseries. Returning for its highly anticipated second season, co-creator Ryan Murphy revealed at the American Horror Story panel at the TV Academy that the show will be taking place on the East Coast at an institution for the criminally insane. Jessica Lange will be returning as the creepy head of the institution. Murphy also confirmed many fans’ suspicions that the second season would be a new and separate story from the first, explaining, “It’s a completely different world and has nothing to do with Season 1; there’s not a mention of Season 1. The second season is set in a completely different time period.”


Ethel
Ethel – HBO- Thursday, October 18 at 9/8c
Ethel is a 95 minute feature-length documentary about the remarkable life of Ethel Kennedy, told by those who know Ethel best: her family. Directed by her Emmy-Award winning daughter, Rory Kennedy, the film features candid interviews with Ethel and seven of her children. The film is a personal portrait of Ethel’s political awakening, the life she shared with Robert F. Kennedy, and the years following his death when she raised their eleven children on her own. Intimate, funny, and deeply moving, Ethel offers a rare look inside a political dynasty strengthened by family bonds, a compassion for others, and a wisdom forged from both hardship and triumph.


Hunted
Hunted – Cinemax, Friday, October 19 at 10/9c
From X-Files writer and producer Frank Spotnitz comes this eight-episode drama set in the world of international espionage. Golden Globe nominee Melissa George stars as Samantha Hunter, an operative for "Byzantium", an elite private intelligence firm, who survives an attempt on her life that may have been orchestrated by members of her own team. When she returns to work, she doesn't know who to trust. This first season was shot on location in London, and if the show is commissioned for further episodes, each season will take place in a different European city. Armchair travelers, rejoice! And be sure to watch!


The Girl
The Girl – HBO, Saturday, October 20 at 9/8c
Starring Toby Jones and Sienna Miller, The Girl tells the story of iconic director Alfred Hitchcock’s obsessive relationship with his leading lady, Tippi Hedren, during the making of The Birds and Marnie. Hedren and Hitchcock had a tense working relationship, and Hedren later accused Hitchcock of sexual harassment. Written by Gwyneth Hughes (HBO's Five Days, Miss Austin Regrets), The Girl is directed by Julian Jarrold (Becoming Jane, Red Riding Trilogy).


Touch Numbers
Touch : Season 2 Premiere – FOX, Friday, October 26 at 8/7c
Starring Emmy and Golden Globe winner Kiefer Sutherland, the heart-warming Touch is returning for a sophomore season, Blending science, spirituality and emotion, the series follows seemingly unrelated people from across the world, all of whose lives impact each other in ways seen and unseen, known and unknown. At the center of the story is Martin Bohm (Sutherland), a widower and single father who struggles to communicate and connect with his emotionally challenged 12-year-old son, Jake (David Mazouz). Determined, thoughtful and caring, Martin continues to try anything - and everything - to reach his son. But Jake has yet to say a word.


The Baby Wait

The Baby Wait – Logo, Tuesday, October 30 at 10/9c
What if you knew your newest addition could suddenly be subtracted? Your bundle of joy no longer yours. Would you name her? Paint her room? Bond with her? The creators of Teen Mom, 16 & Pregnant, and Jersey Shore turn their hit-making docu-reality lens to the subject of adoption. The series focuses on the little-known fact that a birth mother retains the right to change her mind, and take back her child even after an adoption. Each episode follows a new case from both the birth mom and adoptive couple's perspective, as they struggle with their decisions leading up to and throughout the 'waiting period,' until finally one or the other family will call the baby theirs. No matter what the outcome, each story is an emotional roller coaster where compelling real life characters will share their hopes & fears, and heartache & joy with us.

 

 

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