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WEDNESDAY
OCTOBER 22
2014

BIANCULLI’S BEST BETS

 

Fox, 8:00 p.m. ET

So much for the Kansas City Royals’ postseason undefeated streak. The San Francisco Giants not only beat the Royals in last night’s opening game of the fall classic, but beat them into submission. It was a thoroughly dominant victory, stifling the team, and the home crowd, from the opening inning. The Royals still have home-field advantage tonight – and tonight, will have to see if a new pitching matchup can make it more of an advantage.

 
  
 
 

ABC, 9:00 p.m. ET

Tyne Daly is all smiles in this photo – but don’t expect a lot of smiles in her guest role on tonight’s Modern Family. She plays Lily’s second grade teacher – and she’s all business.

 
  
 
 

PBS, 9:00 p.m. ET

Tonight’s new Nova explores the chapter of manned flight that predates the Wright brothers – and goes back to 18th-century hot-air balloons, which were all the rage in Paris – and all the rage of visiting American Benjamin Franklin, who saw in airborne manned balloon flights the future of both travel and warfare. Using materials approximating those of the first flight, on Nov. 21, 1783, Nova takes to the skies to recreate that original liftoff. Tune in to see whether Franklin’s enthusiasms were well-placed – or full of hot air. Check local listings.

 
  
 
 

FX, 10:00 p.m. ET

Each episode this season has introduced new central characters. This week, the third episode of the Freak Show story, is no exception. Tonight, in the first of a two-part Halloween episode, meet fortune teller Maggie Esmeralda, played by returning repertory player Emma Roberts.

 
  
 
 

Showtime, 11:00 p.m. ET

SEASON PREMIERE: Lisa Kudrow and her Skype-happy therapist character, Fiona Wallace, are back for another season, with more celebrity clients than ever – and with, once again, some old Friends.

 
  
 
 
 
 
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VIDEO WORTH WATCHING

CHOREOGRAPHED POLICE WORK -- There will be a new complete series collection of Reno 911 coming out next month (you can pre-order here).  The 2003-09 Comedy Central series parodied COPS-like police reality shows in a mockumentary, single-camera style with the actors improvising a lot of the dialogue. Led by former members of the MTV sketch comedy show The State, not much was out of bounds for the politically incorrect show, with the inept officers encountering an ever-shifting cast of perps, survivalists and crooked politicians. We're returning here to one of our fave throwback 911 clips, the roadside sobriety exam of a suspected drunk driver that turns the usual balance test into something with a little more flair. Never gets old. --Eric Gould

 
 

TV WE'RE WATCHING

  
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The Affair
Showtime
Sundays
10 PM ET

Dr. Who
BBC America
Saturdays
9 PM ET

The Good Wife
CBS
Sundays
9 PM ET

The Graham Norton Show
BBC America
Saturdays
11 PM ET

Homeland
Showtime
Sundays
9 PM ET

Jane the Virgin
CW
Mondays
9 PM ET

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
HBO
Sundays
11 PM ET

Parenthood
NBC
Thursdays
10 PM ET

Parts Unknown
CNN
Sundays
9 PM ET

The Walking Dead
AMC
Sundays
9 PM ET
 
 

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 TV WWorth Buying
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Breaking Bad: The Complete Series 2014 Barrel [Blu-ray]

The barrel is back. Issued as a limited release following the 2013 conclusion, the Breaking Bad complete series is back in the collector’s “money barrel” set. There are six graphically-themed cases inside, which include 55 hours of special features from all seasons, a two-hour documentary, the Los Pollos Hermanos apron and a commemorative challenge coin designed by Vince Gilligan. This is the ultimate collection for those who want to return to total immersion in the series. Available for 30% off at Amazon on October 28. –Eric Gould