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WEDNESDAY
OCTOBER 17
2018

BIANCULLI’S BEST BETS

 

Fox Sports 1, 5:00 p.m. ET

The Los Angeles Dodgers and Milwaukee Brewers are tied, 2-2, after the Dodgers’ 13th-inning win last night over the Brewers. Today, with very little rest: Game 5.

 
  
 
 

PBS, 8:00 p.m. ET

SERIES PREMIERE: This limited series aims to tour New England and catch, with luck, the peak season of colorful fall foliage. Here’s one instance where, even as a TV critic, I much prefer the real thing. I’ll be making a similar voyage today, heading to upstate New York and following a route that, at one point, will take me to a mountain peak, then a drive down into a lushly colored forest valley. A friend once described it to me, quite accurately and unforgettably, as “like driving into a bowl of Froot Loops.”  Check local listings.

 
  
 
 

TBS, 8:00 p.m. ET

The Boston Red Sox lead the National League pennant series 2-1 after last night’s 8-2 victory over the Houston Astros. Tonight: Game 4.

 
  
 
 

FX, 10:00 p.m. ET

The title of tonight’s episode is “Return to Murder House,” which makes official what has been obvious in this show’s latest cycle: Apocalypse is finding a way to tap into several of this series’ previous season-long narratives. And since the so-called Murder House is where AHS began, and where it was set that influential first season, tonight’s episode completes the circle… but with more episodes to come.

 
  
 
 
 
 
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TV WE'RE WATCHING

  
   Visit our TV We're Watching page for these and other shows on our DVRs right now...



The Alec Baldwin Show
ABC
Sundays
10 PM ET

The Circus
Showtime
Sundays
8 PM ET

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
CW
Fridays
9 PM ET

The Good Place
NBC
Thursdays
8 PM ET

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
HBO
Sundays
11 PM ET

Mr Inbetween
FX
Tuesdays
11 PM ET

Real Time with Bill Maher
HBO
Fridays

Saturday Night Live
NBC
Saturdays
11:29 PM ET

This Is Us
NBC
Tuesdays
9 PM ET

The Walking Dead
AMC
Sundays
9 PM ET
 
 

VIDEO WORTH WATCHING

There Will Be Dad — SNL returned for its 44th season Saturday night (9/30/18) with Adam Driver hosting and starring in this sketch based on Paul Thomas Anderson’s 2008 drama, “There Will Be Blood." Driver stars as Abraham H. Parnassus, a bitter old oil baron visiting his son’s school for career day, telling the class the darkest depths of what it took to be a success. Apparently, it involved a bit more than milkshakes. —Eric Gould

 
 

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