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What To Watch: TV Picks for Oct 10-16

by Laura Prudom, posted Oct 10th 2011 2:00PM
Chace Crawford and Elizabeth HurleyMONDAY, OCTOBER 10

'Gossip Girl' (8PM ET, The CW)

Nate must decide whether to cross moral lines at Diana's (guest star Elizabeth Hurley) request. Dan has figured out who is publishing his book and seeks help to stop it, but he ends up in the spotlight anyway. Chuck helps Dan come to terms with his fate, while Dan continues to try to help Chuck break through his emotional block -- bromance alert!

'Five' (9PM ET, Lifetime) special telefilm premiere
An anthology of five short films exploring the impact of breast cancer on people's lives, Five uses humor and drama to focus on the effects breast cancer and its different stages of diagnosis have on relationships and the way women perceive themselves. It's an undeniable tearjerker, but there's enough star-power in this earnest TV movie to light Manhattan: Directed by Jennifer Aniston, Demi Moore, Alicia Keys, Penelope Spheeris and Patty Jenkins, the cast includes Patricia Clarkson, Rosario Dawson, Lyndsy Fonseca, Ginnifer Goodwin, Josh Holloway, Taylor Kinney, Jennifer Morrison, Kathy Najimy and Tony Shalhoub, among numerous others.

'Enlightened' (9.30PM ET, HBO) series premiere
After undergoing a traumatizing workplace setback, Amy Jellicoe (Laura Dern) begins questioning her role as a top-tier executive at her multinational corporation. On a forced mental health retreat, she experiences a dramatic transformation that inspires her to adopt a new attitude in her private life and at her company, but her newfound noble intentions only ratchet up the drama, wreaking unexpected havoc on those around her.

'Castle' (10PM ET, ABC)
While investigating the mysterious shooting death of a young woman, Castle and Beckett face a cop's worst nightmare when they discover that the gun used in the killing is Det. Ryan's old service weapon -- the one that was stolen by the serial killer, 3XK. Now with the clock ticking, the team must work to solve the murder, track down 3XK and retrieve Ryan's gun before the killer strikes again.



TUESDAY, OCTOBER 11

'Coming Out' (7PM ET, MTV)
one hour special presentation
A one hour documentary special that weaves together the personal journeys of Rachael, a 21 year-old lesbian living in Sacramento, CA, coming out to her estranged father; and Nevin, a 21 year-old African American collegiate all star athlete in Ohio, coming out to his college rugby team. The special reveals the anxiety, pain, and exhilaration of the coming out process as Rachael and Nevin proudly stand up for who they are, even if it ultimately puts those relationships in jeopardy.

'NCIS' (8PM ET, CBS)
The NCIS team searches for the person and motive behind a contract killer targeting a Navy Lieutenant Commander. Meanwhile, Abby uncovers new information about her family after undergoing tests for a kidney donation. (ABC's 'Last Man Standing' also premieres in this hour, but if you appreciate good comedy, I'd advise against watching it.)

'Ringer' (9PM ET, The CW)
After last week's shocking ending, I'm intrigued to see where Bridget goes from here. Gemma asks Bridget, who is still posing as Siobhan, to do her a favor that could cost Bridget everything. Henry is given some crushing news about his writing career, and Andrew has to deal with his tumultuous relationship with his teenage daughter Juliet. Bridget meets a potential new sponsor named Charlie (guest star Billy Miller) at a local Narcotics Anonymous meeting, while Malcolm must face his demons when he is put in a position that could jeopardize his sobriety.



WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 12

'Up All Night' (8PM ET, NBC)
Reagan fears that her busy schedule may be affecting her parenting skills, Chris finds a new calling in Amy's playgroup, and Ava continues to struggle with the lack of quality time she has with Reagan.

'Suburgatory' (8.30PM ET, ABC)
George joins the PTA and quickly becomes well-liked by the other moms, but in the process former PTA queen bee Sheila Shay starts to feel threatened. Meanwhile Tessa joins the school newspaper and helps Malik revamp it into a tabloid-style paper.

Casey Wilson and Megan Mullally'Happy Endings' (9.30PM ET, ABC)
Penny's perpetually optimistic mom, Dana (Emmy-winner Megan Mullally), is in town for a singing gig at a boat show. Her enthusiasm inspires the gang, but when Penny finds out she's hiding some less-than-happy news, she decides it's time to give mom a reality check. The episode also features a hilarious musical number that would put 'Glee' to shame.

'Psych' (10PM ET, USA) season premiere
While on a mission to retrieve a stolen Darth Vader collector's item from the British Ambassador's son at the British Consulate Residence in Santa Barbara, Shawn finds a dead body left in one of the rooms. In order to get SBPD on the case to find her killer, Shawn tells Lassiter and Juliet that the image of a dead body at the British Consulate Residence came to him in a psychic vision. However, Shawn's credibility as a "psychic" could be placed in jeopardy if SBPD finds out he actually witnessed the dead body in person and didn't "divine" the image of her murder.



THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13

'The Big Bang Theory' (8PM ET, CBS)

Sheldon and Leonard get invited to a party at Wil Wheaton's house, and Howard gets an out-of-this-world opportunity. 'Star Trek: The Next Generation's' Wil Wheaton and Brent Spiner guest star as themselves.

'Community' (8PM ET, NBC)
When Troy and Abed decide to share an apartment, they host a party for the group, which takes on an altered reality as several scenarios play out. 'Community' madness at its finest!

'Parks and Recreation' (8.30PM ET, NBC)
In an effort to fight the inequality of Ron's boys-only wilderness group, Leslie takes her girls-only troop, the Pawnee Goddesses, on an adventure weekend. Meanwhile, Tom and Donna force Ben to join them for a day of relaxation, and Chris finds a reason to spend time with Jerry.

'The Secret Circle' (9PM ET, The CW)
The freshman series is finally hitting its stride after last week's spooky episode; here's hoping it can keep up the momentum this week. Torn between her loyalties to the Circle and her family, Cassie wrestles with the secrets she must keep from her grandmother. Diana is craving some alone time with Adam and arranges a date night so they can rekindle the spark in their relationship, but their plans are derailed when all six members are brought together to fight off a dark force that threatens to destroy the Circle from within.

'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia' (10PM ET, FX)
The Gang is shocked to meet Frank's long lost brother, Gino, when he unexpectedly arrives at Paddy's Pub and exposes a wealth of family secrets.



FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14

'Nikita' (8PM ET, The CW)

Nikita is stunned when she hears that her old Division partner Kelly (guest star Katheryn Winnick) escaped from a Turkish prison. Nikita thought Kelly died years ago and always felt responsible because it happened on the mission where Nikita escaped from Division. Knowing Amanda will go after Kelly, Nikita tells Michael they have to go to Turkey to help her. Amanda sends Alex and Roan to Europe to stop the former partners from reuniting.

'Fringe' (9PM ET, Fox)
Olivia uncovers a dangerous force that may be connected to Walter's past experiments with the drug Cortexiphan. Their investigation forces Walter to leave the lab for the first time in years as he and Olivia head to Massive Dynamic in New York to examine old case files. Walter struggles with life outside the lab as he comes face-to-face with the demons of his past.

'Supernatural' (9PM ET, The CW)Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki
Sam and Dean investigate a string of gruesome murders and discover the Egyptian god Osiris (guest star Faran Tahir) is behind the deaths. The vengeful god is putting people on trial for their past mistakes and killing them if found guilty. Osiris hones in on Dean's guilt and decides he's the next to stand trial. Sam steps in as Dean's lawyer, but both brothers are unprepared when Osiris calls an unexpected witness: Jo (guest star Alona Tal).

'Blue Bloods' (10PM ET, CBS)
Erin reopens an 18-year-old rape case, in which Frank was the arresting officer. Meanwhile, Danny and Jackie investigate the murder of three teenagers in a park, who seemed to have been killed for no reason.



SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15

'Craig Ferguson: Does This Need to Be Said?' (10PM ET, Comedy Central) one hour special presentation
A hilarious stand-up special from the Scottish funnyman, featuring his thoughts on pop culture, celebrity scandal, booze, his past and more.



SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16

'The Walking Dead' (9PM ET, AMC)
season premiere
The critically acclaimed zombie drama is back for its second season, but will the controversial loss of executive producer Frank Darabont affect its quality? Rick leads the group out of Atlanta. On the highway, they are stopped by a threat unlike anything they have seen before. The group searches for someone who has gone missing.

'The Good Wife' (9PM ET, CBS)
Alicia takes on a pro bono case where the witness quickly becomes the prime suspect, but it's Lockhart & Gardner that may be in the most jeopardy, as Will and Diane consider their futures and the firm's direction. Lisa Edelstein ('House') returns as Celeste Serrano, Will's ex, and Harvey Fierstein ('Hairspray') guest stars as Judge Francis Flamm.

'Pan Am' (10PM ET, ABC)
After a last minute change sends the crew on a flight to Rangoon, a routine courier mission for Kate turns harrowing as she struggles to make a drop by the deadline. Meanwhile, Maggie takes naive Laura under her wing and shows her the wilder side of the city; and news of a space mission leads Ted to reflect on his own past and what his powerful family connections have cost him.



What will you be watching this week?

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Ruth

@Dexter --- Get a life!

I'm excited about the next SPN episode and seeing Jo again. So far, I'm really loving the direction that SPN is heading. It's a big improvement over last season.

October 10 2011 at 4:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dexter Morgan

pretty much all network crapola .....great, i guess, for attention span challenged......halfwits.....

NO THANK YOU VERY MUCH !!!!

October 10 2011 at 2:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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