Must See HDTV (October 31st - November 6th)

The World Series is finally over and TV schedules have settled into their normal fall pace. Fox has its lineup set and is finally ready to air new episodes of Bones again, while those waiting more Blu-ray 3D movies have several to choose from. Both the Toy Story and Shrek series come home in the format this week along with the debut of Cars 2, and Uncharted 3 offers 3D support on the gaming side. Look below for the highlights this week, followed after the break by our weekly listing of what to look out for in TV, Blu-ray and videogames.

Update: Commenter Bervick reminds us the Steve Jobs - One More Thing special airs on PBS November 2nd. Check the official site for airtimes on your local station.

Burn Notice
If you listen to the HD podcast, then you know this is one of our favorite shows. Michael Westin is a "burned" spy who bides his time trying to get back into the CIA by picking up odd jobs helping people around Miami Macguyver-style. Throw in a best friend played by Bruce Campbell and a health assortment of explosions and gunfire, and you've got everything we could ask for -- except better picture quality, but you can't have everything.
(November 3rd, USA, 10PM)

LSU vs. Alabama
This is what we like the most about college football. We're deep enough into the season that a 1 vs 2-ranked matchup actually means something and we couldn't have two better teams ready to face off. Both have won national championships, both are incredibly talented and well coached. Who will win? we'll have to watch to find out.
(November 5th, CBS, 8PM)

Hell on Wheels
So far AMC's switch from broadcasting classic movies to mixing in original programming has had its standout successes (Mad Men, Breaking Bad), and disappointments in The Killing and The Walking Dead. Sunday night it launches its latest effort, Hell on Wheels, which follows a former Confederate soldier hunting down the Union soldiers responsible for killing his wife. The name comes from the Nebraska town he ends up in along his quest that follows the construction of the railroad across the country. An interesting concept to be sure, but we'll have to lay our eyes on it to know which category this one falls into -- check out a trailer embedded after the break.
(November 6th, AMC, 10PM)

Blu-ray & Games

  • Cars 2 (3D)

  • Toy Story Trilogy (3D)

  • Shrek 1, 2, 3, & 4 in 3D

  • Crazy, Stupid, Love

  • Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception (PS3)

  • NASCAR Unleashed (PS3, Xbox 360)

  • GoldenEye 007: Reloaded (PS3, Xbox 360)


  • Rock Center with Brian Williams (series premiere), NBC, 10PM

  • Scare Tactics, Syfy, 7PM

  • Chargers/Chiefs Monday Night Football, ESPN, 8:30PM

  • How I Met Your Mother, CBS, 8PM

  • Terra Nova, Fox, 8PM

  • Dancing With The Stars, ABC, 8:30PM

  • 2 Broke Girls, CBS, 8:30PM

  • House, Fox, 9PM

  • Two And A Half Men, CBS, 9PM

  • WWE Raw, USA, 9PM

  • American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior, Discovery, 9PM

  • 1000 Ways To Die, Spike, 10PM

  • Bored To Death, HBO, 9PM

  • Mike & Molly, CBS, 9:30PM

  • Enlightened, HBO, 9:30PM

  • Hawaii Five-0, CBS, 10PM

  • Castle, ABC, 10PM

  • American Guns, Discovery, 10PM

  • Death Valley, MTV, 11PM


  • Unguarded (special presentation), ESPN, 8PM

  • Covert Affairs (fall premiere), USA, 10PM

  • Northern Illinois/Toledo college football, ESPN & ESPN 3D, 7PM

  • Last Man Standing, ABC, 8PM

  • Glee, Fox, 8PM

  • The X-Factor, Fox, 8PM

  • 90210, CW, 8PM

  • NCIS, CBS, 8PM

  • Man Up!, ABC, 8:30PM

  • NCIS: LA, CBS, 9PM

  • New Girl, Fox, 10PM

  • Raising Hope, Fox, 9:30PM

  • Tosh.0, Comedy Central, 10PM

  • Sons of Anarchy, FX, 10PM

  • Onion News Network, IFC, 10PM

  • Flashpoint, Ion, 10PM

  • Body of Proof, ABC, 10PM

  • Unforgettable, CBS, 10PM

  • Bomb Patrol: Afghanistan, G4, 10PM

  • Flip Men, Spike, 10PM

  • Workaholics, Comedy Central, 10:30PM


  • The Middle, ABC, 8PM

  • Survivor, CBS, 8PM

  • The X-Factor, 8PM

  • Suburgatory, ABC, 8:30PM

  • Criminal Minds, CBS, 9PM

  • Inside The NFL, Showtime, 9PM

  • Law & Order: UK, BBC America, 9PM

  • Nova, PBS, 9PM

  • Mythbusters, Discovery, 9PM

  • Rocket City Rednecks, National Geographic, 9PM

  • Happy Endings, ABC, 9:30PM

  • Psych, USA, 10PM

  • American Horror Story, FX, 10PM

  • The Real World, MTV, 10PM

  • Whitechapel, BBCA, 10PM

  • The Ultimate Fighter, Spike, 10PM

  • Penn & Teller Tell A Lie, Discovery, 10PM

  • South Park, Comedy Central, 10PM

  • Revenge, ABC, 10PM

  • Inside NASCAR, Showtime, 10 PM

  • Mad Scientists, National Geographic, 10 & 10:30PM

  • Nick Swardson's Pretend Time, 10:30PM

  • Blue Mountain State, Spike, 11PM


  • Bones (season premiere), Fox, 9PM

  • Burn Notice (season premiere), USA, 10PM

  • Less Than Kind (series premiere), DirecTV 101, 9PM

  • Call Me Fitz (season premiere), DirecTV 101, 9:30PM

  • UCLA/Arizona college football, ESPN & ESPN 3D, 9PM

  • Charlie's Angels, ABC, 8PM

  • Community, NBC, 8PM

  • The Big Bang Theory, CBS, 8PM

  • The Vampire Diaries, CW, 8PM

  • Parks & Recreation, NBC, 8:30PM

  • Rules of Engagement, CBS, 8:30PM

  • The Office, NBC, 9PM

  • The Secret Circle, CW, 9PM

  • Grey's Anatomy, ABC, 9PM

  • Person of Interest, CBS, 9PM

  • Whitney, NBC, 9:30PM

  • Prime Suspect, NBC, 10PM

  • Private Practice, ABC, 10PM

  • It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia, FX, 10PM

  • Beavis & Butt-head, MTV, 10PM

  • Gabriel Iglesias Presents Stand-Up Revolution, Comedy Central, 10PM

  • Good Vibes, MTV, 10:30PM

  • The League, FX, 10:30PM

  • Gigolos, Showtime, 11PM


  • USC/Colorado college football, ESPN & ESPN 3D, 9PM

  • Chuck, NBC, 8PM

  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Cartoon Network, 8PM

  • A Gifted Man, CBS, 8PM

  • WWE SmackDown, Syfy, 8PM

  • Nikita, CW, 8PM

  • Fringe, Fox, 9PM

  • Grimm, NBC, 9PM

  • Meet the Browns, TBS, 8 & 8:30PM

  • CSI: NY, CBS, 9PM

  • House of Payne, TBS, 9 & 9:30PM

  • Supernatural, CW, 9PM

  • Sanctuary, Syfy, 10PM

  • Boss, Starz, 10PM

  • Blue Bloods, CBS, 10PM

  • X-Men Anime, G4, 11PM

  • Viper's Creed, G4, 11:30PM


  • LSU/Alabama college football, CBS, 8PM

  • Cops, Fox, 8PM

  • Bedlam, BBC America (season finale), 9PM

  • 24/7: Pacquiao/Marquez, HBO, 10PM

  • Saturday Night Live: Charlie Day / Maroon 5, NBC, 11:30PM


  • Hell on Wheels (series premiere), AMC, 10PM

  • 60 Minutes, CBS, 7PM

  • The Simpsons, Fox, 8PM

  • Once Upon A Time, ABC, 8PM

  • The Amazing Race, CBS, 8PM

  • Allen Gregory, Fox, 8:30PM

  • Ravens/Steelers football, NBC, 8:15PM

  • Curiosity, Discovery, 8PM

  • Family Guy, Fox, 9PM

  • Dexter, Showtime, 9PM

  • Desperate Housewives, ABC, 9PM

  • The Good Wife, CBS, 9PM

  • Boardwalk Empire, HBO, 9PM

  • The Cleveland Show, Fox, 9:30PM

  • CSI: Miami, CBS, 10PM

  • The Walking Dead, AMC, 9PM

  • Pan Am, ABC, 10PM

  • Hung, HBO, 10PM

  • Homeland, Showtime, 10PM

  • How To Make It America, HBO, 10:30PM

  • Around The World In 80 Ways, History, 11PM