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Must See HDTV (October 17th - 23rd)


The baseball season is almost over, but we've got one more playoff series to enjoy before giving things over completely to the fall and winter sports. We've also got a new new shows premiering this week, alongside notable Blu-ray releases including The Crow and Cape Fear. 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.

Kelsey Grammer comes back to TV this week on Starz playing the mayor of Chicago, who has just been diagnosed with a degenerative brain disease that he's trying to hide from both his friends and his enemies. Focused more on political intrigue it probably won't have the action of The Chicago Code, but the intricacies of the corrupt political machine at work should remain. Check out a trailer after the break, apparently this first season was already impressive enough that it's been renewed for a season two before the premiere episode airs Friday.
(October 21st, Starz, 10PM)

World Series
The long baseball season has finally come down to the last two teams standing. the Texas Rangers and St. Louis Cardinals both feature impressive offensive and defensive lineups, which should make for an exciting round of baseball, as long as the series goes. The first four games are all scheduled to take place over the next week, so check the schedule below and clear out a little time for the inevitable Pujols/Hamilton/Cruz show.
(All week, Fox)

Once Upon A Time
Game of Thrones this ain't. This new drama premieres on ABC Sunday and attempts to update fairy tales for the modern age. The plot centers around a woman who is contacted by the son she gave up for adoption who believes that she is actually from an alternate universe where she is the daughter of Snow White and Prince Charming. Now he lives in a normal-looking neighborhood that is actually populated by the characters of the most famous classic children's stories. The subject matter is a bit out there, but coming from writer's whose biggest credit to date is their work on Lost, who would expect anything different? There's a trailer for this one after the break as well.
(October 23rd, ABC, 8PM)

Blu-ray & Games
  • Rocksmith (Xbox 360, PS3)
  • Batman: Arkham City (Xbox 360, PS3)
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides 3D
  • Bad Teacher
  • Cape Fear
  • The Crow
  • Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (40th Anniversary Edition)
  • Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest
  • Page One: Inside The New York Times
  • Sing Your Song (special presentation), HBO, 10PM
  • Dolphins/Jets Monday Night Football, ESPN, 8:30PM
  • Terra Nova, Fox, 8PM
  • How I Met Your Mother, CBS, 8PM
  • Dancing With The Stars, ABC, 8PM
  • The Lying Game (summer finale), ABC Family, 8PM
  • 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
  • Scare Tactics, Syfy, 9PM
  • 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
  • Man Up! (series premiere), ABC, 8:30PM
  • Charismatic (special presentation), ESPN, 8PM
  • Flashpoint (season premiere), Ion, 10PM
  • Sniper: Bulletproof (special presentation), History, 8PM
  • Last Man Standing, ABC, 8PM
  • The X-Factor, Fox, 8PM
  • 90210, CW, 8PM
  • NCIS, CBS, 8PM
  • NCIS: LA, CBS, 9PM
  • Ringer, CW, 9PM
  • Raising Hope, Fox, 9:30PM
  • Tosh.0, Comedy Central, 10PM
  • Parenthood, NBC, 10PM
  • Sons of Anarchy, FX, 10PM
  • Onion News Network, IFC, 10PM
  • Body of Proof, ABC, 10PM
  • Unforgettable, CBS, 10PM
  • Top Shot, History, 10 PM
  • Workaholics, Comedy Central, 10:30PM
  • MLB World Series Game 1 (Cardinals/Rangers), Fox, 7:30PM
  • Luther (season finale), BBCA, 10PM
  • Sun Come Up (special presentation), HBO, 8PM
  • Nature (season premiere), PBS, 8PM
  • The Middle, ABC, 8PM
  • Survivor, CBS, 8PM
  • Up All Night, NBC, 8PM
  • Suburgatory, ABC, 8:30PM
  • Modern Family, ABC, 9PM
  • Criminal Minds, CBS, 9PM
  • Inside The NFL, Showtime, 9PM
  • Law & Order: UK, BBC America, 9PM
  • Mythbusters, Discovery, 9PM
  • Harry's Law, NBC, 9PM
  • Happy Endings, ABC, 9:30PM
  • Psych, USA, 10PM
  • American Horror Story, FX, 10PM
  • The Real World, MTV, 10PM
  • The Ultimate Fighter, Spike, 10PM
  • CSI, CBS, 10PM
  • Penn & Teller Tell A Lie, Discovery, 10PM
  • South Park, Comedy Central, 10PM
  • Nick Swardson's Pretend Time, 10:30PM
  • Revenge, ABC, 10PM
  • Law & Order: SVU, NBC, 10PM
  • Inside NASCAR, Showtime, 10 PM
  • Blue Mountain State, Spike, 11PM
  • MLB World Series Game 2 (Cardinals/Rangers), Fox, 7:30PM
  • Rules of Engagement (season premiere), CBS, 8:30PM
  • Gigolos (season premiere), Showtime, 11PM
  • UCLA/Arizona college football, ESPN & ESPN 3D, 9PM
  • Charlie's Angels, ABC, 8PM
  • The Big Bang Theory, CBS, 8PM
  • The Vampire Diaries, CW, 8PM
  • The Secret Circle, CW, 9PM
  • Grey's Anatomy, ABC, 9PM
  • Person of Interest, CBS, 9PM
  • Private Practice, ABC, 10PM
  • The Mentalist, CBS, 10PM
  • Private Practice, ABC, 10PM
  • It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia, FX, 10PM
  • The League, FX, 10:30PM
  • Boss (series premiere), Starz, 10PM
  • House of Payne (season premiere), TBS, 10 & 10:30PM
  • Strike Back (season finale), Cinemax, 10PM
  • X-Men Anime (series premiere), G4, 11PM
  • Viper's Creed (series premiere), G4, 11:30PM
  • A Gifted Man, CBS, 8PM
  • WWE SmackDown, Syfy, 8PM
  • Nikita, CW, 8PM
  • CSI: NY, CBS, 9PM
  • Supernatural, CW, 9PM
  • Sanctuary, Syfy, 10PM
  • Blue Bloods, CBS, 10PM
  • MLB World Series Game 3 (Cardinals/Rangers), Fox, 7PM
  • How To Be A Gentleman, CBS, 8:30PM
  • Bedlam, BBC America, 9PM
  • Free Agents (season finale), BBC America, 11 & 11:30PM
  • MLB World Series Game 4 (Cardinals/Rangers), Fox, 8PM
  • Once Upon A Time (series premiere), ABC, 8PM
  • 60 Minutes, CBS, 7PM
  • Colts/Saints football, NBC, 8:15PM
  • Curiosity, Discovery, 8PM
  • Dexter, Showtime, 9PM
  • Desperate Housewives, ABC, 9PM
  • The Good Wife, CBS, 9PM
  • Boardwalk Empire, HBO, 9PM
  • CSI: Miami, CBS, 10PM
  • The Walking Dead, AMC, 9PM
  • Pan Am, ABC, 10PM
  • Hung, HBO, 10PM
  • Homeland, Showtime, 10PM
  • Around The World In 80 Ways, History, 10PM
  • How To Make It America, HBO, 10:30PM

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