Must See HDTV (October 8th - 14th)

The fall premiere season is hardly over, with CW taking the wraps off of if its new comic book adaptation, Arrow (preview video embedded after the break) while NBC and ABC unveil Chicago Fire and Nashville. Of course, some old favorites are returning too, and web series Dr. Horrible's Singalong Blog is making its TV debut Tuesday night. Oh, and some little flick called E.T. is coming home on Blu-ray for the first time. 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.

The Walking Dead
After season two's exciting finale we are once again all in on AMC's zombie apocalypse series. Fans of the comic are looking forward to seeing characters like Michonne and The Governor, but first our ragtag band of survivors will apparently try to take control of a prison. Should be a piece of cake. Check out the season three trailer embedded after the break and set your DVR for Sunday night.
(October 14th, AMC, 9PM)

The sci-fi movie that has produced more divisive opinions than any other in 2012 finally hits Blu-ray this week. Complete with a 3D edition and requisite iPad companion app, the hook is promises of extra scenes and background information that may help fill in this story. Unfortunately, unlike one of director Ridley Scott's other flicks, Blade Runner, the extras aren't smoothly integrated as an XL-sized director's cut, at least not in this edition. Still, if you dig it there should be plenty to keep you watching once the movie is over, and while it's playing the visual effects will entertain.
($24.99 on Amazon)

The League
Whether you're as obsessed with fantasy football as we are or not (hopefully not, it's just unhealthy at some point) this series about a group of friends and their league is one of the most consistently funny shows of the last few seasons. Last season ended with the Shiva trophy getting a viking funeral at sea, and while we have on idea how they'll top that, we suspect Rafi will be involved somehow. Of course, it's not the only show on FX Thursday night, as It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia returns ahead of it this week, with shows from Russell Brand and W Kamau Bell bringing up the rear.
(October 11th, FX, 10:30PM)

Blu-ray & Games


  • 90210 (season premiere), CW, 8PM

  • Gossip Girl (season premiere), CW, 9PM

  • Titanic: Blood and Steel (mini-series premiere), Encore, 8PM

  • Texans/Jets Monday Night Football, ESPN, 8:30PM

  • Sun/Fever WNBA playoffs, ESPN2, 8PM

  • Dancing With The Stars, ABC, 8PM

  • How I Met Your Mother, CBS, 8PM

  • Bones, Fox, 8PM

  • Alphas, Syfy, 8PM

  • Switched At Birth, ABC Family, 8PM

  • WWE Raw, USA, 8PM

  • The Voice, NBC, 8PM

  • Partners, CBS, 8:30PM

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

  • Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, Travel, 9PM

  • Major Crimes, TNT, 9PM

  • The Mob Doctor, Fox, 9PM

  • 2 Broke Girls, CBS, 9PM

  • Mike & Molly, CBS, 9:30PM

  • Hawaii Five-0, CBS, 10PM

  • Castle, ABC, 10PM

  • Revolution, NBC, 10PM

  • Fast n' Loud, Discovery, 10PM

  • The Inbetweeners, MTV, 10:30PM


  • BET Hip-Hop Awards 2012 (special presentation), BET, 8PM

  • Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog (special presentation), CW, 8PM

  • Titanic: Blood and Steel, Encore, 8PM

  • 30 for 30: 9.79*, ESPN, 8PM

  • Hart of Dixie, CW, 8PM

  • Raising Hope, Fox, 8PM

  • NCIS, CBS, 8PM

  • Dancing With The Stars, ABC, 8PM

  • The Voice, NBC, 8PM

  • Ben & Kate, Fox, 8:30PM

  • Go On, NBC, 9PM

  • New Girl, Fox, 9PM

  • Face Off, Syfy, 9PM

  • Overhaulin', Velocity, 9PM

  • Call Me Fitz, DirecTV, 9PM

  • NCIS: LA, CBS, 9PM

  • Less Than Kind, DirecTV, 9:30PM

  • The Mindy Project, Fox, 9:30PM

  • The New Normal, NBC, 9:30PM

  • Parenthood , NBC, 10PM

  • Vegas, CBS, 10PM

  • Private Practice, ABC, 10PM

  • Tosh.0, Comedy Central, 10PM

  • Hot Set, Syfy, 10PM

  • Sons of Anarchy, FX, 10PM

  • Brickleberry, Comedy Central, 10:30PM


  • Arrow (series premiere), CW, 8PM

  • Chicago Fire (series premiere), NBC, 10PM

  • Nashville (series premiere), ABC, 10PM

  • The Middle, ABC, 8PM

  • WWE Main Event, Ion, 8PM

  • Animal Practice, NBC, 8PM

  • Survivor, CBS, 8PM

  • A Football Life, NFL Network, 8PM

  • The X Factor, Fox, 8PM

  • Guys With Kids, NBC, 8:30PM

  • The Neighbors, ABC, 8:30PM

  • Criminal Minds, CBS, 9PM

  • Law & Order: SVU, NBC, 9PM

  • Modern Family, ABC, 9 & 9:30PM

  • Inside the NFL, Showtime, 9PM

  • Sons of Guns, Discovery, 9PM

  • Rake, DirecTV, 9PM

  • Supernatural, CW, 9PM

  • Inside NASCAR, Showtime, 10PM

  • NFL Turning Point, NBC Sports Network, 10PM

  • The Real World / Road Rules Challenge, MTV, 10PM

  • CSI, CBS, 10PM

  • South Park, Comedy Central, 10PM

  • Key & Peele, Comedy Central, 10:30PM


  • 2012 Vice Presidential Debate (ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, CNN, etc.), 9PM

  • It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (season premiere), FX, 10PM

  • The League (season premiere), FX, 10:30PM

  • Brand X with Russell Brand (fall premiere), FX, 11PM

  • Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell (fall premiere), FX, 11:30PM

  • The Vampire Diaries (season premiere), CW, 8PM

  • Beauty and the Beast (series premiere), CW, 9PM

  • 30 Rock, NBC, 8PM

  • Arizona State/Colorado college football, ESPN, 9PM

  • Steelers/Titans Thursday Night Football, NFL Network, 8PM

  • Last Resort, ABC, 8PM

  • The Big Bang Theory, CBS, 8PM

  • Two And A Half Men, CBS, 8:30PM

  • Impact Wrestling, Spike TV, 8PM

  • The X-Factor, Fox, 8PM

  • Up All Night, NBC, 8:30PM

  • Caught Looking, NBC Sports Network, 9PM

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

  • Children's Hospital, Cartoon Network, 11:59PM


  • CSI:NY, CBS, 8PM

  • Shark Tank, ABC, 8PM

  • Navy/Central Michigan college football, ESPN2, 8PM

  • WWE SmackDown, Syfy, 8PM

  • Fringe, Fox, 9PM

  • Grimm, NBC, 9PM

  • Made In Jersey, CBS, 9PM

  • Blue Bloods, CBS, 10PM

  • Boss, Starz, 9PM

  • Haven, Syfy, 10PM

  • The Ultimate Fighter, FX, 10PM

  • Strike Back (season finale), Cinemax, 10PM


  • Iowa/Michigan State, ESPN & ESPN 3D, 12PM

  • Oklahoma/Texas, ABC, 12PM

  • Alabama/Missouri, CBS, 3:30PM

  • Stanford/Notre Dame, NBC, 3:30PM

  • West Virginia/Texas Tech, ABC, 3:30PM

  • USC/Washington, Fox, 7PM

  • South Carolina/LSU, ESPN, 8PM

  • MLB ALCS Game 1, TBS, TBD

  • UFC 153, PPV, 10PM

  • UFC 153 on FX Prelims, FX, 8PM

  • NASCAR Sprint Cup Series @ Charlotte, ABC, 7:30PM

  • American Horror Hours (special presentation), Syfy, 9PM

  • Bedlam, BBC America, 9PM

  • Saturday Night Live with Christina Applegate / Passion Pit, NBC, 11:30PM


  • The Walking Dead (season premiere), AMC, 9PM

  • Talking Dead (season premiere), AMC, 11PM

  • Comic Book Men (season premiere), AMC, 11:30PM

  • MLB ALCS Game 2, TBS, TBD

  • MLB NLCS Game 1, Fox, TBD

  • Korea F1 GP, 2AM, Speed

  • Packers/Texans Sunday Night Football, NBC, 8:20PM

  • WNBA Finals Game 1, ESPN2, 8PM

  • Mythbusters, Discovery, 8PM

  • Curiosity, Discovery, 9PM

  • 60 Minutes, CBS, 7:30PM

  • The Amazing Race, CBS, 8PM

  • Once Upon A Time, ABC, 8PM

  • Boardwalk Empire, HBO, 9PM

  • Dexter, Showtime, 9PM

  • Revenge, ABC, 9PM

  • The Good Wife, CBS, 9:30PM

  • Copper, BBC America, 10PM

  • Homeland, Showtime, 10PM

  • 666 Park Avenue, ABC, 10PM

  • Treme, HBO, 10PM

  • The Mentalist, CBS, 10:30PM