Must See HDTV (October 15th - 21st)

We've pretty much exhausted the high profile fall premieres for now, but there still presidential debates and baseball playoff action to be had. Also, while we have not moved so far in the future that we've reached the date Marty McFly went to in Back to the Future Part II (that's in 2015, perhaps by then people will stop reposting photoshopped images), we have reached the data Avatar is available at retail on Blu-ray 3D. 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.

Avatar (3D)
It's taken a couple of years, but Avatar is finally widely available on Blu-ray 3D after being tied up as a Panasonic pack-in exclusive. The bad news? It's not the Extended Collector's Edition, so if you want 3D and extras your wait may continue. Otherwise, James Cameron's special effects should be enough to thrill the eyes of anyone that snagged a 3DTV in the last few years and is looking for a good demo disc.
($24.99 on Amazon)

MLB Playoffs
We have reached the league championship series and, assuming both series need some extra games, should be in for excellent baseball all week. The Yankees have lost Derek Jeter for the postseason, but are by no means done... unless their bats stay as cold as they've been. In the National League the Giants and the Cardinals are duking it out, we'll see if the 2-3-2 home field format plays into the outcome for either team, after the Giants took three on the road in the last round.

NBA Preseason
It's finally time for hoops again, and after some overseas exhibitions you can watch NBA teams work their way back into shape as they take each other on this week. If you're a basketball fan you probably love TNT's Thursday night broadcasts, and the first preseason one features the Celtics and the Nets at 8PM.

Blu-ray & Games

  • Avatar (3D)

  • Moonrise Kingdom

  • Madagascar 3 (3D)

  • Alcatraz (The complete series)

  • That's My Boy

  • A League of Their Own

  • Dance Central 3 (Xbox 360)

  • 007 Legends (PS3, Xbox 360)

  • Doom 3: BFG Edition (PS3, Xbox 360)


  • MLB NLCS Cardinals/Giants Game 2, Fox, 8PM

  • 90210, CW, 8PM

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

  • Dancing With The Stars, ABC, 8PM

  • How I Met Your Mother, CBS, 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 (season finale), TNT, 9PM

  • 2 Broke Girls, CBS, 9PM

  • Gossip Girl, CW, 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


  • Yankees/Tigers ALCS Game 3, TBS, 8PM

  • 2nd Presidential Debate, ABC & CBS & FOX & NBC & CNN, 9PM

  • Emily Owens M.D. (series premiere), CW, 9PM

  • The Men Who Built America (series premiere), History, 9PM

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

  • Underemployed (series premiere), MTV, 10PM

  • Flashpoint (season premiere), Ion, 11PM

  • 30 for 30: There's No Place Like Home, 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

  • Overhaulin', Velocity, 9PM

  • Call Me Fitz, DirecTV, 9PM

  • Less Than Kind, DirecTV, 9:30PM

  • Tosh.0, Comedy Central, 10PM

  • Hot Set, Syfy, 10PM

  • Sons of Anarchy, FX, 10PM

  • Brickleberry, Comedy Central, 10:30PM


  • Cardinals/Giants NLCS Game 3, Fox, 3:30PM

  • Yankees/Detroit ALCS Game 4, TBS, 8PM

  • Suburgatory (season premiere), ABC, 9:30PM

  • American Horror Story (season premiere), FX, 10PM

  • World Without End (mini-series premiere), Reelzchannel, 8PM

  • Arrow, CW, 8PM

  • Chicago Fire, NBC, 10PM

  • Nashville, 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, 9PM

  • 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


  • Yankees/Tigers ALCS Game 5 (if necessary), TBS, 4PM

  • Cardinals/Giants NLCS Game 4, Fox, 8PM

  • Seahawks/49ers Thursday Night Football, NFL Network, 8PM

  • Celtics/Nets NBA preseason, TNT, 8PM

  • The Vampire Diaries, CW, 8PM

  • Beauty and the Beast, CW, 9PM

  • 30 Rock, NBC, 8PM

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

  • Last Resort, ABC, 8PM

  • The Big Bang Theory, CBS, 8PM

  • Two And A Half Men, CBS, 8:30PM

  • Impact Wrestling, Spike TV, 8PM

  • Up All Night, NBC, 8:30PM

  • Grey's Anatomy, ABC, 9PM

  • The Office, NBC, 9PM

  • Person of Interest, CBS, 9PM

  • Ethel (special presentation), HBO, 9PM

  • Caught Looking, NBC Sports Network, 9PM

  • Parks & Recreation, NBC, 9:30PM

  • Rock Center with Brian Williams, NBC, 10PM

  • Elementary, CBS, 10PM

  • Scandal, ABC, 10PM

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

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

  • The League, FX, 10:30PM

  • Brand X with Russell Brand, FX, 11PM

  • Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, FX, 11:30PM

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


  • Nikita (season premiere), CW, 9PM

  • Hunted (series premiere), Cinemax, 10PM

  • Cardinals/Giants NLCS Game 5 (if necessary), Fox, 8PM

  • Shark Tank, ABC, 8PM

  • UCONN/Syracuse college football, ESPN, 8PM

  • WWE SmackDown, Syfy, 8PM

  • Grimm, NBC, 9PM

  • Made In Jersey, CBS, 9PM

  • Blue Bloods, CBS, 10PM

  • Boss (season finale), Starz, 9PM

  • Haven, Syfy, 10PM

  • The Ultimate Fighter, FX, 10PM


  • LSU/Texas A&M college football, ESPN / ESPN 3D, 12PM

  • Stanford/California college football, Fox, 3PM

  • BYU/Notre Dame college football, NBC, 3:30PM

  • Alabama/Tennessee college football, ESPN, PM

  • Tigers/Yankees Game 6 (if necessary), TBS, 4PM

  • The Girl, HBO, 9PM

  • Bedlam, BBC America, 9PM

  • Saturday Night Live with Bruno Mars, NBC, 11:30PM


  • NASCAR Sprint Cup Series @ Kansas, ESPN, 1PM

  • Night of Too Many Stars (special presentation), Comedy Central, 8PM

  • Steelers/Bengals Sunday Night Football, NBC, 8:20PM

  • The Cleveland Show, Fox, 7:30PM

  • The Simpsons, Fox, 8PM

  • Mythbusters, Discovery, 8PM

  • Curiosity, Discovery, 9PM

  • 60 Minutes, CBS, 7:30PM

  • The Amazing Race, CBS, 8PM

  • The Walking Dead, AMC, 9PM

  • Once Upon A Time, ABC, 8PM

  • Boardwalk Empire, HBO, 9PM

  • Dexter, Showtime, 9PM

  • Revenge, ABC, 9PM

  • The Good Wife, CBS, 9:30PM

  • Copper (season finale), BBC America, 10PM

  • Copper, BBC America, 10PM

  • Homeland, Showtime, 10PM

  • 666 Park Avenue, ABC, 10PM

  • Treme, HBO, 10PM

  • The Mentalist, CBS, 10:30PM

  • Talking Dead, AMC, 11PM

  • Comic Book Men, AMC, 11:30PM