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Must See HDTV (October 29th - November 4th)

Richard Lawler, @Rjcc
October 29, 2012

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While the fall sports have taken the center stage, there's still plenty of other content to fill the schedule. Assassin's Creed 3 hits consoles this week, as well as the return of Okami in HD, while indie flicks Safety Not Guaranteed and Ruby Sparks are available on Blu-ray. Comedian Louis CK will take the stage on Saturday Night Live, and a collection of Alfred Hitchcock movies comes home in a new boxed set. 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.

After a whirlwind summer that saw the Heat complete their quest to win an NBA Championship (despite a lockout-shortened season) and the Olympic team bring home basketball gold medals, it's time for NBA action again. The season officially resumes Tuesday night as the Celtics take on the Heat and the Mavericks face the Lakers on TNT. There's a full slate of other interesting games awaiting including the debut of #1 draft pick Anthony Davis on the Hornets and more. We've got plenty of storylines to follow like Linsanity's move to Houston, Miami's quest to repeat and Dwight Howard joining Kobe, Steve and Pau on the Lakers.
(October 30th, TNT, 8PM)

Saturday Night Live w/ Louis CK
Comedian Louis CK has seen his popularity blow up as of late thanks to his cable show and an internet distributed show that set records. Now he's hosting Saturday Night Live, which should go well, and if it doesn't, then it will provide plenty of material for the next season of his show which is scheduled to air in 2014.
(November 3rd, NBC, 11:30PM)

Alabama/LSU college football
Last year Alabama LSU played in the regular season before meeting again in the championship game, and while that seems less likely to occur this time around it's still an SEC matchup worth keeping an eye on. Currently ranked first and fifth, respectively, in the BCS it will be one of the key matchups this season and provides an opportunity for LSU to redeem itself for last year's losses -- not that Nick Saban and Alabama will make doing that easy.
(November 3rd, CBS, 8PM)

Blu-ray & Games

  • The Campaign
  • Copper (S1)
  • Safety Not Guaranteed
  • Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection
  • Ruby Sparks
  • Little Rascals: Best of Our Gang (3D)
  • March of the Wooden Soldiers (3D)
  • House of Dark Shadows
  • Assassin's Creed III (PS3, Xbox 360)
  • Need for Speed Most Wanted 2 (PS3, Xbox 360)
  • Nike+ Kinect Training (Xbox 360)
  • Lego The Lord of the Rings (PS3, Xbox 360)
  • Okami HD (PS3)


  • 49ers/Cardinals Monday Night Football, ESPN, 8:30PM
  • How I Met Your Mother, CBS, 8PM
  • 90210, CW, 8PM
  • Dancing With The Stars, ABC, 8PM
  • WWE Raw, USA, 8PM
  • The Voice, NBC, 8PM
  • Partners, CBS, 8:30PM
  • 2 Broke Girls, CBS, 9PM
  • American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior, Discovery, 9PM
  • Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, Travel, 9PM
  • Gossip Girl, CW, 9PM
  • Mike & Molly, CBS, 9:30PM
  • Castle, ABC, 10PM
  • Revolution, NBC, 10PM
  • Fast n' Loud, Discovery, 10PM
  • The Inbetweeners, MTV, 10:30PM


  • Celtics/Heat, TNT, 8PM
  • Mavericks/Lakers, TNT, 10:30PM
  • Global Rallycross Championship, ESPN2, 8PM
  • 30 for 30: Ghosts of Ole Miss, 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
  • New Girl, Fox, 9PM
  • Emily Owens M.D., CW, 9PM
  • NCIS: LA, CBS, 9PM
  • The Men Who Built America, History, 9PM
  • Overhaulin', Velocity, 9PM
  • Happy Endings, ABC, 9PM
  • Call Me Fitz, DirecTV, 9PM
  • Don't Trust the B in Apartment 23, ABC, 9:30PM
  • The X Factor, Fox, 9:30PM
  • Private Practice, ABC, 10PM
  • Vegas, CBS, 10PM
  • Go On, NBC, 10PM
  • Tosh.0, Comedy Central, 10PM
  • Sons of Anarchy, FX, 10PM
  • Covert Affairs, USA, 10PM
  • Underemployed, MTV, 10PM
  • Brickleberry, Comedy Central, 10:30PM
  • The New Normal, NBC, 10:30PM
  • Flashpoint, Ion, 11PM


  • Arrow, CW, 8PM
  • WWE Main Event, Ion, 8PM
  • Animal Practice, NBC, 8PM
  • Survivor, CBS, 8PM
  • A Football Life, NFL Network, 8PM
  • Spurs/Hornets, NBA TV, 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
  • Rake, DirecTV, 9PM
  • Supernatural, CW, 9PM
  • Suburgatory, ABC, 9:30PM
  • Chicago Fire, NBC, 10PM
  • Nashville, ABC, 10PM
  • American Horror Story, FX, 10PM
  • Inside NASCAR, Showtime, 10PM
  • NFL Turning Point, NBC Sports Network, 10PM
  • CSI, CBS, 10PM
  • South Park, Comedy Central, 10PM
  • Key & Peele, Comedy Central, 10:30PM
  • Lakers/Trail Blazers, NBA TV, 10:30PM


  • Chiefs/Chargers Thursday Night Football, NFL Network, 8PM
  • Virginia Tech/Miami forest college football, ESPN, 7:30PM
  • Knicks/Nets, TNT, 7PM
  • Thunders/Spurs, TNT, 9:30PM
  • The 46th Annual Country Music Awards, ABC, 8PM
  • The X Factor, Fox, 8PM
  • 30 Rock, NBC, 8PM
  • The Big Bang Theory, CBS, 8PM
  • The Vampire Diaries, CW, 8PM
  • Impact Wrestling, Spike TV, 8PM
  • Up All Night, NBC, 8:30PM
  • Two And A Half Men, CBS, 8:30PM
  • The Office, NBC, 9PM
  • Person of Interest, CBS, 9PM
  • Beauty and the Beast, CW, 9PM
  • Parks & Recreation, NBC, 9:30PM
  • Rock Center with Brian Williams, NBC, 10PM
  • Elementary, CBS, 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


  • Last Man Standing (season premiere), ABC, 8PM
  • Malibu County (season premiere), ABC, 8:30PM
  • Heat/Knicks, ESPN, 8PM
  • Clippers/Lakers, ESPN, 10:30PM
  • Washington/Cal college football, ESPN2, 8PM
  • WWE SmackDown, Syfy, 8PM
  • Fringe, Fox, 9PM
  • Grimm, NBC, 9PM
  • CSI:NY, CBS, 9PM
  • Nikita, CW, 9PM
  • Shark Tank, ABC, 9PM
  • Blue Bloods, CBS, 10PM
  • Haven, Syfy, 10PM
  • Hunted, Cinemax, 10PM
  • The Ultimate Fighter, FX, 10PM


  • Manchester United/Arsenal Premier League, ESPN2, 8:30AM
  • Alabama/LSU college football, CBS, 8PM
  • Nuggets/Heat, NBA TV, 7:30PM
  • Missouri/Florida college football, ESPN2 & ESPN 3D, 12PM
  • Stanford/Colorado college football, FX, 2PM
  • Ole Miss/Georgia college football, CBS, 3:30PM
  • Pitt/Notre Dame college football, NBC, 3:30PM
  • Oregon/USC college football, Fox, 7PM
  • Oklahoma State/Kansas State college football, ABC, 8PM
  • 2012 Breeders' Cup, NBC, 8PM
  • Rise of the Zombies, Syfy, 9PM
  • The Girl, HBO, 9PM
  • Bedlam, BBC America, 9PM
  • Warriors/Clippers, NBA TV, 10:30PM
  • Saturday Night Live: Louis C.K. / Fun, NBC 11:30PM


  • Abu Dhabi F1 GP, Speed, 8AM
  • NASCAR Sprint Cup Series @ Texas, ESPN, 2PM
  • Cowboys/Falcons Sunday Night Football, NBC, 8:20PM
  • Mythbusters, Discovery, 8PM
  • 60 Minutes, CBS, 7:30PM
  • The Amazing Race, CBS, 8:30PM
  • Once Upon A Time, ABC, 8PM
  • The Walking Dead, AMC, 9PM
  • Curiosity, Discovery, 9PM
  • Boardwalk Empire, HBO, 9PM
  • Dexter, Showtime, 9PM
  • Revenge, ABC, 9PM
  • The Good Wife, CBS, 9:30PM
  • Homeland, Showtime, 10PM
  • 666 Park Avenue, ABC, 10PM
  • Treme, HBO, 10PM
  • The Mentalist, CBS, 10PM
  • Talking Dead, AMC, 11PM
  • Comic Book Men, AMC, 11:30PM

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