Another round of new and returning network shows is joined by new seasons of Doctor Who (with a new Doctor!), The Walking Dead, and the first spinoff minisode from Star Trek: Discovery. Happy Thanksgiving and happy viewing!
All times eastern; PBS time slots may vary on your station.
Doctor Who – 1:45 to 3:10pm on Space (also rerun from 8 to 9:30pm) – 11th Season Premiere
Jodie Whittaker is the Thirteen Doctor (and the first woman, of course). I have high hopes for her tenure. She was excellent in Broadchurch, and although it was a heavy drama, she does seem to have skills with humour from what I’ve seen elsewhere. The producers say the first episode is written so that first-time viewers can tune in without being lost in the long and winding history of The Doctor.
Star Trek: Short Takes – 3:10 to 3:30pm on Space – Miniseries Premiere
Four mini-episodes of this series will be shown on a monthly basis until Star Trek: Discovery returns for its second season in January. They are designed to further explore the characters, be closed-ended stories, and to drop hints about what’s to come in the upcoming season.
Dancing With the Stars: Juniors – 8 to 10pm on ABC/Global – Spinoff Series Premiere
Younger stars (and children of stars) kickoff this inaugural season, which will be hosted by Frankie Muniz (Malcolm In The Middle) and Jordan Fisher (Grease: LIVE).
The Walking Dead – 9 to 10:26pm on AMC – 9th Season Premiere
Shark Tank – 10 to 11pm on ABC/CTV – 10th Season Premiere
Madam Secretary – 10 to 11pm on CBS/Global – 5th Season Premiere
Animal Kingdom – 10 to 11pm on Bravo – 3rd Season Premiere
Bad Blood – 10 to 11pm on FX/Thursday at 8pm on City – 2nd Season Premiere
Holmes & Holmes – 10 to 11pm on HGTV – 2nd Season Premiere
Haunted Gingerbread Showdown – 10 to 11pm on The Food Network – Series Premiere
This gingerbread showcase kicks off with a celebration of the 30th anniversary of the movie, Beetlejuice.
Star Wars Resistance – 6:10 to 7:15pm on Showcase – Series Premiere
This anime-inspired series is set many years after the events in Return of the Jedi and six months before the events in The Force Awakens. It follows Kazuda Xiono, a pilot who is recruited into the Resistence to spy on the First Order.
Long Island Medium – 8 to 9pm on TLC – 13th Season Premiere
Long Lost Family – 9 to 11pm on TLC – 5th Season Premiere
The Flash – 8 to 9pm on The CW – 5th Season Premiere
2018 American Music Awards – 8 to 11pm on ABC/CTV
Tracee Ellis Ross hosts these awards for the second straight year, featuring performances by Carrie Underwood, Imagine Dragons, Post Malone, Ty Dolla $ign and others.
The Island with Bear Grylls – 8 to 9pm on Cottage Life – 5th Season Premiere
The Little Couple – 8 to 10:02pm on TLC – 13th Season Premiere
Black Lightning – 9 to 10pm on The CW – 2nd Season Premiere
Forged in Fire: Knife or Death – 10 to 11pm on History – 2nd Season Premiere
Riverdale – 8 to 9pm on The CW/Netflix on Thursday – 3rd Season Premiere
All American – 9 to 10pm on The CW/W – Series Premiere
This series, which is inspired by the real-life football player Spencer Paysinger, follows a South Central LA high school player, who is recruited to play for Beverly Hills High, where the culture and lifestyle couldn’t be more different. Star Daniel Ezra and Taye Diggs.
Supernatural – 8 to 9pm on The CW/Space – 14th Season Premiere
How Far Is Tattoo Far? – 10 to 11pm (two episodes) on MTV – Series Premiere
Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi and Nico Tortella host this reality series that finds friends, couples, and family member designing tattoos for each other that the target (sucker) won’t see until after they have been permanently inked.
Blindspot – 8 to 9pm on NBC/CTV – 4th Season Premiere
Dynasty – 8 to 9pm on The CW/Netflix on Saturday – 2nd Season Premiere
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend – 9 to 10pm on The CW (next Wednesday at 8pm on W) – 4th and Final Season
Pod Save America – 11pm to 12am on HBO – Series Premiere
Take a popular podcast, turn it into a series of four specials, and put it on after Real Time with Bill Maher. All four hosts from the podcast—Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett, Dan Pfeiffer, and Tommy Vietor—will provide their insight and commentary leading up to the American midterm elections on November 6th.