TV This Week, Oct. 14-20: ‘The Rookie,’ ‘Charmed’ and more



That thing you’re doing right now, looking at something on a digital screen? Your host covers addiction to same on a new “This Is Life With Lisa Ling.” 7 and 10 p.m. CNN

Look! Up in the sky! It’s Melissa Benoist in the Season 4 premiere of the action drama “Supergirl.” 8 p.m. KTLA

“30 Rock’s” Tracy Morgan voices his animated likeness on a new episode of “The Simpsons.” 8 p.m. Fox

A pair of tweens try to sacrifice a third to appease a creepy internet boogeyman in the new inspired-by-true-events TV movie “Terror in the Woods.” With Ella West Jerrier and Sophie Grace McCarthy. 8 p.m. Lifetime

“Charmed,” I’m sure. The supernatural series that once starred Shannen Doherty, Alyssa Milano and Holly Marie Combs, and later, Rose McGowan, gets rebooted with an all-new cast that includes Melonie Diaz, Sarah Jeffery and Madeleine Mantock. 9 p.m. KTLA

They’d take a bullet for POTUS, as detailed in the new documentary special “US Secret Service: On the Front Line.” 9 p.m. National Geographic Channel

“30 Rock’s” Alec Baldwin hosts the talk show he was born to host, “The Alec Baldwin Show.” 10 p.m. ABC

Acclaimed violinist, conductor and music educator Itzhak Perlman is profiled on a new “American Masters.” 10 p.m. KOCE

They’re not out of the woods yet: Jennifer Garner and “Doctor Who’s” David Tennant play a married couple who go “Camping” in this new comedy series. 10 p.m. HBO

Harvey Birdman, attorney at law (voice of Gary Cole) gets promoted to “Harvey Birdman, Attorney General” in this new animated special. With Stephen Colbert, John Michael Higgins and Paget Brewster. Midnight, Adult Swim


The helmer of “Hostel” and “Cabin Fever” is your guide to all things terrifying in the new “AMC Visionaries” series “Eli Roth’s History of Horror.” 12:12 a.m., AMC


His aim is true: Stephen Amell returns for seventh season of the action drama “Arrow.” Then, Matt Ryan voices his Arrow-verse character in the new animated tale “Constantine: The Legend Continues.” 8 and 9 p.m. KTLA

Country music’s Trisha Yearwood dishes out tricks as well as treats in the new special “Trisha’s Halloween Spooktacular.” 8 p.m. Food Network

A first-time filmmaker examines the personal toll taken by “The Sentence” handed down to his sister, for her alleged part in crimes committed by her drug-dealer ex, in this new documentary. 8 p.m. HBO

The new documentary “God Knows Where I Am” uses a deceased homeless woman’s personal diary to tell the tragic tale of her descent into isolation, starvation and madness. 10 p.m. KOCE

A new edition of “Cultureshock” harkens back to comedian Chris Rock’s no-holds-barred 1996 HBO standup special “Bring the Pain.” 10 p.m. A&E


A “Blue Collar Comedy Tour” veteran cracks wise in the new standup special “Ron White: If You Quit Listening, I’ll Shut Up.” Any time, Netflix

The Celtics play the 76ers, then the Warriors face the Thunder to tip off a new season of NBA Basketball. 5 and 7:30 p.m. TNT

Please don’t bother trying to find her, she’s not there in the new “Roseanne” spinoff “The Conners.” With John Goodman, Sara Gilbert and Laurie Metcalf. 8 p.m. ABC

“The Great American Read” escapes to “Other Worlds” in this new episode that covers such classic fantasy tales as “The Chronicles of Narnia,” “The Lord of the Rings” and “Dune.” 8 p.m. KOCE


Cardi B, Drake and Childish Gambino are among the nominees in the video category at the 2018 BET Hip Hop Awards. 8 p.m. BET

“Southland’s” Michael Cudlitz and “In Plain Sight’s” Mary McCormack play the heads-of-household for a large Irish-Catholic family in the new 1970s-set comedy “The Kids Are Alright.” 8:30 p.m. ABC

The sitcoms “black-ish” and “Splitting Up Together” are back with new episodes. Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross star in the former, and Jenna Fischer and Oliver Hudson in the latter. 9 and 9:30 p.m. ABC

“American Experience” looks back on a sinister chapter in U.S. history in the new episode “The Eugenics Crusade.” 9 p.m. KOCE

“Castle’s” Nathan Fillion is getting too old for this stuff yet he joins the LAPD anyway in the new police drama “The Rookie.” With Richard T. Jones. 10 p.m. ABC

Paging Indiana Jones! The hunt for the ruins of a fabled ancient city in the South American jungle is on in the new special “Lost Amazon: Project Z.” 10 p.m. Travel


The falling leaves drift by the window, the autumn leaves of red and gold in the live three-part nature special “Autumnwatch New England.” 8 p.m. KOCE; also Thu.-Fri.

It’s ladies night! Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert and Kelsea Ballerini head an all-female crew of honorees for “CMT Artists of the Year 2018.” 8 p.m. CMT

Efforts to stem the rising tide “Addiction” in society today are examined in this new episode of “Nova.” 9 p.m. KOCE

“LOTR’s” Andy Serkis isn’t a “Neanderthal” but he plays one on TV via the magic of motion-capture technology in this new two-part science special. 10 p.m. KOCE; concludes Wed., Oct. 24


TV legend Bob Newhart reprises his Emmy-winning role as the late Arthur Jeffries, a.k.a. Professor Proton, on a new episode of “The Big Bang Theory.” 8 p.m. CBS



If you can’t stand “Marvel’s Daredevil,” stay the hell out of Hell’s Kitchen as Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) returns for a third season this kick-ass superhero drama set in the MCU. Any time, Netflix

The Emmy-winning true-crime docu-series “Making a Murderer” picks up where it left off to launch its second season. Any time, Netflix

Toni Collette (“United States of Tara”) plays a wife and therapist who develops an itch she needs to scratch, extramaritally speaking, in the six-part comedy drama “Wanderlust.” Any time, Netflix

Romola Garai takes the measure of “Measure for Measure” then Brian Cox hails “Julius Caesar” on back-to-back new episodes of “Shakespeare Uncovered.” 9 and 10 p.m. KOCE

“Get a Room with Carson & Thom” in this new high-end home-makeover series featuring former “Queer Eye” costars Carson Kressley and Thom Filicia. 9 p.m. Bravo

Your friendly neighborhood comic and commentator marks a quarter-century of snarking and smirking on the boob tube on very special episode of “Real Time With Bill Maher.” 10 p.m. HBO

The new standup special “Finesse Mitchell: The Spirit Told Me to Tell You” finds the veteran comic tackling topics like marriage, parenting and the work-life balance. 10 p.m. Showtime


Meddling mom meets hunky professor, gets schooled in “Love, Of Course” in this new romantic TV movie starring Kelly Rutherford and Cameron Mathison. 8 p.m. Hallmark Channel

Welcome to “My Dinner With Hervé.” “Game of Thrones’ ” Peter Dinklage is Hervé Villechaize in this new bio-drama abut the “Fantasy Island” actor. “50 Shades’ ” Jamie Dornan also stars. 8 p.m. HBO


Which witch is which? The new special “Hocus Pocus 25th Anniversary Halloween Bash” is a star-studded celebration of the 1993 fantasy comedy/cult classic that starred Better Midler, Kathy Najimy and Sarah Jessica Parker. 8:15 p.m. Freeform

“Killer High” is not about marijuana, but “4/20 Massacre” is in these competing 2018 B-movie terror tales. 9 p.m. Syfy; 9 p.m. TMC

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