TV This Week, Oct. 12-18: ‘Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word’ and more

“Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word”
Transgender youths share stories in the special “Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word.”
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This week’s TV Movies




For those two or three people without access to YouTube, “America’s Funniest Home Videos” is back for a 25th season. Tom Bergeron hosts. 7 p.m. ABC

The zombie drama “The Walking Dead” shuffles in for a fifth season, followed by the return of “Talking Dead.” 9 and 10 p.m. AMC


“A” is for “adultery” in the new Hamptons-set drama “The Affair.” Dominic West, Ruth Wilson, Maura Tierney and Joshua Jackson star. 10 p.m. Showtime


“C” is for “chastity” — but “p” is for “pregnancy,” inexplicably — in the new comedy-drama “Jane the Virgin.” Gina Rodriguez stars. 9 p.m. KTLA

“Independent Lens” presents “Bully,” Lee Hirsch’s award-winning documentary about the cruel consequences of, and possible solutions to, bullying among school-age kids. 10 p.m. KOCE


A new “30 for 30" recalls that day in back in ’89 when the World Series between the A’s and the Giants was so rudely interrupted by the Loma Prieta earthquake. 7 p.m. ESPN, 10 p.m. ESPN2

“Joshua Bell: A YoungArts Masterclass” finds the violin virtuoso offering his expertise to aspiring classical musicians. 7:30 p.m. HBO

Uncle Snoop — a.k.a. Snoop Dogg, Snoop Lion, etc. — will be master of ceremonies at the “BET Hip Hop Awards 2014.” 8 p.m. BET


Casey Wilson and Ken Marino can’t quite get that knot tied in the new sitcom “Marry Me.” 9 p.m. NBC

Space, the final frontier. These are the voyages of Sally Ride and other pioneering female astronauts saluted on a new “Makers.” 9 p.m. KOCE

The sitcom “About a Boy” is about to be back for a second season. With David Walton and Minnie Driver. 9:30 p.m. NBC

“The Trouble With Antibiotics” is that they don’t work as well as they used to, as detailed in this new episode of “Frontline.” 10 p.m. KOCE


“Nature” introduces you to some weird and wacky creatures in “Animal Misfits.” 8 p.m. KOCE

Meet the new boss: “The O.C.'s” Peter Gallagher joins the cast of “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.” 9 p.m. NBC

The new series “How We Got to Now With Steven Johnson” tracks the scientific and technological innovations that paved the way for our modern world. 9 and 10 p.m. KOCE


Past contestant Richard Blais takes a seat at the judges’ table on the return of “Top Chef.” 10 p.m. Bravo


Who you gonna call? A slate of sorta-spooky flicks kicks off with Bob Hope in the 1940 comedy “The Ghost Breakers.” 5 p.m. Turner Classic Movies

Boo, who? “Shake It Up’s” Bella Thorne stars in “Mostly Ghostly 2: Have You Met My Ghoulfriend?” 8 p.m. Disney Channel

Elizabeth Perkins (“Weeds”) plays a CEO caught up in an insider-trading scandal on a new “How to Get Away With Murder.” 10 p.m. ABC


One of the stars of “Orange Is the New Black” creates a safe place for transgender youths to share their stories in “Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word.” 7 p.m. Logo, MTV

Liam Neeson is a federal air marshal with a particular set of skills in the 2014 thriller “Non-Stop.” Julianne Moore, Anson Mount and Michelle Dockery also star. 8:10 p.m. Cinemax

Summertime’s over, but the livin’ is still easy in “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess From San Francisco Opera.” 9 p.m. KOCE

An American family relocates to a mansion in England — and “Downton Abbey” it ain’t — in the four-part mystery tale “Evermoor.” 9 and 9:30 p.m. Disney Channel

“The Monuments Men” are all about art for art’s sake in director-star George Clooney’s 2014 WWII thriller. With Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman and Cate Blanchett. 9 p.m. Starz

“Dane Cook: Troublemaker” is the controversial comic’s latest standup special. 10 p.m. Showtime

The new series “Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways” tracks Dave Grohl and his band on a musical odyssey across these United States. 11 p.m. HBO

Late-night laughs: “Comedy Bang! Bang!” and “The Birthday Boys” return with new episodes. 11 and 11:30 p.m. IFC


It’s Navy SEALs vs. Taliban fighters in the fact-based 2013 action-drama “Lone Survivor.” Mark Wahlberg and Eric Bana star. 8 p.m. HBO

Hell hath no fury like Maria Bello in the Stephen King-penned thriller “Big Driver.” Olympia Dukakis and rock music’s Joan Jett also star. 8 and 10 p.m. Lifetime

“Parenthood’s” Erika Christensen wrangles a pack of pooches in the TV movie “My Boyfriends’ Dogs.” 9 p.m. Hallmark Channel

That doll is evil — Evil, I tells ya! — in the new terror tale “Finders Keepers.” With Jaime Pressly and “Saw’s” Tobin Bell. 9 p.m. Syfy

Chris Vance, not Jason Statham, stars in “Transporter: The Series” based on the action-film franchise. 9 and 10 p.m. TNT