Like “Friday Night Lights,” NBC’s “Chuck” is a beloved show among a small group of fans but has never been a big hit. And it’s also been given a final fifth season, allowing the writers to conclude the light spy drama properly.
Sure, “Chuck” has been moved to the relative graveyard of Friday night, but it should be fun to see Morgan with the inter-sect instead of Chuck.
And for people of a certain age, watching “Beavis & Butt-head” was a rite of passage. Creator Mike Judge created an indelibly stunted pair of teens with silly giggles and snide commentary about music videos on MTV. Fourteen years later, Judge brings the two idiots back Thursday night, just as stupid as ever but now also commenting on “Jersey Shore” and “Teen Mom.”
I spoke briefly with Steve Koonin, president of Turner Entertainment, last week. He said “Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns,” which returns this week for a fifth season, and “House of Payne” were moved from Wednesday to Friday for several reasons. Church viewers are often busy on Wednesday nights, he said. And when TBS has aired Tyler Perry films on Friday nights, they’ve done very well. And though he didn’t say this, as a pairing, a Tyler Perry sitcom followed by “Conan” was an odd pairing. (”Conan” only airs Monday through Thursday.)
“Dancing With the Stars” 8 p.m. ABC — Almost halfway through and Nancy Grace is alive and well.
“How I Met Your Mother” 8 p.m. CBS — Wayne Brady returns as Barney’s brother.
“2 Broke Girls” 8:30 p.m. CBS — The chemistry between Max and Johnny heats up.
“Hoarders” 9 p.m. A&E (fourth season fall debut) — The son of famous parents hoards so badly, he sleeps outside on a bench.
“Two and a Half Men” 9 p.m. CBS — Walden receives divorce papers.
“Hawaii Five-O” 10 p.m. CBS — McGarrett takes part in a charity mixed-martial-arts fight.
“Monster-in-Laws” 10 p.m. A&E (new series) — Couples and their in-laws are forced to confront their issues.
“Castle” 10:01 p.m. ABC — Castle and Beckett investigate the murder of a popular ghost hunter.
“The Biggest Loser” 8 p.m. NBC — This is the lowest-rated season to date.
“Zombies: A Living History” 8 p.m. History — The history of zombies from the Bible to voodoo rituals in Haiti.
“Last Man Standing” 8 p.m. ABC — Man sneaks Boyd out of the house on Halloween to go trick or treating.
“NCIS” 8 p.m. CBS — A Navy lieutenant is murdered by forced overhydration.
“The X Factor” 8 p.m. Fox (special night) —The first ever live show featuring the top 17.
“Dancing With the Stars” 9 p.m. ABC — How much longer can Chaz Bono stick around?
“NCIS: Los Angeles” 9 p.m. CBS — A murdered former Navy intelligence officer has a double life.
“Auction Hunters” 10 p.m. Spike (third season debut) — Try not to confuse this with the 18 other auction-related shows out there.
“Sons of Anarchy” 10 p.m. FX — SAMCRO must put off an important vote to deal with an external threat.
“Body of Proof” 10:01 p.m. ABC — “Idol” runner-up Crystal Bowersox guests.
“The Middle” 8 p.m. ABC— Axl plays a Halloween prank.
“Survivor” 8 p.m. CBS — Ozzy and Coach are shockingly still around.
“America’s Next Top Model” 9 p.m. the CW — Kathy Griffin, the queen of snark, guest judges.
“Happy Endings” 9:30 p.m. ABC — Jane and Brad house sit for suburban friends.
“American Horror Story” 10 p.m. FX — Who’s a ghost and who’s actually alive? It’s all so confusing!
“Psych” 10 p.m. USA — Kristy Swanson plays Lassiter’s mysterious new girlfriend.
“Revenge” 10 p.m. ABC — Tensions between Emily and Tyler cannot be contained.
“Top Chef: Just Desserts” 10 p.m. Bravo (second season finale) — Matthew, with four wins to date, has the edge to win it all over Chris and Sally.
“The Big Bang Theory” 8 p.m. CBS — A charming comic-book artist comes between Leonard and Priya.
“Community” 8 p.m. NBC — Britta and Jeff persuade the gang to tell horror stories.
“The Vampire Diaries” 8 p.m. the CW — Mystic Falls is invaded by spirits of the dead.
“It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown” 8 p.m. ABC — A true annual rite of passage.
“The Education of Dee Dee Ricks” 8:30 p.m. HBO — A Manhattan millionaire’s journey through breast cancer treatment.
“Grey’s Anatomy” 9 p.m. NBC — Owen signs the docs up for a baseball league.
“The Office” 9 p.m. NBC — Erin struggles putting the Halloween party together.
“Person of Interest” 9 p.m. CBS — This is now the fall’s biggest new drama.
“Project Runway” 9 p.m. Lifetime (ninth seaon finale) — Anya and Viktor are the favorites to win.
“Beavis & Butthead” 10 p.m. MTV (new series) — This show returns 14 years later and the teen-agers haven’t matured one iota.
“The Mentalist” 10 p.m. CBS — Lisbon reunits with her brother.
“Private Practice” 10:01 p.m. ABC— Addison begins in vitro fertilization.
“Chuck” 8 p.m. NBC (fifth season debut) — Carmichael Industries takes on a wealthy thief (Mark Hamill) and sly investor (Craig Kilborn).
“Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” 8 p.m. ABC — The team helps an Oregon couple with two autistic sons.
“A Gifted Man” 8 p.m. CBS — Michael treats an ex-football star who is now homeless.
“Kitchen Nightmares” 8 p.m. Fox — Gordon Ramsay checks out a Ventura Harbor, Calif. eatery.
“Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns” 8 p.m. TBS (fifth season debut) — Edna and the Colonel prepare for their nuptials.
“CSI: NY” 9 p.m. CBS — A Halloween frat prank goes awry.
“Fringe” 9 p.m. Fox — The translucent shape-shifters are back.
“Gold Rush: Alaska” 9 p.m. Discovery (second season debut) — The crew finds gold at the Porcupine Creek claim.
“Grimm” 9 p.m. NBC (new series) — A drama about a detective who tracks fairy-tale monsters.
“Blue Bloods” 10 p.m. CBS — Jamie and Renzulli are injured by a church security team that refuses to let him enter a religious center in response to a 911 call.
“America’s Most Wanted” 8 tonight Fox (two-hour special) — Fox axed the show but has promised quarterly specials like this one. Lifetime has picked it up for regular viewings.
“Possessing Piper Rose” 8 tonight Lifetime — A four-year-old girl’s dead birth mother is intent on repossessing her from beyond the grave.
“The Amazing Race” 8 p.m. Sunday CBS — Georgians Amani and Marcus last week landed in first for the first time.
“The Simpsons” 8 p.m. Sunday Fox — The annual horror stories, including take offs on “127 Hours” and “Avatar.”
“Allen Gregory” 8:30 p.m. Sunday Fox (new series) — A seven year old (voiced by Jonah Hill) is a pompous jerk.
“Boardwalk Empire” 9 p.m. Sunday HBO — Bad news from Harry Daugherty bodes poorly for Nucky.
“Desperate Housewives” 9 p.m. Sunday ABC — Gaby, Bree and Lynette must dig up and move Alejandro’s body.
“Dexter” 9 p.m. Sunday Showtime — Dexter receives spiritual guidance from his new friend Brother Sam.
“The Good Wife” 9 p.m. Sunday CBS — Eli’s ex-wife (Parker Posey) shows up.
“The Walking Dead” 9 p.m. Sunday AMC — Shane has to figure out how to escape a building surrounded by zombies.
“CSI: Miami” 10 p.m. Sunday CBS — A maid appears to have been killed by a vampire.
“The Real Housewives of Atlanta: Before They Were Stars” 10 p.m. Sunday Bravo— What was NeNe like before the cameras showed up?
“Pan Am” 10:01 p.m. Sunday ABC — Maggie is accused of insubordination.
By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk