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TV best bets with return of ‘American Horror Story’

Jessica Lange returns for the second season of "American Horror Story," playing a different character. CREDIT: FX

Jessica Lange returns for the second season of "American Horror Story," playing a different character. CREDIT: FX

The biggest return of this week is FX’s “American Horror Story,” which drew a fine line between camp and horror season one, gaining creator Ryan Murphy plaudits.

He changes things up season two by moving to a new scenario – an insane asylum – while using some of the same actors, including the delectable Jessica Lange. Watch for it Wednesday night at 10 p.m.

MONDAY

“Dancing With the Stars” 8 p.m. ABC — Bristol Palin and Kirstie Alley are still in it while four others are out.

“How I Met Your Mother” 8 p.m. CBS — Lily and Marshall try to figure who would make the best godparents.

“The Voice” 8 p.m. NBC —The battle rounds continue.

“Major Crimes” 9 p.m. TNT (first season finale) — The team apprehends a lethal sniper.

“Mike & Molly” 9:30 p.m. CBS — The newlyweds start thinking about a baby.

“Hawaii Five-O” 10 p.m. CBS — A polo player literally loses his head

“Revolution” 10:01 p.m. NBC — Monroe ups the value of Danny’s life.

“Castle” 10:01 p.m. ABC — Castle and Beckett head to the Hamptons for a romantic getaway but a death gets in the way.

TUESDAY

Dancing With the Stars” 8 p.m. ABC — It’s difficult to say who’s going to win at this stage with so many evenly matched celebrities.

“Raising Hope” 8 p.m. Fox — The Chances try to spring Maw Maw from a nursing home.

“Ben & Kate” 8:30 p.m. Fox — Ben throws a party to celebrate Kate’s 21st birthday.

“The Second Presidential Debate” 9 p.m. ABC, Fox, NBC, Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, GPB, C-Span —Pres. Barack Obama (D) and Mitt Romney (R) take questions in a town-hall forum set up.

“Emily Owens M.D.” 9 p.m. the CW (new series)— An awkward first-year intern at Denver Memorial hospital tries to balance work and romance.

“Covert Affairs” 10 p.m. USA (third season fall debut) — Auggie, Joan and Arthur call on an old friend to help free Annie from prison in Russia.

“Extreme Cheapskates” 10 p.m. TLC (new series) — A New York woman finds food in dumpsters and washes her clothes when she showers.

“Sons of Anarchy” 10 p.m. FX — Jax presents a dangerous proposal to the club.

“Underemployed” 10 p.m. MTV (new series) — Five friends struggle through post-college life in the real world.

WEDNESDAY

“Survivor” 8 p.m. CBS — Four losses in a row has decimated the hapless Matsing tribe.

“Criminal Minds” 9 p.m. CBS — Hotch gets some surprising news from Beth.

“Law & Order: SVU” 9 p.m. NBC — The detectives try to expose a sex-trafficking ring.

“Modern Family” 9 p.m. ABC — Cameron starts a new job as a music teacher.

“My Giant Face Tumor” 9 p.m. TLC — Plastic surgeon McKay McKinnon fixes two people with massive tumors on their face.

“Suburgatory” 9:31 p.m. ABC (second season debut) — Tessa comes back to the suburbs after a summer in New York City,

“American Horror Story” 10 p.m. FX (second season debut ) — We are introduced to Briarcliff Manor, an insane asylum.

“My Life is a Lifetime Movie” 10 p.m. Lifetime (new series) — True stories of women in peril.

“Nashville” 10 p.m. ABC —  Coleman discovers that Lamar is ready to battle him.

THURSDAY

“Georgia Music Hall of Fame” 7 p.m. GPB — Taped at the Cobb Energy Centre, this special features honorees .38 Special, Robert Spano and Sugarland.

“American Bible Challenge” 8 p.m. GSN (first season finale) — GSN has given this show a second season and job security for host Jeff Foxworthy.

“The Big Bang Theory” 8 p.m. NBC — Game night degenerates into a battle of the sexes.

“Two and a Half Men” 8:31 p.m. CBS — A visit from a friend’s daughter makes Walden feel his age.

“Grey’s Anatomy” 9 p.m. ABC — The plane-crash survivors face a difficult choice.

“Project Runway” 9 p.m. Lifetime — Christopher, Fabio, Dmitry and Melissa face off for the win.

“Person of Interest” 9:01 p.m. CBS — Reese is charged with protecting a Brazilian diplomat’s daughter

“Elementary” 10:01 p.m. CBS — A child is abducted by the Balloon Man serial killer.

“Scandal” 10:02p.m. ABC —  Lingering questions about Quinn’s past cause trouble at the firm. 

FRIDAY

CSI: NY” 8 p.m. CBS — Lindsay is injured when a shooter attempts to kill a political candidate.

“Shark Tank” 8 p.m. ABC — NFL player Brandon Jacobs helps a New Jersey woman pitch her protein energy drink.

“Grimm” 9 p.m. NBC — Nick and Hank investigate the murder of a high-school athlete.

“Nikita” 9 p.m. the CW (third season debut) — Ryan and Nikita take charge of Division.

“Blue Bloods” 10 p.m. CBS — Danny and Jackie are taken off a murder case involving a murder and reassigned to protect a Central-American president under threat of assassination.

“Secret Princes” 10 p.m. TLC (first season finale) — The princes set in Atlanta find out if the ladies will stick with them once they reveal who they are.

WEEKEND

“The Girl” 9 tonight HBO — Alfred Hitchcock becomes obsessed with his leading lady.

“Saturday Night Live” 11:29 tonight NBC — Bruno Mars hosts and sings.

“Once Upon a Time” 8 p.m. Sunday ABC — A fed-up Belle threatens to leave Mr. Gold.

“Boardwalk Empire” 9 p.m. Sunday HBO — Nucky finds himself in a pickle in D.C.

“Dexter” 9 p.m. Sunday Showtime — Ukranian mobsters step up their retaliatory efforts.

“Revenge” 9 p.m. Sunday ABC — Amanda winds up in jeopardy because of the Graysons.

“The Good Wife” 9:30 p.m. Sunday CBS — Eli wins a victory in his efforts to protect Peter’s image.

“The Walking Dead” 9 p.m. Sunday AMC — Herschel’s life hangs in the balance.

“Homeland” 10 p.m. Sunday Showtime — Brody runs into Carrie at Langley.

“The Mentalist” 10:30 p.m. Sunday CBS — The team investigates a small town’s possible gang war involving Rigsby’s dad.

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3 comments Add your comment

James

October 15th, 2012
2:38 pm

Come on Rodney! How could you leave Last Resort out? It’s one of the best action adventures of the season. Revolution put out a really weak episode last week. The Charlie character has too many “faces” for the lack of a better word. Last Resort is gripping and has you on the edge of your seat. Revolution surprises – aren’t anymore.

Molly

October 15th, 2012
7:42 pm

I haven’t been able to bring myself to watch American Horror Story, it looks just a little too creepy for me, but my DISH coworker loves it. She watches it with her boyfriend, though, so she’s not alone when evil nuns pop on screen or body parts go flying. I’ll stick with watching my other prime time shows on my Hopper. I have it set to auto-record the big four prime time channels using Primetime Anytime, so I can always watch Once Upon A Time, Revolution, and 666 Park Avenue (that’s as scary as my TV shows get) without having to worry about time conflicts. I might check out American Horror Story eventually, I’ll just have to make sure I’m not watching it alone.

Sally

October 17th, 2012
11:11 am

Molly, you most definitely have to watch AHS!! You will become hooked, I can promise you that :)
I watch all the shows you list too… have you ever seen Walking Dead on AMC? Another good series.