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.
“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.
“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.
“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.
“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.
“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 amurder 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.
“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.