World Series: Giants vs. Rangers (4:30 p.m., Fox). Who cares if no one east of the Mississippi will watch? That’ll just make it a more intimate crowd tuning into what could be the most intriguing World Series matchup in years, with the Giants’ mighty pitching staff against the Rangers’ monster sluggers. And Cliff Lee. Don’t expect a lot of runs tonight, as Lee pitches against SF ace Tim Lincecum in Game 1 from the friendly confines on McCovey Cove. (Go Giants!)
“Survivor: Nicaragua” (8 p.m., CBS). The kids of La Flor try to wrest the immunity idol away from Marty.
“Modern Family” (9 p.m., ABC). Claire plans an elaborate family Halloween, and Cameron is haunted by bad memories of the holiday.
“Cougar Town” (9:30 p.m., ABC). Jules’ father is in town for Halloween, so she has to get all costumed up. Then they all swill wine.
“Terriers” (10 p.m., FX). Britt gets kidnapped by his old partner, and Hank has to head south of the border to rescue him. This is a fantastic show that desperately needs viewers to survive. Trust me and tune in tonight.
“The Daily Show” (11 p.m. Comedy Central). In a “Daily Show” first, President Barack Obama is the guest.
If you have DirecTV
“Friday Night Lights” (9 p.m., DirecTV). Season premiere. The fifth and final season of one of TV’s best and most under-watched shows begins. If you have satellite, but all means, check it out. But since most folks (including me) don’t have DirecTV, I’m going to pretend this isn’t airing until NBC shows it next summer. That’ll be a looooong wait.
“America’s Next Top Model” (8 p.m., The CW). The models shoot a commercial while on roller skates. The models, I mean, not the cameramen. Though that’d be funny.
“MythBusters” (9 p.m., Discovery). The guys test the ol’ magic trick where you pull a tablecloth from under a table setting. I’m guessing we’ll get to see lots of plates get smashed.
“Dead Set” (9 p.m., IFC). While some cast members forage for food, others make a frightening discovery. Geez, more frightening than brain-eating zombies?
“Tailgate Warriors” (10 p.m., Food Network). It’s an all-Bay Area affair, as Guy Fieri pits teams of tailgating fans against each other before the recent 49ers-Raiders game.
“South Park” (10 p.m., Comedy Central). Cartman’s band of superfriends tries to help victims of another Gulf oil spill.
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Warriors vs. Rockets (7:30 p.m., CSN-BA). It’s the Warriors’ season opener, with a new coach (Keith Smart), a new star (David Lee) and a slight bit of hope for the future.
Sharks vs. Devils (7:30 p.m., CSN-CA). And then there are the Sharks. Sorry, but I just can’t get into hockey in October.
“The Whole Truth” (10 p.m., ABC). The series got canceled Monday, but all 13 episodes will air. Really though, what’s the point?