This week, it’s all about the World Series, which airs at 5 p.m. on Fox today and, if necessary, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. And on “Monday Night Football,” the 49ers face the Cardinals in Arizona.
If you aren’t a sports fan, though, there are a few other highlights.
My interest in reality TV has been waning over the past couple of seasons, and with the glut of great TV on Sunday nights, I’ve totally missed mentioning the return of one of the best non-scripted shows. “Amazing Race” (8 p.m., CBS) is chugging through its 21st season (wow…that’s a lot of airports). Tonight, the teams race through Bangladesh, with dehydration threatening one pair.
Immediately following is “The Good Wife” (9 p.m., CBS), with Kalinda continuing her “Fifty Shades of Grey” storyline and drug kingpin Lemond Bishop in trouble again.
Following “The Good Wife,” it’s a trip down memory lane on “The Mentalist” (10 p.m., CBS), with the episode showing how Teresa Lisbon and Patrick Jane first met.
With Halloween just a couple of days away, ritualistic killings take center stage: On “Hawaii Five-0” (10 p.m., CBS), a killer strikes on Halloween, while on “Castle” (10 p.m., ABC), Castle becomes a suspect in a murder.
Not in the mood for murder? The always-on “The Voice” (8 p.m., NBC) begins its knockout rounds, starting the process to cut the teams in half before the live shows start.
Another antidote to sports action and Halloween mayhem: ABC’s comedy double-header of sleeper hit “Happy Endings” (9 p.m.) and “Don’t Trust the B— in Apartment 23” (9:30 p.m.)
The highlight tonight is a show that needs no summary: “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” (8 p.m., ABC).
On the opposite end of the spectrum are “Criminal Minds” (9 p.m., CBS) and “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” (10 p.m., CBS). On “Minds,” the team looks for a link between four missing men, while on “CSI,” the suspect in a cop’s killing is… a dog?
Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood host the “46th Annual CMA Awards”(8 p.m., ABC). Among this year’s nominees are the contenders for Entertainer of the Year: Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton and Taylor Swift.
While the networks have trotted out most of their new shows, and even canceled a couple, a straggler debuts tonight. “Malibu Country” (8:30 p.m., ABC) stars Reba McEntire and Lily Tomlin in a comedy about a divorced mom who moves from Nashville to Malibu.
“Last Man Standing” (8 p.m., ABC) also returns tonight.
Another straggler: “Undercover Boss” (8 p.m., CBS) starts its fourth season with the CEO of Modell’s Sporting Goods posing as just a regular ol’ employee.
– Heather Chavez