October TV Calendar

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The following list provides the dates of the returning cable and major network dramas as well as new cable and major network dramas, made-for-TV movies and mini-series that will air during October:

October 1 – Criminal Minds will return to CBS for its 10th season at 9 PM followed by the debut of the new thriller Stalker at 10 PM

Show Synopsis (Stalker): Maggie Q (Nikita) and Dylan McDermott (Hostages and American Horror Story) star as detectives who investigate stalking incidents, including voyeurism, cyber harassment and romantic fixation, for the Threat Assessment Unit of the LAPD. The cast includes Mariana Klaveno (Devious Maids and True Blood) and Elizabeth Rohm (Law & Order).

October 1- The season finale of The Bridge will air on FX at 10 PM

October 2 – The FOX 10-part mystery event Gracepoint premieres on FOX at 9 PM

Show Synopsis: When a young boy is found dead on an idyllic beach, a major police investigation gets underway in the small California seaside town where the tragedy occurred. This series is the American adaptation of the British series Broadchurch with David Tennant playing the lead role in both series as well as Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad), Michael Pena (End of Watch), Jacki Weaver (Silver Linings Playbook), Golden Globe winner Nick Nolte, Kevin Rankin (Justified) and Josh Hamilton (American Horror Story).

The Vampire Diaries S6

October 2- The Vampire Diaries and Reign will return for new seasons on The CW at 8 and 9 PM respectively

October 4 – The season finale of Cedar Cove will air on the Hallmark Channel at 8 PM

October 4 – The Syfy movie Dark Haul will debut at 9 PM

MOVIE SYNOPSIS: A team of secretive guardians transport a deadly creature and its half-human sister to a secure location, but the beast escapes and threatens to fulfill a prophecy by destroying the world. The cast includes Tom Sizemore (Saving Private Ryan), Rick Ravanello (The Cave) and Evalena Marie (Remains).

October 5 – The UP Channel movie Nowhere Safe will debut at 7 PM

MOVIE SYNOPSIS: A mother and daughter (Natasha Henstridge from The Secret Circle and Danielle Chuchran) escape their old town and start fresh in a new town and school, only to find that their past can still catch up with them. Jamie Kennedy (Ghost Whisperer) co-stars.

October 5 – Homeland will return for a new season on Showtime with back-to-back episodes at 9 PM

October 5 – The final episode of the FX mini-series The Strain will air at 10 PM

October 5 – The Masterpiece Mystery PBS mini-series Inspector Lewis will air on PBS at 9 PM

Mini-Series Synopsis: Kevin Whately and Laurence Fox return for a seventh season of the beloved Inspector Lewis series. Hathaway has been promoted to Inspector after an extended break from the force, and Lewis is enjoying retired life until he’s asked to team up with his old colleague again. With their partnership renewed under altered circumstances, the duo continues to solve crime in the seemingly perfect academic haven of Oxford.

NOTE: Inspector Lewis will air through October 19 from 9 PM to 10:30 PM each Sunday night.

October 5 – The 2-hour season finale of Witches of East End will air on Lifetime at 9 PM

October 6 – The Originals will return for a new season on The CW at 8 PM followed by a retrospective special for Supernatural at 9 PM

October 7 – The season finale of Matador will air El Rey Network at 9 PM

October 7 – The new CW series The Flash will debut at 8 PM on The CW followed by the season premiere of Supernatural at 9 PM

Show Synopsis (The Flash): After witnessing his mother’s murder, and his father wrongly accused, Barry Allen is taken in by Detective West and his family. As Allen enters adulthood, he becomes a brilliant, yet socially awkward, forensic scientist for the Central City Police Department, whose obsession with his tragic past causes him to become an outcast among his peers. Allen tries to uncover the truth about his mother’s murder and clear his father’s name, which leads him to Harrison Wells’ particle accelerator. When the accelerator causes an explosion, Allen is struck by lightning, and enters a coma for nine months. When he wakes up, he learns he has the ability to move at superhuman speeds, though he is not the only metahuman created in the wake of the explosion. As the violence related to metahuman criminals escalates, though still keeping the promise of finding out why his mother murdered, Allen vows using his gift of speed to protect Central City with the help from a few close friends and associates who share his secrets.  The cast includes Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Rick Cosnett, Danielle Panabaker, Carlos Valdes, Tom Cavanagh and Jesse L. Martin.

NOTE: The debut of The Flash will run over by about 3 minutes.

October 8 – Arrow will return for the start of its third season on The CW at 8 PM

October 8 – American Horror Story: Freak Show will premiere on FX at 10 PM

October 8 – The 10-episode DirecTV drama Kingdom will debut at 9 PM

Show Synopsis: The series is a gritty family drama set against the backdrop of the renegade subculture of Mixed Martial Arts, starring Frank Grillo (Captain America) as Alvey Kulina, an MMA legend and owner of a Venice, CA-based gym. Singer-turned-actor Nick Jonas (Smash) plays Nate, Alvey’s prize-fighter son and younger brother to Jay (Jonathan Tucker). Matt Lauria (Friday Night Lights), meanwhile, portrays a world-class athlete who had (and lost) it all. Kiele Sanchez (The Glades) and Joanna Going round out the cast as Alvey’s current girlfriend and ex-wife, respectively.

Recipe for Love

October 11 – The Hallmark Channel movie Recipe for Love will debut at 9 PM

MOVIE SYNOPSIS: When Lauren Hennessey is assigned to ghostwrite a cookbook for TV chef Dexter Duran, she uncovers that he is not the bad boy that he pretends to be for his fans. Lauren falls for Dexter and is able to convince him to show his roots, but the TV network has other plans and the two of them must work to save their jobs and their relationship. The cast includes Danielle Panabaker, Shawn Roberts, Pascale Hutton and Amos Mitchell.

October 12 – The UP Channel movie Heavenly Match will debut at 7 PM

MOVIE SYNOPSIS: Life would be perfect for Reverend Casey Hart (Samaire Armstrong from Resurrection) if it weren’t for her leaking baptistery and the match-making parishioners who steal money from the collection box and don’t believe a woman should be a minister. Not to mention Casey is flustered by the sudden, inconvenient feelings she has developed for her long-time friend, fellow seminarian and verbal sparring partner, Reverend David Swenson (Brenden Penny from Motive). It isn’t until Casey is thrust into the position of senior minister for her church that she discovers the real cause for her discontent – her fear of failing might be stronger than her faith in herself.

October 12 – The Hallmark Movie & Mysteries (formerly the Hallmark Movie Channel) original movie Along Came a Nanny will debut at 9 PM

MOVIE SYNOPSIS: As a series of burglaries plague an upscale, gated community, handsome detective Mike Logan (Cameron Mathison, The Christmas Ornament) goes undercover as a nanny, infiltrating the neighborhood and investigating the crimes. When the Bannermans, a high maintenance family in need of domestic assistance, hire Mike as their nanny, he forms an unlikely bond with the Bannerman children and develops a crush on Jessie (Sarah Lancaster, Chuck), a beautiful nanny who works nearby. Struggling in his new role, an overwhelmed Mike soon falls out of favor with the children, who sense they’re in less than capable hands.

October 12 – The HBO drama The Affair will debut at 10 PM

Show Synopsis: The series tells the story of Noah (Dominic West), a New Yorker spending the summer on Long Island with his family, who begins an affair with Allison (Ruth Wilson), a woman who works at a pancake house. Allison is married to Cole (Joshua Jackson), a tough cowboy who manages a ranch, while Noah is married to Helen (Maura Tierney), his college sweetheart and best friend whose life is turned upside down by Noah’s infidelity.

October 12 – The Walking Dead will be back for a new season on AMC at 9 PM

October 13 – The new CW drama Jane the Virgin will debut at 9 PM

Show Synopsis: Set in Miami, the series will detail the surprising and unforeseen events that take place in the life of Jane Villanueva (Gina Rodriguez), a hard-working, religious young Latina woman whose family tradition and a vow to save her virginity until her imminent marriage to a detective (Brett Dier from Ravenswood) is shattered when a doctor accidentally artificially inseminates her by mistake during a checkup. And to make matters worse, the biological donor is a married man (Justin Baldoni from Everwood), a former playboy and cancer survivor who is not only the new owner of the hotel where Jane works, but was also her former teenage crush. The cast includes Ivonne Coll (Switched at Birth and Teen Wolf), Michael Rady (Intelligence and Emily Owens, MD) and Yael Grobglas (Reign).

October 14 – The final six episodes of the Crackle legal thriller Sequestered, starring Summer Glau and Jesse Bradford, will return (check your local listings for airtime)

October 18 – The Hallmark Channel movie My Boyfriends’ Dogs will debut on 9 PM

MOVIE SYNOPSIS: The owners of a small diner are surprised one rainy evening when just after close, a young woman wearing a wedding dress with three dogs begs to come into their restaurant. What follows is the young woman’s retelling of how she arrived at this curious junction in her life, how through the search for the right man, ended up as a runaway bride with three new dogs. The cast includes Erika Christensen (Parenthood), Joyce DeWitt (Three’s Company), Teryl Rothery (Cedar Cove), Jeremy Guilbaut (The L.A. Complex) and Tyron Leitso (Being Erica and Wonderfalls)

Transporter The Series

October 18 – The new TNT series Transporter: The Series will debut with two back-to-back episodes at 9 PM

Show Synopsis: Based on the Luc Besson Transporter film franchise, the series stars Chris Vance (Prison Break, Burn Notice and Rizzoli & Isles) as professional transporter Frank Martin, who can always be counted on to get the job done discreetly.

October 18 – The Lifetime movie Big Driver will debut at 8 PM

MOVIE SYNOPSIS: Tess Thorne (Maria Bello), a famous and revered mystery and thriller writer, faces a long drive home following a book-signing engagement. But while driving on a lonely stretch of New England road, her tire blows out, leaving her stranded. Relieved when another driver stops and offers assistance, Tess quickly discovers her savior is actually her assailant, a serial killer who repeatedly assaults her. Left for dead in a drainage pipe to rot with the bodies of his other victims, Tess escapes and makes her way safely home. With her fragile mind beginning to unravel, she is determined to find her rapist and seek revenge, as payback is the only thing holding her together. Based on the short story by Stephen King, the film also stars Olympia Dukakis (Steel Magnolias), Grammy nominee Joan Jett, Ann Dowd (The Leftovers) and Will Harris (Sky High).

October 18 – Finder’s Keepers is the new Syfy movie that will debut at 9 PM

MOVIE SYNOPSIS: A child becomes obsessed with an evil doll left behind by the previous occupants of her new home. Jaime Pressly (My Name is Earl) stars. The film also stars Patrick Muldoon (the original Melrose Place) and Justina Machado (Private Practice).

October 19 – The UP Channel movie If I Had Wings will debut at 7 PM

MOVIE SYNOPSIS: Seventeen year old Alex Taylor (Richard Harmon from The 100 and Continuum) dreams of flying. He also dreams of running for his high school’s cross-country track team. Both dreams seem equally out of reach as Alex has been blind since the age of two. Alex, determined to run, practices with his father, Probation Officer Geoff Taylor. Geoff, with additional girth and age working against him, finds that he no longer can keep up with his son, a gifted runner. He must find a running partner at the school fast enough to help Alex make the cross-country team. This help comes from the unlikeliest of sources. Brad Coleman (Jaren Brandt Bartlett), a schoolmate of Alex’s, spends most of his time running from the law. Brad is caught in a pathetic daytime robbery attempt and faces incarceration for repeat offenses. Geoff makes a deal to keep Brad out of jail and back in school. He pairs the two boys, opposite in many ways, together. And despite a rocky start because of their many differences, an unlikely friendship forms. The cast includes Craig Bierko (Body of Proof) and Jill Hennessy (Law & Order and Crossing Jordan).

October 19 – The Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Channel original movie Wedding Planner Mystery will debut at 9 PM

MOVIE SYNOPSIS: Wedding planner Carnegie Kincaid Erica Durance (Saving Hope and Smallville) has just landed the job that could propel her small business into the limelight – Nicky Parry’s marriage to a concert pianist promises to be the season’s biggest high society wedding, but when someone dies in a suspicious car crash and the bride is kidnapped, the impending nuptials turn into a nightmare. Relying upon her sharp intuition, humor and active imagination, Carnegie attempts to root out the culprit. The cast includes Andrew Walker (Against the Wall), Brandon Beemer (The Bold and Beautiful and Days of Our Lives) and Chelan Simmons (Kyle XY and The LA Complex). The movie is based on the Deborah Donnelly novel “Veiled Threats”.

October 19 – Manhattan will air its season finale on WGN America at 10 PM

October 21 – Pretty Little Liars will air a fan-appreciation special “We Love You to DeAth” at 8 PM on ABC Family

October 22 – The second season of The 100 will air its season premiere on The CW at 9 PM


October 24 – Grimm will be back for a new season on NBC at 9 PM followed by the debut of the new thriller Constantine at 10 PM

Show Synopsis (Constantine): The series will focus on John Constantine (Matt Ryan), a dark magician who is struggling with his past sins as he tries to protect humanity from a gathering supernatural threat. The cast includes Harold Perrineau (Lost), Charles Halford (True Detective) and Angelica Celaya (Dallas).

October 25 – The Lifetime movie High School Possession will debut at 8 PM

MOVIE SYNOPSIS: Lauren (Janel Parrish) is your average high school student; she’s intelligent and gifted, she’s the student editor of the school newspaper, and as part of her senior year project, she’s doing an exposé on each of the school cliques. Her next assignment is to follow Olivia (Shanley Caswell) and her church youth group, known as “The Chosen.” One night after interviewing them, Lauren stumbles onto The Chosen performing an exorcism on a girl led by Reverend Young. Lauren is horrified but intrigued, so she begins to investigate and it seems to have really helped the girl. Meanwhile, Lauren’s best friend Chloe (Jennifer Stone) is having trouble and spiraling out of control at home and at school. Her mother has taken her to countless doctors and none of them can clearly diagnose her. The only option remaining for Chloe is to be hospitalized. Lauren realizes that Chloe might be possessed and needs an exorcism. But when Reverend Young refuses to help them, Lauren and The Chosen decide to take matters into their own hands except that not all of the girls are doing it to save Chloe. When it becomes evident that Olivia is performing the ritual to hurt her, it’s up to Lauren to truly save Chloe.

October 25 – The 7th film in The Good Witch franchise – The Good Witch’s Wonder – will air on the Hallmark Channel at 9 PM

MOVIE SYNOPSIS: Catherine Bell returns as Cassie Nightingale, the benevolent, kind-hearted witch living in the small community of Middleton with her husband Jake (Chris Potter) and three children. While helping to plan the wedding of her stepson Brandon and raising funds for Middleton’s new botanical gardens project, Cassie takes in a mysterious woman named Audrey who has drifted into town. Coinciding with Audrey’s arrival, Middleton is soon faced with a number of challenges that Cassie can’t solve with magic alone.


October 26 – The Masterpiece Mystery mini-series Death Comes to Pemberley will debut on PBS at 9 PM

Mini-Series Synopsis: This is an adaptation of the P.D. James novel, picking up the story of Pride & Prejudice six years after the marriage of Elizabeth and Darcy. As preparations are being made for a ball at their Pemberley home, the discovery of a corpse brings an abrupt and shocking halt to the proceedings — and a threat to all that the Darcys’ hold dear.

NOTE: Death Comes to Pemberley will air through November 2 from 9 PM to 10:30 PM each Sunday night.

October 26 – The Hallmark Movies & Mysteries original movie Garage Sale Mystery: All That Glitters will debut at 9 PM

MOVIE SYNOPSIS: Lori Loughlin (When Calls the Heart) will reprise her role of Jennifer Shannon, a sleuthing yard sale treasure hunter who uses her keen eye to solve crimes. When Jennifer’s friend and self-storage facility owner Martin (Michael Kopsa) turns up murdered – just hours after auctioning off an abandoned storage unit full of unique items to Jennifer – she is immediately pulled on the case as a key eyewitness. Working with Detective Lynwood (Kevin O’Grady), Jennifer helps single out a disgruntled customer as the prime suspect, while she and her business partner, Danielle (Sarah Strange from Motive), sift through boxes from the auction. As her husband Jason (Steve Bacic from Andromeda) worries about her safety, Jennifer starts to get in over her head when there is a break-in at her store, and a run-in with Martin’s angry wife. Then, Jennifer and Danielle discover their new merchandise contains the sparkly evidence they needed all along to nail the surprising real culprit, and they must race to save a life – and put their own on the line.

October 26 – The UP Channel movie Lyfe’s Journey will debut at 7 PM

MOVIE SYNOPSIS: A strong family man makes a mistake that tears apart his family, his home and his life, which quickly spins further into despair when a downturn in the economy renders him homeless. With the help and support of a few caring people, he finds forgiveness and the true meaning of life. The cast includes Keith Robinson (Dreamgirls), Angell Conwell (The Young and the Restless) and Richard T. Jones (Judging Amy).

October 27 – The VH1 original movie Drumline: A New Beat will debut at 9 PM

MOVIE SYNOPSIS: Based on the 2002 movie, this made-for-TV movie will follow female lead Danielle “Dani” Raymond (Alexandra Shipp from House of Anubis), an upper class Brooklyn girl who defies her parents in order to attend Atlanta A&T so she can join and revitalize their once-prominent drumline. Dani’s quest to become the first female section leader will be hampered by upperclassmen, including her cousin Tyree (newcomer Jeff Pierre), her feelings for fellow bandmate and rival Jayven (Jordan Calloway from Unfabulous), and the school’s crosstown competitors. Leonard Roberts (Heroes) and Nick Cannon (from original Drumline movie) will also appear.

October 29 – The BBC America movie A Poet in New York will debut as part of the network’s Dramaville programming at 8 PM

MOVIE SYNOPSIS: Set in New York City and Laugharne, Wales, the film tells the story of poet Dylan Thomas (Tom Hollander from Pirates of the Caribbean franchise and Pride and Prejudice) as he arrives in New York on his fourth and fatal visit to rehearse, write and party. He is on his way to Hollywood to write an opera with famous composer Igor Stravinsky. But, before Dylan heads west, he has to earn enough to fund the trip, so he fulfills a commitment to take part in a production of the recently completed Under Milk Wood at the prestigious Poetry Centre in Manhattan. What might have been a triumphant new departure in his career and life, turns instead into a requiem for a man whose life has spiraled out of control.

October 30 – Elementary will air its season premiere on CBS at 10 PM

Mark your calendars!

Using her favorite online handle, Rueben is an East Coast-bred gal who is now a permanent Californian and a lifelong tv-oholic. She watches at least 25 TV shows a week, goes to the movies as often as possible, listens to music every waking moment, reads every day and “plays” on the internet every chance she can. Some of her current favorite TV shows are Outlander, Blindspot, The Blacklist, Killjoys, The Brave, The Shannara Chronicles, Good Witch, When Calls the Heart, The 100, Jane the Virgin, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and The Fosters. Follow her at @ruebenrambling or contact her at