October TV Calendar
The following list provides the dates of the returning major and cable network dramas as well as new major networks, cable networks and streaming services dramas as well as made-for-TV movies that will air during October:
October 1 – The new Ovation series Versailles will debut at 10 PM
Show Synopsis: At 28, King Louis XIV of France (George Blagden from Vikings) commissions Versailles, the most beautiful palace in Europe, which serves as the King’s gilded prison, keeping his friends close and enemies closer. Enter a world of untold wealth, power, and passion. Where love and lust are just a heartbeat away from deceit and betrayal. The cast includes Alexander Vlahos (Merlin) and Evan Williams (Awkward) [among others].
October 1 – The Hallmark Channel movie Love On A Limb will debut at 9 PM
MOVIE SYNOPSIS: Aimie Roarke (Ashley Williams from the movie October Kiss) is always up for a cause and when the town’s beloved Oak tree is set to be cut down, she takes it upon herself try and save it. When the Mayor hires a handsome new landscaper (Trevor Donovan from the mini-series Texas Rising) to cut it down, she decides the only way to save the tree is to chain herself to it. As Kyle attempts to wait her out and the two start to spend more time together, they may find the Old Tree brings them both more than they could have imagined in life and love. The film will also star veteran actress Marilu Henner.
October 2 – The Irresistible Blueberry Farm is the latest Hallmark Movies & Mysteries movie that will debut at 9 PM
MOVIE SYNOPSIS: Before Ellen’s grandmother and long-time confidant Ruth (veteran actress Shirley Jones) passed away, she asked Ellen (Alison Sweeney from the Murder She Baked franchise of movies) to deliver a mysterious letter to a man owning a blueberry farm. After the funeral, Ellen walks along an old dock contemplating her grandmother’s request when the dock breaks under her feet. After plunging into the water, she quickly gets caught in a strong current and is swept to sea – only to be rescued by a handsome stranger (Marc Blucas from Underground and Necessary Roughness). After Ellen recovers, she sets out on her grandmother’s mission and unravels the mysterious love story her grandmother left behind.
October 2 – The season premieres of Madam Secretary and Elementary will air on CBS at 9 and 10 PM respectively
October 2 – The new 10-episode series Westworld, based on the 1973 Michael Crichton movie, will debut on HBO at 9 PM
Show Synopsis: This series is a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the evolution of sin. Set at the intersection of the near future and the reimagined past, it explores a world in which every human appetite, no matter how noble or depraved, can be indulged. The cast includes Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, Tessa Thompson, Rodrigo Santoro, Ben Barnes, Luke Hemsworth and Clifton Collins, Jr.
October 3 – The new series Timeless will debut on NBC at 10 PM
Show Synopsis: This action-adventure series is about Garcia Flynn (Goran Visnijc from ER), a mysterious criminal who steals a secret state-of-the-art time machine, intent on destroying America as we know it by changing the past. Our only hope is an unexpected team: a scientist named Rufus (Malcolm Barrett from Better Off Ted), a soldier named Wyatt (Matt Lanter from Star Crossed and 90210) and a history professor named Lucy (Abigail Spencer from Suits and Rectify), who use the machine’s prototype to travel back in time to critical events, hoping to stop Flynn.
October 3 – The two-hour season premiere of Scorpion will air on CBS at 9 PM
NOTE: The show will move to its regular 10 PM timeslot next week.
October 3 – The new ABC drama Conviction will debut at 10 PM
Show Synopsis: Lawyer and former First Daughter Hayes Morrison (Hayley Atwell from Marvel’s Agent Carter) is about to accept a job offered from her sexy nemesis, NY District Attorney Wayne Wallis (Eddie Cahill from CSI: NY and Under the Dome), to avoid jail time for cocaine possession and avoid hurting her mother’s Senate campaign. Working with his team at the new Conviction Integrity Unit will let her use her brilliant mind to turn over cases where there is credible suspicion of wrongful conviction, and give her a chance to turn things around with her high-powered political family. The cast includes Shawn Ashmore (The X-Men franchise), Merrin Dungey (Alias and Chasing Life), Manny Montana (Graceland) and Emily Kinney (The Walking Dead).
October 4 – The season premiere of The Flash will air on The CW at 8 PM followed by the debut of the new dramedy No Tomorrow at 9 PM
Show Synopsis (No Tomorrow): The series follows a woman name Evie (Tori Anderson from Sacred Heart and Killjoys) who becomes involved with a free-spirited guy named Xavier (Joshua Sasse from Galavant and Rogue), who inspires her to make an “apocalyst,” a list of things to do before the world ends, which he claims will be in eight months and twelve days. The cast includes Amy Pietz (Caroline in the City), Jesse Rath (Defiance), Sarayu Blue (Monday Mornings) and Jonathan Langdon (Game On).
October 5 – The season premiere of Arrow will air on The CW at 8 PM followed by the debut of the new drama Frequency at 9 PM
Show Synopsis (Frequency): In 2016, NYPD Detective Raimy Sullivan (Peyton List from The Flash and The Tomorrow People) discovers that she is able to speak to her deceased father Frank Sullivan (Riley Smith from Nashville and True Blood) in 1996 via his old ham radio. Her attempts to save his life trigger the “butterfly effect,” changing the present in unforeseen ways. To fix the damage, she must work with her father across time to solve a decades-old murder case. The series also stars Mekhi Phifer (ER) and Devin Kelley (Resurrection).
October 8 – The new Hallmark Channel movie Autumn in the Vineyard will debut at 9 PM
MOVIE SYNOPSIS: When Frankie Baldwin (Rachael Leigh Cook from She’s All That) and Nate Deluca (Brendan Penny from Motive and Chesapeake Shores) both have a claim to ownership of Sorrento Farm, they are forced to divide the vineyard right down the middle and work the fields alongside each other to bring in the harvest leading up to the Best Wine competition at the annual Autumn Harvest Festival — only this rivalry won’t be settled in the fields, because in spite of their contentious bickering, the simplest way to settle this particular legal dispute is with a romance.
October 9 – The Hallmark Movies & Mysteries movie Gourmet Detective: Death Al Dente will debut at 9 PM
MOVIE SYNOPSIS: Dylan Neal and Brooke Burns are on the case again this time investigating the murder of Henry’s friend, a well-known local chef found dead in his kitchen. As they begin to unravel an old family secret, Maggie has to stay one step ahead of a mysterious man in the shadows who appears to be stalking her, while her blossoming relationship with Henry is threatened by the arrival of an ex-love from Maggie’s past. The film also stars Aaron Douglas (Battlestar Galactica), Samantha Ferris (Supernatural) and Chris William Martin (Cedar Cove).
October 10 – Supergirl is moving to The CW, airing its second season premiere at 8 PM
October 10 – The Lifetime movie Suite Francaise will debut at 10 PM
MOVIE SYNOPSIS: In Nazi-occupied France, Lucille Angellier (Michelle Williams) waits for news of her husband, along with her domineering mother-in-law (Kristin Scott Thomas). When a regiment of German soldiers arrive in the town, they soon move into the villagers’ homes. Lucille tries to ignore Bruno (Matthias Schoenaerts), the German commander who has been posted at her house, but she soon falls in love with him. Margot Robbie also stars.
October 11 – The new Syfy thriller Channel Zero: Candle Cove will debut at 9 PM
Show Synopsis: The series, based on an unnerving tale written by Kris Straub that gained notoriety online as a “creepypasta,” centers on one man’s obsessive recollections of a mysterious children’s television program from the 1980s – and his ever-growing suspicions about the role it might have played in a series of nightmarish and deadly events from his childhood. The cast includes Paul Schneider (The Divide), Fiona Shaw (Harry Potter franchise), Shaun Benson (Saving Hope), Natalie Brown (The Strain) and Luisa D’Oliveira (The 100).
October 11 – The new show This Is Us will move to its regular timeslot of 9 PM on NBC followed by the season premiere of Chicago Fire at 10 PM
October 13 – DC’s Legends of Tomorrow and Supernatural will air their season premieres on The CW at 8 and 9 PM respectively
October 13 – Falling Water is the new USA Network series that will debut at
Show Synopsis: The mind-bending drama follows the story of three unrelated people, who slowly realize that they are dreaming separate parts of a single common dream. Each of them is on a mysterious and highly personal quest — one is searching for his missing girlfriend (David Ajala from Beowulf), one is searching for a lost child (Lizzie Brochere from The Strain and American Horror Story), one is looking to cure his catatonic mother (Will Yun Lee from Hawaii Five-0) — and it is the clues found in their collective dream that come to guide them. The cast includes Zak Orth (Revolution).
October 14 – The new Amazon series Goliath will debut online
Show Synopsis: A disgraced lawyer, now an ambulance chaser, gets a case that could bring him redemption or at least revenge on the firm which expelled him. The cast includes Billy Bob Thornton, William Hurt, Maria Bello, Molly Parker, Tania Raymonde (Lost and The Last Ship), Sarah Wynter (24), Damon Gupton (The Player) and Ever Carradine (Major Crimes).
October 15 – Surviving Compton: Dre, Suge & Michel’le is the latest new Lifetime movie that will debut at 8 PM
MOVIE SYNOPSIS: Discovered at a young age, the shy, squeaky-voiced Michel’le (Rhyon Nicole Brown) was plucked straight from South Central, Los Angeles and catapulted into the spotlight while riding N.W.A.’s rocket ride of early success. Surrounded by industry visionaries from Eazy-E to Tupac Shakur, Michel’le quickly climbed the charts; but, her musical successes were soon overshadowed by betrayal and corruption. A nearly decade-long romance with the infamous Dr. Dre (Curtis Hamilton) pushed her into a life tarnished by alcohol, drugs and violence until her savior came in the unlikely form of Suge Knight (R. Marcos Taylor), co-founder of Death Row Records and Dre’s business partner. Friendship would turn into a courtly romance, but the union Michel’le thought they had did not end happily-ever-after.
October 15 – Pumpkin Pie Wars is the new Hallmark Channel movie that will debut at 9 PM
MOVIE SYNOPSIS: Ten years ago, Faye and Lydia each opened their own bakeries in Emeryville, Ohio, after a personal and professional fall-out during a local Pumpkin Pie contest. Now their children, and co-workers, Casey (Julie Gonzalo from Dallas and Veronica Mars) and Sam (The Perfect Wedding), are set to carry on the rivalry as they go head-to-head in the same contest. There’s only problem for these two people who are supposed to hate each other, they start to fall in love.
October 16 – The new EPIX drama Berlin Station will debut at 9 PM
Show Synopsis: The series revolves around Daniel Meyer (Richard Armitage from The Hobbit franchise and Hannibal), who has just arrived at the CIA foreign station in Berlin, Germany. His mission is to uncover the source of a leak who has supplied information to a now-famous whistleblower named Thomas Shaw. Guided by jaded veteran Hector DeJean (Rhys Ifans from The Amazing Spider-Man), he learns to contend with the world of the field agent — agent-running, deception, the dangers and moral compromises. The cast includes Richard Jenkins (Olive Kitteridge and Jack Reacher), Michelle Forbes (The Killing and Battlestar Galactica), Tamlyn Tomita (Teen Wolf and The Day After Tomorrow) and Leland Orser (Ray Donovan and the Taken movie franchise).
October 16 – The new USA Network drama Eyewitness will debut at 10 PM
Show Synopsis: When two innocent teenaged boys secretly meet up in the forest, they bear witness to a shooting and barely escape with their lives. Desperate to keep their relationship a secret and in fear of being found by the perpetrator, they remain silent but soon learn that what has been seen cannot be unseen and when you witness a horrible event it changes everything, forever. The cast includes Julianne Nicholson (The Red Road), Gil Bellows (Ally McBeal), Warren Christie (Alphas and Motive) and relative newcomers Tyler Young and James Paxton.
October 16 – Killing Reagan is the latest movie on National Geographic that will debut at 8 PM
MOVIE SYNOPSIS: The two-hour movie is based on the best-selling book by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard, chronicling the events of the Reagan assassination attempt by John Hinckley, Jr. Tim Matheson (The West Wing and Burn Notice) will star as Ronald Reagan, Cynthia Nixon (Sex and the City) will star as Nancy Reagan and Kyle Moore (Brooklyn Nine-Nine and CSI) as Hinckley.
October 16 – The Hallmark Movies & Mysteries movie The Julius House: An Aurora Teagarden Mystery will debut at 9 PM
MOVIE SYNOPSIS: Candace Cameron Bure returns as Aurora Teagarden, a beautiful young librarian with a passion for solving murders. After an exhaustive search for the perfect home, Aurora finally purchases her dream house, unaware of its murky history. As she prepares to move in, Aurora discovers that the family who once lived there mysteriously disappeared without a trace. Yannick Bisson (Murdock Mysteries), Lexa Doig (Continuum) and veteran actress Marilu Henner co-star.
October 17 – Jane the Virgin will air its season premiere on The CW at 9 PM
October 19 – The Hulu streaming series Chance will debut online today
Show Synopsis: Based on Kem Nunn’s novel, the series is a provocative psychological thriller, focusing on Eldon Chance (Hugh Laurie from House and The Night Manager), a San Francisco-based forensic neuropsychiatrist who reluctantly gets sucked into a violent and dangerous world of mistaken identity, police corruption and mental illness. The cast includes Diane Farr (Numb3rs and Roswell), Lisa Gay Hamilton (The Practice and Men of a Certain Age), Gretchen Mol (Boardwalk Empire), Paul Adelstein (Prison Break and Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce), Ethan Suplee (My Name Is Earl) and Clarke Peters (The Wire).
October 20 – The new, live version of The Rocky Horror Picture Show will air on FOX at 8 PM
Live Event Synopsis: The musical event follows sweethearts Janet (Victoria Justice from Victorious and Eye Candy) and Brad (Ryan McCartan from Liv & Maddie) stumble upon Dr. Frank-N-Furter’s (Laverne Cox from Orange is the New Black) bizarre abode. The cast will include American Idol alum Adam Lambert, Broadway star Reeve Carney (Penny Dreadful), Christina Milian, veteran actor Ben Vereen and original Frank-N-Furter portrayer Tim Curry as the show’s narrator.
October 21 – The season premieres of The Vampire Diaries and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend will air on The CW at 8 and 9 PM respectively
October 22 – The Good Witch Halloween Special will air on the Hallmark Channel at 9 PM
Special Synopsis: Cassie (Catherine Bell) welcomes a popular fantasy author and her editor to Grey House. Before long, Cassie inspires her to hold the launch party for her latest book right there in Middleton, which shares mysterious and surprising similarities with her stories. Meanwhile, a medical emergency keeps Sam (James Denton) busy at the hospital and away from Cassie until a surprise patient brings them closer than ever.
October 22 – The BBC America mystery series Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency will debut at 9 PM
Show Synopsis: This trippy mystery that thrusts a reluctant sidekick into the bizarre world of an unconventional detective who believes in the interconnectedness of all things. When washed-up rocker Todd Brotzman (Elijah Wood) stumbles upon the murder scene of a millionaire, all hell breaks loose. Eccentric detective, Dirk Gently (Samuel Barnett from Penny Dreadful), wholly believes they’re destined to untangle the peculiar events surrounding the mystery together, whether Todd likes it or not. The cast includes Mpho Koaho (Falling Skies), Hannah Marks (Necessary Roughness and Awkward), Aaron Douglas (Battlestar Galactica), Michael Ecklund (Wynonna Earp), Osric Chau (Supernatural), Zak Santiago (Continuum), Neil Brown, Jr. (Straight Outta Compton), Miguel Sandoval (Medium), Richard Schiff (The West Wing and Man of Steel) and Dustin Milligan (Schitt’s Creek).
October 22 – The new Lifetime movie Death of a Vegas Showgirl will debut at 8 PM
MOVIE SYNOPSIS: In a true story of sex, lies and betrayal, two incredibly talented dancers, Jason “Blu” Griffith (Danso Gordon from Saving Hope), and showgirl Debbie Flores (Rosalyn Sanchez from Devious Maids), become involved in a tumultuous relationship that spirals into obsession and spins horribly out of control.
October 23 – Season 7 of the zombiefest thriller The Walking Dead will premiere on AMC at 9 PM
October 23 – The Hallmark Movies & Mysteries movie Hailey Dean Mystery: Murder, With Love will debut at 9 PM
MOVIE SYNOPSIS: Hailey Dean (Kellie Martin) is a bright, disciplined and acutely observant former prosecutor who has found a new way to help others when she becomes a therapist. Always motivated to get to the heart of the truth, Hailey suspects foul play when one of her patients’ parents tragically dies. Hailey finds herself invested in uncovering the truth and is aided by her two secret weapons: telegenic good looks and a generous supply of charm.
October 26 – The fourth and final season of Rectify will premiere on SundanceTV at 10 PM
October 27 – The new CBS medical drama Pure Genius will debut at 10 PM
Show Synopsis: James Bell (Augustus Prew from Klondike and The Borgias) is a Silicon Valley billionaire who dreams of building a hospital with ultimate cutting-edge technology to treat rare and incurable diseases. He partners with a maverick surgeon, Dr. Walter Wallace (Dermot Mulroney from My Best Friend’s Wedding), who leads the effort in clearing out the bureaucracy of medicine, and focus on forward thinking, advancing technology, and saving lives—at no cost to the patient. The cast includes Odette Annable (House and Brothers & Sisters), Reshma Shetty (Royal Pains), Aaron Jennings (Aquarius and Bones), Ward Horton (Annabelle) and Brenda Song (Scandal and The Social Network).
October 27 – The new BBC America limited series The Living and the Dead will debut at 9 PM
Show Synopsis: The six-part series stars Colin Morgan (Humans and Merlin) and Charlotte Spencer (Line of Duty) as Nathan and Charlotte Appleby, a couple hell-bent on bringing modern ideas to an ancient rural community. When Nathan, a pioneering Victorian psychologist, brings his vivacious young wife back to live on his family’s estate, he’s confronted by one disturbing case after another.
October 28 – Good Girls Revolt is the latest streaming series to debut on Amazon
Show Synopsis: In 1969, while a cultural revolution with a soundtrack to match swept through the free world, there was still one place that refused to change with the times: newsrooms. The series follows a group of young female researchers, Jane Hollander (Anna Camp from Pitch Perfect and True Blood), Patti Robinson (Genevieve Angelson from Backstrom) and Cindy Reston (Erin Darke from Kill Your Darlings), at “News of the Week,” who simply ask to be treated fairly. Their revolutionary request, led by lawyer Eleanor Holmes Norton (Joy Bryant from Parenthood) will spark convulsive changes and upend marriages, careers, sex lives, love lives, and friendships. The cast includes Chris Diamantopoulos (The Starter Wife and Silicon Valley), Grace Gummer (Extant and Mr. Robot), Hunter Parrish (Weeds and Hand of God) and Jim Belushi (According to Jim).
October 29 – Amish Witches: The True Story of Holmes County is the latest Lifetime movie to debut at 8 PM
MOVIE SYNOPSIS: When a reality TV crew comes to Holmes County, Ohio to document the lives of an isolated sect of Amish, production is halted by the death of an Amish witch. Following her funeral, a small group of young women solicit the TV crew’s help to document the inexplicable events plaguing them. But as everyone soon discovers, the powerful malevolent force haunting them, has deadly intentions.
October 29 – The new Hallmark Channel movie A Wish for Christmas will debut at 9 PM
MOVIE SYNOPSIS: Sara Shaw (Lacey Chabert) is the type of woman who prefers to sit on the sidelines at work, but when her big idea for a Christmas initiative is stolen, she makes a wish to Santa that she’ll finally have the courage to stand up for herself. When Santa grants her wish and she gets a chance to make prove herself to her boss (Paul Greene) but Santa’s wish only gives her 48 hours. As the clock ticks down, Sara will discover how to channel the Christmas magic and speak her mind all on her own.
What shows and/or movies are you looking forward to seeing in October? Please share your comments below or please let me know @RuebenRambling on Twitter. Please also check out my top 10 choices for October.
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