TV tonight: ‘The Good Wife,’ ‘Homeland’ and ‘The Walking Dead’

Will Carol make it through season four on ‘The Walking Dead?’

Photo: AMC/The Walking Dead

WASHINGTON, Oct. 27, 2013 — Men playing football and baseball will draw the attention of most viewers, but it is worth noting that tonight’s programming also offers a nice selection of strong women. On “The Good Wife,” Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies) has evolved from a mother of two forced to re-enter the workforce to support her family to an empowered woman with her own agenda.

The end of the fourth season of “The Good Wife” teased viewers with the notion that Alicia would leave the firm that hired her to form her own with a colleague. We have watched Alicia make ethical compromises for the sake of success in the past, so her betrayal comes as no surprise. Tonight her subterfuge comes to light in “Hitting the Fan.”

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“Homeland” on Showtime also has a strong woman at the center of the action. So far this season we’ve seen Carrie (Claire Danes) publicly humiliated, committed to in a mental institution, and betrayed by her CIA mentor and protector Saul (Mandy Patinkin).

But last week we learned that Carrie and Saul had planned her very public meltdown to lure out the mastermind responsible for last season’s memorial bombing. For fans of “Homeland” who know the truth, it was particularly hard to watch Saul throw Carrie under the bus.

Learning that it was all an act and Carrie is still very much in charge rather than a victim offers redemption to fans, and a reason to keep watching. Now if we can just figure out why the whiny daughter of Brody is getting so much attention on the show, we will be happy.

And last but certainly not least, we’ve watched Carol (Melissa McBride) on “The Walking Dead” evolve from a meek and battered wife in the first season to a confident and capable zombie slayer in season four. Carol is also currently the series’ longest-living female character, and the only woman from the original Atlanta group that is still alive.

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Past seasons of “The Walking Dead” have taught us that no character, no matter how central, is safe from being killed off. This means that the odds are against Carol’s survival, and her long-simmering romance with Daryl may prove to be what saves or condemns her. We never know with “The Walking Dead,” one of the many things that make it so much fun to watch.

Join us tonight in our weekly live online chat as we watch to see if Carol will survive another season.

Tonight’s viewing:

All times are EDT:

8 p.m.

ABC: Once Upon A Time: (New) Hook brings ailing David with him to find the sextant that may help them decipher a map that shows the way out of Neverland; Killian Jones and his brother sail off to find a plant in an uncharted land.

CBS: The Amazing Race 23: (New) The racers try to keep up during a polka challenge in Gdansk, Poland; teams are impacted by a double U-turn.

FOX: World Series: Game 4: Red Sox at Cardinals (Live) Game 4. From Busch Stadium in St. Louis.

NBC: Sunday Night Football: Packers at Vikings (Live) The Packers, led by quarterback Aaron Rodgers, look for their fourth straight win when they face Adrian Peterson and the Vikings. From Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis.

PBS: Secrets of the Tower of London: (New) A tour of the Tower of London, which has served as a royal castle, prison, place of execution and torture, armory and mint during its almost 1000 years of existence.

9 p.m.

ABC: Revenge: (New) When Daniel makes a startling statement at a party, Emily may be losing control of her plan and her groom; a new enemy forces Jack to make a decision.

CBS: The Good Wife: (New) A desperate battle to retain clients begins when Cary and Alicia’s plan to leave the firm is exposed.

PBS: Masterpiece Classic: (New) As “The Paradise” continues, Moray seeks to buy the other shops on the street; and reluctantly takes on a partner. Katherine, meanwhile, meddles with his efforts in order to get his attention; and Denise’s latest idea doesn’t work as planned.

SHO: Homeland: (New) Carrie puts her mission on the line to do a risky favor.

10 p.m.

ABC: Betrayal: (New) Sara’s secret trysts with Jack bolster her confidence; T.J.’s new friend finds an important piece of evidence; Drew tries to coerce Brandy.

CBS: The Mentalist: (New) Jane investigates the murder of a prominent member of Visualize in hopes that a clue will lead him to Red John.

SHO: Masters of Sex: (New) William experiences anxiety about becoming a father, and Virginia tries to connect with her son.

Basic cable:

New episodes of:

I Dream of NeNe: The Wedding at 8 p.m. on BRAVO

Alaska: the Last Frontier Exposed at 8 p.m. on DSC

Doomsday Preppers at 8 p.m. on NGC

Cousins Undercover at 8 p.m. on HGTV

Making Monsters at 9 p.m. on Travel Channel

Alaska: the Last Frontier at 9 p.m. on DSC

American Blackout at 9 p.m. on NGC

Drop Dead Diva at 9 p.m. on LIFE

Keeping Up With the Kardashians at 9 p.m. on E!

The Walking Dead at 9 p.m. on AMC

Call of the Wildman at 8:30, 9 and 9:30 p.m. on Animal Planet

Long Island Medium at 9 and 9:30 p.m. on TLC

House Hunters Renovation at 10 p.m. on HGTV

Cutthroat Kitchen at 10 p.m. on Food Channel

Witches of East End at 10 p.m. on LIFE

Talking Dead at 10 p.m. on AMC

Alaskan Women Looking For Love at 10 p.m. on TLC

For movie lovers:

8 p.m.

Precious on BET

That’s My Boy on ENC

Intolerable Cruelty on FLIX

Paranormal Activity on FX

The Shining on IFC

The Big Lebowski on TMC

The Dark Knight on TNT

9 p.m.

Lola Versus on HBO

A Knight’s Tale on STARZ

Ghost Rider on Syfy

Later tonight:

Born on the Fourth of July at 9:35 p.m. on SHO

Mr. Wrong at 9:40 p.m. on FLIX

The Witches of Eastwick at 10 p.m. on ENC

Diner at 10 p.m. on SUND

It’s a Disaster on TMC

Notes on a Scandal at 10:30 p.m. on HBO

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