WASHINGTON, Oct. 6, 2013 —After last week’s satisfying conclusion of “Breaking Bad,” it is hard to imagine filling the void it left with anything even half as entertaining. Fortunately we have “Homeland” to help us with our Walter White 12-step program.
Last week’s premiere of “Homeland” was all about establishing blame for the season two bombing of CIA headquarters. As season three starts, we find Carrie answering questions posed by a skeptical Senate committee and Saul in the unenviable position as the CIA’s new director.
The woes of being at the top meant Saul had to choose between protecting Carrie and repairing the tarnished reputation of the CIA. We get this, but we didn’t expect Saul to throw Carrie under the bus so completely. By revealing that a bipolar and erratic agent had been sleeping with Brody right up to the moments before the bombing, Saul deflected the attention from the agency’s failure to comprehend Carrie’s questionable behavior.
Carrie doesn’t help herself in her role as the sacrificial lamb when she tells the investigating committee she doesn’t think Brody is responsible for the bombing. After two seasons of watching Carrie self-destruct, this comes as no surprise. But does she really want to end up in shock treatment again?
Much like each episode of “Breaking Bad,” the writers of “Homeland” painted themselves into a corner in the premiere episode of season three. And just like “Breaking Bad,” the writers depend on great acting and writing to keep us coming back for more.
If international terrorism is too heavy a topic for you to invest in, maybe the return of “Long Island Medium” is a viable alternative. Love her or hate her, Theresa Caputo has developed such a devoted following that she has a four year waiting list for personal readings.
Tonight Theresa takes to Twitter for the fifth season premiere of “Long Island Medium.” She will randomly select winners during live segments of the premiere and announce them on the air. The lucky “Tweet-to-win live” sweepstakes winners will receive an all-expense paid trip for two to meet Theresa and receive a private reading.
Live event coverage with Theresa will begin at 8|7c and continue through 11|10c ET.
All times are EDT:
ABC: Once Upon A Time: (New) Peter Pan offers Emma a map that will help her find Henry, but she must come to terms with who she is in order to use it; Mr. Gold gets unexpected advice; Charming works to stop Snow from accepting a deal from the Evil Queen.
FOX: The Simpsons: (New) “Treehouse of Horror XXIV” kicks off with a tip of the cap to Dr. Seuss, with Homer scaring up trouble around Springfield as “The Fat in the Hat.” In “Dead and Shoulders,” Bart is decapitated in a kite mishap and his head is placed on Lisa’s body, necessitating that the two learn to act as one. With “Freaks No Geeks,” it’s the 1930s and Marge is a trapeze artist and Homer’s the strongman in a traveling circus, where sideshow freak Moe puts the moves on Marge.
NBC: Sunday Night Football: (Live) Texans at 49ers: (Live) Houston (2-2) at San Francisco (2-2). LBs J.J. Watt and NaVorro Bowman head the AFC and NFC leaders in fewest yards allowed, while QBs Matt Schaub and Colin Kaepernick look to steady erratic starts. Both previous meetings were decided by three points.
PBS: Last Tango in Halifax: (New) Alan is unsure who should be his best man; Caroline focuses on her relationship with Kate; a devastated John turns to Gillian for sympathy and informs Celia that her daughter is a lesbian.
TBS: MLB Playoff: Game 3: Braves at Dodgers: (Live) Atlanta at Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 3 of an NL Division Series.
CBS: Amazing Race 23: (New) The race continues in Santiago, Chile, where teams take a bizarre salt bath. Meanwhile, one pair’s communication blunder at a bus stop could prove to be costly.
FOX: Bob’s Burgers: (New) After trick-or-treating, the Belcher kids and their pals decide to build a fort, where unfortunately, Louise’s loony friend Millie decides to hold them hostage.
ABC: Revenge: (New) Emily targets a former Grayson Global executive who is now a clergyman; Victoria makes a move; Margaux makes an interesting proposal to Daniel
FOX: Family Guy: (New) Peter has a twin growing out of his neck and names him Chip, but it’s not long before everyone takes a shine to the appendage and Peter begins to feel like a second-class citizen, so he decides to literally cut him loose.
PBS: Masterpiece Mystery: (New) “The Paradise,” an adaptation of Émile Zola’s “Au Bonheur des dames (The Ladies’ Paradise),” begins with the ambitious Denise moving from the country to a northern English city in hopes of finding work at her uncle’s drapery shop.
SHO: Homeland: (New) An embattled Carrie learns who is really on her side, and Saul attempts to track down those responsible for the Langley attack.
HBO: Boardwalk Empire: (New) Nucky goes to Philadelphia to deal with the aftermath of Willie’s ill-fated prank; Eddie endures a marathon detention by Agent Knox; Gillian’s desperation for a fix takes her to an unfamiliar part of town; Van Alden works for Al Capone on Election Day at a factory outside Chicago.
CBS: The Good Wife: (New) Alicia and Cary sue the NSA on behalf of a search engine, but they are unaware that Lockhart-Gardner’s connection to a former client has resulted in the spy agency monitoring the firm’s communications. Meanwhile, Eli tries to secure Diane’s Supreme Court nomination.
FOX: American Dad: (New) Francine’s dissatisfaction with her sex life impacts the whole house, so Roger comes up with a plan to get things straightened out. Meanwhile, Hayley introduces the family to the new young man in her life.
ABC: Betrayal: (New) Still reeling from the discovery about Jack, Sara decides to recommit to her marriage; the murder investigation brings Jack face to face with Sara’s husband, Drew.
SHO: Masters of Sex: (New) Virginia continues to help Dr. Masters with his study.
CBS: The Mentalist: (New) The team investigates the death of a software engineer who was the victim of a drone strike. Meanwhile, Jane comes into contact with four Red John suspects and stumbles upon a clue regarding the serial killer’s methods.
New episodes of:
Alaska: the Last Frontier Exposed at 8 p.m. on DSC
Chopped at 8 p.m. on Food Channel
The Real Housewives of New Jersey at 8 p.m. on BRAVO
Alaska: the Last Frontier at 9 p.m. on DSC
Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown at 9 p.m. on CNN
Drugs Inc. 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!
Long Island Medium at 9 p.m. on TLC
Low Winter Sun at 9 p.m. on AMC
Love it or List it, Too at 9 p.m. on HGTV
Call of the Wildman at 9 and 9:30 p.m. on Animal Planet
Alaska State Troopers at 10 p.m. on NGC
Alaskan Women Looking For Love at 10 p.m. on TLC
Buying Alaska at 10 and 10:30 p.m. on DSC
Modern Dads at 10 and 10:30 p.m. on A&E
For movie lovers:
Fantastic Four on BBC
Havana on FLIX
Green Lantern on FX
Hitchcock on HBO
Eyes Wide Shut on IFC
Mister Roberts on TCM
Lawless on TMC
A Time To Kill on TNT
Moonrise Kingdom on HBO
The Kennedys on REELZ
The Ninth Gate on Syfy
Starship Troopers at 9:35 p.m. on ENC
Payback at 10 p.m. on CINEMAX
Red Tails at 10 p.m. on HBO
Quiz Show at 10:30 p.m. on FLIX
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