On TV this weekend: Fast cars, fastballs, puppies battling babies and Georgians battling zombies. As a supplement to TVLine’s original features and reporting, here are 20 programs to keep on your radar.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15
7:30 pm NASCAR: Sprint Cup Series (ABC) | Live, from Concord, N.C., the Bank of America 500!
8 pm American League Championship Series (Fox) | The Texas Rangers hope to use home field advantage to claim the pennant.
8:30 pm How to Be a Gentleman (CBS) | Those who RSVP for the show’s new time slot will find Andrew attending his ex-girlfriend’s wedding — where he learns she met her husband while they were still together.
9 pm Bedlam (BBC America) | Jed learns secrets about Ryan’s past.
10 pm Craig Ferguson: Does This Need to Be Said? (Comedy Central) | In this stand-up special, the late-night host explains his love for “friendly cussing,” shares what sex education was like growing up in Scotland, and tells how celebrity scandals make for easy work days.
10 pm Don’t Tell the Bride (OWN) | I”m not big on unscripted “reality” series but this one portends to have disastrous results: Grooms-to-be are given a $25,000 and 100-percent free reign to plan their wedding — with no input from their fiancees.
10 pm Puppies Vs. Babies (Animal Planet) | Critters don’t battle crawlers per se here — that’d be something, right? Instead, it’s a competition among the cuuuuuutest Internet videos.
11:30 pm Saturday Night Live (NBC) | Ahhhhnna Faris hosts, with musical guest Drake. But can she chug Hidden Valley Ranch?
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16
4 pm National League Championship Series (TBS) | The Brewers host the Cardinals for Game 6.
8 pm Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (ABC) | Paul DiMeo consults with Matt Roloff (of TLC’s Little People, Big World) when the team designs a house for a family that includes a daughter with dwarfism. CostCo has good deals on cases of Kirkland facial tissue, FYI.
8 pm The X Factor (Fox) | Originally to air last Thursday, it’s Part 2 of the visits to the judges’ homes.
9 pm The Walking Dead (AMC) | Now working with a full 13-episode season, the show takes some extra moments to “breathe,” and in doing so develop its characters. But have no fear, there are still a lot of walkers to be dealt with. In this season opener: Someone goes missing after the convoy is stymied by a highway cluttered with abandoned cars, another friendly suffers a potentially fatal injury, and you get a crash course in (gulp) (wince) zombie gastroenterology.
9 pm Dexter (Showtime) | A serial killer from Dexter’s past offers a glimpse of his future.
9 pm The Good Wife (CBS) | Will and Diane reconsider the firms direction; Harvey Fierstein (Hairspray) guest stars as a judge.
9 pm Desperate Housewives (ABC) | Miguel Ferrer debuts as Susan’s fussy art teacher, while Gaby gets stuck in a “school drop-off zone” storyline leftover from Modern Family circa Oct. 5.
10 pm CSI: Miami (CBS) | 24 fave Carlos Bernard kicks off his recurring run as Horatio’s new nemesis — no, not a sunglasses strap, but a wealthy dude named Diego Navarro.
10 pm Hung (HBO) | Kaitlin Doubleday (Cavemen) kicks off a multi-episode arc as a comely former student of Ray’s whom he meets under rather awkward circumstances.
10 pm Pan Am (ABC) | It’s “Sky Girls Gone Wild!” when the crew has a layover in Rangoon.
10 pm Against the Wall (Lifetime) | Lina and Abby investigate a police officer’s apparent suicide.
10 pm Homeland (Showtime) | What do Nicholas Brody and American Horror Story‘s Ben Harmon have in common? You’re about to find out. [Sad trombone]