SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22
5 pm House of Bones (Syfy) | In case this week’s Supernatural got you jonesing for more Charisma Carpenter, here she is in a 2009 TV-movie about two “ghost hunter” types (her and Corin Nemec) who get more than they bargained for.
7:30 College Football (NBC) | Notre Dame hosts USC. Ausiello, you’ll be watching this, right?
8 pm World Series Game 3 (Fox) | With the series tied at 1-1, the Cardinals’ Kyle Lohse goes up against the Rangers’ Matt Harrison. (Game 4 — and there will be one, mark my words — airs Sunday at 8.)
9 pm Homeland (Showtime) | Have you been meaning to catch up on this top-notch new drama? Here’s a marathon of the first three episodes. Go!
9 pm Oliver’s Ghost (Hallmark) | An 11-year-old boy sees dead people. But at least one of ’em is Martin Mull, so at least maybe he can year some ripping yarns about the Fernwood Tonight days.
9 pm Flashpoint (ION) | Miss the season premiere on Tuesday? Here’s your second chance.
9 pm Bedlam (BBC America) | Molly fears the worst when the girl she is babysitting tells stories about an imaginary friend being abused.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23
8 pm Once Upon a Time (ABC) | Series premiere: What if fairy tale characters were banished to a sleepy burg, unawares of who they were? And what if Dr. Cameron held the key to their freedom? Check out our guide to who’s who and read my very favorable (fable-able?) Fall TV First Impression.
8 pm The Amazing Race (CBS) | Fearing they have broken the rules, one team takes a risk that could cost them the Race.
9 pm The Good Wife (CBS) | When Alicia’s key witness commits suicide, she must turn to bad penny Colin Sweeney, played again by Dylan Baker; Lisa Edelstein wraps (for the time being, at least) her run as Celeste.
9 pm The Walking Dead (AMC) | The only things standing between gunshot young Carl and his life being saved are a somewhat unnerving revelation about his doctor, and several dozen walkers.
9 pm Dexter (Showtime) | Gellar and Travis prompt Dex to question his faith.
9 pm Desperate Housewives (ABC) | Susan’s art teacher (Miguel Ferrer) asks his students to show up for class nude. In college, I once had an English Lit professor ask the same. Then the police showed up.
9 pm Boardwalk Empire (HBO) | Nucky introduces a surprise guest speaker at a Memorial Day dedication for war veterans; Jimmy is taught a painful lesson by a Commodore crony.
9 pm World’s Dirtiest Man (Discovery) | No, it’s not the old guy who reads Esquires in the back of your dad’s barber shop. It’s Mike Rowe, here to illustrate how many living microorganisms live on your body. Because Contagion didn’t mess you up enough.
10 pm Pan Am (ABC) | Goran Visnjic (ER) begins a multi-episode arc as a swoon-worthy passenger who draws the attention of both Maggie and Kate — but mostly Kate. (I’ll have much more on their saucy little assignation later this weekend.)
10 pm Homeland (Showtime) | Brody’s erratic behavior compromises his image as a media-charming American hero.
10:30 pm Dirty Soap (E!) | Kelly (sigh) runs into her ex; Nadia (double-sigh) sings the National Anthem at a ballgame.
11:30 pm Robot Chicken (Adult Swim) | In the second half of Season 5, we are promised “More car crashes. More guns. More kickings. And perhaps most importantly, more Stinkor.”
What might you be watching this weekend?