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Seven Days of Television: October 14 to October 20

A select viewing guide to the next seven days of television

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MONDAY OCTOBER 14 Bones (Fox, Global, 8 p.m.) Still going strong in its ninth season, the Fox Network’s sturdy crime-procedural is a different show since the central characters of forensics genius Dr. Temperance Brennan (Emily Deschanel) and wisecracking FBI guy Booth (David Boreanaz) hooked up. In the process of excising all sexual tension, the odd-couple crime-solvers have a new dynamic, and a baby, too. In tonight’s new outing, they’re finally getting around to planning their wedding, with periodic breaks to investigate the murder of a high-school principal who was already dying of cancer.

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TUESDAY OCTOBER 15 Cousins Undercover (HGTV, 8 p.m.) Remember John Colaneri and Anthony Carrino? The handsome Italian-American handymen became vaguely famous following the success of the HGTV series Kitchen Cousins, in which they performed miracle makeovers on people’s kitchens. They’re still fixing stuff in this new show, but in this instance the lucky recipient is some really deserving person, not just some ninny who sent a letter to HGTV. In tonight’s opener, the two studly contractors team with Ellen DeGeneres herself to spiff up the home of a woebegone single mom and teacher.

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WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 16 Toy Story of Terror (ABC, 8 p.m.) How much life can be wrung from a three-entry film franchise? Watch and see. The recent decision by Pixar to close its Vancouver animation facility, which was primarily tasked to turn out half-hour specials, like this one. In keeping with the Halloween theme, the eponymous talking toys Buzz and Woody, still voiced by Tim Allen and Tom Hanks, get trapped inside a roadside motel wherein creepy stuff lies. As in the Toy Story movies, the best one-liners come from Mr. Potato Head (Don Rickles).

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THURSDAY OCTOBER 17 Elementary (CBS, Global, 10 p.m.) Were you aware there have been more than 200 movies made about Sherlock Holmes? Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s eclectic sleuth has staying power and the latest evidence of his enduring appeal is the continued ratings success of this smart crime drama starring the sly Jonny Lee Miller as Holmes, with Lucy Liu riding shotgun as Ms. Watson. In this incarnation of the character, Holmes is a man of many talents, as evidenced in tonight’s new show that finds him solving the poisoning murder of a corporate CEO whilst simultaneously while playing head games with an old flame (Laura Benanti) who might be responsible.

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FRIDAY OCTOBER 18 Blue Bloods (CBS, CTV, 10 p.m.) Who says there are no second acts in American life? Tom Selleck spent most of the eighties in a swimsuit as Magnum P.I., then had a middling film career and disappeared for years before resurfacing in this popular crime drama, now in its fourth season. And the big lug is actually pretty solid as New York police commissioner Frank Reagan, whose entire clan are naturally also cops and prosecutors. In tonight’s show, Frank is bridling at having to kowtow to the new Inspector General overseeing the NYPD, who just happens to be played by Bebe Neuwirth, formerly Lillith on Cheers.

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SATURDAY OCTOBER 19 Candyman (AMC, 10 p.m.) Want to see something really scary? Based on a Clive Barker story, this 1992 horror feature has lost none of its frightful impact over the years. A young Virginia Madsen plays the Chicago grad student Helen, who is researching her paper in the Chicago projects when she happens upon a horrific local legend known as “Candyman,” a hook-wielding psychotic who will supposedly appear if his name is repeated five times in a mirror. Is Candyman an urban legend or real? Watch it for the chilling Philip Glass score.

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SUNDAY OCTOBER 20 The Good Wife (CBS, Global, 10 p.m.) Emmy-winner Julianna Margulies remains the heart and soul of this sturdy legal drama. As the ferocious solicitor Alicia Florrick, Margulies has become a commanding presence on-screen and will eventually go down in history as one of the broadcast world’s most positive role models. Tonight, Alicia represents a surrogate mother who is opposing the biological parents in the most creative manner imaginable. Think about it.

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