TVe picks from the nyt & the Washington Post

A look at what the experts think is good tv.
___ nyt

1. CRAZY, STUPID, LOVE (2011) 8 p.m. on VH1.
A self-styled Lothario teaches a suddenly single 40-something how to be a hit with the ladies. duration 3 hours.
2. N.B.A. BASKETBALL: NEW YORK KNICKS VS. OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER 8 p.m. on TNT.
Carmelo Anthony faces his former team for the first time as the Knicks visit the Thunder. After six seasons with New York, where he made six-straight All-Star games and won a scoring title, Anthony was traded to Oklahoma City in the off-season. duration 2 hours 30 minutes. 3. THE ELEVEN 9 p.m. on A&E.
Investigators Lise Olsen and Fred Paige examine the confessions of Edward Harold Bell to determine if the inmate may have been responsible for murdering 11 teenage girls in the 1970s. duration One hour 1 minutes. Part 1 of 6. 4. SCANDAL 9 p.m. on ABC.
During the first 100 days of Mellie’s presidency, Fitz stays out of the limelight and takes up life as an ordinary citizen; Marcus begins important work on the Fitzgerald Grant III Presidential Library. duration One hour. 5. BEAT BOBBY FLAY 10 p.m. on Food Network
Iron Chef Alex Guarnaschelli and comedian Bobby Moynihan team up to beat Bobby Flay; they bring in Boston chef Marcellus Coleman and Bobby’s No. 1 fan, Lionel Haeberle, to slay the Flay. duration 30 minutes. ___ Washington Post

1. Superstore (NBC at 8.)
Tensions rise among the employees after an attempted robbery; Glenn has a tough time firing the store security guard; Amy discovers that her co-workers have been hanging out without her. duration 30 minutes. This is Audio Described. 2. Gotham (Fox at 8.)
In an attempt to regain power and identity, Nygma decides to put his former partner’s skills to the test; Sofia Falcone appeals to Penguin’s vulnerable side; Bruce surprises those around him with his bold actions. duration One hour 1 minutes. This is Audio Described. 3. Supernatural (CW at 8.)
Sam and Dean begin to explore what Jack is capable of doing with his powers; an unexpected visit from Donatello alerts the brothers to the fact that Jack will need more protection than they can provide. duration One hour. 4. The Good Place (NBC at 8:30.)
Chidi and Eleanor tackle a famous ethical dilemma, leading to a conflict with Michael; Tahani confides in Janet. duration 30 minutes. This is Audio Described. 5. Scandal (ABC at 9.)
During the first 100 days of Mellie’s presidency, Fitz stays out of the limelight and takes up life as an ordinary citizen; Marcus begins important work on the Fitzgerald Grant III Presidential Library. duration One hour. 6. Project Runway (Lifetime at 9.)
The designers must use safety materials to create a look that wows the judges in an unconventional challenge. duration One hour 32 minutes. 7. How to Get Away With Murder (ABC at 10.)
Feeling like she’s found her purpose again, Annalise focuses on developing her big case; Connor gets a surprise visit from his dad; Laurel turns to an old friend to relieve some stress. duration One hour. 8. Chicago Fire (NBC at 10.)
While running a secret errand, Dawson finds herself trapped in a collapsed parking structure; pressure mounts on Casey as he begins taking on additional duties; Kidd grows increasingly skeptical of Hope. duration One hour. This is Audio Described. 9. Premiere The Eleven (A&E at 9.)
Investigators Lise Olsen and Fred Paige examine the confessions of Edward Harold Bell to determine if the inmate may have been responsible for murdering 11 teenage girls in the 1970s. duration One hour 1 minutes. Part 1 of 6. 10. Special It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (ABC at 8.)
Linus waits in the pumpkin patch for the elusive Halloween symbol to appear. duration 30 minutes. 11. The Walking Dead: Behind the Dead (AMC at 10.)
Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus and the rest of the cast and crew reflect on the history; celebrating the 100th episode of the series. duration One hour. 12. Returning Beat Bobby Flay (Food at 10.)
Iron Chef Alex Guarnaschelli and comedian Bobby Moynihan team up to beat Bobby Flay; they bring in Boston chef Marcellus Coleman and Bobby’s No. 1 fan, Lionel Haeberle, to slay the Flay. duration 30 minutes.

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What the experts think is good on tv tonight

A look at what the tv critics think is good tv for October 18, 2017. ___ NYT
1. BROAD CITY Comedy Central at 10:30 p.m.
Abbi’s mom comes to the city for a visit; Ilana navigates the intense work culture of Sushi Mambeaux while dealing with her seasonal affective disorder. duration 30 minutes. 2. CMT ARTISTS OF THE YEAR 8 p.m. on CMT.
Celebrating a night of hope and healing through the power of music with Chris Stapleton, Florida Georgia Line, Jason Aldean, Keith Urban and Luke Bryan live in Nashville; Special performances by Andra Day, Common, Lee Ann Womack and Little Big Town. duration One hour 30 minutes. 3. DEBATE NIGHT WITH TED CRUZ AND BERNIE SANDERS 9 p.m. on CNN.
The GOP Tax Plan: Ted Cruz vs. Bernie Sanders, Senators Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) answer questions in a town hall debate; President Donald Trump’s efforts to overhaul the nation’s tax code; Jake Tapper and Dana Bash moderate from Washington, D.C. duration One hour 30 minutes. 4. ROSEHAVEN 11 p.m. on Sundance.
Rosehaven, Daniel discovers that McCallum Real Estate is in trouble and comes up with some ideas to make cuts and get them back on track. duration 36 minutes.
____ The Washington Post
5. Survivor (CBS at 8)
Tribes drop their buffs and switch things up; a new member of the tribe aggravates the team members right before a tribal council. duration One hour. 6. Empire (Fox at 8)
Cookie announces that the number one album for Empire’s 20-For-20 will be a competition between all of the label’s top artists; the family plans a special prince and princesses-themed birthday party; Lucious finds himself at a crossroads. duration One hour. This is Audio Described. 7. Riverdale (CW at 8)
Betty leads a movement to save Pop’s from closing; Archie’s friends worry about his behavior; Jughead’s efforts to find F.P. a new lawyer may have serious repercussions; Veronica finds herself caught between Hiram and Hermoine. duration One hour. 8. Speechless (ABC at 8:30)
Jimmy takes J.J. camping so they can have a talk; Maya trains a group of new aides; sparks fly between Ray’s bully and Dylan. duration 30 minutes. This is Audio Described. 9. Law and Order: SVU (NBC at 9)
A teenager disappears after schoolmates make her the subject of a vicious cyberbullying attack. duration One hour. This is Audio Described. 10. Mr. Robot (USA at 10)
Elliot becomes encouraged trying to undo five/nine; Darlene gets stuck between a rock and a hard place; Mr. Robot sparks a panic. duration One hour. This is Audio Described.

congrats go out to George Saunders who has won the Man Booker Prize for his first novel, “Lincoln in the Bardo.

We now know who won the Man Booker Prize – George Saunders.
According to the New York Times: “George Saunders’s surreal, experimental first novel, “Lincoln in the Bardo,” won the Man Booker Prize on Tuesday, marking the second year in a row that the prize has gone to an American author. The book is timely because of Halloween around the corner.
Many of the characters in the book are dead and are ghoasts. We also see the 16th president of the United States making a trip into the grave yard where his 11-year-old son is interred.
The novel unfolds in a cemetery in 1862, where a grieving Abraham Lincoln visits the crypt that holds the body of his 11-year-old son, Willie, who died of typhoid fever. At the graveyard, Willie’s spirit is joined by a garrulous, motley community of ghosts who exist in the liminal state between life and death. At times, the narrative feels disjointed and jarring, with dialogue among the ghosts, interspersed with scraps of historical research and snippets of contemporary news accounts that Mr. Saunders gathered while doing research” (nyt, 2017.)
In its review the Times wrote of his book thusly:”As with you, probably, I know [Saunders] chiefly through his work, including “Pastoralia” and “CivilWarLand in Bad Decline,” his satirical diagnoses of our post-post-modern condition: our theme park life, mass-produced existential writings, the communal pig-wallow in the mud pits of consumerism. But if the historical theme park in “CivilWarLand” was a stage for its workers’ ludicrous miseries, the war here is a crucible for a heroic American identity: fearful but unflagging; hopeful even in tragedy; staggering, however tentatively, toward a better world.

So, what is the Man Booker Prise?
According to the paper:Until recently, the Man Booker, which was first awarded in 1969, was restricted to novels written by authors from Britain, Ireland and the Commonwealth nations. In 2014, the contest was opened to any novel written in English and published in Britain. Past winners include Margaret Atwood, Kazuo Ishiguro, V .S. Naipaul and Hilary Mantel.

tonight on tv for me

at 8 pm is NCIS, Director Vance welcomes NCIS Special Agent Jacqueline “Jack” Sloane to headquarters; the team investigates the kidnapping of a sailor. duration One hour. This is Audio Described.
9 pm is Chopped, The chefs discover fine fare for a German party in the first basket, including pretzels and sauerkraut; schnitzel and beer keep the celebration going in the entree round; the dessert round features spaetzle and chocolate sausage. duration One hour.

tonight on #fox

first is Lethal Weapon, Murtaugh and Riggs respond to a robbery that took place 20,000 feet in the air; Murtaugh’s attempts to connect with his daughter are met with hostility. duration One hour. This is Audio Described.
then on is The Mick, Things get out of hand when Mickey and Jimmy throw a Halloween party in the burned-out remains of the mansion; Sabrina seeks to repair her tarnished legacy; Mickey teaches some pranksters a lesson. duration 30 minutes. This is Audio Described.
after that is Brooklyn Nine-Nine, When the precinct embarks on its fifth annual Halloween Heist, relationships and friendships are tested as everyone vies for the win. duration 30 minutes. This is Audio Described.

tonight on #cbs

8 pm is NCIS, Director Vance welcomes NCIS Special Agent Jacqueline “Jack” Sloane to headquarters; the team investigates the kidnapping of a sailor. duration One hour. This is Audio Described.
after that is Bull, Bull hires an eccentric attorney to represent him when a celebrity sues him after his advice regarding her custody case backfires. duration One hour.
then is NCIS: New Orleans, The team investigates the copycat murder of an unsolved case from 150 years ago that spawned a legendary ghost story; Gregorio is spooked when the case is connected to a recent s?ance and a local medium. duration One hour. This is Audio Described.