Today’s Top 5 Picks – Friday October 5


Today’s Top 5 Picks


1

MacGyver

8 p.m. ET on CBS
In the new episode “Bravo Lead + Loyalty + Friendship,” Jack (George Eads) is understandably alarmed when he receives an emergency distress call from an old Delta buddy who has been falsely accused of terrorism in a foreign country. That news sends Jack and Mac (Lucas Till) on a mission to reassemble the rest of the old Delta team to stage a thoroughly unsanctioned rescue of their comrade in arms. Jesse C. Boyd, Wole Parks and Josh Stamberg guest star.

Lennie James

2

Speechless

8:30 p.m. ET on ABC – Season Premiere
The DiMeo family is still facing the very real prospect of losing their home as Season 3 of this sitcom premieres, forcing Maya (Minnie Driver) to take a measure of last recourse: traveling to England to confront her estranged and very high-maintenance father, Martin (guest star John Cleese), in hopes he’ll come through with a loan. Jimmy (John Ross Bowie) tries to ensure that JJ (Micah Fowler) will enjoy the trip, while Ray (Mason Cook) hatches ill-advised schemes to hit on British girls.


3

The Cool Kids

8:30 p.m. ET on FOX
Confronted with her 65th birthday, Margaret (Vicki Lawrence) is definitely in no mood to celebrate in the new episode “Margaret Turns 65.” Her friends Hank, Sid and Charlie (David Alan Grier, Leslie Jordan, Martin Mull) are having none of that, however, and they insist on showing her a properly festive time — which means attempting a “young person’s night” at a local club. Predictably, that just leaves them feeling hungover and older than ever before.

Lennie James

4

Z Nation

9 p.m. ET on SYFY – Season Premiere
As this cheeky action-horror-comedy opens Season 5, Katy O’Brian (“The Walking Dead”) joins the cast as a series regular, playing Georgia “George” St. Clair, who had been a college freshman when the Zombie Apocalypse began. Since then, she has led fellow students and teachers to NewMerica, where she has emerged as a hero and political leader as the survivors try to launch a new country. Kellita Smith and Keith Allan also star.


5

Van Helsing

10:01 p.m. ET on SYFY – Season Premiere
Freshly resurrected once again, Vanessa (Kelly Overton) must confront her family’s legacy as this action horror series, on which playwright Neil LaBute serves as showrunner, opens Season 3 with “Fresh Tendrils.” Meanwhile, Axel, Scarlett (Jonathan Scarfe, Missy Peregrym) and their companions fight off the force of Blak Tek, who hope to add Scarlett to their collection of test subjects.

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