Today’s Top TV Picks – Friday October 4

Today’s Top Picks


The House With a Clock in Its Walls

7 p.m. ET on SHOWTIME – Premiere

Ten-year-old Lewis Barnavelt (newcomer Owen Vaccaro) is sent to live with his uncle Jonathan (Jack Black) after Lewis’ parents are killed in a car accident in Eli Roth’s engaging 2018 horror comedy, which is adapted from a popular 1973 novel by John Bellairs. Jonathan’s house is old and creaky, and Lewis is both thrilled and scared to learn the abode was once home to a dark wizard. Cate Blanchett, Kyle MacLachlan and Renée Elise Goldsberry from Broadway’s “Hamilton” also star.


American Housewife

8 p.m. ET on ABC

Katie (Katy Mixon) has been feeling ambivalent about her outside-the-home party-planning gig, so her life is completely turned upside-down when her notoriously elusive boss, Whitney (recurring guest star Kelly Ripa), unexpectedly blows into town and impulsively promotes Katie to vice president of events in the new episode “Bed, Bath & Beyond Our Means.” Meanwhile, the death of a colleague leads Greg (Diedrich Bader) into a full-blown existential crisis. Meg Donnelly, Daniel DiMaggio and Julia Butters also star.


The Blacklist

8 p.m. ET on NBC – Season Premiere

Season 7 opens not long after the jaw-dropping climax of the Season 6 finale, when Red (James Spader) was taken by surprise by Katarina Rostova (Laila Robins), who stabbed Red with a syringe, then kidnapped him. As most fans recall, Katarina is, in fact, the previously-presumed-dead mother of Liz (Megan Boone), who hasn’t laid eyes on her mom since childhood. Series creator Jon Bokenkamp calls Katarina “the most formidable Big Bad we’ve ever introduced,” adding that the character will loom large in the new season.


In Search Of

10:03 p.m. ET on HISTORY – Season Premiere

Host Zachary Quinto returns for Season 2 of this familiar unscripted series, which takes viewers on a journey into the unknown in each episode, starting with “The Loch Ness Monster, Part 1.” The hour revisits decades of alleged encounters across Europe and uses modern science to evaluate information gleaned from those reports to create a brand-new “profile” of this creature. The conclusion airs next week at the same time.

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