Today’s Top TV Picks – Sunday October 18


Today’s Top Picks


1

Supermarket Sweep

8 p.m. on ABC – Series Premiere

“Saturday Night Live” alumna Leslie Jones is both host and executive producer of this classic, fast-paced game show in which each episode features three teams of two battling it out to prove their supermarket skills and general knowledge of merchandise to win big cash prizes. The team that manages to rack up the biggest grocery bill during their timed race around the store can win $100,000. Jones says she has an emotional stake in the game: She unsuccessfully auditioned to be a contestant on an earlier version of the show.


2

Top Gear

8 p.m. on BBC-AMERICA – Season Premiere

A new season of this long-running automotive series finally premieres, after production was forced to shut down last March due to the coronavirus pandemic. Filming resumed in June, under new health constraints which saw the “studio” segments moved from their familiar hangar to a racecourse, where hosts Paddy McGuinness, Freddie Flintoff and Chris Harris appeared before a socially-distanced drive-in crowd of 500. Among the new season’s highlights, hosts McGuinness, Flintoff and Harris tackle a giant carnival-inspired Wall of Death, driving old insurance write-offs.


3

The Trouble With Maggie Cole

8 p.m. ET on PBS – Series Premiere

Beloved British comedy actress Dawn French (“The Vicar of Dibley”) returns to series television in this new dramedy set in Thurlbury, a quaint coastal village. As the show opens, shop owner and busybody Maggie Cole (French), who presents herself as a local historian, stirs up life in the village during a tipsy interview on a radio show, when she makes some indiscreet revelations about several of her neighbors. Mark Heap, Julie Hesmondhalgh and Vicki Pepperdine also star.


4

NFL Football

8:20 p.m. ET on NBC

A clash of NFC West rivals is in the offing tonight at Levi’s Stadium, where Jimmy Garoppolo and the San Francisco 49ers will welcome in Jared Goff and the Los Angeles Rams. The Rams will see if their top-flight offense led by Goff, RB Darrell Henderson Jr. and WR Cooper Kupp will fare against the Niner defense, one of the NFL’s stingiest units.

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