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Top TV week of Oct. 6: 'The Affair,' 'American Horror Story: Freak Show,' 'How to Get Away with Murder'


The Voice, 8 p.m., NBC

It's still early in the season, but new coach Pharrell is killing it. Between his convincing pleas for contestants to join his team and insanely good qualifications as a music mentor, he's the one to beat.

The Walking Dead, 7 p.m., AMC

The smash zombie drama debuts its fifth season Sunday, so gear up for some serious gross-out gore with this marathon of Seasons 1-4, beginning with the very first episode of the show.

Dancing with the Stars, 8 p.m., ABC

Tommy Chong is officially our hero this season, what with his super suave moves (for a 76-year-old, the guy can dance) and totally unfazed demeanor.


Selfie, 8 p.m., ABC

Come on, last week's premiere was slightly charming, right? We're giving Karen Gillan (as Eliza) and John Cho (Henry) at least half a season before we give up on this sometimes silly social-media-skewering concept.


The Goldbergs, 8:30 p.m., ABC

The Goldbergs eagerly await the marriage of Lady Diana and Prince Charles, which is definitely the most '80s thing to happen so far on this show.

Black-ish, 9:30 p.m., ABC

Not only is Black-ish the new show most likely to cause audible chortling, it has two of the most adorable child actors we've ever seen playing Dre and Rainbow's twins Jack and Diane (ha!).

Nashville, 10 p.m., ABC

Rayna (Connie Britton) announces her wedding date, and everyone in her life has a problem with it. Yeah, yeah. Isn't that how it always is? Everyone has an opinion on your wedding. Got it, Aunt Suzy, you don't like pink roses!

SEASON PREMIERE American Horror Story: Freak Show, 10 p.m., FX

The fourth season of this anthology show is set in Jupiter in 1952, where one of the few remaining sideshows struggles for survival. America's last sideshow was in a small Florida town? Yep, sounds about right.

The Biggest Loser, 8 p.m., NBC

Things are getting a little too extreme on this weight-loss show, with this new episode in which contestants are suspended over a canyon. In an attempt to, what, scare them into shedding pounds?

Gracepoint, 9 p.m., Fox

As the detectives continue their investigation into the murder of young boy Danny Solano, his dad Mark (Michael Pena) looks increasingly shifty and his mom Beth (Virginia Kull) turns to the town minister (Kevin Rankin), who is way too nice not to be up to something.

A to Z, 9:30 p.m., NBC

Andrew and Zelda (Ben Feldman, Cristin Milioti) have an awesome first date, which is all we need to hear, since Feldman and Milioti are instantly our new favorite couple on TV.

How to Get Away With Murder, 10 p.m., ABC

This show starring Viola Davis as a lawyer is one of the season's biggest hits, and that's good news for everyone, because the longer a powerhouse like Davis can remain a weekly fixture on television, the better.

Parenthood, 10 p.m., NBC

Julia decides to ask Joel where their relationship stands as the rest of the Bravermans wait to find out what's wrong with Grandpa Zeek. Where your relationship stands, Julia? Uh, didn't you cheat on him, then lie about it, then proceed to shack up with a co-worker? Sorry, but we're Team Joel all the way.


SEASON PREMIERE Cristela, 8:30 p.m., ABC

Comedian Cristela Alonzo is front-and-center on this new sitcom that's a showcase for the antics her Mexican-American family inspire.


SERIES PREMIERE The Affair, 10 p.m., Showtime

This new drama starring Dominic West (The Wire) and Maura Tierney (ER) has an intriguing, time-shifting premise: Two people embroiled in a salacious affair take turns giving their versions of how things happened.