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  • 8:00 PM, PBS

    As the title of this project indicates, the documentary explores the inside story of the events of October 1962, when the world teetered on the brink of nuclear holocaust. What's particularly notable here is the focus on the "three men" of the title: U.S. President John F. Kennedy, Cuban leader Fidel Castro and the Soviet Union's Nikita Khrushchev.

  • 8:00 PM, ABC

    Characters from one of the biggest animated hits in Disney-studio history will factor into the series "Once Upon a Time" in the coming season -- likely a big reason for this new special, which offers a preview of those scenes. The hour also has plenty of material on the original movie, with voice-cast members Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel among those commenting on the production of the film. Also included: a peek at Disney's upcoming "Big Hero 6."

  • 9:00 PM, CW

    Sheriff Mills (Kim Rhodes) kills a vampire who attacked one of her prisoners (guest star Katherine Ramdeen), then calls the Winchester brothers (Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki) for help. They learn that a family of vampires has kidnapped the prisoner to use as bait for humans in "Alex Annie Alexis Ann."

  • 6:30 PM, ABC

    Former weekend anchor David Muir has filled in frequently for Diane Sawyer on the weeknight edition of the broadcast, but here, it officially becomes his. He'll also be managing editor of the program, which he intends to take on the road as often as possible so he can continue such franchises as the self-explanatory "Made in America." Fridays will be especially busy for Muir, since he's also continuing as co-anchor of the newsmagazine "20/20."

  • 8:00 PM, NBC

    "Melissa Clinton" is both the title of this episode and the name of the latest amateur contender, a high school teacher who puts her cuisine up against that of five professional chefs including Jet Tila. If Clinton's is judged to be the best, she'll leave with $100,000 -- something she'll have every right to boast to her class about. Adam Richman is the host.

  • 8:00 PM, CBS

    With the spinoff "NCIS: New Orleans" soon to premiere, the two-part episode "Crescent City" sets it up. Part 1 introduces Scott Bakula as Dwayne Pride, an NCIS Special Agent in the Louisiana office. He and former colleague Gibbs (Mark Harmon) reunite to investigate the killing of a congressman who also used to be an NCIS operative. The case may be linked to a serial-murder probe the dead man worked on. The new show's Lucas Black also guest stars.

  • 8:00 PM, CW

    After Roy (Colton Haynes) goes into a rage and engages in a deadly battle with a police officer, Oliver (Stephen Amell) realizes the mirakuru has taken him over completely and tries to figure out how to stop him. Sara (Caity Lotz) thinks Roy is too far gone and must be killed. Thea (Willa Holland) believes she can get through to Roy and lures him to Verdant, but he unleashes his rage on her in "Seeing Red."

  • 8:00 PM, TCM

    Born to a Jewish cantor (Warner Oland), Jakie Rabinowitz (Al Jolson) is expected to follow in his father's footsteps. With a restless spirit beating inside, Jakie challenges his fate and embarks on a journey to become a jazz singer in this 1927 musical, one of the first "talkies." Robert Osborne and Dr. Eric Goldman introduce this screening, which kicks off TCM's month-long showcase "The Projected Image: The Jewish Experience on Film."

  • 9:00 PM, PBS

    Material from various sources is compiled to profile longtime Cuban leader Fidel Castro's life and times in this new special. Media reports and rare photos and recordings recall how he first came into power, though he was unable to establish friendly relations with the United States due to communism. Among his biggest challenges were the Bay of Pigs invasion, the Cuban Missile Crisis and the end of the Soviet Union. The Elian Gonzalez matter also is considered.

  • 9:00 PM, FOX

    Jess and Nick (Zooey Deschanel, Jake Johnson) decide to take a cruise they booked while they were still together, and they invite the whole gang to come along. It's not merely a pun to say that the voyage isn't entirely smooth sailing, especially as Cece and Winston (Hannah Simone, Lamorne Morris) try to patch up Jess and Nick's differences. Kerri Kenney ("Reno 911!") and Oscar Nunez ("The Office") guest star in "Cruise."

  • 9:00 PM, USA

    The hit dramedy wraps its season with "Ganging Up," which finds Hank and Evan (Mark Feuerstein, Paulo Costanzo) searching for their missing half-sister, Emma (Willa Fitzgerald). As Jeremiah (Ben Shenkman) struggles to accept the life changes Viviana (guest star Martha Higareda) is making, he realizes he needs to make some of his own. Divya (Reshma Shetty) faces more custody headaches, while Boris (Campbell Scott) fears his disease is progressing.

  • 9:00 PM, ABC

    A Tallahassee, Fla., drama coach who's all smiles on the outside but perpetually anxious on the inside is the focus of the new episode "Rod." Contributing to his distress that has manifested itself physically: a secret he has long kept from his father, for whom he's a caretaker. Chris Powell's formula for helping him includes a stage audition for "Chicago" while Rod is visiting New York. Carla Hall ("The Chew") provides tips on healthy cooking and eating.

  • 9:00 PM, TNT

    In the season finale, a new episode called "Burden of Proof," respected county prosecutor (guest star Jamie Bamber, "Battlestar Galactica") is arrested for murder, but as the evidence against him seems to mount, Jane (Angie Harmon) begins to believe he is innocent. Elsewhere, Angela (Lorraine Bracco) hears that Maura (Sasha Alexander) is planning to meet Jack's (Enver Gjokaj) 12-year-old daughter, so she sets out to educate Maura about the interests of children today.

  • 9:30 PM, FOX

    Mindy (Mindy Kaling) believes she's met the man of her dreams when he writes in a New York newspaper about their meeting. A huge, surprising revelation awaits "Danny & Mindy." Tim Daly, soon to co-star in "Madam Secretary," guest stars. Chris Messina, Ed Weeks and Adam Pally also star.

  • 10:00 PM, TBS

    Melanie (Valerie Azlynn) advises Steve (Steve Byrne) on how best to impress a new woman who has caught his eye in the new episode "A Kiss Is Never Just a Kiss." Elsewhere, Hank's (Brian Doyle-Murray) doctor prescribes him testosterone, but a mishap leads to a "juiced-up" Hank.

  • 10:00 PM, PBS

    If there's one thing known about North Korea, it's that not much is known about what transpires inside that country. "Secret State of North Korea" examines Kim Jong-un's leadership to the degree it can, largely through footage that was taken covertly and then smuggled out. Defectors from North Korea also discuss their experiences, not only confirming how strict the governing regime is, but also demonstrating how defiant civilians take big risks.

  • 10:32 PM, A&E

    In the new episode "Gone Fishin'," Chubby sets up a fishing trip after he manages to convince Billy to take a much-needed day off to decompress, but the outing turns out to be plenty stressful anyway as Billy is called on to teach Chubby the finer points of fishing. Back home, after whizzing through her own work load, Danielle tries for some quality time with her mother-in-law, Joan.

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