TV best bets with Tom Hanks, Benedict Cumberbatch, Judge Judy, ‘Yellowstone,’ ‘Dexter’

Tom Hanks stars in a new Apple TV+ film "Finch," an apocalyptic drama where he plays a scientist who decides to use his skills as a robotics engineer to create a robot to take care of his dog after he dies.  APPLE TV+
Tom Hanks stars in a new Apple TV+ film "Finch," an apocalyptic drama where he plays a scientist who decides to use his skills as a robotics engineer to create a robot to take care of his dog after he dies. APPLE TV+

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Credit: APPLE TV+

Lifetime brings back ‘Highway to Heaven’ in film form.

Tom Hanks stars in an apocalyptic drama on Apple TV+ called “Finch” in which his scientist character brings his dog and his robot on a post-apocalyptic road trip. It comes out Friday.

On the same day, Benedict Cumberbatch on Amazon Prime stars in the film “The Electrical Life of Louis Wain,” portraying a British artist who found love, both human and feline, and became famous as the man who drew cats.

Kevin Costner’s Paramount series “Yellowstone” returns Sunday for a fourth season while Michael C. Hall plays Dexter again in the new Showtime series “Dexter: New Blood” the same night.

Judy Sheindlin, who was once a huge star in syndication on “Judge Judy,” has decided to move to IMDb TV with “Judy Justice,” debuting Monday.

Over on ABC Thursday, Darren Criss of “Glee” fame hosts a raft of celebrities singing Queen songs and encouraging viewers to do the same during a family singalong special.

And on Saturday, Lifetime is bringing a new version of “Highway to Heaven” starring Jill Scott and also featuring Barry Watson.

Shows returning on streaming services include “Dickinson” on Apple TV+ and “Big Mouth” and “Narcos: Mexico” on Netflix, all on Friday. And if you want to see John Cleese, Elizabeth Hurley and Kelsey Grammer in a Christmas movie, Netflix introduces “Father Christmas is Back” on Sunday.

This covers Monday, Nov. 1, through Sunday, Nov. 7.


“ABC News Special: The Informant: Fear and Faith in the Heartland” 12:01 a.m. Hulu — Homegrown extremist groups remain one of the greatest threats to the United States. George Stephanopoulos looks at a never-before-seen takedown of a terrorist attack.

“Judy Justice” 12:01 a.m. IMDb TV (new series) — Judy Sheindlin, the most successful TV judge in history, moves to streaming.

“Y: The Last Man” 12:01 a.m. FX on Hulu (first season finale) — As the Amazons close in on Marrisville, Nora reaches a breaking point. Yorick makes a new connection while 355 faces her past.

“Dancing With the Stars” 8 p.m. ABC — It’s Queen night. Kenya Moore of “Real Housewives” fame was ousted last week.

“9-1-1″ 8 p.m. Fox — Responding to a fire at a prison, Bobby and the 118 find themselves trapped in a deadly riot.

“The Neighborhood” 8 p.m. CBS — As Halloween draws near, Calvin tries to determine what’s behind the sudden strange occurrences at the Butlers’ house.

“NCIS” 9 p.m. CBS — NCIS investigates the death of a beloved Navy commander who trained some of the top athletes in the country.

“The Big Leap” 9:01 p.m. Fox — After the shocking reveal on the premiere night after-show, Gabby works with Nick to try to get revenge and create some drama for the show.

“The Good Doctor″ 10 p.m. ABC — Dr. Park and Dr. Murphy treat an elderly Asian man brought to St. Bonaventure by his daughter after being the victim of a hate crime

“NCIS: Hawaii” 10 p.m. CBS — Tennant and NCIS are tasked with finding a kidnapped globe-trotting social media star.

“Ordinary Joe” 10:01 p.m. NBC — Set entirely in flashback, the origins of Joe Kimbreau’s three paths are revisited in greater detail over graduation weekend in 2011.


“Single Mother By Choice” 12:01 a.m. HBO Max — A single, workaholic woman sets out to have a baby on her own terms but is forced to go through pregnancy alone when the world throws the unimaginable year 2020 in her path.

“Son of Monarchs” 12:01 a.m. HBO Max — After the death of his grandmother, a Mexican biologist living in New York returns to his hometown nestled in the majestic monarch butterfly forests of Michoacán. The journey forces him to confront past traumas and reflect on his new hybrid identity, launching him on a personal and spiritual metamorphosis.

“Camp Confidential: America’s Secret Nazis” 3:01 a.m. Netflix — At the height of World War II, a group of young Jewish refugees are sent to a secret POW camp near Washington, D.C. The recent refugees soon discover that the prisoners are Hitler’s top scientists. After decades of censorship, this unimaginable story is now finally coming to light through declassified audio recordings and immersive animation.

“FBI” 8 p.m. CBS — After a suburban woman is kidnapped from her home, the team looks into trysts on both sides of a seemingly perfect marriage

“Queen Sugar” 8 p.m. OWN — Davis asks Charley an important question, Micah and Isaiah have a charged conversation, and Dominic and Nova grow closer. Ralph Angel and Darla prepare for the future.

“La Brea” 9 p.m. NBC — With time running out before their window home closes, the survivors of the sinkhole hatch a final escape attempt.

“Chucky” 10 p.m. Syfy, USA — Jake’s bond with Devon intensifies as he teams up with an unlikely ally to outwit Chucky.

“Impeachment: American Crime Story” 10 p.m. FX — Monica Lewinsky and Linda Tripp tell their stories to 23 strangers.

“New Amsterdam” 10:01 p.m. NBC — Max and Bloom are shocked when a deadly ambulance crash reveals a dangerous plan.

“Queens” 10:01 a.m. ABC — After a bad concert review, the women come to terms with the fact that their old image and music no longer serve them.


“Dopesick” 12:01 a.m. Hulu — Richard Sackler faces a catastrophic challenge to Purdue’s bottom line, Bridget takes her fight to the FDA, Finnix reassesses his life as Betsy struggles to kick her addiction, and Rick and Randy find a bombshell piece of evidence.

“Dr. Brain” 5 p.m. AppleTV+ (new series) — The series follows a brilliant brain scientist Sewon (Lee Sun-kyun) who suffers a horrific personal tragedy when his family falls victim to a mysterious accident.

“The Goldbergs” 8 p.m. ABC — Senior Night is upon William Penn Academy, and Beverly soon discovers she is missing out on the ceremonial adoration presented to mothers with athletic children.

“Survivor” 8 p.m. CBS — Will Erika use her advantage that could potentially save her?

“Chicago Med” 8 p.m. NBC — Crockett helps Dr. Blake replace a patient’s liver.

“The Wonder Years” 8:30 p.m. ABC — Kim’s campaign for a car coincides with the need to take Grandaddy Clisby’s keys away.

“The Conners” 9 p.m. ABC — Darlene worries about Mark making friends at his new school while Mark turns to Ben for personal advice.

“Chicago Fire” 9 p.m. NBC — Gallo clashes with the new lieutenant temporarily filling in for Casey.

“CSI: Vegas” 10 p.m. CBS — As Grissom and Sara close in on who framed Hodges, the CSI team investigates a murder mystery at 30,000 feet when a cargo plane lands autonomously at McCarran Airport and everyone on board has been killed.

“The Sinner” 10 p.m. USA — When the Muldoons push to close the investigation, Ambrose refuses, pushing Sonya to the brink.

“A Million Little Things” 10 p.m. ABC — Maggie is enjoying success at work and new love in her life, while Gary learns he needs to let go of his past.


“Taste the Nation with Padma Lakshi” 12:01 a.m. Hulu (second season debut) — Each episode will highlight unique traditions through the lens of a different immigrant culture and city, like Korean New Year in Los Angeles and Cuban Christmas in Miami.

“Catching Killers” 3:01 a.m. Netflix (new series) — The investigators behind infamous serial killer cases reveal the harrowing, chilling details of their extraordinary efforts in this true crime series.

“Space Titans: Musk, Bezos, Branson” 3:01 a.m. Discovery+ — A look at how these three entrepreneurs are launching a new wave of innovation.

“Head of the Class” 3:01 a.m. HBO Max (new series) — A group of overachieving high school students meet their greatest challenge — a teacher, Alicia Gomez, who wants them to focus less on grades and more on experiencing life.

“The Queen Family Singalong” 8 p.m. ABC — The special will feature an hour of killer Queen hits, performed by musical artists including Adam Lambert (“The Show Must Go On”), Derek Hough and Alexander Jean (“Another One Bites the Dust”), Fall Out Boy (“Under Pressure”), Jimmie Allen with Miss Piggy (“Crazy Little Thing Called Love”), JoJo Siwa and Orianthi (“We Will Rock You”), OneRepublic (“We Are the Champions”) and Pentatonix (“Somebody to Love”).

“The Blacklist” 8 p.m. NBC — A new case involving stolen artifacts reunites Red with a former blacklister. Aram faces a difficult decision.

“Walker″ 8 p.m. the CW — Walker has concerns over Micki (Lindsey Morgan) going too deep undercover and wants to keep a close eye on her and the possible new informant.

“Young Sheldon” 8 p.m. CBS — Sheldon and Dr. Linkletter struggle to solve an equation.

“Law & Order: SVU” 9 p.m. NBC — When a teenage sex worker disappears, Rollins and Velasco find a key clue in a pile of neglected missing persons reports.

“Ghosts” 9:01 p.m. CBS — Pete convinces Sam to invite his living wife to the mansion, only to discover she’s been keeping a dark secret from him for many years.

“Bull” 10 a.m. CBS — The TAC team asks Bull to step aside, when they fear his recent issues could negatively affect their defense of a business mogul accused of being mentally unfit to lead his company.


“A Man Named Scott” 12:01 a.m. Amazon Prime — A documentary about Kid Cudi.

“The Electrical Life of Louis Wain” 12:01 a.m. Amazon Prime — The true story of eccentric British artist Louis Wain (Benedict Cumberbatch), whose playful, psychedelic pictures transformed the public’s perception of cats.

“Finch” 12:01 a.m. Apple TV+ — A robot that lives on a post-apocalyptic Earth —and was built to protect the life of the beloved dog of his dying creator (Tom Hanks) — learns about love, friendship and the meaning of human life.

“Dickinson” 12:01 a.m. Apple TV+ (third season debut) — In the midst of the American Civil War, Dickinson is at her most prolific.

“The Morning Show” 12:01 a.m. Apple TV+ — TMS races to report an unconfirmed story.

No Man of God” 3:01 a.m. AMC+ — In 1980, Ted Bundy was sentenced to death by electrocution. In the years that followed, he agreed to disclose the details of his crimes, but only to one man. During the early days of the agency’s criminal profiling unit, FBI analyst Bill Hagmaier (Elijah Wood) met with the incarcerated Ted Bundy (Luke Kirby) in the hopes of understanding the psychology of the serial killer and providing closure for the victims’ families.

“Big Mouth” 3:01 a.m. Netflix (fifth season debut) — The theme of Season 5 is “Love and Hate.” The show introduces representatives of those concepts in the form of lovebugs and hate worms, literal bugs that can shift between the two forms.

“The Club” 3:01 a.m. Netflix (new series) — In cosmopolitan 1950s Istanbul, a mother with a troubled past works at a nightclub to reconnect with and help the rebellious daughter she couldn’t raise.

“Narcos: Mexico” 3:01 a.m. Netflix (third and final season) — Set in the the 1990s, this season examines the ongoing war between the various factions which emerged following Gallardo’s incarceration.

“S.W.A.T.” 8 p.m. CBS — When the team responds to a home invasion call, they uncover a murderous plot against a famous pro football quarterback.

“Shark Tank” 8 p.m. ABC — First into the tank is an entrepreneur from Denver, Colorado, who presents her online planning service dedicated to creating an inclusive wedding experience while also helping guests save money, travel and stress.

“Magnum P.I.” 9 p.m. CBS — When Magnum and Higgins are hired by an anxious groom to look into his bride-to-be on the eve of their wedding, what they think is a simple case of cold feet turns into a web of lies and a life-or-death situation for Higgins.

“Blue Bloods” 10 p.m. CBS — Jamie and Eddie experience marital tension when Eddie allows her newly released ex-convict father, Armin, to live with them.


“Highway to Heaven” 8 p.m. Saturday Lifetime — A contemporary take on Michael Landon’s iconic ’80s television series, the new movie follows Angela Stewart (Jill Scott), an angel who is sent back to Earth to help others in need.

“Saturday Night Live” 11:29 p.m. Saturday NBC — Kieran Culkin of “Succession” fame hosts.

“Fathers Christmas is Back” 3:01 a.m. Sunday Netflix — Four sisters and their families reunite for a special Christmas in the heart of Yorkshire in a beautiful mansion. However, misunderstandings and a series of mishaps unearth the long-buried secret that tore their family apart many years ago. John Cleese, Kelsey Grammer and Elizabeth Hurley are among the stars.

“Call the Midwife” 8 p.m. Sunday GPB — It’s September 1966, and at the clinic Trixie is tasked with examining a desperate woman who is pregnant with her fifth child.

“Yellowstone” 8 p.m. Sunday Paramount (fourth season debut) — From Monica and Tate getting caught up in the aftermath of Kayce’s shooting, to Rip Wheeler finding John Dutton left for dead in the middle of the road, the stakes couldn’t be higher.

“The Equalizer” 8 p.m. Sunday CBS — McCall is hired by an online group of true-crime enthusiasts to find the anonymous stalker of an unsuspecting NYC woman when the criminal claims he will murder her in eight hours.

“Fear the Walking Dead” 9 p.m. Sunday AMC — While searching for Wendell, Sarah crosses paths with a dangerous survivor.

“Diana” 9 p.m. Sunday CNN — Diana exits from her marriage to Prince Charles and turns toward humanitarian causes close to her heart.

“Dexter: New Blood” 9 p.m. Sunday Showtime (new series) — Set 10 years after Dexter went missing in the eye of Hurricane Laura, the series finds him living under an assumed name in the small town of Iron Lake, New York.

“Succession” 9 p.m. Sunday HBO — The show title is “Lion in the Meadow.”

“The Rookie” 10 p.m. Sunday ABC — Officer Nolan and team are on a hunt to retrieve a buried stash of gold before any treasure seekers get hurt.

“Insecure” 10 p.m. Sunday HBO — Eager to embrace newfound responsibilities, one of Issa’s exes finds himself torn between two places.

“Curb Your Enthusiasm” 10:30 p.m. Sunday HBO — In a last-ditch effort, Larry enlists Cheryl’s help with a project and, later, concocts a plan that could finally save his newest creative venture.

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