"Emily Owens, M.D.": Series Premiere
Tuesday, October 16 at 9pm on The CW
If you're curious to see how much of Meryl Streep's talent has been passed down in her family, you may want to cruise by this medical drama starring Streep's daughter Mamie Gummer as the first-year Denver Memorial Hospital intern of the title. Justin Hartley plays Emily's med-school crush and Aja Naomi King is her high school nemesis in this series, which was created by "90210" co-executive producer Jennie Snyder Urman and focuses just as much on the social difficulties faced by its protagonist as the medical ones.
"World Without End": U.S. Broadcast Premiere
Wednesday, October 17 at 8pm PT/5pn ET on Reelz
Ben Chaplin ("Twixt"), Cynthia Nixon, "Weekend" star Tom Cullen and Miranda Richardson are among the castmembers in this lavish period miniseries adapted from Ken Follett's novel (a follow-up to "The Pillars of the Earth"). Michael Caton-Jones ("Rob Roy") directs the eight-part drama, which is set in England during the 1300s as the Black Death spreads around Europe and the King leads the nation into the Hundred Years' War with France.
"American Horror Story: Asylum": Season Premiere
Wednesday, October 17 at 10pm on FX
Ryan Murphy's crazy horror show returns for a new season with some of the same cast members, but an all new story, setting and characters. This season of the anthology series is set in Briarcliff Manor, a former tuberculosis ward as well as the once home of an infamous serial killer named Bloody Face. Jessica Lange, Zachary Quinto, Sarah Paulson and others star -- check out the first five minutes of the premiere here.
Coming on the heels of Cinemax's renewal of its black ops show "Strike Back," the network's newest drama stars Melissa George as an operative in a private intelligence agency trying to figure out who's behind a recent and violent attempt on her life. Like "Strike Back," this spy series is a UK co-production -- Adam Rayner, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Mr. Eko from "Lost") and Stephen Dillane co-star in the project, which was created by "X-Files" writer Frank Spotnitz.
"The Girl": Broadcast Premiere
Saturday, October 20 at 9pm on HBO
Before Anthony Hopkins unveils his Alfred Hitchcock in "Hitchcock," check out Toby Jones's version in the HBO original movie "The Girl," about the famous director's dark and sometimes predatory relationship with his leading lady Tippi Hedren (Sienna Miller) during the filming of "The Birds" and "Marnie." Julian Jarrold ("Brideshead Revisited") directed the film, which is based on Hedren's account of their tumultuous collaboration and contains visual nods to a few iconic scenes in Hitchcock's work.
Also worth a look: "Suburgatory," everyone's favorite sitcom with accidental incestuous undertones, returns for a second season on Wednesday, October 17th at 9:30pm on ABC; "Ethel," Rory Kennedy's documentary about her mother and about the history of her family, premieres on HBO on Thursday, October 18th at 9pm; "Boss" closes out its second season on Starz on Friday, October 19th at 9pm; "Battle for Brooklyn," a documentary about the massive Atlantic Yards project in Brooklyn and the people who fought back against the takeover of their community, airs on DirecTV's Audience Network on Saturday, October 20th at 9pm.