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5 Best Bets on TV This Week: ‘Bitchcraft,’ a School Tragedy and Neil LaBute’s First Series

5 Best Bets on TV This Week: 'Bitchcraft,' a School Tragedy and Neil LaBute's First Series

Sure, Sunday tends to be overcrowded with high-end TV, including “Boardwalk Empire,” “Eastbound and Down,” “Homeland,” “Masters of Sex” and more, but what to watch the rest of the time? Every Monday, we bring you five noteworthy highlights from the other six days of the week.

Valentine Road”: Television Premiere
Monday, October 7th at 9pm on HBO

Coming to HBO off of a premiere at Sundance earlier this year, Marta Cunningham’s documentary looks at the murder of eighth grader Larry King by his classmate Brandon McInerney, unpacking a story of LGBT discrimination, bullying and two kids coming from abusive backgrounds and meeting in tragedy.

POV”: “Brooklyn Castle
Monday, October 7th at 10pm on PBS

Katie Dellamaggiore’s quiet charmer of a doc about an inner city school’s champ chess team comes to PBS this week. The film follows students from I.S. 138’s program as they face national championships and budget cuts, and in doing so makes a compelling case for the importance of both the game and after school programs.

30 for 30”: “Free Spirits”
Tuesday, October 8th at 8pm on ESPN

ESPN’s sports doc series “30 for 30” turns its attention to the Spirits of St. Louis, the most colorful and controversial team in the American Basketball Association, which disbanded in 1976. Director Daniel H. Forer details how, while the franchise wasn’t one of the four to join the NBA, it did live on in an unusual way thanks to a business deal made by owners Ozzie and Dan Silna.

Full Circle”: Series Premiere
Wednesday, October 9th at 9pm on DirecTV’s Audience Channel

Scripted by Neil LaBute, this talky drama based on “La Ronde” is the “In the Company of Men” director’s first TV venture, though he now has several projects in the works at DirecTV and NBC. David Boreanaz, Tom Felton, Cheyennthate Jackson, Minka Kelly and Kate Walsh are among the ensemble cast members who’ll rotate through the 10-episode season.

“American Horror Story: Coven”: Season Premiere
Wednesday, October 9th at 10pm on FX

It’s wild, it’s crazy, and last season it managed to also be… pretty damn good. “American Horror Story” is back this week with its new season, “Coven,” featuring many returning cast members (among them Jessica Lange, Evan Peters and Sarah Paulson) in a new tale about witches in New Orleans. The premiere, “Bitchcraft,” follows a young girl (Taissa Farmiga) whose emerging powers get her sent to Miss Robichaux’s Academy for Exceptional Young Ladies.

Also Worth a Look: 50 Cent and Jamie Oliver inspire troubled kids in new Sundance Channel series “Dream School” on Monday, October 7th at 10pm; DirecTV’s doc series “Something to Talk About” continues with “Drawing Dead,” about the highs and lows of online poker, on Thursday, October 10th at 9pm on the Audience Network; Showtime world premieres the Ron Howard-directed Jay-Z concert doc “Made in America” on Friday, October 11th at 9pm; and if you’re having trouble believing “Vanilla Ice Goes Amish” is a real series, you can check out the premiere on the DIY network on Saturday, October 12th at 10pm.

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