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TV picks for the week of Oct. 15-21

By Dale Roe, Austin American-Statesman –

“American Horror Story” is back without any of its first-season characters. Here’s what to watch and what to avoid on television this week.

—Monday:

“Hawaii Five-0” 9 p.m., CBS: There’s losing one’s head and then there’s, you know … losing one’s head. I know he asked for “a little off the top” but, seriously …

“The Bad Girls Club” 9 p.m., Oxygen: Season 9 concludes.

—Tuesday:

“Emily Owens, M.D.” 8 p.m., The CW: Celebrity offspring Mamie Gummer (she’s Oscar magnet Meryl Streep’s daughter) stars as a young medical resident with an odd internal monologue.

“Underemployed” 9 p.m., MTV: This new drama series following five post-collegiate chums is like “The Real World,” only — if this is possible — slightly more scripted.

—Wednesday:

“Suburgatory” 8:30 p.m., ABC: Tessa returns to Chatswin and we get to hear an extended version of the comedy’s “pleasant nightmare” theme song snippet in tonight’s second-season opener.

“American Horror Story: Asylum” 9 p.m., FX: The Emmy-nominated anthology series is back for a second go-’round with many returning actors playing new characters. This time, the story takes place in an asylum.

—Thursday:

“Ethel” 8 p.m., HBO: Her youngest child, Rory, created this documentary on Ethel Kennedy.

—Friday:

“Whitney” 7 p.m., NBC: Wedding high jinks abound in the season premiere of this comedy that NBC won’t stop forcing on us.

“Nikita” 8 p.m., The CW: Nikita’s in charge now, and she’s tracking down rogue agents as Season 3 begins.

“Hunted” 9 p.m., Cinemax: Melissa George stars in the premiere of the pay network’s original spy series.

—Saturday:

“Trisha’s Southern Kitchen” 10 a.m., Food: Season 2 begins. Can I get a “yum”?

“The Girl” 8 p.m., HBO: This new film explores iconic director Alfred Hitchcock’s dark obsession with leading lady Tippi Hedren.

“Saturday Night Live” 10:30 p.m., NBC: Hit-maker Bruno Mars (“Billionaire”) pulls double duty as host and musical guest.

—Sunday:

“Night of Too Many Stars: America Comes Together for Autism Programs” 7 p.m., Comedy Central: “The Daily Show’s” Jon Stewart hosts, while Katy Perry, Tina Fey and others perform to raise funds for the titular disorder.

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