30 for 30: "Broke," ESPN, Tuesday, 8 p.m.
ESPN's 30 for 30 franchise is back with Billy Corben's "Broke," or as he refers to it on the ESPN website, "How To Lose Millions of Dollars Without Breaking a Sweat." It chronicles the financial rise and fall of a few once-successful athletes such as Bernie Kosar, Andre Rison and Keith McCants, the last of whom could have been asked the same question Dustin Hoffman asked a soap actor in Tootsie: "Were you ever famous? Then how could you be a has-been?" 30 for 30 is usually pretty solid and this one should be no different, as it seems like nothing is more satisfying to normal people than watching rich people blow all their money.
First Presidential Debate, Wednesday, 9 p.m.
Finally, something useful in this campaign season after months of attack ads, talking points and admittedly hilarious gaffes. But you would think the candidates would be more excited, not downplaying their own expectations, like Obama's campaign spokeswoman Jen Psaki remarking that he's "not debated in four years," as if that should give him a built-in excuse if he does poorly. Um, he's the president -- he knows how to talk. That's like saying Tom Hanks would have trouble reading a script nowadays because he spends too much time actually producing movies. Same with Romney: Wahh, he hasn't debated a Democrat in 10 years, he'll probably turn
Halloween Wars, The Food Network, Sunday, 9 p.m.
If you initially thought that Halloween Wars would be this awesome battle between all of your favorite Halloween creatures like ghosts, banshees, witches, and over-protective parents, well you'd be half-right. While those frightening characters won't be participating, there will still be a battle for Halloween decorating domination ... if there is such a thing. Teams made up of an expert sugar artist, cake decorator, and pumpkin carver (yes, these are apparently real paying job titles) will compete to make the best Halloween-themed displays in this spooky spin-off of Cupcake Wars.
Homeland, Showtime, Sunday, 10 p.m.
What is this show? At the Emmys last week, it won Outstanding Drama Series over Mad Men, which had held the title for its first four seasons. Its star, Damian Lewis, beat out Bryan Cranston for Outstanding Lead Actor, an award he had held for the first three seasons of Breaking Bad. Claire Danes won Outstanding Lead Actress as well. And it's on a network that is part of an extra cable package that doesn't include HBO -- technically Showtime is on par with Cinemax and Starz. If you splurge on Showtime, there's no excuse for you not to be watching this show, unless you're spending your time on the Showtime Anytime app watching Showtime's other great shows like Brotherhood and...that's about it.
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