The Chase for the Sprint Cup moves into its eighth race and second in the Eliminator Round with today's AAA Texas 500 from Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth. Carl Edwards, Jimmie Johnson and Denny Hamlin are particularly dangerous on the cookie-cutter 1.5-mile oval, though at this writing only Edwards appeared to have a chance at the Cup title. Johnson won this race a year ago.
Formula One Racing
Fort Worth isn't the only Texas city hosting a big race today, as Formula One gears up in Austin for the United States Grand Prix. The 20-turn, 3.4-mile Circuit of the Americas runs counterclockwise -- unlike most F1 circuits -- and features wide corners and elevation changes, including a steep climb to the first turn. Sebastian Vettel won this race last year.
Skyscraper Live With Nik Wallenda
A year after he successfully traversed the Grand Canyon, the veteran aerialist who is known as the King of the Highwire attempts his most challenging tightrope walk yet high above one of the windiest parts of Chicago in this new special, which is being broadcast live to more than 200 countries. During the first part of the crossing, Wallenda will walk the equivalent of more than two city blocks up a 15-degree angle. He'll be blindfolded for the second part of the walk.
Guy's Grocery Games
As the title of this new episode suggests, "A Culinary Spelling Bee" calls upon the four starting chefs to use their spelling as well as culinary skills in the first round. Next, they rummage through the Clearance Carts to find ingredients for a show-stopping starter course. Finally, the Frozen Food Feud forces the chefs to confront their worst nightmare as they try to make a classic dish that's worth the $20,000 shopping spree.
It's a couple of days past Halloween, but is there ever a better time than another to start a love affair with a ghost? Tina (voice by Dan Mintz) provides her own answer in the aptly titled new episode "Tina and the Real Ghost," as a spectre that apparently resides in the Belchers' basement touches her emotions. Nothing necessarily lasts forever, though ... not even an affair with the supernatural.
Few actresses do "powerful woman" as well as two-time Oscar winner Jane Fonda, who's also been an Emmy nominee in recent times for her network-owner role on "The Newsroom." In the new episode "Opposites A-Frack," she supplies the voice of an assemblywoman enlisted by Lisa (voice of Yeardley Smith) to halt Mr. Burns' (voice of Harry Shearer) fracking plans. Complications develop when the politician falls for him and vice versa.
Anatomy of Deception
Natasha Henstridge stars in this low-budget 2014 thriller about a district attorney who has been anointed to replace her city's outgoing mayor. Unfortunately, she is stalked by a man who is determined to knock her off her lofty pedestal. His machinations only strengthen her resolve, however, as she vows to beat him at his own game. Lochlyn Munro, Stephanie Erb and Susie Abromeit also star.
Who will end up in charge of the department store? It's a very real question that isn't answered easily in the new "The Paradise, Season 2: Episode Six," as both Moray and Tom (Emun Elliott, Ben Daniels) enhance their bids to emerge as the business' leader. Denise (Joanna Vanderham) also factors in with some ideas of her own. As they advance their intentions, Lovett (Peter Wight) experiences a setback.
A clash of AFC North foes is in the offing tonight at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, where Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers hope to get a little payback against Joe Flacco and the Baltimore Ravens. Back in Week 2, the Ravens responded to the release of Ray Rice days earlier by forcing three turnovers and limiting the Steelers to two field goals in a 26-6 Baltimore victory.
Accompanying Elizabeth (Tea Leoni) on an official visit to India proves to be less than fortunate for Alison (Kathrine Herzer) in the new episode "Passage." The two are separated when an earthquake strikes, sending Elizabeth into a panic mode that increases with every moment she can't locate her youngest daughter. John Shea ("Missing") and Anna Wood ("Reckless") guest star in the story directed by filmmaker Martha Coolidge ("Valley Girl").
Kyra Sedgwick continues her guest role as the deputy chief in the new episode "The Mole." Before she finds out someone in the precinct is letting information leak, Holt (Andre Braugher) -- who doesn't see eye-to-eye with her anyway -- and Jake (Andy Samberg) try to put a stop to the situation. Terry and Rosa (Terry Crews, Stephanie Beatriz) try to advance the cause of their new drug task force. Melissa Fumero and Joe Lo Truglio also star.
The Britannia Awards 2014
British actor and comic Rob Brydon ("Gavin & Stacey") returns to host as BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) Los Angeles holds its annual gala awards ceremony honoring individuals who have dedicated their careers to "advancing the art forms of the moving image" in the United States, the United Kingdom and beyond. This year's crop of honorees include Mark Ruffalo, Robert Downey Jr., Emma Watson, director Mike Leigh and Dame Judi Dench.