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TV picks for Oct. 21 to Oct. 27: 'Dracula,' 'Strike Back: Origins.' 'Grimm'

Here's what to watch or skip on TV during the week of Oct. 21 to Oct. 27.

Monday, Oct. 21

CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story
8 p.m. Monday, VH1
The 1990s-era hip-hop trio gets its own biopic starring Chicago area native Keke Palmer.
Read my interview with Palmer here.

My Crazy Roommate
8 p.m. Monday, Bounce TV
Ads for this week-old sitcom about a "princess" and a "hot mess" living together in New York mentions the CBS sitcom "2 Broke Girls." It's easy to understand why. (You can find Bounce in Chicago on RCN and Comcast cable services.)

11 p.m. Monday, Comedy Central
Chris Hardwick sticks his finger in another pie as host of this new competition in which comedians battle to see who has the funniest take on the day's social media and pop culture happenings.

Other Monday premieres:
7 p.m. "Scare Tactics," Syfy
8 p.m. "Unlikely Friends," Investigation Discovery; "Life According to Sam," HBO
9 p.m. "Hotel Impossible: Superstorm Sandy Specials," Travel; "The Waiting Room," PBS

Tuesday, Oct. 22

American Daredevils
9 p.m. Tuesday, History
In the world of daredevil car stunts, the difference between 60 mph and 65 mph is 10-15 feet, broken bones, or the difference between life and death.
Read more about "American Daredevils" and watch preview clips here.
"American Daredevils" photo gallery.

Other Tuesday premieres:
7 p.m. "The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross with Henry Louis Gates, Jr." PBS; "Mother of All Talent," TVGN
9 p.m. "Chasing Nashville," Lifetime; "What If…? Armageddon 1962," Military Channel
9:30 p.m. "Awkward," MTV; "Trust Me, I'm a Game Show Host," TBS

Wednesday, Oct. 23

9 p.m. Wednesday, CBS
Catherine Willows (Marg Helgenberger) helps her former CSI team look into a cold case. It also happens to be the show's 300th episode.

Thursday, Oct. 24

Adam Devine's House Party
11:30 p.m. Thursday, Comedy Central
"Workaholics" co-star Adam Devine invites comics to do standup at his party in an LA mansion where in the premiere Adam makes a fool of himself trying to impress his ex. ("We went out on one date," she says.)

Project Runway: All-Stars
8 p.m. Thursday, Lifetime
Fresh off the "Project Runway" finale last week, "All-Stars" starts with a new host, Alyssa Milano, and a challenge to create a punk look inspired by rocker Debbie Harry.

Other Thursday premieres:
7 p.m. "A Shot to Save the World," Smithsonian; "Something to Talk About: Shored Up," DirecTV Audience
9 p.m. "Restaurant Divided," Food

Friday, Oct. 25

The Hunters
7 p.m. Friday, Hallmark
Brothers Paxton and Tripp Flynn (Robbie Amell, Keenan Tracy) set off to find their missing parents, who are Hunters, members of an ancient order assigned to protect fairy tale artifacts. Victor Garber, Michelle Forbes, Alex Vega and Walmart plugs costar in this "Walmart and P&G Present Walden Family Theater" adaptation of Joshua Williamson's comic book "Mirror Mirror."

The Carrie Diaries
7 p.m. Friday, CW
Pre-"Sex and the City" Carrie meets pre-"Sex and the City" Samantha Jones (Lindsey Gort) as the "Sex and the City" prequel begins its second season.

8 p.m. Friday, NBC
Nick is a zombie! Our hero goes on a violent bender in the first of a two-part season opener that moves as slowly as a zombie shuffles.

Strike Back: Origins
9 p.m. Friday, Cinemax
Cinemax's popular action drama "Strike Back" started out as a British show that starred Richard Armitage and Andrew Lincoln. Cinemax has repurposed that six-episode season as a prequel to its three seasons of the very different series.

Other Friday premieres:
7 p.m. "Styled to Rock," Bravo
8 p.m. "Springsteen & I," Showtime; "A Raisin in the Sun Revisited: The Raisin Cycle at Center Stage," PBS
9 p.m. "Secret Princes," TLC; "Come Date with Me," Cooking

Saturday, Oct. 26

Zombie Night

8 p.m. Saturday, Syfy
Because the folks who played Cameron Frye in "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," Brian Johnson in "The Breakfast Club," Elle Driver in the "Kill Bill" movies and Mrs. Partridge in "The Partridge Family" have nothing better to do these days. Seriously? (Just in case I lost you, I'm talking about Alan Ruck, Anthony Michael Hall, Daryl Hannah and Shirley Jones.)

The Good Witch's Destiny
8 p.m. Saturday, Hallmark
Catherine Bell rides the broomstick once again as sweet witch Cassie Nightingale in the latest of the made-for-TV movie series. You can make it a day of magic: A marathon of the previous five films begins at 10 a.m.

The Spartacus Saga Uncut
9:05 p.m. Saturday, Starz
Fans of the bloody good drama "Spartacus" can rewatch the entire series from the beginning. Every Saturday, Starz will show three episodes, with star Liam McIntyre offering insights into each of the episodes from "Blood and Sand," "Gods of the Arena," "Vengeance" and "War of the Damned."

Other Saturday premieres:
7 p.m. "The Monster Project with Judah Friedlander," Nat Geo Wild; "The Husband She Met Online," Lifetime; "Hub Network's First Annual Halloween Bash," Hub Network

Sunday, Oct. 27

Doctor Who: The Doctors Revisited–The Tenth Doctor
7 p.m. Saturday, BBC America
My favorite Doctor, David Tennant, gets his half-hour special as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations of "Doctor Who." The special is followed by the Tenth Doctor two-parter "The Stolen Earth" and "Journey's End."

American Blackout
8 p.m. Sunday, Nat Geo
What would happen if a cyber attack knocked out power across the entire U.S. for a week or more? Danger, if this disturbing film that mixes real home footage from recent blackouts with fictional drama. Nat Geo says all the info given is fact-based, but if I didn't know any better, I'd say one of the network's "Doomsday Preppers" wrote the script.

Secrets of the Tower of London
7 p.m. Sunday, PBS
These days it houses the crown jewels, but the Tower of London has been many things since being erected nearly 1,000 years ago: a royal castle, a prison, a place of execution and torture, an armory and the Royal Mint.

Other Sunday premieres:
7:30 p.m. "Austin & Ally," Disney
9 p.m. "The Governor's Wife," A&E; "America's Scariest Halloween Attractions 4," Travel

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