‘The Conners’ return without Roseanne

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The beloved Conners family returns when ABC premieres its rebooted “The Conners” comedy series, sans Roseanne, premiering Tuesday, Oct. 16, at 8 p.m. ET/PT. In the premiere episode, Keep on Truckin’, a sudden turn of events forces the Conners to face the daily struggles of life in Lanford in a way they never have before. The series features John Goodman (Dan), Laurie Metcalf (Jackie), Sara Gilbert (Darlene), Lecy Goranson (Becky), Michael Fishman (D.J.), Emma Kenney (Harris), Ames McNamara (Mark) and Jayden Rey (Mary) and Maya Lynne Robinson (Gina-Williams).

HBO Films’ “My Dinner with Hervé,” starring Peter Dinklage and Jamie Dornan, will debut Saturday, Oct. 20, at 8 p.m. ET/PT. Inspired by a real story, the film explores the unlikely friendship between struggling journalist Danny Tate (Dornan) and Hervé Villechaize (Dinklage), the world’s most famous knife-wielding French dwarf actor, as it unfolds over one wild night in LA — an encounter that will have life-changing consequences for both. The film also stars: Mireille Enos as Hervé’s longtime girlfriend, Kathy Self; Harriet Walter as Danny’s newspaper editor, Fiona Baskin; Oona Chaplin as Danny’s girlfriend, Katie Nielson; with David Strathairn as Villechaize’s longtime agent, Marty Rothstein; and Andy García as Ricardo Montalbán, Villechaize’s Fantasy Island co-star.

PBS’ “NOVA” investigates the science of addiction and new discoveries about the brain that show how to treat America’s deadly opioid epidemic on the premiere of NOVA Addiction Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 9 p.m. ET on PBS (check your local listings). We are in the midst of the deadliest drug epidemic in U.S. history. In 2016, 64,000 Americans died from drug overdoses, driven by a dramatic rise in the abuse of opioids like OxyContin, heroin, and fentanyl.

The truth behind the creatures of legend is revealed in the new Science Channel series “Mythical Beasts,” premiering on Sunday, Oct. 14, at 10 p.m. ET/PT. They are the stuff of legend, popularized in movies and television and described in detail in fantasy literature. For thousands of years, humankind has believed in mythical creatures, from dragons and cyclops, to vampires and sea monsters. Each of eight episodes will look at the history, archaeology and truths behind legendary creatures. Experts in their fields help unpack some of history’s most deep-seeded mysteries.

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