THE REMAINING BOYS of summer arrive at the pinnacle of their season: the very first game of the World Series (8 p.m., Fox). The granddaddy of all reality/elimination competitions, 30 teams have dwindled down to a final two, with seven games to establish the world champion.
The dictates of TV advertisers have pushed postseason games into primetime, forcing games to end too late for young fans to enjoy. It seems a generation has come of age without watching a daytime World Series game. Any wonder why interest in the game has dwindled? Aging fans can recall their ears pressed to transistor radios to enjoy the heroics of players named Yaz and Gibson, Reggie and Rose, Bench and Berra. Today, that passion seems stirred, and those memories made, more by the NBA than Major League Baseball.
And it’s not just the time of the games that has grown too late. To everything there is a season, and the season for baseball has pushed too long into autumn’s frost and gloom. In 1973, the Mets and A’s concluded a seven-game series on Oct. 21. A full day before this series even begins. If this series goes seven games, it will end on Oct. 30. Weather permitting.
• “Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel” (10 p.m., HBO, TV-PG) looks at the emotional links between sports announcers and their fans as Mary Carillo examines the devastating loss felt by fans of the Auburn Tigers after longtime announcer Rod Bramblett was killed in a car accident along with his wife, Paula. Carillo visits with the man who replaced Bramblett behind the microphone and his efforts to reach out to his late colleague and friend’s family.
• I guess it’s “news” if you call it news. “The Douglas Dynasty: Fame, Addiction, Recovery: A Diane Sawyer Special” (10 p.m., ABC) explores Cameron Douglas’ battles with drugs. He is the son of Michael and grandson of Kirk Douglas.
• “Frontline” (10 p.m., PBS, check local listings) presents “Zero Tolerance.” It explores how, between 2012 and 2016, three men, Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, his spokesman Stephen Miller and Breitbart chief Steve Bannon pushed the GOP and then-candidate Donald Trump toward a much harder line on immigration, demonizing “reform” as “amnesty.”
Presenting a “Fortress America” argument, the three would attack even legal immigration as a threat, identifying the party with a policy very different from that of President Ronald Reagan, whose massive popularity peaked as he praised immigration at the 100th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty.
• The streaming service BritBox debuts the U.K. murder mystery “The Bay” set on the coast of Lancashire.
• Linus professes an unorthodox belief in the 1966 special “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” (8 p.m., ABC, TV-G).
• Woody, Buzz and the gang lose track of a friend in the Halloween special “Toy Story of Terror” (8:30 p.m., ABC, TV-G).
• Rebecca throws a dinner party on “This Is Us” (9 p.m., NBC, TV-14).
• “Retro Report” (9 p.m., PBS, TV-PG, check local listings) recalls efforts to house low-income families, the legacy of the “Boy in the Bubble,” and sports-related brain trauma.
• Jameela Jamil (“The Good Place”) hosts a new game show “The Misery Index” (10 p.m., TBS).
Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly star as Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy performing to small audiences during the twilight of their career in the bittersweet 2018 biopic “Stan & Ollie” (9:30 p.m., Starz).
A corporal faces murder charges on “NCIS” (8 p.m., CBS, TV-14) ... “The Voice” (8 p.m., NBC, TV-PG) ... Ralph’s family skeletons on “The Flash” (8 p.m., CW, TV-PG).
A normal dad gets in over his head on “FBI” (9 p.m., CBS, TV-14) ... A date to a school mixer on “Mixed-ish” (9 p.m., ABC, TV-PG) ... Tatsu returns on “Arrow” (9 p.m., CW, TV-14) ... A chance to rub shoulders with the elite on “Blackish” (9:30 p.m., ABC, TV-PG).
A naval officer suspects his girlfriend of espionage on “NCIS: New Orleans” (10 p.m., CBS, TV-14) ... A tough call on “New Amsterdam” (10 p.m., NBC, TV-14).
Paul Rudd appears on “Conan” (11 p.m., TBS, TV-14) ... John Lithgow, Camila Mendes and Ree Drummond are booked on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” (11:35 p.m., CBS) ... Jimmy Fallon welcomes Jessica Biel, Billy Crudup and Jay Jurden on “The Tonight Show” (11:35 p.m., NBC) ... James Spader, Tim Meadows, Alison Roman and Terence Higgins visit “Late Night With Seth Meyers” (12:35 a.m., NBC) ... Joel Edgerton, Harry Connick Jr. and Noah Cyrus appear on “The Late Late Show With James Corden” (12:37 a.m., CBS).