What to Watch Tonight: Supernatural's Season 8 Premiere, South Park, and the First Presidential Debate

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What to watch on Wednesday, October 3rd...

You might want to don some protective gear before partaking in tonight's TV lineup. May I suggest a helmet if you're planning to watch the first presidential debate? Heavy boots for the finale of American Hoggers? Night goggles to the premiere of Supernatural? Or, we can just simplify things and watch television like normal folks. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to duck back underneath my desk and finish my iron cloak while I eat bananas and peanut butter.


SEASON 8 PREMIERE, 9pm, The CW
Supernatural
Welcome to Wednesdays, Supernatural! In tonight's Season 8 premiere, "We Need to Talk About Kevin," the Winchester Bros reunite after spending a year apart, with Dean returning from Purgatory and and Sam struggling to give up the new life he started while Dean was away. Bonus: The episode was written by new showrunner Jeremy Carver.


LIVE, 9pm Eastern/6pm Pacific, NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX, CNN, MSNBC, C-SPAN, PBS
The First Presidential Debate
With the election just around the corner, President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney will participate in three debates, starting tonight. Tonight's event will moderated by Jim Lehrer, host of PBS's NewsHour, and will focus on domestic policy. Here's what the live schedule looks like for the next three debates:

Thursday, October 11: LIVE 9pm Eastern/6pm Pacific — Vice presidential debate: Vice President Joe Biden vs. Rep. Paul Ryan
Topic: Foreign and domestic topics
Moderator: Martha Raddatz, ABC Senior Foreign Affairs Correspondent

Tuesday, October 16: LIVE 9pm Eastern/6pm Pacific — Second presidential debate: President Barack Obama vs. Mitt Romney
Topic: Foreign and domestic issues
Moderator: Candy Crowley, Chief Political Analyst and the first woman moderator in 20 years

Monday, October 22: LIVE 9pm Eastern/6pm Pacific — Third presidential debate: President Barack Obama vs. Mitt Romney
Topic: Foreign policy
Moderator: Bob Schieffer, Chief Washington Correspondent and moderator of CBS's Face the Nation


SERIES PREMIERE, 10pm, Bravo
Life After Top Chef
Ever wonder what happens to Top Chef chef'testants once they leave the show (assuming SyFy doesn't give them dumb cooking shows)? In this new reality series, Bravo will answer the "where are they now?" question for Richard Blais in Atlanta, Jen Carroll in Philadelphia, Spike Mendelsohn in Washington, D.C., and Fabio Viviani in Los Angeles. It's kind of like that documentary Babies, except with grumpy, tattooed adults who happen to be excellent cooks!


10pm, Comedy Central
South Park
Get ready, tonight the kiddos take on TLC's Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. In "Raising the Bar," Alana "Honey Boo Boo" Thompson and her mama June visit South Park in hopes of finding a pig with a sassy heart. Because... why not?


SEASON FINALE, 10:30pm, ABC
American Hoggers
The A & E reality show will air two new episodes tonight, the second of which is the season finale. In "The End Is Near," Jerry puts everything on the line when he challenges his nemesis Ronnie Creek in a winner-take-all competition; in "Pistol Whipped," Krystal uses all of her hog-catching know-how in a desperate plan to save the family biz.


PLUS NEW EPISODES OF...
Animal Practice, 8 p.m., NBC
Survivor: Philippines, 8 p.m., CBS
The Middle, 8p.m, ABC
The X Factor, 8 p.m., Fox
Oh Sit!, SEASON FINALE 8 p.m., The CW
Guys With Kids, 8:30 p.m., NBC
The Neighbors 8:30 p.m., ABC
Abandoned, 9 p.m., NatGeo
Cracking Addiction, 9 p.m., TLC
Ghost Hunters, 9 p.m., Syfy
Not My Mama's Meals, 9 p.m., Cooking
Restaurant: Impossible, 9 p.m., Food
Sons of Guns, 9 p.m., Discovery
Toy Hunter, 9 p.m., Travel
Save My Son, 9 p.m., TV One
Who the (Bleep) Did I Marry?, 9 p.m., Investigation Discovery
American Restoration, 9:30 p.m., History
Dirty Little Lies, 9:30 p.m., Investigation Discovery
South Beach Tow, 9:30 p.m., TruTV
Cajun Pawn Stars, 10 p.m., History
Couples Therapy, SEASON 2 PREMIERE, 10 p.m., VH1
House Hunters, 10 p.m., HGTV
How Booze Built America: Part 3, SEASON FINALE 10 p.m., Discovery
I Married a Mobster, 10 p.m., Investigation Discovery
Nadia G's Bitchin' Kitchen, 10 p.m., Cooking
Operation Repo, 10 p.m., TruTV
Paranormal Witness, 10 p.m., Syfy
Restaurant Stakeout, 10 p.m., Food
The Challenge: Battle of the Seasons, 10 p.m., MTV
The Soup, 10 p.m., E!
Key & Peele, 10:30 p.m., Comedy Central
House Hunters International, 10:30 p.m., HGTV



LATE-NITE PICKS:
Carly Rae Jepsen and comedian Bobby Lee on Chelsea Lately, 11 p.m., E!
Jennifer Garner and musical guest Tegan and Sara on Conan, 11 p.m., TBS
Tina Fey and Rick Santorum on Late Show With David Letterman, 11:35 p.m., CBS
Christina Applegate on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, 11:35 p.m., NBC
Amy Poehler, Alan Arkin and a performance by Garbage on Jimmy Kimmel Live, 12 a.m., ABC
Martin Shortand, Logan Lermanon Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, 12:37 a.m., NBC
Keanu Reeves on The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson, 12:37 a.m., CBS

What are you watching tonight?

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