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The early weeks of a brand new television season, not to mention the start of the baseball playoffs, are a bad time for Washington to be staging a showdown over the budget – bad for AFN viewers that is. Here’s some of the new and live programming you’re going to miss if the government shuts down Tuesday and AFN goes to only one channel — news:

Major League Baseball postseason:

Starts Tuesday evening in the U.S. with the first of four wildcard games. The first division series games start Thursday.

Tuesday: How I Met Your Mother

When Lily discovers Ted’s list of things he wants to do in New York before he moves to Chicago, she becomes frustrated that she is the only person who knows about his plans. Meanwhile, Robin and Barney realize they have very little time together before their relatives arrive for their wedding.

Wednesday: The Voice

Blind auditions.

Thursday: Modern Family

Phil finds his real-estate niche in helping divorced women; Luke invites friends over to play poker in the basement; Gloria fears her baby is cursed; Cameron stages a pet funeral to appease Lily.

Friday: The Big Bang Theory

Raj puts together a scavenger hunt that turns into serious, cutthroat competition among the men and women.

Saturday: Real Housewives, College football

Part three of a cast reunion from season five. And, not to put too fine a point on it, all college football.

Sunday: NASCAR and NFL

The Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City and week five of the NFL season.

Monday, Oct. 7: Under the Dome

Secrets of the Dome are revealed, and Big Jim becomes determined to put an end to Barbie once and for all. Meanwhile, Junior, Angie, Joe and Norrie discover who the Monarch is after receiving a shocking visit from a familiar face.

Source: AFN and TV Guide websites

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