The schedule is a little light this week, partly because FOX is losing four nights to the World Series starring baseball, the most boring of the sports. And I have nothing else to say because I’m finishing this very late at night and I’m a tired boy.
Here’s what to watch on TV this week!
8-10 Dancing with the Stars – It’s Corporate Synergy Night! I mean, Disney Night! This is always fun, even if I forever wait for a performance to the Cantina Band song. Speaking of Disney, is anybody else a little bummed that Wreck-It Ralph 2 looks like an extended Disney commercial? I mean, the Princess stuff is pretty funny, but those bits in the commercial like Iron Man racing an X-Wing Fighter? I hated that pandering in Ready Player One and I don’t like it here.
10-11 Manifest – Cal unveils some perplexing abilities and we learn about some of the people left behind by Flight 828. So far so good with this show. I’m not running around demanding people watch it, but it’s working for me so far.
8-8:30 The Conners – So, I didn’t watch the first season of the relaunch, mostly for political reasons. I watched the season premiere this year and it didn’t do much for me but I’m glad it exists, if that makes sense. However, killing off TV Roseanne with an overdose was… not great. That was shockingly clumsy.
9-10 This Is Us – Kate and Toby try to keep busy while waiting for news and Randall embarks on a new journey. Speaking of Randall, I’m going to take the bold stance of criticizing a movie that flopped, but there were two good things in the recent The Predator and Sterling K. Brown was one of them.
10-11 The Guest Book – SEASON PREMIERE! Two new episodes of Greg Garcia’s show about the comings and goings at a hotel. Season Two moves to a new location which means we get a new ongoing story in the background. Like most TBS shows, this is pretty delightful.
8-9 Survivor – Wow, here’s a gripping summary straight from CBS – “Another castaway is voted out of the game”.
8-8:30 The Goldbergs – Hey, it’s a Freddy Krueger-themed episode! I believe that Robert Englund appears in this episode, so that’ll be fun. I have a long-running disdain for horror because I don’t like being scared, but I’m really enjoying Paul Rust and Matt Gourley’s Friday the 13th podcast (In Voorhees We Trust with Gourley and Rust) and the fact that the new Halloween is written by Danny McBride, I feel like I have to at least dip into Eighties franchise horror.
9-9:30 Modern Family – It’s a big Halloween episode where the family also deals with the death of an established character. (They’re trying to keep it a secret, but it’s clearly Phil’s dad, right?)
9:30-10 Single Parents – It’s another Halloween episode! I feel like this is basically ABC announcing that next week’s episodes are all repeats since they’re doing Halloween a week early.
10-10:30 It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia – It’s Super Bowl weekend from Charlie’s perspective, which means Charlie is left home alone while everybody goes to the Super Bowl. I assume it’s last year’s Super Bowl, or maybe they’re making a bold prediction about next year.
Bodyguard – This miniseries was a huge hit in England a couple of months ago, and now we get to see it. The guy who played Robb Stark is a PTSD-afflicted veteran assigned to protect a cabinet member. Let’s all check it out!
8:30-9 The Good Place – Jason faces his past and Chidi gets help in resolving a problem. That is sufficiently vague. Also, we were all surprised this week to see that Chidi is jacked, right?
9-10 Crazy Ex-Girlfriend – Rebecca contemplates her career and one of the Joshes gets back into dating. I can’t tell you for sure which Josh it is but probably the main one.
8-9:10 Doctor Who – This one is promisingly titled “Arachnids in the UK”. I mean, I feel like the Doctor has bigger things to deal with than spiders, but we’ll see how it plays out. Also, there is such an easy joke here and somebody’s going to make it but it won’t be me.
9-10:05 The Walking Dead – Rick reckons with past sins that threaten his future. All four episodes at the most of this future.
9-10 The Deuce – Rudy and Marty the Horse buy Lori’s contract from C.C. and no, “Marty the Horse” is not an actual horse who somehow has money and the ability to negotiate with pimps I don’t think. I’m a couple episodes behind, so there could be a Disenchantment pig scenario in the wings.
10-10:30 Camping – The guys go on a fishing trip and talk about their sex lives. Boy, those are two things you’d never find me doing. Hey, wanna sit outside during allergy season and talk about what our genitals have been doing? Me neither.
“At least he died doing what he loved: Whip-its.” — Pillboy
“Life. You know, you go to bed unsatisfied. They’re calling the lottery numbers on the TV and you get the first few and already in your mind you’re buying a jet or a fjord or whatever, but it’s just not meant to be. It’s just not meant to bet.” — Bill Oswalt