We’ve got a lot of TV to watch this Halloween week. A couple of comedy premieres that I’m excited about, some big events, and plenty of hoopla. Also, Doctor Strange opens on Friday and I’m really excited to see Sherlock Holmes fight Hannibal Lecter. I think that’s all I have to say by way of introduction this week.
Here’s what to watch on TV this week!
8-9 Gotham – Mad Hatter exposes Gordon to a psychedelic substance and our boy goes on a bad trip. Meanwhile, Penguin is not happy about Ed’s new relationship. Well, he deals with his emotions in such constructive ways, so it’ll be fine.
8-10 Dancing with the Stars – Everybody performs Halloween-themed routines. Are you ready to hear “The Monster Mash” seven times in a row? Maybe they’ll get in “Werewolves of London” just to mix it up. Or Tom Waits’ “Poor Edward”, which is highly underrated as a Halloween song.
8-9 Supergirl – Kara and Alex investigate an alien fight club run by Roulette and then Supergirl trains Mon-El. Man, Roulette turns up on a lot of TV shows especially when you consider how rarely she’s actually appeared in comics.
9-10 People of Earth – SERIES PREMIERE! Wyatt Cenac stars in this comedy about a support group for alien abductees. It’s got a great cast (Ana Gasteyer! Brian Huskey! Luka Jones!) and TBS has been killing it lately, so it’s definitely worth a look.
So, as I understand it, there could be a World Series installment tonight on FOX but as I write this, there’s still a possibility that it could be over. But as you read this, you’ll know whether or not there is another installment. I most likely will not know until I turn on the TV to see if Brooklyn Nine-Nine is on. Please don’t ask me for any further details.
8-8:30 Brooklyn Nine-Nine – Terry’s hero starts getting death threats, Gina choose the Boyle family vacation, and Amy gets in the middle of a fight between Captain Holt and Kevin. Well, that sounds to me like we get an appearance by spunkybuddy Marc Evan Jackson!
8:30-9 New Girl – Jess goes out for a principal job and Winston puts his undercover skill to the test. What if Winston has really been Gene Parmesan this whole time?
8-9 The Flash – Caitlin struggles to understand her new metahuman powers and Barry investigates a new villain attacking Central City. That reminds me of my favorite thing in the Fantastic Four movie where they make a big point of mentioning Central City like it’s a thing (“We call it a…. Central City”) even though that has nothing to do with the FF. They just shouted out the Flash at the end of their movie for no good reason.
9-10 This Is Us – Kate interviews for a job, Randall doubts his career bath, and in the past, Rebecca and Jack try to figure out what to do when Randall tests as a gifted child. For real? Ask my parents what they did and then do exactly the opposite.
10-11 Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – It’s the origin of the Ghost Rider! Lives hang in the balance! Given that the end of the origin is “so now I turn into a flaming skeleton sometimes”, I’m guessing that didn’t work out too well.
10-10:40 Atlanta – SEASON FINALE! Earn loses his jacket at a party. Wait, that’s an actual plot element in the listing! Nobody tell FX – they’ll flip out if somebody releases a useful description.
10:30-11 Drunk History – This week’s episode focuses on siblings, including the forgotten Wright sister. OK, but if it turns out that Mildred and Patty Hill had a brother who did all the work, I’m going to lose my mind. Nothing makes sense anymore!
8-9 Survivor – A castaway is interrogated about his true profession. Man, this season is so boring that I can’t even remember if anybody is lying about their job.
8-9 Arrow – With an episode titled “Human Target”, I’m guessing one Christopher Chance will be making an appearance. But maybe not the version who had his own FOX show that totally got the concept wrong.
10-11 Stan Against Evil – SERIES PREMIERE! Dana Gould created this horror comedy with John C. McGinley and Janet Varney as small town cops dealing with a demon infestation. It sounds to me like an X-Files episode where Mulder and Scully never show up and looks pretty great.
10-10:30 Jon Glaser Loves Gear – So this is my new favorite thing. This week, Jon deals with the fact that even though he loves hockey, he never learned to skate. Every Jon Glaser show just blows up its premise in the first episode and then pretends it didn’t, and I love it.
10-11 Rectify – The Holdens adjust to life without Daniel’s influence. Meanwhile, I’m going to worry about Daniel because that guy is not suited to life away from home. I fret.
8-9 DC’s Legends of Tomorrow – The team travels to 1863 and end up in the middle of the Civil War. Well, they shouldn’t be in the middle. I feel like they should have a pretty easy time picking a side, right?
8:30-9 The Good Place – The plot thicks now that we know the wrong Eleanor was sent to the Bad Place. This show is excellent, and I hope you’re watching it. And if Adam Scott as a demon doesn’t get you on board, then you’re unsalvageable.
9-10:30 Project Runway – A team collection has the groups creating three-piece collections for a pop-up shop. Are there really pop-up clothing stores? I have a hard enough time dealing with the idea of pop-up restaurants. I mean, I know they exist but not in my town. The closest thing we have is when a restaurant goes out of business before opening weekend is over. (That actually happened.)
10-10:30 Better Things – Sam makes moves. Good to know. I assume she’s going to borrow Dean Rosedragon’s chess set to plan them out.
It’s Doctor Strange night!
8-9 Hell’s Kitchen – The listing is something about inscrutable about using cookbooks to spell out ingredients and I have to assume they’re cutting letters out, ransom note-style.
9-10 Crazy Ex-Girlfriend – Rebecca struggles to choose between Josh and Greg. Surprisingly, I don’t have a horse in this race. They’re both sort of disasters. I mean, I could offer myself as an alternative but there is a limit to how much I want to hear about musical theater.
11-12 am Comedy Bang! Bang! – Jason Mantzoukas takes over the show and his first guest is Scott. Hee! Krysten Ritter guests in the second episode and all of this sounds swell. I am going to miss this show so much. I will cry when it’s all over.
11:30-1 am Saturday Knight Live – Benedict Cumberbatch hosts and I suspect it will be delightful. Though I feel like Steven Moffat is probably going to be tearing his hair out over one of his stars doing yet another project. “We’re just trying to do three episodes! How long can it take!” Also? Really hoping for a Sherlock / Marvel mashup with Doctor Strange and Everett K. Ross.
7:30-8 Bob’s Burgers – Bob secures a new meat provider to save money, and you can already tell that this is not going to work out for him at all.
8-8:30 The Simpsons – Homer and Kirk coach the kids’ lacrosse team. The listing actually calls him “Milhouse’s dad” but he has a name. And that name is Kirk.
8:30-9 Son of Zorn – Zorn uses his body double “Meka-Zorn” to cover for him at work so he can bond with his son over video games. Hee! If Meka-Zorn has blue skin, man, that will be a He-Man deep cut.
9:30-10 The Last Man on Earth – The group looks for a new place to live and the Todd/Gail/Melissa love triangle hits a snag. And can we all agree that Melissa is really funny this season? Yes. We can.
8-8:30 Ash vs. Evil Dead – Ash tries to prove to an angry mob that he’s not a serial killer while Ruby tries to send Baal back to hell. This show is the best.
9-10 The Walking Dead – The group meets a new community of survivors who seem to have everything. Except EJ, because I think I’m done after that premiere.
10-11 Talking Dead – A panel discusses the new episode. This week’s panel: 2 Chainz, Soy Bomb, and Ray Smuckles.
9-10 Westworld – No information available! I’m guessing that means there’s a lot of Anthony Hopkins in this episode and nobody could stay awake long enough to write a listing.
“I hope your brain’s hungry – it’s having bullets for dinner!” — Dazzle Novak
“There are two types of holes in the world. Those that promise glory and those that do not.” — Forrest MacNeil