This week is the premiere of Watchmen on HBO, and I have really been on a journey with the existence of this show. But it ends with me being super excited about it and I can already tell I’m going to be recapping it, so be sure you check the site for me being enthusiastic about superheroes, metaphors, and Damon Lindelof narrative tricks. And that’s really all the news I can handle right now.
Here’s what to watch on TV this week!
8-10 Dancing with the Stars – It’s Corporate Synergy Night! I mean Disney Night! They tend to not break from Disney proper, but I will always hope for a Marvel performance or maybe the Cantina Band. They used BB-8 to promote this episode so maybe there’s going to be a Star Wars thing and I would not be mad if it’s the Life Day theme from the Holiday Special.
9-10:10 The Terror: Infamy – SEASON FINALE! It’s all about identity and assimilation but also angry Japanese ghosts. If there’s a third season, what tragic historical event will they turn into psychological horror? If they’re going to keep moving forward in time, Manson might be interesting but I think that’s overdone right now. Here is my pitch for a bad idea that I would love – Watergate but with ghosts. It would be bad TV and it would be my favorite show.
10:10-11:20 Lodge 49 – SEASON FINALE! No information available! But they’ve got the scrolls! Also, can you imagine my delight when Paul F. Tompkins showed up as the auctioneer last week? I didn’t know that was happening and it made me so happy.
9-10 The Deuce – Candy finds the emotional core of her movie after a personal loss, Paul turns to activism, and Abby makes an alarming discovery. So, creator David Simon’s next HBO project is an adaptation of Philip Roth’s The Plot Against America. So one of my favorite TV guys is adapting one of the best novels from one of my favorite authors. Which is rad. But I just read that this would be exclusive to the HBO Max streaming service, and I’m wondering if I should cancel HBO and go all streaming. Between that and Search Party, it’s tempting.
9-10 This Is Us – This description leads with “Kevin reflects on his past” which is literally every episode of this show that takes place in multiple time periods. You don’t need to tell us this is going to have the same structure as every episode!
10-11 Emergence – Still recording it, still haven’t watched it. This is the show I’m most behind on, but I’m really committing DVR space to it. Don’t let me down!
10-11 Treadstone – SERIES PREMIERE! It’s a spinoff from the Bourne franchise sans Jason Bourne. I think that’s worth checking out. Also, it’s simulcast on Syfy which makes me think a wisecracking robot will join the cast.
8-9 Survivor – No information available! When is somebody going to let the secret of Idol Island slip? Every week a new person learns about it and you know the old adage, “two may keep a secret if one of them is dead”. Or if you prefer, “the moment God crapped out the third caveman, a conspiracy was launched against one of them”.
8-9 The Masked Singer – For the first time since Ed was on TV, my mother and I are watching the same show. It feels weird.
8-8:30 The Goldbergs – Barry decides to rush a fraternity and the episode is titled “Animal House” so this Eighties-set series is invoking a 1978 movie set in 1960. There’s a lot of math involved.
8:30-9 Schooled – The star of the girls’ soccer team joins the football team. Just like Quarterback Princess. Maybe. I don’t remember much about Quarterback Princess.
9-9:30 Modern Family – Various people feel insecure about wearing bathing suits and Jay feels neglected now that Gloria is busy as an intern. Too busy to wear a bathing suit apparently.
9:30-10 Single Parents – This episode has a very long description that boils down to a possum in Angie’s house. You can really just start there, listing! The episode will tell us how the possum gets there. That’s not your job. It may not be anybody’s job, actually. Possums get places.
10-11 Stumptown – Dex tries to take down a real estate developer. I assume he’s crooked, but maybe he’s just a normal guy and she’s an agent of chaos. It’s still early. Still really enjoying this show and I wasn’t sure I’d ever get into a network drama again.
10-10:30 It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia – Frank decides that a waiter who saved him from choking is his new best friend. I smell a new recurring character!
10:30-11 Cake – Weird anthology stuff! This is not a format that really lets you preview plot details you know?
8:30-9 Perfect Harmony – This show is still pretty good and this episode has multiple plots related to hunting trips. Remember when Ricky from Silver Spoons went on a hunting trip and the stars of the show had to open the episode by telling you that it might be disturbing for younger viewers? Or when the first episode of Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper opened with Mark Curry and Alan Thicke talking about how they were shooting on the Growing Pains set? That doesn’t have much to do with this show but it’s a fascinating cold open.
9-9:30 The Good Place – Uncertainty abounds when an unexpected visitor arrives. The hooded figure! That was creepy, right?
8:30-9 The Unicorn – Wade changes the password to his dating profile to keep his friends from getting too involved. Man, I feel like any human being could handle my attempts and joining dating services better than I have. My password is available upon request.
10-11 Evil – The team investigates a psychotic nine-year-old. This show is surprisingly good and there’s some interesting character stuff that I might write about later if I can work it out in my head.
10-10:30 Mr. Inbetween – “Lady troubles, old friends, and hearts on trees”. Ladies and gentlemen, an official listing with no verbs! Respect.
Living with Yourself – This eight-episode comedy stars Paul Rudd as a guy who tries to become a better person and then gets replaced by a superior version of himself. I am on board!
Modern Love – This anthology series is based on a New York Times advice column, which sounds unbearable. But the talent involved is pretty impressive, so this is probably worth checking out.
8-8:30 The Simpsons – Treehouse of Horror! This is the 30th Halloween special and also, and be prepared to get spooked out, the 666th episode. I admire how that happened organically and they didn’t run a Halloween episode in, like, February to make it work out.
8:30-9 Bless the Harts – Hey, this is getting kind a good. My faith in Lord and Miller is being rewarded! In this episode, they try to cure Wayne of his fear of ghosts. Really, you’re trying to cure him of a belief in ghosts, because the only people who aren’t scared of ghosts are the ones who don’t believe in them.
9-9:30 Bob’s Burgers – Halloween episode! Tina dissects a fetal pig in biology class and then it haunts her. This show does very good holiday episodes consistently. Also, the fact that those episodes are all tonight means we are not getting new episodes next Sunday, probably because of football.
9-10:10 The Walking Dead – No information available! I’m convinced this show is actively trolling me, because I have complained about what I think was one of the worst lines of dialogue ever and this season they keep re-invoking it for seemingly no other reason.
9-10 Watchmen – SERIES PREMIERE! Oh, man. Damon Lindelof created this sequel to the legendary comic series and while every attempt within comics to build on Watchmen has been terrible, this looks really smart and interesting. Bringing the story to the present, turning Rorschach into a symbol of the alt-right, faceless cops…. it looks very good and I’m very into this.
“Liz is really good at eating. She’s like a magical disgusting horse.” – Sean Dudley
“She died like she lived – surrounded by the people she answered phones for.” — Roger Sterling