Love it or hate it, regardless of age, Halloween is a fixture
in American culture. Whether you’re avoiding the holiday bar scene or
just want to get in the Halloween spirit, this week’s TV picks celebrate
(and poke fun at) Oct. 31 and all the laughs and frights that come with
Last year’s FX breakout American Horror Story surprised audiences while weaving sexy and scary storylines into one addicting series. So how do Ryan Murphy and his crew top such a sensational season? By creating a new frightening format altogether.
Blending violence and gore with drama and heart, The Walking Dead (9 p.m. Sundays, AMC) is the perfect seasonal scare-fest for grown-ups. Returning for its third season, TWD picks
up a few months after the finale left off, with Rick and the crew
attempting to take over a nearby prison.
After six action-packed seasons, even a show about a sociopath in sheep’s clothes can get stale. Thankfully, this season, things are taking an
interesting turn as Dexter must “break code” and share his secret with a
significant character — and the implications are hefty.
If Sunday’s Emmy Awards were any indication, Homeland
(10 p.m. Sunday, Showtime) should be at the top of any savvy channel
surfer’s watchlist. The political thriller nabbed awards in the drama
category for outstanding series, writing, lead actor (Damian Lewis) and
lead actress (Claire Danes) — just in time for this week’s second season
Louis C.K.’s dark comedy offers serious
commentary on show business, parenting and life’s unexplainable quirks,
making Louie more than just a sitcom about the fictionalized life of a foul-mouthed comedian.
The 1920s is an era romanticized and
glorified, often by individuals who weren’t even alive at the time. Boardwalk Empire takes what we love about the ’20s, backed with
historically based events and characters, and serves it up with whole a
lot of darkness.
Despite being marketed as a violent testosterone fest, Sons of Anarchy (10
p.m. Tuesdays, FX) features a cast of strong characters and a storyline
that is oddly relatable, making it far more than just a gritty dude
Let’s face it: The majority of shows on
TV can be considered “guilty pleasures” at best. Just based on the sheer
ratio of churned-out, crappy television to quality programming, the
Kardashians and gypsies far outnumber the Drapers and Game of Thrones.But there’s nothing wrong with a little indulgence, right?
As summer winds down, students head back
to school, football fans flex their tailgating muscles, fashionistas
break out new wardrobes and TV people prepare for the return of fall
favorites. Here’s a peek at what’s to come this season.
Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell (11 p.m. Thursdays) features news commentary with humor from a quickly rising comic. Bell, named best San Francisco comedian by SF Weekly (among other publications), is known for his unique approach to race, politics and other social issues in stand-up.
“You’re either in, or you’re out.” In
addition to cranking out catchphrases, Heidi Klum has kept her
infectious runway reality show going for nearly a decade. Project Runway pits designers against each other as they
create ensembles to be shown
on the catwalk and judged by big names in fashion.
When one of the guys behind Mr. Show and Between Two Ferns creates
a podcast-turned-television series, you can’t expect a modern day
Johnny Carson. Scott Auckerman's Comedy Bang! Bang! playfully
spoofs the conventional talk show format, featuring interviews, shorts and skits