Boardwalk Empire (9 p.m.
Sundays, HBO) has explored many different themes outside its domain of
America’s early gangsters, but it’s maintained its position as a period
piece of the 1920s. Not anymore for this final season.
The last time audiences saw queen
bee-otch Ja’mie King, the Australian high school student had just
finished a term as an exchange student at — gasp! — a public school in Summer Heights High. Now she’s back on her home turf, wrapping up her senior year on-camera in Ja’mie: Private School Girl (Series Premiere, 10:30 p.m. Sunday, HBO).
Combining dramatized history, a late-’50s
American setting and the topic of sex is guaranteed to attract an
audience to nearly any show. But Masters of Sex (10 p.m.
Sundays, Showtime) delivers beyond these popular tropes to explore the
real-life early scientific study of human sexuality.
As fans of Eastbound and Down (10
p.m. Sundays, HBO) know, the show, albeit hilarious, delves into some
pretty dark waters. Danny McBride’s notorious baseball bad boy Kenny
Powers walks the line between making us laugh and raising concern with
his seriously disturbed behavior.
NBC’s Parenthood (10
p.m. Thursdays), now in its fifth season, is loosely based on the 1989
Ron Howard film starring Steve Martin. This hilarious offering from the
quotable ’80s movie vault sets the stage for its contemporary series
All Hallows’ Eve might not be for another
week, but judging by the number of “fun-size” candy bags on sale,
pumpkin patch photo shoots on Instagram and Halloween-inspired
television offerings, it appears this quintessential fall holiday is
already upon us.
Last week’s fourth season premiere of The Walking Dead was the first offering from new showrunner Scott
Gimple. He and others involved in the series have expressed a desire to
incorporate more character development, leaving some fans worried that
dull human storylines could get in the way of epic zombie scenes (who
could forget the painfully slow second season?). Judging by the first
episode, however, this is not the case.
American Horror Story: Coven (Series Premiere, 10 p.m. Wednesday, FX), as the subtitle suggests, is all about witches. Of course, this is no Hocus Pocus
— the series will jump across time and the country to feature
modern-day witchcraft, 19th-century Voodoo and the Salem witch trials.
In present day, witches are rare and in danger.
Homeland has always been a psychological drama. The series began as a
mind-bending story centered on “turned” prisoner of war Nicholas Brody
and CIA officer Carrie Mathison (the role for which Claire Danes just
nabbed another Emmy). But the bombing in last season’s finale has turned
Homeland on its head, along with most of the show’s characters.