Can we talk about Evil for a second? The series that is, not the concept, although why not both? So I was giving the new Thursday-night series Evil a wide berth, having watched one episode of the father-son serial-killer series Prodigal Sun (YES, Michael Sheen, I SEE you being all wild-eyed and brilliant. Please sit down.), but then my good TV friend Susie and, well long story short, you do what Susie says and Susie said she was obsessed with Evil and how was it merely a network show?! So I watched the pilot and last Thursday’s second episode and I. AM. HOOKED. Thank you Susie! Nutshell: Psychologist single-mother-of-four-girls Kirsten (Katja Herbers) is the Dana Scully to David’s (Mike Colter) Mulder, except instead of investigating unexplained phenomena on behalf of the FBI, they — along with Assif Mandvi’s weary Ben of all trades (he would be the all-in-one Lone Gunmen in this overtaxed comparison between Evil and the X-Files) — investigate purported cases of possession, miracles etc on behalf of the Catholic Church. And if I remember correctly, the end of Ep. 2 even showed the church boss not answering all questions to the satisfaction of David. So CONSPIRACY!!! PLUS, there’s a red-eyed patent-leather demon with a very efficient cooking knife that scares the bejesus (sorry Jesus) out of me every time he manifests. And if there is a god (sorry God), that demon (he’s called George but that makes him sound nice and sensible and he IS NOT) will become a regular character. A twisty weirdo scary regular. So do like Susie says and watch Evil. Both episodes are streaming on the Global TV app. Go! Next recommended show I will catch up on and report back is Stumptown. Fingers crossed.
The usual: all times ET and for the duration of the fall-premiere blitz, new and returning shows will be listed in alphabetical and not chronological order because some shows have multiple broadcast times.
Sunday Oct. 6
Returning series: Madam Secretary (Global + CBS 10pm), Mr. Robot (Showcase 10pm), Supergirl (Showcase 9pm), Talking Dead (AMC 10:14pm), The Walking Dead (AMC 9pm)
Batwoman (Showcase 8pm) “Kate Kane soars onto the streets of Gotham as Batwoman, a highly trained street fighter primed to snuff out the failing city’s criminal resurgence. But don’t call her a hero yet. In a city desperate for a savior, Kate must overcome her own demons before becoming Gotham’s new symbol of hope.”
Kids Say the Darndest Things (Global + ABC 8pm) It’s “a new iteration of the classic variety show Kids Say the Darndest Things, hosted and executive produced by comedic superstar Tiffany Haddish. The hilarious reimagined format showcases a mix of in-studio segments and taped pieces from across the country, all set in front of a live studio audience. The series will capture Haddish’s unique voice and sensibility as she interacts with real kids – and their innocently entertaining points of view.”
Press (PBS 10pm) “Set in the world of newspapers in London – its past riven by hacking scandals, its present at the mercy of the digital age and the 24-hour news cycle, its future uncertain – this razor sharp and observant drama explores the current, turbulent media landscape and the ethical dilemmas that journalists and editors face each day. Charlotte Riley (Peaky Blinders) and Ben Chaplin (Apple Tree Yard) star, alongside Priyanga Burford (King Charles III) and David Suchet (Poirot).”
Note: If you, like me, read the Crave press release and Globe and Mail story touting the Oct. 6 Canadian premiere of “Fleabag 2.0” aka the new U.K. series Back to Life, it appears to have been delayed until Nov. 10 according to Chatelaine, which I haven’t consulted in quite a while but which my grandmother (not the fun one) considered a bible on many things so thank you Chatelaine. Also, I have not seen any other explanation as to why Back to Life is not on the schedule or the Crave app (and U.S. carrier Showtime says Nov. 10, so let’s go with what Chatelaine says. But have a peek. Hello Daisy Haggard and it looks worth the wait.
Monday, Oct. 7
Returning series: Black Lightning (CW + PIX 9pm)
All American (W Network 8pm) “Spencer James (Daniel Ezra), is a rising high school football player and “A” student at South Crenshaw High. Compton is the place he calls home. But when Beverly High School’s football coach Billy Baker (Taye Diggs, Private Practice) recruits him to join his team in Beverly Hills, Spencer’s mother, Grace (Karimah Westbrook, Save the Last Dance), and his best friend, Coop (Bre-Z, Empire), convince Spencer it’s an opportunity he has to seize. Now Spencer must navigate two worlds, the south side neighbourhood that he knows and the affluent Beverly Hills world that has offered him an opportunity for something bigger.”
The Retro Report (PBS 9pm) It’s “a new one-hour magazine format series hosted by journalist Celeste Headlee and artist Masud Olufani and featuring New Yorker humorist Andy Borowitz … The series offers viewers a fresh perspective on current headlines, revealing their unknown — and often surprising — connections to the past … revealing the story behind the story, providing new insights into how today’s events have been shaped by the past. Each episode will explore four distinct stories, closing with (Borowitz’s) Now It All Makes Sense. … Topics to be explored include how decades-old research on human behavior shows that social media’s addictive power is by design rather than chance; why half a million children still have dangerously high lead levels even though it was banned from gasoline and household products decades ago; how the sex education policies of today are informed by failures of programs created during the Clinton era; and why mandatory arbitration agreements enacted on Wall Street 20 years ago have negatively impacted today’s #MeToo movement.”
Tuesday Oct 8
Returning series: Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates Jr. (PBS 8pm), The Flash (CW 8pm)
Wednesday Oct. 9
Returning series: Riverdale (PIX 8pm)
Nancy Drew (W Network + PIX 9pm) “Nancy Drew brings an element of darkness to the whodunit series with a supernatural twist. The brilliant detective’s sense of self comes from solving mysteries in her hometown of Horseshoe Bay, Maine – until her mother’s untimely death derails Nancy’s college plans. Devastated by her mother’s passing, Nancy swears off crime-solving while crossing off the days until she can re-apply to college, but when a socialite is murdered Nancy finds herself a prime suspect in the crime, along with a group of other teens present at the scene.”
Rhythm & Flow (Netflix) Yes, I know, this is an unscripted, gaak, reality show, a hip-hop competition. But I’m feeling flush so you’re welcome. Bumph: “In this music competition show, judges Tip “T.I.” Harris, Cardi B and Chance the Rapper hit the streets to find the next rap superstar. … Hip-hop heavyweights like Snoop Dogg, Quavo, DJ Khaled, Anderson .Paak and Nipsey Hussle join the judges on the journey.”
Lemme know if you have a TV emergency. I’m here for you.