TV Oct. 14-16: What Happened, Brittany Murphy?, Phoebe Robinson: Sorry Harriet Tubman, B Positive, Legacies, Another Life, Canada’s Drag Race, Day of the Dead, Eli Roth Presents: A Ghost Ruined My Life, Karma’s World, Velvet Underground, You, I Know What You Did Last Summer, Spiral: From the Book of Saw, SNL with Rami Malek and Young Thug

Phew. Late but at least I made it!

(Update: In my haste, Harriet Tubman became Harry. My apologies.)

Thursday Oct. 14

What Happened, Brittany Murphy? (series premiere 8pmCT/9ET Crave, Crave app) “is the two-part HBO Max Original docuseries WHAT HAPPENED, BRITTANY MURPHY? A captivating actress as effervescent on-screen as she was off, Murphy was a rising star whose movies helped define a generation. But in 2009, Murphy’s untimely passing ended her promising career, while the mysterious circumstances surrounding her death quickly became fodder for speculation and conspiracy theories. Featuring new archival footage and interviews with those closest to her, WHAT HAPPENED, BRITTANY MURPHY? goes beyond the tabloid rumours to examine the impact of Hollywood’s sexism on her struggles, as well as lingering concerns about her relationship with husband Simon Monjack.”

Phoebe Robinson: Sorry Harriet Tubman (comedy premiere 9pmCT/10ET Crave, Crave app) “The HBO Max Original stand-up comedy special PHEOBE ROBINSON: SORRY, HARRIET TUBMAN debuts Thursday, Oct. 14. After a “truly trash” year, actor, producer, and New York Times bestselling author Phoebe Robinson (HBO’s 2 DOPE QUEENS) is finally out of quarantine and ready to get back onstage. Bringing her signature brand of authentic confessional humour to her first-ever solo stand-up special, Robinson gets real about therapy; interracial dating; reparations; hanging out with Michelle Obama; aging out of watching civil rights movies; and more, in a no-holds-barred hour of comedy that’s both unflinc

B Positive (Season 2 premiere CTV CBS) delayed from Oct. 7 https://www.ctv.ca/shows/b-positive

Legacies (Season 4 premiere 8pmCT/9ET on Showcase)

Another Life (Season 2 premiere Netflix) “Season 2 of Another Life picks up right where we left off, as Commander Niko Breckinridge (Katee Sackhoff) watches The Achaia destroy an entire planet, a dire harbinger of what might lay in store for Earth. Her mission is now one of diplomacy, but negotiations with The Achaia are full of mistrust, on both sides. It’s a race against the clock for Niko to get back to Earth once she and her crew discover The Achaia’s one weakness that could finally level the playing field. Will Niko make it back to Earth in time to save everyone she loves, or will she and her crew be the last humans left in the entire universe? Cast includes Katee Sackhoff as Niko Breckinridge; Justin Chatwin as Erik Wallace; JayR Tinaco as Zayn Petrossian, Samuel Anderson as William; Elizabeth Faith Ludlow as Cas Isakovic; AJ Rivera as Bernie Martinez; and Tongayi Chirisa as Richard Ncube; among others.” Also: “Allan Hawco Joins S2 cast… Gabriel is everything humans could ever want from their artificial intelligence: professional, strives for perfection, and obedient, almost to a fault. But Gabriel’s beatific smile belies his deep resentment towards his life of servitude…”

Canada’s Drag Race (season premiere 8pmCT/9ET Crave, Crave app) I hate reality shows but this one seems less mean so … “The award-winning Crave Original series CANADA’S DRAG RACE returns on Thursday, Oct. 14 at 9 p.m. ET for its 10-episode sophomore season, and follows the journey of 12 fierce and fiery Canadian queens as they compete for the title of “Canada’s Next Drag Superstar.” Each episode tests the queen’s talents, and challenges them to master singing, dancing, acting, impersonations, costume making, and improvisation. Judging CANADA’S DRAG RACE this season is a panel of four homegrown icons, including Brooke Lynn Hytes, Brad Goreski, Amanda Brugel, and Traci Melchor – who are joined every week by a celebrity guest judge. One competitor is eliminated at the end of each episode, until one queen is left standing. New episodes of the one-hour original competition series roll out Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET.”

Friday Oct. 15

Day of the Dead (series premiere 9pmCT/10ET CTV Sci-Fi Channel) Even if you don’t like the zombie genre of movies, everyone would watch George A. Romero’s 1985 classic. Or you could catch the… remake? homage? Time will tell. This new series, like the original film, follows a band of survivors trying to survive a zombie invasion. The 10-episode first season follows the first 24 hours, as will all subsequent seasons. Sort of like the real-time Kiefer Sutherland thriller 24, only with zombie goo instead of blood. Something like that.

Eli Roth Presents: A Ghost Ruined My Life (series premiere 9pmCT/10ET Travel + Escape)A new anthology series from the Master of Horror, Eli Roth about the shocking stories of hauntings that have left emotional (and sometimes physical) scars on those unlucky enough to have experienced them.

Karma’s World (animated series premiere Netflix) OK, I normally don’t write about kids’ stuff because I have no clue, but this one comes from Chris “Ludacris” Bridges so why not! “Karma’s World follows Karma Grant, an aspiring musical artist and rapper with big talent and an even bigger heart. Smart, resilient, and deeply empathetic, Karma pours her soul into songwriting, channeling her feelings into whip-smart rhymes with passion, courage and her signature brand of humor. In this series, Karma is only beginning to grasp the incredible emotional power that words and music can have. She doesn’t just want to share her music with the world…she wants to change the world with it!” CAst includes: Asiahn Bryant, Camden Coley, Danielle Brooks, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Tiffany Haddish, Jordan Fisher, Dascha Polanco, Dawnn Lewis, Isaia Kohn, Aria Capria, Kaila Mullady, Ramone Hamilton.”

Velvet Underground (doc premiere Apple TV+) “The Velvet Underground created a new sound that changed the world of music, cementing its place as one of rock ’n’ roll’s most revered bands. Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Todd Haynes, “The Velvet Underground” shows just how the group became a cultural touchstone representing a range of contradictions: the band is both of their time, yet timeless; literary yet realistic; rooted in high art and street culture. The film features in-depth interviews with the key players of that time combined with a treasure trove of never-before-seen performances and a rich collection of recordings, Warhol films, and other experimental art that creates an immersive experience into what founding member John Cale describes as the band’s creative ethos: “how to be elegant and how to be brutal.”

You (Season 3 premiere Netflix) “Joe and Love, now married and raising their baby, have moved to the balmy Northern California enclave of Madre Linda, where they’re surrounded by privileged tech entrepreneurs, judgmental mommy bloggers and Insta-famous biohackers. Joe is committed to his new role as a husband and dad, but fears Love’s lethal impulsiveness. And then there’s his heart. Could the woman he’s been searching for all this time live right next door? Breaking out of a cage in a basement is one thing. But the prison of a picture-perfect marriage to a woman who’s wise to your tricks? Well, that’ll prove a much more complicated escape.” Cast includes: Penn Badgley (Joe Goldberg), Victoria Pedretti (Love Quinn-Goldberg), Saffron Burrows (Dottie Quinn), Tati Gabrielle (Marianne), Dylan Arnold (Theo), Shalita Grant (Sherry), Travis Van Winkle (Cary), Scott Speedman(Matthew), Michaela McManus (Natalie), Shannon Chan-Kent (Kiki), Ben Menhl (Dante), Chris O’Shea (Andrew), Christopher Sean (Brandon).”

I Know What You Did Last Summer (series premiere on Amazon Prime Video) “Written and executive produced by Sara Goodman, I Know What You Did Last Summer is based on Lois Duncan’s 1973 novel, which was also the basis of the iconic 1997 film. One year after the fatal car accident that haunted their graduation night, a group of teenagers find themselves bound together by a dark secret and stalked by a brutal killer. As they try to piece together who’s after them, they reveal the dark side of their seemingly perfect town—and themselves. Everyone is hiding something, and uncovering the wrong secret could be deadly. I Know What You Did Last Summer is produced by Amazon Studios and Sony Pictures Television. Goodman writes and executive produces alongside Original Film’s Neal H. Moritz and Pavun Shetty, Erik Feig, Peter Guber, Atomic Monster’s James Wan, Michael Clear, and Rob Hackett, Craig William Macneill and Shay Hatten. The series stars Madison Iseman, Bill Heck, Brianne Tju, Ezekiel Goodman, Ashley Moore, Sebastian Amoruso, Fiona Rene, Cassie Beck, and Brooke Bloom.”

Spiral: From the Book of Saw (movie premiere Starz, Crave app) “Just in time for Halloween, the ninth installment of the Saw film franchise SPIRAL: FROM THE BOOK OF SAW, starring Chris Rock and Samuel L. Jackson streams Friday, Oct. 15 on STARZ. Working in the shadow of his father, Detective Ezekiel “Zeke” Banks (Chris Rock) and his rookie partner William Schenk (Max Minghella) take charge of an investigation into grisly murders that are eerily reminiscent of the city’s gruesome past. Unwittingly entrapped in a deepening mystery, Zeke finds himself at the center of the killer’s morbid game. To see the game from the beginning all films in the Saw franchise are available to stream on STARZ.”

Saturday Oct. 16

Saturday Night Live (Season 47 premiere 10:30CT/11:30ET Global, NBC) with host Rami Malek and music guest Young Thug.

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Thank you so much for reading this far. So, what is d2tv? Glad you asked. There is so much great TV right now, but too much to easily keep track of. So this blog is me sharing my lifelong habit of tracking TV in general, but premieres in particular — series and seasons and one-offs on Canadian broadcast, cable and streaming. And since I’m doing it for myself, I share it here with you, every Sunday and Thursday. So thanks, fellow traveller, for stopping by. If you want this sent to your email inbox instead, shoot me an email or join the 50! others who subscribe (free, no strings) by typing your email into the box at the bottom of d2tv.wordpress.com, where it reads: “Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.” Who am I, Denise Duguay? Been writing about TV since 1986 or so at the Winnipeg Sun, then at the Montreal Gazette, currently at the Winnipeg Free Press and of course here, for myself and YOU! You might want to know – no judgement – I hate and mostly ignore “non-scripted” reality programming. (BECAUSE IT’S SO MEAN, THAT’S WHY.)

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