TV Oct. 17-20: Fear the Walking Dead, Hightown, Heartland, Great Canadian Baking Show, Succession, Suitable Boy, Baptiste, Wakefield, Manhunt: The Night Stalker, Howie Mandel and Friends: Don’t Sneeze on Me, Chucky, Queens, Night Teeth, Four Hours at the Capitol, Stuck Together

Onward.

Sunday Oct. 17

Fear the Walking Dead (Season 7 premiere 8pmCT/9ET AMC)

Hightown (Season 2 premiere on Starz, Crave app) “Jackie Quinones (Monica Raymund) a hard-partying National Marine Fisheries Service agent with dreams of being a cop, is thrust immediately into the crime wave of deadly carfentanyl flooding the Cape. This season, Jackie is laser-focused on bringing down drug dealer Frankie Cuevas (Amaury Nolasco), the man she holds responsible for the death of her best friend, Junior. When Frankie’s cousin Jorge (Luis Guzmán) joins his operation, he introduces a new level of violence and chaos. With disgraced officer Ray Abruzzo (James Badge Dale) off the force and mired in depression, Jackie finds a new partner in Leslie (Tonya Glanz), the only other female on the force. Through it all, Jackie must walk the tightrope of sobriety as she struggles to stay above an ocean of secrets, betrayal and the shame and failure of her past.”

Heartland (Season 15 premiere 7pmCT/8ET CBC) 

Great Canadian Baking Show (Season 5 premiere 8pmCT/9ET CBC) 

Succession (Season 3 premiere 8pmCT/9ET HBO Crave app) “The critically acclaimed series, depicting the hyper-wealthy and hyper-depraved Roy family, returns with guns blazing after its bombshell Season 2 ending. Ambushed by his rebellious son Kendall (Jeremy Strong), Logan Roy (Brian Cox) begins the new season in a perilous position. Scrambling to secure familial, political, and financial alliances, tensions rise as a bitter corporate battle threatens to turn into a family civil war. As fractures in the Roy family deepen, this season is rounded out with new players, including Adrien Brody (CHAPELWAITE), and Alexander Skarsgård (BIG LITTLE LIES), both playing billionaire executives, and Sanaa Lathan (THE AFFAIR) as a high-profile lawyer. SUCCESSION follows a weekly release schedule, with new episodes dropping Sundays at 9 p.m. ET.”

A Suitable Boy (CBC premiere CBC, CBC Gem) “is directed by acclaimed filmmaker Mira Nair (Monsoon Wedding). Set in vibrant 1950s India, this witty story of romance follows Lata, a spirited 19-year-old university student whose life seems to be already mapped out – by stuffy old traditions, and an overbearing mother who wants to find her a suitable husband. But, inspired by rebellious writers and daring new ideas, Lata is determined to decide her own future. It’s 1951. This newly independent India is approaching its first democratic general election, boldly breaking free of its past. Lata’s world is bursting with life and possibility. Full of sparkling humour, A SUITABLE BOY is adapted from Vikram Seth’s modern classic by BAFTA and Emmy-winning writer Andrew Davies.”

Baptiste (Season 2 premiere PBS) “The second season of this spinoff of The Missing follows retired detective Julien Baptiste (Tchéky Karyo) as he delves into Budapest’s corrupt underworld to find a British Ambassador’s family who go missing on a skiing holiday in the Hungarian mountains. Ambassador Emma Chambers, played by Fiona Shaw (Killing Eve), is thrust into the crosshairs of Baptiste’s most complex case to date, as the detective navigates an untrustworthy police force and international media interest as he hunts for her husband and two sons.”

Monday Oct. 18

Wakefield (series premiere 8pmCT/9ET Crave, Crave app) “Australian drama series WAKEFIELD, starring British actor Rudi Dharmalingam. … The eight-episode season is a psychological drama that shines a comedic light on what happens when the sanest individual working in a psych ward begins to lose his grip. Inspired by show creator Kristen Dunphy’s personal experiences, WAKEFIELD follows Nik Katira (Dharmalingam) who after years working as psych nurse at Wakefield, is exceptionally good at his job. But right now, as his own sanity is slipping, he questions why? Tackling the complexity of mental illness with humor and heart, WAKEFIELD explores the fine line between sanity and madness, powered by an intriguing psychological mystery.”

Manhunt: The Night Stalker (Acorn TV Original) “The highest-rated new drama of 2019 on all UK television, Manhunt, is back, with BAFTA and SAG Award-winning actor Martin Clunes (Doc Martin) reprising his critically acclaimed role as former London Metropolitan Police detective DCI Colin Sutton in this riveting crime series. Based on the real-life Colin Sutton’s diaries, Manhunt: The Night Stalker is the true story of the police pursuit of a notorious serial rapist whose 17-year reign of terror left thousands of elderly people in South East London living in fear. The drama explores how Colin came late to the inquiry and helped solve it in a matter of weeks, taking an incredibly dangerous criminal off the streets.”

Tuesday Oct. 19

Howie Mandel & Friends: Don’t Sneeze on Me (comedy premiere 7pmCT on CW/WPIX/KTLA)

Chucky (series premiere 9pmCT/10ET on Showcase) “An idyllic American town is thrown into chaos after a vintage ‘Good Guy’ doll turns up at a suburban yard sale. Soon, everyone must grapple with a series of horrifying murders that begin to expose the town’s deep hypocrisies and hidden secrets. Meanwhile, friends and foes from Chucky’s past creep back into his world and threaten to expose the truth behind his mysterious origins as a seemingly ordinary child who somehow became this notorious monster. Brad Dourif, who voiced the killer doll in the original Child’s Play film franchise, is reprising his role. Also returning to reprise their roles are Jennifer Tilly as Tiffany Valentine, Alex Vincent as Andy Barclay, Christine Elise as Kyle and Fiona Dourif as Nica. Additional cast members include Zackary Arthur (Transparent), Björgvin Arnarson (The Seventh Day), Alyvia Alyn Lind (Daybreak), Teo Briones (Ratched), Devon Sawa (Final Destination), Lexa Doig (Stargate SG-1) and Barbara Alyn Woods (One Tree Hill). Chucky is produced by UCP, a division of Universal Studio Group, and executive produced by creator Don Mancini, David Kirschner, Nick Antosca and Alex Hedlund. Harley Peyton will also serve as executive producer. Mancini, who penned the film franchise, wrote the television adaptation, will direct the first episode and serves as showrunner.”

Queens (series premiere 9pmCT/10ET ABC and CTV) “follows four women in their 40s who reunite for a chance to recapture their fame and regain the swagger they had in the ‘90s when they were legends in the hip-hop world. “Queens” stars Eve as Brianna aka Professor Sex, Naturi Naughton as Jill aka Da Thrill, Nadine Velazquez as Valeria aka Butter Pecan, Taylor Selé as Eric Jones, Pepi Sonuga as Lil Muffin and Brandy as Naomi aka Xplicit Lyrics.”

Wednesday Oct. 20

Night Teeth (movie premiere Netflix) “To earn some extra cash, quirky college student Benny (Jorge Lendeborg, Jr.) moonlights as a chauffeur for one night. His task: drive two mysterious young women (Debby Ryan and Lucy Fry) around Los Angeles for a night of party hopping. Taken captive by his clients’ charm, he soon learns that his passengers have their own plans for him – and an insatiable thirst for blood. As his night spins out of control, Benny is thrust into the middle of a clandestine war that pits rival tribes of vampires against the protectors of the human world, led by his brother (Raúl Castillo), who will stop at nothing to send them back into the shadows. With sunrise fast approaching, Benny is forced to choose between fear and temptation if he wants to stay alive and save the City of Angels.”

Four Hours at the Capitol (doc premiere 8pmCT/9ET HBO Crave) “‌Tightly focused on the facts of the day itself, the documentary features never-before-seen footage and vivid first-hand accounts from lawmakers, staffers, police officers, protesters, and rioters who stormed the Capitol building where the electoral votes were being counted. The film details how the violence quickly escalated, leaving Capitol security forces outnumbered and overwhelmed, and highlights the high-stakes standoff between police and rioters. Four Hours at the Capitol presents an unfiltered look at the insurrection, standing both as an intimate recollection as well as a stark reminder of the wider ramifications of the events of that unprecedented day, which ended with the deaths of five people and more than 140 police officers injured.”

Stuck Together (movie premiere Netflix) “When Paris goes into lockdown during the pandemic, the quirky residents of an apartment building must adjust to a new life — and one another.”

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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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