TV Oct. 21-27: Blacklist, Tribal, Invasion, Inside Job, Voyageurs, Smother, Oscar Peterson: Black + White, SNL with Jason Sudeikis and Brandi Carlile, Insecure, Curb Your Enthusiasm, All American, American Veteran, Hypnotic, The Other Side, Nobody Sleeps in the Woods Tonight 2

Catching up: Has Thursday come and gone? Good grief. Apologies. So here’s the new-TV highlights through Wednesday.

Thursday Oct. 21

The Blacklist (Season 9 premiere Global and NBC) 

Tribal (Season 2 premiere APTN) “returns where interim Tribal Chief Samantha Woodburn (Jessica Matten) attempts to overcome political red tape and must also prove herself amongst the old-white-boys club of the Metro Police. She navigates politics and procedure as she clashes with her partner, Chuck “Buke” Bukansky (Brian Markinson), a seasoned but broken-down Metro Police detective.

Friday Oct. 22

Invasion (premiere Apple TV+) “follows an alien invasion through different perspectives around the world. The series stars Shamier Anderson (“Bruised,” “Awake”), Golshifteh Farahani (“Extraction,” “Paterson,” “Body of Lies”), Sam Neill (“Jurassic World: Dominion,” “Peaky Blinders”), Firas Nassar (“Fauda”) and Shioli Kutsuna (“Deadpool 2,” “The Outsider”).

Inside Job (premiere Netflix) “For employees of the Deep State, conspiracies aren’t just theories — they’re fact. And keeping them a secret is a full-time job. Starring:Lizzy Caplan, Christian Slater, Clark Duke. Creators:Shion Takeuchi.”

Voyagers (movie premiere Amazon Prime Video) “With the future of the human race at stake, a group of young men and women — bred for intelligence and obedience — embark on an expedition to colonize a distant planet. When they uncover disturbing secrets about the mission, they defy their training and begin to explore their most primitive natures. As life on the ship descends into chaos, they soon become consumed by fear, lust and an insatiable hunger for power. Cast includes Colin Farrell, Tye Sheridan, Lily-Rose Depp and Fionn Whitehead.”

Smother (Canadian premiere CBC Gem) “is a family thriller about deeply buried secrets and their unintended consequences, set in a small town on the wild and rugged coast of Clare. When Val Ahern’s (Dervla Kirwan, Ondine) husband is found dead at a foot of a cliff close to their home the morning after a family party, she begins to interrogate the events that unfolded the night before. The deeper Val delves into her family’s secrets the more she realises how her late husband’s controlling, manipulative behaviour had a deep effect on each member of the family.”

Oscar Peterson: Black + White (documentary premiere Crave, Crave app) “Following its recent World Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, Barry Avrich’s OSCAR PETERSON: BLACK + WHITE premieres on Friday, Oct. 22. The Crave Original Documentary is a celebration of Montréal-born musician, Oscar Peterson, and charts his rise to prominence and legendary proficiency as a jazz pianist. The film is packed with musical moments and interviews with Peterson, as well as those he inspired and mentored, including Herbie Hancock, Billy Joel, Branford Marsalis, Measha Brueggergosman, Joe Sealy, Robi Botos, and Oscar® winner Jon Batiste.”

Saturday Oct. 23

Saturday Night Live (Season 47 premiere 10:30CT/11:30ET Global, NBC) with host Jason Sudeikis and music guest Brandi Carlile.

Sunday Oct. 24

Insecure (Season 5 premiere 9pmCT/10ET HBO / Crave app) “Starring NAACP Image Award winner and six-time Emmy® and Golden Globe® Award nominee Issa Rae, the series follows African-American best friends as they evaluate their relationships, both new and old, in an effort to figure out who and what comes with them in this next phase of their lives. After four seasons of mirror raps, love triangles, polarizing fights, and awkward moments, Season 5 gives viewers one last chance for reflection and closure on the series most important relationships; Issa and Molly’s friendship, and Issa and Lawrence’s love.”

Curb Your Enthusiasm (Season 11 premiere HBO / Crave app) “The HBO comedy series stars SEINFELD co-creator Larry David as an over-the-top version of himself in an unsparing but tongue-in-cheek depiction of his fictionalized life. The series continues to prove how seemingly trivial details of one’s day-to-day life – a cold cup of coffee, a stained shirt, a missing toothbrush – can precipitate a chain of misfortune to hilarious effect.”

Monday Oct. 25

All American (Season 4 premiere 7pmCT/8ET on Showcase)

Tuesday Oct. 26

American Veteran (doc series premiere PBS) “Today, America has nearly 18 million living military veterans, from the “Greatest Generation” to men and women coming home from recent tours in Afghanistan and Iraq.  They join the now-silent ranks of American veterans reaching back to our earliest conflict, the Revolutionary War. American Veteran illuminates the veteran experience with a stunning range of voices from today and across the arc of American history. ”

Wednesday Oct. 27

The Other Side (Season 7 premiere APTN) “Follow the talented trio helping spirits and their loved ones find peace under the guidance of an Indigenous Elder. Opening the door to the spirit world can have unexpected results. That’s why the team of The Other Side approach every investigation with respect. Intuitive Jeff Richards, researcher Erin Goodpipe and Spirit Guide Tom Charles know that they won’t escape unchanged – and neither will viewers. This year features an episode inside APTN’s head office in Winnipeg.”

Hypnotic (thriller premiere on Netflix) “A young woman seeking self-improvement enlists the help of a renowned hypnotist, but after a handful of intense sessions, soon discovers unexpected and deadly consequences.” Stars Kate Siegel, Jason O’Mara, Dulé Hill.

Nobody Sleeps in the Woods Tonight 2 (movie premiere Netflix) “You think the villains are gone? You couldn’t be more wrong. Sometimes it’s hard to say who the real monster is. Adrenalina camp might be over, but the real massacre in the woods is only about to start. More blood, more monsters, less sleep.”

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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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