People! (And especially to all you new people: Hello HELLO!) Hope you’re holding out well enough during this taxing time of too much TV (pas possible!!!). Buckle up. We’re in for another week of fire, vampires, werewolves, cowboys and crazy dolls and some period family drama. Yes, you CAN do it! Onward.
Sunday Oct. 2
East New York (series premiere CBS/CTV) There’s a new deputy inspector and she wants to clean up both the police department she now oversees as well as the Brooklyn neighbourhood where they work. Not everybody’s on board. Amanda Warren (Dickinson, NCIS: New Orleans, Madam Secretary) has the stiff-spined lead role of Regina Haywood and yes that’s Jimmy Smits (NYPD Blue, The Get Down, Sons of Anarchy, Dexter) at her side playing Police Chief John Suarez.
Interview with the Vampire (series premieres AMC) “Eric Bogosian (Billions, Succession) is the journalist who is just asking for trouble, wanting to track down the vampire he’d already spoken to years before. If you are a devoted Anne Rice fan, expect a few changes from both the 1994 Tom Cruise/Brad Pitt adaptation as well as Madame Rice’s original best-seller. The journalist is older, and the timeline for Louis (Game of Thrones’ Jacob Anderson) and Lestat’s (The Newsreader’s Sam Reid) getting together is creatively altered. If you’re a casual vampire fan like myself, it’s all good. Pretty pale vampires and a few jump scares at the very least. And who knows, it could be bitingly good. Too soon? Too dad jokey?
The Equalizer (Season 3 premiere CBS/Global)
Heartland (season premiere CBC)
Moonshine (season premiere CBC)
Monday Oct. 3
The Good Doctor (season premiere ABC/CTV)
Tuesday Oct. 4
Making Black America: Through the Grapevine (series premiere PBS) “is a four-part series hosted by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., that chronicles the vast social networks and organizations created by and for Black people—beyond the reach of the “White gaze.” Professor Gates sits with noted scholars, politicians, cultural leaders, and old friends to discuss this world behind the color line and what it looks like today.”
Hasan Minhaj: the King’s Jester (comedy premiere Netflix) “Filmed at the historic Brooklyn Academy of Music, Hasan Minhaj returns to Netflix with his second stand-up comedy special Hasan Minhaj: The King’s Jester. In this hilarious performance, Hasan shares his thoughts on fertility, fatherhood, and freedom of speech.”
Wednesday Oct. 5
Kung Fu (season premiere CW, Friday on CTV Sci-Fi)
Mr. Harrigan’s Phone (movie premiere Netflix) “When Craig, a young boy living in a small town (Jaeden Martell) befriends Mr. Harrigan, an older, reclusive billionaire (Donald Sutherland), the two begin to form an unlikely bond over their love of books and reading. But when Mr. Harrigan sadly passes away, Craig discovers that not everything is dead and gone and strangely finds himself able to communicate with his friend from the grave through the iPhone in this supernatural coming-of-age story that shows that certain connections are never lost. Based on the short story by Stephen King, Mr. Harrigan’s Phone is directed and written by John Lee Hancock and produced by Ryan Murphy, Jason Blum and Carla Hacken. Joe Tippett, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, Cyrus Arnold, Colin O’Brien, Thomas Francis Murphy and Peggy J. Scott also co-star.”
Chucky (Season 2 premiere 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.”
Thursday Oct. 6
Station 19 (Season 6 premiere ABC/CTV)
Grey’s Anatomy (Season 19!!!!! premiere ABC/CTV)
Alaska Daily (series premiere ABC/CTV) “From the mind of Tom McCarthy (“Spotlight”), “Alaska Daily” stars Hilary Swank as Eileen Fitzgerald, a recently disgraced reporter who leaves her high-profile New York life behind to join a daily metro newspaper in Anchorage on a journey to find both personal and professional redemption. Alongside Swank, “Alaska Daily” stars Jeff Perry as Stanley Cornik, Matt Malloy as Bob Young, Meredith Holzman as Claire Muncy, Grace Dove as Rosalind “Roz” Friendly, Pablo Castelblanco as Gabriel Martin, Ami Park as Jieun Park and Craig Frank as Austin Greene. Tom McCarthy is the creator and executive producer of “Alaska Daily.” Hilary Swank, Melissa Wells, Bert Salke (co-lab21), Kyle Hopkins (Anchorage Daily News) and Ryan Binkley (Anchorage Daily News) are executive producers on the series. Rae Baron is a co-producer. “Alaska Daily” is produced by 20th Television.”
Walker (Season 3 premiere CTV Drama)
Panhandle (premiere CTV Drama) “A serialized dramedy set in the Florida Panhandle. Since personal tragedy struck five years ago, loquacious, eccentric Bell Prescott (Emmy® Award-winner Luke Kirby, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel) hasn’t left the decaying property he shares with his mother and a pet alligator. When Bell discovers a dead body, he browbeats the only cop in town, the practical, brutally direct Cammie Lorde (Tiana Okoye, The Good Place), into solving the case. That leads the unlikely duo into a collision course with Bell’s past. They’ll wrestle with personal demons, shocking twists, and Panhandle craziness on their journey to heal themselves and their town. Carla Kettner (THE BLACKLIST), Nicholas Stoller (MUPPETS MOST WANTED), and Conor Welch (GOOSEBUMPS) are Executive Producers. The series is produced by Sony Pictures Television.”
Friday Oct. 7
S.W.A.T. (Season 6 premiere CBS/Global)
Fire Country (series premiere CBS, Global) “Bode Donovan, a young convict seeking redemption, joins an unconventional prison release firefighting program in Northern California, where he and other inmates are partnered with elite firefighters to extinguish massive, unpredictable wildfires. It’s a high-risk, high-reward assignment, and the heat is turned up when Bode is assigned to the program in his rural hometown, where he was once a golden all-American son until his troubles began. Five years ago, Bode burned down everything in his life, leaving town with a big secret. Now he’s back, with the rap sheet of a criminal and the audacity to believe in a chance for redemption.”
Blue Bloods (Season 13 premiere CBS/CTV)
Werewolf by Night (premiere Disney+) “On a dark and somber night, a secret cabal of monster hunters emerge from the shadows and gather at the foreboding Bloodstone Temple following the death of their leader. In a strange and macabre memorial to the leader’s life, the attendees are thrust into a mysterious and deadly competition for a powerful relic—a hunt that will ultimately bring them face to face with a dangerous monster. Inspired by horror films of the 1930s and 1940s, the chilling special aims to evoke a sense of dread and the macabre, with plenty of suspense and scares along the way as we explore a new corner of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.” Stars include Gael Garcia Bernal, Laura Donnelly, Harriet Sansom Harris.
Catherine Called Birdy (premiere Prime Video) “The year? 1290. In the Medieval English village of Stonebridge, Lady Catherine (known as Birdy) is the youngest child of Lord Rollo and the Lady Aislinn. Her playground is Stonebridge Manor, a house that, like the family, has seen better days. Financially destitute and utterly greedy, Rollo sees his daughter as his path out of financial ruin by marrying her off to a wealthy man for money and land. But Birdy, like all the great teen heroines, is spirited, clever and adventurous – and ready to put off any suitor that comes calling in increasingly ingenious ways. Her imagination, defiance and deep belief in her own right to independence put her on a collision course with her parents. When the most vile suitor of all arrives, they are presented with the ultimate test of love for their daughter.”
Luckiest Girl Alive (movie premiere Netflix) “centres on Ani FaNelli, a sharp-tongued New Yorker who appears to have it all: a sought-after position at a glossy magazine, a killer wardrobe, and a dream Nantucket wedding on the horizon. But when the director of a crime documentary invites her to tell her side of the shocking incident that took place when she was a teenager at the prestigious Brentley School, Ani is forced to confront a dark truth that threatens to unravel her meticulously crafted life.”
Glitch (season premiere Netflix) “Jihyo, who can see aliens, and Bora, who has been pursuing them, search for Jihyo’s boyfriend, who disappeared without a trace, and encounter an “unidentified” mystery.”
Old People (movie premiere Netflix) “Ella is on the way back to her hometown with her kids for her sister’s wedding. The remote little village has changed a lot since she left: young people have long moved away, leaving mostly the old folks behind, seemingly forgotten by the rest of the world. When a huge thunderstorm hits the little town the night of the wedding, the residents of a retirement home start behaving strangely. Led by a giant retiree, a group of elderly inmates attacks the young caretakers with horrific brutality. Following a blackout, they break down the security doors and escape into the cold rain. The music attracts them to the wedding where soon Ella will have to fight for her family’s survival.”
The Midnight Club (horror series premiere Netflix) “At a manor with a mysterious history, the 8 members of the Midnight Club meet each night at midnight to tell sinister stories – and to look for signs of the supernatural from the beyond. Based on the beloved Christopher Pike book series, and brought to life by the creators of The Haunting of Hill House.”
Derry Girls (final season 3 premiere Netflix) “is back, as Lisa McGee’s candid, family-centered comedy returns for the third season. While Northern Ireland is growing up, this gang of eejits certainly aren’t any time soon – there’s hope in the air that The Troubles may finally be over.”
The Problem with Jon Stewart (Season 2 premiere Apple TV+)
Saturday Oct. 8
Saturday Night Live (NBC Global) Host is Brendan Gleeson, promoting his Oct. movie release The Banshees of Inisherin, and Willow performs, promoting her fifth album <COPINGMECHANISM>.
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. 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., 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.)