We’re late! October is already a week old, meaning we’ve already missed pointing out one of the five best shows to premiere this month! Lucky, there are four more that we want to draw your attention to… including the return of a show you’ve waited almost a year for, and another return which has had you waiting so much longer…
Onion News Network
The best news show on television – as long as you’re not expecting any of the stories to be, you know, true – returned to screens this past week, with a brand-new Tucker Hope acting as back-up to Brooke Alvarez’ strongest news anchor alive. A great transfer of the satirical newspaper to television, this show keeps the spirit of classic series like The Day Today and Brass Eye alive, and pushes the comedy of The Daily Show in a more surreal, and often much darker, direction. (Premiered Oct. 4, IFC, 10pm)
The Walking Dead
The first season broke ratings records and convinced people that a television version of Robert Kirkman’s zombie comic really would work, and then executive producer Frank Darabont was let go, and a whole hell of rumors broke loose about the show’s budget being cut and production being affected as a result. A year after the show managed to convince doubters that it could work, it comes back having to do exactly the same thing all over again… Except that, this time, there are more people paying attention, and a year’s worth of shows for people to compare it to. (Oct. 16, AMC, 9pm)
I’ll admit, I pretty much tuned out of the NBC series at the beginning of last season, but with the show going into this year knowing that it’s the final season, I’m hoping that writers will start pulling threads together and tying up loose ends, while also going for broke with the crazy plot developments and please, please kill off at least one of the characters. It’s the last chance you’ll have to do any of this, people: Make it count. (Oct. 21, NBC, 8pm)
Grimm/Once Upon A Time
Choose your own fairy tale adventure with these two shows both based around the idea of bringing old children’s tales to something closer approaching “the real world.” ABC’s Once Upon A Time, from former Lost writers, looks very much like someone has read DC/Vertigo’s successful Fables comics and thought that they could perhaps add some Desperate Housewives to the question “Whatever happened after the Happily Ever Afters?” while NBC’s Grimm goes all Supernatural on the backsides of various bedtime stories, as a descendant of the Grimm blood line has to hunt monsters that the original fairy tales were based on. Is the audience really that invested in stories they grew up hearing that they’ll support two shows based on them? That remains to be seen, but expect Grimm to be outperformed by the sudsier Once Upon A Time at least in the earlier part of their seasons. (Grimm: Oct. 21, NBC, 9pm; OUAT: Oct. 23, ABC, 8pm)
Beavis and Butthead
Yes, really; the two animated numbskulls that defined MTV for a generation are back for a new series starting at the end of the month. An attempt to reclaim past glories? Perhaps, but considering early reviews have been extremely positive and producers are claiming that the show will be skewering the reality shows that make up the rest of MTV’s output, this should be worth a look at the very least. (Oct. 27, MTV, 10pm)
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