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The first full week of October finds TV outlets starting to roll out their Halloween and Halloween-adjacent programming. A series based on Tom Wolfe’s The Right Stuff, which isn’t scary but will for sure have some suspenseful moments, also debuts this week, along with the final run of The CW’s longest-running show and, at least as of publication time, the vice presidential debate.
Here is The Hollywood Reporter‘s rundown of some of the coming week’s highlights. It would be next to impossible to watch everything, but let THR point the way to worthy options each week. All times are ET/PT unless noted.
The Big Show
The Right Stuff has previously been adapted for the screen: The 1983 film based on Tom Wolfe’s best-selling book and directed by Philip Kaufman won four Oscars and was nominated for best picture.
Wolfe’s chronicle of the early days of NASA will now become a series, with the first season focusing on the “Mercury 7” astronauts. Future seasons would move away from the source material while continuing to follow the evolution of the space program. Patrick J. Adams, Jake McDorman, Colin O’Donoghue, Aaron Staton, James Lafferty, Micah Stock and Michael Trotter play the Mercury 7. Originally developed for National Geographic Channel, the series will premiere Friday on Nat Geo’s corporate sibling Disney+.
Also on streaming …
Two shows designed to make you hide under a blanket drop this week. Books of Blood (Wednesday, Hulu) is a feature film based on three short stories from Clive Barker. The Haunting of Bly Manor (Friday, Netflix), the second installment of an anthology series (after 2018’s The Haunting of Hill House) is loosely based on Henry James’ The Turn of the Screw. Also debuting this week are British comedy Code 404 (Thursday, Peacock); docuseries Deaf U (Friday Netflix), about students at Gallaudet University; and the second season of kids’ series Ghostwriter (Friday, Apple TV+).
On broadcast …
Debate: With the caveat that things could change after news of the weekend, the vice presidential debate between Mike Pence and Kamala Harris is scheduled to take place Wednesday. It’s set to air across a host of broadcast and cable channels at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.
Final episodes: The coronavirus pandemic cut the final season of Supernatural short. The cast and crew recently returned to work to finish up the series, which means its the beginning of the end for The CW’s longest-running show (which, in fact, predates the network itself — the first season aired on The WB). The first of the final seven episodes airs at 8 p.m. Thursday.
New: John Slattery stars in Next (9 p.m. Tuesday, Fox) as a Silicon Valley pioneer called in to help save the world when the A.I. he designed goes rogue. The FBI Declassified (10 p.m. Tuesday, CBS) delves into some of the bureau’s most notorious cases. Patrick Dempsey heads the cast of Devils (8 p.m. Wednesday, The CW), an Italian thriller mixing high finance and murder. NBC’s comedy Connecting … (8 p.m. Thursday) follows a group of friends trying to stay connected in quarantine via video chat.
New-ish: Swamp Thing, which debuted on DC Universe last year, has its broadcast premiere on The CW at 8 p.m. Tuesday, as the network continues to seek other sources of programming to fill out its fall lineup.
Also: Seth Meyers moves into primetime with Closer Look Thursday (8:30 Thursday, NBC); new seasons of Ellen’s Game of Games (8 p.m. Tuesday NBC) and The Outpost (9 p.m. Thursday, The CW) premiere; and Thursday Night Football (8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT) jumps to Fox after airing its first few games of the season only on NFL Network.
On cable …
New: AMC’s episodic anthology Soulmates (10 p.m. Monday) is set in a near future where science has developed a test that unequivocally tells people who their soulmate is. The show’s cast includes Sarah Snook, Malin Akerman, Kingsley Ben-Adir, Steven Mackintosh, Charlie Heaton, Betsy Brandt, David Costabile and Sonya Cassidy.
Also new: HBO’s documentary Siempre, Luis (9 p.m. Tuesday) profiles activist Luis A. Miranda Jr., his political work and his relationships with his family, including son Lin-Manuel Miranda.
Restored: Most of the footage from a 1967 Doctor Who arc called The Faceless Ones was destroyed. Audio tracks of the show still exist, however, and they’ll be used as the soundtrack for an animated presentation of the serial. Parts 1-3 premiere at 8 p.m. Wednesday on BBC America, with the conclusion coming Thursday.
Returning: This week brings season premieres for Eli Roth’s History of Horror (10 p.m. Saturday, AMC) and Fear the Walking Dead (9 p.m. Oct. 11, AMC). The concluding episodes of The Spanish Princess debut at 8 p.m. Oct. 11 on Starz.
In case you missed it …
Darren Star’s Emily in Paris is “strikingly watchable,” says THR critic Robyn Bahr, with beautiful Parisian locales and great clothes front and center. It also, though, features a title character (Lily Collins) who is “a constant victim to her own callow cuteness and monomaniacal drive,” allowing viewers to enjoy a bit of schadenfreude along with the breezy plots and gorgeous setting. It’s streaming on Netflix.
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