What to watch: The scary TV that made a generation of horror fans. In addition, the Halloween lineup, “Maid” and “Billions”

At the risk of sounding like your average base witch: I love October. I know Halloween isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, and if it’s not yours … your tea sucks. (Just kidding.) But for those of you celebrating, there’s no better time for TV than this.

These people who still know the value of the underrated art of TV programming are this season’s true MVPs. The screams served to us in the form of scary movies are a good reminder that can still watch and enjoy things together without using a third-party app to stream something at the same time.

Give me ghosts, demons, zombies, scary clowns, psychopathic killers with clearly defined goals, and vampires but not the glowy ones. (You can keep your torture / gore, werewolves because they are mostly boring and all kind of sexually violent material disguised as horror. The people who write and produce the latter should really be on some watch list of some sort. .)

Weirdly, movies help us get back to the roots of television.

But maybe the best part of October TV (aside from October baseball) is that there is an opportunity to invite a new generation of horror fans to some spooky but fun festivities.

Born in the late 1980s, I had the supreme pleasure of growing up in the heyday of young adult horror television, with shows like “Are You Afraid of the Dark” (1990-96, 1999- 2000), “Goosebumps” (1995-98) and, for those with a cable subscription and cool parents, “Tales from the Crypt” (1989-96) and the “Tales from the Cryptkeeper” animation (1993- 1994; 1999). (I was a little young for the mysterious horror anthology “The Hitchhiker,” which aired for six seasons starting in 1983, but my older sister told me I should shout. Shout over.)

I don’t consider “Ahhh! Real Monsters” (1994-97) or “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” (1996-2002) to be horror, but I think they spoke at the time. Scary things had to be appreciated and appreciated. I would add “The Simpsons” to this stack, which has done a lot to build a generation’s love for horror with its annual Treehouse of Horror episodes, which premiered in 1990. I have a sister youngest I’m close to, so I kept the cartoons a bit longer than some and didn’t quite graduate from “The X-Files” in time to count this among my first horror influences personal, but I know many who do.

You could even say this was the opening of all the horror-related TV shows designed for teenagers, like “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Charmed.”

All of this to say that if we are looking to favor Hallo-queens and kings of the future, now is the time to shine a light on the things that happen in the night. As you can see from a timeline below, the opportunities are plentiful. Cries of joy.

One month celebrations:


October 1st

  • “Under Wraps” (Disney Channel)
  • “Terrifying Lego Star Wars Tales” (Disney +)

October 2

  • Premiere of the series “The Haunted Museum” (Discovery +)

October 7

  • Premiere of the series “Ghosts” (CBS)

October 8

  • “Muppets Haunted Mansion” (Disney +)

October 10

  • “Killer Camp” season 2 (The CW)

12 october

  • Premiere of the series “Chucky” (USA Network / Syfy)

October 13

  • Premiere of the series “Just Beyond” (Disney +)

October 15

  • Premiere of the series “I know what you did last summer” (Amazon)
  • “Halloween Kills” (theaters / Peacock)
  • Premiere of the series “Day of the Dead” (Syfy)
  • “You” Season 3 (Netflix)

October 17

  • “Fear the Living Dead” season 7 (AMC)

‘Maid’ to order for Netflix

Then CNN’s Brian Lowry watched “Maid” and with his review helped me clear my queue.

“Inspired by Stéphane Land’s memoir, ‘Maid’ talks about the drudgery and obstacles that its central character, Alex, endures after fleeing an abusive relationship and struggling to retain custody of his young daughter. As well done as this series. Limited Netflix is ​​- with an excellent central performance from Margaret Qualley – it’s also a bit of a chore to watch, for understandable reasons, plot Alex’s heroic struggles in a dark and understated way.

Qualley – whose credits include “Once Upon a Time in … Hollywood” – is the revelation here, and in the footnote, his real mother, Andie MacDowell, stars as his free-spirited mother. The show also features strong production auspices, coming from “ER” producer John Wells and showrunner Mollie Smith Metzler, with Qualley’s “Hollywood” co-star Margot Robbie on the list of executive producers. ”

‘Godfather: the miniseries’> ‘Sopranos: the movie’

Marlon Brando in

Meanwhile, has a movie marathon ever looked like a great miniseries? Lowry thinks so.

“How are things upside down right now, content-wise?” The Sopranos ”is emerging as a movie – OK, a prequel to the original series, which is set in late ’60s and early’ 70s – while “The Godfather” is one of the best mini-series on TV. sometimes turn to AMC and get drawn into their frequent “Godfather” marathons, which involve showing the first two films (and sometimes the third) back to back.

Of course, Paramount was way ahead of everyone else on this point. In 1977, the same year that the historic “Roots” miniseries premiered, the studio edited the first two films together in chronological order in “The Godfather Saga” for NBC. In addition, another limited series on the making of the film, “The Offer”, is in the works for Paramount +.

In other words, movie snobs, even with what is widely regarded as one of the greatest movies of all time, television all roads. “

Perhaps unpopular opinion

Scott Speedman, seen here in a 2018 episode of

I ate the ghost beach parade last year on “Grey’s Anatomy”. McDreamy, McSteamy, George, Lexi – all of their feedback has filled my heart with joy. I like a good blast from the past, but Thursday’s season premiere and Scott Speedman’s secret comeback until it aired kind of went flat for me.

The first problem was that even though I watched the show several times throughout, I barely remembered the character. The second problem was, last year was so full of Great returns, the bar has been raised. Kate Walsh’s upcoming return, for example, is exciting. Bar exceeded. Dude, can’t I really remember? Bar not respected. But maybe the scenario will appeal to me.

For future reference, “Grey’s”, the next bar? It’s Cristina Yang. Only Cristina will do.

One more thing…

“Billions” on Showtime.

Lowry gets the closing word this week, with a reflection on “Billions” and its diminishing returns.

“’Billions’ wraps up its fifth season on Sunday, and for some reason, I just don’t feel it the way I did in the past, and I can’t really decide why. Which evolves, or the forked season, or the simple fact that “Succession” eclipsed it in terms of rich and horrible people playing Monopoly with real buildings. The penultimate episode set up a pretty juicy cliffhanger, so the finish could still pay off. stage, give what was once a strong ‘buy’ a ‘keep’ rating, with the possibility of ‘selling’ in the very near future. “

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