What I’m Watching: October 2016 Outlook

By: DRWHO42, Transmute Jun, Alyssa, & NCDS

This is the second installment of our Fall TV picks and October is a doozy. With a super-sized dose of new and returning favorites this month will make many TV viewers happy. The blog team has made their picks and are in the process of making sure their schedules and DVRs are set for the month.

DRWHO42’s top picks:
New entry: Westworld, Conviction, Timeless, Falling Water
Returning: The Walking Dead, Supergirl, Flash, Arrow, Elementary, Fresh off the Boat, Legends of Tomorrow, The Fall
DVR stack: Supernatural

Alyssa’s top picks:
New entry: Westworld, Conviction, Timeless, Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency.
Returning: Madam Secretary, NCIS, Arrow, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Walking & Talking Dead.
DVR stack: Elementary, Blunt Talk, Ash vs Evil Dead, Flash, Frequency, Supergirl, Comic Book Men, Pure Genius.

Transmute Jun’s top picks:
Returning: Ash vs. Evil Dead, Supergirl, Walking Dead/Talking Dead

NCDS’s top picks:
New entry: Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, Freakish
Returning:  Ash vs. Evil Dead, The Flash, Arrow , Supergirl, DC’s Legends of  Tomorrow, Supernatural, The Walking Dead , Talking Dead
***Can I put Ash vs. Evil Dead times 1 million?***
DVR stack: Shameless, Comic Book Men , Black Mirror

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October 1:
Versailles (Ovation, U.S. series premiere)

Shows in RED indicate new series.

October 2:
NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS, Season 8)
Madam Secretary (CBS, Season 3)
Elementary (CBS, Season 5)
Westworld (HBO, New series) Click here for the trailer. 

The one-hour drama series WESTWORLD kicks off its ten-episode season SUNDAY, OCT. 2 at 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT), exclusively on HBO. Created for television by Jonathan Nolan (“Interstellar,” “The Dark Knight,” “Person of Interest”) and Lisa Joy (“Pushing Daisies,” “Burn Notice”), both of whom are executive producing and writing, with Nolan also directing, the series was inspired by the 1973 motion picture “Westworld,” written and directed by Michael Crichton. WESTWORLD is a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the evolution of sin, exploring a world in which every human appetite, no matter how noble or depraved, can be indulged. Co-creator Nolan explains, “Building on the incredibly evocative concept of the original film, we wanted to pose the question: If you could be completely immersed in a fantasy, one in which you could do whatever you wanted, would you discover things about yourself that you didn’t want to know?” Co-creator Joy adds, “We also wanted to explore what it means to be human from the outside in – through the eyes of the ‘hosts’: the lifelike AI characters that are the main attractions of the park. It’s a meditation on consciousness – the blessing and the burden of it – beautifully portrayed by our remarkable cast.” Read More

Ash vs. Evil Dead (Starz, Season 2)
Blunt Talk (Starz, Season 2)

October 3:
Conviction (ABC, New series) Click here for the trailer. 

Lawyer and former First Daughter Hayes Morrison (Hayley Atwell, “Marvel’s Agent Carter”) is about to accept a job offered from her sexy nemesis, NY District Attorney Wayne Wallis, to avoid jail time for cocaine possession and avoid hurting her mother’s Senate campaign. Working with his team at the new Conviction Integrity Unit will let her use her brilliant mind to turn over cases, where there is credible suspicion of wrongful conviction, and give her a chance to turn things around with her high-powered political family. Read More

Scorpion (CBS, Season 3; 2-hours)
Timeless (NBC, New series) Click here for the trailer. 

From Eric Kripke (“Revolution,” “Supernatural”), Shawn Ryan (“The Shield”) and the producers of “The Blacklist” comes this thrilling action-adventure series in which a mysterious criminal steals a secret state-of-the-art time machine, intent on destroying America as we know it by changing the past. Our only hope is an unexpected team: a scientist, soldier and history professor who must use the machine’s prototype to travel back in time to critical events. While they must make every effort not to affect the past themselves, they must also stay one step ahead of this dangerous fugitive. Can this handpicked team uncover the mystery behind it all and end his destruction before it’s too late? The cast includes Abigail Spencer, Matt Lanter, Malcolm Barrett, Goran Visnjic, Paterson Joseph, Sakina Jaffrey and Claudia Doumit. Read More

October 4:
The Flash (The CW, Season 5)
No Tomorrow (The CW, New series) Click here for the trailer. 

Evie Callahan (Tori Anderson), a risk-averse quality-control assessor, appreciates order. Whenever she’s making a list, “make a list” is both the first thing on it and the first thing crossed off. Such a regimented life has its drawbacks. Her on-again/off-again romance with the sweet, but soft-spoken Timothy (Jesse Rath) has sputtered out. Her career has stalled. Her boss, Deirdre (Amy Pietz), a petty tyrant with breath that could kill a plant, laughs off her ambitions. Then Evie meets charming, free-spirited Xavier Holliday (Joshua Sasse), and the attraction is immediate and electric. He brings a jolt of joyful, rollicking romance into her life. Xavier encourages Evie to carpe that diem, because it’s more fun that way and because, well, the apocalypse is, you know, nigh. He believes humankind has a mere eight months and twelve days until a runaway asteroid smacks us all into stardust. That’s why he made an Apocalyst – a tally of every last thing he wants to do before the world goes kaput. So with the help of her friends – Hank (Jonathan Langdon), a diehard conspiracy theorist, and Kareema (Sarayu Blue), a droll nihilist – Evie must decide whether Xavier is certifiable and whether that even matters, if being with him means living her life more fully. Based on the International Emmy-nominated Brazilian format from Grupo Globo, NO TOMORROW is a romantic comedy with the ultimate ticking clock. NO TOMORROW is from CBS Television Studios and Warner Bros. Television in association with Electus, with executive producers Corinne Brinkerhoff (“American Gothic,” “Jane The Virgin,” “The Good Wife”), Maggie Friedman (“Witches of East End”) and Ben Silverman (“Jane The Virgin,” “The Office”). Read More

The Mindy Project (Hulu, Season 5)
Vice Presidential Debate (multiple networks, live event)

October 5:
Arrow (The CW, Season 3)
Frequency (The CW, New series) Click here for the trailer. 

Detective Raimy Sullivan (Peyton List) has always wanted to prove that she is nothing like her father. In 1996, when Raimy was eight years old, NYPD Officer Frank Sullivan (Riley Smith) left Raimy and her mother, Julie (Devin Kelley), behind when he went deep undercover, got corrupted, and got himself killed. Or so the story has always gone. Few people knew about the secret undercover sting operation Frank was really charged with, led by Stan Moreno (Anthony Ruivivar), who has now risen to Deputy Chief of Police. Frank’s former partner, Lieutenant Satch Reyna (Mekhi Phifer), is now Raimy’s mentor and friend, and he has urged her to let go of the hurt and anger she still feels about Frank’s disappearance and death, but the old pain still lingers. Raimy can barely bring herself to discuss Frank, even with her devoted boyfriend, Daniel (Daniel Bonjour), or her childhood friend, Gordo (Lenny Jacobson). Now, twenty years later, Raimy is stunned when a voice suddenly crackles through her father’s old, long-broken ham radio – it’s Frank, somehow transmitting over the airwaves and through the decades from 1996. They’re both shocked and confused, but Raimy shakes Frank to the core when she warns him that the secret sting he is undertaking will lead to his death. Armed with that knowledge, Frank survives the attempt on his life. But changing history has dramatically affected Raimy’s life in the present – and there have been tragic consequences. Separated by twenty years, father and daughter have reunited on a frequency only they can hear, but can they rewrite the story of their lives without risking everyone they love? FREQUENCY is from Warner Bros. Television in association with Lin Pictures, with executive producers Jeremy Carver (“Supernatural”), Toby Emmerich (“The Notebook” feature film), John Rickard (“Horrible Bosses”), Dan Lin (“The LEGO(TM) Movie,” “Sherlock Holmes”) and Jennifer Gwartz (“Veronica Mars”). Read More

October 7:
The Ranch (Netflix, Season 1B)

The Ranch is an American comedy web television series starring Ashton Kutcher, Danny Masterson, Debra Winger and Sam Elliott that debuted in 2016 on Netflix. The show takes place on the Iron River Ranch in Garrison, Colorado, detailing the life of two brothers trying to run a business.

October 9:
Divorce (HBO, New series)

After more than a decade of marriage and two children, Frances has suddenly begun to reassess her life and her strained relationship with her husband. But she soon discovers that making a clean break and a fresh start is harder than she thought. ….. The story of a very, very long divorce, the show follows Frances and Robert as they grapple with the fallout from their failing marriage, not just for themselves, but also for their children and friends, ranging from awkward public encounters to difficult private therapy sessions. Read More

Insecure (HBO, New series)

Modern-day black women are usually portrayed as strong, confident and “flawless.” But Issa and Molly are definitely not “killing it.” These best friends must deal with their own real-life flaws as they attempt to navigate different worlds and cope with an endless series of uncomfortable everyday experiences. … Over the course of the season, Issa attempts to figure out what she wants out of life and how to take control of it, while fumbling her way through this journey. Molly, a corporate attorney who appears to have everything together professionally, struggles inside as she looks for external ways to fix her life. Meanwhile, Issa’s boyfriend, Lawrence (Jay Ellis), who has fallen victim to complacency, works to get his own act together. Frieda (Lisa Joyce), Issa’s overeager white co-worker, whose enthusiasm is both annoying and endearing, is at the crux of Issa’s racial frustrations at work. Shot in and around South Los Angeles, INSECURE incorporates the music of both indie and established artists of color, and touches on a variety of social and racial issues that relate to the contemporary black experience.
Second Presidential Debate (multiple networks, live event) Read More

October 10:
Freakish (Hulu, New series)

During Saturday detention, bells ring signaling a containment drill and evacuation – not out of the ordinary for a town with a large chemical plant. The 20 students and the basketball coach retreat to the school fallout shelter for the duration of the drill. Only it’s not a drill… When the sirens stop and they return to the school lobby, they find their town has been decimated by an explosion. They see no signs of life outside their high school’s front doors. More frightening, those who were not in the bunker appear to be infected… Read More

2 Broke Girls (CBS, Season 6; 1-hour)
Supergirl (The CW, Season 2; moved from CBS)

October 11:
The Middle (ABC, Season 8)
American Housewife (ABC, New series)

Katie Otto (Katy Mixon, “Mike and Molly”), a confident, unapologetic wife and mother of three, raises her flawed family in the wealthy town of Westport, Connecticut, filled with “perfect” mommies and their “perfect” offspring. Read More

Fresh Off the Boat (ABC, Season 3)
The Real O’Neals (ABC, Season 2)
Chicago Fire (NBC, Season 5)
Real Husbands of Hollywood (BET, Season 5)

October 12:
Shameless (Showtime, Season 7)

October 13:
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow (The CW, Season 2)
Supernatural (The CW, Season 12)
Falling Water (USA, New series) Click here for the official site and with the first available for streaming. 

FALLING WATER is the story of three unrelated people who slowly realize that they are dreaming separate parts of a single common dream. The deeper they dig, the more they come to realize that the visions found in their common dream just might hold the key to the fate of the world. Lizzie Brocheré (“American Horror Story: Asylum”), David Ajala (“Fast & Furious 6”) and Will Yun Lee (“Hawaii 5-0”) star. The series, from Universal Cable Productions, is executive produced by Hurd of Valhalla Entertainment, Masters and Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (“28 Weeks Later”) who also directed the pilot. The late Emmy(R) Award-winner Henry Bromell (“Homeland”) executive produced the pilot. Read More

October 14:
Haters Back Off (Netflix, New series)

Dive into the oddball family life of the confident yet untalented Miranda Sings as she sets out to conquer the world, one viral video at a time. Read More

Goliath (Amazon Prime, New series) Click here for trailer.

Goliath stars Billy Bob Thornton, William Hurt, Olivia Thirlby and Maria Bello in the ultimate David vs. Goliath battle fought in the 21st century American legal system. The series follows a down-and-out lawyer (Thornton) as he seeks redemption. His one shot depends on getting justice in a legal system where truth has become a commodity, and the scales of justice have never been more heavily weighed toward the rich and powerful. Wolf Creek (Pop, new series) Read More

October 16:
Eyewitness (USA, New series) Click here for the trailer.

The ten-episode, straight-to-series drama will be adapted for American television by Adi Hasak (creator, “Shades of Blue”). The series, which explores a grisly crime from the point of view of the eyewitnesses, is executive produced by Hasak, who brought the series to UCP and serves as showrunner. ….The ten-episode, straight-to-series drama will be adapted for American television by Adi Hasak (creator, “Shades of Blue”). The series, which explores a grisly crime from the point of view of the eyewitnesses, is executive produced by Hasak, who brought the series to UCP and serves as showrunner. Read More

Berlin Station (Epix, New series) Click here for the trailer. 

Berlin Station is a contemporary spy series that follows Daniel Miller (Richard Armitage), an undercover agent who has just arrived at the CIA station in Berlin, Germany. Miller has a clandestine mission: to determine the identity of a now-famous whistleblower masquerading as “Thomas Shaw.” Guided by jaded veteran Hector DeJean (Rhys Ifans) Daniel learns to contend with the rough-and-tumble world of the field officer – agent-running, deception, danger and moral compromises. As he dives deeper into the German capital’s hall of mirrors and uncovers the threads of a conspiracy that leads back to Washington, Daniel wonders: Can anyone ever be the same after a posting to Berlin? Read More

Graves (Epix, New series) Click here for the trailer. 

President Richard Graves (Nick Nolte), a former two-term POTUS, embarks on a Don Quixote-like quest to right the wrongs of his administration and reclaim his legacy 25 years after leaving the White House. With topics ranging from immigration to gay rights, to foreign policy to public funding for arts and sciences, Graves holds nothing sacred as he unspools some of his administration’s proudest victories. His enlightenment takes place just as his wife Margaret Graves (Sela Ward) decides it’s finally time for her to pursue her own political ambitions. Read More

 

October 17:
The Odd Couple (CBS, Season 3)
Jane the Virgin (The CW, Season 3)

October 19:
Third Presidential Debate (multiple networks, live event)
Chance (Hulu, New series) Click here for the trailer.

Based on Kem Nunn’s novel, Chance is described as a provocative psychological thriller that focuses on Eldon Chance (Laurie), a San Francisco-based forensic neuropsychiatrist who reluctantly gets sucked into a violent and dangerous world of mistaken identity, police corruption and mental illness. After an ill-advised decision regarding an alluring patient who may or may not be struggling with a multiple personality disorder, Chance finds himself in the crosshairs of her abusive spouse, who also happens to be a ruthless police detective. In over his head, Chance’s decent into the city’s shadowy underbelly, all while navigating the waters of a contentious divorce and the tribulations of his teenage daughter, soon spirals into an ever deepening exploration of one of mankind’s final frontiers — the shadowy, undiscovered country of the human mind. Read More

October 20:
The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Fox, Telefilm)

October 21:
The Vampire Diaries (The CW, Season 8; Final season)
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (The CW, Season 2)
Black Mirror (Netflix, Season 3)

October 22:
Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency (BBC America, new series) Click here for the trailer. 

This is the most difficult show to summarize. The show is based on Douglas Adam’s book series published in ’87.  I suggest a look at the cast of characters, all whom are quirky and interesting, here.  For example this is the description of Dirk, “Dirk Gently has strange psychic abilities that enable him to sense tangential connections. He’s turned these abilities into his new profession: that of a “holistic detective,” a term that reflects his belief in the fundamental interconnectedness of all things. However, his abilities have condemned him to a lonely life devoid of human connection. A man with an interesting sense of style and a brusque manner that quickly annoys, Dirk exists on the assumption that everyone around him will instantly recognize his authority…  even though said authority doesn’t exist, and pretty much no one ever acknowledges it, ever.”  Read More

October 23:
The Walking Dead (AMC, Season 7)
Talking Dead (AMC, Season 6)
Comic Book Men (AMC, Season 6)

October 24:
Man With a Plan (CBS, New series)

Man With A Plan Matt LeBlanc in a comedy about a contractor who starts spending more time with his kids when his wife goes back to work and discovers the truth all parents eventually realize: Their little angels are maniacs. Adam feels fully equipped to take on more parenting responsibilities while his self-assured wife, Andi, returns to the workforce after being a stay-at-home mom for 13 years. However, Adam is blindsided by how tough it is to wrangle three messy kids who can’t live without Wi-Fi. Their preteen daughter, Kate, is a master manipulator and initially thrilled that “Daddy Fun Times” is taking over, middle child Teddy can’t seem to keep his hands out of his pants despite constant reminders, and their precious youngest, Emme, is nervous about starting kindergarten under the stern supervision of Mrs. Wannamaker. In the midst of it all, Adam’s older brother and business partner, Don, enjoys giving him terrible advice about how to run his family. But, with Andi’s encouragement and advice from a couple of equally stressed parents, Marie and Lowell, Adam takes charge of his brood, lays down the law and discovers he’s going to “nail” this job. Read More

October 26:
Rectify (SundanceTV, Season 4; Final season)

October 27:
The Great Indoors (CBS, New series)

Joel McHale stars in this insightful and timely comedy about a renowned adventure reporter who has spent his life exploring the edges of the earth. Now that he’s taken a desk job in the digital department of the magazine, he must adapt to the times and his new world. He’s struggling to grasp the lingo of online click-bait and listicles, but his real challenge is in understanding his staff of millenials who write about the great outdoors but never actually set foot outside. Read More

Mom (CBS, Season 4)
Pure Genius (CBS, New series) Click here for the trailer.

From the executive producer of Parenthood and Friday Night Lights comes a unique medical drama centered around a young Silicon Valley tech billionaire who builds the ultimate cutting-edge hospital that treats only the most rare and insurmountable medical mysteries—at no cost. Lending credibility to this new venture is a maverick surgeon who’s the first to discover that his boss’s mission is to get bureaucracy out of medicine, use the most forward thinkers in technology, and just save lives—including his own. Read More
Life in Pieces (CBS, Season 2)

October 28:
Good Girls Revolt (Amazon Prime, New series) Click here for the trailer.

In 1969, while a cultural revolution with a soundtrack to match swept through the free world, there was still one place that refused to change with the times: newsrooms. Good Girls Revolt follows a group of young female researchers, Jane Hollander (Anna Camp), Patti Robinson (Genevieve Angelson), Cindy Reston (Erin Darke), at “News of the Week,” who simply ask to be treated fairly. Their revolutionary request, led by lawyer Eleanor Holmes Norton (Joy Bryant) will spark convulsive changes and upend marriages, careers, sex lives, love lives, and friendships. The pilot is inspired by the landmark sexual discrimination cases chronicled in Lynn Povich’s book, The Good Girls Revolt. Read More

October 29:
The Fall (Netflix, Season 3)

October 31:
People of Earth (TBS, New series) Click here for the trailer. 

Journalist Wyatt Jones is skeptical when he investigates a support group for oddballs who think they have been abducted by aliens — yet the more he learns, the more confused, intrigued, and seduced he becomes. Read More

October 10
Freakish (Hulu, New series)

During Saturday detention, bells ring signaling a containment drill and evacuation – not out of the ordinary for a town with a large chemical plant. The 20 students and the basketball coach retreat to the school fallout shelter for the duration of the drill. Only it’s not a drill… When the sirens stop and they return to the school lobby, they find their town has been decimated by an explosion. They see no signs of life outside their high school’s front doors. More frightening, those who were not in the bunker appear to be infected… Read More

DRWHO42

Kevin aka “DRWHO42” watches a lot of TV and avoids spoilers like the plague. He is an avid Whovian, Trekker, fanboy, gamer, traveler, planner, self-professed gym rat, and Starbucks espresso loyalist.

When not plotting out his schedule for the next tent-pole movie or watching his favorite shows he is on the hunt for pop-culture TV & Movie media news. More importantly he is a frequent attendee of San Diego Comic Con (SDCC) and New York Comic Con (NYCC).

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