Upcoming Week in TV:10/30 Aliens, Witches & The Crown

By Alyssa & DrWho42

Baseball dominates so expect a wacky schedule on FOX this week.

Three notable additions to this week in TV are on non-network channels TBS, IFC and Netflix.  TBS brings an ‘alien abduction” sit com to the air titled People of Earth, starring Wyatt Cenac (The Daily Show). Conan O’Brien and Greg Daniels, the guy who brought us The Office, have put together this odd & funny half hour comedy. Continuing the theme of odd sit-com’s comes IFC’s Stan against Evil, the star  John McGinley (Scrubs) brings a level of the absurd to this otherwise run-of-the-mill supernatural comedy. The final new addition, The Crown, is brought to us by Netflix. The series takes place at the beginning of Elizabeth II’s reign with the sudden death of her father King George VI. It stars John Lithgow (as Churchill), Claire Foy (as Elizabeth II), & Matt Smith (as her husband Phillip). With high production values, this could be a very interesting if you like this kind of show.

There are a few season finales this week – The Strain, Atlanta, and The Good Place. Lastly, there are a couple of specials on the SCIENCE channel Tuesday which are quite interesting – The Dark Web & Brains on Video Games.

DRWHO42’s picks:
New: The Fall
On-going: The Flash, Arrow, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Timeless, Conviction, Elementary, The Big Bang Theory, The Blacklist, Gotham, Marvel’s Agents of Shield, The Exorcist, Designated Survivor, Blindspot, The Exorcist, The Strain, Falling Water, & Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency
Binge / Stack: Hawaii 5-0, Westworld, Glitch

Alyssa’s picks:
New/Returning: People of the Earth, Stan Against Evil
Watching live: Walking & Talking Dead,  Survivor,  Designated Survivor, Van Helsing, Pitch, Dirk Gently, Falling water
Letting Stack up:  Ash vs Evil Dead, Blacklist, Blindspot, Bull, Gotham,  Lethal Weapon,  Notorious, The Strain,  This is Us,  Marvel AoS, Hell’s Kitchen, Flash, Z-Nation, The Exorcist, Better Things,  Lucifer, Arrow, Pure Genius

Notable geek shows are highlighted in red.

Sunday – October 30, 2016

8:00 PM
FOX  MLB World Series Game #5
10:00 PM
CBS   Elementary: Henny Penny The Sky Is Falling (#ele504) [100th Episode]
FX     The Strain: The Fall (#310) [3rd Season Finale]
11:59 PM
ADULT SWIM     Squidbillies: Squash B’gosh (#1008) [Special Presentation]

Monday – October 31, 2016

3:01 AM
NETFLIX     Chewing Gum: Complete First Season [Series Premiere]

Tracey Gordon is a 24-year-old religious Beyoncé-obsessed virgin. Growing up through the church, with her strict preacher Mother, she has ended up rather ‘underdeveloped’ in certain areas – but Tracey wants more. We follow Tracey as she embarks on her journey into adulthood, crashing her way through what she should and shouldn’t be doing. Click to read more at the Futon Critic

9:00 PM
TBS     People Of Earth: Pilot (#101) [Series Premiere] <Editor’s note, the first episode is quirky, funny & worth watching>

Executive produced by Conan O’Brien and Greg Daniels (The Office), People of Earth centers on a skeptical journalist, Ozzie Graham (Daily Show alum Wyatt Cenac), who investigates a support group for those who have allegedly had alien encounters. The more he examines their bizarre claims, the more he realizes a sliver of truth in their stories and possibly even signs that indicate he also was abducted by aliens. Ozzie soon becomes part of the eccentric group as he struggles with the idea of knowing that life could exist beyond Earth. Click to read more at the Hollywood Reporter

11:00 PM
IFC     Stan Against Evil: Sneak Preview [Special Presentation] <Editor’s  note, McGinley is worth watching- the jury is out if it’ll hold my interest for the season>

A special airing of the premiere episode will haunt viewers Halloween night, October 31 at 10PM on IFC. Starring John C. McGinley (Scrubs) and Janet Varney (You’re the Worst), Stan Against Evil will air the remainder of its 8-episode first season Wednesdays at 10PM throughout the fall. Stan Against Evil follows Stan Miller (McGinley), a perpetually disgruntled former sheriff of a small New England town who was forced into retirement. Stan has trouble relinquishing his authority to Evie Barret (Varney), the tough and beautiful new sheriff in town, but they form an unlikely alliance when both begin to realize things are not quite right in their quaint New England town. Together, they valiantly fight a plague of unleashed demons that have been haunting the town, which just happens to be built on the site of a massive 17th century witch burning.  Click to read more at the Futon Critic

Tuesday – November 01, 2016

7:30 PM
FOX    MLB World Series Game #6
9:00 PM
SCIENCE     Special: Your Brain On Video Games [1-hour Special Presentation]
10:00 PM
FX     Atlanta: The Jacket (#110) [1st Season Finale]
SCIENCE     Special: Inside The Dark Web [1-hour Special Presentation]

Wednesday – November 02, 2016

7:30 PM
FOX     MLB  World Series Game #7
8:00 PM
ABC     The 50th Annual CMA Awards [3-hour Special Presentation]
10:00 PM
IFC     Stan Against Evil: Dig Me Up, Dig Me Down; Know, Know, Know Your Goat (#101/102) [1-hour Series Premiere]

Stan Against Evil will premiere with two back-to-back episodes Wednesday, November 2 at 10PM and 10:30PM.  Starring John C. McGinley (Scrubs) and Janet Varney (You’re the Worst), Stan Against Evil will air the remainder of its 8-episode first season Wednesdays at 10PM throughout the fall. Click to read more at the Futon Critic

Thursday – November 03, 2016

8:30 PM
NBC     The Good Place: …someone Like Me As A Member (#109) [1st Season Fall Finale]

Friday – November 04, 2016

3:01 AM
NETFLIX     The Crown: Complete First Season (#101-110) [Series Premiere]

Prepare to be welcomed into the coveted world of power and privilege and behind locked doors in Westminster and Buckingham Palace….the leaders of an empire await. The Crown reunites acclaimed writer Peter Morgan (The Queen, Frost/Nixon) with director Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Hours) and producer Andy Harries (The Queen). Based on the award-winning play, The Audience, The Crown tells the inside story of Queen Elizabeth II’s early reign, revealing the personal intrigues, romances, and political rivalries behind the great events that shaped the second half of the 20th Century. The Crown stars Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II, Matt Smith as Prince Phillip, John Lithgow as Sir Winston Churchill, Victoria Hamilton as the Queen Mother, Jared Harris as King George VI, Vanessa Kirby as Princess Margaret and Dame Eileen Atkins as Queen Mary, among others. A Netflix original series, The Crown focuses on Queen Elizabeth II as a 25-year-old newlywed faced with the daunting prospect of leading the world’s most famous monarchy while forging a relationship with legendary Prime Minister, Sir Winston Churchill. The British Empire is in decline, the political world is in disarray, and a young woman takes the throne….a new era is dawning. Peter Morgan’s masterfully researched scripts reveal the Queen’s private journey behind the public facade with daring frankness. Prepare to be welcomed into the coveted world of power and privilege and behind locked doors in Westminster and Buckingham Palace….the leaders of an empire await. Click to read more at the Futon Critic

AMAZON     Thunderbirds Are Go: Complete Second Season (#201-213) [2nd Season Premiere]

Saturday – November 05, 2016

8:00 PM
NBC     2016 Breeders’ Cup [1-hour Special Presentation]

Alyssa

Alyssa bought her first comic at age 7 & was hooked. She has collected comics most of her life. Recently she has branched out to comic art and books and the occasional Lego. She goes to as many con's as she can & enjoys the 'long form' story telling of TV. She also enjoys new kinds of food- yes, she is a foodie.