“The Walking Dead,” 9 p.m., AMC, rerunning at 11:35 p.m. and 1:10
Just in time for the
Halloween season, this ratings-champion starts its seventh season,
with Negan's actions haunting Rick's group. And if you need to catch
up or hear commentary, that's easy.
AMC has been
rerunning the entire series this week; the sixth season starts at
3:30 a.m. today and starts its finale at 7:30 p.m. Also, Chris
Hardwick and guests will discuss the opener on “Talking Dead,” at
10:06 p.m. AMC also has the season-openerof Kevin Smith's “Comic
Book Men” at 12:40 a.m.
II: “The Simpsons,” 7 and 8 p.m., Fox.
“Treehouse of Horror” was a minor disappointment, but don't fret:
Tonight brings a new episode at 8 – Homer seeks a promotion,
Krusty's candy is suspect – and last year's “Treehouse” at 7.
That rerun starts
with a clever song from John Kricfalusi (the “Ren and Stimpy”
creator), peppered with old Hanna-Barbera characters. The first full
segment (Sideshow Bob kills Bart ... often) is heavy-handed and gory,
but the next two are terrific. A witty variation on “Godzilla”
starts in black-and-white and then goes Hollywood epic; then the kids
use new radiated powers for good and (mostly) evil.
ALTERNATIVE: “Masterpiece: The Durrells in Corfu,” 8 p.m., PBS.
In last week's
genial opener, a harried widow (the terrific Kelley Hawes) moved her
family to a Greek island in 1933. Now her pension still hasn't
arrived and her four kids are in chaos.
unpublished writer, hangs with heavy-drinking Germans ... one of whom
Margo is ga-ga for. Leslie is instantly in love with a local woman.
And young Gerald – who later recalled this in three books –
continues his obsession with animals. Then a crisis pulls together
these mismatched (and likable) souls. This is still a good time to
jump into an amiable, six-week series.
Football preview, 7
p.m. ET, and kick-off, 8:30, NBC. The Seattle Seahawks – now 4-1
after Russell Wilson pulled off a late comeback last Sunday, visit
Carson Palmer's Arizona Cardinals.
Angeles,” 8:30 p.m., CBS. When a Navy machinist is slain, the hunt
for the killer takes the team all over the city. Bar Paly, the
Russian-born model from Israel, returns as Anna Kolchek, pairing with
Callen while Sam assists Hetty.
9 p.m., Epix. Last week's opener slogged for a while, then ended
starkly, with the death of a courier for the whistleblower called
“Thomas Shaw.” Is that a collective name? Is murder a sharp
detour for an idealistic effort? We start to see details, in a fairly
good episode ... leading to an OK “Graves” -- heavy-handed lead
character, but great support – at 10.
“Last Man on
Earth,” 9:30 p.m., Fox. These five survivors have decided they need
a road trip. Alas, they soon wear on each other's nerves; in
particular, Gail (Mary Steenburgen) is at her breaking point.
Secretary,” 9:30 p.m., CBS. When American activists are arrested in
China, Elizabeth hits a negotiations stalemate. Meanwhile, her
husband feels one of her former students is their cyber-stalker.
p.m., ABC. In her CIA training, Alex faces a drill that tests stress
levels. And in the future, a terrorist organization demands a trade,
to end the stand-off.
“The Strain,” 10
p.m., FX. Opposite extremes jolt us, in a pivotal and high-octane
episode. The bad news: New York is overrun; even the police are
fleeing. The good: Eph and Dutch are close to perfecting their
device. And it's nasty-vs.-nasty, as Palmer pushes to extract