Day: October 4, 2020

Anthology TV makes a soulful return

In TV’s early years, anthologies thrived.
They were inconsistent, but we forgot the bad moments and savored the good ones – “Twilight Zone” or “Hitchcock” or tales that became movies, from “12 Angry Men” to “Requiem For a Heavyweight.”
And now – thanks to streaming or cable – they’ve made a mild comeback. AMC’s “Soulmates” (10 p.m. on six Mondays), shown here with Charlie Heaton and Malin Akerman, joins a mini-trend that has included “Modern Love,” “The Romanoffs” and “Black Mirror” … from a “Soulmates” writer-producer. Read more…

Best-bets for Oct.6: Sci-fi/monster tales start sharply

1) “NeXt” debut, 9 p.m., Fox. Science-fiction has long fretted about the day the robots – or cyborgs or computers – take over. Ken Jennings even borrowed a sci-fi line after losing “Jeopardy” to a machine: “I, for one, welcome our new computer overlords.” And in the start of this sharp, 10-week mini-series, that seems to be happening: A driverless car refuses to follow orders; an Alexa-type device whispers schemes to a little boy. The guy who created this chaos (John Slattery, shown here) scrambles to stop it. Read more…