Sunday, October 24th
Sherlock, mini-series premiere at 9pm on PBS
– From the writers of Doctor Who, this three-part mini-series is one of the best versions of Sherlock Holmes on the small or big screen, ever. Blowing away the fog of the Victorian era, the world’s most famous detective enters the 21st century. In with three criminally clever whodunits, consulting detective Sherlock Holmes teams up with former army doctor John Watson to solve a dizzying array of crimes with his signature deductive reasoning. Starring Atonement’s Benedict Cumberbatch stars as Holmes alongside Martin Freeman (The Office, UK) as Dr. John Watson and Rupert Graves as Inspector Lestrade.
Football Wives, series premiere at 10:30pm on VH1
– Set in the cradle of American football, Dallas, this series goes inside the real-life locker room of the spouses of some of the biggest footballers in the game. Many of these ladies live the life. They drive the best cars, live in the biggest mansions, wear designer clothes and jewelry, and travel first class. But living the high life is not all glamour and is frequently fleeting. The careers of these modern-day gladiators span only a few years on average and their life-expectancy is alarmingly low. There is often a fine line between the stars who collect big contracts and the journeymen who fight to stay in the league, sometimes struggling to pay their bills.
Monday, October 25th
Dead Set, mini-series premiere at midnight on IFC
– Britain has been hit by an epic problem. The dead are returning to life and attacking the living. The people they kill get up and kill. And it’s spreading like wildfire. Within two days, 80 percent of the population is dead. No one knows how this problem started or how widespread it has become, because there are no news channels anymore.The entire social structure has collapsed in the space of 48 hours. Tiny groups of survivors are holed up across the country, unaware of each other, besieged inside abandoned houses, abandoned hospitals – abandoned anything. Surrounded by growing hordes of the living dead – mindless eating machines powered by raw instinct – they fight to survive, around the clock. Few people remain who aren’t worried about this living nightmare: the remaining contestants in the reality TV game show, “Big Brother.” Cocooned in the safety of the Big Brother house, they’re blissfully unaware of the horrific events unfolding in the outside world… until eviction night when the walking dead descend on the studio. In a cruel reflection of the game show they were cast in, one by one they fall victim – devoured by the hungry, unthinking masses outside. Staying alive requires teamwork – a tricky job when you’re a group specifically selected by TV producers to not get along and drive each other crazy. Sound brilliant? It is.
Tuesday, October 26th
Dance Cam Slam, series premiere at 10pm on VH1
– From VH1, the network that sets the bar low so it is impossible to fall short of expectations, comes a new reality dance competition that pits 2 contestants against each other to show us their ridiculous dance moves on live webcams. This game show is for the billion or so dancers who put their own shimmying version of Beyonce’s “Single Ladies” online. Here dancers of all shapes and skills from all over America compete in a weekly dance competition that takes place via web cams for a chance to win $5000.
Wednesday, October 27th
Friday Night Lights, season premiere at 9pm on DirecTV Channel 101
– This award-winning series centers on life in Dillon, Texas, where high school football brings the community together — and the drama of small town life threatens to tear it apart. Coach Taylor came to East Dillon to bring home one thing: a state championship title. Complicating his mission wasn’t just the opposing teams, but his own players, coaches and pressures from the community. At the end of Season 4, Coach Taylor led East Dillon High School to a thrilling Thanksgiving Day win over their cross-town rivals. How it will it all end? Can Coach Taylor bring the East Dillon Lions all the way to the state championship? Will Tami revive a school system that most have given up on? How will Julie and the other young people of Dillon, Texas move on from their home town? Now get ready for the fifth and final season of the critically acclaimed series.
Friday, October 29th
What Not to Wear, season premiere at 9pm on TLC
– Well at least the title gets straight to the point, not much work for me to do here. The reality fashion makeover show draws on the personality and talent of fashion experts Stacy London and Clinton Kelly to convert participants from dowdy to dashing. Hair stylist Ted Gibson and makeup artist Carmindy add the finishing touches that complete the change.