Sunday, October 16th
Visionaries: Inside the Creative Mind, series premiere at 8pm on OWN
– The hour-long documentary series follows some of the world’s most iconic innovators and takes audiences inside their creative process, offering never-before-seen views of true masterminds at work. The five-episode series debuts with filmmaker Tyler Perry providing a deep inside look into his world of writer, director, actor, and media mogul as he produces two new films, tours the country with his hit play “Madea’s Big Happy Family,” and takes some downtime to remain “a big kid at heart.” He joins celebrated creative artists including fashion icon Tom Ford, filmmaker James Cameron, musician will.i.am, and world-renowned photographer Annie Leibovitz as they reveal the experiences, challenges and rewards of bringing their ideas to life. With unprecedented access, this series provides unique insight into what made these visionaries who they are and what continues to inspire them.
The Walking Dead, season premiere at 9pm on AMC
– AMC’s critically acclaimed original series about a zombie apocalypse is back with its much-anticipated second season. When we last left the The Walking Dead, the characters were in the midst of a high-intensity struggle to survive, fleeing the CDC as it burst into flames. In Season 2, they are still on the move, facing more threats and obstacles than ever. Based on one of the most successful and popular comic books of all time, written by Robert Kirkman, AMC’s The Walking Dead captures the ongoing human drama following a zombie apocalypse. The series follows a group of survivors, led by police officer Rick Grimes, played by Andrew Lincoln (Love Actually, Teachers, Strike Back), who are traveling in search of a safe and secure home. However, instead of the zombies, it is the living who remain that truly become the walking dead. Jon Bernthal (The Pacific, The Ghost Writer) plays Shane Walsh, Rick’s sheriff’s department partner before the apocalypse, and Sarah Wayne Callies (Prison Break), is Rick’s wife, Lori Grimes.
Our America With Lisa Ling, season premiere at 9pm on OWN
– As the field correspondent for The Oprah Winfrey Show and contributor to ABC News’ Nightline and National Geographic’s Explorer, Lisa Ling has reported from dozens of countries, covering stories about gang rape in the Congo, bride burning in India and the Lord’s Resistance Army in Uganda, among other issues that are too often ignored. The new season of Our America with Lisa Ling delves into some of the most challenging, thought-provoking issues in society today. With stories ranging from polygamy and amateur porn, to sex trafficking and veterans with PTSD, Ling immerses herself into the lives of everyday Americans and captures their in-depth experiences firsthand. These stories provide viewers a window into worlds largely unseen and a deeper understanding of what’s really going on in subcultures of Our America today.
Why Am I Still Single?, series premiere at 9pm on VH1
– This new one-hour docu-soap follows the matchmaking adventures of dynamo matchmaker Siggy Flicker, her zany staff, and her loveless clients — combining the drama-trauma of a dating show with the humor and feel-good fun of a workplace comedy. In today’s world, successfully navigating the dating scene is about as likely as surviving a hurricane while floating on your back. With the internet, text messaging, twitter, Skype, blogs and people just not being that into each other, the “rules” of dating have become confusing and downright frustrating for everyone. And with busy work schedules, no one has time to figure it all out. Enter Siggy Flicker, a connoisseur of matters of the heart. Siggy is an expert matchmaker with years of experience in the biz. And now, she’s using her experience to whip daters across NYC (and viewers) into relationship shape. But this isn’t your average matchmaking show – this is dating with a tutorial twist. Sexy and smart, loud and brassy, Siggy is unapologetic about telling her clients what they are doing wrong when it comes to dating. And she’s got a wild, diverse team of skilled “pickers” to round it all out. School is in session and Siggy Flicker is the head master!
– On the sophomore season of Ask Oprah’s All Stars, Dr. Phil, Suze Orman and Dr. Oz team up to answer the most pressing viewer questions about health, wealth and mental well-being. Hosted by Gayle King, the season will feature specially themed episodes: Ultimate Checklists, That’s Embarrassing!, Is This Normal?, Love, Sex & More, 20 Questions for 20-Somethings and Myths, Secrets & Confessions. Also, there’s a surprising update for season one’s 52 year old virgin. It’s an hour of tell-it-like-it-is advice from America’s and Oprah’s favorite experts.
Brothers On Call, series premiere at 9pm on DIY
– Terry and Jon Wittmaack’s father started a small business changing light bulbs for old ladies with big houses. The two brothers have taken that little family business and transformed it into a full-blown home remodeling company that does more than 1,000 projects a year — and they’re not just changing bulbs anymore. DIY Network’s Brothers on Call takes you into the hectic and often hilarious world of two brothers taking home improvement to the next level. The ultra-competitive world of construction might just be the easy part of the job; running a company with your polar-opposite brother is the biggest challenge. Brothers on Call gives homeowners useful home improvement tips and inspires them to take on projects of their own, all through the entertaining antics of two brothers.
Monday, October 17th
Bachelorette Party: Las Vegas, series premiere at 10pm on Oxygen
– This new, eight episode reality series will bring viewers the most outrageous bachelorette party experiences packed with plenty of drama, laughter and jaw-dropping moments. Each week, viewers will be introduced to a new bride-to-be, her bridesmaids and closest friends as a VIP event planning team pulls out all the stops for an extravagant celebration. The exclusive event design team is led by Palms Casino executive Jon Gray and features VIP hosts Elliot Wronski and Jason (“JROC”) Craig. They go to all lengths to make the future brides’ wishes come true…proving that bachelorette parties are really the new bachelor parties. From demanding brides who threaten to eliminate members of their bridal party to a Barbie fanatic for whom no Barbie detail is ever too much, the VIP team tries to cater to every last whim these women have, making for must-watch television.
Tuesday, October 18th
Man Up!, series premiere at 8:30pm on ABC
– In the vein of The Hangover, Man Up! is the virile new comedy from writer/producer/actor Christopher Moynihan (100 Questions), executive producer Victor Fresco (Better off Ted), and director Beth McCarthy-Miller (SNL, 30 Rock), that follows the struggles of three modern male archetypes as they search for their identities and try to prove that “real men” really can use hazelnut creamer. Will Keen’s grandfather fought in WWII. Will’s father fought in Vietnam. Will plays Call of Duty on his PlayStation 3 and uses non-dairy hazelnut creamer. So what happened to all the real men? They’re still here – they just smell like pomegranate body wash now. Will’s (Mather Zickel) evolved, sensitive nature is why his awesome wife Theresa (Teri Polo) married him. But Will and his friends find themselves wondering – in a world of body spray and manscaping – what does it really mean to be a guy anymore? Will is more interested in finding the perfect gift for his son Nathan’s (Jake Johnson) 13th birthday than in doing his job selling insurance, sensitive soul Craig (Christopher Moynihan) still pines for his college ex Lisa, and Kenny (Dan Fogler) clamps down on his anger and asks himself “What would Tobey Maguire do?” when his ex Brenda (Amanda Detmer) starts seeing a guy who is everything he’s not (Henry Simmons). And though it may not come naturally, each new day brings these lovable beta males another opportunity to Man Up and be like their forefathers.
Thursday, October 20th
Pitchin’ In, series premiere at 10:30pm on Cooking Channel
– The award-winning Canadian traveling foodie show comes to the States on the new Cooking Channel. Chef Lynn Crawford leaves her job as executive chef at the Four Seasons Hotel in Manhattan to travel the world on the ultimate chef’s adventure. As she hunts for the freshest and best ingredients, she relies on locals to show her the best way to get what she’s looking for.
Friday, October 21st
Boss, series premiere at 10pm on Starz
– Mayor Tom Kane (Kelsey Grammer) sits like a spider at the center of Chicago’s web of power; a web built on a covenant with the people. They want to be led, they want disputes settled, jobs dispensed, and loyalties rewarded. If he achieves through deception and troubling morality, so be it. As long as he gets the job done, they look the other way. Yet despite being the most effective mayor in recent history, a degenerative brain disorder is ripping everything away from him. He can’t trust his memory, his closest allies, or even himself. Kane’s wife Meredith (Connie Nielsen) knows nothing. Theirs is a marriage of convenience. Kitty O’Neil (Kathleen Robertson), Kane’s advisor, has her suspicions but stays silent. And Kane’s political advisor Ezra Stone (Martin Donovan), a Yale graduate with a rough edge, remains questionless. Only Emma (Hannah Ware), Kane’s estranged daughter, has a chance of learning his secret. This is going to be the toughest term yet for the Boss.