Sunday, October 23rd
Once Upon A Time, series premiere at 8pm on ABC
– ABC’s new fairytale series is, at its core, a story about hope. Emma Swan’s (Jennifer Morrison, How I Met Your Mother) life has been anything but a fairytale. A 28-year-old bail bondsperson, she’s been taking care of herself since she was abandoned as a baby. But when Henry—the son she gave up 10 years ago—finds her, everything changes. Henry is desperate for his mom’s help and thinks that Emma is actually the long, lost daughter of Snow White (Ginnifer Goodwin, Big Love) and Prince Charming (Josh Dallas). Yes, the actual Snow White and Prince Charming. Even stranger, Henry believes that Storybrooke, the sleepy New England town he calls home, is really part of a curse cast by the Evil Queen (Lana Parrilla), freezing fairytale characters in the modern world with no memory of their former selves. Of course the seen-it-all Emma doesn’t believe a word, but when she gets to Storybrooke, she can’t help sensing that everything’s not quite what it seems. As Henry shows Emma around with the help of his fairytale book, the town, and its inhabitants like Henry’s therapist Archie Hopper and the enigmatic Mr. Gold, seem just strange enough to set off her already suspicious nature. She becomes even more concerned for Henry when she meets his adopted mother, Regina, who he suspects is none other than the Evil Queen herself! Storybrooke is a place where magic has been forgotten—but is still powerfully close—and happily ever after seems just out of reach. In order to understand where the fairytale world’s former inhabitants came from, and what ultimately led to the Evil Queen’s wrath, you’ll need a glimpse into their previous lives. But it might just turn everything you’ve ever believed about these characters upside-down. Meanwhile, the epic battle for the future of all worlds, modern and fairytale alike, is about to begin. For good to win, Emma will have to accept her destiny and fight like hell.
Robot Chicken, season premiere at 11:30pm on Cartoon Network
– Robot Chicken creators Seth Green and Matthew Senreich sure have an adult sense of humor for people who play with dolls—sorry, figurines. In the season premiere, Green Lantern finds a new extremity to place his ring on after losing his hands, while Justin Bieber fans will be appalled by a sketch in which a video director assumes the pop superstar is a plucky lesbian. Elsewhere, the Peanuts character are taught how to dance by Kevin Bacon’s character in “Footloose,” voiced by none other than the real Kevin Bacon.
Monday, October 24th
Monster In-Laws, series premiere at 10pm on A&E
– A&E’s new reality series follows married couples at war with their unruly in-laws as relationship experts step in to make peace. In-laws: most people have them. ..and sometimes, they can be a whole lot more than a newlywed bargained for. A&E Network shines a light on married couples dealing with meddling in-laws as they try to make peace with the help of an unconventional, no-nonsense relationship expert. Each 30-minute episode will feature real-life married couples as they put their relatable in-law problems on display. Sometimes funny and sometimes not, one spouse finds themselves in the middle of the person they married and a member of their immediate family, desperate to put an end to the battles that are tearing them apart. Seasoned relationship experts bring the family under one roof and force them to face their issues head on so they can reach common ground and mend their broken relationships.
Wednesday, October 26th
Whitechapel, series premiere at 10pm on BBC America
– From the producers of the Emmy Award-winning Downton Abbey and starring Rupert Penry-Jones (MI-5, Cambridge Spies), Phil Davis (Sherlock, Bleak House) and Steve Pemberton (The League of Gentlemen, Viva Blackpool), comes this six-part crime drama focusing on two internationally resonant crime stories. Is it possible that the world’s most notorious serial killer is back? As the murder rate in modern day East London rises, a team of detectives set out to solve the most famous unsolved murder case in history – Jack the Ripper. Will the team succeed where others failed 120 years ago? Fast-tracked Detective Inspector Joseph Chandler (Rupert Penry-Jones), a novice in the business of murder but an expert in the politics of policing, joins Detective Sergeant Miles (Phil Davis) and ‘Ripperologist’ Edward Bunchan (Steve Pemberton) in leading the investigation. They soon realize this modern day killer is copying Jack the Ripper’s infamous murders in the Whitechapel section of London, down to the very last detail, and the race to catch a copycat killer begins…before he strikes again. To complicate matters, a series of horrific attacks occur which appear to echo the Kray twins’ infamous crimes of the 1960s.
Thursday, October 27th
Beavis and Butt-head, series premiere at 10pm on MTV
– MTV’s animated cult hit from the 90s is back starring Beavis and Butt-head, America’s favorite culture critics. The show centers on two socially awkward, rock/metal-loving teenage delinquents, Beavis and Butt-head (both voiced by creator Mike Judge), who live in the fictional town of Highland, Texas. They have no apparent adult supervision at home, are woefully undereducated, dim-witted, barely literate and lack any empathy or moral scruples. They now have more than just music videos to make fun of: Reality TV, the Internet, and Ultimate Fighting will all be crossing their TV screen! Brought back by creator Mike Judge, Beavis and Butt-Head are dumber than ever!
Friday, October 28th
Chuck, series premiere at 8pm on NBC
– Our favorite secret agent is back in the final season of the comedy series with a strong cult following. Chuck Bartowski (Zachary Levi, Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel) returns as a regular guy who also happens to be the government’s most vital secret agent. Now that those closest to Chuck know his secret, he must try harder than ever to keep his spy life from interfering with his personal life. But this has never been more difficult – his relationship with superspy Sarah Walker is getting serious, and he’s about to take on his most personal mission yet: finding his mother. This season, Chuck’s assignments take him far from Burbank, with each mission bringing him closer to uncovering what happened to his mom, Mary Elizabeth Bartowski (guest star Linda Hamilton, The Terminator, Terminator 2: Judgment Day).
Grimm, series premiere at 9pm on NBC
– This new drama series premiering on Halloween weekend is inspired by the classic Grimm’s Fairy Tales. Portland homicide Detective Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli, Turn The Beat Around) discovers he is descended from an elite line of criminal profilers known as “Grimms,” charged with keeping balance between humanity and the mythological creatures of the world. As he tries to hide the dangers of his new found calling from his fiancé, Juliette Silverton, and his partner, Hank Griffin, he becomes ever more entrenched in the ancient rivalries and alliances of the Grimm world. With help from his confidant, Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell, Prison Break), a reformed Grimm creature himself, Nick must navigate through the forces of a larger-than-life mythology, facing off with Hexenbiests, Blutbads and all manner of ancient evils, including royal lines dating back to the original profilers themselves, The Grimm Brothers.
Saturday, October 29th
Celebrity Ghost Stories, season premiere at 9pm on BIO
– Featuring personal, first-person accounts by notable actors, musicians and models, Celebrity Ghost Stories delivers a compelling, surprising and downright chilling look into the world of the paranormal by those who believe they have experienced the other side.
Borgen (Government), series premiere at 9:30pm on Link TV
– Borgen (Government) is the latest Danish drama sensation from the producers of the acclaimed series The Killing. Like its American cousin The West Wing, Borgen uncovers a world of political gamesmanship, the intricate public and private lives of politicians, media spinners, and the reporters who traffic in their triumphs and failures. The setting is Borgen, the nickname for Denmark’s Parliamentary building, otherwise known to Danes as “The Castle.” Our hero is the smart and sexy populist Birgitte Nyborg. After scoring her party a landslide victory through her idealism and work ethic, she now faces the biggest dilemma of her life. The question is: Will she succumb to pressure to compromise her ideals and maintain her political position? Don’t miss this award-winning series about the fight for political power and the personal consequences for everyone involved.
The Graham Norton Show, season premiere at 10pm on BBC America
– The Graham Norton Show rolls into its tenth season! Graham Norton, the multi-award winning comedian and host, presents his talk show based on the people, trends, stories, and aspects of celebrity culture that interest him most. He’s entertaining the masses with everything you won’t see on the news from celebrity guests’ anecdotes and sillier stories buzzing in the ether to the unique quirks and obsessions of his audience. Expect trademark Norton comedy monologues, celeb chat, eccentric stories/characters and some good old-fashioned home-grown weirdness. Great guests, great stories, great characters. All this… and Graham Norton, too. Welcome to Graham’s world!