The Walking Dead
With its putrid zombie hoard, The Walking Dead is the ultimate Halloween gift for fans of gore: There are splattered heads, swarming flies and enough tattered, rotting flesh to make most watch through splayed fingers. But peel back just a thin layer of the decaying skin and you'll find the heart of AMC's newest drama is entirely human — racing 90 beats a minute, pumping furiously to stay alive. "There's us and the dead. We survive this by pulling together, not apart," says deputy sheriff Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln).
"It's a story that anyone can relate to," explains Robert Kirkman, author of the acclaimed comic-book series on which the show is based. "The zombies are representative of disaster, but the focus is on the people — everything they go through."
Rick Grimes is an Everyman with everything: a wife, a son...
America's Next Top Model
Dag, Tyra, make up your mind. Are you against bullying or not? Earlier this season, er, cycle, La Banks tackled the headline-dwelling issue of bullying by having her mini-minions photographed with words that hurt painted all over their bodies. Whether or not the concept was hypocritical (after all, this show is all about being judged), props must go to ANTM for at least trying to be part of the solution.
Then last night they kind of blew it all to hell. By recruiting a gaggle of professional models to dish out backstage abuse to the remaining contestants during a Zac Posen show, Top Model stooped to just the sort of mean-girl antics that Miss Jay actually told the pros to unleash on the newbies. Did they really need to be insulted, shut down and psyched out like that, right before hitting the catwalk?
What's coming up on Glee's November 9 episode that is so big and top-secret that creator Ryan Murphy sat the whole cast down to tell them to keep their mouths shut? We'll find out mid-way through this Kurt-centric episode, titled "Never Been Kissed."
"It's so big that we had a full meeting about it that we can't say anything," says Chris Colfer (Kurt). "That's never happened before. I will say it's about Kurt."
When he read the reveal in his script, Chris went through a rollercoaster of feelings...
The Daily Show
Cheers to Jon Stewart for his truly fair and balanced interview with President Barack Obama on The Daily Show.
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In his first sitdown with a current Chief Exec, Stewart walked a fine line between respect and irreverence — and never lost sight of the Comedy in Comedy Central, even though the Prez was not in a jokey mood. Dispensing with any opening shtick, he brought Obama out immediately and let the show run several minutes longer than usual (to the dismay of some DVR users). Stewart was critical of the President and his party...
Comedian Steve Harvey gives us the scoop on hosting Family Feud, his favorite game shows and how he thinks his own family would have done on the show...
Red: Werewolf Hunter (Saturday, 9/8c, Syfy)
Not to be confused with the Bruce Willis/Helen Mirren movie about Retired and Extremely Dangerous spies, this Halloween-ready TV-movie stars Felicia Day (The Guild, Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog) as a carrot-topped descendent of Little Red Riding Hood who's mixing it up with a different sort of wolfish predator. Things get complicated when Red brings home a fiancée who get bitten by a werewolf, making him a prime target of her werewolf-hunting family. Can Red save the day?
An Abby-centric NCIS episode can never be anything other than a good thing, so it was nice seeing Pauley Perrette get to pull out that black parasol — last seen protecting her from the Mexican sun — and do a little obsessive field work in "Cracked." The object of her fascination was a dead Navy lieutenant turned biotech engineer who left behind mountains and mountains of mysterious formulas, along with a history of mental illness. "How's that for dedication?" Abby asked, upon finding that the dead woman had ambidextrously tattooed both her arms with reams of scientific mumbo-jumbo. "I'm officially a fan."
This led to Abby even going down to autopsy to talk to the corpse ...
As Steve Carell's reign as Office boss Michael Scott comes to a close at the end of this season, we want to know who you think should be promoted to keep up the workplace high jinks. From beet-farming Dwight to warehouse supervisor Darryl, let us know who you think would be best suited to take control of Dunder Mifflin. Vote in our poll after the jump...
Julie Bowen and Ty Burrell
The Dunphy and Pritchett families never do anything halfway. So it's no surprise to see Modern Family undergo a Transylvanian transformation for its big Halloween episode.
"Claire [Julie Bowen] is obsessed with Halloween. She's the housewife in the neighborhood with the front-yard graveyard and a maze that trick-or-treaters have to walk through to get their candy," teases Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Mitchell), who in real life plans to wear his character's muscle-bound Spider-Man costume to a party being thrown at the home of his TV boyfriend...