The Walking Dead
Let's dig into a busy sweeps week, starting with the scary before we get to the funny.
MONSTER MASH: Zombies are cool. That's the takeaway from the boffo ratings for the premiere of AMC's riveting zombie epic The Walking Dead. (Episode two this Sunday has a moment that made even this fan of the macabre want to look away.) But zombie horror is also disturbing, in this case emotionally affecting, as the survivors look on at an inexplicably wrecked world populated by the lumbering dead who can strike awfully close to home...
Saturday Night Live
The Women of SNL (Monday, 9/8c, NBC)
For years, the female members of the Saturday Night Live ensemble have been the scene-stealers to watch, and this two-hour special will put them in the spotlight, with classic clips interspersed with original material. Look for the greatest moments of contemporary faves like Kristen Wiig, Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, Maya Rudolph and Rachel Dratch, as well as classic bits from Cheri Oteri, Molly Shannon, Ana Gasteyer, Nora Dunn and original cast members Jane Curtin and Laraine Newman.
SEATTLE MED: Welcome, TV peeps, to the November sweeps, late-October edition, where not all stunts are created equal. First among non-equals is TV's still-reigning hospital soap, the durable Grey's Anatomy, showing it has lost none of its juice — and neither has the faux-documentary format — in a wrenching and pivotal episode seemingly inspired by last summer's excellent Boston Med. Or is it the local sweeps news? The show temporarily becomes Seattle Medical: Road to Recovery, with sensational teasers amid other infotainment hoopla, as hand-held cameras follow the doctors along the usual rounds of triumph (a double arm transplant, a regenerative trachea procedure in the pediatrics ward) and tragedy (Mandy Moore, from the shoot-em-up cliffhanger, is back, but goes into an irreversible coma after Bailey's routine op). The gimmick, though familiar, illuminates character as we watch them do their jobs from a new perspective while sparing us from the show's maddening tendency to overshare...
Mike and Frankie come to question their parenting skills in this episode. Axl gets suspended for truancy, and Mike decides to teach him a lesson by making him work in the quarry during the suspension. Mike's plan implodes, though, when Axl really likes the job, and decides he wants to drop out of school and work in the quarry full time. Also, Sue's beloved cross-country team is cut by the school, and Frankie fears she's responsible for the cutback. Some days parents can't buy a break. — Fred Mitchell
Read on for previews of Survivor: Nicaragua, Hell's Kitchen, Law & Order: SVU, CNBC Titans, Storm Chasers and What's Eating You?.
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Sean Covell and Alexa Vega
Spy Kids star Alexa Vega has gotten married, her rep tells TVGuide.com.
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The Good Wife
God in America (Monday, PBS, check local schedules)
Is that Benjamin Linus in Puritan drag? Michael Emerson is among the familiar faces in historical recreations (as John Winthrop) as two of PBS' most prestigious franchises, American Experience and Frontline, team for a six-part (over three nights) survey of American history as seen through the prism of religion. From the nation's origins, built on the principal of religious freedom, the series winds its way through wars and social revolutions including the civil-rights movement, exploring the part religion has played in shaping this country's melting-pot nature...
CBS easily won Friday night thanks to another round of strong performances from Blue Bloods, CSI: NY and Medium.
Blue Bloods was the night's most-watched series, drawing...
The Whole Truth may have just granted itself a continuance.
The freshman ABC legal drama drew 4.5 million viewers Wednesday, according to overnight Nielsen estimates, but the show reversed its downward trend in the 18-to-49 demographic, bouncing back 17 percent. The show was still...
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