Turns out I have good reason to love Twix…it was introduced to the U.S. the year I was born! For some interwebs fun today, check out how Halloween looked the year you were born.
I’m having an off-year with Halloween. This is usually the time I allow myself to get scared silly with movies and TV shows, and typically I have a party or something “harvest-y” to go to, but none of those things really happened this year. The only scary programming I’m currently watching is Syfy’s Channel Zero (which I highly recommend!), but there’s plenty out there. (See my Previews page for a look at the new Netflix movie, I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House.)
Occasionally, I have regrets over shows I’ve given up too soon, or put on the back burner for too long, and I felt that way this week after watching The Walking Dead season seven premiere. I’m about two and a half seasons behind and I wasn’t in any hurry to get caught up, because I’ve been a pro at avoiding spoilers on the show. However, I knew I wouldn’t be able to avoid them with this premiere because the hype had been building since last spring, so I decided to jump back in and watch the premiere. And it nearly killed me. It was shocking and I bawled my eyes out for one of my favorite characters, but mostly it just felt like the show I fell in love with back in season one. I’m curious to see where it goes from here, but now I think I need to get on it and watch those episodes I missed. Did you watch it? Thoughts?!?
Just a few new shows of note this week:
Monday – People of Earth
Wednesday – Salem, The 50th Annual CMA Awards (ABC 8/7c)
Friday – The Crown
Thoughts on recent premieres:
Speaking of giving up too soon, now that I know this is the final season for The Vampire Diaries (and it’s only 16 episodes), I’m hanging on ’till the end. If you’re a fan of the show, you’ll enjoy my friend, Carrie’s recaps over on the A.V. Club.
Man With a Plan – (Sitcom) Skip. If you’re nostalgic for sitcom Matt LeBlanc, get your Joey fix in Friends reruns. This old school sitcom is as predictable, and disappointing, as expected.
The Great Indoors – (Sitcom) Skip. Joel McHale is always enjoyable, but the whole millennials vs. “old folks” thing is more irritating than funny here. (I get enough of that on Younger, a show that is doing that joke 100% better.) As sitcoms go, it may draw the same crowd as 2 Broke Girls and The Big Bang Theory, but it’s definitely not for me.
People of Earth – (Comedy) Skip…maybe?. Yes, this premieres tonight, but I already watched the pilot online and I can tell you this is an offbeat, bizarre humor that isn’t for everyone. It’s a niche genre and you’ll know right away if it’s your thing. It’s a talented cast, great at this kind of comedy, so if this happens to be your kind of show, you’ll love it.
Chance – (Drama/Mystery) Watch. Hulu has impressed me with a lot of their original programming: The Path, 11.22.63, and now Chance. The show has a noir feel, with fascinating characters and a plot that has me hooked after two episodes. I’m still trying to figure out why right hand vs. left hand matters, and the case studies are mini-horrors you can’t look away from. This is a nice weekend binge with a bottle of wine.
Finally, because even Target has moved on from Halloween to Christmas at this point…I give you the trailer for Office Christmas Party!