This week's must list: 'The Walking Dead', 'Footloose', 'The Thing' and more
MONDAY, OCT. 10:
"Dancing with the Stars" [ABC, 8 PM]
Following the departure last week of perennial eye-roller Kristin Cavallari, the remaining nine contestants dance their butts off to cheesy cover versions of your favorite hit songs in ABC's hit competition series. Find out which sorta-celebrity gets voted off during the live results show Tuesday at 9 PM.
You can check out all our weekly recaps and join the "DWTS" discussion here.
"Enlightened" [HBO, 9:30 PM]
Catch the series premiere of the new dramedy series co-created by Mike White and Laura Dern, the latter of whom stars as Amy Jellicoe, a corporate executive attempting to piece her life back together after suffering a nervous breakdown at work. The show also stars Luke Wilson, Diane Ladd, Sarah Burns, Amy Hill, Timm Sharp and White as a basement-dwelling corporate reject.
TUESDAY, OCT. 11:
The debut solo effort from the Jonas Brother looks to move him away from the guitar-based pop of his work with siblings Nick and Kevin and into a more R&B/dance-influenced sound. You can watch the video for second single "Just In Love" below and read Katie Hasty's review of the first single "See No More" featuring Chris Brown here.
The country star releases her first album with Republic Nashville after departing RCA last year following disappointing sales of her last LP "Shine". This new set features eight songs co-written by the songstress, including first single "Teenage Daughters". McBride co-produced the album with Grammy-winning producer Byron Gallimore (Sugarland, Faith Hill).
"Last Man Standing" [ABC, 8 PM]
Tim Allen's new sitcom debuts with a one-hour premiere tonight, in the stand-up comedian's first regular TV gig since "Home Improvement" ended its run back in 1999. The premise has Allen starring as sporting goods executive Mike Baxter, whose home life is dominated by his wife (Nancy Travis) and three daughters (Molly Ephraim, Alexandra Krosney and Kaitlyn Dever). Christoph Sanders and Hector Elizondo co-star. The show ranked number four on Dan Fienberg's list of the worst new shows of the fall season, in case you were wondering.
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 12:
"Up All Night" [NBC, 8 PM]
Picked up for a full season by NBC last week because it's ratings aren't, well, totally abysmal, the Christina Applegate/Will Arnett starrer is back for a fifth episode that has Reagan (Applegate) fearing that all the time she spends at work may be affecting her parenting skills. Meanwhile, Ava (Maya Rudolph) is beginning to feel neglected by Reagan, while stay-at-home dad Chris (Arnett) finds he may have "found his calling" in Amy's playgroup.
"Psych" [USA, 10 PM]
Season six of USA's hit comedy-detective series begins with a premiere episode that sees Shawn happening upon the dead body of a woman at the British Consulate Residence in Santa Barbara. Malcolm McDowell guest stars as the British diplomat who hires Shawn (James Roday) and Gus (Dule Hill) to help find out who killed her. As a result of the circumstances surrounding the case, the Santa Barbara Police Department also begins to suspect Shawn may not really be a psychic.
THURSDAY, OCT. 13:
New York Comic Con [Jacob Javits Center]
The sixth-annual New York Comic Con begins today and runs through October 16th, with the main event for many comic book lovers being the screening of never-before-seen "Avengers" footage during a Saturday panel that will include Chris Evans (Captain America), Cobie Smulders (Maria Hill) and Tom Hiddleston (Loki). While not nearly the size of the San Diego festival, the New York Comic-Con has nevertheless grown enormously since its beginning in 2006, last year drawing nearly 100,000 attendees.
"Charlie's Angels" [ABC, 8 PM]
Though it continued to slip in the ratings last week, ABC's reboot of the beloved franchise continues to hang in there for now, airing a new episode tonight titled "Angels in Chains". The episode, which sees the three sexy operatives going undercover on a cruise ship to find a missing reporter, guest stars Erica Durance, best known for playing Lois Lane on "Smallville".
"The Big Bang Theory" [CBS, 8 PM]
Episode five of the new season has Leonard (Johnny Galecki) and Sheldon (Jim Parsons) getting invited to a party at the home of Sheldon's nemesis Wil Wheaton (playing himself). Howard (Simon Helberg), meanwhile, gets an "out of this world" opportunity. Former "Star Trek: The Next Generation" cast member Brent Spiner also guest stars as himself for the first time.
FRIDAY, OCT. 14:
The remake of the monster 1984 hit was directed by Craig Brewer, whose last feature film was 2007's idiosyncratic "Black Snake Moan" starring Samuel L. Jackson and Christina Ricci. Box-office prospects look fairly more promising this time around, with an iconic title and a big marketing push by Paramount. The update stars newcomer Kenny Womald, Julianne Hough, Dennis Quaid and Andie MacDowell.
"The Thing" [Universal]
This prequel takes place three days prior to the start of events in the 1982 John Carpenter classic, following paleontologist Kate Lloyd (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) who joins a Norwegian crew that has discovered a crashed alien spaceship embedded in Antarctica. When the seemingly-dead creature found inside is thawed out it begins killing the crew members one by one, using its ability to imitate the appearance and mannerisms of other living organisms. Kate must then team up with the crew's pilot (Joel Edgerton) to stop the creature before it can reach the outside world. It was directed by Matthijs van Heijningen Jr.
Red Band Trailer (WARNING - GRAPHIC VIOLENCE):
"The Big Year" [20th Century Fox]
Based on the book by Mark Obmascik, "The Big Year" follows a group of friends going through myriad crises (Steve Martin, Owen Wilson, Jack Black) who embark on a competitive cross-country bird-watching expedition to see who can spot the most species of birds in North America. Described as a "sophisticated comedy", on paper the film sounds a bit like "Sideways" set in the world of bird-watching, though with director David Frankel ("The Devil Wears Prada", "Marley and Me") at the helm it would be disingenuous to expect anything on the level of that Alexander Payne classic.
SATURDAY, OCT. 15:
"Margaret Cho: Dependent" [Showtime, 10 PM]
Margaret Cho's latest stand-up special is based on her 2010 studio album, "Cho Dependent", which was nominated for Best Comedy Album at last year's Grammy Awards. The special was recorded during a date on the "Cho Dependent" concert tour.
You can read Katie Hasty's 2010 interview with Cho here.
"Saturday Night Live" [NBC, 11:35 PM]
Anna Faris hosts the show for the second time this week, to promote, I guess, "What's Your Number?", which already flopped enormously on its release two weeks ago. Well, I suppose she does have December's latest angst-inducing "Alvin and the Chipmunks" sequel to plug. Canadian rapper Drake, whose sophomore studio album "Take Care" drops Nov. 15, is the musical guest.
SUNDAY, OCT. 16:
"The Walking Dead" [AMC, 9 PM]
The hugely-anticipated 90-minute second-season premiere of AMC's "The Walking Dead" sees Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and the remaining members of the band of zombie-plague survivors leaving Atlanta for the countryside. It's also the first episode to run since former showrunner Frank Darabont left the show after rumors of tension between he and the network continued to circulate. Overseeing the series now is executive-producer Glen Mazzara, who's no doubt got big shoes to fill. The episode will be followed by the first installment of "Talking Dead", a "post-game" talk show in the vein of Bravo's "Watch What Happens Live".
You can read Dan Fienberg's report on the premiere screening and subsequent Q&A he attended with Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, David Alpert and Glen Mazzara here.
Season 2 Trailer: