Now that we’re well and truly settled into the season (except for the one or two shows that start in November, what is going on with network programming this year?) and our watch lists are so routine that it hurts, I thought we’d shake things up a little. Rather than spouting our usual faves at you (the first ep of the two-part season finale of Doctor Who is on Saturday 11/1 at 9PM ET on BBCA—sorry, couldn’t help it), I thought we’d delve into some lesser-plugged shows to keep things interesting.
Rosemary has been telling me to watch Comic Book Men (Sunday 11/2 at midnight ET on AMC) for a while, and since it was available on demand on my flight back from Atlanta this past Monday, I took her advice (thanks, Delta!). Basically, it’s Pawn Stars for comics with Kevin Smith, and I love Pawn Stars and Kevin Smith, so win-win. Also, as a newbie to comic book culture, I’m getting an education on seminal issues of comics by watching it (I had no idea why Spider-Man #300 was important before). The more you knooooowwww!
Juan recommends Ink Master (Tuesday 11/4 at 10PM ET on Spike) because last week’s ep “continued to mangle more human canvases as much as host Dave Navarro mangles English pronunciation. I don’t have any favorites there because a lot of them are actually talented. They’re also talented at being jerks.” My favorite kind of reality TV: showcasing talent and volatile artistic temperaments.
Juan also cited Modern Family’s (Wednesday, 11/5 at 9PM ET on ABC) Halloween episode as a work of genius. “The Dunphy’s competed with their new neighbor, guest star Steve Zahn, for the best Halloween decorations; the neighbors did a zombie house of whores. Not a typo. So needless to say I kept choking on my chicken strips while watching this episode.” Roe’s also a fan, so I’m not sure why I’m not watching this show already. It gets added to the series manager list.
And because I can’t help myself, I’m also throwing in some favorites that blew us away this week:
Juan loved American Horror Story: Freak Show (Wednesday 11/5 at 10PM ET on FX) because of the storyline and the acting. In short, “the carnival performed on Halloween night despite it being tradition not to because they summoned the spirit of Edward Mordrake (played by Wes Bentley, my personal choice for Doctor Strange—it’s not too late if Cumberbatch isn’t a lock). Mordrake visits each freak and learns about their past to see if they’re worthy to join his troupe in the afterlife. That was a great device that also brought the story forward. Evan Peters (Quicksilver in X-Men:DoFP) continues to impress. It sounds like he got some coaching on line delivery from Jackman while on the set of X-Men.”
I watched Constantine (Friday 111/7 at 10PM ET on NBC) and loved it from start to finish: loved the introduction of Zed, loved the mining town in western PA, loved the Coblynau and all the special effects that went along with them. The only jarring note was the almost throwaway line “nothing darker than Gypsy magic,” which is more than a little racist. Come on, Constantine writers, you’re better than this!
Next week I’m in Chicago visiting my younger stepdaughter at college, so all listings will be in Central Time just to throw you a little. Let us know what you’re loving/hating this season in the comments—I have a burning need to know what the geek brethren/sistren are watching so I can watch it.