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MONDAY
OCTOBER 22
2018

BIANCULLI’S BEST BETS

 

NBC, 8:00 p.m. ET

It’s round three of the Battles, which means the teams are firming up, and the steals are being used more and more sparingly – all of which makes for a reliably entertaining installment of competition.

 
  
 
 

HBO, 8:00 p.m. ET

In 2014, the militant group Boko Haram raided a school in the northeastern Nigerian village of Chibok, and absconded with 276 schoolgirls, who became their prisoners. Last year, 82 of those girls were released – and this documentary not only details the kidnapping of the girls, but follows the freed survivors after their release. We learn not only of their ordeals, and the conditions of their captivity, but also how, and if, they are adapting to life back in their home village.

 
  
 
 

AMC, 10:00 p.m. ET

The first two installments of this multi-installment AMC documentary series have been shown by the network after midnight on Sundays. This was, in part, to piggyback on the large genre audience already assembled by the network for that night’s new editions of The Walking Dead and Talking Dead (to make that linkage unavoidably clear, the inaugural episode of Eli Roth’s History of Horror, televised the same night as the season premiere of The Walking Dead, was devoted to, and titled, “Zombies.”) Last night’s installment, also appearing after midnight, was called “Slashers (Part One),” which says all you need to know about Roth’s perspective and priorities. Tonight, the network shifts Roth’s overview of the horror genre to prime time, with a 10 p.m. ET showing of, you guessed it, “Slashers (Part Two).” I wasn’t impressed with the fanboy approach to the “Zombies” episode, but I did enjoy hearing from the likes of Max Brooks, and seeing George Romero get his full props. So if you’re into slashers from the 1990s on, including Buffalo Bill, that super-spooky weirdo from Silence of the Lambs, this may be worth a peek. Even if you keep one eye covered.

 
  
 
 
 
 
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TV WE'RE WATCHING

  
   Visit our TV We're Watching page for these and other shows on our DVRs right now...



The Alec Baldwin Show
ABC
Sundays
10 PM ET

The Circus
Showtime
Sundays
8 PM ET

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
CW
Fridays
9 PM ET

The Good Place
NBC
Thursdays
8 PM ET

Marvel's Daredevil
Netflix
Streaming

Real Time with Bill Maher
HBO
Fridays

The Romanoffs
Amazon Prime
Streaming

This Is Us
NBC
Tuesdays
9 PM ET

The Walking Dead
AMC
Sundays
9 PM ET

The Woman in White
PBS
Sundays
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VIDEO WORTH WATCHING

There Will Be Dad — SNL returned for its 44th season Saturday night (9/30/18) with Adam Driver hosting and starring in this sketch based on Paul Thomas Anderson’s 2008 drama, “There Will Be Blood." Driver stars as Abraham H. Parnassus, a bitter old oil baron visiting his son’s school for career day, telling the class the darkest depths of what it took to be a success. Apparently, it involved a bit more than milkshakes. —Eric Gould

 
 

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Share your favorite TV in-jokes and first TV loves...
 
 
 
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