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What's on TV this Week? - Oct. 5-11th (Canada)

The Watchers Oct. 5-11: Lady Gaga checks in to American Horror Story and Walking Dead returns
 Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes - The Walking Dead _ Season 6, Episode 1 - Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC | Photograph by: Gene Page , Montreal Gazette

So, the fall season is pretty much in place, with a few new shows still to come, including Chicago Fire on Oct. 12 on Global (the following day on NBC), Truth Be Told Oct. 16 on NBC, Supergirl Oct. 26 on Global and CBS, Angel from Hell Nov. 5 on CBS and – be still my heart – the Bruce Campbell TV reboot of the Evil Dead movies, Ash vs. Evil Dead, on Oct. 31 on SuperChannel.

But first, there’s the week in front of us.

Monday, Oct. 5

Gut Punch (CBC, 9 p.m.) is a new series, set in Montreal, about a single mother of three who discovers her cancer is back. The actors are solid – Torri Higginson (Stargate: Atlantis), Shawn Doyle (House of Cards, Republic of Doyle) and Peter MacNeill (Rogue, Rookie Blue) – and I could use a good heartwrenching though hopefully intermittently funny family drama.

Speaking of CBC, Murdoch Mysteries (CBC, 8 p.m.) is back for a new season.

As for newish series, I recommend giving a couple more weeks’ trial toLife in Pieces (City, CBS, 8:30 p.m.). Yes, it’s a shameful attempt to ape Modern Family and yes, the ham-fisted structure of telling four distinct stories a week is unnecessary and hopefully gets dropped, but those things said, I see potential and especially like Dianne Wiest and James Brolin as wacky older parents.

Tuesday, Oct. 6

How we have missed him so far during the longest election campaign in the history of the world, but the Rick Mercer Report (CBC, 8 p.m.) is back with the first of two shows before we vote on Oct. 19. Also returning tonight: This Hour Has 22 Minutes (CBC, 8:30 p.m.) and The Flash (CTV, 8 p.m.).

Raised by Wolves (CBC, 9:30 p.m.) is a new series from the U.K., inspired by the, um, quirky, childhood of U.K. writer Caitlin Moran.

And how about the new Muppets (ABC, 8 p.m.)? I love it. (You can also watch the behind-the-scenes show within a variety show on Mondays on City). But my new favourite show is Scream Queens (Fox, City, 9 p.m.). It’s a mad sorority mashup of horror and comedy, with Ryan Murphy channeling the acid sweetness of Glee and the gore of American Horror Story. Bonus? The story is well played between those gasps of laughter and fright. What’s not to love?

Wednesday, Oct. 7

Speaking of Murphy, his uneven horror anthology is back. Will Lady Gaga deliver in American Horror Story: Hotel (FX, 10 p.m.)? I loved the first season set in the haunted house, didn’t care for Asylum, heard good things about Coven and loved Freak Show. I’m eager to find out what this season brings.

Also back for new seasons: Arrow (CTV, 8 p.m.) and Dragon’s Den(CBC, 8 p.m.).

Thursday, Oct. 8

Supermansion is a new series on the TV streaming site/app Crackle, from the people behind that rude bit of animation called Robot Chicken. Here, Bryan Cranston voices Titanium Rex, the head of a super-messed-up band of compromised superheroes. Helps to have the disposition and taste of an 8-year-old boy. The first three episodes will be available Oct. 8.

Friday, Oct. 9

Chris D’Elia and friends are back for a new season of Undateable (City, NBC, 8 p.m.). I love the tag line for this series: “So single it hurts.”

Saturday, Oct. 10

Fanarchy (HBO, 8:30-10 p.m.) is a new documentary about how technology has put power into the hands of the fans, or so they hope as they create and distribute their own films and series from the springboards of Star Trek, Star Wars, X-Men, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Lord of the Rings and beyond. They are challenging the multi-quabillion-dollar Hollywood machine as well as the people who produce and own the original ideas they are riffing on. Among the interviewees is Greg Nicotero of the Walking Dead.

Sunday, Oct. 11

Speaking of producer/director Nicotero, The Walking Dead (AMC, 9 p.m.) is back. The spinoff series set in L.A. as the plague begins, Fear the Walking Dead, was not the barn burner I’d hoped for, but the last few episodes had me coming around. Now what’s this about a new web series, Fear the Walking Dead: Flight 462? OK, sure, but I want the real deal, right now. Tonight, “Rick and the group are still having trouble assimilating into Alexandria. Will a new threat bring them closer together or drive them further apart?” But we know the answer, don’t we? It’s both. Also returning on this night is Talking Dead (AMC, 10:30 p.m.). Of course.

Broadcast times are subject to change.

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