French Zombies Descend on Sundance with “The Returned” and CBS Considers a “HIMYM” Spin-Off


According to The Hollywood Reporter, ABC Family is looking to turn The Hand that Rocks the Cradle into a series. While it makes sense the network whose biggest hit is Pretty Little Liars would be looking for antoher campy thriller, I can’t figure out how such a series lasts more than a season.

Peter Facinelli will star in a mini-series for Fox, Street Soldier, about a man who was an enforcer in mobster Whitey Bulger’s gang.

Peter Facinelli

Earlier in the day, Comedy Central announced that it ordered another season of Brickleberry, tempting me to crack that Comedy Central was now wearing the name ironically. Then it also renewed Key & Peele and Drunk History, and I trust its idea of comedy once more.

Deadline reports that CBS is considering ordering a thematic spin-off of How I Met Your Mother. Nicknamed “How I Met Your Father” the show would follow a new group of New York-based pals (who may appear in a HIMYM episode) while a woman in the future tells a long aimless story to her children.

In better HIMYM news, James Van Der Beek will return as Robin Sparkles’ ex.

Cobie Smulders and JamesVan der Beek in "How I Met Your Mother"Ah, memories of better days on  How I Met Your Mother.

There was something that didn’t click with me about Legit even if I admired its depiction of living with disabilities. Here’s some motivation to give it another chance, Carrie Fisher will appear in a guest role as an executive who offers to help Jim’s career but has a hidden agenda.

Yesterday was National Cat Day and Melissa Joan Hart celebrated the occasion by admitting she didn’t like working with Salem the cat. Since the anamatronic version of Salem had real cat stand-ins, Hart says, ” the set was covered in cat food.”

I liked British mystery series Broadchurch but I’m not sure I’d say I found it so compelling that I’d pick up a novelization of the series.

David Tennant, Olivia Colman and Arthur Darvill in "Broadchurch"

The debut of The Pete Holmes Show on TBS disappointed, drawing fewer viewers than Georg Lopez’s talk show that it replaced, and getting beat by the other new talk show, Comedy Central’s @Midnight.

Unfortunately, the ratings news isn’t as good for Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell. As a once a week show on FX, it was a hit but viewers have disappeared since it moved to FXX, though it does better on Wednesday nights when it has FXX’s comedies as a lead-in.


Katie (syndicated) Check local listings
Not only is it Halloween, we’re at the 10th anniversary of the opening of Wicked, and 20 years since Hocus Pocus. It’s also a week before the season finale of Face Off. Katie’s combining the four by interviewing Bette Midler, featuring a performance from the Wicked cast and taking a look at the Face Off finalists.

It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (ABC) 8:00 PM ET
What would the end of October be without Linus’ annual date with disappointment?

It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie BrownCharlie Brown, one of the few kids you could give a rock who wouldn’t promptly throw it through your window.

Project Runway All Stars (Lifetime) 9:00 PM ET
One more past winner joins the show as Anya Ayoung-Chee guest-judges tonight’s challenge, which involves taking inspiration from insects and arachnids. I’m keeping my fingers crossed the parsleyworm is one of the options.

The Returned (Les Revenants) (Sundance) 9:00 PM ET
Subtitled shows don’t air stateside often, probably because a lot of U.S. TV viewers want TV they can follow while doing the ironing or checking if enough time has passed that they can play some more Candy Crush Saga. However, the acclaimed French drama is the rare show to make it to our airwaves, following a small town where people suddenly find that their dead loved ones have risen from the grave and want to return to their old lives. At the least, it should be a good way to wait for the second season of In the Flesh.

Les Revenants/The ReturnedThe Returned

Sean Saves the World (NBC) 9:00 PM ET
Do you find it fun when sitcom characters switch from being aloof to being jealous and petty? Sean Saves the World loves it. Thus, tonight we see Sean scheme to get out of being his mother’s dance partner in a ballroom dance competition, only to re-enter it with Liz after his mother finds a new dance partner.

White Collar (USA) 9:00 PM ET
Before Peter takes his new promotion at the FBI, he’s going to go on one last stakeout. I think that’s the cue for things to go horribly wrong. At least he can hope that Neal’s charm includes convincing Murphy’s Law to make an exception.

Matt Bomer and Tim DeKay in "White Collar"

Scandal (ABC) 10:00 PM ET
I think I’ve jumped off the Huckleberry Quinn ship in favor of the hope that Huck and Jake will run off and become TV’s deadliest couple (with interruptions for pained glances into the distance). Scandal indulges my new ship tonight as they look further into Operation Remington together. Meanwhile, it’s time for the White House Correspondents Dinner. As journalism’s most ethically-dubious night, I expect James and Cyrus to be the guests of honor.

Elementary (CBS) 10:00 PM ET
Captain Gregson must have built up his trust in Sherlock and Joan since he’s turning to them to find out more about a criminal who invades Gregson’s home. We should expect at least one scene where Sherlock nitpicks Gregson’s organization.

Watch What Happens Live (Bravo) 11:00 PM ET
Neil Patrick Harris gets his chance tonight to plead the fourth with Andy.

What will you be watching tonight? Please share in the comments!


Tomorrow’s Preview

The Rachael Ray Show (syndicated) Check local listings
Get more Neil Patrick Harris when he visits Rachael so that he can — I’m guessing — tweet photos of her latest sammie and EVOO dispenser.

Marcia Wallace Tribute Marathon (GSN) starting at 8:00 AM ET
GSN is paying tribute to Marcia Wallacce with four hours of the funny woman’s appearances on Match Game, PasswordPlus and Pyramid.

Lyle Masaki is a fan of obscure superheroes, video games, adorkable guys and that show you loved that got cancelled way too soon.