What to Watch This Week | October 16–22
CableTV.com’s perfecto viewing recommendations for shows, movies, sports, and more on TV this week.
R.I.P. Suzanne Somers, America’s sitcom sweetheart of the ’70s and ’90s. If you’re curious about what Somers did before the Home Shopping Network and Dancing with the Stars in the 2000s, check out the classics Three’s Company (Pluto TV) and Step By Step (Max and Freevee). She’s the Sheriff from the ’80s isn’t available to stream anywhere, which is probably for the best.
This week’s What to Watch picks include the returns of Wolf Like Me and Bosch: Legacy, the final seasons of Big Mouth and Fear the Walking Dead, Bill Burr original movie Old Dads, Joe Bob Briggs’ Helloween double feature, and Skate American figure-skating action. So much to watch!
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What’s premiering this week
Wolf Like Me | Peacock | Drama, sci-fi
Season 2 premiere, Thursday, October 19: No, it’s not a rock-doc about Brooklyn band TV on the Radio, but trivia props for knowing their 2006 hit “Wolf Like Me.” This Wolf Like Me stars Josh Gad as widowed father Gary, whose sad-dad life is brightened when he meets Mary (Isla Fisher), a cheery woman with a dark secret (OK, she’s a werewolf—it’s there in the title). Season 2 adds a new twist to their relationship: Mary’s pregnant with … a baby? A puppy? All seven episodes of season 2 will stream on October 19.
Coverage begins Friday, October 20, 7:30 p.m. ET/3:30 pm. PT: Live from Allen, Texas, it’s the 2023 Humana Skate America international figure skating competition. Team USA skaters include Amber Glenn, Isabeau Levito, Clare Seo, Ilia Manin, Maxim Naumov, and Andrew Torgashev, and pairs Valentia Plaza & Maximiliano Fernandez, Chelsea Liu & Balaz Nagy, and 2023 newcomers Grace Hanns & Danny Neudecker. The Skate America competition will primarily air live on E! through October 22.
What to watch on Netflix this week
Big Mouth | Netflix | Animation, comedy
Season 7 premiere, Friday, October 20: The puberty-plagued kids of Big Mouth are back—but now they’re high school-bound, so things are getting … easier? Ha! Good one. The seventh and penultimate season of the hilariously filthy cartoon features more challenges than ever before for Nick (voiced by Nick Kroll), Andrew (John Mulaney), Missy (Ayo Edebiri), and the rest of the gang. This season’s guest voices include Megan Thee Stallion, Billy Porter, Zazie Beetz, Padma Lakshmi, and Stephanie Beatriz.
Old Dads | Netflix | Comedy
Movie premiere, Friday, October 20: Comedian Bill Burr makes his directorial debut with Old Dads, which he also cowrote and coproduced, so expect some crankiness. Burr and his best buds (Bokeem Woodbine and Bobby Cannavale) became fathers later in life, and now they’re struggling to deal with “preschool principals, millennial CEOs, and anything created after 1987” (hence the crankiness). Old Dads is essentially a 104-minute “Gen X vs. Everybody” standup bit, but nobody does it better than Burr.
What to watch on Prime Video this week
Upload | Prime Video | Comedy, sci-fi
Season 3 premiere, Friday, October 20: For two seasons, the consciousness of Nathan (Robbie Amell) has resided in the digital afterlife of Lakeview. But, at the end of season 2, Nathan was downloaded and restored to IR life, but also reuploaded to Lakeview, resulting in two Nathans. Confused? Just go with it. Upload is a classic class-clash comedy, pitting the super-rich against the 99% while throwing some subtle Amazon shade (the budget digital afterlife is called Freeyond, which sounds a lot like Freevee).
Season 2 premiere, Friday, October 20: Speaking of Freevee, season 2 of Bosch spinoff series Bosch: Legacy finally lands on the ad-supported streamer after leaving fans on a year-and-a-half-long cliffhanger. Will P.I. Bosch (Titus Welliver) find his missing daughter, LAPD rookie cop Maddie (Madison Lintz)? Since she’s the Legacy of the show’s title, likely yes. This season’s main plotline will be based on Michael Connelly’s Bosch novel The Crossing, one of the series’ darker entries—ooo, bring it on!
What to watch on AMC+ this week
Special premiere, Friday, October 20: In the past, we’ve been seasonally treated to Joe Bob’s Halloween Hootenanny, Joe Bob’s Haunted Halloween Hangout, and Joe Bob’s Halloween Hoedown—what will this year’s Joe Bob’s Helloween bring? As usual, it’s a surprise. Host Joe Bob Briggs never reveals which horror movies will be included in his double feature until the live show premiere, nor the special guest who’ll join him and Darcy the Mail Girl to roast the flicks. Perhaps the mystery movies are on this list?
Season 8 Pt. 2 premiere, Sunday, October 22: It’s the final half of the final season of Fear the Walking Dead, which could mean the end for Madison (Kim Dickens), Morgan (Lennie James), Daniel (Ruben Blades), and/or June (Jenna Elfman)—unless they find their way to another Walking Dead universe show, that is. Alicia (Alycia Debnam-Carey) and Morgan (Lennie James) are already long gone … but are they, really? You can never rule out an unexpected comeback in this zombie franchise; watch out.
W2W wildcards of the week
The Daily Show | Comedy Central | Comedy, news
Season 28 return, Monday, October 16: After five months off due to the WGA writers’ strike, The Daily Show is back—and it still doesn’t have a permanent replacement for host Trevor Noah, who departed the show in 2022(!). TDS will continue with rotating guest hosts: Michael Kosta (October 16–19), Desus Nice (October 23–26), Charlamagne Tha God (October 30–November 2), Sarah Silverman (November 6–9), Leslie Jones (November 13–16), The Daily Show News Team (November 20–22), and Michelle Wolf (November 27–30). Where’s Dulcé Sloan?
FBoy Island | The CW | Reality, dating
Season 3 premiere, Monday, October 16: After two seasons on Max, reality-dating show FBoy Island makes the highly unlikely transition to The CW for season 3. The show’s self-awareness of its trashiness, not to mention host Nikki Glaser, set FBoy Island apart from the hunks-and-hotties TV pack, but that may not be enough. Reruns of the series’ first two seasons set record low viewership numbers over the summer—not only were people not watching, but it seems they were burning their TVs in the backyard to avoid it. Third time’s the charm?
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