TV Gord’s WHAT’S ON for the week of October 7th to 13th, 2018

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Another round of new and returning network shows is joined by new seasons of Doctor Who (with a new Doctor!), The Walking Dead, and the first spinoff minisode from Star Trek: Discovery. Happy Thanksgiving and happy viewing!


All times eastern; PBS time slots may vary on your station.


Doctor Who – 1:45 to 3:10pm on Space (also rerun from 8 to 9:30pm) – 11th Season Premiere

Jodie Whittaker is the Thirteen Doctor (and the first woman, of course). I have high hopes for her tenure. She was excellent in Broadchurch, and although it was a heavy drama, she does seem to have skills with humour from what I’ve seen elsewhere. The producers say the first episode is written so that first-time viewers can tune in without being lost in the long and winding history of The Doctor.

Star Trek: Short Takes – 3:10 to 3:30pm on Space – Miniseries Premiere

Four mini-episodes of this series will be shown on a monthly basis until Star Trek: Discovery returns for its second season in January. They are designed to further explore the characters, be closed-ended stories, and to drop hints about what’s to come in the upcoming season.

Dancing With the Stars: Juniors – 8 to 10pm on ABC/Global – Spinoff Series Premiere

Younger stars (and children of stars) kickoff this inaugural season, which will be hosted by Frankie Muniz (Malcolm In The Middle) and Jordan Fisher (Grease: LIVE).

The Walking Dead – 9 to 10:26pm on AMC – 9th Season Premiere

Shark Tank – 10 to 11pm on ABC/CTV – 10th Season Premiere

Madam Secretary – 10 to 11pm on CBS/Global – 5th Season Premiere

Animal Kingdom – 10 to 11pm on Bravo – 3rd Season Premiere

Bad Blood – 10 to 11pm on FX/Thursday at 8pm on City – 2nd Season Premiere

Holmes & Holmes – 10 to 11pm on HGTV – 2nd Season Premiere

Haunted Gingerbread Showdown – 10 to 11pm on The Food Network – Series Premiere

This gingerbread showcase kicks off with a celebration of the 30th anniversary of the movie, Beetlejuice.


Star Wars Resistance – 6:10 to 7:15pm on Showcase – Series Premiere

This anime-inspired series is set many years after the events in Return of the Jedi and six months before the events in The Force Awakens. It follows Kazuda Xiono, a pilot who is recruited into the Resistence to spy on the First Order.

Long Island Medium – 8 to 9pm on TLC – 13th Season Premiere

Long Lost Family – 9 to 11pm on TLC – 5th Season Premiere


The Flash – 8 to 9pm on The CW – 5th Season Premiere

2018 American Music Awards – 8 to 11pm on ABC/CTV

Tracee Ellis Ross hosts these awards for the second straight year, featuring performances by Carrie Underwood, Imagine Dragons, Post Malone, Ty Dolla $ign and others.

The Island with Bear Grylls – 8 to 9pm on Cottage Life – 5th Season Premiere

The Little Couple – 8 to 10:02pm on TLC – 13th Season Premiere

Black Lightning – 9 to 10pm on The CW – 2nd Season Premiere

Forged in Fire: Knife or Death – 10 to 11pm on History – 2nd Season Premiere


Riverdale – 8 to 9pm on The CW/Netflix on Thursday – 3rd Season Premiere

All American – 9 to 10pm on The CW/W – Series Premiere

This series, which is inspired by the real-life football player Spencer Paysinger, follows a South Central LA high school player, who is recruited to play for Beverly Hills High, where the culture and lifestyle couldn’t be more different. Star Daniel Ezra and Taye Diggs.


Supernatural – 8 to 9pm on The CW/Space – 14th Season Premiere

How Far Is Tattoo Far? – 10 to 11pm (two episodes) on MTV – Series Premiere

Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi and Nico Tortella host this reality series that finds friends, couples, and family member designing tattoos for each other that the target (sucker) won’t see until after they have been permanently inked.


Blindspot – 8 to 9pm on NBC/CTV – 4th Season Premiere

Dynasty – 8 to 9pm on The CW/Netflix on Saturday – 2nd Season Premiere

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend – 9 to 10pm on The CW (next Wednesday at 8pm on W) – 4th and Final Season

Pod Save America – 11pm to 12am on HBO – Series Premiere

Take a popular podcast, turn it into a series of four specials, and put it on after Real Time with Bill Maher. All four hosts from the podcast—Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett, Dan Pfeiffer, and Tommy Vietor—will provide their insight and commentary leading up to the American midterm elections on November 6th.

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