What to Watch This Weekend: The Premieres of Grimm, Dracula, and The Carrie Diaries, Edward Norton on SNL, and a Very Important Episode of The Good Wife

By Andy Daglas

Oct 25, 2013


What to watch on Friday, October 25...


SEASON 2 PREMIERE, 8pm, The CW
The Carrie Diaries
“Win Some, Lose Some” finds Carrie and Walt summering in Manhattan, far from the scene of Maggie and Sebastian’s betrayal—but right around the corner from new acquaintance Samantha Jones. Back in Connecticut, Mouse gives Maggie the cold shoulder and Tom learns about Dorrit’s older beau Miller.


9pm, CBS
Hawaii Five-0
Catherine’s surveillance gig ought to be a breeze, a pleasant respite from the gritty world of crime and—nope, wait, somebody’s turned up dead. At least she can take comfort in the return of guest-star Terry O’Quinn in “Kupu’eu.” Meanwhile, Adam takes drastic steps to save Kono.


SEASON 3 PREMIERE, 9pm, NBC
Grimm
As Capt. Renard works to save Nick from his brigand of a brother, Juliette, Monroe, Rosalee, and Hank stave off a swarm of zombies in “The Ungrateful Dead.” (Although, considering The Walking Dead’s ratings, NBC might prefer if the zombies win this round and take over the show.) Adalind’s endeavors are no less ooky, as she assumes a gruesome task to recover her Hexenbiest powers.


SERIES PREMIERE, 10pm, NBC
Dracula
Jonathan Rhys Meyers steps into the cape of pop culture’s most famous blood-sucker, who here assumes the guise of a rakish American industrialist living in Victorian London. In the opener, the count’s quest for vengeance is waylaid by his attraction to a young woman who looks uncannily like his former flame.


MINISERIES PREMIERE, 10pm, Cinemax
Strike Back: Origins
The original recipe of Strike Back, which aired in the U.K. in 2010, crashes American shores. The six-episode series stars Richard Armitage as a Special Forces agent drafted into service by Section 20, an MI6 counterterrorism unit headed by Andrew Lincoln.


10pm, Syfy
Haven
In “Lay Me Down,” the town is menaced by a Trouble that warps dreams into fatal nightmares, a concept that’s creepy and well-executed the first time but gets shlockier over the next five or six installments before descending into outright self-parody. Meanwhile, Duke’s irritating brother puts him in a bind.


SEASON 2B PREMIERE, 10pm, IFC
Comedy Bang! Bang!
Pee-Wee Herman bounces in for a Halloween episode chock full of costumes, magic spells, and a killer from Scott’s past.


LATE-NITE:
– Wanda Sykes, Richard Engel, and Scotty McCreery on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, 11:35pm, NBC
– Javier Bardem and Pearl Jam on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, 12:37am, NBC


WHAT ARE YOU WATCHING TONIGHT?


What to watch on Saturday, October 26...


MOVIE PREMIERE, 8pm, Lifetime
The Husband She Met Online
A hotel planner turns to the seediest, riskiest, most reprobate-laden forum for finding a potential gentleman suitor: a Lifetime Original Movie. This would be the clear frontrunner for best title for a basic cable original movie debuting tonight, if not for…


MOVIE PREMIERE, 9pm, Syfy
Zombie Night
Oh yes it’s Zombie Night, and the feeling’s right, oh what a night. Well, okay, the feeling isn’t so much “right” as it is “mortal terror triggered by the plague of murderous undead prowling a small town inhabited by Daryl Hannah and Anthony Michael Hall.” But that doesn’t fit the meter of the song quite as well.


10pm, Starz
Dancing on the Edge
Louis wrestles with frustration as his band still struggles to hit it big. But their fortunes may be on the upswing after he meets Lady Lavinia Cremone, an eccentric aristocrat with a taste for jazz.


10pm, BBC America
The Graham Norton Show
Paul McCartney stops by, and fellow guests Natalie Portman, Katy Perry, Chris Hemsworth, and James Corden are so enthralled that they spontaneously reenact their favorite scenes from A Hard Day’s Night for the knighted Beatle. Lemme tell you, folks, you haven’t lived until you’ve seen Thor play Ringo.


11:30pm, NBC
Saturday Night Live
Edward Norton hosts, then squabbles with Lorne during “Update” about his creative direction, then walks off in a huff and is replaced in the 12:53am sketch by, let’s say, Elliott Gould. Musical guest Janelle Monáe stirs up considerably less drama.


WHAT ARE YOU WATCHING TONIGHT?


What to watch on Sunday, October 27...


8pm, BBC America
Doctor Who: The Doctors Revisited
Nattily attired Tenth Doctor David Tennant is spotlighted. Showrunner Steven Moffat and companion Freema Agyeman weigh in before the Doctor and his amazing friends battle the New Dalek Empire in the 2008 two-parter “Stolen Earth" / “Journey’s End.”


8pm, ABC
Once Upon a Time
The poisoned David is hanging on by a thread in “Good Form,” so Hook decides this is a perfect time to hunt for a magical item that could be their ticket out of Neverland. Hook’s alter ego and his ship captain brother are on their own fetch quest in Fairy Tale Land, setting sail in search of a potent healing plant which their king heard is legal in like 20 states now.


9pm, CBS
The Good Wife
Pour yourself a stiff drink for this one, Good Wife fans. Alicia and Cary’s secret is out in “Hitting the Fan,” and the battle lines are drawn as Lockhart Gardner and Florrick, Agos & Associates scramble to pull clients into the fold. Betrayal! Acrimony! David Lee straight-up shivving fourth-years! On second thought, better make that drink a double.


9pm, AMC
The Walking Dead
“Isolation” splits the group in twain, as some of the survivors must scrounge for supplies at a nearby college while the remainder try to get the prison commune back on its feet.


9pm, Lifetime
Drop Dead Diva
Grayson is dispatched to Wyoming to try a California client’s case, setting the stage for the long-awaited Drop Dead Diva / Longmire crossover event. Elsewhere in “Guess Who’s Coming,” Jane represents Deb’s mother in a salacious case, while Owen gallantly rescues Stacy from a yoga class faux pas.


9pm, Showtime
Homeland
And hey, speaking of yoga, this week’s experiment in what-the-fuckery is titled “The Yoga Play,” although how that relates to Saul’s hunting trip alongside Sen. Lockhart or Dana’s road trip into nuttiness, I cannot say. Perhaps the “risky favor” Carrie agrees to, per the episode summary, will involve a strategically timed downward-facing dog.


10pm, Showtime
Masters of Sex
Both expectant father Bill and single mother Virginia are beset by parenting anxieties in “Catherine,” while Ethan’s more concerned with his new squeeze’s parent: Provost Scully. On the scientific front, the study expands to include couples.


10:30pm, HBO
Hello Ladies
Stuart’s latest scheme to attract a member of the opposite sex: “Pool Party”! While he’s busy hoping that Kimberly, a model he’s got his eye on, attends his swimsuit-friendly bash, Jessica offers guidance to a homeless teen.


11:30pm, Cartoon Network
China, IL
In “China-Man Begins,” Frank is determined to become the local news’ Person of the Day. So certain of his success is he that he makes a wager with everyone in town.


12am, Cartoon Network
Metalocalypse: The Doomstar Requiem - A Klok Opera
In the wake of Toki’s and Abigail’s abduction by the Revengencers at the end of Season 4, Dethklok must overcome their limits, their fears, and their generally putrid natures to rescue their comrades from a ghastly fate. Composer Bear McCreary and a 50-piece orchestra join Brendon Small to score this hour-long rock opera, and guest voices include Mark Hamill, Jack Black, and Malcolm McDowell.


WHAT ARE YOU WATCHING TONIGHT?


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