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What to Watch This Weekend: The Walking Dead and the Premieres of Once Upon a Time and Boss

You've spent most of the year building an elegant leather orca saddle and now you're finally ready to test it out! But wouldn't you know it, irony of ironies, all the orcas went away. So consider this list of television programs your Plan B for the weekend, and keep your chin up, okay? You'll ride an orca someday.

What to watch on Friday, October 21...

9pm, CW
Supernatural
Buffy's Charisma Carpenter and Buffy's James Marsters guest star as a jealous witch and the husband who scorns her, causing her to unleash her wrath upon the entire small town where they reside. Only a pair of gravel-voiced brothers stand in her way.

SERIES PREMIERE, 10pm, Starz
Boss
Kelsey Grammar starz in this gritty political drama about a bossy mayor who runs for governor despite a serious medical diagnosis. Will it contain as much violence, homoeroticism and male nudity as fellow Starz drama Spartacus: Blood and Sand? Tune in to find out!

SERIES PREMIERE, 10pm, Animal Planet
My Extreme Animal Phobia
If you enjoy watching ordinary hard working citizens squirm and scream at the sight of ordinary creatures, tune in for this fun-sounding Animal Planet series. Tonight's scaredy-cats include Marvin, who is terrified of pit bulls; Seth who hates snakes (I'm with Seth!); and Jahara with her crippling fear of spiders that hide in the air conditioner. Oh come on, Jahara, those spiders are just chillin'.

ORIGINAL SPECIAL, 9pm, PBS
American Masters: Pearl Jam Twenty
Twenty years ago, did anyone imagine Pearl Jam would (a) still exist in 2011 and (b) be the subject of a PBS special? Well the earth spins ever onward and both of these things have come to pass, with positive results! Tune in for this special which looks back at the 20 years since "Ten" was released.

12am, BET
The Wendy Williams Show
I'm not sure how many people have been paying attention, but Wendy Williams' talent bookers have been KILLING it lately. Take tonight's show, which features not only Whoopi Goldberg, but also the cast of the new Broadway version of "Sister Act"! Could a Kathy Najimy drop-in be in the cards? What about that redheaded nun with the bodacious voice? I don't know, I don't want to make promises that might enrage the gods. "Release the [Wendy Williams]!" -Zeus



PLUS NEW EPISODES OF...
A Gifted Man, 8 p.m., CBS
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, 8 p.m., ABC
Kitchen Nightmares, 8 p.m., FOX
Nikita, 8 p.m., CW
SpongeBob SquarePants, 8 p.m., Nickelodeon
Wizards of Waverly Place, 8 p.m., Disney Channel
Phineas & Ferb, 8:30 p.m., Disney Channel
CSI: NY, 9 p.m., CBS
Dateline NBC, 9 p.m., NBC
Tyler Perry's House of Payne, MIDSEASON PREMIERE, 9 p.m., TBS
20/20, 10 p.m., ABC
Blue Bloods, 10 p.m., CBS
Real Time with Bill Maher, 10 p.m., HBO
Sanctuary, 10 p.m., Syfy
Strike Back, SEASON 1 FINALE, 10 p.m., Cinemax
The Soup, 10 p.m., E!
Twisted, 10 p.m., Investigation Discovery
Marvel Anime: X-Men, SERIES PREMIERE, 11 p.m., G4
Viper's Creed, SERIES PREMIERE, 11:30 p.m., G4

 

LATE-NITE PICKS:
Jeffrey Tambor & Iman on Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, 12:37 a.m., CBS
Paula Deen on The 700 Club, 11 p.m., ABC Family



What to watch on Saturday, October 22...

ORIGINAL MOVIE, 8pm, Nickelodeon
Fred 2: Night of the Living Fred
Don't look at me with those accusing eyes: YOUR CHILD did this. Yes, the crazy-popular meme-turned-millionaire Fred Figglehorn returns for his SECOND movie tonight, this one a Halloween romp involving Fred's suspicion that his music teacher has been replaced by a vampire. Even though I am NOT responsible for this (YOUR CHILD IS), I will probably watch this. I liked the first movie, deal with it.

ORIGINAL MOVIE, 9pm, Hallmark Channel
Oliver's Ghost
After a young boy and his family move into a new house in a new town, he quickly befriends the angry ghost living in the attic played by Martin Mull, obviously. Will the boy get to the bottom of why Martin Mull ghost is so angry? Or will he grow up living in abject terror due to the Martin Mull ghost that lives in his attic! I don't have all the answers.

ORIGINAL SPECIAL, 8pm, HGTV
Halloween Block Party 2011
Three houses in a cul-de-sac get the HGTV Halloween makeover treatment, including decor themed after popular horror movie scenarios like a mad scientist's lab, a slasher motel and a witch house. (A fourth house in the cul-de-sac had previously been decorated with a Cat Hoarding theme.)


PLUS NEW EPISODES OF...
World Series Game 3, 7:30 p.m., Fox
Dogs 101, 8 p.m., Animal Planet
Austin City Limits: The Decemberists, 9 p.m., PBS
Bedlam, 9 p.m., BBC America
Suze Orman Show, 9 p.m., CNBC
48 Hours Mystery, 10 p.m., CBS
Bizarre E.R., 10 p.m., Discovery Fit & Health
Puppies vs. Babies, 10 p.m., Animal Planet
Free Agents (U.K.), 11 p.m., BBC America


What to watch on Sunday, October 23...

9pm, AMC
The Walking Dead
Problems continue for the gang when Rick pursues some much-needed medical treatment for the [spoiler] who was [spoiler] at the [spoiler] [spoiler] [spoiler] flamethrower [spoiler] [spoiler] curry [spoiler] [spoiler] under the [spoiler]. Plus Shane breaks off for a supply run and encounters a stressful situation or two, and all the zombies are like "Hey, what y'all doing?" [spoiler]

SERIES PREMIERE, 8am, ABC
Once Upon a Time
An ordinary woman arrives in Storybrooke, Maine, and discovers she holds the key to unlocking real-life storybook characters from the spell under which they live. Sounds ridiculous, but this thing has the backing of noted Whedon-ist and Battlestarrer Jane Espenson, plus our own TV.com critic Lily Sparks dug it. So why not?

9pm, Showtime
Dexter
Miami Metro looks into that whole "corpses riding horses" incident from last week and not surprisingly surmise the murders may be religion-motivated. Elsewhere Deb continues to struggle with her new boss lady duties, Dexter will continue to explore his lack of religious faith, and at least 20 minutes of the episode will be frustratingly forgettable.

9pm, CBS
The Good Wife
The very excellent Dylan Baker guest stars as a convicted killer whose testimony Alicia needs to make her case. Elsewhere Eli makes some behind-the-scenes maneuvering on Peter's behalf. Plus an office potluck! Just kidding, these people hate potlucks so much.

10pm, Showtime
Homeland
Brody's erratic behavior starts threatening his viability as a national hero, plus Carrie attempts to link him to a terrorist financier's money trail. Plus an office potluck! Just kidding again, sorry. I'm so hungry.

10pm, ABC
Pan Am
ER's Goran Visnjic guest stars as a handsome passenger who finds himself the object of attention for both Kate and Maggie, though Kate will soon discover he's actually involved in her next covert mission. Aren't they all?



PLUS NEW EPISODES OF...
60 Minutes, 7 p.m., CBS
America's Funniest Home Videos, 7 p.m., ABC
World Series Game 4, 7:30 p.m., Fox
Amazing Race, 8 p.m., CBS
Making Monsters, SEASON 1 FINALE, 8 p.m., Travel Channel
Against the Wall, SEASON 1 FINALE, 9 p.m., Lifetime
Boardwalk Empire, 9 p.m., HBO
Bridezillas, 9 p.m., WE
Desperate Housewives, 9 p.m., ABC
Masterpiece Mystery!, 9 p.m., PBS
Nick News with Linda Ellerbee, ORIGINAL SPECIAL, 9 p.m., Nickelodeon
Sister Wives, 9 p.m., TLC
CSI: Miami, 10 p.m., CBS
Hung, 10 p.m., HBO
Kendra, 10 p.m., E!
Long Island Medium, 10 p.m., TLC
Real Housewives of New Jersey, 10 p.m., Bravo
Dirty Soap, 10:30 p.m., E!
How to Make It in America, 10:30 p.m., HBO
Talking Dead, 11 p.m., AMC
Robot Chicken, MIDSEASON PREMIERE, 11:30 p.m., Cartoon Network
Squidbillies, 11:45 p.m., Cartoon Network
China, IL, 12:00 a.m., Cartoon Network



What are you watching this weekend?

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Dexter !

Boardwalking Empire!



Walking dead !!!



And....

Homeland (sweet surprise that show) ;)
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Dexter , Walking Dead , Supernatural , Boardwalk Empire , Nikita , ill check out once upon a time
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Supernatural, The Soup, The Walking Dead, Talking Dead, and China, IL. I'll give Homeland a try once I have several episodes to watch in a row. Loved Damien Lewis in Life and looking forward to seeing him in another show.
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Blue Bloods, Supernatural, Desperate Housewives, and Once Upon a Time
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Nikita, Supernatural, The Good Wife, Dexter, The Walking Dead, College Football, NFL,etc
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I love Sundays! Homeland, Dexter and the Walking Dead. If Breaking Bad was still on I'd be in heaven.
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Blue Bloods, Real Time, The Good Wife and Homeland
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Personally, I think Boss sounds an awful lot like a scaled back version of The West Wing.
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Sunday: The Walking Dead, of course!



And I'll give Once Upon a Time a chance if only because several True Blood actors are guest starring there.
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Sunday: Once Upon a Time
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Supernatural, maybe Boss, X-Men, Walking Dead (excited to see Herschel and his family on the show), Once Upon A Time, Dexter (loving this season so far!), Robot Chicken
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Supernatural, Boss, Homeland, Walking Dead, Sanctuary, Once Upon A Time, Desperate Housewives, CSI NY, Hung, DEXTER
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Boss, A gifted man, CSI NY, Nikita, not Fringe :(

Desperate housewives, Dexter, Homeland, Boardwalk empire, The walking dead
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Marvel Anime: X-Men, The Amazing Race, Desperate Housewives and The Walking Dead. Why does baseball have to pre-empt Fringe?!
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I will definitely be checking out Charisma and James on Supernatural because as my monniker suggests, Joss Whedon rules and he gave both nice jobs to list on their resumes.
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I'm not watching anything on this list.



Friday I am watching U Pick With Stick on TeenNick.

Saturday I am not watching anything special.

Sunday....I will be watching the Dan Wheldon Memorial on Versus!! You should check it out. He was an amazing man!! It's on a 4 pm eastern.
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Sunday is my favorite day of the weekend! Football, The Walking Dead, Dexter, Boardwalk Empire, Hung, and Homeland. DVR seems like the best invention in the history of everdom.
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Friday: Supernatural (my two all-time favorite shows in one!), Boss, Kitchen Nightmares, Blue Bloods, Sanctuary



Sunday: The Walking Dead, Once Upon a Time, Dexter, Homeland, Pan Am, Against the Wall
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Sanctuary and CSI: NY on Friday, Desperate Housewives and Once Upon A Time on Sunday
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Sanctuary, Walking Dead, Homeland & Once Upon a Time... and maybe mayyyyybe Supernatural because of good ole Charisma Carpenter & James Marsters... miss 'em terribly :-(
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Fri: Supernatural, Boss



Sun: Walking Dead, Dexter, Homeland, Once upon a Time
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Supernatural, Sanctuary, Walking Dead, Dexter & Homeland
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Supernatural, Boss and Nikita (probably Sanctuary, although I'm bloody close to giving up on it completely).



Sunday is possibly the best night of the week for TV - Homeland, The Walking Dead, Dexter, Pan Am, and now Once Upon A Time too. (Although Wednesday to Friday aren't bad.)
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Friday: CSI: NY, Blue Bloods, Nikita, and Sanctuary



Sunday: Against the Wall, The Walking Dead, and I'll check out Once Upon a Time.



P.S. If I had Starz, HBO and Showtime, I'd also be watching Boss, Homeland, Dexter, and Hung this weekend, too. Oh, and I also like Strike Back (Cinemax).
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Friday: Supernatural, Sanctuary.

Sunday: The Walking Dead, Dexter, Lost Girl.

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Friday: Nikita

Sunday: Walking Dead, Once Upon a Time, Homeland, Pan Am, Desperate Housewives

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Once Upon a Time
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Boss, Nikita, and Craig Ferguson tonight.

Maybe some baseball on Saturday.

Sundays are awesome. Dexter, The Walking Dead, and Homeland. Maybe I'll give Once Upon a Time a viewing.
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Friday: Young Justice, A Gifted Man, Supernatural and Blue Bloods (I know I have mixed taste :P)

Sunday: Once Upon A Time, The Walking Dead, Dexter and Against The Wall. <3 weekends
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Supernatural on Friday. Homeland, Once Upon a Time, The Amazing Race, and The Walking Dead on Sunday.
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Friday: A Gifted Man and Boss (a gritty Frasier?!?).



Saturday: Definitely not that turd of a film called 'Fred 2'.



Sunday: Once Upon a Time, Homeland, Pan Am, and How to Make It in America.
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Supernatural, Nikita, Phineas and Ferb, Sanctuary
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Friday: Supernatural,NIkita.

Saturday: Nothing.

Sunday: The Walking Dead, Once Upon a Time.
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sunday



once upon a time

against the wall

boardwalk empire

desperate housewives

dexter

the good wife

the walking dead

csi: miami

homeland

pan am

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is there any show you're not watching? :D
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a few ;)
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friday



gifted man

csi: ny

supernatural

blue bloods

boss

sanctuary
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Going to watch the re-run of Fringe. My all time favorite show so will support it!

Probably watch some episodes of that on Saturday and a Fringe marathon on Sunday with a friend. Going to make strawberry milkshakes and eat some more Walter food.

Fringe Rocks!
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Friday: A Gifted Man, CSI: NY, Blue Bloods, Sanctuary... Saturday: reruns... Sunday: Pan Am, Masterpiece Mystery, maybe Once Upon A Time and Homeland, reruns...
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Friday: Young Justice, Supernatural, The Soup, Strike Back finale, Sanctuary, X-Men anime, Viper's Creed



Saturday: Puppies vs. Babies. Fred has a new movie? what the hell? that character is so annoying.. kids are stupid for making this popular



Sunday: Once Upon A Time, Desperate Housewives, The Walking Dead, Pan Am, Hung, Homeland, How to Make It in America, and Dirty Soap
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Boss, Nikita, Once Upon a Time, Boardwalk Empire, Dexter, The Walking Dead, Homeland, Pan Am
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Fri: Young Justice (I say again that it should be on the list if cartoons/heroes are on here), Supernatural, Sanctuary and The Soup.

Sat: football, Halloween Block Party, maybe Bedlam but I'm losing interest.

Sun: AFV, Once Upon a Time, The Amazing Race, The Walking Dead, Talking Dead, Our America w/ Lisa Ling, Making Monsters, Halloween Wars, Challenge.
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Friday: There has been so many good words said about Boss, that I guess I have to watch it. Also Nikita and Sanctuary. Saturday: Nothing, as usual. Sunday (is quality TV night): The Walking Dead, Dexter, The Good Wife, Homeland, Pan Am, Hung.
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Definitely going to catch Supernatural -and watch two more Whedon rejects attempt to revive their careers- and The Walking Dead. I'll give Once Upon a Time a chance and DVR Robot Chicken and Squidbillies. I would love to give Boss a chance but alas. I don't have the Starz.
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Take Supernatural, add Charisma Carpenter and James Masters, watch my head explode in joy! Jewel Staite a few weeks ago was awesome, but this is amazing!
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