Televisualist: Seeing Dead
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Televisualist: Seeing Dead

Each week, Torontoist examines the upcoming TV listings and makes note of programs that are entertaining, informative, and of quality. Or, alternately, none of those. The result: Televisualist.

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That grave on Strange Empire is FILLED WITH PORTENTS. But hopefully not any zombies, because, come on now.


In preparation for the season premiere of The Walking Dead, AMC is—once again—doing a marathon of the show from the first episode, in preparation for their eventual metamorphosis into The Walking Dead Channel, we guess. It probably won’t happen until after Mad Men ends. (7 p.m.)

Murdoch Mysteries returns for an eighth season of being that show your grandma really likes. (CBC, 8 p.m.)

Strange Empire is CBC’s highest-profile drama debut of the season, a western in which the characters are primarily female (because they’ve all been kidnapped to be forced into prostitution). Since the CBC has a good track record with dramas, we will not make fun of them by pointing out that the premise for their show is also more or less the premise for the notoriously bad western Bad Girls. (9 p.m.)


Debuting tonight and really incredibly entertaining: The Flash, which is the superhero show about the guy who runs really fast, which is not to be confused with the 1990 version of The Flash, which was much worse in so many ways. This Flash is a spin-off from/shares the same TV universe as Arrow, which, as we mentioned last week, has actually gotten quite fun, and this looks to be better than Arrow, so, yeah, we’re enthusiastic about this one. (CTV, 8 p.m.)

Hey, remember when Giles Coren came to Toronto and hung out with Rob Ford like a dickhead? Well, tonight Million Dollar Critic debuts so you can relive that. If you want to. We can’t imagine why you would. TV shows about critics only work when they are cartoons. (W, 10 p.m.)

Town of the Living Dead is a reality series about filmmakers in small-town Alabama trying to make a zombie movie—sort of a cross between American Movie and Night of the Living Dead. Not the worst thing you could watch. (Space, 10 p.m.)


Speaking of Arrow, the third season begins tonight with a fun premise: crime has dropped, so Arrow is bored! More superhero shows should do that. (CTV, 8 p.m.)


Doc Zone returns tonight with “State of Incarceration,” which investigates the fact that prisons are being built at a record rate—at the same time as the crime rate is dropping steadily and has been for over a decade. Curious! I wonder how the prison-industrial complex will ultimately be revealed as the culprit? (CBC, 9 p.m.)


Cristela is a series about a Latina law student trying to get by and living with her wacky family, which is almost entirely banal except for Cristela Alonzo being a lot of fun as the lead. She can do better than this, though; you will know many of the punchlines before they are said, because the show is just that predictable. (CHCH, 8:30 p.m.)

The Weekend

Oh, yeah, the marathon will end eventually and then The Walking Dead will in fact premiere, as we learn the true motives of the Terminus citizens. SPOILERS: they’re probably not very good people. Call it a hunch. (AMC, 9 p.m. Sunday)

And after The Walking Dead, if you want to see people sit around saying, “Wow, wasn’t that great” for a full hour, there is always Talking Dead, because criticism has ended. (AMC, 10 p.m. Sunday)