What To Watch: 10/16/2022

If you love British procedurals or zombies or vampires or dragons, have we got a Sunday night of new and returning programming for you.

The Magpie Murders [PBS, 9p]
All hail the editors of the world. In this new British detective series, the acclaimed Lesley Manville plays an editor of murder mysteries whose top author becomes a victim but leaves clues in his final manuscript… or more precisely in the missing pages (and solution). The reviews are good for this adaptation of Anthony Horowitz’s best-seller. Horowitz is the man behind Foley’s War, but I’ll still give his work another shot.

The Walking Dead [AMC, 9p]
Eugene is on the run! It’s Mercer’s job to find him. If any character on this long-long-long-running show has had a crazy character arc, it’s Eugene. Any episode that focuses on him has the potential to be exhausting exhilarating and heartbreaking. I’m here til the end and that end is near, but maybe not for Eugene.


  • As we said, it’s a big day for PBS-style British detective shows as we have two new programs and one returning. The other new series is Annika, about the newly crowned head of a police marine unit (think NCIS but more moody and atmospheric and, well, British). There’s also the new second series of the period piece Miss Scarlet & the Duke.
  • Started at the bottom, now…. well, anyway, Step Up started at YouTube, now it’s on Starz. The third season of the dance industry-themed crime thriller debuts on the feisty pay cable channel today.
  • Around what once was a dial, we have new episodes of The Simpsons, Bob’s Burgers, The Great North, House of the Dragon, The Equalizer, and Let the Right One In.
  • Hallmark telegraphs the feel of its latest movie creation with its title, Perfect Harmony. Then again, even if it were titled Killer Klowns From Outer Space we’d know it was an upbeat love story about a lady killer klown who is wrapped up in her big city dreams before being swept to her hometown to do a story on an up-and-coming killer klown who has opened his own bakery.

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