I’m cutting back on the ol’ blog for the next couple of weeks due to a perfect storm of distractions dominating my time: the Giants’ World Series run, the election (work will be super busy), dealing with my insurance company after some dude crashed into me, and, most importantly, a week of vacation in the Caribbean. Here are the highlights for the week (by the end of which I’ll be sipping rum-based drinks on a sunny beach thinking about anything other than TV).
The Giants couldn’t make it easy, could they? So tonight’s Game 4 of the World Series (5 p.m., Fox) won’t be the clincher. But hopefully MadBum & the men in orange can take a 3-1 series lead. Then there’s the usual stuff, like “The Amazing Race” (8 p.m., CBS), which heads to St. Petersburg, the re-imagined “Sherlock” (9 p.m., PBS) and “Luther” (7 p.m., BBC America). The big TV event tonight is the 90-minute series premiere of “The Walking Dead” (10 p.m., AMC). The new drama looks to continue the network’s standard of high-quality storytelling and cinematic looks (see “Breaking Bad” and “Mad Men”), only with zombies. It looks seriously good, super tense and unbelievably gory. Definitely not for everyone (I’m talking to you, Mom), but if you can handle buckets of blood and rotting corpses, then this is for you. What better way to ring in Halloween?
If the Giants haven’t finished off the Rangers yet, check out Game 5 of the World Series (4:30 p.m., Fox), with a rematch of the Lincecum-Lee “duel” in Game 1. Later, “Chuck” (8 p.m., NBC) goes rogue and meets his mother’s spy handler (former James Bond actor Timothy Dalton) and “The Women of Saturday Night Live” (9 p.m., NBC) get an two-hour tribute featuring classic sketches, former cast members and a handful of new skits.
It’s Election Day, so watch some news. And fake news, like “The Daily Show” (11 p.m) and “The Colbert Report” (11:30 p.m.), which will team up for “Indecision 2010” on Comedy Central. They’ll be live for the East Coast, but not for us, but it should still be more entertaining than watching Wolf Blitzer. And prior to that, escape for an hour with “Sons of Anarchy” (10 p.m., FX), which has the boys getting into even deeper trouble in Belfast. And who has Jax’s son now?!?
If, God forbid, the Giants haven’t won the World Series yet, Game 6 is set from San Francisco (4:30 p.m., Fox); come on, Matty Cain! There are new episodes of “Modern Family” (9 p.m.) and “Cougar Town” (9:30 p.m.) on ABC, PBS has “Circus” (9 p.m.), the first in a six-part series about life in under the big top, and I shouldn’t have to tell you again to watch “Terriers” (10 p.m., FX). Tonight Hank finds disturbing information about his ex-wife’s new fiance.
And doubly if-God-forbid, the Giants still haven’t finished off the Rangers, tonight’s the deciding seventh game of the World Series from the shore of McCovey Cove (4:30 p.m., Fox). Jonathan Sanchez with the season on the line? What’s to worry about? (Yikes.) But if the Series is over (and the Giants won? Wooo!), “Fringe” (9 p.m., Fox) will be back with a new episode. Tonight we’re back in the Red Earth, and Olivia continues to have visions of Peter. On the comedy side, there are also new episodes of “Community” (8 p.m), with special guest Hilary Duff; “30 Rock” (8:30 p.m.), which features Tracy’s video obituary; and “The Office” (9 p.m.), with Jim and Pam’s kid’s christening, on NBC; and “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” (10 p.m.), where Dee reveals who’s the baby daddy; and “The League” (10:30 p.m.) on FX, where a fantasy football tie is deemed unacceptable.
A deadly arson fire results in a complex investigation on “Law & Order: UK” (9 p.m., BBC America) and America’s favorite pothead comedian, Doug Benson, has a new special, “Benson Interrupted” (midnight, Comedy Central).
There’s seriously nothing worth watching.