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What to watch on TV for the week of Oct. 22-28: ‘The Walking Dead,’ ‘Stranger Things’ and Michael Jackson make for a spooky week

October 22, 2017 Updated: October 23, 2017 at 7:33 am
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Noah Schnapp, Finn Wolfhard, Gaten Matarazzo, and Caleb McLaughlin from "Stranger Things." Photo courtesy of Netflix.

Sunday 
“The Walking Dead” (7 p.m., AMC, Season Premiere) - In the season eight premiere Rick and his group, along with the Kingdom and Hilltop, band together to bring the fight to Negan and the Saviors. 

“Graves” (8 p.m., EPIX, Season Premiere) - In the season two premiere ex-President Richard Graves (Nick Nolte) has retreated to a cabin in the woods in the wake of his assassination attempt. 

Monday 
“The Gifted” (8 p.m., Fox) - Eclipse seeks out an old friend from his dark past in order to obtain some useful information. Meanwhile, Lauren and Andy attempt to combine their powers in order to help the group.   

“Me, Myself & I” (8:30 p.m., CBS) - Mid-life Alex is tempted to find his biological father when he helps his daughter with a family tree project. Young Alex performs at Ron’s family reunion talent show; Older Alex meets Older Abby’s new boyfriend. 

Tuesday
“Snoop Dogg Presents: The Joker’s Wild” (8 p.m., TBS, Series Premiere) - The Snoop Dogg hosted reboot of the classic “Joker’s Wild” game show premieres tonight. 

“Drop the Mic” (8:30 p.m., TBS, Series Premiere) - Comedy and music mix when celebrities compete in all-out rap battles. First up: James Corden takes on Halle Berry and Usher faces funnyman Anthony Anderson. 

Wednesday 
“Survivor” (7 p.m., CBS) - One castaway struggles to keep his head in the game at a tough reward challenge; and a physically difficult immunity challenge weighs heavily on the players. 

“Designated Survivor” (9 p.m., ABC) - A private conversation with the president is misrepresented on the news by a senator and the result requires Kirkman to win back the American people’s trust. 

Thursday 
“The Orville” (8 p.m., Fox) - When two Union anthropologists go missing on a planet similar to 21st-century Earth, Ed sends a team led by Kelly to find them but the mission quickly goes awry when they realize society’s government is completely based on a public voting system to determine punishment. 

“The Good Place” (7:30 p.m., NBC) - When the neighborhood experiences a small glitch, Michael has to resolve the issue with Janet before it gets out of control. In my opinion, this is the funniest show on TV right now. 

Friday 
“Stranger Things” (Netflix) - It’s 1984 and the citizens of Hawkins, Indiana are still reeling from the horrors of the Demogorgon and the secrets of Hawkins Lab. Will Byers has been rescued from the Upside Down but a bigger, sinister entity still threatens those who survived. Look for my spoiler free season two preview later this week.  

“Michael Jackson’s Halloween” (7 p.m., CBS) - This one hour animated special follows Vincent (Lucas Till) and Victoria (Kiersey Clemons), who meet “accidentally” on Halloween night and find themselves, along with Ichabod the dog, at a mysterious hotel located at 777 Jackson Street called This Place Hotel. Once inside, Vincent and Victoria are sent on an unexpected, magical adventure of personal discovery, culminating in a spectacular dance finale featuring an animated Michael Jackson.

“Blindspot” (7 p.m., NBC, Season Premiere) - In the season three premiere the FBI team is brought back together by a new crisis after 18 months since they parted. 

Saturday 
“Split” (6 p.m., HBO) - Three teenagers are kidnapped by a man with multiple-personality disorder (James McCoy) in this diabolically clever thriller. 

“Black Sabbath: The End of the End” (7 p.m., Showtime) - “The End of the End” captures the farewell performance by the Grammy-winning band’s Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler in their hometown of Birmingham, England on February 4 at the Genting Arena – the culmination of their 81-date sold-out “The End” world tour.

Gazette media columnist Terry Terrones is a member of the Television Critics Association and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association. You can follow him on Twitter at @terryterrones.

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