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What to watch on TV for the week of October 15 - October 21: Patton Oswalt has a new special, Linus waits for the Great Pumpkin, and much more

October 15, 2017 Updated: October 15, 2017 at 9:13 am
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Patton Oswalt has a new stand up special on Netflix this week. Photo courtesy of Netflix.

Sunday 
“Good Behavior” (8 p.m., TNT, Season Premiere) - When a hit goes wrong for Javier, and he discovers someone is trying to kill him, Letty is forced to face the reality of being in a relationship with a hitman while trying to lead a “normal” life. 

“White Famous” (8 p.m., Showtime, Series Premiere) - Floyd Mooney, a black comedian whose career is on the rise, must adjust to becoming “white famous.” You can read my review of this new series right here

Monday 
“The Gifted” (8 p.m., Fox) - In an effort to reunite with one another, Reed cuts a deal with the Sentinel Services and Caitlin and the kids seek help from someone outside the compound. I’m only two episodes in but this just might be my favorite new fall series.   

“Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party” (8 p.m., VH1, Season Premiere) - In the season two premiere Jamie Foxx, Patti LaBelle and Charlie Wilson join Martha and Snoop for Snoop’s birthday. 

Tuesday
“Patton Oswalt: Annihilation” (Netflix) - Comedian Patton Oswalt returns to Netflix with a deeply personal and powerful stand-up special that dives into the last year of Patton's life, following the passing of his wife, and how he worked through the pain and grief by finding humor.

“Hit the Road” (8 p.m., Audience Network, Series Premiere) - A chaotically dysfunctional family of would-be rock/pop stars traverse the country in a cramped tour bus sacrificing privacy, comfort and dignity while in search of fame and fortune. This series stars Jason Alexander (“Seinfeld”), who also co-created the series.

“Loudermilk” (8:30 p.m., Audience Network, Series Premiere) - Sam Loudermilk (Ron Livingston), is a recovering alcoholic and substance abuse counselor with an extremely bad attitude about, well, everything.

Wednesday 
“Survivor” (7 p.m., CBS) - The three tribes are merging is this latest episode. That whole Healers vs Heroes vs Hustlers thing? Yeah, just forget about that. 

“The Goldbergs” (7 p.m., ABC) - Beverly reinvents herself by going to night school so she can eventually own her own business, but Murray convinces her to get a perm instead. 

Thursday 
“It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” (7 p.m., ABC) - Charlie Brown is finally invited to a Halloween party, Snoopy engages the Red Baron in a dogfight; and Linus waits for the Great Pumpkin. 

“Gotham” (7 p.m., Fox) - Nygma comes face-to-face with Butch but he is not who he used to be. In an attempt to regain power and identity, Nygma decides to put his former partner’s skills to the test. 

Friday 
“Wheelman” (Netflix) - Frank Grillo (“Kingdom,” “Captain America: Civil War”) stars as the wheelman, a getaway driver thrust into a high stakes race-to-survive after a bank robbery goes terribly wrong.  With a car full of money and his family on the line, the clock is ticking to figure out who double-crossed him and the only person he can trust - his thirteen-year-old daughter. Yes, this is a movie but its on Netflix so I’m listing it here anyway.  

“1922” (Netflix) - Yep, another Netflix movie but it sounds interesting! Based on Stephen King's 131-page story telling of a man's confession of his wife's murder. The tale is told from the perspective of Wilfred James (Thomas Jane), the story's unreliable narrator who admits to killing his wife, Arlette, with his son in Nebraska. But after he buries her body, he finds himself terrorized by rats and, as his life begins to unravel, becomes convinced his wife is haunting him

Saturday
“Too Funny to Fail” (Hulu) - It had all the makings of a huge television success: a white-hot comic at the helm, a coveted primetime slot, and a pantheon of future comedy legends in the cast and crew. So why did “The Dana Carvey Show”—with a writers room and cast including then unknowns Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, Louis C.K., Robert Smigel, Charlie Kaufman, and more— crash and burn so spectacularly? “Too Funny To Fail” tells the hilarious true story of a crew of genius misfits who set out to make comedy history and succeeded in a way they never intended.

“John Wick: Chapter 2” (6 p.m., HBO) - Hit man John Wick (Keanu Reeves) is once again called out of retirement in this explosive action sequel, this time by a former colleague who wants him to repay a debt by killing an Italian crime lord. 

“George Michael: Freedom” (7 p.m., Showtime) - George Michael’s life and career are explored, with an emphasis on the formative period of the late singer’s life. 

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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