My October to-watch list

With the Fall television season already underway, there is definitely no shortage of programming to consider.

Of the new and returning titles beginning their respective seasons in October – the following are on my personal watchlist:

October 4 – Superstore (NBC)

Superstore is a comedy featuring America Ferrera, Ben Feldman, and Kid-in-the-Hall Mark McKinney, as employees going about their work-day at a Walmart-like department store, returning for it’s 4th season on GlobalTV.

October 5 – The Man in the High Castle (Amazon Prime)

Returning for its’ third season, The Man in the High Castle is a sci-fi drama, based on a novel by Philip K Dick, situated in a 60’s America which lost the Second World War.

The show was first brought to my attention when a much-criticized marketing campaign in New York City generated international press, perhaps leading credance to the saying that there is “no such thing as bad publicity”.

Shot in Vancouver, and as we did not yet have Amazon Prime in Canada, it became known for a year as the “best show filmed in Canada that Canadians couldn’t (legally) see“.

October 16 – The Rookie (ABC)

Nathan Fillion plays a character who makes a career change in his 40’s and joins the LAPD as a new recruit in The Rookie which premieres in Canada on CTV.

As a side note, if you have ever played any of the Uncharted games on the PS, see Fillion as Nathan Drake in this cool mini fan-flick on Youtube.

While we’re on the rookie-cop theme, consider watching:

Southland – with Ben McKenzie (currently protraying James Gordan in the binge-worthy Gotham) as the LAPD rookie in this series. I remember only being able to catch the first season when it was on network TV. After the show was cancelled by NBC, TNT revived it, giving it a five-year run. I am now reminded to add the remaining seasons to my binge-list.

Training Day – with Ethan Hawke and Denzel Washington, is an intense film from 2001 that can still withstand repeated viewings to this day. I wasn’t able to latch on to last year’s television series reboot however, which was subsequently cancelled after the passing of actor Bill Paxton.

October 19 (Germany/Amazon) / October 26 (USA/SundanceTV) – Deutschland 86

Deustchland 86 takes place 3 years after the Cold-war spy series Deutshland 83 – a great watch with a kick-ass soundtrack which you’ll enjoy, particularly if you grew up during the 80’s.

No word on when it will be available in Canada, and The UK won’t be airing it until January/February of 2019. If we have to wait just as long for it, I’m tempted to seek “alternative” means of catching this series.

October 24 – Bodyguard (BBC)

Bodyguard is a 6-part BBC mini-series about a war veteran struggling with mental-health issues, assigned to protect a controversial politician. It just aired its’ finale a few days ago – and is the UK’s “most-watched drama since 2008”.

The series was acquired by Netflix and will become available for the rest of us in October.

October 28 – Ray Donavan (Showtime)

Liev Schreiber, as the title character, is a Hollywood “fixer” in this series returning for it’s 6th season. It will air on TMN in Canada and past seasons are currently available via CraveTV.

And that’s about it – not much else premiering or returning in October piqued my interest – though I’m sure there will be some buzz I’ll come across soon enough, that may convince me to add a few more titles to my watchlist.