Welcome to What’s On, our weekly selection of must-see shows. Here’s what to watch from Sunday, October 2 through Thursday, October 6. All times are Easter. [Note: The weekend edition of What’s On drops on Fridays.]
the big ones
Anne Rice’s interview with the vampire (AMC, Sunday, 10 p.m.)
Interview with the vampire may be the best way to start your Halloween month. The gothic, sensual, unabashedly queer series is an adaptation of Anne Rice’s 1967 novel of the same name. Louis (Jacob Anderson) encounters the limitations of life as a black man in 1910 New Orleans and finds it impossible to resist. accept the offer of Lestat de Lioncourt (Sam Reid) to join him as his vampire companion. However, Louis’ intoxicating new powers come with a violent price that sets them on a decades-long road of revenge. The cast includes Bailey Bass and Eric Bogosian.
A friend of the family (Peacock, Thursday, 3:01 am)
Created by Nick Antosca, A friend of the family depicts and analyzes the horrific true experiences of actor Jan Broberg, who was abducted twice as a teenager by a family friend while living in Idaho. (Her story is also featured in the Netflix documentary Kidnapped in plain sight.) The Peacock series ensemble includes Jake Lacy, Anna Paquin, Colin Hanks, McKenna Grace, Hendrix Yancey, and Lio Tipton. Watch out for The AV clubreview next week.
Alaska Daily (ABC, Thursday, 10 p.m.)
spotlightAward-winning writer and director Tom McCarthy can’t get enough of journalistic stories. And we don’t mind. His new ABC mystery drama Alaska Daily is directed by Hilary Swank. In it she plays an esteemed journalist from New York, whose personal and professional life is on the rocks after a scandal. Seeking a fresh start, she moves to Anchorage and teams up with another local reporter to solve cold cases of missing Indigenous women. The cast includes Jeff Perry, Grace Dove and Matt Malloy.
Hasan Minhaj: The King’s Jester (Netflix, Tuesday, 3:01 a.m.)
Filmed at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Hasan Minhaj returns to Netflix with his second stand-up comedy special, Hasan Minhaj: The King’s Jesterwhere he will share his thoughts on fertility, family, fatherhood and freedom of expression.
Reginald the vampire (Syfy, Wednesday, 10 p.m.)
It’s vampire week, okay. Syfy debuts his latest drama, Reginald the vampirestarring Jacob Batalan (best known for playing Ned Leeds in the MCUs) Spider Man movies). He takes on the titular Reginald, whose life undergoes major changes when he turns into a vampire. His duties include keeping secrets from his loved ones, including the girl of his dreams, and figuring out how to stop enemies from suddenly wanting him dead. In the process, he discovers skills and powers he could only dream of. Em Haine, Mandela Van Peebles and Savannah Basley also star.
Monster High (Paramount+, Thursday, 3:01 am)
Directed by Todd Holland, Monster High is a musical fantasy film based on – just wait – a fashion pop franchise from Mattel. Hey, if Greta Gerwig can make one Barbie movie, anything is possible. Monster High revolves around half-human, half-wolf Clawdeen Wolf (Miia Harris), who finally feels like she’s found a place to babysit her new school. But when a cunning plan to destroy her home threatens to reveal her real identity, Clawdeen learns to embrace her true monster heart and save the day.
More good things
Eastern New York (CBS, Sunday, 9 p.m.)
CBS expands roster of police procedures with: Eastern New York, led by Amanda Warren and Jimmy Smits. Warren plays Deputy Inspector Regina Haywood, the newly promoted commander of Brooklyn’s 74th District. She leads a diverse group of officers and detectives, most of whom are reluctant to heed her creative methods as social unrest and gentrification take over the neighborhood. Kevin Rankin, Richard Kind, Elizabeth Rodriguez, Lavel Schley and Olivia Luccardi round out the cast.
Solar Opposites: A Sinister Halloween Special (Hulu, Monday, 12:01 PM)
It will be a big party if you have a Solar Contradictions fan. Justin Roiland and Mike McCahan’s animated comedy airs a special holiday episode that promises to show how alien life can be creepy at times. The series follows four aliens who are evenly divided on whether Earth is terrible or awesome. In season three, the group strives to be less of a team and more of a family. The show has already been renewed for a fourth season.
Mr. Harrigan’s phone (Netflix, Wednesday, 3:01 a.m.)
Writer and director John Lee Hancock adapts Stephen King’s 2020 novella Mr. Harrigan’s phone in a movie for Netflix. A young man, Craig (Jaeden Martell), befriends a reclusive billionaire, Mr. Harrigan (Donald Sutherland), who tragically doesn’t long for this world much longer. When the old man dies, Craig discovers he can communicate with his dead friend. The film is co-produced by Ryan Murphy, Jason Blum and Carla Hacken, and stars Kirby Howell-Baptiste, Joe Tippett and Cyrus Arnold.
Can’t miss reruns
Saturday Night Live (NBC, Saturday, 11:30 PM)
House of the Dragon (HBO, Sunday, 9 p.m.)
Kevin can fuck himself (AMC, Monday, 9 p.m.)
Andoro (Disney+, Wednesday, 3:01 a.m.)
Archer (FXX, Wednesday, 10 p.m.)
She-Hulk: Lawyer (Disney+, Thursday, 3:01 am)
Atlanta (FX, Thursday, 10pm)
Lord Of The Rings: The Rings Of Power (Prime Video, Friday, 12:01 PM)
the equalizer (CBS, Sunday, 8:30 p.m., season three premiere)
The living Dead (AMC, Sunday, 9 p.m., Midseason 11 Premiere)
the good doctor (ABC, Monday, 9 p.m., season six premiere)
Chucky (Syfy, Wednesday, 9 p.m., season two premiere)
kung fu (The CW, Wednesday, 9 p.m., season three premiere)
Pennyworth: The Origin of Batman’s Butler (HBO Max, Thursday, 03:01, season three premiere)
Station 19 season six premiere, Grey’s Anatomy season 19 premiere (ABC, Thursday, 8-10pm)
hiker season three premiere, Walker: Independence series premiere (The CW, Thursdays, 8-10pm)
Blood and treasure (Paramount+, Sunday, 03:01, Season 2 finale)
Best in dough (Hulu, Monday, 12:01 p.m., season one finale)
Leonardo (The CW, Tuesday, 8 p.m., season finale)
The hype (HBO Max, Thursday, 03:01, season 2 finale)