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Critic's Notebook: In ‘Rectify,’ Life After Prison and the Chance to Be Reborn – The final season of the SundanceTV series uses deep Christian themes in telling the story of an ex-convict who is unequipped for freedom.
Trevor Noah: The First Time I Drove a Car. (I Was 6.) – Born and raised in South Africa, Mr. Noah talks about growing up poor there, and his mother’s beat-up, tangerine Volkswagen Beetle.
Adam Conover Turns a Skeptical Eye to the Presidential Campaign – Mr. Conover, the star of truTV’s “Adam Ruins Everything,” recently taped an election special. He just hoped events wouldn’t overtake it.
Watching: What You Should Watch This Week: ‘Humans’ and ‘Rectify’ – From the Watching team, expert TV and movie recommendations for the next few days.
Picture a Tupperware Party, but With Racier Products – In the British series “Brief Encounters,” it’s the 1980s, and would-be saleswomen take on sexual repression — or something like that.
Sunday’s Violent ‘Walking Dead’ Is a Ratings Smash – The Season 7 premiere of “The Walking Dead,” which spurred many violence complaints, was one of the most watched in series history.
Review: ‘Pure Genius,’ a High-Tech Doctor Drama, Does Little to Disrupt – This new CBS series about a billionaire who seeks to transform health care through gadgets and data sticks with an old TV format.
Patton Oswalt: ‘I’ll Never Be at 100 Percent Again’ – Mr. Oswalt’s wife died in April, and it has been a long, hard climb for him to return to comedy.

Television News from the Seattle PI

Muppet Babies Is Returning to TV to Make Your Dreams Come True – Muppet Babies, the '80s cartoon that imagined Kermit the Frog and friends as toddlers, will return for new computer-animated adventures in 2018 on Disney Junior. - The Muppets (@TheMuppets) October 26, 2016 "Bringing Muppet Babies to Disney Junior is a wonderful opportunity to reach a new generation of viewers and to creatively build on the innovative original series," Debbie McClellan, vice president of The Muppets Studio, said in a statement.
Who Will Survive American Horror Story: Roanoke Until the Bitter End? – Roanoke peeled back the curtain of the faux documentary series we'd been watching, giving viewers a behind-the-scenes look at the follow-up reality show, Return to Roanoke: Told entirely in found footage, Return to Roanoke follows the "real-life" Roanoke survivors Matt (Andre Holland), Shelby (Lily Rabe) and Lee (Adina Porter) living in the Shaker mansion with the reenactment actors from the original docu-series, Dominic Banks (Cuba Gooding Jr.), Audrey Tindall (Sarah Paulson), Monet Tumusiime (Angela Bassett) and Rory Monaghan (Evan Peters). [...] the episode revealed that over the course of production, the entire cast died under mysterious circumstances -- except one. [...] without her husband Rory around, we're betting Audrey's even more vulnerable than the rest of the group, who either haven't experienced a traumatic loss yet or are already used to the terrors of the Shaker mansion. [...] if Ryan Murphy really wants to shock us, he'd kill off Paulson, who has survived every season of American Horror Story except Hotel, in which she was already dead when the season began. [...] even if Lee does live, that doesn't necessarily mean she'll get anything close to a happy ending. Since the world already thinks she murdered Mason, it's entirely possible the other deaths will get pinned on her too. Shelby has had far too many run-ins with the Butcher and lived to tell the tale for it to be pure luck, and something about her has never seemed quite as innocent as she'd like us to believe. Even then, he still could be the sole survivor based solely on the fact that he's repeatedly proven his ability to stay calm in the face of danger and shown he's brave enough to scrap his way out of most situations.
Will Ferrell's George W. Bush Impression Is Back to Take on Trump – Thanks to the Bozo Trump, folks have forgotten how I tanked the economy or how I didn't get Bin Laden. Ferrell also took the opportunity to apologize for the behavior of his "cousin" Billy Bush, who was recently fired from the Today show after the Access Hollywood tape of Bush and Trump's offensive conversation about women was published.
Kiefer Sutherland Shares His Thoughts on the Jack Bauer-less 24: Legacy – Legacy, it will do so without its poster child Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland), the operative who made "Dammit!" a national war cry in the war on terror. [...] the new action series will focus on a new character (played by Corey Hawkins), a war vet who finds himself a marked man and works with the CTU to stop terror attacks on U.S. soil. Sutherland also explained his role behind the scenes, what he thinks of the first two episodes (he's already seen 'em!) and shared some details about the casting process.
What's the New The Flash Team Member's Secret? – With Harry of Earth-2 wanting to stay home and repair the damage the villainous Zoom did last season, Cisco (Carlos Valdes) and Caitlin (Danielle Panabaker) decided to hold Harrison auditions. [...] in the time-honored tradition of The Flash, it's time to play everyone's favorite game: who or what is this Harrison Wells going to to be? In the comics, Earth-19 is a world on the cusp of modernity as electricity is helping to usher in that world's industrial revolution. Earth-2, after all, isn't war-scarred from Darkseid invasions, instead opting for a more Golden Age of comics, art deco style -- it doesn't mean that the show won't always follow it. Abra Kadabra is a kind of a silly Flash villain (all non-speedster villains tend to be kind of silly; it's why we love them), but in the hands of Cavanagh and the team behind The Flash, there's some fun to be had with villain, especially in a season when Alchemy is already on everyone's mind. Deep cut, I know, but Thinker's an old-school Flash villain who used a "Thinking Cap" -- it was the 1940s, what do you want from me? -- for telekinesis and mind control.
Watch Lady Gaga Ra-Ra-Roll Into Carpool Karaoke – Gaga, dressed in a disco ball-shiny dress with a bow so big it would make Melania Trump envious, harmonized with Corden on old favorites like "Poker Face" and "Born This Way," and put on a pink cowboy hat for her country-influenced ballad "Million Reasons" from her new album Joanne. Comedy bits included Gaga, who just got her driver's license at age 30, taking the wheel as Corden dons a motorcycle helmet, and Corden trying on some of Gaga's most famous looks, including an inspired take on the meat dress. Shout out to James Corden's lyric memorization skills.
The Great Indoors Is More Than Just a Millennials vs. Gen X Comedy – In the first episode of The Great Indoors, Eddie (Chris Williams) is tending bar when adventure writer Jack (Joel McHale), the CBS sitcom's hero, admits he got in trouble at work for insulting a Gen Y underling. [...] people saying their feelings were hurt for being depicted as too sensitive only reinforces the point, a fact that wasn't lost on its executive producers (Mike Gibbons, Chris Harris and Andy Ackerman) or star Joel McHale. The show is not a withering social commentary, he said, but you know, a sitcom! The Great Indoors finds Jack navigating a new gig at the magazine Outdoor Limits; he's stunned to learn from founder Roland (Stephen Fry) that he'll be doing less of the out-in-the-field romping around he's used to but instead managing a crew of young'uns he's got at least 10, maybe 15 years on. No, that's not that much older, but, due to cultural and technological shifts we're all keenly aware of, Jack feels older than he actually is -- especially when he learns that the magazine is going all-digital. Jokes are made at both generations' expense and since much of said differences have to with technology, there's a lot of "Gosh, people born before 1978 sure don't know how to use the Internet, LOL!" humor here. Beyond the pithy one-liners and laugh track though, there's actually some redeeming and provocative stuff happening. Jack's discovery that his magazine is now all-digital is too familiar to writers, advertisers, illustrators, designers, editors and others who've seen the publishing industry tank and mutate into something new. The anxiety Jack covers with sarcasm and snark voices the panic and existential paralysis people over 35 (let alone those over 50) experience in a new economy where it seems that everything that once demanded specialized skill and complex thought can now be done in a click. Jack needs to know [Mason's sexual orientation] because I don't fit his mold of what masculinity is,
Empire Exclusive Photos: Let's Break Down Phylicia Rashad's Shade-Filled Meeting with Cookie – Cookie Lyon (Taraji P. Henson), with her broom beatdowns and one-liners, is the hip-hop generation's fierce Mama Bear but let's be real: one potent glare from Clair Huxtable could turn Cookie Lyon into a pillar of salt under a fur coat. Cookie, you'll remember, has already been feeling heat from Angelo's bourgeois friends, who basically treated her like she pulled homemade catfish nuggets out of her pocketbook at a black-tie gala. In these exclusive photos from Fox, Angelo is evidently introducing Cookie to his no doubt disapproving mother for the first time, and though we can't hear what they're saying, these photos say quite a bit. [...] there's Cookie, who subconsciously sought to protect her sensitive throat chakra by covering it with a symbol of demure femininity, because she knows Diana Dubois don't play. [...] it's clear from what we're seeing here that someone has just walked in the room and the look on Diana's face says something like, "Oh, are the people from your spades tournament here so soon?" In another shot, we see Hakeem (Bryshere Y. Gray), whose "Gerald from Hey Arnold" hightop fade, albeit expertly detailed, is probably not making Diana Dubois' knees buckle in amazement.

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