The first week of October is here, and Freeform is getting into the spooky season spirit with the 25th anniversary of their 31 Nights of Halloween programming. Classics like Hocus Pocus, Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Addams Family, and more, along with the premieres of Encanto, Zombies, and Zombies 2, will play all month long. It’s a jam-packed schedule, and you can find the link to the full list below.
Meanwhile, David Beckham gets personal like never before with his four part docuseries, Beckham, which also features his wife, Victoria. The two open up about the early days of their relationship, including how most people were quite skeptical of their pairing and what it would mean for each other’s careers. It’s a moving and enjoyable look at one of the most famous athletes—and couples—of all time, so if you’re looking for something to fill The Super Models void, this is it.
In other news, now that the writers strike is over, late night talk shows return to the lineup with new episodes this Monday night, October 2. ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live, CBS’ Late Show With Stephen Colbert, NBC’s Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and NBC’s Late Night With Seth Meyers will be back for what will undoubtedly be some fascinating monologues. Of course, the SAG/AFTRA strike is still ongoing, so not all is back to “normal” just yet. Meyers has already announced that this first show will feature no guests, just a full hour of A Closer Look. Programming note: HBO’s Last Week Tonight With John Oliver will be back one day earlier, beginning tonight.
And what about scripted programming? Well, there’s lots of that too, thanks to folks at The CW and NBC who managed to plan ahead of the strike, thereby resulting in new dramas for the fall season.
With that, check out everything else—including a fascinating documentary on the cats that run wild on the island of Malta—and I’ll see you back here next week for everything from the Taylor Swift concert film to the return of Frasier and more.
Sunday, October 1
The Ringleader: The Case of the Bling Ring (HBO): From director Erin Lee Carr (Britney vs Britney) is this new documentary about the Bling Ring robberies in 2009. Rachel Lee opens up for the first time about how the Bling Ring—a group of teens—were arrested in connection to a string of high-profile celebrity robberies. With all that’s been reported on in the case, Lee has never come forward to talk…until now. 9 p.m. ET
31 Nights of Halloween (Freeform): It begins! Starting at sunrise with Mrs. Doubtfire, celebrate 25 years of Halloween classics all month long. On this day alone, you’ll be able to watch Halloweentown, The Haunted Mansion, Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, Hocus Pocus, Hotel Transylvania, and more. Click here for the full schedule. 7 a.m. ET/PT
Tuesday, October 3
The History of Sketch Comedy: Through the Art and Craft of Humor (book): Elle Key and husband Keegan-Michael Key co-created and co-wrote this book, which originated as a Webby award-winning podcast. Part masterclass, part memoir, it’s a thorough examination of comedy through the decades with original essays based on conversations with legends including Mel Brooks, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Mike Myers, Chris Rock, John Oliver, Tracy Morgan, Carol Burnett, Jim Carrey, Jordan Peele, and more. Available here
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Cats of Malta (Nexus Production Group): If you’ve ever been to Europe, you know that cats are everywhere; therefore, I, a cat lover, feel it’s my duty to make you aware of this documentary highlighting Malta’s colorful cat colonies and all the gorgeous stray felines who live there. Cats of Malta goes beyond catering to cat enthusiasts and is a fun look at life on this magnificent island. On digital
Dancing with the Stars (ABC/Disney+): It’s Latin Night, so get your Cha Cha, Rumba, Salsa, and Tango on! There will also be a fiery opening number to “Despechá” by Rosalía, choreographed by pros Daniella Karagach and Pasha Pashkov. Note that tonight’s episode is two hours versus last week’s two-and-a-half hour dance-a-palooza. 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT
Found (NBC): In any given year, more than 600,000 people are reported missing in the United States. More than half that number are people of color that the country often ignores or forgets about. In this new scripted drama series, a public relations specialist—who was once herself one of those forgotten ones—and her crisis management team make it their duty to help those often overlooked. But unbeknownst to anyone, she’s hiding a major secret of her own. The cast includes Shanola Hampton, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Kelli Williams, Brett Dalton, Gabrielle Walsh, Arlen Escarpeta, and Karan Oberoi. 10 p.m. ET/PT, 9 p.m. CT
Wednesday, October 4
Beckham (Netflix): Calling all David Beckham fans! For four hours, get ready to know the iconic soccer star and his family as they open up like never before about their lives as well as David’s rise to global superstar. Here’s the Netflix description of the four-part series: “David Beckham is one of the most known names on the planet, yet few people know who he really is. From his humble working-class beginnings in east London, his drive and determination to win, and the battle to find balance between ambition, love and family, David’s story is one of immense ups and downs. The series takes you on that rollercoaster and builds a surprising, personal and definitive story of one of the most recognizable and scrutinized athletes of all time.” Streaming
Sullivan’s Crossing (The CW): Starring Scott Patterson, Chad Michael Murray, and Morgan Kohan, a star neurosurgeon (Kohan) leaves Boston and returns to her childhood home of Sullivan’s Crossing, a rustic and remote campground run by her estranged father. Do I sense Virgin River vibes? You bet I do. 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT
The Spencer Sisters (The CW): Speaking of Virgin River, fan favorite Stacey Farber, who played Lilly’s daughter, Tara, was absent for much of season five so she could star in this new lighthearted procedural that follows mystery novelist Victoria Spencer (Lea Thompson) and her daughter Darby Spencer (Farbe), who are mistaken as sisters as they tackle puzzling cases. Love it. 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT
Thursday, October 5
Our Flag Means Death (Max): The eight-episode second season from creator/showrunner David Jenkins, EP and star Taika Waititi, and EP Garrett Basch debuts with three episodes today. The comedy is based (very) loosely on the true adventures of 18th-century would-be pirate Stede Bonnet (Rhys Darby). New additions joining the ensemble cast this season include recurring guest stars Ruibo Qian, Madeleine Sami, Anapela Polataivao, and Erroll Shand as well as guest stars Minnie Driver and Bronson Pinchot. Season one landed on our list of the best TV shows of 2022, so you know we’re excited for the new episodes. Streaming
The Golden Bachelor (ABC): Gerry’s first group date airs tonight, and we were there for it all. Check back on Friday to read what that experience was like; in the meantime, take a look at what some of the contestants looked like in the ‘80s. Spoiler: It’s wild. 8 p.m. ET/PT, 7 p.m. CT
Bachelor in Paradise (ABC): Here’s what we know about tonight’s episode: Aven’s highly anticipated arrival shakes things up big time. Meanwhile, Eliza finds herself in a situation she knows all too well, and the arrival of former Bachelorette Hannah Brown surprises everyone before the first rose ceremony of the season. 9 p.m. ET/PT, 8 p.m. CT
Friday, October 6
The Royal Hotel (Neon): Julia Garner stars as Hanna, along with Jessica Henwick as Liv, two Americans and best friends backpacking through Australia. After they run out of money, Liv convinces Hanna to take a temporary live-in job behind the bar of a pub called “The Royal Hotel” in a remote Outback mining town. In theaters
Reptile (Netflix): A week after being released in theaters, the film starring Benicio Del Toro, Justin Timberlake, Alicia Silverstone, and more hits Netflix. It’s about a young real estate agent who is brutally murdered, resulting in a hardened detective attempting to uncover the truth in a case where nothing is as it seems. Streaming
Saturday, October 7
3 Bed, 2 Bath, 1 Ghost (Hallmark Channel): Here’s the logline, from Hallmark: “When new realtor Anna (Julie Gonzalo) obtains her first listing, she’s sure the long-vacant house will sell in a flash…until she faces resistance from Ruby (Madeleine Arthur), an irrepressible flapper who’s been haunting the house since the 1920s. Ruby wants her home to remain unoccupied while Anna desperately needs the house to sell. They soon discover an unusual commonality–they both left their fiancés at the altar. Ruby was in love with her driver Charlie (Thomas Darya) but called it off due to her father’s disapproval. Although she continued to harbor feelings for Charlie, she met an untimely death and was never able to complete her love story. Meanwhile, Anna had relationship troubles with her ex-fiancé Elliot (Chris McNally, who is married to Gonzalo in real life and they have a child), and ultimately called it quits when their renovation business failed. Anna tries to make amends by asking Elliot to help restore her listing. He agrees, although he is still hurt by their breakup. As they work together, their old feelings start to resurface. Ruby sees their interaction and decides that Anna and she have been brought together for a reason; by helping Anna rekindle her love, she hopes to gain the closure she needs to finally move on.” 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT
Jessica Radloff is the Glamour senior West Coast editor and author of the NYT best-selling book The Big Bang Theory: The Definitive, Inside Story of the Epic Hit Series, coming to paperback with over 40 never-before-seen photos on October 10. You can preorder here.